|1920||Henry Charles Bukowski born in Andernach Germany [August 16]||Andernach, Germany
Coblenz (now Koblenz), Germany
|Los Angeles population is 576,673. The population would double during the first half of the decade, due in large part to the rise of the Hollywood movie studios.||1920|
|1921||Amelia Earhart begins taking flying lessons in Los Angeles.
Charlie Chaplin makes his first feature film, The Kid.
Italian welder Simon Rodia begins work on the Watts Towers. He would work on the towers for 34 years.
|1922||Los Angeles gets its first radio stations: KFI, KHJ and KNX.
Hollywood bowl opens.
|1923||Bukowski's come to America aboard the steamship SS President Fillmore [April 18]||Baltimore
231 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 (with relatives)
S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA
|Opened in 1919, "New York style bar and restaurant" Francois changes its name to Musso & Frank(s)
Hollywood Legion Stadium opens, home of the big Friday night boxing matches through the 1950s.
|1924||2110 Trinity street, Los Angeles, CA 90011||Los Angeles population tops one million.
The "Hollywoodland" sign is constructed atop Mt. Lee. Its thirteen 50-foot letters are lit by four thousand 20 watt light bulbs.
Lionel Sternberger invents the cheeseburger in Pasadena.
|1925||Attends San Marino School (now Valentine School), just South of Pasadena.||Los Angeles Central Library opens.
Los Angeles Wrigley Field opens.
Packard car dealership at 7th and Flower streets puts up the first neon sign in Los Angeles.
|1926||Attends Virginia Road Elementary School.
Father drives dairy delivery truck for L.A. Creamery.
|4511 W 28th St., Los Angeles, CA 90016||Route 66 is created when a 2,400-plus mile stretch of road connecting Los Angeles and Chicago is designated as U.S. Highway 66.||1926|
|1927||Aviator Charles Lindbergh arrives in Los Angeles and is given a parade through the city, ending at the Los Angeles Coliseum where he gives a speech to 60,000 schoolchildren.
First feature-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre opens.
|1928||Los Angeles City Hall opens.
Just Northwest of Los Angeles the two year old St. Francis Dam collapses, temporarily cutting off power to the city.
Gambling ships start to appear outside the three mile limit off the coast.
Walt Disney releases animated "talkie" Steamboat Willie, giving birth to Mickey Mouse.
|1929||Chateau Marmont Hotel opens.
Roosevelt Highway (later renamed Pacific Coast Highway) opens.
Wyatt Earp dies in Los Angeles at the age of 80.
Graf Zeppelin touches down in Los Angeles after circumnavigating the globe.
|1930||Attends Virginia Road Elementary School.
Father drives dairy delivery truck for L.A. Creamery.
|4511 W 28th St., Los Angeles, CA 90016||Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opens.
The area of the original Pueblo of Los Angeles is renovated and opens as Olvera Street.
|1931||2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016||Canter's Delicatessen opens in original Boyle Heights location.||1931|
|1932||Los Angeles hosts the games of the X Olympiad.
Unemployment in Los Angeles rises to 23% at the height of the Great Depression.
Two inches of snow falls on Los Angeles.
|1933||Attends Mount Vernon Junior High School.
Breaks out in an extreme case of Acne Vulgaris and undergoes painful treatments.
|6.3 magnitude earthquake in Long Beach kills 115.||1933|
|1934||Santa Anita Park racetrack opens.||1934|
|1935||Begins going to the library; the Baldwin Hills branch of the Los Angeles Public Library at 2906 S. La Brea Ave., 90016.
Writes first short story about a WWI pilot.
|The Griffith Observatory opens in Griffith Park.||1935|
|1936||Bukowski's father loses his job yet pretends to go to work every day.
Begins Susan Miller Dorsey High School. [Sep]
|The Army Corps of Engineers begins building concrete walls around 48 miles of the flood-prone Los Angeles River. The project will take 20 years to complete.
Los Angeles Chief of Police James Edgar "Two-Gun" Davis sends 125 officers to the borders of Nevada and Oregon in an attempt to keep "Okies" fleeing the dust bowl from reaching Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles train makes its first run between Chicago and Los Angeles.
|1937||Transfers to Los Angeles High School. [Sep]||Howard Hughes sets a coast-to-coast flying record of 7 hours, 28 minutes flying from Los Angeles to Newark.||1937|
|1938||Bugsy Siegel opens a Speakeasy at the Castillo del Lago mansion on Hollywoodland's Durand Drive.
Los Angeles River floods causing 144 deaths and destroying thousands of homes.
Hollywood Park (officially the Hollywood Turf Club) opens.
|1939||Graduates from Los Angeles High School.
Attends Los Angeles City College to study Journalism and English.
|Union Station opens in Downtown Los Angeles. [5/3]
93 people killed in the only tropical storm to make landfall in Southern California (Long Beach) in the 20th century. [9/25]
|1940||Father throws Bukowski's possessions and manuscripts onto the front lawn after reading his short stories, Bukowski leaves home temporarily and finds a room on Temple Street (with financial assistance from his mother).||First publication; letter to the editor of LA City College paper, Cubby Hole.
Short story and poem [apparently] published in Write, Vol. 1 No. 2 (no copies known to exist - would be first published poetry and prose).
|2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
Temple street, Los Angeles, CA
2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
|Works part time (very briefly) in stockroom of Sears & Roebuck department store at 4540 W Pico Blvd. for 55 cents an hour.||America's first freeway, The Arroyo Seco Parkway opens between Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.
