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  • The newly-regenerated Third Doctor is exiled to 20th century Earth as punishment by the Time Lords indefinitely. more  He becomes scientific advisor to UNIT and takes on (and later parts ways with) Jo Grant, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan on his travels into the TARDIS. The Third Doctor regenerates in this era too. (Doctor Who)
  • Over this period the entity known as Jones develops a close personal relationship with James Eglamore. (Gunnerkrigg Court)
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     1980 
  • January 1: Trevor McPhee is returned to Earth after being abducted by the aliens for the third time. As before, ten years have passed and he has not aged a day. He attempts to bond with his 19-year-old son Mark. His ex-wife Theresa's second husband Ray Carter succeeds in recording his disappearance on Super 8 when he is abducted by the aliens for the fourth time. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • January 22: Tim Barnes is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • February 14: Owen Harper is born. (Torchwood)
  • February 16: The Serial Killer Jerome Horowitz murders his first victim, Cindy Vetterman, as she did not come to his 21st birthday party the day before. In two Alternate Timelines, he is prevented from doing so. He is killed by Dr. Theresa Givens in the first timeline and by FBI Agent Jamie Pratt in the second timeline. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • February 26: Sheldon and Missy Cooper are born to Mary and George Cooper. Mary gives birth at a Walmart in Galveston, Texas. (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Spring: A group of teenagers connected to a child's death six years before are killed during prom. (Prom Night (1980))
  • March 1: Ron Weasley born to Molly and Arthur Weasley. (Harry Potter)
  • March 11: Birth of Sean Matsuda in Brazil. He would practice basketball and martial arts as a teenager, emulating Ken Masters in style. (Street Fighter III)
  • March 16/May 28: Birth of Nanase Mizukami, younger sister of Kairi and Holuto, in Japan. She would be trained in the traditional fighting style of her family. (Street Fighter EXjustification )
  • March 25: The Wilmarth Foundation nukes Cthylla, offspring of Cthulhu.more  (The Transition of Titus Crow)
  • April 15: Samantha "Sam" Jones is born. (Eighth Doctor Adventures)
  • April 21: A mysterious fog brings terror to Antonio Bay. (The Fog)
  • May 18:
    • Mount St. Helens erupts. (Real Life)
    • Around this time, Professor Marcus Irving drops out of contact with his sisters. (Back to the Future)
  • May: Fifty years after he was struck by lightning and killed while playing golf, Peterson is revived by a team of surgeons. He is given the designation Single-O. (Just Imagine)
  • June 7: Steve Jablonski is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • June 10: Vuc Andric is born. (Chuck)
  • June 13: A group of teenaged camp counsellors are brutally murdered during the renovation of summer camp Camp Crystal Lake. This is revealed to be the work of Pamela Voorhees, a former counsellor at the camp whose son Jason drowned there 22 years earlier. Pamela is killed by a surviving victim, who claims Jason is still alive and lurking somewhere nearby. The camp is nicknamed Camp Blood by the nearby town. (Friday the 13th (1980))
  • June 16: A St. Bernard named Cujo catches rabies. He starts attacking people in the following month. (Cujo)
  • June 20: Sam Beckett leaps into Katie McBain, a teenage girl who has just been raped, in Mill Valley, California. He is there to ensure that Katie's rapist Kevin Wentworth, the son of a prominent local family, is brought to justice. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 28: A small-town school organizes a graduation dance for the first time since 1945, awakening a killer's wrath. (The Prowler)
  • July 31: Harry Potter is born to James and Lily Evans Potter. (Harry Potter)
  • August 13: Two months after the original deaths at Camp Crystal Lake, survivor Alice Hardy is murdered in her home by an unnamed assailant. (Friday the 13th Part 2)
  • August 17: In Australia, Azaria Chamberlain, a baby girl, is eaten by a dingo. The story becomes well-known, even joked about by the media. (Real Life)
  • August 19: The spaceship transporting NASA astronauts Colonel Alan Virdon and Major Peter J. Burke encounters a time warp while approaching Alpha Centauri. The ship travels forward to 3085, where they discover that Earth is ruled by intelligent apes. (Planet of the Apes)
  • September 28: Demona retrieves the Praying Gargoyle from Notre Dame Cathedral, and slays the current Hunter, Charles Canmore, in the process. Canmore is survived by his three children Jason, Robyn, and Jon. (Gargoyles)
  • September: LN-18 and J-21 are married. (Just Imagine)
  • Before October: The Battlestar Galactica and its fleet arrive at Earth, only to discover Earth is not advanced enough to defend against the Cylons. (Galactica 1980)
  • October 8: Edwin Garrett disappears. (The 4400)
  • October 15: After showing him several inactive versions of the implants that the aliens place in the frontal lobes of their test subjects, Dr. Chet Wakeman tells Eric Crawford that they have finally found an active one after cutting open the heads of six people. He demonstrates the harmful effects of the implant on a soldier in an isolation room. The soldier is driven insane within seconds and kills himself by banging his head repeatedly on the glass. (Taken)
  • October 16: Tara Maclay is born. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • October 17: Jane Nance disappears. (The 4400)
  • October 19:
    • Jacob Clarke returns to his childhood home of Lubbock, Texas to visit his mother Sally, who is dying of cancer, and introduce her to his wife Carol and eight-year-old daughter Lisa. This is the first time that Jacob has seen Sally since his elder half-siblings Tom and Becky faked his death on January 4, 1959 and brought him to the Greenspan School in Missoula, Montana. Tom tells Jacob that he has come to the conclusion that his father John was a soldier who was injected with psychotropic drugs and Jacob developed abilities as a result. Jacob is less than convinced. To ease Sally's suffering as she dies, Jacob creates an image of John from her memories. Tom is finally convinced that John was an alien, noting that it is ironic that the country's leading debunker has a half-alien half-brother. (Taken)
    • Using a FBI aging program, Dr. Chet Wakeman creates an image of Jesse Keys' probable current appearance and distributes it to the UFO project's field agents around the country. (Taken)
  • October 20: Birth of Lilith Aensland. She was created from energy drawn from the succubus Morrigan Aensland and is more-or-less a clone of her. She would gain her own succubus body and powers, becoming Morrigan's "little sister". (Darkstalkersjustification )
  • October 21: The paramedic Jesse Keys receives a report of a car accident involving college students in Morgan's Junction, Missouri. While there, he sees an image of the carny that frightened him as a child and is abducted by the aliens for the first time in more than a decade. He is returned to the same spot approximately three hours later. Both his wife Amelia and nine-year-old son Charlie are concerned about him as he appears to be scared of something. That night, he notices the imprint of an alien hand on his stomach. He returns to Morgan's Junction and finds a glowing green circle in the wheatfield of the local farmer Luke Reynolds. (Taken)
  • October 29:
    • Eric Crawford tells his wife Julie and ten-year-old daughter Mary that they are moving to Maine. He does not tell them that it is because the numerous tourists camping out in the desert near Groom Lake make it almost impossible for the UFO project to do its work. (Taken)
    • While he is at home alone, Jesse Keys sees bright lights coming through the window and believes that he is about to be abducted. He goes outside and starts shouting, telling the aliens to leave his family alone. In the confusion, he pushes someone to the ground. It turns out that the lights were from his wife Amelia's car and the person that he pushed was Charlie. The entire family is shaken by the incident. After ten years of marriage, Jesse finally confesses to Amelia that he has been abducted by aliens multiple times and his apparent tumor is an implant that they placed in his head. Amelia believes that it is all in his mind, a symptom of post-traumatic stress due to his service in The Vietnam War, and convinces him to see a doctor for Charlie's sake. (Taken)
  • October 30:
    • Tom Clarke appears on television to refute his previous claims that stories of alien abductions and flying saucers were nothing more than a Government Conspiracy. When the interviewer asks him why he has gone from a debunker to a believer, he says that he has personal information but does not elaborate. His half-brother Jacob is concerned that Tom will reveal his alien heritage to the world while Eric Crawford is curious as to what changed his mind on the issue. (Taken)
    • In the Rivers Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, the neurosurgeon Dr. Franklin Traub tells Jesse Keys and his wife Amelia that the implant is in fact a metallic deposit caused by exposure to unusual chemicals and that it can be dispersed using ultrasound therapy. Jesse is not convinced but he nevertheless agrees to the therapy as he does not want to run the risk of hurting Charlie. He warns Amelia that the UFO project may be looking for him, not realizing that Dr. Traub is one of their field agents. Based on the age progression sketch that he previously received, Traub tells Dr. Chet Wakeman that he has found Jesse Keys. (Taken)
  • Before October 31: In the absence of her parents Harold and Jean, Lindsay Weir hosts a keg party. (Freaks and Geeks)
  • October 31:
    • Two Cylon agents attempt to transmit Earth's location to their fleet but they are stopped by Troy and Dillon. (Galactica 1980)
    • Charlie Keys dresses as Darth Vader for Hallowe'en. He gets into a fight with a boy named Alan Holmes after he calls his father Jesse nuts but it is broken up by his mother Amelia and an apparent passerby, who turns out to be an agent of the UFO project. (Taken)
    • Sam Weir has a miserable Hallowe'en, which culminates in him being (accidentally) egged by his elder sister Lindsay. (Freaks and Geeks)
