Tupac Shakur 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."
12 year old Tupac joins a Harlem theatre group and acts
in "A Raisin in the sun".
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.
June: Tupac's family moves to Marin City, CA. Shortly
after, Tupac moves in with a neighbor and starts selling
August: Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's stepfather, is sentenced
to 60 years in prison for his involvement in a 1981
Tupac joins Digital Underground as a
Shakur achieves individual recognition with the album
"2Pacalypse Now," which spawned the successful
singles "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got A
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."
On November 12, 2Pacolypse Now is released
Shakur appeared in the Earnest Dickerson film
September, Tupacs first album "2Pacolypse Now"
is took from stores in the US.
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.
Release of "Thug Life."
Appeared in "Above The Rim".
On September 7, 1994, 2 Milwaukee tenns murdered a police
officer and citeded Tupacs Souljahs
November: Shakur's New York sex assault trial opens.
November: Shakur is shot 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.
Release of "Me Against The World," a
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.
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