1983

Eddie's recording studio, 5150 Studios (named for the California police code for the criminally insane), is finished in Studio City, Calif. All subsequent Van Halen albums are recorded there.

January 1984

“Jump” lands at No. 11 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.
January 1955
On Jan. 26, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen is born to Jan and Eugina Van Halen in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
February 1962
The Van Halen family immigrates to the United States with only a piano and 75 guilders (about 50 U.S. dollars). The family settles in Pasadena, Calif., and the kids—Edward (Eddie) and older brother Alex—soon start piano lessons.
c. 1967
Eddie, 12, purchases his first electric guitar, a Teisco Del Ray, for $110 at Sears. He practices incessantly, heavily influenced by Eric Clapton's playing in Cream. He attends McKinley Elementary School.
1968
Eddie attends John Marshall Jr. High in Pasadena, Calif.
1973
Eddie graduates from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Calif.
c. 1973-74
Eddie fronts a trio called Mammoth with Alex on drums and high school friend Mark Stone on bass. Eddie is also singing lead.
1974
Eddie attends Pasadena City College in Pasadena, Calif. Mammoth rents its PA system from David Lee Roth, who charges the band $50 a night for it; Roth is in the band within a year. Michael Anthony replaces Mark Stone. Meanwhile, Eddie has been working on building his own guitar. At Roth's suggestion, the band's name is changed to Van Halen, and they play regularly at Gazzarri's in West Hollywood.
1976
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons sees Van Halen perform at an L.A. club and flies the band to New York to record demos, but Eddie is unsatisfied with the work and nothing comes of the relationship.
1977
Van Halen has become a staple of the L.A. club circuit; Eddie hides his dazzling technique onstage (to thwart imitators) by turning his back to the audience when soloing. He is using the homemade guitar fans will later nickname “Frankenstein.”
May 1977
Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman of Warner Bros. Records see Van Halen at the Starwood in Hollywood and offer them a contract within a week.
October 1977
The band records its first album, Van Halen, in 18 days at Sunset Sound Recorders.
February 1978
Van Halen, one of the most successful debut albums ever, is released. The album features “Runnin’ With the Devil,” “Jamie's Cryin’” and Kinks cover “You Really Got Me.” It also contains Eddie’s mind-blowing solo warm-up exercise, “Eruption,” recorded at Ted Templeman’s suggestion. Much of the album’s guitar work is done on “Frankenstein,” then in its original black-and-white striped incarnation, as pictured on the album cover.
March 1978
Van Halen kicks off its first world tour with a show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, as the opening act for Journey and Montrose.
May 1978
Van Halen's debut album sells 500,000 copies and is certified gold.
October 1978
Van Halen's debut album sells 1,000,000 copies and is certified platinum.
March 1979
Van Halen II is released, featuring the hit “Dance the Night Away.” The band begins its first headlining tour. Eddie Van Halen is still using “Frankenstein,” but it has received a new red, black and white paint job, and an unusual new locking tremolo system by Seattle designer Floyd Rose.
April 1979
Van Halen II sells 500,000 copies and is certified gold.
May 1979
Van Halen II sells 1,000,000 copies and is certified platinum.
March 1980
Women and Children First is released.
June 1980
Women and Children First is certified platinum.
December 1980
Eddie proposes to actress Valerie Bertinelli. The couple had first met backstage at a Van Halen show.
April 1981
Eddie weds actress Valerie Bertinelli in Westwood, Calif., at St. Paul the Apostle Church in front of 400 guests.
April 1981
Fair Warning is released later that month. Eddie continues to tour with “Frankenstein.”
1982
Construction begins on Eddie's 5150 Recording Studio.
March 1982
Van Halen's cover of Roy Orbison's “(Oh) Pretty Woman” hits the Top 40.
April 1982
Van Halen's fifth studio album, Diver Down, is released and is supported by one of Van Halen's most successful tours. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” meanwhile enters the Billboard Top 10.
June 1982
Diver Down is certified platinum, while “Dancing In the Streets” enters the Billboard Top 40.
1983
Eddie's recording studio, 5150 Studios (named for the California police code for the criminally insane), is finished in Studio City, Calif. All subsequent Van Halen albums are recorded there.
May 1983
Van Halen earns the record for highest-paid single performance by a music group—$1 million—for a 90-minute appearance at the US Festival in San Bernardino, Calif.