  • October: Zombie outbreak in Maricela, put down by Brazilian army. Army also apparently kills surviving natives in the area. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • November 1: Dr. Chet Wakeman goes to the Rivers Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota to see Jesse Keys, who has been heavily sedated by Dr. Franklin Traub, for himself. (Taken)
  • November 3: Eric Crawford travels to Dallas, Texas to talk to Becky Clarke in the hope of finding out why her elder brother Tom has become a believer in aliens after spending years debunking stories about them. He tells her everything that has happened since the Roswell crash, admitting that he can't think of any other way to find the answers that he seeks. That night, Eric and Becky take his private plane to Groom Lake, Nevada and he shows her the alien bodies found in Roswell in 1947. There is a strong mutual attraction between them and they begin an affair. (Taken)
  • November 4:
  • November 7: After they have sex in a motel in Dallas, Eric Crawford asks Becky Clarke to leave her husband Ronnie and move to Maine with him. He says that he plans to tell his wife Julie about them. After Eric drives away, Becky is approached by her brother Tom. He accuses her of being a selfish little girl who is willing to walk on their mother Sally's grave to get away from Ronnie. When he asks her if she has told Eric that their younger half-brother Jacob is still alive, Becky admits that she hasn't. Tom sees this as evidence that she does not trust Eric any more than he does. (Taken)
  • November 8:
    • Jesse Keys realizes that "Dr. Patterson" is an agent of the UFO project as he is aware that the little men that he sees are grey without being told. He renders the agent unconscious and escapes. The aliens create an image of Jesse in order to lure Charlie to Morgan's Junction, Missouri so that they can abduct him. Although the real Jesse arrives and tries his best to protect his son, they are nevertheless both abducted. This is the first time that Charlie is abducted and the last time that Jesse is. When they are returned to Earth, Jesse is suffering brain damage from the implant. After he is brought to hospital, the implant falls out of his nose. He warns his wife Amelia that the project will be looking for Charlie from now on. Amelia and Charlie manage to escape the agents who arrive at the hospital and go into hiding but Jesse remains behind. He soon enters a catatonic state. (Taken)
    • Becky Clarke considers leaving her husband Ronnie for Eric Crawford but she can't go through with it as she realizes that she doesn't really trust him and that she doesn't want to leave her children Kim and Andy. Eric is heartbroken as his relationship with Becky represented his last, best chance to become a better man. (Taken)
    • That night, a group of UFO enthusiasts led by Becky and her brother Tom block State Highway 93 in the Mojave Desert so that they can inspect the trucks transporting materiel from Groom Lake. They correctly believe that the trucks contain the bodies from the Roswell crashsite. Although Eric Crawford does not allow them to inspect the trucks, they see the crashed ship being transported by three helicopters across the desert. To Eric's irritation, Tom says, "Still don't know how to fly it, do you?" Another, much larger and fully operational alien ship then appears overhead. The crashed ship is reactivated and enters the mothership. The aliens also retrieve the bodies but leave the artifact found at the crashsite behind. (Taken)
  • November 15: Having lost all of the proof of the existence of the aliens and the threat that they pose to Earth, the UFO project is shut down by the Senate Appropriations Committee after 33 years in operation. (Taken)
  • December 6: Birth of Ibuki to a village of ninjas in Japan. She would be raised as a ninja. (Street Fighter IIIjustification )
  • December 8:
    • John Lennon is shot dead by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota Building in New York City. (Real Life)
    • The assassination is influenced by Huitzilin, a supernatural Aztec entity, for its own purposes. (The Left-Handed Hummingbird)
    • Upon hearing the news, a young Rick Castle doesn't leave his room for a week. (Castle)
    • Kim Karlsen's friends, Gunnar, Sebastian, and Ola, all react by going to the same fountain in Oslo, but at different times. Seb takes up studying and becomes a teacher, Ola takes up hair dressing, and Gunnar also takes up studying, becoming an archaeologist. Kim lives in seclusion, but writes post cards to his friends. (Second sequel to Beatles)
  • December 14: Birth of Faith Lehane in Boston. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • December 31: Bunch of med-students are killed in a New Year's Eve masquerade party on a train. Perpetrator turns out to be disgruntled former student who was victim of a nasty prank short time ago. (Terror Train)
  • December: Some surviving zombies from Maricela cause a subsequent outbreak in Juruti. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • Rebecca Chambers born. (Resident Evil)
  • Alyssa Jones breaks her hymennote  at age ten. (Chasing Amy)
  • Jennifer Walters becomes She-Hulk. (Marvel Comics)
  • Randal Graves pisses all over the bathroom floor at school. (Clerks: The Animated Series)
  • The Blues Brothers try to save their orphanage. (The Blues Brothers)
  • Private investigator Thomas Magnum begins operating out of author Robin Masters's estate. (Magnum, P.I.)
  • Sue Sylvester is born. (Glee)
  • Nicholas Angel's Uncle Derek, a sergeant from the Met, gives him a pedal police car. Nicholas spends several weeks riding around in it and stopping the other kids for things like littering, and although he loses many friends, he comes to realize that he wants to become a policeman—officer. note  (Hot Fuzz)
  • End of the Long War between China and Islam. (The Years of Rice and Salt)
  • Britain is swept by a wave of mysterious defenestrations, followed by sightings of an awkwardly-flying superhero. Stonehenge is spotted at a suspiciously Italian coastal cliff. (Puma Man)
  • Serial Killer with Mommy Issues scalps women in New York. (Maniac! (1980))
  • Horrifying truth about Motel Hello's delicious smoked meat is uncovered. (Motel Hell)
  • Would-be astronaut Kazuya Oki is turned into a cyborg (codename Super-1) by the International Space Development Program. However, before he can head into space, the launch base is attacked by the villainous Dogma Empire, and Oki trains in the martial arts before fighting Dogma as a Kamen Rider. (Kamen Rider Super-1)
  • Cristoph Kuyler assassinates a bank bresident in Paris. While trying to escape, he runs into Duncan MacLeod. Duncan thought himself retired from the Game and did not carry a sword at the time. He has to evade both Kuyler and a number of approaching police officers. Duncan manages to board a Bateau Mouche, impressing Tessa Noël in the process. Duncan and Tessa would go on to form a romantic relationship that would last for the rest of her life. (Highlander: The Series)
  • In an Alternate Timeline, Earth is a lifeless, windswept rock wiped clean of all life following the return of Sutekh in 1911 and his corresponding rampage. The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith briefly visit here to see the consequences of not intervening to prevent Sutekh from returning. (Doctor Who)
  • Richard Collier becomes infatuated with Elise McKenna, eight years after her death. He travels back in time to June 27, 1912 to meet her in person. (Somewhere in Time)
  • Having spent the last nine years failing to convince anyone of the existence of aliens, Nicholas Ballard has a mental breakdown and checks himself into a mental institution in Oregon. (Stargate SG-1)
  • A car crash leaves Mamoru Chiba both with amnesia and orphaned. (Sailor Moon)
  • Kate Beckett is born Timing . (Castle)
  • Birth of Katherine Brewster. (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • Kevin Smith takes on the Mafia in Miami, and has to kill the man he loves. (killer7)
  • Kiyone Masaki dies in her sleep. Tennyo leaves the household due to her resemblance to Kiyone. Noboyuki and Katsuhito are given instructions to use a script she wrote should Tenchi ever ask why she died. (Tenchi Muyo!)
  • Billy Butcher is suspended from school for talking back to and cursing at a teacher. (The Boys)
  • The Ramones help a fan and her schoolmates fight a rock 'n' roll hating principal. (Rock 'n' Roll High School)
  • Henry Hassel returns home to discover his wife in the arms of another man. Furious, he builds a time machine so that he can kill her grandfather in the past. (The Men Who Murdered Mohammed)
  • Life expectancy has increased substantially. (Alfred Hitchcock Presents)
  • New York City is a Mega City with multi-lane elevated roadways, suspension bridges hung between towering megastructures, and personal aircraft buzzing from building to building. Transoceanic airliners are dirigibles. People have numbers instead of names and babies are readily procurable from vending machines. There is a manned mission to Mars. (Just Imagine)
  • Lisa Clarke begins having dreams about Charlie Keys. (Taken)
  • Lex Luthor is born. (Smallville)
  • Samuel Bernard is born. (Supergirl (2015))
  • Aaron Rivera (later Shore) is born in Texas. (Designated Survivor)
  • A group of Thai Catholic school students investigate a decades-old suicide, awakening a Vengeful Ghost in the process. (303 Fear/Faith/Revenge)
  • Dustin Henderson and his family move to Hawkins, Indiana. He soon befriends Mike Wheeler, Will Byers and Lucas Sinclair. (Stranger Things)

     1981 
  • January 1: Adrian Mole starts writing his diary. (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾)
  • January 6: Birth of Hotaru Tomae to Socuihi and Keiko Tomae (Sailor Moon)
  • January 19: Buffy Anne Summers is born to Joyce and Hank Summers in Los Angeles. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • January 20:
    • Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States. (Real Life)
    • After being inaugurated as the 40th U.S. President, Captain America reveals his civilian identity of Steve Rogers to the world. Immediately afterwards, he is the subject of an assassination attempt. Over the objections of the Secret Service, President America captures the would-be assassin himself. (What If?)
