Born in West Baltimore. Later attends Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Junior High.
Attends Colored High and Training School.
Marries Vivian Burey
Graduates cum laude from Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA
Receives law degree from Howard University (graduating magna cum laude); begins a private practice as a lawyer in Baltimore.
Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP.
With mentor and friend Charles Hamilton Houston, wins first major civil rights case - Murray vs Pearson - desegregating the University of Maryland Law School, which had rejected Marshall on the grounds of race.
Serves as legal director of the NAACP; in 1940, he wins the first of his 29 Supreme Court victories out of 32 he argued. (Chambers vs Florida)
Wins Brown vs Board of Education case, the landmark action that ends the legal segregation of schools in America.
Vivian Marshall dies.
He marries Cecila A. Suyat; their union produces Marshall's two sons, Thurgood Jr. and John William.
is nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit by President Kennedy.
is appointed circuit judge; makes 112 rulings, all of them later upheld by Supreme Court.
is appointed U.S. Solicitor General by President Johnson; wins 14 of the 19 cases he argues for the government (1965-1967)
Becomes first African-American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Retires from Supreme Court.
Dies at 84 in Bethesda.