The first hotel ever built in Los Angeles, The Bella Union (opened in 1849), is torn down.
|1941||Leaves Los Angeles City College without graduating. [June]||2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016||Works in the Southern Pacific railroad yards (unverified), and making auto transmission parts at Borg-Warner, 1516 S. Flower St.||The Colorado River Aqueduct is completed and brings its first water to the city.||1941|
|1942||Leaves Los Angeles to strike out on his own and see the country. While he claimed to have lived in many cities during this period, written evidence suggests he was in New Orleans and Philadelphia for the bulk of his time away from Los Angeles.||Ft. Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Savannah, Miami, St. Louis, San Francisco [Bukowski talked and wrote about spending time in each of these cities, but there are so far no verified addresses for him in any of them]||Works at Di Pinna clothing store, 1036 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Works as an "errand boy" in the composing room of The New Orleans Item newspaper for 40 cents an hour. 722-730 Union St.
|U.S. soldiers empty Little Tokyo and deport all Japanese Americans out of the city in enforcement of an Executive Order decreeing that all Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals be evacuated from the West Coast.
"The Battle of Los Angeles," a false alarm of a Japanese attack, causes city-wide scare, including anti aircraft fire into the night sky.
|1943||Sends letter to draft board in New Orleans stating that he has no intention of reporting for induction due to his "personal philosophy." Draft board threatens to hand his case over to the U. S. Attorney's Office. [June]
Reports to New Orleans draft board where they reject him for military service. [7/2]
Loses virginity to a woman he describes as a "300 pound whore."
|The Venice Riots break out after soldiers claim a soldier has been stabbed on the beachfront by the pachucos (young Mexican Americans wearing zoot suits). 500 sailors and civilians attacked young Mexican Americans as they exited a dance at the Aragon Ballroom. "Zoot Suit Riots" would continue around the city for a month as soldiers, sailors and marines came in from out of town intent on attacking the pachucos.
Los Angeles experiences its first "smog attack."
|1944||New Orleans draft board decides to re-open his case, they want him examined by a psychiatrist to determine whether he is a "malingerer," but they can't find him. [March]
Taken into custody by FBI agents in Philadelphia for suspected draft evasion [7/22]; spends 17 days in century-old Moyamensing Prison.
Exempted from service in World War II for "Failing To Meet Medical Standards" after a physical and psychological evaluation. [8/7]
|Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip published in March/April issue of Story Magazine.||261 W 16th, New York, NY 10011
2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
|Works in American News Company distribution warehouse, 11 Park Pl., New York
Works at Fairmount Motors, for 65 cents an hour. 16th and Fairmount St., Philadelphia.
Works at the Nabisco plant, 1325 West Glenwood Avenue, Philadelphia.
|Peak of ridership of the Pacific Electric Railway (red car) streetcars, with 109 million riders on more than 1,150 miles of track in four counties.||1944|
|1945||2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
1623 Green St., Philadelphia PA 19130 [Oct/Nov]
|Works at Merry Co. (picture frame factory), 634 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.
Works at Snap-on tool warehouse for 65 cents an hour, 1601 Fairmount, Philadelphia.
|Japan formally surrenders, ending World War II [9/2].
Film workers union goes on an eight month strike, halting film production and polarizing the Hollywood community.
|1946||20 Tanks From Kasseldown published in Portfolio III.
Publishes first poems in Matrix.
|603 N 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19130||Works at Snap-on tool warehouse. [cont.] [Oct]||The Cleveland Rams football team moves to Los Angeles and become the Los Angeles Rams.
There are less than 400 television sets in Los Angeles.
|1947||Returns to Los Angeles permanently, meets Jane Cooney Baker (at the Glenwood bar on South Alvarado St.), they live together on and off until 1955. FBI files indicate the two were married. Though Bukowski never acknowledged a legal marriage to Jane in later interviews or biographical accounts, in poems from 1959, 60 and 66 he mentions his "second wife," and being "twice divorced." (While biographers place their first meeting in 1947, details in the unpublished novel Streetwalker would seem to indicate that it was actually 1948.)||2020 Mt Vernon St., Philadelphia, PA 19130 [Apr]
Atlanta (in a "tar-paper shack")
2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
4320 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90031
|Works at Milliron's Dept. Store, 4th and Broadway (Milliron's became The Broadway).||Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel is shot and killed at his mistress Virginia Hill's home in Beverly Hills.
The mutilated body of Elizabeth Short is found in a vacant lot. Her unsolved murder is dubbed "The Black Dahlia" case.
Jackie Robinson signs with the Dodgers becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball.
The first commercial Los Angeles TV station, KTLA, goes on the air.
The city gets its first telephone area code: 213.
|1948||In a letter written to Whit Burnett in November, Bukowski says, "I'm not writing much anymore and I'm having a hard time getting along as always."||4320 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90031
737 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Aug]
503 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Nov]
|The Los Angeles City government fires 17 city workers when they refuse to take anti-communist "loyalty oaths."||1948|
|1949||503 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017
521 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017
|Works at Milliron's Dept. Store. [cont.]
Works at Sunbeam Lighting Co., 777 E. 14th Pl.
|The Hollywoodland Sign, originally built to last only 18 months, is in total disrepair. The City begins removing it but is halted by public outcry. The sign is refurbished and shortened to "Hollywood."||1949|
|1950||334 S Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057||Works at Sunbeam Lighting Co. [cont.]