  • January: Brad Taylor is born. (Home Improvement)
  • February 28: While playing baseball with his wife Carol and eight-year-old daughter Lisa in Los Altos, California, Jacob Clarke collapses. His body is beginning to fail due to his half-alien status. Jacob gives Lisa the star shaped pendant that belonged to his mother Sally and tells her that he loves her every day and twice on Sundays. (Taken)
  • February: Sheena is born. (Play for Tomorrow)
  • Spring: Laura Ramstead dies of exhaustion during a high school track race. (Graduation Day)
  • March 1: In Bakersfield, California, the nine-year-old Charlie Keys is abducted by the aliens while his mother Amelia is buying a pizza. When he is returned several minutes later, Amelia finds that he has three circular impressions behind his left ear. (Taken)
  • March 8: John Shaffner is born. (The 4400)
  • March 17: Jacob Clarke dies. (Taken)
  • March 30:
    • John Hinkley, Jr. attempts to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C.. (Real Life)
    • A Soviet time traveller named Yuri prevents the assassination of Ronald Reagan; unfortunately for him, this causes the dissolution of the USSR and the erasure of his time travel agency from history. He decides to change careers and work for the Time Repair Agency, fixing paradoxes. (Chrononauts)
  • April 28: Kevin Arthur disappears. (The 4400)
  • May 4: Victor Rutledge dies. (The 4400)
  • May 5: Paige Pratt dies. (Cold Case)
  • Summer: A fencing-masked killer avenges a high school track star's death from overexertion. (Graduation Day)
  • June 7: Jack and Johanna Kimball are murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • June 16: Amy Barrett is born. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • July 27:
  • July: Death of Donnie Truant. (House of Leaves)
  • August 18: Christopher Ewing is born. (Dallas)
  • September 9/December 12: Birth of twin brothers Yun and Yang in Hong Kong. Orphaned at an early age, the two would be raised by a grandfather who traines them in kung fu. (Street Fighter III)
  • September 17: Ami Kwean disappears. (The 4400)
  • September 18:
    • Birth of Elena in Kenya. She would be raised as a fighting princess, her favourite fighting style being capoeira. (Street Fighter IIIjustification  )
    • Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski is born. (Chuck)
  • September 19: Toshiko Sato is born. (Torchwood)
  • September 30: Sam Beckett leaps into Linda Bruckner, a single mother with three children, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is there to prevent Linda's son Kevin from disappearing. As Linda's daughter Teresa is only five years old, she can see not only Al but Sam as he is really is. Al tells her that they are angels. (Quantum Leap)
  • October 28: SCP Foundation apprehends a many-voiced predator specimen. (SCP Foundation)
  • October 31: James and Lily Potter are killed by the evil wizard Voldemort. more  Harry, now called "The Boy Who Lived", is placed into hiding with his only remaining blood relatives, a Muggle family. (Harry Potter)
  • December: Sarah Jane Smith meets K-9. The two of them prevent Brendan Richards from being sacrificed by the Cult of Hecate in Moreton Harwood. (K-9 and Company)
  • SHADO repels an alien invasion. (UFO)
  • First zombie created by the T-virus. This version of the virus has a 90% infection rate; research begins to generate a variant with 100% infection. (Resident Evil)
  • The X-Men and the Kitty Pryde of a Sentinel-dominated future prevent her timeline from occurring. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Fourth Doctor saves the universe from total collapse (and the Master), and regenerates. (Doctor Who)
  • Ralph Hinkley is given a super-suit by an alien and becomes a superhero. (The Greatest American Hero)
  • American David Kessler becomes a werewolf, terrorizes London. (An American Werewolf in London)
  • A horribly burned man, simply known as "Cropsy", is released from the hospital and starts a killing spree. (The Burning)
  • Four teens attend a carnival in Florida and are stuck in a darkride with a deformed killer. (The Funhouse)
  • A bunch of teens are harassed by murderous rednecks in Oregon. (Just Before Dawn)
  • James Horton is assigned as the Watcher of the Kurgan. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Diligent Aperture Science engineers complete the Heimlich Counter-Maneuver and Take-A-Wish Foundation initiatives. The company announces products related to the research in a lavish, televised ceremony. These products immediately become wildly unpopular. After a very public string of choking and despondent sick child disasters, senior company officials are summoned before a Senate investigative committee. During these proceedings, an engineer mentions that some progress has been made on "Tier 3", the "man-sized ad hoc quantum tunnel through physical space with possible applications as a shower curtain". The committee is quickly and permanently recessed, and Aperture is granted an open-ended contract to continue research on the "Portal" and "Heimlich Counter-Maneuver" projects in secret. (Portal)
  • It's discovered that a Ghost Town in Texas has a ghost killer in it. (Scream)
  • Bethany discovers she's pregnant and wants to abort the child. Brett Waits threatens to leave her if she does so, and so she has the abortion performed by a medical student and claims it was a miscarriage. Brett stays with her and consoles her during her recovery. He also drops out of school due to his fear of blood and gets a job selling shoes in Monticello. (Dogma: A Screenplay)
  • Birth of Buffy Summers in Los Angeles. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • A fallen building from the flying city of Columbia is discovered in the Alps. (BioShock Infinite)
  • Billy Butcher joins the Royal Marines. (The Boys)
  • Six nuclear reactors in North America and Europe are taken over by terrorists on orders from nuclear physicist Dr. Murik for ransom. (Licence Renewed)
  • Birth of Tru Davies. (Tru Calling)
  • Futuro, a supervillain, travels back in time from this year to the Stone Age to commit a crime spree in Bedrock. Returning his native time, Futuro's finally stopped by a time-travelling Captain Caveman, Wilma Flintstone, and Betty Rubble. (The Flintstone Comedy Show; year taken from its original airdate)
  • A dimensional rift called "The Tear" opens over Earth, causing "The Changing", a series of disasters that turns the world into "an untamed planet of ruined cities, mutated creatures, man-eating plants and powerful magic." (Wasteland 2010)
  • Detective Ray Holt single-handedly apprehends "The Disco Strangler", a notorious serial killer terrorising New York City. The case becomes legendary among the NYPD. (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)Justification 
  • First virus that infects floppy disks. (Digital: A Love Story and Real Life)
  • Sid Fairgate dies. (Knots Landing)
  • Simon Locke is killed in a motorcycle accident. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Bryce Larkin is born in Connecticut. (Chuck)

     1982 
  • January 1: Laszlo Mahnovski is born. (Chuck)
  • January 7: Laurel Bryce disappears. (The 4400)
  • January 27: Sam Beckett leaps into a sensationalist talk show host named Roberto Gutierrez in Destiny, New Mexico. He is there to prevent Roberto's fellow reporter Jani Eisenberg from being killed. (Quantum Leap)
  • February 8: Randy Taylor is born. (Home Improvement)
  • Early 1982: Sam Butcher suffers a stroke, losing the use of his arm. A few days later, he hits Carol so hard she loses an eye. Billy Butcher attempts to kill his father, is stopped by Lenny. Billy decides to join the Royal Marines. (The Boys)
  • Spring: Billy Butcher joins the Royal Marines. (The Boys)
  • April 18: Iris Felice is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • May 10: John Constantine is born. (Constantine)
  • May 14: In Woburn, Massachusetts, a number of citizens whose children had developed or died from leukemia filed a civil lawsuit against two corporations, W. R. Grace and Company and Beatrice Foods. Grace's subsidiary, Cryovac, and Beatrice were suspected of contaminating the groundwater by improperly disposing of trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (perc) and other industrial solvents at their facilities in Woburn near water wells G and H. Jan Schlichtmann is the attorney chosen to represent them. The case would last to 1990. (A Civil Action and real life)
  • May 21: Billy Butcher is assigned to the Royal Marines at San Carlos, and gains a commendation when he heroically shoots down an Argentinian plane. (The Boys)
  • May:
  • June 11/12: Battle of Mount Harriet. Billy Butcher's unit takes a fortified position from the Argentinians, but all except Butcher are killed in the effort. Butcher himself is seriously injured, and sits out the rest of the war in a hospital bed. (The Boys)
  • June 18: The astronaut Jimmy Hapgood is sent on a mission to Saturn but he goes off course. (Lost in Space)
  • June 28: Daffodil Baxter disappears. (The 4400)
  • July 14: Ryan Freel disappears. (The 4400)
  • July 28: By this time, Johnny Truant has moved in with his first foster family. (House of Leaves)
  • July 30: Darren Piersahl is born. (The 4400)
  • July: Stan Pines locks the electron carpet in a secret room in the Mystery Shack. (Gravity Falls)
  • Early August: Johnny Truant totally flips out at his foster parents, necessitating a move to a new family. (House of Leaves)
  • October 2: Fourteen-year-old Marty McFly meets Dr. Emmett Brown while attempting to take an interocitor tube from Brown's lab. Brown hires Marty on as an assistant. (Back to the Future)
  • October 31: A mask company enacts a plan to kill American children on Halloween. (Halloween III: Season of the Witch)
  • October: The headquarters of the government agency called "The Shop" are burned to the ground by pyrokinetic child Charlie McGee. (Firestarter)
  • November 7: Johnny Truant is in his third foster family in as many months. His foster mother asks that his biological mother stop sending quite so many letters. (House of Leaves)
  • November 18: Madman Marz hunts down people in North Sea Cottages, a camp for gifted children. (Madman)
  • December 3: J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing are married for the second time. (Dallas)
  • December 24: Dante Ferelli disappears. (The 4400)
  • A group of three archaeologists arrive at the ruins of the parts of Animaria that didn't lift off into the sky. One is transformed into a leader-class Org and murders the other two, leaving their child to be raised by a local aboriginal tribe. The half-human org is sealed. (Power Rangers Wild Force)
  • A Norwegian research team in Antarctica digs up an alien spacecraft, unleashing a creature capable of absorbing and mimicking other lifeforms. This creature later terrorizes an American Antartic research station. (The Thing (2011) prequel and The Thing (1982))
  • The Fifth Doctor and his companions Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka rescue a supersonic jet sent back in time 140 million years. (Doctor Who)
  • Earth's superheroes drafted into a contest between the Grandmaster and Death. (Marvel Comics)
  • Death of Captain Mar-Vell. (Marvel Comics)
  • Michael Knight and KITT, a sentient car, fight crime. (Knight Rider)
  • Children rescue a lovable alien. (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)
  • A suburban family in California deal with powerful supernatural forces in their home. (Poltergeist)
  • Shellshocked Vietnam veteran is antagonized by a small town police force. (First Blood)
  • Donald Salzer gets a promotion in the Watchers' hierarchy. He becomes the Head Historical Researcher for Western Europe. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Birth of Kyle Travers in Metro City. He would grow up to become a professional street fighter, fighting in underground matches to make ends meet. (Final Fight: Streetwise)
  • Mental Institute doctor is targeted for death by his patients who are convinced that he killed their previous doctor. (Alone in the Dark (1982))
  • Feminist journalist Deborah Ballin is attacked in her home by woman-hating psychopath. (Visiting Hours)
  • A Special Forces team containing Captain Jack O'Neill and Lt. Charles Kawalsky attempts to capture a Soviet spy named Boris in East Germany. It goes disastrously wrong, leading to the death of the team leader Colonel John Michaels. (Stargate SG-1)
  • Robot Jones attends a human school (Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?)
