November 27, 1940 Bruce Lee born at Jackson Street Hospital, San Francisco CA
February 1941 Appears in his first film “Golden Gate Girl” (a.k.a. Tears of San Francisco)
February 1941 Travels back to Hong Kong with his parents
1946 Appears in first real acting film role "The Birth of Mankind"
November 24, 1948 Premier of "Wealth is Like a Dream"
May 6, 1949 Premier of "Sai See in the Dream, The Story of Fan Lei-fa"
February 20, 1950 Premier of "Blooms and Butterflies"
May 31, 1950 Premier of "The Kid" (a.k.a. My Son A-Chang)
April 12, 1951 Premier of "The Birth of Mankind" (a.k.a The Beginning of a Boy/Infancy)
September 1951 Bruce enters La Salle College in Hong Kong
1953 Begins studying Wing Chun
April 30, 1953 Premier of "The Guiding Light" (a.k.a. A Son is Born)
June 28, 1953 Premier of "A Mother Remembers" (a.k.a. A Mother’s Tears)
September 27, 1953 Premier of "It’s Father’s Fault" (a.k.a. Blame It on Father/Sins of the Father)
October 8, 1953 Premier of "A Myriad Homes" (a.k.a Countless Families/Ten Million People)
November 27, 1953 Premier of "In the Face of Demolition"
1955 Premier of "Love Part I"
January 8, 1955 Premier of "Love Part II" (a.k.a. The Carnival)
February 11, 1955 Premier of "An Orphan’s Tragedy"
June 24, 1955 Premier of "The Faithful Wife"
September 8, 1955 Premier of "Orphan’s Song"
October 21, 1955 Premier of "We Owe It to Our Children" (a.k.a. The More the Merrier/Debt Between Mother and Son)
February 25, 1956 Premier of "Sweet Time Together" (a.k.a. Wise Guys Who Fool Around)
September 10, 1956 Enters St. Francis Xavier High School
December 22, 1956 Premier of "Too Late for Divorce"
March 14, 1957 Premier of "Thunderstorm"
December 6, 1957 Premier of "Darling Girl"
1958 Wins Crown Colony Cha-Cha Championship
March 29, 1958 Defeats 3 yr champ Gary Elms in boxing competitions at the King George V school
May 2, 1958 Defeats Chinese boxer student of Lung Chi Chuen on Union Road in Kowloon City
1958 Stars in "The Orphan"
1958 Begins learning Gung Lik Qun and Jit Qun from Sifu Jiu Hong Shang
April 29, 1959 Travels back to San Francisco, CA via "The President Wilson" steamship
May 4, 1959 The President Wilson makes its first port of call in Osaka, Japan
May 17, 1959 Arrives in San Francisco, CA
June 22, 1959 Flies to New York to visit his father who is performing for 3 weeks with the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Troupe. Takes Southern Praying Mantis style martial art lessons from Sifu Gin Foon Mark
September 3, 1959 Enrolls in the Edison Technical School in Seattle, WA
March 3, 1960 Premier of "The Orphan" (a.k.a. Orphan Ah-Sam)
October 28, 1960 Bruce and students give a Judo & Gung Fu demonstration at Seattle's Yesler Terrace Gymnasium
November 27, 1960 Celebrates his 20th birthday with students at Tai Tung restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown
December 2, 1960 Graduates from Edison Technical School
February 14, 1961 Bruce and some of his students give a Gung Fu demonstration at Seattle's Yesler Terrace Gymnasium
March 27, 1961 Enrolls in the University of Washington
April 1, 1961 Accepts challenge from Karate Black Belt named Uechi. Defeats him at the YMCA in 11 seconds
November 27, 1961 Celebrates his 21st birthday at Bush Garden Restaurant with students in Seattle's Chinatown
April 1962 Starts the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Seattle’s Chinatown at 609 S Weller St
Late Nov 1962 Spends the Thanksgiving holiday period with James & Katherine Lee in Oakland, CA
November 27, 1962 Celebrates his 22nd birthday with friends at The Lantern restaurant in Oakland, CA
December 19, 1962 Bruce and James Lee pickup 1,500 copies of Bruce's book “Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense" from the publisher in Berkley CA
March 26, 1963 Takes his student Doug Palmer back to Hong Kong for homecoming visit
