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February 29, 2012

Monkees singer Davy Jones dies of a heart attack at age 66.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.

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

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.

August 11, 1986

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

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.

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

December 10, 1971

Monkees singer Davy Jones guest stars on The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones."More

January 3, 1970

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

December 30, 1968

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

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.

August 19, 1968

The final episode of The Monkees TV show, starring the eponymous band, airs on primetime TV.

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.

December 2, 1967

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

December 2, 1967

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

June 4, 1967

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

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.

February 11, 1967

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

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.

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.

November 12, 1966

The Monkees' LP The Monkees hits #1.

November 5, 1966

The Monkees' "Last Train To Clarksville" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.

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

August 16, 1966

The Monkees release their first single, "Last Train To Clarksville."

July 19, 1966

The Monkees record the theme song to their TV series.

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.

December 30, 1945

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

March 8, 1945

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

December 30, 1942

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

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