  • Mass murderer Russ Thorn escapes from mental institute, crashes a slumber party. (The Slumber Party Massacre)
  • Mask de Smith kills a large number of prototype Heaven Smiles in Madison Square Garden. Kun Lan's shadow begins to creep over the Killer 7. (killer7)
  • Birth of William Joseph Blazkowicz II, better known as Billy, to Arthur and Susan Blaze. (Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen)
  • Faulty computer program causes a passenger space shuttle to change its course into the sun. (Airplane II: The Sequel)
  • Mrs. Brisby enlists the help of super-intelligent rats that escaped from the labs of NIMH partly thanks to her deceased husband to move her home so that Farmer Fitzgibbon's plow doesn't destroy it with her ill son Timmy inside. (The Secret of NIMH)
  • Fix-it Felix Jr. is released to arcades (Wreck-It Ralph)
  • Birth of Chad to Will Navidson and Karen Green. (House of Leaves)
  • Greg Mallory shows Rick Burnham the Compound V which Jonah Vogelbaum made to his specifications. Burnham has a heart attack; Mallory is empowered to draw on a generous budget to carry out anti-superhuman operations. (The Boys)
  • Sam Butcher has another stroke, leaving him barely able to move. (The Boys)
  • Re-established SPECTRE attempts to take over North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) with mind-control inducing ice cream. (For Special Services)
  • In Prague, Hellboy battles a vampire who, according to legend, can only die when defeated in a game of cards. (Hellboy: The Vampire of Prague)
  • In Yorkshire, Hellboy attempts to destroy the vampire Ilona Kakosy. (Hellboy: The Vârcolac)
  • Wilson Wyler Concannon's sole movie The Hills Run Red is released to a handful of movie theatres, but is quickly pulled for its disturbing violence. (The Hills Run Red)
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers begin to experience a decline in playing quality. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • Henry and Abigail Morgan celebrate their anniversary, despite the apparent difference in their physical ages. (Forever)
  • A memory erasing device is invented by  to erase memories of what The Author found. (Gravity Falls)
  • Aperture Science founder and CEO Cave Johnson names his personal assistant Caroline as his successor, orders a copy of her intelligence to be stored in his computer, and dies of moon rock poisoning. (Portal 2)
  • After Jeffrey Jones falls out of a window, Phineas Bogg jumps after him and saves his life by transporting them both through time using the Omni. (Voyagers!)
  • Jock Ewing is killed in a helicopter crash in South America. (Dallas)
  • In an Alternate Universe, Rembrandt Brown is killed in the Detroit Uprising against Soviet rule in the former United States. (Sliders)
  • Marilyn Cuberle is born. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Doctors Victor Ehrlich, Wayne Fiscus, Philip Chandler, Jack Morrison, Peter White, Vijay Kochar, Jacqueline Wade, Cathy Martin and Steven Kiley begin their residencies at St. Eligius. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Dr. Daniel Auschlander is diagnosed with liver cancer. (St. Elsewhere)
  • A madman who dismembered his mother takes body parts from women to put them back together. (Pieces)
  • Simon Holmes is born. (Eerie, Indiana)
  • Lysandra Aristedes is born. (Big Finish Doctor Who)

     1983 
  • January 20: Pelafina Truant writes her first letter to Johnny in a couple of months. Between now and February 14th, he runs away twice. (House of Leaves)
  • January: The author named  of three journals describing the paranormal phenomena of Gravity Falls disappears. more  Justification  (Gravity Falls)
  • February 14: Johnny Truant is in with yet another foster family, the father of which is a former marine. (House of Leaves)
  • February 17: Alfred and Alexia Ashford discover they were created by one of Alexander's experiments. (Resident Evil – Code: Veronica)
  • March 3: Alexander Ashford is infected with T-Veronica virus. (Resident Evil – Code: Veronica)
  • March: Pelafina Truant tries to send some rather inappropriate letters to Johnny, is advised not to by the Director of Whalsetoe. (House of Leaves)
  • April 17: Pelafina Truant sends Johnny a dictionary. (House of Leaves)
  • April 24: After witnessing the aftermath of popping a giant bubble, Lyman mysteriously disappears. (Garfield)
  • May 2: Johnny Truant sends his first letter to PelafinaJustification . (House of Leaves)
  • May 9: Pelafina Truant thanks Johnny deeply for writing to her. (House of Leaves)
  • May 18: Yin-Li Xu disappears. (The 4400)
  • May 19: Dana Dreamer is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • May: Peter Morrison is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • June 2: Sam Beckett leaps into a hairdresser named Frank Bianca in Los Angeles. He is there to prevent Frank's girlfriend Laura and her nine-year-old son Kyle, who witnessed the murder of a man named Phil Hartman, from being killed. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 12: The suborbital ship Spindrift is launched. (Land of the Giants)
  • June: The Great Hinamizawa Gas Disaster occurs, which leads to the death of the 2000 residents of Hinamizawa More  (Higurashi: When They Cry)
  • July 1: Birth of Makoto in Tosa District, Kōchi Prefecture, Shikoku island, Japan. Makoto would inherit the family dojo in her early teens and strive to re-establish its reputation. (Street Fighter IIIjustification )
  • August 18: Pelafina Truant has a dream about Johnny as she slips into insanity. (House of Leaves)
  • August 19: Ianto Jones is born. (Torchwood)
  • August 22: Oliver Knox disappears. (The 4400)
  • September 19: Colonel Gennady Akrimov replaces Col. Stanislav Petrov as watch officer at the Serpukhov-15 bunker near Moscow, which monitors for a US missile attack on the Soviet Union. Colonel Petrov is re-assigned to a bunker near Odessa. (1983: Doomsday)
  • September 26:
    • A missile warning system detects the apparent firing of four missiles by America at the USSR. After some consideration, the officer on duty, Colonel Stanislov Petrov, dismisses the alert as a technical error. (Real Life)
    • A missile warning system detects the apparent firing of four missiles by America at the USSR. After some consideration, the officer on duty, Colonel Gennady Akrimov, concludes the attack is real and alerts his superiors, who order a full strike on the United States. The resulting nuclear exchange causes over 1.5 billion immediate deaths, with billions more dying in the aftermath. (1983: Doomsday)
  • September 26-28: Johnny Truant gets into a fight at school during this time. He is physically punished by his foster father. (House of Leaves)
  • October 14: Pelafina Truant receives another letter from Johnny. This puts her into very good form. (House of Leaves)
  • November 2: Mary Winchester is killed in her home in Lawrence, Kansas, after catching Azazel giving her infant son Sam Winchester demon blood. The house burns down while her husband, John Winchester, her oldest son Dean Winchester, and Sam escape. John Winchester eventually becomes a hunter, and trains the Winchester boys in becoming Hunters too. (Supernatural)
  • November 6: An extradimensional monster breaks into our dimension from Hawkins Lab, and a girl called "Eleven" escapes the lab in the chaos. Will Byers goes missing. (Stranger Things)
  • November 7-12: Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, and Dustin Henderson meet Eleven, and team up with her to investigate Will's disappearance. Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers, while dealing with teenage drama in their personal lives, team up to investigate a monster causing disappearances (including Will's). Police Chief Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers team up to investigate Hawkins Lab and Will's place in an apparent government conspiracy. Eventually, the three groups come together.note  (Stranger Things)
  • November: Nina Morrison dies. (St. Elsewhere)
  • December 10: Shawn Farrell is born. (The 4400)
  • December 19-23: Johnny Truant gets into 15 fights in one week, and is transferred to a different school. (House of Leaves)
  • December 24: The boys play Dungeons & Dragons. Chief Hopper attends a Christmas party.note  (Stranger Things)
  • December 25: Randal Graves gets a Motley Crue jacket for Christmas and bets Dante Hicks that he will still be wearing it in 15 years, because "Crue will always rule". (Clerks Holiday Special)
  • December 31:
  • Estimated date of the Great War in the Magic World. (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
  • Charles Xavier forms the New Mutants. (Marvel Comics)
  • Batman forms the original Outsiders. (DC Comics)
  • The Visitors arrive and begin subtly taking over the Earth. A resistance forms to stop them. (V)
  • Brodie Bruce teaches T.S. Quint how to handle comic books, but T.S. opts to join Little League instead. (Mallrats)
  • The Griswold family takes a vacation to Walley World. (National Lampoon's Vacation)
  • An evil leprechaun is sealed away with a Four-Leaf Clover. (Leprechaun)
  • Heart of Mantorok recovered by Edwin Lindsey and delivered to Edward Roivas.(Eternal Darkness)
  • Six-year-old Dave Davenport is mentally possessed by his own future self. (Narbonic)
  • Giant shark attacks Sea World. (Jaws 3D)
  • Pilot Ryo Murasame is critically injured during an attack by the extraterrestrial Badan Empire, who captured him and turned him into a Combatroid called ZX ("Zecross"). Eventually he breaks free from his brainwashing and escapes. (Kamen Rider ZX, Kamen Rider Spirits)
  • Duncan MacLeod explains to Tessa Noël the secrets of his Immortality. He conveniently leaves out any mention of the Game. (Highlander: The Series)
