- October 17, 1915: Arthur Asher Miller born in New York to Polish Jewish immigrants Isadore and Augusta. They have two other children, Kermit and Joan. Isadore was a clothing manufacturer who was ruined in the Great Depression.
- 1936 First play Honors at Dawn produced at the University of Michigan. He wins an Avery Hopwood Award.
- 1938 Graduates from the University of Michigan, majoring in journalism.
- 1940 Marries college sweetheart Mary Slattery . They have two children, Jane and Robert.
- 1949 Death of a Salesman wins the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards.
- January 22, 1953 The Crucible opens on Broadway.
- 1956 Divorces Mary Slattery after a residency period in Reno, Nevada.
- June 1956 Appears before the House Un-American Activities Committee because he was named by Elia Kazan as they had attended communist meetings together.
- June 29, 1956 Marries Marilyn Monroe.
- May 31, 1957 Found guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to reveal the names of members of a literary circle suspected of Communist affiliations.
- August 8, 1958 Conviction reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals.
- 1958 Publishes Collected Plays.
- January 24, 1961 Divorce filed in Mexico four days earlier by Marilyn Monroe granted.
- February 17, 1962 Marries Inge Morath. They met when she and other photographers from the Magnum agency documented the making of The Misfits. They have two children, Rebecca and Daniel (see Notes).
- 1985 Visits Turkey and is honoured at an American embassy function. After his companion on the trip, British playwright Harold Pinter is thrown out of Turkey for discussing torture, Miller leaves in support.
- January 30, 2002 Inge Morath dies.
- May 1, 2002 Awarded Spain's Principe de Asturias Prize for Literature as "the undisputed master of modern drama." Previous winners include Doris Lessing, GŁnter Grass and Carlos Fuentes.
- Death of a Salesman
- The Crucible
- All My Sons
- The Misfits
- After the Fall
- The Man Who Had All the Luck
- The Archbishop's Ceiling
- The American Clock
- Rewrite of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People
- Broken Glass
- The Creation of the World and Other Business
- Danger: Memory!: Two Plays: I Can't Remember Anything, Clara
- Elegy For a Lady
- Everybody Wins: A Screenplay
- Incident at Vichy
- The Last Yankee: With a New Essay About Theatre Language
- A Memory of Two Mondays
- Mr. Peters' Connections
- Playing for Time
- The Price
- The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
- Some Kind of Love Story
- A View from the Bridge
- Resurrection Blues
- Situation Hopeless (but Not Serious)
- The Ryan Interview
- The Golden Years
- The Reason Why
- Homely Girl, a Life: And Other Stories
- The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller
- Timebends: A Life
- Death of a Salesman was the first play to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award , the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
- Was exempted from military service during World War II because of a football injury.
- According to biographer Martin Gottfried, Miller and Inge Morath had a son, Daniel, born with Down Syndrome. Miller put Daniel in an institution in Roxbury, Connecticut, and never visited him. Miller does not mention Daniel in his autobiography.
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