1899 – He was born in New York City on the 17th of July.
1918 – He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and attended Columbia University.
1922 – On 28th of September, he married dancer Frances Willard Vernon.
1930 – Cagney starred in the stage play "Sinner’s Holiday", starring Grant Withers.
1931 – He acted in the crime film classic "The Public Enemy".
1938 – He played fictional gangster Rocky Sullivan in "Angels with Dirty Faces".
1939 – He worked opposite Humphrey Bogart in "The Roaring Twenties’.
1942 – He won an Oscar playing George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
1942-1944 – He was one of the founders of the Screen Actors Guild and its president.
1949 – He returned to his gangster roots in Raoul Walsh’s film "White Heat".
1955 – He played the role of tyrannical ship captain opposite Jack Lemmon and Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts".
1974 – He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Film Institute.
1981 – He received the Kennedy Center Honors.
1984 – His friend Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1986 – He died on the 30th of March at his Dutchess County farm in Clinton Corners, New York, of a heart attack.