1971 Tupac Shakur a.k.a. Lesane Parish Crooks (which was his real name 'till the panthers changed it) is born in NYC to Afeni Shakur, a member of the Black Panther Party who was pregnant with him while in jail on bombing charges. Tupac Amaru comes from the Incas meaning "shining serpent" and Shakur is Arabic meaning "thankful to God."
1983 12 year old Tupac joins a Harlem theatre group and acts in "A Raisin in the sun".
1986 Shakur's family moves to Baltimore where Tupac enrolled in the Baltimore School for the Arts. Here Tupac writes his
first rap under the name MC New York.
1988 June: Tupac's family moves to Marin City, CA. Shortly after, Tupac moves in with a neighbor and starts selling drugs.
August: Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced to 60 years in prison for his involvement in a 1981 armored-car robbery.
1990 Tupac joins Digital Underground as a roadie/dancer/rapper. Soon after he records his first proffessional song with Digital Underground
1991 Shakur achieves individual recognition with the album "2Pacalypse Now," which spawned the successful singles "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got A Baby." As a member of the Grammy-nominated group Digital Underground he appeared on the track "Same Song" from "This is an EP Release" and on the album "Sons Of The P."
November 12: 2Pacalypse Now is released
1992 Shakur makes his movie debut in the Earnest Dickerson film "Juice."
September: Tupacs first album "2Pacalypse Now" is took from stores in the US.
1993 Appeared in John Singleton's release "Poetic Justice" with Janet Jackson.
Febuary: "Strictly for my N.I.G.G.A.Z." is released and went platinum.
1994 Release of "Thug Life." Appeared in "Above The Rim".
September 7, 1994: 2 Milwaukee tenns murdered a police officer and citeded Tupac’s ”Souljah’s Story” as their inspiration.
November: Shakur's New York sex assault trial opens. Tupac Shakur is shot 5 times during apparent robbery attempt outside a music studio in New York.
December: One day after being shot, Shakur is convicted of sexually abusing a woman he had invited to his hotel room. He is acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges.
1995 Release of "Me Against The World," a multi-million-selling album.
February: Sentenced in New York to 4 1/2 years in prison for sex abuse.
May: Shakur married longtime girlfriend, Keisha Morris.
October: After nearly eight months in prison, Shakur is released on bail while he appeals.
1996 Shakur's fourth solo album, "All Eyez on Me," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, goes on to sell about 5 million copies. The song "How Do You Want It California Love" was a top 20 single on Billboard magazine's charts. Acted as a detective in Orion's urban crime thriller "Gang Related."
Sept. 7: Shakur shot in Las Vegas.
Sept. 13: Shakur pronounced dead at 4:03 p.m.

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