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1909 November 26 Eugène Ionesco is born in Slatina, Romania.
1910 His family moves to Paris, France.
1916 His father returns to Bucharest as Romania enters World War I. Eugène remains in France with his mother and sister.
1925 He returns to Romania with his father after his parents divorce.
1928 He begins studying French literature at the University of Bucharest.
1930 Ionesco publishes his first article in the Zodiac review.
1931 He publishes a volume of poetry, Elegy of Minuscule Beings.
1934 He publishes No, a collection of essays.
1936 His mother dies.
July He marries Rodica Burileanu, a student of law and philosophy.
1937 He begins teaching French at a school in Bucharest.
1938 He receives a fellowship from the Rumanian government to write a thesis on the subject of death in Modern French Poetry.
1939 He moves to Paris and begins his literary research.
1940 He relocates to Marseilles when the Germans invade.
1944 Ionesco's daughter Marie-France is born. He will later write a number of unconventional children's stories for her.
1945 He returns to Paris after its liberation from the Germans.
He works as a proofreader and translator.
1948 His father dies.
1950 May 11 The Bald Soprano premieres at the Theatre des Noctambules in Paris.
Ionesco joins the "College of Pataphysics," a group of avant-garde writers and artists.
1951 February 20 The Lesson premieres at the Théâtre de Poche.
1952 April 22 The Chairs premieres at the Théâtre Lancry under the direction of Sylvain Dhomme who also plays the role of the Orator.
1955 October Jack or The Submission premieres at the Théâtre de la Huchette.
1958 Ionesco conducts a now-famous public debate with Kenneth Tynan in the pages of London's Observer over the value of anti-realism in the theatre.
1959 He receives the Tours Festival Prize for film.
February 27 The Killer premieres at the Théâtre Récamier in Paris.
1960 January 25 Rhinoceros premieres at the Odéon under the direction of Jean-Louis Barrault.
1962 Ionesco publishes Notes and Counternotes, a collection of essays and lectures.
December 15 Exit the King premieres at the Théâtre de l'Alliance Francaise in Paris.
1963 Ionesco receives the Prix Italia.
1966 He receives the Society of Authors theatre prize.
1967 He publishes Fragments of a Journal.
1968 He publishes the second volume of his journal, Present Past Past Present.
1969 He receives the Grand Prix National for theatre.
He receives the Monaco Grand Prix.
1970 He receives the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
He is made a member of the Académie française.
1972 January 27 Macbett premieres at the Théâtre de la Rive Gauche in Paris.
1973 Ionesco receives the Jerusalem Prize.
1976 He is awarded the Max Reinhardt Medal at the 50th Salzburg Festival.
1994 March 28 Eugène Ionesco dies in Paris, France at the age of 84.
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