Steven Spielberg Major Events Timeline

  • Spielberg was born

    Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was also the oldest and only son of four children ("Steven Spielberg Biography").
  • Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War began on this date and the U.S. was involved to try to prevent communist takeover in South Vietnam ("Vietnam War").
  • Spielberg becomes a Boy Scout

    As a Boy Scout, Spielberg accomplished his merit badge for photography by creating a nine minute film called the Last Gunfight. After making this film, he became interested in being a filmmaker ("Steven Spielberg Interview").
  • JFK Assassination

    President John F. Kennedy was assassinated ("November...").
  • Spielberg creates the film Firelight

    17-year-old Spielberg made the film Firelight as his first full length feature film ("Steven Spielberg").
  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 was the first landing on the moon ("Top 10...").
  • Kent State Shootings

    National Guard troops opened fire on students, wounding nine and killing four people (Poulton).
  • First successful film

    Spielberg makes his first major box-office success film called Jaws (Clamen).
  • Married to Amy Irving

    Spielberg married Amy Irving and had a son named Max ("Steven Spielberg").
  • Divorce from Amy Irving

    Divorced Amy Irving and had to pay a one-hundred-million dollar settlement ("Steven Spielberg").
  • 2nd Marriage

    Married to actress Kate Capshaw and had four children and two adopted children ("Steven Spielberg Biography").
  • September 11th Attacks

    Hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, killing over 3,000 people ("9/11 Attacks").
  • Disability

    Spielberg is diagnosed with dislexia which explains why as a child, he had trouble reading in school ("Steven Spielberg Escaped...").