Freddie Mercury of Queen is born.
Brian May of Queen is born.
Roger Taylor of Queen is born.
John Deacon of Queen is born.
Queen gives its first performance at Hornsey Town Hall in London.
Queen’s self-titled first album is released.
Queen hits #12 in the US with “Killer Queen.”
Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera,’ featuring the seven-minute rock operetta “Bohemian Rhapsody,” tops the U.K. album charts. The album reaches #4 in the U.S. while an edited “Bohemian Rhapsody” climbs to #9.
Queen hits #16 with “You’re My Best Friend”.
Queen’s biggest hit of the Seventies, “We Are the Champions,” reaches #4 in the U.S. (#2 in Britain). The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” holds down the top spot.
Queen hits #24 with “Bicycle Race.”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” tops the chart for the first of four weeks. Queen’s first #1 hit also marks the first time singer Freddie Mercury plays guitar on record.
Queen’s ‘The Game’ tops the album charts for the first of five weeks.
Queen caps the biggest year of their career with another #1 hit, the funk-influenced “Another One Bites the Dust.”
While touring South American soccer stadiums, Queen performs in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the largest crowds of paying fans ever to witness a concert.
Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie, “Under Pressure,” tops the U.K. charts. Surprisingly, it only reaches #29 in the U.S.
Queen performs at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, in what turns out to be their last U.S. concert.
Queen releases “Radio Ga-Ga,” their last Top Forty hit in the U.S. until “Bohemian Rhapsody“‘s renaissance in 1992. The leadoff single from ‘The Works,’ Queen’s 12th studio album, hits #16 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.
Queen performs at Knebworth Stadium in Britain. It is their 658th and final concert performance.
Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS-related causes at his home in London.
MTV and Fox present “A Concert for Life,” an AIDS benefit from London’s Wembley Stadium held in tribute to the late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury who died of AIDS in November 1991. Organized by the surviving members of Queen, it features appearances by Elton John, Guns ‘n Roses, Def Leppard, Metallica and George Michael. Proceeds from the concert go to AIDS charities nationwide.
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featured in the comedy ‘Wayne’s World,’ wins Best Video from a film at the ninth annual MTV Awards. In its second return to the charts the previous April, it hit #2.
Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ CD - a revised version of the 1981 album of the same name - enters the charts, where it will remain for four years.
Queen’s ‘Made in Heaven,’ the last album of original material featuring vocalist Freddie Mercury, is released four years after his death.
Queen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the sixteenth annual induction dinner. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters are their presenters.