1927 – Born on February 20th in Miami, Florida. A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas, (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of a dirt farmer.
1945 – At 18, he went to New York, did menial jobs and slept in a bus terminal toilet.
1960-1961 – Was nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "A Raisin in the Sun," a role that he recreated in the film version of the same same, A Raisin in the Sun.
1963 – Became the first black man to win an Academy Award for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field.
1964 – Received a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actor for "Lilies of the Field".
1967 – First African-American actor to place autograph, hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
1969 – Received an Golden Glove for World Film Favorite, Male category.
1972 – Directed the movies "Ghost Dad", "Hanky Panky", "Stir Crazy", "A Piece of the Action", "Let’s Do It Again", "Uptown Saturday Night", "A Warm December" and "Buck and the Preacher".
1974 – Appointed as the Knight of the British Empire.
1976 – Married to Joanna Shimkus on Janaury 23rd.
1992 – Recipient of American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.
1995 – Received Kennedy Center Honor.
1998 – Member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.
2005 – Premiere Magazine ranked him as #20 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature.