25, 1943 Harrison
is born in Liverpool, England, to Harold and Louise Harrison.
1958 He joins The Quarrymen, a group that includes schoolmates Paul McCartney
and John Lennon.
He joins McCartney, Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe in a band called the Silver
1960 The band, now called the Beatles, goes to Germany, quickly becoming
a popular local act.
9, 1962 Producer George Martin, of EMI subsidiary Parlophone, signs Beatles
to first record contract.
1962 The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do," becomes a top-20 hit in
1963 "Please Please Me" becomes the Beatles' first chart-topping song
in Britain. The band's first album, also called "Please Please Me," is released the
23, 1963 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" becomes the band's first U.S. release;
weeks later, it is their first song to top the Billboard charts.
1964 Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan show and immediately become the biggest
band in America.
1964 First Beatles film, "A Hard Day's Night," is released.
21, 1966 Harrison marries Patti Boyd.
29, 1966 Beatles play last live show, at San Francisco's Candlestick
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," considered the band's magnum opus,
1968 Harrison releases film score "Wonderwall Music," his first solo
recording and first LP for Beatles' Apple label.
Harrison's song "Something" is No. 1 hit in United States for The Beatles.
10, 1970 McCartney announces he is leaving the Beatles, prompting the
band to split up.
Harrison releases solo album, "All Things Must Pass."
1, 1971 Concert for Bangladesh is held at Madison Square Garden with
friends including Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and Ravi Shankar. Three-LP live recording
2, 1974 Harrison becomes first Beatle to stage solo world tour.
7, 1976 He loses lawsuit by copyright holders of Lonnie Mack's "He's
So Fine," who claim it was basis for Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."
9, 1977 Harrison divorces Patti Boyd, who later marries Eric Clapton.
1, 1978 His son Dhani born.
2, 1978 Harrison marries Dhani's mother, Olivia Arias.
He establishes Handmade Films to produce Monty Python's "Life of Brian."
1981 Harrison's tribute to John Lennon, "All Those Years Ago," featuring
McCartney and Starr, peaks at No. 2 in United States.
1988 He hits No. 1 in the United States with "Got My Mind Set on You."
Handmade Films sells for $8.5 million.
1988 Harrison releases "Traveling Wilburys: Volume One" with Roy Orbison,
Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne.
1998 Harrison discloses that he has been treated for throat cancer.
30, 1999 He suffers a collapsed lung as he is stabbed several times by
deranged man who breaks into his home near London.
9, 2001 He confirms that he had radiation treatment in Switzerland for
29, 2001 Harrison dies of cancer.
25, 2002 Tree planted at Griffith Park in Los Angeles in memory of George
30, 2002 All-star
tribute concert in London for George Harrison.