1868 – He was probably between these year in East Texas, near Linden.
1871 – After this year, the Joplin family moved to Texarkana, Texas, and Scott’s mother cleaned homes so Scott could have a place to practice his music.
1882 – His mother had purchased a piano. Showing musical ability at an early age, the young Joplin received free piano lessons from a German music teacher, Julius Weiss, who gave him a well-rounded knowledge of classical music form.
1891 – After organizing The Texas Medley Quartette, he helped them to sing their way to, and back from, Syracuse, New York. He was part of a minstrel troupe in Texarkana.
1893 – At this year World’s Fair, in Chicago, Illinois, he heard the latest music, including the concert band of John Phillip Sousa, who played there daily.
1895 – He was in Syracuse, selling two songs, "Please Say You Will" and "A Picture of Her Face".
1898 – He had sold six pieces for the piano. Of the six, only "Original Rags", a compilation of existing melodies that he wrote collaboratively, is a ragtime piece. The other five were "Please Say You Will", "A Picture of Her Face", two marches, and a waltz.
1899 – Joplin sold what would become his most famous piece, "Maple Leaf Rag" to John Stark & Son, a Sedalia music publisher. Joplin received a one-cent royalty for each copy and ten free copies for his own use, as well as an advance.
1900 – Early this year, with a growing national reputation based on the success of "Maple Leaf Rag", Joplin moved to St. Louis, Missouri with his new wife, Belle. While living there, he produced some of his best-known works, including "The Entertainer", "Elite Syncopations", "March Majestic", and "Ragtime Dance".
1911 – A New York-based music magazine spoke in glowing terms of Joplin’s musicality way of playing ragtime. However, in St. Louis, opinions differed. Arthur Marshall, a good friend and student of Joplin, said "he played slowly, but exceedingly good.
1916 – He wanted to experiment further with compositions like Treemonisha, but by this year, he was suffering from the effects of terminal syphilis.
1917 – In mid-January of this year, he was hospitalized at Manhattan State Hospital in New York City. Joplin died there on April 1, 1917. Joplin was 49 or 50 years of age.