1828 Henrik Johan Ibsen born on March 20th in Stockmannsgården in Skien. Parents: Marichen (née Altenburg) and Knud Ibsen, merchant.
1835 Father has to give up his business. The properties are auctioned off.
The family moves to Venstøp, a farm in Gjerpen.
1843 Confirmed in Gjerpen church.
Family moves to Snipetorp in Skien.
Ibsen leaves home on December 27th.
1844 Arrives in Grimstad on January 3rd to be apprenticed to Jens Aarup Reimann, chemist.
1846 Has an illegitimate child by Else Sophie Jensdatter, one of Reimann's servants.
1847 Lars Nielsen takes over ownership of the chemist's, moving to larger premises.
1849 Ibsen writes Catiline.
1850 Goes to Christiania to study for the university entrance examination.
Catiline is published under the pseudonym Brynjolf Bjarme.
Edits the Students' Union paper Samfundsbladet and the satirical weekly Andhrimner.
First Ibsen staging in history: the one-act The Burial Mound is performed at Christiania Theater on September 26th.
1852 Moves to Bergen to begin directing productions at Det norske Theater.
Study tour to Copenhagen and Dresden.
1853 First performance of St. John's Night.
1854 First performance of The Burial Mound in a revised version.
1855 First performance of Lady Inger.
1856 First performance of The Feast at Solhoug.
Becomes engaged to Suzannah Thoresen.
1857 First performance of Olaf Liljekrans.
Is appointed artistic director of Kristiania Norske Theater.
1858 Marries Suzannah Thoresen on June 18th.
First performance of The Vikings at Helgeland.
1859 Writes the poem "Paa Vidderne" ("Life on the Upland") and the cycle of poems "I billedgalleriet" ("At the Art Gallery").
His son Sigurd is born on December 23rd.
1860 Writes "Svanhild" - a draft for Love's Comedy.
1861 Writes the poem "Terje Vigen".
1862 Kristiania Norske Theater goes bankrupt.
Ibsen goes on a study tour to the valley of Gudbrandsdalen and to the West Country to study folklore.
Love's Comedy is published (first performance at Christiania Theater on November 24th 1873).
Is appointed consultant to Christiania Theater.
1863 The Pretenders is published.
Writes the poem "En broder i nød" ("A Brother in Need").
1864 The Pretenders has its first performance at Christiania Theater.
Leaves for Italy and lives in Rome for four years.
1865 Writes "The Epic Brand". Revises it with the title Brand.
1866 Brand is published and is a success.
Ibsen is awarded one of the state stipends for artists.
1867 Publishes Love's Comedy in a revised version.
Writes and publishes Peer Gynt (first performance at Christiania Theater on February 24th 1876).
1868 Moves to Dresden, where the family lives for seven years.
1869 The League of Youth is published and given its first performance at Christiania Theater.
Ibsen takes part in a meeting on Scandinavian spelling in Stockholm.
Goes to Egypt and is present at the opening of the Suez Canal.
1870 Writes the poem "Ballongbrev til en svensk dame" ("Balloon Letter to a Swedish Lady").
1871 Publishes a collection of poems (Digte) for the first and last time.
1872 A large part of Emperor and Galilean is written.
1873 Completes and publishes Emperor and Galilean.
Is a member of an international art jury at the world exhibition in Vienna.
1874 Visits Norway (Christiania). Goes on to Stockholm.
Publishes Lady Inger in a new version.
1875 Publishes Catiline in a new version.
Moves to Munich, where he lives for three years.
Writes the poem "Et rimbrev" ("A Rhyme-letter").
1877 Pillars of Society written and first staged at Det Kongelige (Royal) Teater in Copenhagen.
Awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Uppsala.
1878 Moves to Rome again and stays there for seven years except for several breaks.
1879 Writes and publishes A Doll's House, which is first staged at Det Kongelige (Royal) Teater in Copenhagen.
1881 Ghosts written and published (staged at the Aurora Turner Hall in Chicago on May 20th 1882).
1882 An Enemy of the People written and published (first staging at Christiania Theater on January 13th 1883).
1883 Publishes The Feast at Solhoug in a new edition.
1884 Writes and publishes The Wild Duck (first staging at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen on January 9th 1885).
1885 Visits Norway (Christiania, Trondhjem, Molde and Bergen).
Moves to Munich and stays there for six years.
1886 Writes and publishes Rosmersholm (first staging at Den Nationale Scene on January 17th 1887).
1887 Spends the summer in Northern Jutland (at Sæby). Goes on to Gothenburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
1888 Writes and publishes The Lady from the Sea (first performed at Hoftheater in Weimar and at Christiania Theater on the same day, February 12th 1889).
1889 Last summer in Gossensass. Gets to know Emilie Bardach.
1890 Writes and publishes Hedda Gabler (first performed at the Residenztheater in Munich on January 31st 1891).
1891 Returns to Norway and settles in Christiania.
Meets Hildur Andersen.
1892 Writes and publishes The Master Builder (first performance at the Lessingtheater in Berlin on January 19th 1893).
Sigurd Ibsen marries Bergliot Bjørnson.
1894 Writes and publishes Little Eyolf (first staged at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin on January 12th 1895).
1895 Moves into the apartment on the corner of Arbiensgate and Drammensveien in Christiania and stays there for the rest of his life.
1896 Writes and publishes John Gabriel Borkman (first performed simultaneously at Det svenske (Swedish) and Det finske (Finnish) Teater in Helsingfors on January 10th 1897).
1898 70th birthday - large-scale celebrations in Christiania, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
1899 Writes and publ ishes When We Dead Awaken (first staged at the Hoftheater in Stuttgart on January 26th 1900).
1900 Suffers his first stroke.
1906 Dies on May 23rd.