1957, August 25
Hired as a teacher of physics and astronomy at the school № 2 in Ryazan.
Undergoes a course of chemotherapy in the Ryazan cancer clinic.
Cycling trip in the Ryazan region, has the idea of The Gulag Archipelago
A trip to Leningrad (collection of materials for the future The Red Wheel).
1959, May 18
In the course of 45 days, wrote a short story, "One Day of a Prisoner," which will become One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
1960, Late Autumn
Takes chemotherapy at home.
Signs contract with Novy Mir for "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich".
1962, 15 September
The tale "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" is approved by Khrushchev.
1962, November 17
Novy Mir issue containing "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" goes to subscribers. Soon after it is translated and published in the west. He becomes famous in the USSR and throughout the world.
1962, December 23
Pravda prints an excerpt from the story "The Incident at Kochetovka Station."
1963, January 20
Novy Mir publishes the stories "Matryona’s House" and "Incident at Kochetovka Station."
Nominated for the Lenin Prize.
Works on Cancer Ward and other works. The political climate in the Soviet Union changes and once again Solzhenitsyn has difficulties getting his writing published. In December 1967, printing is stopped on “Cancer Ward.” No more works by Solzhenitsyn would be published in the USSR until 1990.
Chapters of Cancer Ward are printed in the West.
1968, June 8
A microfilm with The Gulag Archipelago is sent to the West.
1968, August 28
Solzhenitsyn meets Natalia Dmitrievna Svetlova, his future wife, who is typing banned books and papers (samizdat).
First Circle and Cancer Ward are issued in larger editions in the West.
Solzhenitsyn is awarded the Prize of French journalists for best foreign book
Elected Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
1969, November 4
At a meeting of the Ryazan Writer’s Organization, Solzhenitsyn is expelled from the Union of Writers of the RSFSR.
1970, October 8
The Nobel Committee awards Solzhenitsyn the Prize for Literature for 1970.
1970, November 20
“Decree on deprivation of Solzhenitsyn's Soviet citizenship and his expulsion from the USSR” is adopted.
Solzhenitsyn decides not to go to Stockholm for the Nobel ceremony.
1970, December 30
Son Yermolai is born.
Completion of August 1914.
In Paris, the Russian edition of “August 1914” is published.
1971, August 9
Sudden illness in Novocherkassk. While standing in a store, KGB agents managed to rub a poison on his skin without his being aware of it. Based on his symptoms, it is thought that the poison was ricin, which is highly toxic and often results in death.
Recovery, return to work on October 1916.
1972, March 30
A new draft of decree is compiled, depriving Solzhenitsyn of citizenship and deporting him. Gives interview to The New York Times and Washington Post.
1972, September 23
Son Ignat is born.
Solzhenitsyn family settles in a rented dacha in Firsanovka where they receive anonymous threatening letters. Writes an article, entitled "Peace and Violence."
1973, August 30
In the middle of the night, State Security seizes copy of The Gulag Archipelago. The holder of the manuscript, Elizaveta Voronyanskaya, commits suicide.
1973, End of August
Finishes appeal, "Live Not by Lies!", created in 1972-1973.
1973, September 8
Son Stephan is born.
1973, December 28
In Paris, the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago comes out in Russian.
1974, January 4
The beginning of persecution of Solzhenitsyn in connection with the release of The Gulag Archipelago.
Announces the signing over of the world-wide royalties of The Gulag Archipelago to Soviet political prisoners. Finishes article, "Remorse and Self-restraint."
1974, February 1-2
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt stands ready to grant Solzhenitsyn political asylum.
1974, After February 2
Secret negotiations of the KGB with the Germans to expel Solzhenitsyn to Germany.
1974, February 12
Arrested at his apartment and taken to jail in Lefortovo.
1974, February 13
Procedure of expulsion, Solzhenitsyn driven to Sheremetevo Airport and flown to Frankfurt, Germany. In Moscow, the appeal, "Live Not by Lies!" comes out in samizdat.
1974, February 15
Moves to Zurich
1974, March 29
Solzhenitsyn family leave from Moscow for Zurich.
1974, June 24
Solzhenitsyn and his family receive Swiss passports.
1974, 6-13 December
Goes to Sweden to receive his Nobel Prize.
1975, April 28
Flies to Canada in search of place to live.
1975, June 30
Speech in Washington to representatives of U.S. trade unions
1975, July 15
Speech to the U.S. Congress.
1975, October 31
Purchases land with a house in Cavendish (Vermont).
1975, End of December
The French magazine, Puen declares Solzhenitsyn "Man of the Year."