19, 1884 - Madge Metcalfe and A.J. Jefferson are
27, 1887 - James
Finlayson is born in Falkirk, Scotland.
12, 1890 - Emily and Oliver Hardy Sr. are
26, 1890 - Edgar
Kennedy is born in Monterey, California.
16, 1890 - Arthur
Stanley Jefferson (Stan Laurel) is
in Ulverston, Lancashire, England.
18, 1891 - Mae
Busch is born in Melbourne, Australia
14, 1892 - Hal
Roach is born in Elmira, New York.
18, 1892 - Oliver
Norvell Hardy is born in Harlem, Georgia.
22, 1892 - Babe's father passes away at the age of
20, 1893 - Charley
Chase is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
12, 1894 - Billy
Gilbert is born in Louisville, Kentucky.
20, 1894 - Billy
Bletcher is born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
19, 1899 - Charlie
Hall is born in Birmingham, England
3, 1905 - Thomas
Marvin Hatley is born in Reed, Oklahoma
1906 - Stan makes his comic stage debut.
11, 1907 - Anita
Garvin is born in New York.
1, 1908 - Stan's mother passes away.
1909 - Stan Laurel appears on stage in "Alone in
- Oliver Hardy begins work as a movie theater projectionist
22, 1910 - Stan leaves Southampton for America as
Fred Karno troupe. He is Charlie Chaplin's understudy.
- Karno's troupe breaks up when Chaplin signs a film
17, 1913 - Babe marries Madelyn Saloshin. They move
12, 1914 - Babe makes his first film, Outwitting
- Stan Laurel makes his first film, Nuts
1917 - Oliver Hardy heads to Hollywood.
- Stan enters a common law marriage with Mae Dahlberg.
1920 - Babe and Madelyn divorce.
1921 - Stan makes the film The
Lucky Dog, with Oliver Hardy.
24, 1921 - Babe marries Myrtle Lee Reeves.
10, 1924 - Our Gang's Big
Business, written by Stan Laurel,
1925 - Stan becomes a director & writer at
27, 1925 - Babe plays the tin man in the silent
12, 1925 - Yes,
Yes Nanette, is released by Roach. James Finlayson
with Babe and is directed by Stan. It was his first
director's credit for
- Mae Laurel returns to Australia.
6, 1926 - Babe signs a contract with Hal Roach, to
in Charley Chase and Mabel Norman comedies.
13, 1926 - Stan marries actress Lois Neilson.
26, 1926 - 45
Minutes from Hollywood is released.
13, 1927 - Duck
Soup is released.
3, 1927 - Slipping
Wives is released.
12, 1927 - Love
'Em and Weep is released.
17, 1927 - Why
Girls Love Sailors is released.
28, 1927 - With
Love and Hisses is released.
10, 1927 - Sugar
Daddies is released.
25, 1927 - Sailors,
Beware! is released.
6, 1927 - The
Jazz Singer is the first partial-sound feature
8, 1927 - The
Second Hundred Years is released.
15, 1927 - Call
of the Cuckoos is released.
17, 1927 - Hats
Off is released.
20, 1927 - Do
Detectives Think is released.
3, 1927 - Putting
Pants on Philip is released.
31, 1927 - Battle
of the Century is released.
28, 1928 - Leave
'Em Laughing is released.
12, 1928 - Flying
Elephants is released.
25, 1928 - The
Finishing Touch is released.
24, 1928 - From
Soup to Nuts is released.
7, 1928 - Our Gang's Barnum
& Ringling, Inc. hits the big screen.
Hardy appears as a startled drunk.
21, 1928 - You're
Darn Tootin' is released.
19, 1928 - Their
Purple Moment is released.
8, 1928 - Should
Married Men Go Home? is released.
6, 1928 - Early
to Bed is released.
3, 1928 - Two
Tars is released.
- Roach begins to experiment with synchronized music &
1, 1928 - Habeas
Corpus is released.
29, 1928 - We
Faw Down is released.
26, 1929 - Liberty
23, 1929 - Wrong
Again is released.
23, 1929 - That's
My Wife is released.
20, 1929 - Big
Business is released.
4, 1929 - Unaccustomed
As We Are is released as the first
& Hardy talking picture.