Works for post office for the first time, December 11 to December 27 as a Temporary Substitute Carrier.
|Los Angeles population reaches two million, becomes fourth largest city in the country.||1950|
|1951||503 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017
2325 Ocean View Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057 [listed in FBI file, but no correspondence to verify]
268 4/6 S Coronado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057 (first court apartment)
|Works at Sunbeam Lighting Co. [cont.]
Works at Calnevar Co. (making simulated wire wheels for cars), West Washington Blvd.
|Los Angeles voters pass Proposition C, a measure to replace Bunker Hill's tenements with modern apartments. Throughout the 50s developers chipped away at the hill, then in 1959 the Bunker Hill Urban Renewal Project sealed its fate. The neighborhood was completely erased during the 1960s.
Backyard trash incinerators are banned in an attempt to reduce smog.
|1952||268 4/6 S Coronado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057 (first court apartment)||Works at Calnevar Co. [cont.]
Starts work for the Post Office as an Indefinite Substitute Carrier. Annual salary is $1615. [8/17]
|Los Angeles gets live TV feeds from New York for the first time (via a coaxial cable that runs all the way across the country). The UHF channels (14-83) are opened for new stations.||1952|
|1953||Promoted to Temporary Carrier Grade 2, $50 raise to $1665. [4/1]||The world's first freeway stack interchange, known in Los Angeles as "The Four Level Interchange," connects the Hollywood, Pasadena and Harbor Freeways. The freeway interchange only adds to the worsening smog problem.||1953|
|1954||Spends nine days in LA County Hospital being treated for an internal hemorrhage (bleeding ulcer), nearly dies [Apr] (widely reported to have taken place in 1955, letters and hospital bills from the era indicate the year was 1954). Hospital sends him a bill for $128.16 ($14.24 per day).
After hospitalization begins writing poetry in greater quantity (earlier letters show that he had not given up writing for ten years after the publication of Portfolio, as he later claimed).
|1237 W. 11th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
323 1/2 N Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004 [June]
|Promoted to Temporary Carrier Grade 3, $50 raise to $1715. [4/1]||Oil magnate J. Paul Getty opens a museum of his collections to the public.||1954|
|1955||Sends letter of resignation to the post office (citing "ill health") after 2 1/2 years as a letter carrier. [3/11]
Sends another letter to the post office asking to be re-hired. [6/16]
Married to Barbara Fry in Las Vegas. [10/30]
|323 1/2 N Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004 [June]
2254 1/2 Branden St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 (with Barbara Fry)
|Promoted to Permanent Carrier, $1755 raise to $3470. [3/1] Quits 10 days later.
Works for Supreme Lighting Co., 600 E. Turner St.
Works at Graphic Arts Center, 1534 W. 7th St.
Underwood portable typewriter.
|1956||Begins first novel, A Place to Sleep the Night [unfinished].
Mother, Katherine Bukowski, dies [12/24].
Returns to Los Angeles City College to take commercial art classes [10/56 to 2/57].
|2254 1/2 Branden St., Los Angeles, CA 90026||Works at Graphic Arts Center. [cont.]||30 dead, 130 injured when a a two-car Santa Fe diesel train bound for San Diego derails a few miles out from Union Station. It is the most deadly train accident in Los Angeles history.
The Capitol Records building in Hollywood, shaped like a stack of 45-rpm disks, becomes the first circular office tower.
|1957||Co-edits Harlequin with Barbara Fry.||2254 1/2 Branden St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
580 N Kingsley Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004
|Works at Graphic Arts Center. [cont.]
P.O. Box 75-451, Sanford Station (3751 W 6th St.), Los Angeles, 5, Calif. [11/12]
|Los Angeles abolishes its 150 foot height limit for buildings.||1957|
|1958||Separated from Barbara Fry.
Divorced from Barbara Fry. [3/18]
Father, Henry Bukowski, dies. [12/4], Bukowski sells father's house (4927 Doreen Ave., Temple City) for $15,000 ($8000 was still owed on the mortgage).
Reconnects with Jane Cooney Baker. [Dec]
|580 N Kingsley Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004
3806 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (Hotel Felix)
1623 North Mariposa Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90027
|Takes a job at the post office as a Temporary Substitute Distribution Clerk (mail sorter). [1/2]
Postal Employee Number: 106160
|Television station KTLA becomes the first in the nation to use a news helicopter.
The former Brooklyn Dodgers play for the first time as the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the first Major League Baseball team west of Missouri.
|1959||1623 North Mariposa Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90027||Promoted to Distribution Clerk (still sorting mail, but no longer temporary). [3/21], works as a clerk until January, 1970.||Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Dodgers win their first World Series pennant.
The first jet service from Los Angeles International Airport begins (between Los Angeles and New York).
|1960||First contact with Outsider publisher Jon Webb.
Begins submitting poems to small literary magazines in greater numbers.
|His Wife, The Painter (broadside) [6/16]
Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail [Oct]
A Signature Of Charles Bukowski Poetry [Dec]
|1623 North Mariposa Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90027||At the Democratic Party national convention in Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy is nominated to run for president.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame opens.
The Minneapolis Lakers basketball team moves to Los Angeles and is renamed the Los Angeles Lakers.
