1936 – Born on November 30th in Worcester, Massachusetts. American political activist and founder of the Youth International Party (Yippies), who was known for his successful media events.
1959-1960 – Received psychology degrees from both Brandeis University and the University of California at Berkeley.
1968 – Was active in the American civil-rights movement before turning his energies to organizing the Yippies, who were dedicated to protesting the Vietnam War and the American economic and political system.
– Hoffman was convicted of crossing state lines with intent to riot at the Democratic Party’s national convention in Chicago.
1969 – He gained widespread media attention for his exploits, most notably for his courtroom antics as a defendant in the so-called Chicago Seven trial.
1973 – He was arrested on charges of selling cocaine.
– Hoffman went underground, underwent plastic surgery, assumed the alias Barry Freed, and worked as an environmental activist in New York state.
1980 – He resurfaced and served a year in prison before resuming his environmental efforts.
– He was the author of such books as Revolution for the Hell of It, Steal This Book, and an autobiography, Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture.
1989 – Died on April 12th in New Hope, Pennsylvania.