  • Six youths cross an unexpected interdimensional portal on the Dungeons and Dragons rollercoaster. They manage to return to the amusement park twice — the first time very briefly. The second time, a phone booth and a hot dog stand are destroyed by the evil archmage Venger before it is decided that they'd better let him chase them back into that other dimension. (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Emmett Benton begins thinking about using the idea of using holograms and CGI to create musical performances. (Jem)
  • Clubber Lang pities the fool Rocky Balboa, and beats the Heavyweight Championship title out of him. (Rocky III)
  • Group of armed men invade Tony Montana's mansion. (Scarface (1983))
  • An unknown bounty hunter penetrates Firetop Mountain and kills Zagor. (The Warlock of Firetop Mountain)
  • Rick Burnham returns to CIA duty. (The Boys)
  • Billy Butcher is discharged from hospital, but anger issues result in him being discharged from the army and unemployed. (The Boys)
  • While working at Macy's, Hal Nolastname gets his co-worker, Wendy, drunk and borrows $400 from her. Hal fakes his death to avoid paying her back. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • MI6, KGB, CIA and Mossad participate in a joint operation called Icebreaker to wipe out the Nazi terrorist organization NSAA. (Icebreaker)
  • Birth of Harrison Davies. (Tru CallingJustification )
  • A spaceborne plague is brought to Earth by an astronaut. It eventually kills every dog and cat on the planet. (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes)
  • In an Alternate Timeline, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy dies. (11/22/63)
  • The bureaucratic dictatorship seizes power in the United Kingdom. (1990)
  • Karen Fairgate and Marion "Mack" MacKenzie are married. (Knots Landing)
  • Bobby and Pamela Ewing divorce for the first time. (Dallas)
  • Gary and Valene Ewing divorce for the second time. They eventually remarry in 1991. (Knots Landing)
  • Gary Ewing and Abby Cunningham are married. (Knots Landing)
  • After signing a human rights petition, Masha Peltrovich is deported from the Soviet Union. She immigrates to the United States. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Matthew Scott, Tamara Johansen and Vanessa James are born. (Stargate Universe)
  • Kelly Olsen is born. (Supergirl (2015))
  • In a possible future, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are married. (DC Comics)

     1984 
  • February 1: Matt Sandstrom disappears. (The 4400)
  • Early March: Johnny Truant has a violent fight with his foster father, resulting in hospitalisation. Pelafina's sanity suffers and she has to be physically restrained. (House of Leaves)
  • March 15: Twin girls, who will go on to be known as Sarah Manning and Helena, born to a surrogate mother in Wales. Around this time, at least ten others, all genetically identical to Sarah and Helena, are born. (Orphan Black)
  • March 16: Elise Appelbaum is born. (The 4400)
  • March 24: Five teenagers bond during a day of school detention in Shermer High School. (The Breakfast Club)
  • Late March or early April: Johnny Truant writes to Pelafina to tell her he won't be getting a new foster family. (House of Leaves)
  • April: Winston Smith begins to rebel against Big Brother. (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
  • Spring: Wedding of Lois and Hal Nolastname is cut short when Lois goes into labour with Francis. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • Before May: An alternate Shredder attacks the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles using a combination of Utrom and Dimension X technology. The Turtles join forces with two groups of wannabes from alternate universes to stop him. (Turtles Forever)
  • May 13:
    • A Terminator arrives from the future, looking to kill Sarah Connor and prevent the birth of John Connor, who will lead the human resistance to victory. Kyle Reese, also from the future, follows so that he can protect her. (The Terminator)
    • A Terminator arrives from the future, looking to kill Sarah Connor and prevent the birth of John Connor, who will lead the human resistance to victory. It is thwarted by a second Terminator sent further back in time to protect and raise her. Kyle Reese, also from the future, follows, and is rescued by Sarah from a T-1000. They defeat the evil robots and travel forward in time to 2017. (Terminator Genisys)
  • May 14:
    • The Terminator attacks a police station, forcing Kyle and Sarah to flee.more  (The Terminator)
    • Gage Creed, a two-year-old child is killed when hit by a truck in Ludlow, Maine. (Pet Sematary)
    • Albert Tatlock dies. (Coronation Street)
  • May 15: The Terminator finds Kyle and Sarah, chasing them to a factory.more  (The Terminator)
  • May:
    • New York businessman Oroku Saki, secretly crime lord The Shredder, is murdered along with most of his personal ninja guard by four mutant ninjas, as revenge for the death of Hamato Yoshi 15 years earlier. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
    • Grant Bowen is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • June 3: Having not heard from Johnny for a few months, Pelafina Truant fears she has upset him. (House of Leaves)
  • June 5: Sam Beckett and Donna Eleese are due to be married but Donna leaves Sam at the altar. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 26: Pelafina Truant thinks Johnny has sent her a working crystal ball. (House of Leaves)
  • June: Johnny Truant gets into further fights at school and has trouble with his foster father. (House of Leaves)
  • July 3: The last zombie from an outbreak in the 1960s is released from its prison, immediately starting another attack of brain-eaters. (The Return of the Living Dead)
  • July 13-18: Jason Voorhees commits three killing sprees within five days in the Crystal Lake area, murdering a total of 33 people note . (Friday the 13th Part 2, Part III and The Final Chapter)
  • August 9: Kyle Baldwin is born. (The 4400)
  • August 12: Helen Cragen dies while watching the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics. (St. Elsewhere)
  • August 14: Evelyn Catman disappears. (The 4400)
  • September:
    • The Soviet Union invades the United States. (Red Dawn (1984))
    • Dante Hicks and Randal Graves start high school. A fellow student in their class named Lance Dowds is selected for the freshman hazing tradition, and he has a pickle inserted into his ass and is forced to walk ten feet with it in. Randal and the others henceforth dub him "Pickle Fucker." (Clerks II)
    • After helping Marty McFly with a science project, Doc Brown talks to a man on the telephone about purchasing the man's used DeLorean. (Back to the Future)
  • September - early October: Johnny Truant begins applying to various boarding schools. (House of Leaves)
  • October 8: Lex Luthor and Arianna Carlin are married. (Lois & Clark)
  • Around October 31: Mike Wheeler and his friends Will Byers, Dustin Henderson and Lucas Sinclair dress as Ghostbusters for Halloween, and get caught up in another adventure. (Stranger Things)
  • October:
    • Dr Baxter Stockman is arrested for robbery and extortion after using his Mouser robots to undermine the foundation of every major corporate building in New York,and then threatening to collapse them unless his demands are met. He is foiled by his former assistant April O'Neil. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
    • Maurice Hall is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • November 6:
  • November 23: Dr. Peter White is shot in the groin by Nurse Shirley Daniels in the morgue of St. Eligius. He later dies. (St. Elsewhere)
  • November 26-27: Marty McFly runs into Jennifer Parker for the first time since fourth grade, and is immediately smitten. He briefly considers borrowing a car he saw concealed in Doc Brown's labnote  to impress Jennifer, and stops Needles from actually doing so. Jennifer still goes out with Marty when he asks. (Back to the Future)
  • November: Bobby and Betsy Gibson Ewing are born. Dr. Mitch Ackerman kidnaps them immediately after their birth. He tells their mother Valene Ewing that they were stillborn. (Knots Landing)
  • December 15: Mike Wheeler and his best friends Will Byers, Dustin Henderson and Lucas Sinclair attend the Hawkins Middle School Snow Ball dance. Mike and Eleven kiss for the second time and begin their relationship, as do Lucas and Max Mayfield. (Stranger Things)
  • December:
  • Godzilla appears once again to rampage across Tokyo. He is eventually subdued and trapped in a volcano. (The Return of Godzilla)
  • Mt. St. Hilary erupts, jolting the dormant Transformers back to life. Their war re-erupts on Earth. (Transformers: Generation 1)
  • Ashley Graham and Ramon Salazar born. (Resident Evil 4)
  • Superheroes and supervillains of Earth pitted against one another by the Beyonder. During the conflict, Spider-Man acquires a new costume that turns out to be an alien symbiote. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Pride is formed when the Gibborim recruit six young couples to help them destroy the world in exchange for a fifty-fifty shot at immortality. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Fifth Doctor and his companions Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough prevent the rise of the Malus. (Doctor Who)
  • "Locksmith company" H.C. Clements is founded by Mr. Clements as a front for Torchwood One's research. (Doctor Who)
  • Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher begins solving real crimes. (Murder, She Wrote)
  • The Ghostbusters open for business in New York City. (Ghostbusters)
  • Gremlins terrorize the small town of Kingston Falls. (Gremlins)
  • Daniel learns karate from Mr. Miyagi to defend against the Cobra Kai. (The Karate Kid)
  • Alex Rogan is recruited as a Starfighter through an arcade game. (The Last Starfighter)
  • Buckaroo Banzai and his Hong Kong Cavaliers defeat the Red Lectroids. (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)
  • Cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers terrorize New York City. (C.H.U.D.)