August 1963 Returns to Seattle and opens second gung fu school at 418 1/2 8th Avenue S
October 5, 1963 Moves Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute to 4750 University Way in Seattle's Chinatown
October 25, 1963 First date with Linda Emery at the revolving Space Needle in Seattle WA
May 2, 1964 Attends Wally Jay's 1964 luau in Alameda, CA
July 19, 1964 Establishes gung fu school in Oakland, CA
August 2, 1964 Performs at Ed Parker’s Long Beach International Karate Tournament
August 17, 1964 Marries Linda Emery at the King County Courthouse, Seattle WA
August 1964 Bruce and Linda relocate from Seattle to Oakland. They move in with James Yimm Lee and family
October 5, 1964 James Lee's wife passes away (Bruce and Linda were living with the Lee's at that time)
Late 1964 Gives a Wing Chun demonstration at Sun Sing Theater in San Francisco's Chinatown
November 1964 Takes up challenge from Wong Jack Man. This fight convinces Bruce he needs more than Wing Chun
February 1, 1965 Brandon Lee born in Oakland, CA
February 5, 1965 Gives screen test at 20th Century Fox for TV series Charlie Chan’s Number One Son
February 7, 1965 Father Lee Hoi Chuen passes away in Hong Kong
Feb 15 - Mar 6, 1965 Returns to Hong Kong for three weeks after his father's death
May 7 - Sep 1965 Takes Brandon with him and Linda to Hong Kong to visit his family
September 21, 1965 Signs a contract with 20th Century Fox as an actor
March 1966 The Lee family moves to Los Angeles CA
April 30, 1966 Signs a contract with 20th Century Fox for the Green Hornet TV Series
May 25, 1966 Gives Burt Ward (Robin from the Batman show) his one and only gung fu lesson
June 6, 1966 Begins filming the Green Hornet
June 21, 1966 Pens letter to William Dozier asking for increased lines for Kato in future Green Hornet scripts
September 9, 1966 The Green Hornet begins to air on ABC-TV until July 14, 1967
October 15, 1966 Bruce appears at the South Bay Annual Karate Championships at El Camino College, Torrance CA
January 8, 1967 First appearance of the name Jeet Kune Do in his day timer
January 27, 1967 Appears as Kato on the ABC-TV series Batman
February 5, 1967 Starts the Jun Fan Gung Fu institute at 628 College Street, Chinatown
February 9, 1967 Open house seminar held at new Jun Fan Gung Fu institute
March 8, 1967 The Green Hornet series ends
May 6, 1967 Performs at the 1967 National Karate Championship Washington, DC
June 24, 1967 Appears at the All America Open Karate Championships Madison Square Garden, New York
July 9, 1967 Uses the term "Jeet Kune Do" in writing for the first time
July 14, 1967 Shoots an episode of the TV Series "Ironside"
July 30, 1967 Attends the 1967 Ed Parker International Karate Tournament in Long Beach, CA
August 25, 1967 Bruce has first training session with actor Steve McQueen at McQueen's home
September 30, 1967 Bruce holds first training session with martial arts champion Mike Stone
October 20, 1967 Chuck Norris begins training with Bruce Lee
January 1968 Bruce is interviewed by college journalist Jack Jobe at an event to raise money for cerebral palsy
January 25, 1968 Bruce has first private lesson with Karate champion Joe Lewis
February 29, 1968 Bruce has business cards printed detailing his rates for private instruction
March 18, 1968 Stirling Silliphant calls Bruce to inquire about private lessions
March 20, 1968 Bruce has lunch with Stirling Silliphant and writer Joe Hyams regarding potential private instruction
March 25, 1968 Bruce starts private lessons with Stirling Silliphant and Joe Hyams
April 6, 1968 Attends National Chinese Gung Fu Exhibition at Civic Auditorium in San Francisco CA
June 24, 1968 Attends National Karate Championships in Washington, DC
July 5, 1968 Works as martial arts director on "The Wrecking Crew" starring Dean Martin
August 21, 1968 Acts as a villain in the movie "Marlowe" starring James Garner.
