1863 – Edward William Bok was born on the 9th of October, in Den Helder, The Netherlands.
1869 – At the age of six, he immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, USA.
1870 – He entered public schools of Brooklyn, New York.
1873 – He obtained first position in Frost’s Bakery, Smith Street, Brooklyn, at 50 cents per week.
1876 – He became an office boy with the Western Union Telegraph Company.
1882 – He began work with Henry Holt and Company.
1884 – He became involved with Charles Scribner’s Sons, where he eventually became advertising manager.
1884 – He became editor of The Brooklyn Magazine.
1886 – He founded The Bok Syndicate Press.
1889 – He gained the editorship of Ladies Home Journal.
– During his editorship, the journal became the first magazine in the world to have 1 million subscribers.
1896 – He married Mary Louise Curtis Bok.
1911 – He founded, with others, The Child Federation of Philadelphia.
1912 – He published: The Edward Bok Books of Self-Knowledge; five volumes: Fleming H. Revell Company.
1913 – He founded, with others, The Merion Civic Association, at Merion, Pennsylvania.
1915 – He published Why I Believe in Poverty: Houghton, Mifflin Company.
1916 – He published poem, God’s Hand, set to music by Josef Hofmann: Schirmer &Company.
1917 – He was vice-president Philadelphia Belgian Relief Commission.
– He was q member of National Y. M. C. A. War Work Council.
– He was State chairman for Pennsylvania of Y. M. C. A. War Work Council.
1918 – He was a member of Executive Committee and chairman of Publicity Committee, Philadelphia War Chest.
– He was Chairman of Philadelphia Y. M. C. A. Recruiting Committee.
– He was State chairman for Pennsylvania of United War Work Campaign.
– On the August and November, hevisited the battle-fronts in France as guest of the British
1919 – After 30 years at the journal, he retired.
– Bok is credited with coining the word "living room" to replace the American "parlor".
1920 – Wrote his autobiography, "The Americanization of Edward Bok", which won the Gold Medal of the Academy of Political and Social Science and the Pulitzer Prize for best autobiography.
1930 – Edward William Bok died On the 9th of January.