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February 13, 1942

Peter Tork (of The Monkees) is born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C.

December 30, 1942

Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees) is born Robert Michael Nesmith in Houston, Texas.

March 8, 1945

Micky Dolenz (drummer, vocalist for The Monkees) is born George Michael Dolenz, Jr. in Los Angeles, California.

December 30, 1945

Davy Jones (of The Monkees) is born in Manchester, England.

September 8, 1965

An ad appears in Variety looking for "Four Insane Boys, Ages 17-21" to star in a new TV show: The Monkees.

July 19, 1966

The theme song to The Monkees TV series is recorded at RCA studios in Hollywood. The only Monkee to participate is Micky Dolenz, who does the vocal - the rest of the musicians are session performers.

August 16, 1966

The Monkees release their first single, "Last Train To Clarksville." It's a lighthearted-sounding song with a somber subtext: The lyric is about a guy who gets drafted into the Vietnam War and wonders if he's ever coming home.

September 12, 1966

The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. While The Monkees are a fictional band, they become very real and eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.More

November 12, 1966

The Monkees' self-titled debut album hits #1 in America and stays for 13 weeks.

November 5, 1966

The Monkees' "Last Train To Clarksville" hits #1 in America. The song is a subtle protest against the Vietnam War.

December 31, 1966

The Monkees' "I'm A Believer," written by Neil Diamond, hits #1 in America. The song stays at the top for seven weeks.

December 3, 1966

The Monkees, who are stars thanks to their TV show, play their first concert. About 8,000 screaming fans show up for the performance in Honolulu, confirming their status as real-life superstars.

February 11, 1967

The Monkees' album More of the Monkees hits #1 in America.

February 7, 1967

The Monkees announce during an appearance on the British TV show Top of the Pops that they will play on their own records from now on instead of using session players.

May 22, 1967

The Monkees release Headquarters, proving they're more than a group of actors who just play a band on TV. Although it's their third album, it's the first that allows them creative control over songwriting and performing without relying on session musicians. The album goes to #1 on the Billboard 200.

June 4, 1967

The Monkees, starring the eponymous band, wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

December 2, 1967

The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album hits #1 in America.

December 2, 1967

The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" hits #1 in America for the first of four weeks.

March 25, 1968

The last episode of The Monkees airs on NBC, concluding the show's two-season run. Titled "The Frodis Caper," it's a very sci-fi episode directed by Micky Dolenz. It opens with the band waking up to "Good Morning Good Morning" by The Beatles, one of the first uses of a Beatles song in a non-Beatles production.

July 12, 1968

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees marries the model Samantha Juste, who is the "disc girl" on the BBC show Top Of The Pops. Dolenz, who met her on the show, wrote some of The Monkees song "Randy Scouse Git" about her. They divorce in 1975.

November 6, 1968

The Monkees movie Head is released. The studio that commissioned the film expected something light and funny, but got a trippy commentary on the manipulation of The Monkees, complete with a scene where the group jumps to their death off a bridge. The film bombs when it is released, but later becomes a cult classic.

December 30, 1968

Peter Tork leaves The Monkees, paying $160,000 to buy out his contract.

January 3, 1970

Davy Jones announces he's leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.

December 10, 1971

Davy Jones of the Monkees guest stars on The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones," where Marcia tries to get the dreamy singer to perform at her prom.More

February 22, 1986

MTV, which has bought the rights to 45 episodes of The Monkees TV series, airs them all in the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" marathon in honor of the group's 20th anniversary. The shows launch a Monkees revival, and the group reforms to tour later in the year.More

May 24, 1986

The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, begin their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. The group has risen in popularity thanks to MTV, which started airing old episodes of their TV show.

August 11, 1986

The Monkees, on a reunion tour, have an amazing six albums on the Billboard 200. The highest is The Monkees at #92.

July 10, 1989

The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time - Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour.

October 17, 1995

Rhino releases all 58 episodes of the The Monkees in a deluxe VHS box set. It's a big box: 21 tapes, making it the largest video release of all time.More

May 12, 2011

The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, embark on a 45th Anniversary Tour with a date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It's the group's fourth and final reunion tour, as Davy Jones dies in 2012.

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