"Porgy and Bess" debuted at the Alvin Theater
Feature adaptation of "Porgy and Bess" released, directed by Otto Preminger
First stage musical written with brother Ira (who used the pen name Arthur Francis), "A Dangerous Maid"
Had Broadway hit with "Girl Crazy", starring Ethel Merman and Ginger Rogers
Had stage hit with "Oh, Kay!"
Paul Whiteman and his orchestra introduced "Rhapsody in Blue" as part of "An Experiment in Modern Music at Aeolian Hall" in NYC
Posthumous exhibition of paintings
Underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor; died on July 11
Vincente Minnelli's "An American in Paris" used his musical suite as the basis of an original film musical teaming Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron
Worked for the summer playing piano at a resort in the Catskills
"An American in Paris" debuted at Carnegie Hall in December
Began making piano rolls; also played piano at nightclubs
Composed "Cuban Overture"
Debuted "Second Rhapsody" at the Boston Symphony; played piano
Family purchased a piano; began to take lessons
First published song "When You Want 'Em, You Can't Get 'Em, When You've Got 'Em, You Don't Want 'Em" (lyric by Murray Roth); earned five dollars for the song
Had failure with first version of "Strike Up the Band" (written with Ira)
Hosted the NYC-based radio program "Music By Gershwin"
Initial stage collaboration with Fred and Adele Astaire, contributed songs to "For Goodness Sake"
Professional debut as a pianist, performed at the Finlay Club; arranged by Ira
Toured with Louise Dresser as her accompanist
Wrote first opera, "Blue Monday"; a failure it was dropped from the "Scandals"
Commissioned by the Symphonic Society of New York to write "The Concerto in F"
Contributed several songs to the unsuccessful stage musical "Half Past Eight"
Family moved frequently when Gershwin was growing up; as his father landed a new job, the family changed residences so he could walk to work
First complete score for a Broadway musical "La La Lucille"
First song on Broadway "The Runaway Girl" in "The Passing Show of 1916"
Had flops with "Pardon My English" and "Let 'Em Eat Cake", the sequel to "Of Thee I Sing"
Last songs "Love Walked In" and "Love Is Here to Stay", included in "The Goldwyn Follies"
Made the cover of TIME magazine (July)
Provided songs for editions of "George White's Scandals"
Provided the songs to "Shall We Dance" and "A Damsel in Distress", both starring Fred Astaire; earned Oscar nomination for the song "They Can't Take That Away From Me" from the former
Served as rehearsal pianist for the show "Miss 1917"
Signed to a contract as staff composer with Harms Publishing Co.
Signed to a contract by RKO
With brother Ira, wrote stage musical "Lady, Be Good"; production starred the Astaires; song "The Man I Love" cut during the pre-Broadway tour
"Funny Face" filmed with a revised story, teaming Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn
"Of Thee I Sing" became first musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Al Jolson interpolated the Gershwin song "Swanee" into "Sinbad"; first hit song
Bounced back with a reteaming with the Astaires, "Funny Face"
Debut as symphony conductor
First film score, "The Sunshine Trail"
Formed Gershwin Publishing Co.
Portrayed by Robert Alda in the studio biopic "Rhapsody in Blue"
Premiered the political satire "Of Thee I Sing"
With brother Ira, signed contract to write songs for the Fox feature "Delicious"
Worked as a song plugger at Remick's