1891-1906: The Child is Father to the Man
1896: Abraham Sarnoff leaves for New York City.
1896-1900: Studies with his granduncle, a rabbi, in a kheder, memorizing lines of the Talmud.
June 1906: Begins working for the Commercial Cable Telegraph Company.
September 30, 1906: Begins work as office boy for Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America.
1907-1919:Horatio Alger Comes to Life
1907: Promoted to junior wireless telegraph operator.
1909-10: Appointed night manager of Marconi station at Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.
1910: Transfers to management of Marconi station in Wanamaker’s Department Store, New York City
1912: Promoted to Marconi radio station inspector and instructor at Marconi Institute for new operators.
1913: Promoted to chief radio inspector and assistant chief engineer; helps establish first radio communications with railroad trains on the Erie Lackawanna line between Binghamton, New York, and Scranton, Pennsylvania.
1914: Permits Edwin Armstrong to demonstrate continuous wave regeneration technology at Marconi station at Belmar, New Jersey and receives reprimand from senior Marconi officials in England. Promoted to contract manager.
1915: Promoted to assistant traffic manager; makes first proposal regarding broadcast radio.
1915-18: Secretary of Institute of Radio Engineers (one of the IEEE’s founding organizations).
July 4, 1917: Marries Lizette Hermant.
July 2, 1918: Becomes father of Robert W. Sarnoff.
1919-1929: Luck Favors the Prepared Mind
1919: General Electric Company (GE) buys American arm of Marconi company and incorporates its assets as Radio Corporation of America (RCA). David Sarnoff retains post as commercial manager.
January 1920: Sends memo to GE superiors on present and prospective business for RCA, including broadcasting.
April 29, 1921: Promoted to general manager of RCA.
January 8, 1921: Becomes father of Edward Sarnoff.
1922: Promoted to vice president and general manager.
December 11, 1924: Appointed lieutenant colonel, United States Army reserve.
February 23, 1927: Becomes father of Thomas W. Sarnoff.
January 1, 1929: Promoted to executive vice president.
1930-1941: Hard Times
December 23, 1931: Appointed colonel, U. S. Army reserve.
1941-1945: The Making of the General
1942: Called to active duty in June-July and August-October with the Army Signal Corps.
December 7, 1944: Appointed brigadier general, U. S. Army.
1945-1956: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
September 30, 1951: RCA Laboratories facility in Princeton, New Jersey, rededicated as David Sarnoff Research Center.
1957-1971: Imagining the Future
September 30, 1967: David Sarnoff Library dedicated in Princeton.
Summer 1968: Suffers attack of shingles and undergoes first of three mastoid operations to stop infection.
December 31, 1969: Appointed honorary chairman of the board of RCA.
December 12, 1971: Dies of cardiac arrest at home; buried at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York