18, 1929 - Double
Whoopee is released.
1, 1929 - Berth
Marks is released.
29, 1929 - Men
O'War is released.
10, 1929 - Perfect
Day is released.
21, 1929 - They
Go Boom is released.
19, 1929 - Bacon
Grabbers is released.
16, 1929 - The
Hoose-Gow is released.
23, 1929 - The
Hollywood Review of 1929 is released.
14, 1929 - Angora
Love is the last Laurel & Hardy silent film to
4, 1930 - Night
Owls is released.
17, 1930 - The
Rogue Song is released. The Boys appear on the
radio broadcast from Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
8, 1930 - Blotto
22, 1930 - Brats
26, 1930 - Below
Zero is released.
31, 1930 - Hog
Wild is released.
15, 1930 - Pardon
Us is released.
6, 1930 - The
Laurel-Hardy Murder Case is released.
29, 1930 - Another
Fine Mess is released.
7, 1931 - Be
Big is released.
21, 1931 - Chickens
Come Home is released.
4, 1931 - Laughing
Gravy is released.
1931 - The
Stolen Jools is released.
16, 1931 - Our
Wife is released.
19, 1931 - Come
Clean is released.
31, 1931 - One
Good Turn is released.
12, 1931 - Beau
Hunks is released.
26, 1931 - On
the Loose is released.
23, 1932 - Helpmates
5, 1932 - Any
Old Port is released.
16, 1932 - The
Music Box is released.
21, 1932 - The
Chimp is released.
25, 1932 - County
Hospital is released.
23, 1932 - Stan and Babe arrive together in
make numerous public appearances to large crowds of
10, 1932 - Scram!
23, 1932 - Pack
Up Your Troubles is released.
5, 1932 - Their
First Mistake is released.
18, 1932 - The
Music Box a wins Best Short Subject Oscar
31, 1932 - Towed
in a Hole is released.
25, 1933 - Twice
Two is released.
22, 1933 - Me
and My Pal is released.
5, 1933 - The
Devil's Brother (Fra Diavolo) is released.
1, 1933 - Disney's Mickey's
Gala Premiere features the likeness
Stan & Babe.
3, 1933 - The
Midnight Patrol is released.
7, 1933 - Busy
Bodies is released.
28, 1933 - Wild
Poses is released.
28, 1933 - Disney's The
Pet Store is features Stan's likeness.
25, 1933 - Dirty
Work is released.
7, 1933 - The Hal Roach Studio celebrates its 20th
radio show honoring the event was aired by NBC.
29, 1933 - Sons
of the Desert is released.
1934 - Oliver
the Eighth is released.
1934 - Stan marries Ruth Rogers.
1, 1934 - Hollywood
Party is released.
23, 1934 - Going
Bye-Bye! is released.
21, 1934 - Them
Thar Hills is released.
30, 1934 - Babes
in Toyland is released.
8, 1934 - The
Live Ghost is released.
5, 1935 - Tit
For Tat is released.
9, 1935 - The
Fixer-Upers is released.
- Tit for Tat
is nominated for an Oscar, but does not win.
15, 1935 - Stan Laurel leaves the Hal Roach
Hardy is still under contract.
4, 1935 - Stan returns to the Roach Studios, with a
5, 1935 - Babe co-stars with Charley Chase in
6, 1935 - Thicker
Than Water is released.
23, 1935 - Bonnie
Scotland is released.
4, 1936 - Disney's Mickey's
Polo Team features the
of Stan & Babe.
14, 1936 - The
Bohemian Girl is released.
9, 1936 - Roach's final regularly scheduled two
stars Charley Chase.
1936 - On
the Wrong Trek is released.
30, 1936 - Our
Relations is released.
24, 1936 - Ruth divorces Stan.
16, 1937 - Way
Out West is released.
18, 1937 - Babe and Myrtle divorce.
21, 1937 - Pick
a Star is released.
1, 1938 - Stan marries Vera Ivanova Shuvalova
20, 1938 - Swiss
Miss is released.
18, 1938 - Hide
and Shriek is Roach's final Our Gang comedy,
the final short subject to be made by Roach.
19, 1938 - Block-Heads
23, 1938 - Disney's Mother
Goose Goes Hollywood features
21, 1939 - Babe appears by himself in Zenobia.
