Weighed close to 15 pounds at birth; appeared stillborn until his grandmother held him under a cold water faucet
Godfather Frank Garrick, circulation manager of the <i>Jersey Observer</i>, arranged for his namesake to work on the paper's delivery truck
Attatched himself to the 'Three Flashes' trio; on September 8th, they appeared as the 'Hoboken Four' on radio's "Major Bowes' Amateur Hour", winning that night with 40,000 people calling in--the then-largest vote in the show's history; toured with the quartet for six months
First gained acclaim as vocalist with the Harry James Orchestra; first hit, "All or Nothing at All"
Hired away by Tommy Dorsey for $100 a week; recorded more than 80 songs with Dorsey's orchestra, including "Stardust", "This Love of Mine" and "I'll Never Smile Again"
Screen debut in "Las Vegas Nights" (as singer with Tommy Dorsey Band)
First solo hit, a recording of the Cole Porter standard, "Night and Day"
Feature acting debut, "Higher and Higher"
Won a Special Academy Award for "The House I Live In", a progressive short about racial tolerance
First of three films with Gene Kelly, "Anchors Aweigh"
Acted opposite Kelly in what is considered Sinatra's best film of the decade, "On the Town", co-directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen
First foray into TV, "The Frank Sinatra Show" (CBS); telecast live from NYC (later from Hollywood), it failed primarily because of the competition (opposite Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" for 1st season and Number 1 rated "The Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle for the 2nd)
Film career slumped after the relative boxoffice failure of "Double Dynamite" (1951) and "Meet Danny Wilson" (1952)
Dropped by Columbia Records in the early 1950s after his vocal chords hemorrhaged
Begged executives at Columbia Pictures to play the key supporting role of Maggio in an all-star production of "From Here to Eternity"; agreed to play the part for only $8000; won Best Supporting Actor Oscar
Signed to recording contract by Capitol Records (date approximate)
Co-starred with Marlon Brando and Vivian Blaine in film version of "Guys and Dolls"
Played the Stage Manager in TV adaptation of "Our Town" (NBC), intorduced the song "Love and Marriage"
Earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for Otto Preminger's "The Man With the Golden Arm"
First producing credit, "Johnny Concho" (also starred in title role)
Co-starred with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in "High Society", a musicalized version of "The Philadelphia Story" with songs by Cole Porter
Portrayed nightclub performer Joe E Lewis in the biopic "The Joker Is Wild"
Starred in the ABC variety series "The Frank Sinatra Show"
Released "Come Dance with Me" (Capital); remained on charts for 140 weeks
Co-starred in what is considered the epitome of 'The Rat Pack' films "Oceans Eleven"
Left Capitol to form own record label, Reprise
Starred in John Frankenheimer's political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"
Sold two-thirds of Reprise to Warner Bros. for more than $3 million capital gain
Only directing credit, "None but the Brave" (also starred in and produced)
Starred in the TV special, "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music", which received a Peabody Award; show also featured daughter Nancy
Last Number 1 hit single, "Something Stupid", a duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra (his first gold single)
Last feature acting role for a decade, "Dirty Dingus Magee"
Announced his retirement from show business; was back working again within two years
Was one of the hosts/narrators of the compilation film "That's Entertainment"
TV dramatic acting debut in the NBC movie "COntract on Cherry Street"
Returned to films as star of "The First Deadly Sin"
Honored with a tribute at Kennedy Center
Toured the world with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli
Performed on the TV special, "Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come" (CBS)
Last screen appearance in the documentary "Listen Up", a biographical portrait of composer-producer Quincy Jones
Was the subject of the five-hour TV miniseries, "Sinatra" (CBS), produced by daughter Tina
Recorded two multiplatinum "Duets" albums, singing with pop stars like Barbara Streisand, Jimmy Buffet and Bono
Empire State Building glowed blue in honor of Ole Blue Eyes' 80th birthday
ABC aired the tribute special "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way"
Suffered "an uncomplicated heart attack" (January 9)