Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
1950 – Born in New Rochelle, New York, on the 28th of April. American comedian and television host.
1973 – Received his Bachelor’s degree in Speech therapy from Emerson College.
1978 – He had appeared on television, acted in the film American Hot Wax but hit paydirt with his late-night television appearances.
1980 – Married to Mavis Nicholson on November 30th.
1982 – He and his wife were contestants on the couples game show "Tattletales".
1992 – Hosted his own late-night talk show, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
1995 – The Tonight Show took over the lead and has generally had higher ratings ever since.
– His victory was well-publicized, but empty, though he did gain a measure of revenge when his show beat Letterman’s for the Emmy.
– Wrote autobiography "Leading with My Chin".
2003 – He hosted NBC’s morning talk show "Today".
2005 – When Johnny Carson died in January, he did one night of the The Tonight Show as a tribute to his predecessor.
2007 – Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $32 million.
2009 – He will step down as host of the "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
– NBC announced that Conan O’Brien would take over The Tonight Show.