Los Angeles population reaches 2.5 million, becomes third largest city in the country.
|1961||Attempts suicide by gas, wakes up with a headache, opens windows.||Signature 2 [Aug/Sep]
A Charles Bukowski Album (from Outsider #1)
Longshot Pomes for Broke Players [Oct]
|Nomad editor Anthony Linnick reads 15 Bukowski poems and letter excerpts on Los Angeles radio station KPFK. [5/5]||The worst brush fire in Los Angeles history, "The Great Bel Air-Brentwood Fire" destroys 484 homes.||1961|
|1962||Jane Cooney Baker dies. [1/22]
First important review of his work, by R.R. Cuscaden.
|Run with the Hunted [Jun]
Poems and Drawings [Fall]
The Priest And The Matador (broadside)
|45 minute poetry reading on Los Angeles radio station KPFK. "They asked me to come to their studios, which is like asking me to go to church with a hangover, so instead I mailed them what I had made in my room among the beer-cans..." [8/5] Audio release: Poetry of Charles Bukowski, CDR from Pacifica Radio, circa 2008||The last of the Red Car trolleys ceases operation.
Dodger Stadium opens in Chavez Ravine.
The space-age "Theme Building" opens at the center of Los Angeles International Airport.
|1963||Meets Frances Smith.
Outsider of the year award from the Webbs.
First published interview in Chicago Literary Times.
|It Catches My Heart In Its Hands [11/26]
Same Old Thing, Shakespeare Through Mailer (Wormwood Review broadside/mailer)
|Leslie N. Shaw, the first black man to serve as Postmaster General of Los Angeles, is appointed.
The Vincent Thomas Bridge opens, connecting San Pedro and Long Beach (via Terminal Island).
|1964||Marina Louise Bukowski born. [9/7]
Bukowski runs an ad in Ole #1 offering to write a book of prose ("certainly to be colossal whatever it is") for anyone who would send him $500.
|His Wife, The Painter, The Old Man On The Corner, The Paper On The Floor, Waste Basket (broadsides contained in Coffin #1)
Grip The Walls (Wormwood Review #16 center section) [Winter]
|5126 1/4 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 [May] (with a pregnant Frances Smith)
5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
|Makes home recording for the Webbs (probably poems from It Catches My Heart In Its Hands), but when he sends it to them, their machine won't play it. [Jan]||The Whisky A Go Go opens.||1964|
|1965||Writes poems for Crucifix in A Deathhand in New Orleans. [March 6 - 20]
Suffers from vertigo at work, is prescribed Librium. [Summer]
Receives first letter from future publisher John Martin. [10/19]
Visits the Webs again who have now relocated to Santa Fe. [October 15 - 17]
Separated from Frances Smith, doesn't "shack up" with a woman again until he moves (briefly) to Silver Lake with Linda King in 1973. [Nov]
|Crucifix in a Deathhand [Apr]
Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with Beasts [Aug]
Cold Dogs in the Courtyard [Summer]
|5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027||Temporarily writes in longhand due to "dead" typewriter. Replaces it with a cheap used portable typewriter that he does not like. [Apr]
Phone: (213) 661-6385
|The Watts riots begin in August after California Highway Patrol officers beat Marquette Frye and his brother. The riots last for five days. 34 people die and the damages total over $200 million (1.5 billion dollars today).
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens.
Marina del Rey, the largest man-made pleasure boat harbor in the world (home to 6,000 private yachts) opens.
|1966||Bukowski and John Martin meet for the first time. [1/22]
Hemorrhoid operation. [3/2]
Returns to work at the post office. [4/29]
Starts novel The Way the Dead Love [unfinished].
|John Martin publishes the first of five Bukowski broadsides to be released in 1966, True Story in an edition of 30. Price: $10 each. (First Black Sparrow publication) [Apr]
On Going Out To Get The Mail Black Sparrow broadside [May]
To Kiss The Worms Goodnight Black Sparrow broadside [June]
The Genius of the Crowd [June]
The Girls/For The Mercy Mongers Black Sparrow broadside [July]
All The Assholes In The World and Mine [Sep]
The Flower Lover/I Met A Genius Black Sparrow broadside [Oct]
Night's Work (Wormwood Review #24 center section) [Dec]
|Home recording (done for LouJon Press but never used by them) [Mar]. Recorder for session borrowed from John Martin. Audio releases: 1) 90 Minutes in Hell, double vinyl LP, 1977, 2) 70 Minutes in Hell, CD edited from original LP, 1997.||John Martin sells his rare book collection to a university for $49,500, uses part of the proceeds to launch Black Sparrow Press. [Nov]||Los Angeles Zoo opens in Griffith Park.||1966|
|1967||Takes train to visit Webbs in Tucson. [Jun/Jul]||2 Poems (first Black Sparrow Press Bukowski book) [4/7]
Notes of a dirty old man column debuts in Open City weekly [Vol. 2 No. 2, May 12 - 18] - ran 87 weeks.
The Curtains Are Waving And People Walk Through The Afternoon Here And In Berlin And In New York City And In Mexico [10/13]
|Home recording [2/18] Audio releases: 1) A Cold Turkey Press Special - LP [three poems], 1972, 2) Poems and Insults CD [two poems], 2004, 3) 12 Great Americans CD [four poems], 2006||Still driving 1957 Plymouth that he and Barbara Fry bought new eleven years earlier.||The first Super Bowl is played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Los Angeles Forum opens in Inglewood.
|1968||Post office officials and FBI interview Bukowski. [2/8]||At Terror Street and Agony Way, book and open reel tape (tape sells for $10) [5/15]
Poems Written Before Jumping Out Of An 8 Story Window [Summer]
|Reads 18 poems from the upcoming At Terror Street and Agony Way onto tape for the limited edition tape released along with the book. Audio release: At Terror Street and Agony Way, reel to reel tape, 1968||At the urging of John Martin, Bukowski begins keeping carbon copies of the work he submits to publishers. [May]
|Robert Kennedy is assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel.||1968|
|1969||John Martin offers to pay Bukowski a quarter of his own income ($100/mo at the time) "for life" to quit the post office and write full time. [Dec] (As a clerk with 10 years on the job, Bukowski's post office job would have paid more than six times what Martin offered - about $625/mo.)
