1912 – He was born on May 16 this year in New York City.
1926 – His parents ran a rooming house that was a collecting point for people of all types.
1939 – He married Ida Goldberg and had one son, Paul, named after Paul Robeson.
1934 – He attended the University of Chicago, and received a J.D. degree in this year.
1952 – He is well known for his radio program titled “The Studs Terkel Program” that aired on 98.7 WFMT Chicago between this year and 1997.
1956 – He published his first book Giants of Jazz.
1970 – He is perhaps best known for his oral histories like the book he wrote this year with a title “Hard Times.”
1985 – He won this year Pulitzer Award for The Good War, which challenged the prevailing notion that World War II was a time of unblemished national solidarity, goodwill, and unified purpose in contrast to the Vietnam War era.
1997 – He was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1999 – He received the George Polk Career Award.
2005 – He underwent successful open-heart surgery. At 93 years old, he was one of the oldest people to undergo this form of surgery.
2006 – He along with other plaintiffs, filed a suit in federal district court against AT&T to stop them from giving customer phone records to the National Security Agency without a court order