Formed hardcore punk band The Young Aborigines in New York with Kate Schellenbach, John Berry, and Michael Diamond; later renamed the Beastie Boys
Adam Horovitz joined group after Berry's departure
Incorporated rap into group's sound; began longtime with DJ and producer Rick Rubin with the EP <i>Rock Hard</i>; band re-formed into a rap trio as Adam 'MCA' Yauch, Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz
Appeared in the feature film "Krush Groove"
The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna's "The Virgin Tour"
Group released debut album <i>Licensed to Ill</i> under Rubin's Def Jam label; became first hip-hop album to top the <i>Billboard</i> 200 chart; included breakout single "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
Sophomore album <i>Paul's Boutique</i> released under Capitol Records
Returned to punk rock roots with third album <i>Check Your Head</i>, recorded in band's G-Son Studios in Atwater Village, CA; album featured hit single "So What'cha Want"
Directed the music video for "So What'cha Want" using the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér
The Beastie Boys formed own label Grand Royal; signed artists Luscious Jackson and Sean Lennon to its roster
Group's fourth studio album <i>Ill Communication</i> landed at No. 1 on <i>Billboard</i>, thanks to lead single "Sabotage"
Co-founded the Milarepa Fund with activist Erin Potts, which raised money and awareness for Tibetan independence movement
Band headlined at Lollapalooza music festival
Added turntablist Mix Master Mike to band's lineup; released alternative-rap album <i>Hello Nasty</i>
Executive produced feature documentary "Free Tibet"
The Beastie Boys won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Performance (<i>Hello Nasty</i>) and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Intergalactic")
Launched film and distribution company in downtown Manhattan named Oscilloscope Laboratories
Released chart-topping album <i>To the 5 Boroughs</i> with the Beastie Boys
With the Beastie Boys, won Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy for <i>The Mix-Up</i> (2007)
Group went into more experimental direction with eighth studio album <i>Hot Sauce Committee</i>
Directed a cast of comedy all-stars including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Seth Rogen in the short film "Fight for Your Right Revisited"
The Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Yauch was unable to attend induction ceremony due to illness