1952 – Christopher Reeve, born on the 25th of September in New York City, was an American actor, director, producer and writer. His father, Franklin d’Olier Reeve, was a poet and scholar.
1970 – After graduating from Princeton Day School in June, Reeve acted in plays in Boothbay, Maine, and planned to go to New York City to find a career in theater. Instead, at the advice of his mother, he applied for college.
1974 – Returned to stateside. Reeve took over the role of Ben Harper on the long-running soap opera Love of Life.
1978 – Blockbuster Superman: The Movie. The film was one of the year’s most popular and earned Reeve a British Academy Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He went on to reprise the role in the film’s three sequels, none of which matched the quality and verve of the original.
1992 – Married Dana Morosini. Reeve credited much of his post-accident survival to his wife, former cabaret singer. After Reeve separated from Gae Exton. He and Exton, a modeling executive whom he met while filming the first Superman in England, never married, but had two children together. He also had a son with Morosini.
1995 – Was paralyzed from the neck-down after being thrown from his horse on the 27th of May. He had no recollection of the incident. Witnesses said that Buck started the jump over the third fence, and then suddenly stopped.
– Taken to the Kessler Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, New Jersey on the 28th of June. He was given several blood transfusions in the first few weeks due to very low hemoglobin and protein levels.
1996 – Appeared at the Academy Awards to a long standing ovation and gave a speech about Hollywood’s duty to make movies that face the world’s most important issues head-on.
2004 – He fell into a coma and was taken to North Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York. Eighteen hours later, on the 10th of October, Reeve died of heart failure at the age of 52. His doctor, John McDonald, believed that it was an adverse reaction to the antibiotic that caused his death.