  • Freddy Krueger returns from the dead to murder the teens of Elm Street in their dreams. (A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984))
  • Jay and Silent Bob see Purple Rain and decide to model their lives on Morris Day and the Time. (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)
  • Detroit cop Axel Foley fights crime in Beverly Hills. (Beverly Hills Cop)
  • A dishonorably discharged U.S. soldier equips himself with an arsenal and, with (very) limited assistance from his brother, establishes a vast network of illegal businesses in a thriving Florida city. Continuous failure to stop him through arrests and lethal force set an example for other would-be one-man armies to follow. (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories)
  • In East Germany, Stasi agent Gerd Wiesler is assigned to spy on playwright Georg Dreyman. (The Lives of Others)
  • Australian outback is terrorized by a gigantic boar. (Razorback)
  • ZX (Ryo Murasame) battles the Badan Empire, joining with the Kamen Riders and eventually being dubbed the 10th Rider. (Kamen Rider ZX, Kamen Rider Spirits)
  • Methos uses the identity of "Adam Pierson" to study ancient languages at Oxford University. He attracts the attention of Donald Salzer, who recruits him for the Watchers. "Pierson" is employed as a historian by the organization. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Birth of Patricia, daughter of Tom and surrogate sister to Alex. (Street Fighter IIIjustification )
  • Paul McCartney has a really bad dream while stuck in traffic. (Give My Regards to Broad Street)
  • Jason Voorhees commits three killing sprees within five days. (Friday the 13th Part 2, Part III and The Final Chapter)
  • Emmett Benton hires Eric Raymond to help him run his music label, continues to secretly work on a computer program he calls "Synergy" in spite of his failing health. (Jem)
  • Birth of Jonny to Benton and Rachel Quest. (Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures)
  • Birth of Jessie to Race and Estella Bannon. (Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures)
  • Birth of Hadji Singh. (Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures)
  • New Jersey wimp and bully victim Melvin Junko falls into a toxic waste barrel and becomes a brave and powerful (albeit horribly mutated) superhero. (The Toxic Avenger)
  • First known case of zombification due to transfusion of contaminated blood. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • Doctor Impossible creates the Termination Machine, his first Doomsday device, The Champions form. (Soon I Will Be Invincible)
  • Alex Gardner stops a conspiracy which aimed to assassinate the President of the United States in the dreamworld. (Dreamscape)
  • Billy Butcher meets Becky Saunders, a social worker who helps him overcome his problems with alcohol and anger. (The Boys)
  • Birth of Piama Tananahaakna in Alaska. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • Young Adam Wayne leads a patriotic revolution to gain his London neighbourhood's independence. (The Napoleon of Notting Hill)
  • Due to a shortage of police officers, the new Mayor of New York City orders a lowering of recruitment standards for the police academy despite the protests of Chief of Police Henry Hurst and Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris. The new lax standards attracts a motley crew of outcasts including paramilitary gun enthusiast Tackleberry, human sound effect machine and martial artist Larvell Jones and local troublemaker Carey Mahoney who joins the academy as an alternative to prison. (Police Academy)
  • War is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia. We are at war with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia. Big Brother Is Watching. (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
  • The monstrous entity known only as "Pennywise The Dancing Clown" or "IT" resurfaces in Derry, Maine and resumes its reign of terror from 27 years earlier. William Denbrough, Benjamin Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richard Tozier, Edward Kazprack, Stanley Uris and Michael Hanlon, the self-proclaimed "Losers Club", return to Derry for a final showndown with IT, but Uris, still heavily traumatized by his childhood encounter with IT, commits suicide rather than return. (IT)
  • Miss Ellie Ewing and Clayton Farlow are married. (Dallas)
  • Michael Mallory is killed in a car accident. (Sliders)
  • Laura Sinclair is abducted by aliens. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • Although she killed him in self-defense, Liz Tate is nevertheless convicted of the murder of her abusive husband. (Quantum Leap)
  • Jason Ewing dies. (Dallas)
  • Eli Wallace is born. (Stargate Universe)
  • Lithuanian submarine commander Marko Ramius pretends to defect from the USSR to the USA on board of the Typhoon-class submarine Red October. It's up to C.I.A. analyst Jack Ryan to prove whether this is true or not. (The Hunt for Red October)
  • The Asgard High Council discovers that Loki has been performing unsanctioned experiments on humans. He is banished as punishment. (Stargate SG-1)
  • In a possible future, Laura Kent is born to Clark Kent and Lois Lane-Kent. (DC Comics)
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     1985 
  • January 20:
    • The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX. (Real Life)
    • In an Alternate Universe, the San Francisco 49ers defeat the New York Jets 43-10 in Super Bowl XIX. (Sliders)
  • February 1: Sam Beckett leaps into a television reporter named Dylan Powell in San Francisco. He is there to prevent a police psychic named Tamlyn Matsuda from becoming the seventh victim of the Chinatown Strangler. Complications arise when Tamlyn determines who Sam really is and the two fall for each other. (Quantum Leap)
  • February 27:
  • February 28: Birth of John Connor (Terminator)
  • Before March:
    • James Horton is reassigned. He stops being the Kurgan's Watcher more His new assignment is Blake Wellington. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
    • Adam Pierson begins his assignment as a historical researcher for the Watchers. His mentor is Donald Salzer. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • March 12: Boyd Gelder is born. (The 4400)
  • March: Mark Taylor is born. (Home Improvement)
  • March-April: The Gathering occurs; the last Immortals face off seeking "the Prize". Connor MacLeod, one of the immortals, finds the time to romance forensic scientist Brenda Wyatt. (Highlander)
  • April 25: Sam Beckett leaps into the sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Manhattan. He is there to ensure that Annie Wilkins takes action against her former boss Jonathan who is sexually harassing and stalking her and that Doug Bridges and Debbie Schaefer get back together. While she is in the Waiting Room, Dr. Ruth gives Al Calavacci advice on his relationship with Tina. (Quantum Leap)
  • April 28: Humanity is wiped out in a nuclear war. ("There Will Come Soft Rains")
  • April: Johnny Truant is accepted to a boarding school. (House of Leaves)
  • Early May: Director of Whalestoe arranges for a meeting between Johnny and Pelafina Truant. (House of Leaves)
  • May 4: Sam Beckett leaps into an actor named Kyle Hart, who plays Dr. Craig Connor in the soap opera Moments to Live, in Los Angeles. Soon after his arrival, he is kidnapped by an obsessed fan, Norma Jean Pilcher, and her husband Hank. He is there to ensure that Kyle escapes from the Pilchers without getting shot. (Quantum Leap)
  • May 16: Oliver Queen is born. (Arrow)
  • May 21: Johnny and Pelafina Truant meet for the first time in seven years. (House of Leaves)
  • May:
    • Brett Waits and Bethany Sloane graduate college, marry, and try to have kids. (Dogma: A Screenplay)
    • Rick Derris, Roddy, Steve-Dave Pulasti, Walter Flanagan, and Shannon Hamilton graduate from North High School. (Mallrats, Clerks)
  • June 13: Another series of murders occur near Crystal Lake, surviving witnesses reveal that Jason Voorhees survived his supposed drowning in 1958 and has been stalking the forests in the area ever since. Voorhees remains at large. (Friday the 13th Part 2)
  • June: Charles Danville is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • July 24: Pelafina Truant becomes convinced that something has gone horribly wrong with Johnny, and the director of Whalestoe has been replaced by someone else. (House of Leaves)
  • July - August: Johnny Truant spends the summer working in a fish canning factory. (House of Leaves)
  • August 8: Ebenezer Wright has a heart attack. (St. Elsewhere)
  • August 23: Pelafina Truant sinks into paranoia. (House of Leaves)
  • August: Joe Young is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • Summer: Archeron Hades begins kidnapping and ransoming characters from works of fiction. Thursday Next pursues him into Jane Eyre to finally stop him. After 100 years of on-again-off-again war, British troops finally pull out of the Crimea and end the war with Russia. (Thursday Next, The Eyre Affair)
  • September 5: Pelafina Truant has taken to plugging her ears with candle wax. Johnny Truant has his orientation day at boarding school. (House of Leaves)
  • September 6-13: Johnny Truant writes to Pelafina to tell her about his current situation. (House of Leaves)
  • September 8: Penny Robinson is born. (Lost in Space)
  • September 14: Pelafina Truant becomes convinced that the director is censoring mail between her and Johnny. (House of Leaves)
  • September 19:
    • Pelafina Truant has an orderly smuggle out her latest letter, but the orderly shows it to the directory anyway. (House of Leaves)
    • A major earthquake strikes Mexico City, killing at least 5,000 people and destroying hundreds of buildings. (Real Life) Juanita Ocampo's house is among the many destroyed. Her mother sends her to Boston as an exchange student. (St. Elsewhere)
  • September 30: Pelafina Truant thinks receives a letter from Johnny and thinks she can escape Whalestoe. (House of Leaves)
  • September: International tensions escalate into World War III. Housewife Penny, having recently found a mysterious necklace that allows her to freeze time to escape from her stressful family life, is left with the decision to either spend the rest of her life in a frozen, silent world, or face nuclear annihilation with the rest of humanity. (The Twilight Zone: A Little Peace and Quiet).