At the time he quit the post office he was paying $45 a month in child support.
|Notes of a Dirty Old Man [1/24]
A Bukowski Sampler [7/15]
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills [12/30]
Penguin Modern Poets
|Records 6 hours of poetry for Beatles short-lived experimental label, Zapple [Jan]. Zapple record is never released. Audio releases: 1) At Terror Street and Agony Way (Not to be confused with the 1968 Black Sparrow tape), double CD, 1993, 2) Bukowski Reads His Poetry, CD (17 of the 41 poems on the 1993 release), 1995
First known public readings at The Bridge bookstore, Los Angeles. [12/19, 12/20]
|The last remaining house on Bunker Hill is torn down.
The first permanent ARPANET (precursor to the Internet) link is established between UCLA and Stanford. [11/21]
First all-vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles opens on Sunset Strip, The Source operated by The Source Family, followers of charismatic leader "Father Yod."
|1970||Quit post office for the last time. [1/7]
Finishes first novel Post Office. [Feb]
Starts novel The Horseplayer [unfinished].
Meets Linda King.
First airplane trip (to Washington state for readings).
|If We Take (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Fire Station [Mar]
Notes of a Dirty Old Man published in Germany, first of many German translations.
|5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027||Heritage Room, Cal State L.A. [2/17]
The Kiva, University of New Mexico [5/15]
West Washington State College [5/29]
Bellevue Community College [5/30] Video releases: 1) Bukowski at Bellevue, VHS, 1988, 2) Bukowski at Bellevue, DVD, 2004
The Bridge, Los Angeles [7/3]
California State University Long Beach [7/22]
The Other Side, Venice, CA coffeehouse [8/5]
Rembrandt Hall, Pomona College, CA [Nov]
Home recording (New Orleans) Audio releases: 1) Cassette Gazette (one Bukowski story), 1971, 2) Cassette Gazette, poems, 1985, 3) King of Poets, CD [bootleg], circa 1995
Drives 1962 Mercury Comet.
|Los Angeles holds its first gay pride parade.||1970|
|1971||Sells his literary archive and papers to UCSB for $5,000.
Starts novel The Poet [unpublished].
|Post Office [2/8]||Venice, CA coffeehouse [1/27]
University of Southern California [4/23]
Benefit for Kenneth Patchen [date unknown]
|Switches from an Underwood typewriter to a Royal (Quiet De Luxe). [Jan]. Used mainly portable Underwood typewriters prior to the Royal.||6.6 magnitude San Fernando (a.k.a. Sylmar) earthquake kills 64.||1971|
|1972||Travels to Phoenix, AZ with Linda King. [Jan]
Monthly income from Black Sparrow Press is $300 (roughly equal to what he was earning as a full time letter carrier 12 years earlier, and only half what he was earning as a clerk two years earlier).
Splits with Linda King and begins seeing Liza Williams. [May - July]
Reunites with Linda King. [Aug]
|Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions And General Tales Of Ordinary Madness [Apr]
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck [6/1]
Me And Your Sometimes Love Poems
|St. Mark's Church Poetry Project, New York [2/3]
Two readings in one day (noon and early evening), California State University Long Beach [Apr]
City Lights Poets Theater, 555 Chestnut, San Francisco [9/14] Audio releases: 1) Poems and Insults, CD, 2004, 2) Bukowski Reads His Poetry, LP and CD 2004
Papa Bach's bookstore, Los Angeles [maybe two readings, dates unconfirmed]
|The Los Angeles Lakers win their first championship.||1972|
|1973||Receives a $5,000 grant from National Endowment of the Arts to "further his writing career." [May]
Bukowski performs in a staged reading of one act of a Linda King penned play, Only a Tenant, at the Pasadena Museum of the Arts.
Travels to Utah with Linda King. [Jul]
Separates from Linda King. [8/1]
Bukowski, Taylor Hackford's film premieres at Barnsdall Park Municipal Gallery Theater. [11/25]
Bukowski, Taylor Hackford's film (60 minute version) airs on KCET in Los Angeles. [11/26]
|While The Music Played (Sparrow #5) [2/12]
South of No North [12/17]
|5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
2440 Edgewater Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (with Linda King, it lasted only 6 months; February through July)
151 S. Oxford Ave. #24, Los Angeles, CA 90004
|USC, Pasadena, Long Beach and UC Irvine [readings and dates unconfirmed]
Moorpark College [11/14]
California State University Long Beach [11/28, 11/29]
San Francisco Museum of Art, Poetry Center [12/6] Audio and video release: VHS and cassette, San Francisco Museum of Art, circa 2006
|P. O. box 26469, Los Angeles, 90026 [10/19]
Phone: (213) 661-7754 (Oxford Ave.)
|Tom Bradley becomes mayor of Los Angeles, the second African-American mayor of a major United States city.||1973|
|1974||55 Beds in the Same Direction (Wormwood Review #54 center section) [Spring]
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame [6/21]
Poems Written Before Jumping Out Of An 8 Story Window German translation sells 50,000 copies.
