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May 10, 1960 Paul David Hewson is born in Dublin, Ireland, the second child of Iris Hewson, a homemaker, and Bobby Hewson, a postal worker.

September 14, 1974 Iris Hewson dies of a brain hemorrhage.

1976 Hewson responds to a note posted by Larry Mullen Jr. at Mount Temple Comprehensive School looking for musicians to join a band. A subsequent jam session leads to the formation of what will become U2.

1978 The band wins a talent contest with a prize of 500 Irish pounds and studio recording time. After discarding Feedback and the Hype as band names, the group settles on U2. By this time, Bono also has picked up his nickname from a friend.

1980 The band signs a contract with Island Records. U2's first album, "Boy," reaches No. 52 on the British charts. The band plays its first U.S. shows.

1981 "Boy" is released in the United States, where it reaches No. 63 on the charts. The band's second album, "October," is released.
August 21, 1982 Bono marries his high school sweetheart Ali Stewart.
1983 "War," U2's third album, earns the band its first gold record.
1984 "The Unforgettable Fire" becomes U2's first platinum record.
1987 "The Joshua Tree" album spawns two No. 1 singles: "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
1988 U2 wins two Grammy Awards and releases "Rattle and Hum," the soundtrack to the concert movie documenting "The Joshua Tree" tour.
1989 U2 wins two more Grammys.
1991 The "Achtung Baby" album is released and later tops the charts in Britain and the United States.
1993 The "Zooropa" album hits No. 1 in 13 countries.
1994 "Zooropa" wins the Grammy for best alternative album.
1997 U2's "Pop" album reaches No. 1 in 29 countries.
1998 Bono plays at a Belfast concert in support of the "Yes" campaign for the Good Friday peace agreement, a compromise accord on how the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland should be governed.
1999 Bono presents a petition to the G-8 Summit in Cologne, Germany, with 17 million signatures supporting the Jubilee 2000 campaign, aimed at erasing the debts owed by developing nations to Western governments. He also addresses the U.N. General Assembly and meets with Pope John Paul II to promote the debt-relief campaign.
2000 U2 receives the Freedom of Dublin honor and releases the album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and the single "Beautiful Day."
2001 "Beautiful Day" wins three Grammys. U2 launches its "Elevation 2001" tour.
May, 2002 Bono and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill visit several countries in Africa to draw attention to the acute needs of the poverty-stricken region, using one another's position and celebrity to spark interest in a topic that each feels is ignored by the rest of the world.
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