Dr. Seuss

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  • Born in Springfield, MA

    Born in Springfield, MA
    Parents: Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss. His older sister was Margaretha or "Marnie." The German pronunciation of Seuss was Zoyce, but readers pronounced it Soose, rhyming with Mother Goose, so he did, too.
  • World War I begins

  • World War I ends

    World War I ends
  • Prohibition began

    Prohibition began
    When Prohibition began, Ted's father lost his job at the family brewery. Times were harder in the household.
  • Attended Oxford University

    Attended Oxford University
    He met Helen Palmer, another American student, who was studying to be a teacher. When he dropped out of Oxford, he added "Dr." to Seuss because he had disappointed his father.
  • Moved to New York City to work at Judge magazine

    Moved to New York City to work at Judge magazine
    Getting this job meant that he was financially able to marry Helen, who had been teaching in New Jersey after her graduation from Oxford University.
  • Married Helen Palmer

    Married Helen Palmer
  • Drew the cartoon about Flit, a popular bug killer

    Drew the cartoon about Flit, a popular bug killer
    He was then offered a job at H.K. McCann Advertising Agency, makers of Flit insect spray, for whom Dr. Seuss drew advertisements for the next seventeen years. (Photo: VintageCatalogdotnet)
  • Great Depression begins with Stock Market Crash

    Great Depression begins with Stock Market Crash
  • Ted's mother died

    Ted's mother died
    Death month and date not available.
  • Prohibition ends

    Prohibition ends
  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

    And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
    And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry StreetOn trip to Europe in 1936, he wrote the story. It was sent to 27 publishers who all refused it. Vanguard Press (#28) agreed--the editor was a college buddy of Dr. Seuss!
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

    The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
    The idea came from his collection of hats obtained from all his travels.
  • The King's Stilts

    The King's Stilts
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  • Horton Hatches the Egg

    Horton Hatches the Egg
    Horton Hatches the Egg The Mayzie bird will lend her name to another Seuss character, Daisy-Head Mayzie.
  • Joined U.S. Army Motion Picture Unit

    Joined U.S. Army Motion Picture Unit
    Private SNAFU: Camoflague (YouTube)Assigned to Information and Education Division at Fox Studio, Hollywood, to make training movies for soldiers. He created the character Private SNAFU. He and Helen bought a house in La Jolla, CA. In 1944, his promotion was to Major.
  • Discharged from U.S. Army

    Discharged from U.S. Army
  • Received Academy Award(s)

    Received Academy Award(s)
    1946 : Your Job in Germany, or Hitler Lives ; 1947 - Design for Death (a documentary about Japanese people) ; 1951 - Gerald McBoing-Boing. View the YouTube clip. Note : monthes and days unavailable
  • McElligott's Pool

    McElligott's Pool
    1948 Caldecott Honor Medal and 1950 Young Reader's Choice Award ; Marco from Mulberry Street reappears in this story.
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

    Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck

    Bartholomew and the Oobleck
    1950 Caldecott Honor Medal ; Bartholomew reappears from The 500 Hats in a sort of sequel.
  • If I Ran the Zoo

    If I Ran the Zoo
    1951 Caldecott Honor Medal. The word "nerd" was coined in this story and accepted into English vocabulary.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka

    Racial segregation of schools is illegal in the U.S.
  • Horton Hears a Who!

    Horton Hears a Who!
    Horton Hears a Who!Month/day unavailable ; In 1967, made into a TV special which won a Peabody Award.
  • If I Ran the Circus

    If I Ran the Circus
  • Sputnik and the Frisbee

    Sputnik and the Frisbee
    The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 and 2 into orbit on October 4 and November 3, respectively. Wham-O makes the first frisbee!
  • The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat
    The Cat in the Hat used 225 easy-to-read words.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Grinch was his favorite character--Dr. Seuss had a personalized car tag "GRINCH." The televised version (1966) by Chuck Jones won a Peabody Award. They next produced "Halloween Is Grinch Night" and "The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat"--both won Emmy Awards.
  • Beginner Books at Random House founded

    The three editors were Ted, Helen, and Phyllis Cerf. Helen wrote and edited stories, signing her name "Mrs. Dr. Seuss." The Cat in the Hat was the first title in the series.
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

    Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
    Yertle was based upon Hitler. According to Wikipedia, "The Red Hot Chili Peppers adapted the story in the song "Yertle the Turtle" on their second album, Freaky Styley, released in 1985."
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    One Fish, Two Fish has been developed into parodies and theme park features.
  • Green Eggs and Ham

    Green Eggs and Ham
    Bennett Cerf, his publisher, bet him $50 he could not write a book using only 50 words. This is the most popular Seuss book, and the fourth most popular children's book of all times according to Publishers Weekly. Cerf never paid his bet! View it on YouTube!
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC

    Dr. Seuss's ABC
    YouTube video A film is planned for 2013 featuring his alphabet.
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories

    The Sneetches and Other Stories
    Four stories with morals, they reminded readers of racial equality.
  • Hop on Pop

    Hop on Pop
  • U.S. Civil Rights Act passed

  • Fox in Spcks

    Fox in Spcks
    This was his first book of tongue twisters.
  • Helen Palmer Geisel dies

    Helen Palmer Geisel dies
  • Married Audrey Dimond

  • U.S. Apollo 11, first manned mission to land on the moon

    U.S. Apollo 11, first manned mission to land on the moon
  • The Lorax

    The Lorax
    Dr. Seuss claimed this as his favorite book. It was made into a TV special first aired Feb. 14, 1972, an animated film to be released March 2, 2012 on Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday.
  • Microsoft founded

  • The Butter Battle Book

    The Butter Battle Book
    Purpose in writing was to make people think about nuclear war. It was the first children's book to spend six months on the New York Times Book Review adult best seller list. It was made-for-TV . In 1990, it was televised in the Soviet Union. Ironically (?), this occurred just before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • Awarded Pulitzer Prize

    Awarded Pulitzer Prize
    Won for his half century of contributions to "the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents." He was the first children's author to win this prestigious award. [approximate day]
  • Awarded honorary degree from Princeton University

    Doctorate of Fine Arts - when he received his award, the entire graduating classes stood and recited Green Eggs and Ham for him. Michelle Obama was a member of that class!
  • The Big Brag

    The Big Brag
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  • The Lorax subject of censorship

    The Lorax subject of censorship
    Laytonville, CA, in the heart of California's logging industry was the scene; according to Wikipedia: "Terri Birkett, a member of a family-owned hardwood flooring factory, authored The Truax,[3] offering a logging-friendly perspective to an anthropomorphic tree known as the Guardbark." The Lorax Project
  • Oh, The Places You'll Go!

    Oh, The Places You'll Go!
    This was the last book he published before his death.
  • Dr. Seuss died

    At the time of his death, over 200 million copies of his books had sold worldwide.
  • Daisy-Head Mayzie

    Daisy-Head Mayzie
    Published posthumously, this was the last book officially written by Dr. Seuss although he did not illustrate it. View its book trailer.
  • My Many Colored Days

    My Many Colored Days
    Published posthumously by Alfred A. Knopf; illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss

    The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
    Jim Henson Productions produced the first TV series based on Seuss characters. Forty episodes were produced with the show airing until December 28, 1997.
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

    Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
    "The book is based on verses and sketches created by Seuss before his death in 1991, and was expanded to book length and completed by writer [Jack] Prelutsky and illustrator [Lane] Smith."--Wikipedia
  • Dr. Seuss National Memorial and Sculpture Gardens open

    Dr. Seuss National Memorial and Sculpture Gardens open
    The sculptor of the gardens was Dr. Seuss's step-daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates.
  • The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

    The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
    Reissue of early works
  • Sources cited

    Sources cited
    Pascal, Janet B. Who Was Dr. Seuss? NY: Grosset and Dunlap, 2011.
    Primm, E. Russell, ed. Favorite Children's Authors and Illustrators. Chanhassen, MN: Tradition Publ., 2007.
    Woods, Mae. Dr. Seuss. Edina, MN: ABDO, 2000.
    "Dr. Seuss," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Seuss
    Official website: Seussville
    book covers courtesy amazon.com and wikipedia
    images courtesy openclipart.org and animationlibrary.com
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    Attends Dartmouth College

    Edited and wrote for Jack-O-Lantern, a humor amagazine on campus
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    Ted's father employed as supervisor of Springfield's public park system

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    World War II

    During WWII, Dr. Seuss drew political cartoons for PM magazine to convince America to enter the war. German forces surrender at Rheims, northern France.