|151 S. Oxford Ave. #24, Los Angeles, CA 90004 [Feb]
5526 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5437 2/5 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
|Illinois State University [4/2]
Specimen 73: Poetry as Performance, Pasadena (CA) Art Museum [6/16]
Underwater Poetry Festival, Salt Lake City [10/5] Audio release: Underwater Poetry Festival, 2007
MCCC-TV (Macomb County Community College), Warren, MI (paid $500 plus expenses) [10/31] Audio release: Totally Corrupt, The Dial-A-Poem Poets (five poems), LP, 1976
Paperbacks Unlimited, Ferndale, MI [10/31]
Riverside, CA [Nov]
Santa Cruz Poetry Festival [11/25]
|Buys a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle for $1,299 (CA license plate TRV491).
Phone: (213) 462-0614 (Carlton Way)
|Nude sunbathing at Venice Beach gets national attention, before the Los Angeles City Council votes to outlaw it.||1974|
|1975||Bukowski, Taylor Hackford's film, is screened at the Whitney Museum in New York as part of their New American Filmmakers Series. [2/12 - 2/18]
Meets Pamela "Cupcakes" Miller (the subject of the book Scarlet) for the first time when she brings her friend Georgia to his apartment. [11/10]
Black Sparrow Press moves from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. [Fall]
Linda King (possibly pregnant with Bukowski's child) has a miscarriage. [Dec]
|Africa, Paris, Greece (Sparrow #30) [3/21]
|5437 2/5 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027||University of Arkansas, Fayetteville [1/15]
West Coast Bodega, Long Beach [3/5]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [May]
The Road House, Santa Cruz [5/24]
Telegraph Hill Gym, San Francisco [5/31]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [6/25]
Moulton Theatre, Laguna Beach [8/15]
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX [10/4]
Baudelaire's, Santa Barbara [10/19]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach (Bob Lind of "Elusive Butterfly" fame was the opening act) [10/31]
Amazingrace, Evanston, IL [11/18]
Northwestern University [11/19]
|Switches from Royal typewriter to a used Olympia SG-1 (The $143 cost paid by John Martin) after Linda King smashes the Royal in the street. The Olympia would be his last manual typewriter. [Dec]||The LAPD agrees to destroy secret files that were kept on 5,500 citizens.
Emperor Hirohito of Japan visits Los Angeles.
|1976||Major profile in Rolling Stone magazine. [6/17]
Meets future wife Linda Lee Beighle at a reading at the Troubadour. [9/29]
First trip outside the U.S. for a reading in Canada. [Oct]
Rent on Carlton Way apartment is $105 a month.
|The last Poem and Tough Company (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Scarlet (Black Sparrow limited edition, 195 copies) [4/14]
Art (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)[12/13]
|University of Pittsburgh, S.U. Lower Lounge, Tom Waits opens both nights [3/12, 3/13]
St. Mark's Church Poetry Project, New York [June]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [Jun/Jul]
Troubadour, Los Angeles [7/11 opening for comedian Steve Martin, paid $1,000]
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center [9/10]
Troubadour, Los Angeles [9/29]
Troubadour, Los Angeles [10/3]
Western Front, Vancouver [Oct]
Santa Cruz Poetry Festival [11/13]
|An oil tanker explodes in Los Angeles Harbor killing five people and injuring 50.||1976|
|1977||Maybe Tomorrow (Sparrow #54) [3/1]
Love is a Dog From Hell [9/15]
|Los Angeles reading, location unknown [1/30]
Baudelaire's, Santa Barbara [6/5] Audio release: MP3 from cassette [bootleg], 2007
|The Super Bowl is played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Oakland Raiders win.||1977|
|1978||Monthly income from Black Sparrow Press is $500.
First trip to Europe. [May]
Travels to France and appears on (and walks off) popular arts program Apostrophe. [Oct]
|You Kissed Lilly [2/8]
Legs, Hips And Behind (Wormwood Review #71, all-Bukowski issue) [Summer]
We'll Take Them (Sparrow #72) [9/5]
|1148 W. Santa Cruz St., San Pedro, CA 90731 [Oct] (Bukowski lived at this address longer than any other during his lifetime)||Milwaukee, U of W [4/17]
Hamburg, Germany [5/18] Audio releases: 1) Hello. It's good to be back., LP, 1978, 2) Solid Citizen, CD [bootleg], 2004, 3) Hello. It's good to be back., CD (out of print), 2008
|1979||Meets Barbet Schroeder and begins writing the screenplay, The Rats of Thirst, which would eventually be filmed as Barfly.
Buys first new car (with his own money), a BMW.
|A Love Poem (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit [7/25]
Shakespeare Never Did This, City Lights [Sep]
|Viking Inn, Vancouver [10/12] Video release: There's Gonna Be a God Damn Riot in Here, DVD, 2008||Martin expresses concern for Bukowski's "image" when he buys a new BMW. 1967 Volkswagen Beetle is relegated to the garage. [June]
His Olympia typewriter in the shop for repairs, Bukowski buys a portable typewriter, but complains that it does not have the "soul" of the Olympia. [Aug]
|The Museum of Contemporary Art is founded.||1979|
|1980||1148 W. Santa Cruz St., San Pedro, CA 90731||Final live reading at the Sweetwater in Redondo Beach [3/31] Audio and video release: Hostage LP, 1985, CD, 1994, The Last Straw, DVD, 2008||Stops using carbon paper and begins to use a Xerox machine to make manuscript submission copies. [May]||Los Angeles population reaches three million, becomes second largest city in the country.||1980|
|1981||Italian film production of Tales of Ordinary Madness starring Ben Gazzara released. [9/11]||Good-By to Hollywood (Wormwood Review #81-82 center section) [Spring]
Dangling in the Tournefortia [9/25]
|Temporary split with Linda. [Feb]
Phone: (213) 832-3170
|Los Angeles celebrates 200th anniversary.
