1904

Theodor Seuss Geisel is born in Springfield Massachusetts on March 2nd. […]

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1925

Geisel first uses the pseudonym “Seuss” when writing for Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth’s humor magazine. […]

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1926

Geisel attends Lincoln College at Oxford, where he does not earn an M.A. in English, but he does meet his future wife, Helen Palmer. […]

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1927

Geisel adds “Dr.” to “Seuss” and uses the pseudonym “Dr. Seuss” thereafter. […]

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1937

Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book is published: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The book was previously rejected by publishers 27 times. Beatrix Potter writes to a friend, “I think it the cleverest book I have met with for many years.” […]

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1947

McElligot’s Pool brings Dr. Seuss’s first Caldecott Honor (awarded in 1948). […]

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1949

Bartholomew and the Oobleck is published, which wins a Caldecott Honor the following year (awarded in 1950). […]

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1957

The Cat in the Hat is published and is an immediate success. Dr. Seuss was challenged to write “a story that first-graders can’t put down,” and he uses only 236 words chosen from a list of 348. The book’s runaway success is the inspiration for Random House’s Beginner Books series. […]

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1958

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is published and helps launch the Beginner Book series, a new division of Random House that will publish books designed to help children learn to read. […]

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1960

Green Eggs and Ham is published. Dr. Seuss’s publisher, Bennett Cerf, bet him that he could not make a book using fifty or fewer different words. The resulting book is his best-selling title. […]

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1966

Chuck Jones directs the animated television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which goes on to become a Christmas staple. Boris Karloff (the narration) and Thurl Ravenscroft (the songs) provide the Grinch’s distinctive voice. […]

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1984

Dr. Seuss wins a Pulitzer Prize for his special contribution to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents. […]

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1990

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the last book to be published before Dr. Seuss’s death. This title tops the best-seller lists each year around the graduation time period. […]

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1993

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is established in order to protect the legacy and intellectual property of Dr. Seuss. […]

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1994

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! makes its debut at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. […]

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1996

The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss airs on Nickelodeon, a television series produced by The Jim Henson Company. […]

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1998

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! musical launches at the Old Globe in San Diego, California. […]

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1998

The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book franchise launches with the title Fine Feathered Friends. To date, the Learning Library series is comprised of 38 titles. […]

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1999

The Seuss Landing theme park opens at Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. […]

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2000

Grinchmas debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood as a seasonal addition to the park. […]

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2000

Universal Pictures releases How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a live action feature length film starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. […]

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2000

Seussical opens on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. […]

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2002

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden opens in Springfield, Massachusetts. […]

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2002

Dr. Seuss Enterprises launches Seussville.com, a unique and interactive educational website. […]

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2003

Universal Pictures releases The Cat in the Hat, a live action feature length film starring Mike Myers and Alec Baldwin. […]

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2004

Children’s Museum of Manhattan features Oh, Seuss!, an exhibit featuring interactive stations. […]

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2004

Seussentennial – Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates what would have been Dr. Seuss’s 100th birthday. […]

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2008

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! is released by Twentieth Century Fox. This film is an animated feature length film with Jim Carrey as the voice of Horton and Steve Carell as the voice of the Mayor. […]

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2009

The Royal National Theatre in London debuts Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, a theatrical adaptation of the classic story. […]

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2010

The animated television series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! premiers on PBS Kids in the US and on Treehouse TV in Canada. The show is based on The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book franchise, and to date the series consists of three seasons… […]

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2012

Seussical opens on the West End at the Arts Theatre in London. […]

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2012

Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches is created for orchestra with an original and brilliant score by Lorenzo Palomo, with a world premiere at Oberlin College in Ohio. […]

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2012

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Lorax, a fully animated feature length film with a voice cast including Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, and Betty White. […]

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2013

The Art of Dr. Seuss, a Retrospective Exhibition goes on international tour. […]

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2015

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax stage adaptation makes its world premiere at The Old Vic in London.   […]

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2015

Random House Children’s Books publishes What Pet Should I Get? The book is an immediate best-seller and becomes the fastest-selling children’s book in the history of Random House Children’s Books. […]

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2016

The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss exhibit debuts at the Discover Children’s Story Centre in London. […]

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2017

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax stage adaptation returns to The Old Vic in London, then makes its North American debut at the Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada. […]

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2017

The Sneetches The Musical makes world premiere at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. […]

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2017

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opens in Springfield, Massachusetts. […]

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2017

Seussian (“of, relating to, or suggestive of the works of Dr. Seuss”) is officially entered into the Merriam-Webster dictionary. […]

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2018

Dr. Seuss secures a partnership with the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Animation Group, to produce multiple Dr. Seuss feature films, starting with an adaptation of the classic 1957 children’s book The Cat in the Hat. […]

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2018

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, a fully animated feature length film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. The Grinch has become the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time. […]

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2018

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax stage adaptation travels to Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Old Globe in San Diego, California. […]

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2019

A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. Animation produce Green Eggs and Ham, an animated television series which releases worldwide on Netflix. The all-star voice cast includes Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Adam DeVine, and Keegan-Michael Key. […]

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2019

Kilburn Live debuts The Dr. Seuss Experience in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a 15,000 sq. foot sensory journey through the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss by means of visually stunning rooms themed after his beloved stories and characters. The experience follows the Toronto debut with a tour in the US in… […]

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2019

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum is published by Random House Children’s Books. The book is based on a manuscript and sketches created by Dr. Seuss, with acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner completing the unfinished artwork to accompany Dr. Seuss’s original text. […]

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