Responded to an advertisement by fellow student Larry Mullen, Jr. to form a band with Dave Evans (aka The Edge), Dick Evans, and Adam Clayton
Later changed band name to Feedback and then Hype; after Dick Evans left the band the name was again changed to U2
Won a talent contest and were approached by a manager
Signed with Island Records and released U2's debut album <i>Boy</i>
Group released its most successful album of the 1980¿s <i>War</i>; included hits such as "New Years Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," and "Two Hearts Beat As One"
U2 landed first major pop hit with their Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
Performed at the humanitarian concert <i>Live Aid</i> organized by Bob Geldof
Achieved super stardom with the release of <i>The Joshua Tree</i> with hits such as "With Or Without You" and "Where The Streets Have No Name"; followed the album with successful tour
Featured in Phil Joanou¿s documentary "U2: Rattle and Hum," which cronicled the band's 1987 North American tour
Entered the new decade with the more electronic sound of <i>Achtung Baby</i>
Released the hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from the <i>Batman Forever</i> soundtrack
Held the first major concert event in Sarajevo after the war ended; previously promised on New Years Eve 1995 to return to Sarajevo and perform
Featured in the 200th episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)
Signed a deal with Polygram Records worth $50 million to release three U2 compilation albums
With Wyclef Jean, teamed up to record "New Day" with profits going to charity (NetAid)
U2 returned to form with the critically acclaimed <i>All That You Can't Leave Behind</i>
Performed "Peace On Earth / Walk On" for a landmark fundraiser <i>America: A Tribute To Heroes</i> aired by all the major networks to raise money for families of the victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks
Nominated for an Academy Award for Original Song for "The Hands That Built America" from the film "Gangs Of New York"
Nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Original Song for "Time Enough For Tears" from the film "In America"
With wife, Ali Hewson and New York fashion designer Rogan Gregory launched the socially conscious line EDUN
Along with Bob Geldof, helped organize and publicize <i>Live 8</i>, a series of 10 concerts around the globe aimed at encouraging the representatives of the world's industrialized countries at the Group of Eight Summit to write off Africa's enormous debt, reform trade policy, and grant a great deal more aid for crises such as the AIDS epidemic
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Named by <i>Time</i> magazine as one of the Persons of the Year, along with Bill and Melinda Gates
Named among the 191 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize
U2 swept the Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, for <i>How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb</i> (2004)
Made feature acting debut as an anti-war shaman in the Beatles' tribute film "Across the Universe"
Wrote the music and lyrics for the song "Winter" from the film "Brothers"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song
Released U2's twelfth studio album <i>No Line on the Horizon</i>