1931 – Ailey was born 5th of January in Rogers, Texas.
1945 – Attended the dance classes held by choreoghrapher Katherine Dunham and took dancing lessons under Lester Horton while studying in college.
1953 – When Horton died, Ailey became the director and resident choreographer for the Lester Horton Dance Theater. He was able to choreographed three original dances for Horton’s company namely: "Creation of the World", "According to St. Francis", and "Mourning Morning".
1954 – Made his Broadway debut in Truman Capote’s "House of Flowers".
1958 – Founded The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which features african-american dancers.
1964 – Directed the Langston Hughes’s Jericho-Jim Crow.
1979 – Received the Spingarin Medal of the NACCP award.
1989 – Died 1st of December at the age of 57 after acquiring AIDS.