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A timeline of Key Dates in the Life and Career of Leonard Cohen

Some key dates in the life and career of Leonard Cohen:

Sept. 21, 1934: Leonard Cohen is born in Montreal.

1945: Cohen’s father dies.

1951: He enrols at McGill University, where he goes onto win a literary award for some of his original poetry.

1954: Cohen’s poetry is published for the first time in CIV/n Magazine.

1955: Graduates from McGill with a Bachelor of Arts.

1956: Publishes his first book of poetry, “Let us Compare Mythologies.”

1956: Temporarily moves to New York to pursue graduate school, but returns to Montreal after a year.

1961: Publishes “The Spice-Box of Earth,” a critically acclaimed book of poetry.

1963: Publishes his first novel, “The Favourite Game.”

1966: Publishes his second novel “Beautiful Losers,” a book deemed highly controversial at the time but that has gone onto critical acclaim and strong sales.

1967: Embarks on a new phase of his career by releasing his first album as a singer-songwriter, “Songs of Leonard Cohen.” The album featured two of his most famous compositions, “Suzanne” and “So Long, Marianne.”

1969: Declines to accept the Governor General’s Award for his book “Selected Poems.” According to a Globe and Mail article printed at the time, he declined the award on the grounds that “the world is a callous place and he would take no gift from it.”

1972: Cohen and then-partner Suzanne Elrod give birth a son, singer-songwriter Adam Cohen.

1974: Cohen and Elrod welcome their daughter Lorca.

1984: Releases “Various Positions.” The album contains arguably his most iconic song, “Hallelujah.”

1987: Cohen’s music and reputation enjoy a popular revival after U.S. singer Jennifer Warnes releases “Famous Blue Raincoat,” a tribute album of Cohen tracks.

1988: Releases the album “I’m Your Man” to wide international acclaim.

1991: Named to the Order of Canada. He would be promoted to a Companion of the Order 12 years later.

1991: Inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

1992: Receives an honorary degree in literature from McGill.

1992: Releases “The Future,” an album packed with troubling songs about political and human failure like “Democracy” and the title track, which tells of a world in complete disarray.

1993: Wins his first of five Juno awards.

1993: Wins the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement.

1994: Enters a Buddhist monastery and remains there for five years, becoming ordained as a monk in the process.

2001: After long hiatus from recording, Cohen releases the album “Ten New Songs.”

2005: Successfully sues former manager Kelley Lynch, accusing her of taking $5 million from his personal savings. A court ruled in favour of Cohen and awarded him $9.5 million, but it is not believed he received any of the money.

2006: Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

2008: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2008: Returns to touring after 15 years off in order to recoup some of his financial losses.

2010: Receives a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award. His only previous Grammy honour came from his participation on a Herbie Hancock album in 2008.

2010: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

2011: Receives the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for literature.

2012: Receives the Glenn Gould Award, a biennial honour given to those who have made a unique lifetime contribution to the arts.

2012: Cohen launches an extensive world tour that lasts for a year and a half, starting in Europe before heading to North America and Australia.

2014: Releases the album “Popular Problems,” which hits No. 1 on the Nielsen’s Canadian album charts.

2015: “Popular Problems” wins Juno album of the year.

Oct. 21, 2016: Releases the album “You Want It Darker” to critical acclaim. It debuted on the top of the Canadian charts and No. 10 on the Billboard 200.

Nov.10, 2016: Cohen dies at the age of 82.

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