May 10, 1965
Krist Novoselic is born.
February 20, 1967
Kurt Cobain is born.
January 14, 1969
Dave Grohl is born.
Fall 1985
Kurt meets Krist. They play in several bands together, including Stiff Woodies.
December 1987
Kurt, Krist and drummer Aaron Burckhard form the original lineup of Nirvana in Aberdeen, Washington.
January 23, 1988
Nirvana records a 10-song demo with the "Godfather of Grunge," legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop co-honcho Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single. The band accepts.
October 30, 1988
Kurt smashes his first guitar.
June 1989
Bleach is released on Sub Pop. Nirvana embarks on a month-long U.S. tour.
September 25, 1990
Dave Grohl, former drummer for Washinton, D.C.'s Scream, joins Nirvana.
October 1990
Nirvana briefly tours England with L7.
Winter 1991
Nirvana signs with DGC Records.
August 1991
Nirvana opens for Sonic Youth on a European festival tour, which includes a landmark performance at the Reading Festival. The tour is documented in the film 1991: The Year Punk Broke.
September 24, 1991
Nevermind is released.
October 12, 1991
Nevermind is certified a gold album.
November 1991
The band starts a six-week European tour as Nirvanamania sweeps the United States. MTV airs "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video constantly; the song is hailed as an anthem for a generation.
January 11, 1992
Nevermind hits No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
January/February 1992
Nirvana tours Australia, Japan and Hawaii.
April 1992
Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.
June/July 1992
Nirvana tours Europe.
December 15, 1992
Incesticide, a collection of B-sides and rarities, is released. It goes gold the following spring.
April 9, 1993
Nirvana plays a concert at San Francisco's Cow Palace to raise awareness of and generate aid for rape survivors in Bosnia-Herzegovina. L7, the Breeders and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy are also on the bill.
September 21, 1993
In Utero is released.
October 18, 1993
Nirvana starts a three-month tour of North America.
November 19, 1993
Nirvana tapes an all-acoustic show for "MTV Unplugged" at Sony Studios in New York. Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets sit in on three Meat Puppets songs.
December 16, 1993
MTV airs Nirvana's "Unplugged" show.
January 7, 1994
Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It will be the band's last U.S. show.
February 6, 1994
Nirvana embarks on a tour of Europe.
April 8, 1994
Kurt Cobain is found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.
November 1, 1994
Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" performance is released as MTV Unplugged in New York. Two tracks not aired on the MTV broadcast appear on the album.
October 1, 1996
The Nirvana live album, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, is released, featuring performances from 1989 to 1994.


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