Born in Paris, France
Entered College Louis-le-Grand, a Jesuit school
The kings court moved to Paris, marks France's start of Enlightenment
Exiled to Tulle for mocking the regent of Orleans.
Imprisoned in Bastille for poems against the government.
One of Voltaire's best know tragedies, Oedipus, is first performed.
Changed pen name from Arouet to Voltaire
For offending the Rohan family, Voltaire is sentenced to the Bastille again, but negotiates instead for three years in Great Britain.
"Letters Concerning the English Nation" is written, criticizing France's government in contrast to Britain. Voltaire meets Madame du Chatele, and begins relationship.
Voltaire publishes his first "philosophical tales", Zadig.
With the help from his mistress, Voltaire is appointed the royal historiographer.
Voltaire is elected into the French Academy.
Death of Madame du Chatelet durign childbirth.
With the help of Fredrick the Great, moves to German's royal court and publishes more pieces of writing.
After quarrel with Fredrick the Great, and being banned from France, Voltaire settles in Geneva.
Voltaire writes his most famous philosophical writing, Candide.
The end of the Seven Years War, the power struggle among the European nations, including France.
Voltaire publishes Dictionnaire Philosophique, which included his idea one a wide range of subjects.
Dies after returning to Paris after 20 years. Age 84.
Start of the French Revolution, with Voltaire and his "Liberte--Fraternite--Egalite" as inspiration.