1833 - Alfred Nobel is born in Stockholm, Sweden. In the same year, his father - Immanuel Nobel - goes bankrupt.
1837 - Immanuel Nobel travels to Finland and then to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he starts a mechanical workshop; he leaves his family behind in Sweden.
1842 - The Nobel family is reunited in St. Petersburg.
1850-1852 - Alfred Nobel goes to Paris and works for one year in the laboratory of T. Jules Pelouze. He also travels to Italy, Germany and the United States.
1853-1856 - The Crimean War rages.
The Nobel Company flourishes at first, but goes bankrupt as the war ends and the Russian military cancels orders. Alfred Nobel searches desperately for new products. Nikolai N. Zonin, Nobel's chemistry teacher, reminds him of nitroglycerin.
1862 - Alfred Nobel starts his experiments with nitroglycerin.
1863 - Nobel obtains the first patent on nitroglycerin (blasting oil) as an industrial explosive. He develops and patents a detonator (blasting cap) for triggering the explosion of nitroglycerin. He also moves to Stockholm, where he continues his experiments.
1864 - Emil, Alfred Nobel's brother, is killed during the preparation of nitroglycerin at Helenborg, Stockholm. Nobel continues his experiments and forms the company Nitroglycerin AB in Stockholm, Sweden.
1865 - Alfred Nobel improves the blasting cap design and moves to Germany to set up the Alfred Nobel & Co. Factory in Krümmel near Hamburg.
1866 - Nobel establishes the United States Blasting Oil Company in the
A violent explosion destroys the Krümmel plant. Experimenting on a raft anchored on the river Elbe, Alfred Nobel tries to make nitroglycerin safer to handle. He finds that nitroglycerin is stabilized by the addition of kieselguhr (a sliliceous deposit; also know as diatomaceous earth), and calls this mixture dynamite.
1867 - Alfred Nobel obtains a patent for dynamite.
1871 - Nobel establishes the British Dynamite Company (Andeer, Scotland, UK). In 1877 the company name is changed to Nobel's Explosives Company.
1872 - Immanuel, Alfred Nobel's father, passes away.
1873 - At the age of 40 Alfred Nobel is a wealthy man. He moves to Paris and settles at Avenue Malakoff. The manufacture of nitroglycerin and dynamite starts at Ardeer.
1875 - Alfred Nobel invents blasting gelatine in Paris and patents it in 1876. He establishes Société Générale pour la Fabrication de la Dynamit in Paris, France.
1876 - Dynamitaktiengesellschaft (DAG), formerly Alfred Nobel & Co. (Hamburg, Germany), is formed. Alfred Nobel advertises for a housekeeper/personal secretary, meets with Bertha Kinsky von Chinic und Tettau (later von Suttner) and hires her. She leaves his employment after a short time and becomes a leading peace activist.
1880 - Dynamite Nobel is formed by merging Nobel's Italian and Swiss companies..
1881 - Alfred Nobel buys an estate and laboratory at Sevran, outside Paris.
1885 - German Union is formed by merging DAG and a group of German dynamite companies.
1886 - Nobel-Dynamite Trust Co (London, UK) is formed by merging DAG and the Nobel's Explosives Company.
1887 - Nobel obtains a patent for the blasting powder "ballistite" in France.
1889 - Andriette, Alfred Nobel's mother, passes away.
1891 - Alfred Nobel leaves Paris and settles in San Remo, Italy, after a dispute with the French government over ballistite.
1893 - Alfred Nobel hires Ragnar Sohlman, who he later names executor of his will and testament.
1894 - Alfred Nobel buys a small machine works (Bofors-Fullspång) and a manor (Björkborn) at Karlskoga, Sweden.
1895 - The third and final will of Alfred Nobel is signed at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris.
1896 - Alfred Nobel dies at his home in San Remo, Italy, on 10 December 1896.
Taken from: http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/timeline/index.html