1856 - (May 6) Sigismund Freud was born in Freiberg, Moravia to parents Jacob and Amalia. At the age of 41, Jakob already had two children from a previous marriage, but Sigismund was the 21-year-old Amalia's first born.
1860 - After the failure of his father's business due to economic woes, the Freud family moved to Vienna, Austria and settled in the Jewish neighborhood of Leopoldstadt.
1865 - Freud began attending the Gymnasium.
1873 - Freud graduated summa cum laude from secondary school and began studying medicine at the University of Vienna.
1878 - Changed his first name from Sigismund to Sigmund.
1881 - Freud received his doctorate degree in medicine.
1884 - Published a monograph on cocaine.
1886 - Began his own private practice and married Martha Bernays.
1887 - Freud's daughter Mathilda (1887-1978) was born and he first met Wilhelm Fliess.
1889 - His son Jean Martin (1889-1967) was born. The boy was named in honor of Freud's early mentor, Jean-Martin Charcot.
1891 - Son Oliver (1891-1969) was born.
1892 - Josef Breuer describes the case of Anna O. with Freud. His son Ernst (1892-1970) was also born.
1893 - Began formulating his seduction theory. Daughter Sophie (1893-1920) was born.
1895 - Published Studies on Hysteria with Breuer. Daughter Anna Freud (1895-1982) was born.
1896 - First used the term psychoanalysis in "Zur Ätiologie der Hysterie." His father, Jakob, died the same year.
1900- Published The Interpretation of Dreams.
1901 - Published The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.
1905 - Published Three Essays on Sexuality.
1906 - Began correspondence with Carl Jung.
1907 - Freud and Jung met face-to-face.
1908 - The first International Psychoanalytical Congress was held in Salzburg.
1909 - Freud made his first and only visit to the United States along with Carl Jung and Sandor Ferenczi. He had been invited by G. Stanley Hall to present a series of guest lectures at Clark University.
1913 - Jung broke from Freud and psychoanalysis. Totem and Taboo was published.
1920 - Published Beyond the Pleasure Principle, which introduced his concept of the death instinct.
1922 - His grandson, the noted artist Lucian Freud, was born.
1923 - Published The Ego and the Id and was diagnosed with jaw cancer.
1929 - Civilization and its Discontents was published.
1930 - Freud's mother died.
1933 - Corresponded with Albert Einstein.
1938 - Anna Freud was arrested and interrogated by the Gestapo. Freud moved to London with his wife and youngest daughter Anna.
1939 - Freud died on September 23 of cancer in London.