1873A bill is approved in the State Legislature for the establishment of the Colored Normal School at Huntsville, a school devoted o the education of black teachers.
1875Peyton Finley introduces twin bills in the State Board of Education to establish 4 "normal" schools for whites and 4 for blacks. Dr. William H. Councill. a former slave, founded Alabama A&M University.
1881Institution moves to the first school-owned property on West Clinton Street (the land upon which Von Braun Center is now located) known as the Dement Place.
1885Name changes to State Normal and Industrial School of Huntsville; state appropriations increases to $4,000; building erected for industrial training through $1,000 grant from the Slater Fund.
1890Designation as a Land-Grant College of Alabama. School site becomes known as Normal, AL, and a post office is established. Students are called Normalites.
1896Name changes to The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes.
1901First honorary degree awarded.
1903Blues great, W.C. Handy, leaves as band director.
1909Service is Sovereignty motto introduced. Councill dies at 61. Walter Solomon Buchanan becomes president.
1910Football program begins.
1920Theophilis Robert Parker becomes the third president
1927Joseph Fanning Drake becomes fourth president and institutes a massive building program.
1939State Board of Education gives authority to offer course work on the senior college level.
1949Name changed to Alabama A&M College.
1962Richard David Morrison becomes fifth president.
1963AAMU becomes fully accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools.
1969State Board of Education adopts resolution to change name to Alabama A&M University.
1975AAMU celebrates Centennial.
1977Volleyball for women begins. NCAA soccer championship.
1984Douglas Covington becomes AAMU's sixth president.
1989Carl Harris Marbury becomes seventh president.
1990The University holds its first Grand Reunion.
1992David Bernard Henson becomes eighth president. First AAMU Athletic Hall of Fame Induction held.
1996John T. Gibson is named ninth president. AAMU launches Councill Challenge Campaign. Football games return to campus.
2000AAMU observes its 125th anniversary celebration.
2001AAMU's funding efforts earn it the distinction of lead institution in the Tom Joyner Foundation/HBCU program.
2006Robert R. Jennings becomes tenth president.
2009Andrew Hugine, Jr., becomes the eleventh president.
2013AAMU hosts 75th anniversary of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.
2018Erected the New Student Residence Hall