  • October 4: Whalestoe director has a serious discussion with Pelafina Truant about her letters and changes her medication. (House of Leaves)
  • October 6: Roleric Schuck disappears. (The 4400)
  • October 10: Pelafina Truant thinks the director and staff at Whalestoe are keeping Johnny's letters from her. (House of Leaves)
  • October 11:
    • Edward Blake, AKA "The Comedian", is murdered. (Watchmen)
    • Pelafina Truant demands the director hand over the letters from Johnny he has (not) received and is (not) hoarding. (House of Leaves)
  • October 25: Marty McFly is late for school after blowing out Doc Brown's giant amplifier. Later, he fails his school's Battle of the Bands, and is discouraged when Biff Tannen totals the family car. (Back to the Future)
  • October 26:
  • October 27:
    • In the wee hours, Doc and Marty depart 1985 to repair the damage done to the timeline. (Back to the Future Part II)
    • Later that morning, Marty McFly returns to his own time after an adventure in 1885. The DeLorean is destroyed, but Doc Brown shows up in a new time machine built out of a train. (Back to the Future Part III)
  • October 30: John Crichton arrives in Florida in his own past, and discovers he has to prevent his father from leading the Challenger mission. (Farscape)
  • October: The Byers family and Eleven move out of Hawkins, Indiana. (Stranger Things)
  • November 1: Pelafina Truant comes to realise the Whalestoe staff aren't hoarding Johnny's letters and advises Johnny to take no notice of his teachers. (House of Leaves)
  • November 2: Janet Lambert is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • November 10: Sam Beckett leaps into Joey DeNardo, a pianist in Witness Protection living under the pseudonym Chuck Danner, in Tularosa, New Mexico. He is there to prevent Joey and his old girlfriend Lorraine from being killed by a Mafia hit man. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 29: Civilization as we know it is buried beneath junk mail. (Motel of the Mysteries)
  • November: Bully victim Danny Hayes encounters a ghostly entity called The Shadow Man living under his bed. (The Twilight Zone: The Shadow Man)
  • December 25: Henry Corwin becomes the new Santa Claus. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • The Anti-Monitor, ruler of the Anti-Matter Universe, tries to destroy the multiverse. All alternate universes are collapsed into one, and he is defeated. Supergirl and The Flash (Barry Allen) die during the crisis. (DC Comics)
  • The city of Briarwood, California, with the aid of the Mystic Realm, fights off a demonic invasion. (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Megatron creates the Stunticons to counter the Autobot's command of the roads. In response, Alpha Trion and the other Autobots create the Aerialbots to challenge the Decepticons' air superiority. (Transformers: Generation 1, cartoon continuity)
  • The original X-Men (including a no-longer-dead Jean Grey) reunite to form the original X-Factor. (Marvel Comics)
  • Dante Hicks and Randal Graves are introduced to each other. They have known each other since elementary school. (Clerks: The Animated Series)
  • Elias Grover is born to Christian parents. (Clerks II)
  • Twelve-year-olds Dante Hicks and Randal Graves see Bachelor Party on BETA, which sparks an interest in seeing a donkey show. (Clerks II)
  • The Beyonder visits Earth to try and understand humanity. (Marvel Comics)
  • Angus MacGyver begins working with the Phoenix Foundation. (MacGyver)
  • Jem and the Holograms begin their adventures. (Jem)
  • Seniors at a retirement home are revitalized by alien cocoons. (Cocoon)
  • Charlie Brewster confronts his vampire neighbor. (Fright Night (1985))
  • The Goonies hunt for pirate treasure. (The Goonies)
  • Pee-Wee Herman embarks on a quest to find his stolen bike. (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)
  • Trioxin zombies rampage in Louisville, Kentucky. (The Return of the Living Dead)
  • Teenager Scott Howard discovers he is a werewolf. (Teen Wolf)
  • Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly use a computer to create their dream woman Lisa. (Weird Science)
  • Laws are passed banning sale of organs. (Known Space)
  • Loki bets Bartleby that Krush Groove will dethrone E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as the #1 box office champ. (Dogma)
  • Corporate raider Gordon Gekko is sent to prison for insider trading after losing control of Bluestar Airlines. more  (Wall Street)
  • Walter Bishop presents a way to create a window to an alternate universe. more  (Fringe)
  • Daniel Carrington makes contact with a Maian ship. The aliens are impressed with his proposal of gradual, peaceful contact between their two species, and allow him to introduce Maian technology through his research and development company, the Carrington Institute. (Perfect Dark)
  • Dio Brando awakens from his hundred year sleep, and having stolen the body of his stepbrother, Jonathan Joestar, his awakening also activates the innate powers (Stands) of the rest of the Joestar family over time. (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Ghoulies are brought back to the world alongside with their former master. (Ghoulies)
  • More  birth of Dawn Summers in Los Angeles. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Cyberdyne begins using remains of the Terminator to construct SkyNet. (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
  • Mike Nelson is visited by a robot from the future while working in a cheese factory, who advises him to pursue a musical career with his band Sex Factory rather than continue a path of temp jobs. Seconds later, a second robot from the future gets into an argument with the first and encourages Mike to keep being mediocre. The second robot leaves, while the first robot is left behind to get a job at the cheese factory. (Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time Chasers)
  • Galatea, Mister Mystic, Elphin and Feral join the Champions. (Soon I Will Be Invincible)
  • Rocky Balboa defeats Ivan Drago in boxing ring. Various complications afterward force him to retire. (Rocky IV and Rocky V)
  • Secret Service agent Richard Chance's partner Jimmy Hart dies couple days before his retirement. (To Live and Die in L.A.)
