1922 – He was born on the 11th day of June of this year.
1937 – Around this year, Goffman attented St. John’s Technical High School, Dauphin.
1939 – He studied chemistry in University of Manitoba in this year.
1945 – He received his B.A. at the University of Toronto this year and his M.A. in 1949.
1952 – He tied knot with Angelica Choate, with whom he had one son, Tom.
1959 – Goffman’s greatest contribution to social theory is his formulation of symbolic interaction as dramaturgical perspective in his book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.
1961 – He wrote Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. New York, Doubleday. He also wrote Frame analysis: An Essay on the Organization of Experience. Many of his works form the basis for the sociological and media studies concept of framing.
1964 – His wife Angelica committed suicide this year.
1978 – He was awarde In Medias Res, International Prize for Communicating.
1981 – He married the Canadian linguist Gillian Sankoff, with whom he had a daughter, Alice.
1982 – He died of stomach cancer on the 19th day of November this year.