January 1984
The keyboard-inflected 1984 is released to huge success; “Jump” soon reaches No. 1 on Billboard's singles chart.
March 1984
1984 sells 1,000,000 copies and is certified platinum.
April 1984
The single “I'll Wait” cracks the Billboard Top 40 singles chart. The single “Jump” is certified gold.
June 1984
The single “I'll Wait” enters the Billboard Top 10 singles chart. The single “Panama” enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart.
October 1984
Debut album Van Halen is certified five-times platinum.
January 1985
1984 is certified five-times platinum, and the group rules the airwaves, MTV and concert stages worldwide. Eddie is nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance on the track “Doubt City.”
April 1985
David Lee Roth leaves the band, to be replaced by singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar.
November 1985
Eddie places his hands in cement as he is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk, located in front of Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, Calif.
March 1986
The first Van Halen effort with Sammy Hagar, the smash 5150, is released and becomes the group's first album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.
January 1987
5150 is nominated by the American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, and the band is nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo.
June 1987
Van Halen's David Lee Roth-led album 1984 is certified six-times platinum.
May 1988
Van Halen releases its second album with Sammy Hagar, OU812, with hits including “Finish What Ya Started” and “When it's Love.” The album reaches No. 1 on the Billboard pop music charts.
July 1988
OU812 is certified two-times platinum, and Van Halen headlines the Monsters of Rock tour.
January 1989
OU812 is certified three-times platinum. Van Halen is also nominated for three American Music Awards (Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist and Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album) for OU812.
February 1989
Diver Down hits the three-times platinum mark, while Van Halen is certified six-times platinum.
September 1989
The video for “Finish What Ya Started” earns a nomination for Best Direction at the MTV Video Music Awards.
June 1990
Van Halen II is certified four-times platinum.
March 1991
Wolfgang William Van Halen is born at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Weighing 7 pounds and 6 ounces, he is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
June 1991
Van Halen releases For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, which also reaches No. 1 on the Billboard pop music charts, with help from the award-winning video for “Right Now” and the Top 40 track “Top of the World.”
August 1991
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is certified platinum.
November 1991
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is certified two-times platinum.
January 1992
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge wins an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album. Van Halen is also nominated for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist.
February 1992
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge wins big with a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
September 1992
The video for “Right Now” wins three MTV Video Music Awards (Best Direction, Best Editing and Video of the Year).
February 1993
Van Halen releases live LP Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now.
May 1993
Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now is certified platinum.
September 1993
Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now reaches two-times platinum, while Van Halen hits seven-times platinum.
July 1994
1984 is certified seven-times platinum, and Van Halen is certified eight-times platinum.
August 1994
5150 is certified five-times platinum, while Fair Warning goes to two-times platinum, Women and Children First reaches three-times platinum and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge goes three-times platinum.
January 1995
Balance is released to major fanfare.
February 1995
Balance tops the Billboard pop album chart for one week.
March 1995
Balance is certified two-times platinum.
1996
Eddie and Alex shoot a “Got Milk?” advertisement at 5150, marking the first time that members of a rock and roll band appear in the famous ad campaign.
January 1996
Van Halen is nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist.
February 1996
The band gets a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for “The Seventh Seal.” Meanwhile, Sammy Hagar leaves the band.
May 1996
Van Halen tops the Billboard mainstream rock track chart for two weeks with the song “Human Being.”
August 1996
Van Halen is certified 10-times platinum, while 1984 hits the nine-times platinum mark.
October 1996
Compilation The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 is released, featuring two new songs with David Lee Roth.
February 1997
Eddie and Alex's work on “Respect the Wind” is nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
March 1998
Van Halen III is released; it is the only album with singer Gary Cherone.
May 1998
Diver Down reaches the four-times platinum mark, and The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 goes two-times platinum.
August 1998
Van Halen III is certified gold.
February 1999
1984 is certified 10-times platinum.
November 1999
Gary Cherone exits the band.
November 2000
Van Halen comes in at No. 7 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
January 2001
Eddie confirms that he has been battling cancer.
January 2002
After 23 years, Van Halen and Warner Bros. Records part ways.
May 2002
Eddie announces that he has “a clean bill of health” after a battle with cancer.
June 2003
“Jump” lands at No. 11 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.
December 2003
Rolling Stone places Van Halen at No. 415 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
May 2004
5150 reaches the six-times platinum mark; Van Halen II goes five-times platinum; OU812 is certified four-times platinum; and The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 and Balance are both three-times platinum.
