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August 9, 1963
 
1963: Whitney Elizabeth Houston is born in East Orange, N.J. to gospel singer Cissy Houston on Aug. 9.
August 9, 1963
 
Whitney Houston was one of the biggest female pop music stars of the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to hit singles like "Saving All My Love For You" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." The daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, Whitney had a brief modeling career before she was signed as a singer by Arista Records in 1983. In 1985 she released her first album, Whitney Houston, a Grammy-winner and international hit; her second album, 1987's Whitney, debuted at #1 on the charts. By the end of the 1980s she had a string of number one hits and was one of MTV's biggest stars, combining a clean-cut sex appeal with world-class vocal pipes. Throughout the 1990s, Houston continued to sell millions of records, with hit singles such as "My Love is Your Love" and her popular cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You." Houston tried her hand at acting and landed lead love-interest roles in The Bodyguard (1992, with Kevin Costner) and The Preacher's Wife (1996, with Denzel Washington), and played the Fairy Godmother in the 1997 TV version Cinderella. She married singer Bobby Brown in 1992; their stormy relationship became fodder for the tabloids and led to a decline in her career, as rumors of drug use and physical abuse swirled around them. They were divorced in 2007, but by then the damage to her singing career had been done. Houston's later record releases have sold modestly, though her production company had box office success with the films The Princess Diaries (2001, starring Anne Hathaway) and the Disney TV movie The Cheetah Girls (2003, starring Raven Symoné).
1974
 
1974: Starts performing as soloist in junior gospel choir at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.
1978
 
1978: Sings backup on mother's album "Think It Over," beginning run of backup performances for artists including Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and Lou Rawls.
1979
 
1979: Whitney Houston with producer Clive Davis
1979
 
1979: A Young Whitney Houston poses for a portrait in Newark, New Jersey
1983
 
1983: Arista records executive sees her performing on stage with her mother, label head Clive Davis sees her soon after and signs her to contract.
1985
 
1985: Debut album, "Whitney Houston," is released, selling millions and spawning huge hits "How Will I Know," ''You Give Good Love," ''Saving All My Love For You" and "Greatest Love of All."
1986
 
1986:Whitney Houston performing in 1986

Whitney Houston performing live in concert in 1986.

1987
 
1987: Multiplatinum follow-up album "Whitney" is released. Includes hits "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," ''So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."
1988
 
1988: Whitney performs at the Wembley arena
1988
 
1988: Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston at a charity dinner in New York
1988
 
1988: Records theme song for Seoul Olympics, "One Moment In Time."
1991
 
1991: Returns to limelight with performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl during the first Gulf War.
1992
 
1992: Begins high profile and tumultuous marriage to former New Edition member and soul-singing star Bobby Brown.
1992
 
1992: Stars opposite Kevin Costnerin "The Bodyguard." The hit film makes Houston a Hollywood star and its theme song, "I Will Always Love You," becomes a signature hit that tops charts for weeks and wins Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal.
1993
 
1993: Has daughter with Brown, Bobbi Kristina.
1994
 
1994: holding her awards at the American music awards ceremony
1994
 
1994: Whitney Houston performs at the 1994 American Music Awards
1995
 
1995: Stars in movie "Waiting to Exhale."

Whitney Houston in "Waiting to Exhale"

Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in 1995's "Waiting to Exhale." Directed by Forest Whitaker, the picture grossed $67 million domestically which was almost unheard of for a film with a primarily African-American cast.

1996
 
1996: Stars opposite Denzel Washington in "The Preacher's Wife."
1997
 
1997: Appears as fairy godmother in TV version of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
1998
 
1998:Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston and Gary Houston

Whitney Houston and her mother Cissy Houston and her brother Gary Houston at the 1998 AMA's.

1998
 
1998: Whitney Houston with a Grammy win in 1988

Whitney Houston backstage with a Grammy win in 1988. Releases album "My Love Is Your Love." Song "It's Not Right But It's Okay" brings Grammy for best female R&B vocal.

1998
 
1998: Whitney Houston and Muhammad Ali

Two legends, Whitney Houston and Muhammad Ali, at the 1998 GQ "Men of the Year" award.

1999
 
1999: performing at the Brit awards
1999
 
1999:Whitney preforms new material for a GMA concert

Whitney Houston performed new material including her minor hit "Million Dollar Bill" in a 1999 outdoor concert for Good Morning America.

2002
 
2002:Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in a court appearance in 2002

2003
 
2003: Police respond to domestic violence call from Houston about Brown. Police find Houston with cut lip and bruised cheek.
2004
 
2004: Briefly enters drug rehabilitation clinic.
2005
 
2005:Two great divas fuel an Oscar winner,Two great divas fuel an Oscar winner

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston sing "When You Believe" from "The Prince of Egypt" at the The 77th Academy Awards in 1999.  The song won the best best original song Oscar.

2005
 
2005: Returns to drug rehab under court order.
2006
 
2006: Files for legal separation from Brown.
2007
 
2007: Divorces Brown.
2009
 
2009: Whitney Houston appeared at the 2009 Grammy Awards where she presented a Grammy category that went to Jennifer Hudson.
2009
 
2009: In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, declares herself drug free. She would return to rehab in 2011.
2009
 
2009: Comeback album "I Look To You" debuts at top of charts, eventually goes platinum.
September 2009
 
2009: Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown during a pre-show rehearsal in Sept. 2009.
November 2009
 
2009:An honor for Whitney Houston

Sam Jackson presents an American Music Awards honor to Whitney Houston.

2011
 
2011: Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick perform at the pre-Grammy gala
February 11, 2012
 
Passed away on February 11, 2012.

On the eve of the Grammy's. Whitney was found deceased in her hotel room in Beverly Hill's HiltonCalifornia at the age of just 48, the news broadcasted the announcement.


        Rest In Peace Forever You Wonderful and Beautifully Created Creature of God, You
                             will always be rememberd as "A WOMAN born with an Angels Voice.
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