August 26, 1968 Bruce visits Bob Smith Volkswagen-Porsche to test drive a porsche
August 27, 1968 Steve McQueen gives Bruce a puppy. Bruce names it Riff
September 19, 1968 Bruce attends an early screening of friend Steve McQueen's movie "Bullitt"
October 1, 1968 Moves to Bel Air, CA
October 12, 1968 Goes to Carrolton, Mississippi with Steve McQeen. Serves as McQueen's personal trainer for the film "The Reivers"
November 1, 1968 Bruce goes to actor James Coburn's place for his first private lesson
November 12, 1968 Films an episode of the TV series "Blondie"
November 15-22, 1968 Films an episode of the TV series "Here Comes the Brides"
January 7, 1969 Writes inspirational note “My Definite Chief Aim”
January 13, 1969 Bruce meets with screenwriter Stirling Silliphant and actor/friend James Coburn to discuss "The Silent Flute"
January 14, 1969 Bruce goes to dinner and a movie with James Coburn and his wife
January 20, 1969 Bruce, Silliphant and Coburn meet with Silliphant's nephew Mark to discuss "The Silent Flute" screenplay
January 28, 1969 Bruce has a minor accident in his Porsche
February 13, 1969 Bruce begins listening to motivational tapes and starts on a treatment for "The Silent Flute"
February 28, 1969 Bruce meets with Silliphant and Coburn regarding additional ideas he has for "The Silent Flute"
April 17-21, 1969 Works as martial arts director on Stirling Silliphant's film "A Walk in the Spring Rain"
April 19, 1969 Shannon Lee born in Santa Monica, CA
May 12, 1969 Bruce, Silliphant and Coburn again meet with Silliphant's nephew Mark to discuss add'l Silent Flute updates
May 30, 1969 Bruce's mom Grace and younger brother Robert visit the Lee's in Bel Air, CA
June 3, 1969 Linda has an accident in Bruce's Porsche
July 25, 1969 Mark Silliphant is fired as screenwriter for The Silent Flute
August 8, 1969 Actress Sharon Tate and hair stylist Jay Sebring - both friends/students of Bruce - are killed by the Manson family
August 13, 1969 Bruce attends Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring's funerals
October 31, 1969 Marlowe is released to mediocre reviews
December 1, 1969 Joe Lewis' beautician wife goes to Bruce's house to highlight his hair later accusing him of making a pass at her
December 25, 1969 Steve McQueen's movie "The Reivers" is released
January 29, 1970 Bruce closes his Chinatown school
February 5-9, 1970 Travels to the Dominican Republic with Jhoon Rhee to help promote the Jhoon Rhee Institute
February 16-26, 1970 Teaches martial arts to director Roman Polanski in Switzerland
March 7, 1970 Bruce attends Krishnamurti public speaking engagement at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
March 27, 1970 Brings 5-yr old Brandon back to Hong Kong
April 7, 1970 Bruce interviews with Michael Hui on HKTVB with Brandon for "Enjoy Yourself Tonight"
April 10, 1970 Bruce appears in RTV "Golden Hour" show with son Brandon
April 16, 1970 Bruce returns to America
August 13, 1970 Severely injures his back lifting weights without properly warming up
January 23, 1971 Bruce has dinner with Warner Bros. executive Ted Ashley
Jan 29 - Feb 11, 1971 Goes to India with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant to scout locations for Silent Flute
May 1971 Golden Harvest sends Lau Leung Wah to USA to convince Bruce to star in two films
June 21-July 1, 1971 Plays supporting role in first episode of TV series Longstreet titled "Way of the Intercepting Fist"
June 28, 1971 Joins Golden Harvest to shoot two movies
July 12, 1971 Departs for Thailand to film "The Big Boss"
September 3, 1971 Returns to Hong Kong after "The Big Boss" completes and gives impromptu interview at airport
September 3, 1971 Sits for interview by Tam Peng Man in TVB for "Enjoy Yourself Tonight"
September 4, 1971 Sits for interview by Gou Leung and David Lo in ATV
September 6, 1971 Back to USA to film three additional episodes of Longstreet
September 24, 1971 Bruce meets with Warner Bros Tom Kuhn to discuss the Kung Fu TV series
October 11, 1971 Departs for Hong Kong with Linda, Shannon and Brandon
October 22, 1971 Sits for interview by Lau Ka Kit on HKTVBs "Enjoy Yourself Tonight" with Bob Baker
October 30, 1971 "The Big Boss" premiers and makes $3.2M in 23 days
November 19, 1971 Appears in a special program on HKTVB for The Big Boss
December 7, 1971 Receives telegram from Warner Bros that Kung Fu TV series has been rejected
December 9, 1971 Sits for interview with Pierre Burton
December 29, 1971 Forms own production company Concord Productions
January 21, 1972 Interview with Pierre Burton airs on HKTVB
March 11, 1972 "Fist of Fury" premiers at midnight
March 22, 1972 "Fist of Fury" premieres and breaks all records set by "The Big Boss"
April 10, 1972 Stirling Silliphant arrives in Hong Kong to discuss The Silent Flute
May 4, 1972 Bruce departs for Rome for the shooting of "Way of the Dragon"
May 5, 1972 Bruce, Raymond Chow, Chaplin Chang and Tadashi Nishimoto (cinematographer) arrive in Rome
May 18, 1972 Bruce returns to Hong Kong with Bob Wall and Chuck Norris
