|1908||Melle Johannes Oldeboerrigter is born on 27 May in Amsterdam (Wittenburg).|
Learns typesetting at the graphic school in Amsterdam. Attends drawing and lithography classes in the evenings.
|1925||Employed at different printing works.|
|1926||Refuses to serve in the military; is later rejected.
Meets dancer Marth Bruyn and later moves in with her.
|1930||Typesetter at the Arbeiderspers.
Produces drawings and paints watercolours in his spare time. Draws for political rags and illustrates books and jackets.
|1934||Moves in with Marth at 62 Amsteldijk. The couple does not marry on principle.|
|1938||Starts to paint.||1940 - '45||Continues working for the Arbeiderspers; supplies type for the underground press, such as De Vonk.
Moves in with Puck van Hilst at 90 Stadhouderskade in 1944 but keeps workshop at Amsteldijk.
|1945||Quits job at the Arbeiderspers to devote all his time to art, draws under his pseudonym Frits for De Vlam.|
|1953||Moves to 26 Weteringschans. Starts teaching typesetting and typography at the Kunstnijverheidschool (now the Rietveld Academie) in Amsterdam.|
|1958||Sensational debate about the analysis of Melle's work by psychiatrist C. van Emde Boas.|
|1961||Turns down an award from the Stichting Kunstenaarsverzet [Foundation of artists' resistance], because one of the jurors had been a member of the Kultuurkamer [formed by the Nazis for Dutch artists during World War II].|
|1967||Receives the Keerkring Seal.
At the Gerrit Rietveld art academy painting instruction is added to his duties.
|1968||Companion of the Order of Orange Nassau|
|1976||Dies of a heart attack on 24 May. Buried at the Oosterbegraafplaats in Amsterdam.|