1649 - John Blow was born at North Collingham in Nottinghamshire.
1669 - Blow became organist of Westminster Abbey.
1673 - He was made a gentleman of the Chapel Royal.
- In September, he married Elizabeth Braddock.
1678 - He was a doctor of music.
1680 - He had retired or been dismissed to make way for Purcell.
1680-1687 - Wrote his stage composition, the Masque for the entertainment of the King, Venus and Adonis.
1682 - Blow wrote Great sir, the joy of all our hearts, an ode for New Year's Day.
1685 - Named as one of the private musicians of James II.
1687 - Became master of the choir of St Paul's Cathedral.
1695 - Elected organist of St Margaret's, Westminste.
1699 - Appointed to the newly created post of Composer to the Chapel Royal.
1708 - He died on 1st of October at his house in Broad Sanctuary, and was buried in the north aisle of Westminster Abbey.
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