Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri as the sixth child to John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens.
The Clemens family moved to Hannibal, Missouri where Mark Twain grew famous.
Samuel Clemens' father dies due to pneumonia.
When Mark Twain was 14 years old, he left school to work at his brother's printing office for the "Hannibal Courier."
At age 25, Mark Twain joined the Civil War on the side of the Confederates.
Samuel Clemens developed his pen name of "Mark Twain."
Twain went to California to visit Calvaras County.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calvaras County was written, and was eventually published as The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calvaras County.
Twain meets his future wife, Olivia Langdon, who is the sister of a good friend.
Mark Twain wasn't famous until his book "The Innocents Abroad" was published.
Mark Twain marries Olivia Langdon.
Olivia Clemens gives birth to their first child, Susan.
The Clemens' second child, Clara Clemens is born.
Mark Twain began Huck Finn in 1876, but didn't finish until 1883. The book was finally published in 1885 and has since been known as the Great American Novel.
The Clemens' give birth to their final child, another girl, Jean.
Twain publishes A Connecticut Yankee,\ in King Arthur's Court. Critics absolutely hate the book.
Twain's oldest daughter, Susy, dies of meningitis while he is on a tour in Europe. Being the closest daughter to him, Twain is deeply devastated which basically ends his great writing career.
Twain visited Hannibal, MO for the last time before he died.
Doctor of Laws by University of Missouri
Twain's wife, Olivia, dies of a serious on-going illness of two years.
Mark Twain started his autobiography.
Doctor of Laws by Oxford University in England
Twain's youngest daughter, Jean, dies after being diagnosed with epilepsy a few years earlier.