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March 27, 1970

Mariah Carey is born in Huntington, Long Island, New York.

May 15, 1990

Mariah Carey releases her first single, the ballad "Vision Of Love." In August, it climbs to #1 in America, setting Carey on track to become the best-selling female artist of the '90s.

June 12, 1990

Mariah Carey releases her self-titled debut album. It sells 9 million in America, where all four of its singles ("Vision Of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday," "I Don't Wanna Cry") hit #1.

June 2, 1990

Mariah Carey makes the Hot 100 for the first time when her debut single, "Vision Of Love," enters at #73. In August, the song goes to #1, as do her next four singles.

June 1, 1990

Mariah Carey makes her national TV debut, performing "Vision Of Love" on The Arsenio Hall Show. The song enters the Hot 100 the next day and goes to #1 eight weeks later.

August 4, 1990

Mariah Carey lands her first #1 Hot 100 hit when her debut single, "Vision Of Love," goes to the top. It's the first of her 14 chart-toppers... in the '90s!

October 12, 1991

Mariah Carey hits #1 in America with "Emotions," the title track to her second album. Her first four singles also hit the top spot, making Carey the first artist to hit #1 with their first five singles (overtaking The Jackson 5).

June 5, 1993

Mariah Carey marries Tommy Mottola, the music executive who signed her to Columbia Records. The marriage, her first, lasts four years.

November 1, 1994

Mariah Carey's album Merry Christmas is released. By the end of the year, it has sold over 3 million copies in America, becoming one of the most popular Christmas albums of all time.More

September 30, 1995

Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" becomes just the second single to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the first was Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"). It stays at the top spot for eight weeks.

December 2, 1995

"One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey's duet with Boyz II Men, hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds the top spot for a record 16 weeks.

March 16, 1996

For the 16th (and final) consecutive week, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" is #1 in the US.

April 14, 1998

The very first VH1 Divas special debuts on the music channel as a benefit concert for VH1's Save The Music Foundation. Headliners are Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Shania Twain, with a guest appearance by Carole King.More

November 17, 1998

Retailers in the US are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs "Super Tuesday." Among the sets released are Garth Brooks: Double Live, Whitney Houston's My Love is Your Love, Mariah Carey's #1's, Jewel's Spirit, and three soundtracks associated with the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

November 5, 1999

Mariah Carey makes her acting debut, playing a temperamental opera singer in the romantic comedy The Bachelor, starring Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger.

July 19, 2001

Mariah Carey makes a surprise appearance on MTV's Total Request Live where she comes off as rather unhinged, rambling aimlessly and doing a striptease for the host, Carson Daly.More

September 21, 2001

The film Glitter, starring Mariah Carey as a singer looking to make it big, is released in theaters. Carey earns a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress; her appearances in Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013) get much better receptions.

January 9, 2002

MTV Cribs tours Mariah Carey's New York penthouse in a special one-hour episode. The pop star, who shows off her personal salon and department-store-sized closet, also demonstrates an elliptical workout in stilettos and enjoys a chaste bubble bath.

March 23, 2002

At the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards, Mariah Carey takes home her first Razzie as Worst Actress for her starring role in Glitter. The film earns a total of six nominations, including one for Mariah's cleavage as Worst Couple.

November 12, 2005

Mariah Carey wins Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for The Emancipation of Mimi and R&B Voice of the Year and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together" at the Vibe Awards.

December 11, 2006

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey becomes the first ringtone certified Gold for sales of over 500,000.

April 30, 2008

Mariah Carey marries rapper and TV personality Nick Cannon at a secret ceremony in the Bahamas. They separate in 2014 and divorce in 2016.

November 6, 2009

The Lee Daniels film Precious, starring Gabourey Sidibe as an abused teen, debuts in the US. It features supporting roles by Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz (the movie inspires his song "Push"), and the soundtrack spawns the single "I Can See In Color" by Mary J. Blige.

April 30, 2011

Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon welcome twins: daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.

December 12, 2014

Nick Cannon files for divorce from Mariah Carey. The pair married in 2008 and had two children, twins Monroe and Moroccan.

March 25, 2015

Mariah Carey joins James Corden for the first installment of Carpool Karaoke.More

December 31, 2016

Taking the stage in Times Square to ring in the new year, Mariah Carey gets through "Auld Lang Syne" but then stops singing and narrates the technical problems to the crowd as the backing track plays on.More

November 15, 2018

Thanks to the hashtag #JusticeForGlitter, Mariah Carey's long-maligned 2001 album Glitter climbs to #1 on the iTunes US Albums chart.More

December 21, 2019

Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" goes to #1 in America for the first time, 25 years after it was first released in 1994.

January 4, 2020

Mariah Carey becomes the first artist to top the Hot 100 in four different decades when "All I Want For Christmas Is You" stays at #1 for a third week.

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