|1915||- April 7, Born in Philadelphia, Penn.|
|1930||- Holiday appears in various Harlem clubs with singer Laurence Jackson|
|1933||- Holiday cuts her first records at the age of 18
- Discovered by talent agent John Hammond
- Hammond organizes her first commercial recording session with Benny Goodman
|1935||- Records some of her most memorable sides including "Miss Brown to You."
- Stars alongside Duke Ellington in the film "Symphony in Black"
|1937|| - Receives the nickname "Lady Day" from sax player Lester Young
- She teams with the Count Basie Orchestra
|1938||- She teams with Artie Shaw|
|1939||- Becomes one of the first artists to perform at Cafe Society
- Introduces the songs "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless the Child"
- Records her first major session at Commodore
|1944||- Records her second major session at Commodore
- Holiday signs with Decca Records
|1946||- Stars in the film "New Orleans"
- Headlines New York's Town Hall
|1954||- She tours Europe|
|1959||- Holiday makes her final studio recordings with MGM
- Holiday gives her final performance in New York City.
- July 17, Holiday dies in New York City.
|1972||- Diana Ross stars as Holiday in the film "Lady Sings the Blues"|
|1988||- U2 releases the Billie Holiday tribute song "Angel of Harlem"|
|2000||- Billie Holiday is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Diana Ross is her presenter.|