1940 – Harris was born in Jackson, Tennessee.
1964 – He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he majored in English and graduated.
1968 – He moved to New York City to work for the Associated Press.
1975 – His first novel, Black Sunday, was published.
1975 – Black Sunday.
1981 – Red Dragon.
1988 – His novel, The Silence of the Lambs, was released as a movie.
– Silence of the Lambs.
1999 – His novel, Hannibal, was also made into a movie and released in 2001.
2004 – Bantam Books signed Harris to an eight-figure, two-book contract.