Why Famous: Known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries.
His journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil.
- 1966-04-16 Actor and comedian Michael Palin (22) weds Helen Gibbins
- 1969-05-11 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
- 1969-05-23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus
- 1969-10-05 Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV
- 1973-01-18 John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" on BBC TV
- 1974-12-05 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV
- 1976-04-20 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
- 1978-09-16 Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" film, begins
- 1979-08-17 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres
- 1983-03-31 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," is released in the US
- 2018-12-28 British New Year's honours list include Knights for author Philip Pullman and comedian Michael Palin, a Dame for Twiggy and a Order of the Companions of Honour for Margaret Atwood