July 2004
The band joins Sammy Hagar for a tour and releases compilation album The Best of Both Worlds.
August 2004
The Best of Both Worlds is certified platinum.
September 2006
Eddie's son Wolfgang (“Wolfie”) Van Halen replaces Michael Anthony on bass.
2007
A very special 300-instrument limited-edition run of the Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein™ guitar replica is presented by Eddie and the Fender® Custom Shop. The instrument is an incredibly detailed recreation of Eddie's legendary homemade guitar.
March 2007
Van Halen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
September 2007
Van Halen embarks on a worldwide tour with David Lee Roth taking over vocal duties. The tour proves to be the highest grossing in the band's history.
September 2007
Eddie appears on the cover of Guitar World's September issue.
December 2007
While Eddie is away on tour, his Studio City home makes national news when a water main breaks above the property and floods the guitarist's backyard and a small portion of his home.
December 2007
Eddie and Valerie's divorce is finalized after 26 years of marriage.
March 2008
Eddie appears alongside Wolfgang on the April cover of Guitar World. This is the first cover to ever feature a father/son team.
May 2008
Eddie graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's June issue, which features the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.” “Eruption” is ranked sixth on the list while “Panama” takes No. 47.
June 2008
Entertainment Weekly lists 1984 at number 72 on list of 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 years.
August 2008
Eddie proposes to publicist and stunt woman Janie Liszewski in Maui, Hawaii, while on vacation. The couple met in June 2006 while she was being interviewed for the position of publicist and event coordinator for the launch of an EVH project; she was hired shortly thereafter to do PR for the band during its 2007 and 2008 tours.
2009
Eddie appears alongside Tony Iommi on the cover of Guitar World's 30th Anniversary issue.
January 2009
Eddie appears on the cover of Guitar World's February issue.
May 2009
Robert Downey Jr. presents Eddie with the first-ever “Rock God Award” at the 3rd Annual Spike TV Guy's Choice Awards in Culver City Calif.
July 2009
Eddie and Janie marry in the backyard of their Studio City, Calif., home in front of 100 guests. Alex Van Halen, an ordained minister, officiates.
July 2011
Eddie's “Frankenstein” guitar is featured in the August issue of Guitar World. The issue's feature story is “100 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs.” “Eruption/You Really Got Me” comes in at number eight and “Hot For Teacher” places at No. 67.
August 2011
Eddie's “Frankenstein” replica (Frank 2) guitar is acquired by and displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History as part of the National Treasures of American Pop Culture Collection.
November 2011
Eddie appears in the December issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The feature story is “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and Eddie comes in eighth.
December 2011
From his personal collection, Eddie donates a 1999 Wolfgang Cherry Sunburst 5A Flame Top guitar to “Drop In the Bucket,” a charitable organization that provides clean water to schools and villages in Africa by building wells.
January 2012
Eddie donates 75 of his personal guitars to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which distributes the gifts to various music programs in public schools throughout the Los Angeles area.
February 2012
A Different Kind of Truth is released, marking Van Halen's first studio release since 1998 and the first with David Lee Roth on lead vocals since 1984. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
February 2012
Prior to embarking on the A Different Kind of Truth tour, Van Halen holds a friends-and-family concert in L.A. on Feb. 8.
March 2012
A classic image of Eddie from the 1984 tour appears on the cover of Guitar World's April issue, which includes a feature story on “The 50 Greatest Van Halen Songs of All Time.”
March 2012
Eddie donates a Wolfgang guitar to the John Varvatos 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit. Proceeds from the guitar aid in the treatment of victims of child sexual assault.
July 2012
Eddie appears on the cover of Guitar World's August issue.
December 2012
A giant two-story replica of Eddie's “Frankenstein” guitar is unveiled in front of Universal City Walk's Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City
March 2013
Eddie donates a Wolfgang guitar to and attends the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit. Proceeds from the guitar are used toward treating victims of child sexual assault.
April 2013
The Roth-fronted Van Halen plays a landmark show at the Stone Festival in Sydney, Australia.
June 2013
Van Halen goes to Japan to play one concert each in Tokyo and Nagoya, and two in Osaka.
October 2013
Eddie is featured, along with other notable subjects, on the cover of Esquire magazine's 80th Anniversary issue.
December 2013
Eddie appears on the December 2013 cover of Guitar Aficionado for the first time.