10/15/1844 Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, in Röcken, Prussia
07/10/1846 Birth of Elisabeth Nietzsche, his sister
1848 Birth of Joseph Nietzsche, his brother
07/30/1849 Nietzsche`s father (age 36) dies of a brain tumor.
01/04/1850 Joseph Nietzsche dies. Franziska moves the family to Naumburg, close to relatives and friends.
1858 Enrolls at Schulpforta, near Naumburg, an elite school with only 200 students.
09/04/1864 Graduation from Schulpforta.
10/16/1864 Enrolls as student of theology and philology at the University of Bonn.
10/17/1865 Continues his studies at the University of Leipzig, where he discovers the works of Schopenhauer in Rohm`s second-hand bookshop
1866 Begins friendship with Erwin Rohde.
11/08/1868 Meets Richard Wagner in Leipzig.
1869 Begins writing The Birth of Tragedy
1869 Appointed professor of classical philology at the University of Basel.
05/28/1869 Gives acceptance speech at the University of Basel on "Homer and Classical Philology."
1870 Becomes tenured professor at University of Basel.
1870 Serves as a volunteer medical orderly in the Franco-Prussian war.
1870 Returns to Basel, and begins friendship with Franz Overbeck.
01/02/1872 Publication of The Birth of Tragedy
1872 Gives lectures on The Future of Our Educational Institutions (published posthumously).
1873 Writes the fragment Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks
1873 Meets Paul Rée.
1873 Writes the fragment On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense
08/08/1873 Publication of the first Untimely Meditation: David Strauss, the Confessor and the Writer
1873 Finishes the second Untimely Meditation: On the Use and Abuse of History for Life
02/22/1874 Publication of On the Use and Abuse of History for Life
10/15/1874 publication of the third Untimely Meditation: Schopenhauer as Educator
1875 begins work on the fourth Untimely Meditation: Richard Wagner in Bayreuth
1875 Begins friendship with Heinrich Köselitz, a/k/a Peter Gast.
1876 Writes the first part of Human, All Too Human
05/19/1876 Requests leave of absence from University of Basel (granted June 2, 1876).
1876 Nietzsche in Bayreuth for the last time. First Bayreuth Festival.
07/10/1876 Publication of the fourth Untimely Meditation: Richard Wagner in Bayreuth
10/26/1876 Arrives in Naples. Last meeting with Wagner
1876 Winter in Sorrento with Paul Rée, Malwida von Meysenbug and Nietzsche`s student, Albert Brenner.
1877 Leaves Sorrento.
10/17/1877 Requests extension of leave of absence from University of Basel.
01/10/1878 Sends manuscript of Human, All Too Human to his publisher.
02/11/1878 Requests extension of leave of absence from University of Basel.
1878 Publication of Human, All Too Human (Nietzsche sends copy to Wagner; their last correspondence).
03/20/1879 Publication of Mixed Opinions and Maxims
05/02/1879 From Geneva, sends letter of resignation to the University of Basel.
06/14/1879 University accepts resignation, and grants six-year pension.
12/18/1879 Publication of The Wanderer and His Shadow
1880 Travels to Venice with Heinrich Köselitz.
1880 Leaves Venice.
1880 Arrives in Genoa. Works on The Dawn
01/25/1881 Sends manuscript of The Dawn to Köselitz.
05/01/1881 Leaves Genoa.
1881 Publication of The Dawn
1881 Arrives in Sils-Maria
10/01/1881 Leaves Sils-Maria for Genoa
02/04/1882 Paul Rée visits Nietzsche in Genoa. They travel to Monte Carlo.
1882 Nietzsche stays in Rapallo.
04/01/1882 Nietzsche arrives in Sicily.
Writes Idylls From Messina
04/24/1882 Nietzsche arrives in Rome.
04/25/1882 Nietzsche meets Lou Salomé.
1882 Publishes Idylls From Messina
06/15/1882 Finishes The Gay Science
1882 Nietzsche in Leipzig.
09/10/1882 Publication of The Gay Science
10/01/1882 Paul Rée and Lou Salomé arrive in Leipzig for a one-month visit; Nietzsche`s friendship with Rée and Salomé deteriorates.
11/05/1882 Rée and Salomé travel to Paris. Nietzsche makes plans to join them; he never sees them again.
1883 Begins to write Thus Spoke Zarathustra
02/13/1883 Friend Richard Wagner dies in Venice.
02/14/1883 From Genoa, Nietzsche sends manuscript of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part I to his publisher.
05/03/1883 Nietzsche travels to Rome for a five-week visit.
06/14/1883 Leaves Rome and heads to Sils-Maria
06/18/1883 Nietzsche arrives in Sils-Maria where he writes Part II of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
1883 Publication of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part I.
09/05/1883 Leaves Sils-Maria for Naumburg.
09/07/1883 Arrives in Naumburg for a five-week visit. Elisabeth (his sister) engaged to Bernhard Förster, a leader of the German anti-Semitic movement.
11/23/1883 Nietzsche arrives in Nice.
1883 Meets Dr. Julius Paneth, a Viennese zoologist, from whom Sigmund Freud first learned of Nietzsche.
01/18/1884 Completes Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part III (partially written in Eze).
1884 Publication of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part III.
04/21/1884 Leaves Nice for a seven-week visit in Venice.
08/26/1884 Heinrich von Stein visits Nietzsche in Sils-Maria.
11/02/1884 Arrives in Menton; begins to write Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part IV.
1885 Publication of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part IV (privately printed for select friends).
06/07/1885 Arrives in Sils-Maria; begins to write Beyond Good and Evil.
08/04/1886 Publication of Beyond Good and Evil.
10/20/1887 Publication of Hymn to Life, for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra.
11/16/1887 Publication of On the Genealogy of Morals.
1888 Arrives in Turin.
1888 Writes The Case of Wagner and Dionysus Dithyrambs.
1888 Writes Ecce Homo (published posthumously April 1908). It is suggested that this work was withheld until after his death so that Elisabeth could publish excerpts as her own writings.
1889 Mental breakdown in Turin.
1889 Under the care of his mother in Jena and Naumburg (1889-1897)
01/24/1889 Twilight of the Idols
1889 Nietzsche contra Wagner: Out of the Files of a Psychologist
11/09/1894 The Antichrist
1897 Death of Nietzsche`s mother. Elisabeth moves him to Weimar.
08/25/1900 Friedrich Nietzsche died in Weimar on August 25, 1900.