October 8, 1970 - Appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1971 - Co-founds, with attorney F. Lee Bailey, FAIRR - Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation - dedicated to the improvement of prison conditions.
1981 - Grammy winner for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording for "There Must be a Better World Somewhere".
1983 and 1985 - Grammy winner for Best Traditional Blues Recording
1987 - Is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1988 - Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy.
1990 - Grammy winner for Best Traditional Blues Recording for "Live at San Quentin" and receives the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts and President Bush.
1991 and 1993 - Grammy winner for Best Traditional Blues Album
1994 - Performs at an invitation-only concert at Beijing's Hard Rock Café.
1995 - Kennedy Center Honoree
1996 - King wins the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance along with Art Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, & Robert Cray for "SRV Shuffle"
March 8, 1996 - "All Blues All Around Me", King's autobiography is published.
1999 - Grammy winner for Best Traditional Blues Album for "Blues on the Bayou"
2000 - Along with Eric Clapton wins the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for "Riding with the King" and with Dr. John wins for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't (My Baby)"
2002 - Grammy winner for Best Traditional Blues Album for "A Christmas Celebration of Hope" and for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Auld Lang Syne"
2003 - Mississippi erects the First Mississippi Blues Trail historic site marker honoring its native son in Indianola.
2005 - Wins a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for "80"
December 15, 2006 - King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
September 13, 2008 - The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center opens to the public. In its first year, the Center has more than 30,000 visitors.
February 2009 - Wins the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for "One Kind Favor" (2008).
February 27, 2012 - In celebration of the blues, King performs in the East Room of the White House with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and others.
December 11, 2012 - Documentary, "BB King: The Life of Riley" opens in the United Kingdom.