May 19, 1972 Bruce appears on HKTVB's "Enjoy Yourself Tonight" with Chuck Norris and Bob Wall
June 24, 1972 Bruce attends Unicorn Palm press conference with fellow actor and friend Unicorn
July 29, 1972 Participates in HKTVB's telethon for June 18 Flood. Demonstrates with Brandon Lee and Wu Ngan
Sep to Nov 1972 Moves into No. 41 Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong district
October 29, 1972 Bruce flys to Los Angeles to negotiate his contract with Warner Bros. for "Enter the Dragon"
November 1972 Begins filming fight sequences for "Game of Death"
November 20, 1972 Black Belt Magazine grants Lee the 1972 Martial Artist of the year Award
November 23, 1972 Bruce signs a contract with Warner Bros to film "Enter the Dragon"
November 23, 1972 Bruce appears on HKTVB's "Enjoy Yourself Tonight" to celebrate TVB's 5th anniversary
December 2, 1972 Signs contract with Warner Bros for "Enter the Dragon"
December 20, 1972 Sifu Yip Man passes away
December 21, 1972 Selected as one of the Top 10 Movie Stars by Overseas Chinese Daily
December 22, 1972 Bruce attends Yip Man's memorial ceremony with other Wing Chun students
December 23, 1972 "Way of the Dragon" premiers at midnight and breaks previous box office records
December 30, 1972 Bruce's students Ted Wong and Herb Jackson visit Bruce in Hong Kong
February 1973 James Yimm Lee passes away from cancer in Oakland, CA
February 1, 1973 Bruce takes out $200,000 life insurance policy with American International Assurance (AIA) Company
March 13, 1973 Begins production of "Enter the Dragon"
April 1973 Bruce is guest of honor for Sports Day ceremony at St. Xaviers School
April 30, 1973 Bruce takes out 2nd life insurance policy this time for $1,350,000 from Lloyd's of London
May 10, 1973 Appears on HKTVB's Montage Show with Raymond Chow
May 25, 1973 Collapses at Golden Harvest Studios during dubbing session for "Enter the Dragon"
May 29 - 30, 1973 Flies to California to conduct complete physical exam. During this time he meets with Dan Inosanto for the last time
July 5, 1973 Clashes with director Lo Wei at Golden harvest studios
July 5, 1973 Sits for interview by Ho Sau Shun in TVB for the show "Enjoy Yourself Tonight"
July 20, 1973 Loses consciousness at Betty Ting Pei’s apartment. He is rushed to Queen Elizabeth hospital where he is pronounced dead at 11:30 pm
July 25, 1973 Over 25,000 people attend Lee's Kowloon funeral service
July 31, 1973 A second funeral is held at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle where Lee is laid to rest. Pall bearers include Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Dan Inosanto and brother Robert Lee
August 24, 1973 "Enter the Dragon" premieres at Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA
September 24, 1973 The cause of Lee’s death is cited as Death by Misadventure by the coroner
October 1, 1975 Tao of Jeet Kune Do is published by Ohara Publications
June 7, 1979 "Game of Death" is released. Producers combine unused real footage of Bruce with body doubles, tricky camera shots and cardboard cutouts. Bruce Lee spins in his grave!
March 31, 1993 Bruce's son Brandon Lee killed on the set of the movie "The Crow"
April 28, 1993 Bruce Lee receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
May 7, 1993 "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" starring Jason Scott Lee (no relation) is released
April 22, 1994 Bruce Lee receives lifetime achievement award at 13th annual Hong Kong film awards
November 15, 1995 Hong Kong post office releases Bruce Lee postage stamp
January 10, 1996 Some of Bruce Lee's original students meet in Seattle to form "The Nucleus"
August 4, 1998 Bruce Lee Day declared in Puerto Rico
October 21, 2000 Bruce Lee Day declared in San Francisco, CA
May 24, 2004 Bruce Lee receives Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy Legacy Award in London, England
March 28, 2005 Bruce Lee named Star of the Century at the Hong Kong Film Awards
November 25, 2005 Bruce Lee statue revealed in Mosar, Bosnia
November 27, 2005 Bruce Lee statue revealed in Hong Kong
May 10, 2012 Congressional resolution to recognize Bruce Lee's impact on American culture
June 15, 2013 Bruce Lee statue unveiled in Los Angeles, CA
July 20, 2013 "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu - Art - Life" exhibition opens in Hong Kong
October 3, 2014 Bruce Lee Day declared in Seattle, WA
October 4, 2014 "Do You Know Bruce?" Year 1 exhibition opens at the Wing Luke Museum in Chinatown, Seattle WA and runs from October 4, 2014 through September 6, 2015
October 3, 2015 "Do You Know Bruce? Breaking Barriers" Year 2 exhibition opens and runs from October 3, 2015 through September 4, 2016 at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle WA
October 1, 2016 "Do You Know Bruce? A Day in the Life of Bruce Lee" Year 3 exhibition opens and runs from October 1, 2016 through February 11, 2018 at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle WA
March 10, 2018 "Do You Know Bruce Lee: A Dragon Lives Here" Year 4 exhibition opens at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle WA