1660 Born in London in 1660; son of a tallow-chandler
1666 Witnessed both Plague and Great Fire of 1666
1667 Educated first at Dorking, then at Morton`s Academy for Dissenters, Newington Green; to become a Presbyterian Minister
1684 Married Mary Tuffley insufficient to keep him from bankruptcy; later jailed for debt
1685 Fighting briefly in the Duke of Monmouth`s rebellion
1688 Supporter of William of Orange in the ?Glorious` Revolution
1702 Wrote The Shortest Way with Dissenters Fined, put in the pillory and then jailed at Newgate Prison. Intervention by a Tory minister, Robert Harley, secured his release. Defoe served next eleven years as a secret agent and political journalist. Wrote over 500 books, pamplets and journals on politics, crime, religion, geography, marriage, psychology and the supernatural.
1719 Robinson Crusoe
1722 Wrote Moll Flanders, A Journal of the Plague Year and Roxana followed shortly after.