1918 Constance Eakins, Jr., born 5 March 1918 in St. Rose, Louisiana, to Constance Eakins, an employee in a sardine cannery, and Agnes Gormley. French Creole is the primary language at home. There are several siblings, but none except Constance survives the Depression.  
1920 Sister Albertine dies of exposure.  
1922 Attends Aunt Lucy's Day Schoolhouse, St. Rose.  
1924 Mother dies in boating accident.  
1925 Learns to shoot firearms.  
1926 Escapes from home, found six weeks later, living in treehouse in the swampland of central Louisiana.  
1927 Wins county hot-dog eating contest, adult division.  
1928 Fails English, History; threatened with home-schooling.  
1929 Writes student essay entitled, "The Paradox of Chromaticity: An Overlooked Grammatical Category Distinction"  
1930 Wins Mississippi River Junior Swim Championship.  
1931 Runs away to New Orleans; lives in shotgun apartment in the Ninth Ward.  
1932 Works as window washer and as barback.  
1933 Married in civil service to neighbor's daughter, Allie Mathers; marriage annulled by authorities due to ages of the betrothed.  
1934 Starts local charter association of Classics Scholars United.  
1935 Joins staff of New Orleans Halfpenny-Register as clerk.  
1936 Promoted to lead beat crime reporter.  
1937 Embarks on rafting trip up the Mississippi River.  
1938 Injured in skydiving accident; in hospital for five months, during which time he drafts landmark comparitive study of world religion, Exodus Redux. The Saddest Man and Other Stories
1939 Cross-country road trip, later immortalized in The Strange and Truthful Diaries of the Wanderer. The Uncles Ten
1940 Captains yearlong boat trip from Copenhagen to Virgin Islands. The Chameleon Tales
1941 Joins air force, shipped to South-Eastern Asia Theatre, stationed in the Himalayas. Dolman Hardy
1942 Military activities, including siege of Madagascar. The Turnipseed and the Anger
1943 Awarded Silver Medal of Miltary Valor (medaglia d'argento) from the Italian government, for saving a battalion of wounded Italian soldier with a shocking one-man sabotage mission against the German forces. FutureWorld
1944 Whereabouts unknown. Kamikaze Mountain
1945 Awarded Pulitzer Prize (award refused). Sacrament
1946 Moves to Hollywood, begins writing screenplays, including The Lady From Shanghai and Rio Grande (both uncredited). Children of Danger: A Study of the International Novel, 1750-1950 (nonfiction)
1947 Winner, Yale Younger Poets Prize, for Monogenesis: Sestinas. Tobin the Lesser
1948 Wounded in duel with unknown Latvian sailor. Rumored affair with Rita Hayworth. Better Days Will Haunt You
1949 Gives famous "Pilgrim" speech at the opening ceremony for the first Constance Eakins Museum, St. Rose, Louisiana. When the Curtain Calls for You (nonfiction)
1950 Travels length of Nile in bamboo canoe. Every Man For Himself and God Against All
1951 Declared ruler of Nuba tribe, north of Khartoum, on bank of Nile. Presides over peaceful transition to democratic rule. Why We War in Korea
1952 Bronze Star for war correspondence The Darkness and the Devil
1953 Rumored affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Arraigned on charges for bigotry; lawsuit later dismissed. Art of Fiction Interview, The Paris Review, Spring issue
1954 Survives airplane crash in the jungle of Dominican Republic; lives for two years with a family in the northern region of the island. The Rude Violence of the Poor
1955 Accepts honorary degree from the Esperanto International Central Committee for his pioneering use of the language, exemplified in his Esperanto novella, Kalendulo. America: Collected Essays
1956 Travels in the Arctic; named Iditarod champion of 1956. The Slayed
1957 Throws out first pitch at final Brooklyn Dodgers game. The Slaying
1958 Arrested for whoremongering. The Slaughter
1959 Rumored involvement with CIA, a charge he vigorously denied in his memoir. Saposcat
1960 Arrested during Washington Square Park protest against CIA's use of covert force in South America. The Man With Holes in His Cheeks (Memoir)
1961 Alleged suspect in Bruno Taut murder case; name later expunged from court records. Eurasia: Collected Essays, Vol. II
1962 Awarded Pulitzer Prize (award refused). Humboldt in the Amazon
1963 Arrested for assaulted robbery; charges later dropped. The Two Poles: Collected Essays, Vol. III
1964 Whereabouts unknown. Keftir the Blind and Other Stories
1965 Moves back to New Orleans. Suffers from acute syphilitic aoritis. Hollywood Was Mine (nonfiction)
1966 Unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of New Orleans Songs for Agata (Poems)
1967 Hosts 365-day Be-In in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Flowers, Flowers, Eat All the Flowers
1968 Visiting professor of Humanity at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. The Legend of Idavoll (A Critical Study of Norse Mythology)
1969 Offered Presidency of Yale; declined. Congress Will Be Mine
1970 Unsuccessful campaign for Congress The Dream Life of Vernon Falls
1971 Disappears while hiking in The Carso region, outside of Trieste, Italy. Last seen in Medeazza, walking north. Gashes (Memoir)
1975 Awarded ordre national de la Légion d'honneur by French government (unclaimed).  
1977   The Uncollected Constance Eakins (collection)
1981 Rumored sighting in Trieste's Piazza Ponterosso, in the middle of the night; witness later admitted intoxication, withdrew statement.
1985 Rumored sighting on skivy in Bay of Trieste. Boat seen disappearing into grotto, underground river. Witness later committed to mental institution in Split.
1998 A minor planet, 3292 Eakins, was discovered by Soviet astronomer Andrei Andreovich Pelevin, and named after him.
2001 Constance Eakins declared dead by Italian authorities.