1990: Andre Harrell hires Sean Combs, who was then a student at Howard University, as an intern at Uptown Records. He goes on to work full-time for the label and helps break artists including Mary J. Blige and Jodeci.
1993: Harrell fires Combs from Uptown Records.
1993: Combs takes The Notorious B.I.G. with him from Uptown Records and launches Bad Boy Records. The label and its artists — which include Lil Kim, The Lox and 112 — ascend quickly, making East Coast rap more prevalent during a time when West Coast artists such as Tupac and Dr. Dre were dominating.
1997: The Notorious B.I.G. is murdered in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting that’s still an unsolved case. Combs was in the truck behind him.
1997: Following the murder of Biggie, Combs released “I’ll Be Missing You,” which topped the Billboard singles chart for 11 weeks and powered Combs’ first album “No Way Out” to platinum status. His debut single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” spent 28 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number one. This same year he opened a soul food eatery in New York called Justin’s Restaurant, which was named after his first-born son.
1998: Combs introduces Sean John at a Las Vegas trade show.
2000: After a shooting at Club New York in Times Square that wounded three people, Combs, who was with his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, was indicted for possession of two illegal handguns and faced 15 years in state prison if convicted.
2000: Sean John puts on first runway show during New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park.
2001: With help from Johnnie Cochran, Combs was found not guilty in the gun charge case.
2001: Combs made his big acting debut in “Monster’s Ball,” alongside Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton. That same year he made history with Sean John by becoming the first designer to have a runway show broadcast on live television.
2003: Combs starts the “Diddy Runs the City” campaign, raises more than $2 million for charity and completes the New York City Marathon. This year, Sean John also received a $100 million investment from Ron Burkle.
2004: Combs opens Sean John flagship on Fifth Avenue in New York and this same year takes home the CFDA men’s wear designer of the year award and appears on Broadway in “Raisin in the Sun.”
2004: The Estée Lauder Cos. signs a license to launch a Sean John fragrance in fall 2005, which will be called Unforgivable.
2005: Warner Music Group acquires a 50 percent stake in Bad Boy Records.
2005: Sean John launches a women’s contemporary line, Sean by Sean John.
2006: The women’s collection shutters after less than a year at retail.
2007: After being open for 10 years, Justin’s in New York closes.
2007: Combs signs a multiyear deal with Ciroc vodka that includes a 50-50 share in the profits.
2009: Bad Boy Records forms joint venture with Interscope.
2010: Macy’s inks exclusive distribution deal with Sean John.
2010: Sean John’s Fifth Avenue flagship closes.
2013: Combs launches cable network Revolt.
2013: Estée Lauder declines to renew the Sean John fragrance license and it is taken over by Jacavi.
2016: Global Brands Group Holding Ltd. purchases a majority stake in Sean John and Combs earns an estimated $70 million.
2016: Combs opens a charter school in East Harlem.