Top Stories

   
Hosted by Paula Zahn
Coming up


Melissa Etheridge
People cover
Faith Renewed
People.com
More from people.com
People.com e-mails
Get People News Daily
People profiles
More Profiles

 • MAIN
 • SPORTS
 • BUSINESS
 • ENTERTAINMENT
 • SCI-TECH



Hugh Hefner
Timeline
..HOME
..PROFILE
..TIMELINE
..QUIZ
..ARCHIVES
1926 '40 '42 '44 '46 '53 '59 '60 '62 '63 '71 '82 '85 '88 '89 '98 '99 '01
April 9, April 9, 1926 Hefner is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1940 Hefner enters Steinmetz High School in Chicago.

1942 Hefner works as an usher at a Chicago movie theater.

1944 Hefner joins U.S. Army, writing for a military newspaper.

1946 Hefner honorably discharged from the army.

1953 Hefner publishes the first issue of Playboy in December. Seventy thousand copies were printed and 54,175 copies were sold at 50 cents a copy.
1959 Hefner and wife Millie are divorced. Hefner begins hosting the "Playboy's Penthouse" television show.
February 29, 1960 The first Playboy Club opens in downtown Chicago.
1962 Playboy publishes the first "Playboy Interview," in which author Alex Haley interviewed jazz musician Miles Davis in the September issue.
1963 Hefner is arrested and subsequently acquitted on obscenity charges.
1971 Circulation of Playboy peaks at 7 million issues a month.
1982 Playboy reportedly loses more than $51 million.
1985 Hefner suffers a minor stroke, and turns over business operations to daughter Christie Hefner.
1988 The final Playboy Club closes.
1989 Hefner and second wife Kimberley Conrad marry.
1998 Hefner and second wife Kimberly Conrad separate and eventually divorce. Hefner named to the American Society of Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame.
1999 Playboy subscriptions on college campuses increase by 62 percent.
2001 Hefner celebrates 75th birthday with Playboy Mansion bash.
1926 '40 '42 '44 '46 '53 '59 '60 '62 '63 '71 '82 '85 '88 '89 '98 '99 '01

Back to Top