1968: Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, joins the New York Black Panther party at
April 1969: Afenis 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
June 1986: Shakur's family moves to Baltimore;. As MC New York Tupac writes his
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 Marine 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
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 E.P.
November 12, 1991: 2Pacaplypse Now is released. Shorty 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 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 Marine
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 goes platinum.
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 dropped.
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
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
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 copies.
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
August 1995: Biggie, Puffy and Harrell tell Vibe, they had no connection to
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 on 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 Angeles.
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
releated murders. Police begin investigating possible connections to Tupac's
Friday, September 13 1996: After six days in critical condition, Tupac Shakur
is pronounced dead at 4:03pm. He was only 25.