1968: Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, joins the New York Black Panther
party at age 22.
April 1969: Afeni is arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb
several public areas in New York City. While out on bail, Afeni courts two
men: Legs, a local hood, and Billy, a member of the party.
February 1971: Afeni, pregnant with Tupac, has her bail revoked;
she's sent to the Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village.
June 16, 1971: Shortly after his mom is acquitted on bombing charges,
Tupac Amaru Shakur is born in New York. Tupac Amaru are Inca Words meaning
"shining serpent." Shakur is Arabic for Thankful to God.
1975-1983: Tupac's family shuttles between the Bronx and Harlem, at
times living in shelters.
1983: Legs comes to live with the Shakur family; Tupac
"claims" him as his father. Legs introduces Afeni to Crack.
September 1983: Afeni enrolls 12-year-old Tupac in the 127th Street
Ensemble, a Harlem theater group. In his first performance, Tupac plays
Travis in a Raisin the Sun.
June 1986: Shakur's family moves to Baltimore;. As MC New York Tupac
writes his first rap.
September 1986: Tupac enrolls at the Baltimore School for the Arts,
where he studies ballet and acting.
June 1988: Tupac and his family move to Marin City, California
"Leaving that school affected me so much," he said later. "I
see that as the point where I got off track." Shortly after, Tupac
moves in with a neighbor and begins selling drugs.
August 1988: Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced to sixty
years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 armored-car robbery.
1990: Tupac joins Digital Underground as a rodie/dancer/rapper. While
on tour, he learns that his mother is using crack.
January 3, 1991: Tupac makes his recording debut on DU's. This is an
November 12, 1991: 2Pacaplypse Now is released. Shortly thereafter,
Tupac files a $10 million lawsuit against the Oakland police for alleged
brutality following an arrest for jaywalking.
January 17, 1992: Tupac makes his big-screen debut in Ernest
Dickerson's Juice, earning praise for his portrayal of Bishop. He is
perhaps best remembered for the line "I am crazy, and you know
what else, I don't give a fuck!"
April 11, 1992: Ronald Ray Howard, 19, shoots a Texas trooper.
Howard's attorney claims 2Pacalypse Now, which was in his client's tape
deck, incited him to kill.
August 22, 1992: Tupac has an altercation with old acquaintances in
Marin City. A 6 year old bystander is shot in the head. Tupac's half
brother, Maurice Harding is arrested but released due to lack of evidence.
September 22, 1992: Tupac is denounced by Vice President Dan Quayle,
who says 2Pacalypse Now "has no place in our society."
February 1, 1993: Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ is released and eventually
March 13, 1993: Tupac has a fight with a limo driver in Hollywood who
accuses him of using drugs in the car. Tupac's arrested but the charges are
April 5, 1993: Tupac is arrested in Lansing Michigan, for taking a
swing at a local rapper with a baseball bat during a concert. He's sentenced
to 10 days in jail.
July 23, 1993: John Singleton's Poetic Justice, starring Tupac and
Janet Jackson, is released. Before filming began, Jackson demanded Shakur
take an HIV test before she would do any kissing scenes.
October 31, 1993: Tupac is arrested for allegedly shooting two
off-duty Atlanta police officers who he says were harassing a black
motorist. Charges are eventually dropped.
November 18, 1993: A 19 year old woman, whom Tupac picked up 4 days
earlier in a New York nightclub, is allegedly sodomized and sexually abused
by the rapper and 3 of his friends.
December 1993: John Singleton is forced by Columbia Pictures to drop
the rapper from the cast of his upcoming film, Higher Learning.
March 10, 1994: Tupac is sentenced to fifteen days in a Los Angeles
jail for punching out director Allen Hughes. (Hughes and his brother,
Albert, had dropped Tupac from Menace II Society)
March 23, 1994: Tupac stars as Birdie, a troubled drug dealer, in
Above the Rim. The soundtrack album, featuring the song "Pour out a
little Liquor," recorded by Tupac's group, Thug Life, sells 2 million
September 7, 1994: Two Milwaukee teens murder a police officer and
cite Tupac's "Souljah's Story" as their inspiration.
November, 30 1994: While on trial for sex and weapons charges, Tupac
is shot five times and robbed of $40,000 worth of jewelry in the lobby of a
Times Square recording studio. Tupac checks himself out of the hospital less
than three hours after surgery. The case remains unsolved.
December 1, 1994: Tupac is acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges
but is found guilty of sexual abuse.
February 14, 1995: Tupac is sentenced to up to four and a half years
in a maximum security prison, convicted of touching her bum. He immediately
begins serving his time in New York's Rikers Island penitentiary.
April 1, 1995: While he's incarcerated, Tupac's third album, Me
Against the World, debuts at no. 1 on Billboard's pop chart. Fueled by the
single "Dear Mama," the album goes double platinum in 7 months.
April 1995: In a vibe interview from jail, Tupac renounces "Thug
Life" persona and commits himself to positive works. He also implicates
Biggie Smalls, Puffy Combs, Andre Harrell, and his close friend Stretch, and
others in the recording studio ambush.
August 1995: Biggie, Puffy and Harrell tell Vibe, they had no
connection to Tupac's shooting.
October 1995: Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight posts $1.4 million
bond to release Tupac, who immediately flies to LA, signs with Death Row and
begins recording All Eyez on Me.
November 30, 1995: Exactly one year after Tupac's shooting, Randy
"Stretch" Walker is murdered execution-style in Queens.
February 1996: In Vibe Tupac suggests he's been sleeping with
Biggie's wife, Faith Evans. She denies the stories.
February 13, 1996: Tupac's Death Row Debut, All Eyez on Me, rap's
first double CD, is released.
March 29, 1996: Words are exchanged and a gun is pulled when Death
Row and Bad Boy employees face off after the Soul Train awards in Los
April 25, 1996: All Eyez on Me goes quintuple platinum.
May 1996: Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg release "2 of Amerikaz most
Wanted." In the video, caricatures of Biggie and Puffy and punished for
setting up Tupac.
June 4, 1996: Death Row releases Tupac's "Hit 'Em Up," a
brutal diatribe against Biggie, Bad Boy, Mobb Deep, and others.
September 4, 1996: Tupac returns to New York for the MTV music awards
and gets into a scuffle.
September 7, 1996: After leaving the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight in
Las Vegas in Suge Knight's car, Shakur is shot four times in the chest by an
assailant in a white Cadillac. Knight, who has connections with the Bloods,
escapes with a minor injury. Shakur is rushed to University Medical Center,
where he undergoes surgery, including the removal of his right lung.
September 11, 1996: A Compton man who police say is associated with
the LA Crips is shot to death while sitting in his car, the first in a
series of gang related murders. Police begin investigating possible
connections to Tupac's shooting.
Friday, September 13 1996: After six days in critical condition,
Tupac Shakur is pronounced dead at 4:03pm. His body is later cremated. He
was only 25.