1818 Karl Marx is born in Trier on 5 May as the third of nine children born to the lawyer Heinrich Marx and his wife Henrietta.
1830-1835 Marx attends the Friedrich Wilhelm Grammar School in Trier until 1835.
1835-1841 Studies law in Bonn and Berlin. Additionally, studies philosophy and is conferred a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Jena in 1841.
1842-1843 Editor of the liberal “Rheinische Zeitung für Politik, Handel und Gewerbe” (Rhenish Newspaper for Politics, Trade and Industry) in Cologne.
1843-1845 Marx and his family live in Paris. 1844 marks the beginning of his close cooperation and friendship with Friedrich Engels (1820-1895).
1845-1848 Marx is expelled from France and goes into exile in Brussels. He gives up his Prussian citizenship and is henceforth stateless. Marx and Engels write “The Manifesto of the Communist Party” for the Communist League in 1847, which is published in London in February 1848.
1848 / 49 After his expulsion from Belgium, Marx returns to Cologne where he publishes the “Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Organ der Demokratie (New Rhenish Newspaper. Organ of Democracy). He is expelled from Prussia in 1849.
1849 –1883 Exile in London. He is a private scholar and works as a journalist for various international newspapers and publisher of the “Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Politisch-ökonomische Revue“ (New Rhenish Newspaper: Politico-Economic Review) and other publications.
1864 Marx is involved in the establishment of the International Workingmen's Association (First International) in London.
1867 Marx publishes the first volume of his most important work “Capital: Critique of Political Economy”.
1883 Marx dies in London on 14 March at the age of 64 years.