Composes music for "Annie Get Your Gun"
First stage musical as producer, "This Is the Army" (written for US Army Emergency Relief Fund); also produced film version with Warner Bros. (1943)
Unveils America's second national anthem, "God Bless America"
Wrote first original film musical, "Top Hat"
First song used in films, "Blue Skies," sung by Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer"
Opens his own Music Box Theater
Formed Irving Berlin Music Corp.
Had first hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
First song published, "Marie from Sunny Italy" (earned him 37 cents in royalties)
Immigrated to the United States
Served as sergeant in the infantry during WWI
Began using the name Irving Berlin after a printer's error for his first song credited him as I. Berlin (instead of Baline).
Berlin, who never learned to read or write music and was only able to compose in F sharp, was once quoted as saying (after being told that the more money he made the more in taxes he would have to pay) "You don't understand. I came to this country from Russia, and look what's happened to me. The country has been wonderful to me. I love this country. I love to pay taxes." Backing his words with action, Berlin gave the government the royalties from "This Is the Army," a total of about ten million dollars. (He also donated the rights to "God Bless America" to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.)
Berlin has the distinction of being the only individual ever to present himself with an Oscar. He was selected to name the winner of the Best Song award and had to inform the audience that the winner was "White Christmas", written by Irving Berlin.
Over the course of his Hollywood career, Berlin received nine Academy Award nominations; seven in the Best Song category and two in the Best Screenwriting category.
He received the Congressional Gold Medal for the song "God Bless America" in 1954/55.
Received the Medal of Merit for the song "This is the Army"
Awarded French Legion of Honor.
Berlin was a Freemason, and was a member of Munn Lodge #190, New York City, the Scottish Rite Valley of New York City, and Mecca Shrine Temple.
Irving's last public appearance came in 1988 when he attended his 100th birthday celebrations at Carnegie Hall.
Berlin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, five years after his death.