3, 1939 - Saps
at Sea is released.
1939 - Stan divorces Illiana.
20, 1939 - The
Flying Deuces is released.
1940 - A Chump
at Oxford is released.
7, 1940 - Babe marries Virginia Lucille Jones. They
until his death.
5, 1940 - Stan & Babe's contracts expire; they
20, 1940 - Charley Chase dies at the age of
22, 1940 - The boys perform live at the Golden Gate
in San Francisco.
1941 - Stan remarries Ruth.
10, 1941 - Great
Guns is released.
7, 1942 - A-Haunting
We Will Go is released.
1943 - Tree in
a Test Tube is released.
4, 1943 - Air
Raid Wardens is released.
11, 1943 - Jitterbugs
19, 1943 - The
Dancing Masters is released.
1944 - The
Big Noise is released.
1945 - Nothing
But Trouble is released.
18, 1945 - The
Bullfighters is released.
19, 1946 - Mae Bush dies at the age of
1946 - Stan and Ruth divorce for the second
6, 1946 - Stan marries Ida Kitaeva.
1947 - Stan & Babe begin their British Music
1948 - The boys return to the United States.
9, 1948 - Edgar Kennedy dies at the age of 58.
15, 1949 - The
Fighting Kentuckian is released with John Wayne
- Stan's father passes away.
12, 1950 - Oliver Hardy appears in Riding
High without Stan.
- Roach releases L&H films to television.
12, 1951 - Atoll
K is released in Europe. This was to be the
last film together.
19, 1952 - Sam Lufkin, who appeared in 39 L&H
at the age of 59.
25, 1952 - Laurel and Hardy begin their second British
sketch "A Spot of Trouble."
5, 1952 - Tough guy Walter Long, who worked with the
Us and Going
Bye-Bye, passes away in Los Angeles, California.
29, 1952 - The second British tour
9, 1953 - James Finlayson, a veteran of 33 comedies
with the boys,
of a heart attack in Hollywood, California, at the age of
11, 1953 - Laurel and Hardy go on the third and final
the sketch "Birds of a Feather."
30, 1953 - John McCabe meets Stan & Babe while
18, 1954 - Oliver Hardy has a mild heart attack
while on tour in England.
30, 1954 - The Laurels and the Hardys leave England
for the last time,
for Los Angeles.
1, 1954 - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are featured
is Your Life.
1954 - Atoll
K is released in the United States under the title
9, 1955 - The BBC program "This is Music Hall"
presents a recorded
with the boys sending their best from America.
15, 1956 - Oliver Hardy suffers a massive
7, 1957 - Oliver Hardy passes away in North
the age of 65.
1, 1958 - Vivien Oakland, best remembered as the judge's
Scram and the
sheriff's wife in Way
Out West, dies in Hollywood, California.
21, 1959 - Our Gang's Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer is shot to
death in an
with his ex-partner over $50.
7, 1959 - Charlie Hall, the little tough guy who
appeared in 47
with the boys, dies in Hollywood at the age of 60.
6, 1960 - Tough guy Rychard Cramer, best remembered in
Sea, dies in Los Angeles, California, at the age of
- John McCabe releases the biography Mr.
Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
17, 1961 - Stan receives a special Oscar
19, 1961 - Charles Gemora, who played "Ethel" in
gorilla in Swiss
Miss, dies in Hollywood, California, at the age of
29, 1961 - Stanley J. "Tiny" Sandford, who appeared with
23 films, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 67.
9, 1962 - LeRoy Shield dies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
- The organization "Sons of the Desert" is founded by John
Bean, Al Kilgore, Chuck McCann, & John Municino.
23, 1965 - Stan Laurel suffers a heart attack and
dies at the
27, 1966 - Bobby Dunn, the shoplifter in Tit
for Tat, dies in Hollywood.
- Our tent, the Way Out West tent, is founded as the fifth
Sons of the Desert in Los Angeles, California.
- Al Kilgore and Chuck McCann record dialog for the silent
5, 1969 - Leo McCarey, Laurel & Hardy's and Charley
Director, dies in Santa Monica, California, at the age of
23, 1971 - Billy Gilbert, best remembered as
Music Box , dies at the age of 78.
