May 6 -- Rubin Carter born.


Carter charged with assault and robbery after stealing $55 and a wristwatch from a man who was struck over the head with a bottle. The victim’s injury required four sutures. Sentenced to the State Home for Boys (Jamesburg).


Carter paroled.


Parole revoked -- goes back to Jamesburg.


Escapes from the State Home for Boys and joins the Army.


May 29 -- Carter separated from the Army with the designation: "Unfitness." He was convicted in four courts-martial. Picked up by police and made to finish juvenile sentence.

Released from prison, one month later, assaults three people, sentenced to 3 to 9 years.

September -- Carter released from prison, begins his boxing career.


Jan.16 -- Hackensack, charged with disorderly conduct.

July 2 -- Carter in bar fight.

Oct. 2 -- Warrant issued for Carter’s arrest over July bar fight.

Oct. 24 -- Charged by owner of Kit Kat over earlier bar fight.

Oct. 24 -- Saturday Evening Post article with infamous quote about "shooting cops." Carter later blames his troubles with the police on this quote.

Dec 14 -- Joey Giardello Philadelphia, Pa L 15 (For World Middleweight Title)


March 7 -- "Bloody Sunday" in Selma

Apr. 24 -- Carter arrested for disorderly conduct.

Apr 30 -- Johnny Torres, Paterson KO 8 3-2-0

May 20 -- Dick Tiger, New York L 10 3-3-0

Aug 11-14 -- Watts Riots

Aug 26 -- Luis Rodriguez, L.A. L 10


June 16 -- Leroy Holloway is murdered at the Waltz Inn. Holloway is the stepfather of Eddie Rawls, a friend of Carter's.

June 17 Lafayette Grill Murders

Aug 6 -- Juan (Rocky) Rivero, Rosario L 10 7-7-1 ("Four months later/ the ghettoes are in flames/ Rubin's in South America/fighting for his name')

October -- Al Bello identifies Carter as one of the Lafayette Grill killers.

Carter and Artis are arrested.


May 27 -- An all white jury convicts Carter and Artis. They are sentenced in June.

July 15 -- the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously upholds Carter and Artis conviction. (Click here for pdf newspaper article)


The New York Times publishes an article by Selwyn Raab in which Bello and Bradley recant their testimony.

Carter's autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, is published.


Bob Dylan hosts "Night of the Hurricane" concert


March 17 -- convictions overturned

April 28 -- Carter allegedly beats his supporter Carolyn Kelley

The Hawkins report concludes that Carter and Artis were involved in the Lafayette Grill murders.

Nov-Dec second trial

Dec. 22 Artis and Carter re-convicted


Lesra Martin goes to live with the Canadians.

Lesra finds a used copy of Carter's autobiography at a book sale, he and the Canadians read it and become interested in Carter's story.


John Artis paroled.


Patricia Valentine files a lawsuit claiming the lyrics to Bob Dylan's song "Hurricane" implied that she was part of a conspiracy to convict Carter. A Federal court doesn't agree that the song libels her and the case is thrown out of court.

Carter's lawyers receive the "Caruso file," a collection of notes from an investigator who worked briefly on the case before the second trial.

Carter's lawyers apply for a new trial, motion is denied.


After Carter's lawyers take the case to a Federal court, Judge Lee Sarokin overturns Carter and Artis' convictions.

John Artis busted on drug charges. Prosecutors say he was part of a distribution ring that courier'd drugs from New York to Paterson.


Feb. 26 -- the state of New Jersey decides to not hold a third trial and drops the charges against Carter and Artis.


Lazarus and the Hurricane published -- the Canadians' version of the story.

After several years of an off-again, on-again relationship, Carter stops speaking to the Canadians.


The Hurricane movie is released. Cal Deal and relatives of the victims of the Lafayette Bar shootings protest against the portrayal of Carter in the movie.

Hurricane: the Miraculous Journey, published


Carter settles out of court with his ex wife Mae Thelma, who sued him for some financial support.

Note: this is a partial timeline and does not include Carter's complete boxing record or the dates of all of the appeals of his convictions.

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