May 22, 1907 - Born in Etterbeek (district of urban Brussels) as REMI Georges. This name yields, later, the pseudonym R.G.: HERGÉ.
Astrological sign: Gemini, which deeply marks the psychology and the character of the personality. This type is understanding and indulgent, generous but reserved, curious, level-headed, enthusiastic but careful, far-sighted, meticulous in the extreme, open to discussion but not a debater, careful to weight the pros and cons of events...
1914 to 1918 - District School No. 3 in Ixelles (another district of Brussels). Georges sketches at the bottom of his notebooks the adventures of a little man grappling with the Germans (who were occupying Belgium). A hero without a name, stories without text. The young Remi was haunted by the idea of the "boy hero"; he read and re-read, sometimes in a loud voice, like an incantation, the short article on Joseph Bara from the Petit Larousse, where an engraving shows the young boy, ordered by the Chouans to shout "Long live the King!," responding with the cry "Long live the Republic!" and falling down, shot dead.
Georges in the scouts, head of the Squirrels patrol.
1918-1919 - School No. 11, preparatory for the Athénée (secondary school). Mediocre pupil during this year.
1920 à 1925 - Georges Remi completes his "modern humanities," i.e., his secondary studies at Saint Boniface school, an archiepiscopal school (the teachers are its priests) in Brussels.
1925 - After graduation, Georges joins the daily newspaper Le XXe Siècle (The Twentieth Century) as employee in the subscriptions department.
1926 - His parents decide to let him pursue drawing. He begins at Saint-Luc school where, without any indication, he is set in front of a plaster Corinthian marquee... One no longer sees Remi the student at Saint-Luc, the pupil whose obsession was always to draw "the little fellows"!...
1926-1927 - Military service, in the first infantry regiment.
1927 - Back to the XXe Siècle, where the director, the abbé Norbert Wallez, urges him to read, to educate himself, to cultivate himself. Especially, he trusts him with responsibilities: photography, assistant photoengraver, but also cartoonist. For the supplements of the paper - artistic and literary, feminine, . . - the young Hergé does some lettering, decoration, layout, charts, portraits, illustrations, etc..
1928 - Thursday, November 1st, publication of the first issue of Le Petit Vingtième, which the newspaper will offer to its young readers every week from now on; Hergé is trusted with the entire responsibility by abbé Wallez. In a storyline of a joking editor of the house, named Desmedt like the priest mentioned above, Hergé draws The Adventures of Flup, Nenesse, Pousette and Cochonnet, which does not delight him beyond measure...
At the same time, stumbling upon some newspapers brought from Mexico, he discovers the American comics. Another important discovery: Alain Saint-Ogan and his "Zig et Puce". That year also, marriage engagement to Germaine Kieckens, the secretary of abbé Wallez.
January 10th, 1929 - The debut, in the 11th issue of the Petit Vingtième, of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets: Hergé creates his fictional character in order to escape as script writer of Flup, Nénesse..., and no one complains!
1930 - Thursday, January 23rd: first appearance of "Quick and Flupke."
1931 - May: Visits Alain Saint-Ogan.
Tintin and Snowy back from the Congo
1932 - marriage of George and Germaine. Until that year, the three first albums of Hergé have been published in the editions of the Petit Vingtième. Since now, it is only Casterman who edits them.
Hergé with Chang
1935 to 1940 - There follows, in quick and even succession, The Broken Ear, The Black Island, (following a trip to England, the first time that Hergé had preceded Tintin), King Ottokar's Sceptre, Land of the Black Gold. This last episode was interrupted by Hergé's mobilization as a reserve lieutenant; Land of the Black Gold is bluntly postponed a little later by the war.
1940 to 1946 - At the beginning of this time, there is another important meeting: that of Edgar Pierre Jacobs, who will become Hergé's first collaborator and who, notably, will redraw the scenery and the uniforms of King Ottokar's Sceptre.
Edgar P. Jacobs, Jacques van Melkebeke and Hergé in 1944
October 1940 - Hergé is chief editor of the Soir Jeunesse, a supplement to the daily Le Soir, with Jacques Van Melkebebe as principal assistant, a painter, cartoonist, and writer who will later be the first chief editor of the weekly Tintin.
September 26th, 1946 - Birth of the Belgian weekly Tintin and reappearance of Hergé. The first publishing success for Raymond Leblanc. A confirmation or revelation of talents: Jacobs, Laudy, Cuvelier...
October 28th, 1948 - Appearance of the French edition of Tintin, published by Georges Dargaud.
1950 - Creation of the Studio Hergé, where little by little as many as a dozen collaborators will gather.
1956 - Beginning of the relationship of Georges and Fanny Vlamynch, colorist at the Studios since 1952.
1959 - Appearance of the first book devoted to Hergé: Le Monde d'Hergé, by Pol Vandromme (Gallimard).
1960 - Georges discovers abstract art and painting at length, which became his central passion.
Work at Studio Hergé, 1964
1971 - First trip to the U.S.A.,where he strikes up friendly relations with the Sioux Indians of Pine Ridge, south Dakota: fifty years later, Hergé gets back in touch with the Indians of his beginnings.
1972 - April: First Congress of the B.D. in New York. The great American cartoonists open their arms to the father of Tintin and give him official homage.
1973 - Hergé winner of the St-Michel Grand Prize at Brussels, for the lifetime achievement.
1975 - Ardenne Prize awarded to Hergé in April, on the occasion of the "thirty-six hours of the B.D." of Neufchâteau, Belgian. Appearance of the first version of Entretiens avec Hergé, by Numa Sadoul (Casterman). A second edition appears in 1983.
1976 - Arrival of Tintin and the Picaros: public success, with a welcome mitigated by criticism. Once again, the critics are wrong...
1977 - Hergé receives the ruby red medal of the city of Angoulême, on the occasion of the 4th Exhibition of the B.D. (January). We note in passing that he is president of this Exhibition since its foundation in 1974.
1978 - Promotion to officer grade of the Order of the Crown, in Brussels. Hergé begins to work on a new episode, provisionally titled Tintin and the Counterfeiters..
1979 - The fiftieth anniversary of the creation of Tintin is marked around the world by many celebrations and events. Among others:
Summer 1980 - First symptoms of Hergé's illness: anemia, great weakness. The leukemia was diagnosed quite late. There begins a long and trying series of regular transfusions for three years.
1981 - Emotional reunion of Georges and Chang, on March 18th, in Brussels. This event encourages a variety of celebrations and publications, and its repercussion is very great.
With Chang, 50 years later
1982 - To properly celebrate the 75th anniversary of Georges Remi, the Belgian Society of Astronomy names "Hergé" a small planetoid located by Mars and Jupiter and discovered by the astronomer Sylvain Arend in 1953... the same year when Tintin published Explorers on the Moon!
1983 - March 3rd, Georges Remi dies in the Saint-Luc clinic in Brussels, after a week in a coma.
1984 - Steven Spielberg buys an options on the cinematic rights of Tintin.
1986 - Posthumous publication of the complete sketches known from now on as Tintin and the Alph-Art.
1988 - August 31st: inauguration of the Stockel station of the Brussels metro, decorated with a double fresco mural in which Hergé had collaborated since the project began in 1982.