Nirvana Timeline

  • May 10, 1965: Krist Novoselic is born.
  • February 20, 1967: Kurt Cobain is born.
  • January 14, 1969: Dave Grohl is born.
  • Fall 1985: Kurt meets Krist. They play in several bands together, including Stiff Woodies.
  • December 1987: Kurt, Krist and drummer Aaron Burckhard form the original lineup of Nirvana in Aberdeen, Washington.
  • January 23, 1988: Nirvana records a 10-song demo with the “Godfather of Grunge,” legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop co-honcho Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single. The band accepts.
  • October 30, 1988: Kurt smashes his first guitar.
  • June 1989: Bleach is released on Sub Pop. Nirvana embarks on a month-long U.S. tour.
  • September 25, 1990: Dave Grohl, former drummer for Washinton, D.C.’s Scream, joins Nirvana.
  • October 1990: Nirvana briefly tours England with L7.
  • Winter 1991: Nirvana signs with DGC Records.
  • August 1991: Nirvana opens for Sonic Youth on a European festival tour, which includes a landmark performance at the Reading Festival. The tour is documented in the film 1991: The Year Punk Broke.
  • September 24, 1991: Nevermind is released.
  • October 12, 1991: Nevermind is certified a gold album.
  • November 1991: The band starts a six-week European tour as Nirvanamania sweeps the United States. MTV airs “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video constantly; the song is hailed as an anthem for a generation.
  • January 11, 1992: Nevermind hits No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
  • January/February 1992: Nirvana tours Australia, Japan and Hawaii.
  • April 1992: Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • June/July 1992: Nirvana tours Europe.
  • December 15, 1992: Incesticide, a collection of B-sides and rarities, is released. It goes gold the following spring.
  • April 9, 1993: Nirvana plays a concert at San Francisco’s Cow Palace to raise awareness of and generate aid for rape survivors in Bosnia-Herzegovina. L7, the Breeders and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy are also on the bill.
  • September 21, 1993: In Utero is released.
  • October 18, 1993: Nirvana starts a three-month tour of North America.
  • November 19, 1993: Nirvana tapes an all-acoustic show for “MTV Unplugged” at Sony Studios in New York. Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets sit in on three Meat Puppets songs.
  • December 16, 1993: MTV airs Nirvana’s “Unplugged” show.
  • January 7, 1994: Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It will be the band’s last U.S. show.
  • February 6, 1994: Nirvana embarks on a tour of Europe.

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