First case of AIDS in Los Angeles County.
|1982||1982 earnings from foreign royalty payments (does not include Black Sparrow, City Lights, etc.): $89,389.37.
LA Weekly asks him to write a weekly column, he submits first installment but the weekly column never happens. [Sep]
|The Last Generation (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Ham on Rye [7/28]
|Temporary split with Linda. [Sep - Dec]||NFL team the Raiders moves to Los Angeles from Oakland.||1982|
|1983||Sparks (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bring Me Your Love [7/8]
Hot Water Music [9/28]
The Bukowski/Purdy Letters [Nov]
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories [Dec]
Tales of Ordinary Madness [Dec]
|Olympia typewriter breaks down and he writes letters by hand. [7/16]
Temporary split with Linda. [Aug]
Switches from Olympia typewriter to an IBM Selectric. [9/9]
|1984||One For The Old Boy (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
There's No Business [3/28]
Horses Don't Bet On People and Neither Do I (Wormwood Review #95, all-Bukowski issue) [Summer]
War All the Time [10/16]
Barfly (Paget Press edition) [Dec]
|Phone: (213) 519-7279||Los Angeles becomes the first city in America with two telephone area codes, as the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys are designated as 818.
Los Angeles becomes the only American city ever to host the summer Olympic games twice.
|1985||Proposes to Linda Lee Beighle. [3/20]
Marries Linda Lee at the Church of the People in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. The ceremony is officiated by legendary kook (or occult scholar depending on your point of view), Manly P. Hall. [8/18]
|Alone In A Time Of Armies (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Cornered (30 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [Oct]
Good Stuff (Wormwood Review #100 center section) [Winter]
|Barbet Schroeder short film interviews and readings Video releases: The Charles Bukowski Tapes, VHS, 1985, DVD, 2006||Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker" who murdered more than a dozen people in Los Angeles over the summer is captured and nearly beaten to death by a mob in East Los Angeles.||1985|
|1986||Gold In Your Eye (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
The Wedding (Black Sparrow limited edition, 40 copies) [Jan]
The Day It Snowed In L.A. [Sep]
You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense [9/26]
Relentless As The Tarantula
|Interview/reading Audio release: Do You Use a Notebook?, Movable Feast #3, Cassette, 1986||P. O. box 132, San Pedro, 90731 [Mar]||The Central Library in downtown Los Angeles burns in an arson fire. It remains closed until 1993.||1986|
|1987||Barfly film released. [10/16]
Belgian film Crazy Love, released, based on Bukowski stories. [Oct]
The Bukowski Tapes premieres in America at EZTV in Santa Monica, CA (with Bukowski and Schroeder in attendance), limited release on VHS by Lagoon Video.
|Luck (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bukowski Photographs 1977-1987 [Sep]
Barfly - The Movie [Sep]
|1988||Undergoes three treatments for removal of separate skin cancers. [spring-summer]||The Movie Critics (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
The Roominghouse Madrigals [5/25]
Beauti-Ful (Wormwood Review #110/111, all-Bukowski issue) [Spring/Summer]
|Gang members feuding in Westwood kill a Long Beach woman with a stray bullet. The incident brings the problem of out of control gang violence to the forefront of the city's consciousness.||1988|
|1989||Undergoes treatment for Tuberculosis, which forces him to temporarily give up drinking.
Buys new car; Acura Legend.
|If You Let Them Kill You, They Will (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Red (50 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [1/30]
|The Los Angeles Herald Examiner closes, leaving Los Angeles with only one major daily newspaper.
The Pan Pacific Auditorium is destroyed by fire.
|1990||We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Septuagenarian Stew [5/10]
This (50 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [5/25]
Not Quite Bernadette [Fall]
Darkness & Ice (50 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [Nov]
|1148 W. Santa Cruz St., San Pedro, CA 90731||The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro becomes the nation's busiest seaport.
US Bank Tower opens. At 73 stories, it remains the tallest building on the West Coast.
The Metro Blue Line connects Downtown to Long Beach, returning light-rail for commuters to Los Angeles.
LAPD Chief Darryl Gates speaks before a Senate Committee and says that causal drug users "ought to be taken out and shot."
|1991||First full-length biography published, Neeli Cherkovski's Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski.
Takes Linda to Disneyland for her birthday and has a good time, despite his firmly held belief that Mickey Mouse has no soul. [11/14]
The World Wide Web is publicly announced via a posting to the Usenet newsgroup alt.hypertext. Amazingly, Bukowski fails to take notice of the event. [8/6]
|In The Morning And At Night And In Between (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
In The Shadow Of The Rose (Black Sparrow limited edition, 814 copies) [7/25]
People Poems (Wormwood Review #122/123, all-Bukowski issue) [Spring/Summer]
|Home recording Audio release: Two Poems, Beat Scene Magazine #12 Flexi-Disc, 1991||Switches from the IBM Selectric to an Apple MacIntosh. [1/18]
Abandons the Xerox machine and now uses only a computer printer to make manuscripts. [Apr]
Temporarily goes back to IBM Selectric when computer is out for repairs. [Sep]
|Rodney King is stopped and beaten by LAPD officers.
