Profession: Beat Poet
Why Famous: A leading figures of both the 1950s Beat Generation of poets and writers and of the 1960s counterculture that followed, along with other famous writers Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States Ginsberg was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book "Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992".
- 1955-03-25 United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene.
- 1955-04-03 The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges
- 1955-10-07 Beat poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" for the first time at a poetry reading in San Francisco.
- 1957-10-03 Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.
- 1959-06-02 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco
- 1966-07-07 Obscenity ban for "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs is overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer
- 1967-12-05 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War