28, 1975 - Director George Stevens, who was the
Pants on Philip, and The
Battle of the Century, dies in
22, 1978 - Daphne Pollard, the short but powerful Mrs.
Than Water and Our
Relations, passes away in Los Angeles.
2, 1978 - Chicago's Bacon Grabbers tent holds the
Sons of the
first International Convention. Among the celebrities
attending: Ben and
Hardy Price, Lois Laurel, Anita Garvin Stanley, Della Lind,
and Darla Hood.
30-August 3, 1980 - The Second International
Convention is held
31, 1980 - A park is dedicated at the site of the Hal
Culver City.Mr. Roach is present.
31, 1980 - The first Our Gang reunion is organized, with
29-August 1, 1982 -
The Third International Convention of the Sons
the Desert is held in Detroit, Michigan by the Dancing
9, 1984 - Hal Roach receives a special Oscar at the
29-August 6, 1984 - The Helpmates & Berth Marks
tents host the
International Convention in London & Ulverston, England.
25-30, 1986 - The Fifth International Convention of
the Sons of the
is held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the Two Tars
23, 1986 - T. Marvin Hatley, Coo Coo Song composer
at the Hal Roach Studios, passes away.
8, 1987 - Rosina Lawrence and John McCabe
14-17, 1988 - The Block-Heads tent of the Twin
Cities holds the 6th
Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1990 - British postage stamp features Stan Laurel's
15, 1990 - Henry Branden, the Evil Silas Barnaby in
Babes in Toyland,
passes away in Hollywood, California, at the age
12-15, 1990 - The
Seventh International Convention of the Sons of
Desert is held in Clearwater, Florida by the Boobs in the
29, 1991 - American postage stamp
featuring the boys, as drawn by
14, 1992 - Hal Roach celebrates his 100th birthday
at the old
Studios in Culver City.
12-16, 1992 - The
Eighth International Convention of the Sons of the
is held in Las Vegas, Nevada by the Jitterbugs tent.
2, 1992 - Hal Roach passes away at the
age of 100
7, 1994 - Anita Garvin, remembered as Mrs.
Soup to Nuts, and many other L&H and Hal Roach
in Woodland Hills, California.
13-17, 1994 - The founding tent of the Sons of the
Desert holds the
International Convention in Terrytown, New York.
4, 1995 - Dorothy Granger, best remembered as "Tillie"
Hardy's Hog Wild,
9, 1995 -Vivian Blaine of Jitterbugs
fame passes away in New
15-19, 1996 - The Laurel & Hardy Cruise is the
of the Sons of the Desert. It was sponsored by the Tree in a
tent of Illinois.
23, 1997 - Rosina Lawrence passes away. In addition to
her role as
Roberts in Way Out
West, she also appeared as one of the school
in the Our Gang series.
17-21, 1998 - The Laughing Gravy Tent of
the 11th International Sons of the Desert Convention. Stan
23, 1998 - Norma Drew, best remembered as Mrs. Laurel in
Come Home, passes away.
11, 1999 - Swiss
Miss star Della Lind passes away in Key West,
20-23, 2000 - The Twelfth International
Convention of the Sons of
Desert is held in Tacoma, Washington by the Beau Hunks tent.
26, 2000 - Muriel Evans, who was in Pack
Up Your Troubles,
away in Woodland Hills, California.
2001 - The city of Los Angeles places a street
sign at the top and
of the stairs used in the film The
Music Box. The sign reads " Music
10, 2001 - 100 of Stan Laurel's letters and his
"gag file" are auctioned
the collection of author John McCabe.
2001 - Stan Laurel's former home in Cheviot Hills
put up for sale at
asking price of $2,450,000.
30, 2001 - Julie Bishop, who was featured in
Any Old Port,
26, 2001 - Long time Way Out West member and Our Gang
"Pineapple" Jackson passes away.
21, 2002 - Jacquie Lyn, who appeared with Laurel &
Up Your Troubles, dies.
11-14, 2002 - The Scram Tent hosts the
13th International Sons of
Desert Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
15, 2002 - The Museum of Laurel & Hardy of
Harlem, Georgia opens
the hometown of Oliver Hardy.