Why Famous: He was the first African American to host a television variety show "The Nat King Cole Show" and widely noted for his soft, baritone voice.
- 1937-01-27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan
- 1948-03-22 Musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage
- 1948-03-28 Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York
- 1946-06-14 Nat King Cole records "The Christmas Song" for the first time
- 1956-11-05 The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American
- 1957-12-17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship