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Oh, the Things He has Done! A Timeline of Dr. Seuss

  • Birthday

    On March 2, 1904, Theodore Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • Pen Name of Seuss

    Pen Name of Seuss
    Theodore Geisel decides to use the pen name Seuss while writing at Dartmourth College.
  • Becomes a Dr. (of sorts)

    Becomes a Dr. (of sorts)
    Seuss adds Dr. to his pen name after he drops out of Oxford University. He wanted his father to think he had received his doctorate in literature.
  • Marriage

    Geisel marries Helen Palmer.
  • Publishes first children's book

    Publishes first children's book
    Dr. Seuss publishes his first book for children, And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
  • Wins Legion of Merit

    Wins Legion of Merit
    Geisel serves in the army during World War 11. He wins the Legion of Merit award for his film-making during this time period.
  • To the Zoo!

    To the Zoo!
    Dr. Seuss publishes the book If I Ran the Zoo. Geisel's father was a zookeeper.
  • The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat
    After reading a report on children's illiteracy, Dr. Seuss wants to create a book that will be exciting and help children learn how to read. Using only 220 key words for children, he creates The Cat in the Hat.
  • Pulitzer Prize

    Pulitzer Prize
    Dr. Seuss wins the Pultizer Prize (in addition to Academy Awards and numerous other honors) He was the author and illustrator of 44 books for children.
  • Death

    Dr. Seuss dies at the age of eighty-seven. His life and works are celebrated annually by Dr. Seuss Day events across the country.