1948 – 1949 : Bradbury writes a series of stories about book burning throughout history.

1950 – Looking for a quiet space to pursue an idea, Ray Bradbury discovers the typing room at UCLA’s Powell Library. Nine days later, he finishes a short story about a dystopian mid-21st Century society in which books are burned called "The Fireman.”

February 1951 – Galaxy Magazine publishes "The Fireman."

August 1951 – The Reporter magazine publishes "The Pedestrian,” a precursor to Fahrenheit 451 set in the same world as the later novel. Its protagonist, out for a nighttime stroll in a world in which everyone stays home to watch TV after dark, is stopped by a robot police car which sends him to the "Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.”

1953 – Bradbury returns to UCLA and the typing room to add 25,000 words to the tale and, after consulting with the Los Angeles Fire Department about the temperature at which book paper burns, changes its title to Fahrenheit 451.

1953 – Ballantine Books publishes Fahrenheit 451 in soft cover and hardcover.

March – May 1954 – A serialized version of Fahrenheit 451 begins in the second issue of Hugh Hefner’s new magazine Playboy.

October 1966 – The film version of Fahrenheit 451 is released, written and directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.

Circa 1970s – Bradbury writes the theater version of Fahrenheit 451

1986 – With Bradbury’s contribution, Fahrenheit 451 is released as a computer game by Telarium. Its plot revolves around what happens to Fireman Guy Montag after the novel ends.

November 1988 – World premiere of Fahrenheit 451 on the stage by the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre in Indiana.

February 1999 – West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi removes Fahrenheit 451 from school reading lists after a parent complains about the use of the word "goddamn” in the novel.

2002 – Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company produces Fahrenheit 451 at Burbank’s Falcon Theater using live action and projected digital animation.

2003 – The 50th anniversary edition of the book is published.

2005 – Bradbury joins other writers and activists in condemning book burning in Cuba.

September 2006 – 10th-grade students at Caney Creek High School in Conroe, Texas are assigned Fahrenheit 451 to read during National Banned Book Week.

October 2006 – The parent of one of the Caney Creek students asks for Fahrenheit 451 to be banned from the reading list. His daughter tells a local TV station that she was offended by "the cussing in it and the burning of the Bible."

June 2009 – A graphic novel of Fahrenheit 451 is published by Hill and Wang, with an introduction by Bradbury.