Judge Joyce Karlin imposes a light sentence on a Korean grocer convicted of fatally shooting a teenage black girl in a dispute over a bottle of orange juice.
|1992||Undergoes treatment for cataracts, diminishing his vision.
Monthly income from Black Sparrow Press is $7,000.
|Now (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
The Last Night of the Earth Poems [3/23]
Three Poems (Black Sparrow limited edition, 1131 copies) [5/21]
|Home recording [2/25] Video release: Born Into This, DVD (extras), 2003||More than 60 people are killed in Los Angeles in a week of rioting sparked by the acquittal of the LAPD officers tried for the beating of Rodney King.
Johnny Carson retires from the Tonight Show.
Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose is disassembled in Long Beach and shipped to Oregon.
|1993||Spends 64 days in the hospital receiving chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia, quits drinking and smoking.
Attends a Transcendental Meditation Center in Malibu two or three times a week for several weeks. On the way home from most of the sessions he stops at Gladstone's for a crab dinner. [9/19]
|Those Marvelous Lunches (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bukowski Photographs 1977-1991 [Jan]
Run With the Hunted (collection of previously published poems) [5/4]
Screams from the Balcony (letters) [11/15]
|Home recording/interview Audio releases: 1) Run with the Hunted, Cassette, 1998, 2) Charles Bukowski: Uncensored - from the Run With the Hunted Sessions, CD, 2000||The Los Angeles Central Library reopens after 1986 fire.||1993|
|1994||Bukowski dies. [3/9]
Buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, near his home in San Pedro. [3/14]
|Between The Earthquake, The Volcano And The Leopard (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
|Writing until the very end, he uses a fax machine to send his "first fax poem" to John Martin. [2/18] Bukowski dies less than 3 weeks later.||6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake kills 57 people, injures over 8,000 and causes widespread damage on January 7th. Third major Los Angeles area earthquake during Bukowski's lifetime.||1994|
|1995||Confessions Of A Coward (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Shakespeare Never Did This Black Sparrow expanded version of previous City Lights publication [6/15]
Heat Wave [Oct]
Living On Luck (Letters) [11/15]
|1996||The Laughing Heart (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Betting on the Muse [5/13] (The final relatively unaltered Bukowski poetry collection. Subsequent collections contain numerous changes to the work.)
|1997||A New War (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bone Palace Ballet [3/25]
The Captain Is Out To Lunch And The Sailors Have Taken Over The Ship [3/23]
|1998||To Lean Back Into It (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)||1998|
|1999||The Singer (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Reach for the Sun (Letters) [June]
What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire [Sep]
|2000||Popcorn In The Dark (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Open All Night [Oct]
|2001||Pink Silks (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Beerspit Night and Cursing (Letters) [May]
The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps (Final Black Sparrow "Bukowski" poetry release) [Sep]
|2002||Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way (first release published by Ecco/HarperCollins) [12/24]||2002|
|2003||The Simple Truth (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bukowski (Photographs, Black Sparrow limited edition) Final Black Sparrow publication
The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain [12/23]
|2004||Born Into This documentary feature released. [5/28]||2004|
|2005||Factotum film released in Europe (U.S. release in 2006).||Slouching Toward Nirvana [1/18]||2005|
|2006||Linda donates Bukowski's papers to the Huntington Library in Los Angeles. [June]
Huntington Library event, "Celebrating Bukowski," to announce Linda's donation. [9/20]
|Come On In! [1/3]||The Bukowski Tapes gets wide release on DVD (then promptly goes out of print).||2006|
|2007||The People Look Like Flowers At Last [4/1]
The Pleasures of the Damned (collection of previously published poems, includes a few uncollected works). [10/30]
|2008||Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook [Sep]||The Los Angeles Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources declares 5124 West DeLongpre Avenue "Bukowski Court," Historic-Cultural Monument #912.||2008|
|2009||The Continual Condition [10/2]||2009|
|2010||Charles Bukowski's Scarlet by Pamela "Cupcakes" Wood. [May]
"Bukowski Aloud" event at the Huntington Library to mark the opening of the exhibition, "Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge." [10/27]
|Absence of the Hero [Apr]||2010|
|2011||Back to the Machinegun - Manuscripts, Volume 1 - 1959-1974 [Jun]
More Notes of a Dirty Old Man [9/15]
|2012||Charles Bukowski by David Calonne [9/25]
Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me) by Joan Jobe Smith [11/24]
|2014||Loving & Hating Charles Bukowski by Linda King [6/1]||Back to the Machinegun - Manuscripts, Volume 2 - 1975-1977 [Nov]
Back to the Machinegun - Manuscripts, Volume 3 - 1978-1980 [Dec]
|2015||The Bell Tolls for No One [7/14]
On Writing [8/27]
On Cats [12/1]
|Bukowski's boyhood home on Longwood Ave. is purchased by a fan who renovates it and puts "Bukowski House" on the market as a vacation rental. For $375 a night (plus 14% lodging tax and $100 cleaning fee) you too can kick back and enjoy yourself in the place Bukowski called "the house of horrors," where he was abused, terrorized and brutally beaten for several years.||2015|
|2016||On Love [2/2]||2016|
Latest update: 11/25/15