1908 – He was born on the 31st day of August this year in Fresno, California.
1911- His father was forced to take farm-laboring work, and he died this year.
1921 – He attended technical school to learn to type, but left at the age of fifteen; his mother had shown him some of his father’s writings, and he decided to become a writer.
1930 – His first stories appeared this year.
1933 – His book “The Broken Wheel", was written under the name Sirak Goryan. It was published in the Armenian journal Hairenik this year.
1934 – He made his breakthrough in Story magazine with "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze", the title taken from the 19th century song "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze".
1940 – His short story collection My Name is Aram (1940), an international bestseller, was about a young boy and the colorful characters of his immigrant family. It has been translated into many languages.
1943 – He married the eighteen-year-old Carol Marcus (1924-2003); they had two children, Aram Saroyan and the late Lucy.
1948 – His play The Time of Your Life was adapted into a film starring James Cagney.
1952 – He published the first of several book-length memoirs, The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills.
1958 – He lived mainly in Paris, where he had an apartment.
1960 – Many of Saroyan’s later plays, such as The Paris Comedy, The London Comedy, premiered in Europe.
1970 – He managed to write himself out of debt and create substantial income.
1981 – He died on the 18th day of May this year.