Tove Jansson is born on August 9th, the eldest child of an artistic family.
Tove studies art both in Finland and abroad and she starts making Moomintroll paintings. Her first Moomin-like character is later seen in the magazine Garm in 1943.
Finn Family Moomintroll (original Swedish title Trollkarlens hatt, ‘The Magician’s Hat’), the third in the series of Tove Jansson’s Moomins books, is published. It owes its title in translation to the fact that it was the first Moomin book to be published in English, and was actually marketed as the first in the series until the 1980s. The 1961 English publication features a foreword “by Moominmamma“, where she explains the nature of Moomins for fear that English children may not have heard of them; she also apologises for her “rottn” English.
The Exploits of Moominpappa is published. It is the fourth book in the Moomin series by Tove Jansson and it will be considerably revised in 1968 under the title Moominpappa’s Memoirs. The story found in this book is mentioned in the previous Moomin books, as Moominpappa writes his memoirs in those stories. Unlike Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, both versions of the novel were translated into English.
The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My was the first Moomin picture book by Finnish author Tove Jansson, published in 1952 in Swedish. Moomintroll is taking milk back home to his mother, Moominmamma when he meets The Mymble who is searching for her missing sister Little My. Together the pair go looking for her.
The world’s largest newspaper – London’s The Evening News – starts to publish the Moomin comic strip. The strip reaches up to 20 million readers daily in over 40 countries. It continues until 1974. From 1960, Tove’s brother Lars Jansson draws the strip. The first Moomin products come onto the market.
Moominsummer Madness (Swedish title Farlig midsommar, ‘Dangerous Midsummer’), the fifth in the series of Tove Jansson’s Moomins books, is published. The major theme of the novel is that of theatre, described as an infuriating but ultimately rewarding process.
Moominland Midwinter (Swedish title Trollvinter, Finnish title Taikatalvi), the sixth in the series of Tove Jansson’s Moomins books, is published. This book sees Jansson adopt a darker, more introspective tone compared to the earlier books that is continued in the remainder of the series. Often in the book Moomintrollis either lonely, miserable, angry or scared – the result of being forced to survive in a world to which he feels he does not belong. While preserving the charm of the previous novels, the story involves a more in-depth exploration of Moomintroll’s character than before.
Tove’s first theatre play, Troll i kulisserna (Moomins on Stage), premieres. The first Moomin television series is aired in Germany, a puppet animation produced by Augsburger Puppenkiste.
Who Will Comfort Toffle? is the second picture book in the Moomin series by Tove Jansson. It was first published in 1960. It was first translated into English by Kingsley Hart. The lonely Toffle leaves his home to look for friends, eventually finding the Miffle and rescuing her from The Groke.
Tales from Moomin Valley (Swedish: Det osynliga barnet och andra berättelser) is published. It is the seventh book in the Moomin series and unlike the other books, it is a book of short stories, not a novel.
Moominpappa at Sea (Swedish: Pappan och havet) is published. It is the eighth book in the Moomin book series by Tove Jansson. In the novel the Moomin family is off to live in a lighthouse on a tiny island, because even the home-loving Moomins need a change of scenery sometimes.
Fuji TV Zuiyo Enterprises produces an animated Moomin series in Japan and the Moomins become very popular there.
The Swedish TV produces a series called Mumintrollet (Moomintroll).
The last Moomin story – Moominvalley in November – is published. Tove decides to stop writing Moomin books, but continues to write for adults. She publishes The Summer Book.
The Moomin Opera premieres in Helsinki.
Film Polski releases a Moomin-themed puppet animation in Poland. The Swedish Film Institute completes a half-hour animation of the book Who Will Comfort Toffle?
Moominvalley opens at the Tampere Art Museum.
Telecable produces 104 half-hour Moomin animations. The series is sold to over 60 countries.
The theme park Moominworld opens its doors in Naantali, Finland. Moomin licensing steps up and many new Moomin products hit the market.
Tove Jansson passes away on 27 June.
Canadian publisher Drawn Quarterly publishes the renewed Moomin comic strip in English.
In 2014, a century will have past since the birth of Tove Jansson. To celebrate the anniversary, special Tove 100 centenary events are arranged worldwide throughout the year.
Moomin 70 years Jubilee. 70 years since the first Moomin story was published.
Adventures in Moominland – the first major interactive exhibition on Moomins opens at UK’s largest art centre, the Southbank Centre, in London.
The world’s only purpose built Moomin Museum with original artwork opens at Tampere Hall. The collection hosts more than 2000 original works donated by Tove Jansson.