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Timeline

  • 1909 - October 13: Herbert Lawrence Block is born in Chicago
  • 1927 - September: Enrolls at Lake Forest College, Chicago
  • 1929 - April 24: First cartoon appears in the Chicago Daily Tribune
  • 1933 - Moves to Cleveland to join the Newspaper Enterprise Service
  • 1940 - Wins National Headliners' Club Award
  • 1942 - Wins his first Pulitzer Prize for work concerning World War II and its economic consequences
  • 1943-1945 Serves in the U.S. Army; produces cartoons and articles and edited a "clipsheet"
  • 1946 - Joins the Washington Post, from which he never retires
  • 1949 - Wins Heywood Broun Award from the American Newspaper Guild for outstanding journalistic achievement
  • 1950 - Has a one-man show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, attended by President Harry S Truman
  • 1950 - March 29: Coins the term "McCarthyism," using the word as a label on a tar barrel
  • 1954 - Wins his second Pulitzer Prize for work concerning the death of Stalin and his successor Malenkov
  • 1956 - Wins National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award
  • 1957 - Wins National Cartoonists Society Editorial Cartoon Award
  • 1960 - Wins National Cartoonists Society Editorial Cartoon Award
  • 1966 - Herb Block designs a U.S. postage stamp commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Bill of Rights
  • 1973 - With Washington Post colleagues, wins the public service Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watergate scandal
  • 1979 - Wins his third Pulitzer Prize for work concerning politics and campaign spending in 1978
  • 1979 - Wins National Cartoonists Society Gold Key Award (National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame)
  • 1994 - Is awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 1995 - Wins Thomas Nast Award from Overseas Press Club
  • 1999 - Receives an honorary Doctor of Arts from Harvard University
  • 2000 - Named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress
  • 2000 - Library of Congress mounts a retrospective exhibition of Herblock's work
  • August 26, 2001 - Herblock' s last cartoon is published in the Washington Post
  • October 7, 2001 - Herb Block dies of pneumonia at age 91
  • 2002 - The Herb Block Foundation sets up its offices
  • 2002 - Entire Herbert L. Block archive is donated to the Library of Congress by the Herb Block Foundation, containing over 14,000 original cartoon drawings and 50,000 preliminary rough sketches, as well as photographs and manuscripts
  • 2004 - Herblock Prize for excellence in political and editorial cartooning is established and first award is made

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