1547 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, fourth child of the surgeon Rodrigo de Cervantes and of Leonor de Cortinas, is born in Alcalá de Henares. He may have been born September twenty-ninth, the day of Saint Michael, hence his name Miguel. But so far, the only thing that has been found is his baptismal certificate, according to which he was baptized October 9, 1547, in the Church of Saint Mary the Great..
1571 He became a soldier and took part in the sea battle at Lepanto, during which he received a wound that permanently maimed his left hand.
1575 He set out with his brother Rodrigo on the galley El Sol for Spain. The ship was captured by the Turks and the brothers were taken to Algiers as slaves
1580 Cervantes spent five years as a slave until his family could raise enough money to pay his ransom.
1585 Married to Catalina de Salazar,
1585 Cervantes published a pastoral novel, La Galatea
1605 immediate success of the first part of Don Quixote
1606 Cervantes settled permanently in Madrid, where he remained the rest of his life.
1613 published the Novelas ejemplares
1614 published the Viaje del Parnaso
1615 published the Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses
04/23/1616 Miguel de Cervantes died.