1951 – Randy Shilts, born on the 8th of August in Davenport, Iowa. He was a highly acclaimed, pioneering gay American journalist and author.
1971 – During his college days, he "came out" publicly as a gay man at age 20, and ran for student office with the slogan "Come out for Shilts."
1975 – Graduated at the University of Oregon major in Journalism.
1981 – He was finally hired as a national correspondent by the San Francisco Chronicle, becoming "the first openly gay reporter with a gay ‘beat’ in the American mainstream press".
1982 – His first book, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, is a biography of the first openly gay San Francisco politician, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated by a political rival.
1987 – His second book, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic was published.
– Won the Stonewall Book Award and brought him nationwide literary fame.
– He was found to be HIV positive in March.
1988 – Honoured with Outstanding Author award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
1990 – Awarded by Mather Lectureship at Harvard University.
1992 – Came down with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and suffered a collapsed lung.
1993 – His last book, Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the US Military: Vietnam to the Persian Gulf, which examined discrimination against lesbians and gays in the military, was published.
– Received Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists’ Association.
– He came down with Kaposi’s sarcoma.
1994 – Died, aged 42, at his ten-acre ranch in Guerneville, Sonoma County, California, on the 17th of February being survived by his partner, Barry Barbieri, his mother, and his brothers.
1999 – The Department of Journalism at New York University ranked his AIDS reporting for the Chronicle, as number 44 on a list of the top 100 works of journalism in the United States in the 20th century.