Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
1916 – He was born on the 9th day of December this year in Amsterdam, New York, USA.
1941 – He then served in the U.S. Navy from the entry of the US into World War II in this year until it ended in 1945.
1943 – His former classmate, Diana Dill, appeared on the cover of Life magazine. Seeing her photograph, Douglas told his fellow sailors that he would marry her, which he did on November 2 of this year.
1946 – He got his his first screen role in the Hal B. Wallis movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with actress Lauren Bacall.
1949 – He was nominated for Best Actor in the Academy Awards for the movie “Champion”.
1954 – He married Anne Buydens this year.
1957 – He won Golden Globe Award’s Best Actor trophy for the movie “Lust for Life”.
1984 – He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1996 – He suffered a stroke, partially impairing his ability to speak. This year, he also received his Academy’s Honorary Award.
2004 – The Palm Springs International Film Society and Film Festival named The Avenue "Kirk Douglas Way" in Palm Springs, California in his honor. He also wrote a book about the death of his son in this year.
2006 – He appeared on Entertainment Tonight, where the entire staff wished him a Happy 90th Birthday, the night before, where his son Michael Douglas, along with Michael’s wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, among the many other celebrities who attended his birthday.