1897 Vygotsky born in Orsche
1909 Vygotsky's bar mitzvah at the age of 13
1913 graduation from a Jewish gymnasium with honors and a gold medal (pre-university schooling)
1916 Hamlet essay completed, started while studying at the gymnasium (published in 1968)
1917 graduation from Moscow University with a law degree
1917 began to work in Psychology
Working as a teacher in Gomel, head of the psychological laboratory at the Teachers Training Institute At this time Vygotsky was collecting information for both his thesis and a book to be named 'Pedagogical Psychology'.
1920 first attack of tuberculosis, concerned with death, due to a family history of tuberculosis
1924 Vygotsky married Roza Smekhova in 1924 and later had two daughters.
1924 started Moscow academic career, at the Institute of Moscow
1924 presentation of the paper Methodology of reflexological and psychological researchat the
1925 Doctoral thesis 'Psychology of Art' presented
1926 'Pedagogical Psychology' published
1934 Died in June
1953 Stalin dies, ban on Vygotsky's work lifted.
1962 Vygotsky's work becomes available in the West with the publication of 'Thought and Language'