  • Street vigilante Casey Jones begin his activities, and encounters fellow crime fighter Raphael for the first time. A series of events involving the alien Utroms leads to the Ninja Turtles being hurled across the galaxy, encountering The Fugitoid and The Triceratons for the first time. Upon their return to Earth, the TCRI building is destroyed as the Utroms make their escape. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))
  • Birth of Daisy to Will Navidson and Karen Green. (House of Leaves)
  • Becky Saunders persuades Carol Butcher to leave he abusive husband. Later that year, Becky marries Billy Butcher. (The Boys)
  • Hal and Lois Nolastname are married. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • In France, Hellboy rescues a young woman from a cult, and then hunts down the demon that kidnapped her, Asmodeus. (Hellboy: The Bride of Hell)
  • Bobby Hanes campaigns to buy out the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Schmidt Conglomerate, which has itself just purchased the team from the O'Malley family. Hanes' bid is approved by the National League. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • Abigail Morgan leaves her immortal husband Henry, as she gets jitters about the fact that she's growing older and he's perpetually 35.More  (Forever)
  • Debbie was gonna be an actress. She was gonna be a star. She was gonna shake her ass on the hood of Whitesnake's car. Also, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna (way before Nirvana), there was U2 and Blondie, and music still on MTV. (Bowling for Soup, "1985")
  • New York is troubled by a new street gang led by the histrionic criminal Zed. The new graduates from Commandant Lassard's academy are sent to take the gang down. (Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment)
  • The Losers Club confront IT in the sewers underneath Derry. In the ensuing fight, Edward is killed but William manages to finally destroy the monstrous creature for good by tearing out it's heart. Simultaneously, the worst storm in Maine history tears through Derry, destroying most of the town. In the aftermath of IT's destruction, the Losers Club finds most of their memories of IT, Derry and each other begin to fade, as well as the physical records kept by Michael in his journal. (IT)
  • Homer Simpson, Seymour Skinner, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Clancy Wiggum form a barbershop quartet and become a surprise hit with their song "Baby On Board". Wiggum is replaced by Barney Gumble before the group goes mainstream for being "too Village People", and they choose the name The Be Sharps. (The Simpsons: Homer's Barbershop Quartet)
  • Earth is devastated by a nuclear war. The survivors and their descendants refer to it as the Total War. It takes 200 years for Earth to rebuild. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • A terrorist group called the November Squad is responsible for the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge and a massacre at the United Nations Building in New York City. These attacks lead to the declaration of martial law in the United States. The 1988 presidential election is postponed indefinitely due to the recently introduced restrictions on mass public gatherings with the US government essentially being run by the directors of the CIA, FBI and NSA as a troika. As such, the United States is well on its way to becoming a fascist state. (Replay)
  • Captain Neal Patterson, Lt. Mike Cruze, Lt. Larry Turner and Professor Konrad are sent on a mission to repair a space station. However, the station is destroyed by a mysterious energy beam. Their ship is caught in this beam and crashlands on Venus. (Queen of Outer Space)
  • A trio of teenage superheroes, Hercules, Mercury and Astrea, begin their mission to protect Earth. (Space Sentinels)
  • Dr. Stephen Craig dies after getting into a car accident - caused by his using both cocaine and barbiturates - while driving himself and his heavily pregnant new wife Yvonne Galecki back to Ohio. The next day, Dr. Roxanne Turner is forced to deliver the baby by caesarean section while Yvonne is still comatose. The baby is a girl, who is later named Barbara. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Charity Payne, a Puritan girl living in the colonial Massachusetts village of Annes Town in 1700, and Peter Wood, a teenage boy living in the Massachusetts town of Anniston in 1985, gain the ability to communicate with each other across time and see through each other's eyes after they both contract cholera. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Harley Schwarzenegger Holmes is born. (Eerie, Indiana)
  • Rya'c is born on Chulak. (Stargate SG-1)
  • Kung Fury's police department is slaughtered by a time-traveling Adolf Hitler, prompting him to go back in time for revenge. (Kung Fury)

    Early to mid 1980s 
  • Raiden born. (Metal Gear Solid 2)
  • Estimated birth of Amy/Kris to Guile and Julia/Jane. She is a niece to Eliza and Ken Masters. (Street Fighter II)
  • Estimated births of the sisters Hoimei and Shaomei. They would become the main love interests of Yun and Yang. (Street Fighter III)
  • Estimated birth of Vanessa Sims. She would grow up to become the owner of her own bar and the main love interest of Kyle Travers. (Final Fight:Streetwise)
  • Estimated birth of Area. She would grow up to become a Child Prodigy and a gifted inventor. She would convert her father's inventions to weapons and use them in combat. (Street Fighter EXnote )
  • Hamato Splinter encounters the spirit of Gosei Hatsumi, an elderly Japanese man, on the astral plane, and helps him reach out to his grandson and take on the spiritual heritage of the Gosei Samurai. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))
  • The Ninja Turtles encounter the mutant Leatherhead in the sewers for the first time, and helps save him from Mr Marley, a big game hunter and poacher who has driven several rare species into extinction. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))
  • Namie Yagiri is born. (Durarara!!)
  • Ogden Morrow sees James Halliday reading a Dungeons & Dragons players' guide and invites him to join his gaming group. Halliday and Morrow become fast friends. (Ready Player One)
  • December: Jack Seth pursues Martin Whistler back in time to prevent him from Ret Goneing the founders of their society. (Trancers)
  • A policeman is simultaneously struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra, gaining elite martial arts powers in the process. (Kung Fury)

     1985 - 1986 
  • Banky Edwards dates Nina Rollins and performs cunnilingus on her, but her cat pounces on her stomach and she does a pelvic thrust that knocks out one of Banky's teeth. He later dates Brandi Svenning and has unsatisfying oral sex, until he adjusts the routine, but they are interrupted by Mr. Svenning, who damages Banky's neck when pulling her away. Banky swears off going down on girls from then on. (Chasing Amy)
  • The 14-year-old Charlie Keys goes on a hunting trip in Wisconsin. He does not enjoy the experience. (Taken)

     1986 
  • January 1: 14: Ramona Flowers is born.justification  (Scott Pilgrim)
  • January 28: Shizuo Heiwajima is born. (Durarara!!)
  • January: After twenty-four years without any successes, the US government quietly cancels funding for Professor Marcus Irving's top secret time travel project, choosing instead to invest in the SDI. Irving finds out that Emmett Brown had been the government's original choice to lead the project. (Back to the Future)
  • February 13: On her first day at Morrison Junior High School in Los Altos, California, Lisa Clarke meets Nina Toth and the two girls start a lifelong friendship. That evening, Lisa has her first period. In the absence of her mother Carol, she calls Nina and asks her to buy sanitary pads for her. After Nina leaves, Lisa walks her dog Watson around her trailer park and sees an image of the carny that frightened Jesse Keys as a child. He says, "Lisa, today you are a woman." She is then abducted by the aliens for the first time. (Taken)
  • February 15: At a signing of his book The Mojave Desert Sightings in New York City, Eric Crawford confronts Tom Clarke and demands to know what caused him to become a believer in aliens after being a prominent debunker. Tom tells him that maybe he just saw the light but refuses to elaborate. (Taken)
  • February 16: In the aftermath of her first abduction, Lisa Clarke calls her uncle Tom to ask him what he knows about the aliens. (Taken)
  • February 17: Tommy Raymond is born in Secaucus, New Jersey to Donald and Clare Raymond. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • March 3:
    • Birth of Orson the Pig. (U.S. Acres)
    • Marty McFly, bored with everyday life after his time traveling adventures, receives a letter from Clara Clayton Brown in 1893, and gets caught up in a new conundrum. (Back to the Future)
  • March 22: Rosemarie Miletti, a young woman receiving singing lessons in March 1966, travels 20 years forward in time and discovers that she will become a famous opera singer. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • March: Orson, having been deemed a runt by the farmer who owns him, gets taken away from his barn. (U.S. Acres)
  • April 2: Shinra Kishitani is born. (Durarara!!)
  • April 4: CIA operative Alex Mason comes out of retirement at the behest of his former handler Jason Hudson and Lt. Col. Oliver North, heading to Angola on a mission to aid UNITA forces and rescue fellow operator Frank Woods. While on said mission, Mason has his first encounter with a young Raul Menendez, getting into a brief altercation that ends in him shooting Menendez's eye out. (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)
  • April 5: Pelafina Truant regains enough temporary lucidity to write to Johnny and ask why he hasn't responded to any of the numerous letters she falsely thinks she's sent and stops taking her medication. (House of Leaves)
  • April 13: After incorrectly singing a lyric during band practice, Marty McFly realizes that his memories of the Twin Pines timeline don't mesh with the events of the timeline created by his time traveling adventures. He talks with his father and his church's priest about fate and predestination. (Back to the Future)
  • April 14: On their way to school, Marty confides in Jennifer that he's having an existential crisis, and is worried about the "Lone Pine" Marty he saw escape the terrorists. He receives a message from Professor Marcus Irving, another time travel researcher, who wants to talk to him and Doc Brown. (Back to the Future)
  • April 15: Concerned about fading from existence, Marty sends a letter to Doc, who shows up in the DeLorean. Professor Irving steals the flux capacitor, setting off a chain of events that leads to Doc and Marty getting kidnapped by an evil version of Professor Irving from 1997.note  (Back to the Future)
  • April 20: President Walter Mondale legalizes marijuana in the United States after John Lennon handcuffs himself to the Space Shuttle Challenger during a VIP tour as a protest. (Chrononauts)
  • April 21: Adrian Chase is born. (Arrow)
  • April 26:
    • An explosion occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near Pripyat, Ukraine, USSR. Because of this, Pripyat is now a ghost town. (Real Life)
    • Mrs. Vadimsky, a technician at the plant, is critically injured in the disaster and ends up in a coma. She did not realize that she was pregnant. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • April 27: Michael and June Wright discover that they are stuck in the minute 11:37 am, which is still under construction. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • April 30: Johnny Truant visits Pelafina in Whalestoe, but she is completely unresponsive and doesn't realise it. (House of Leaves)
  • April: Orson is accepted into a new barn and meets Roy the Rooster. (U.S. Acres)
  • Spring:
    • Lenny Butcher is killed in a traffic accident. (The Boys)
    • Los Angeles Dodgers owner Bobby Hanes punches out a New York Yankees player during a spring training game. Hanes is suspended from the first few games of the regular baseball season. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • May 4: Izaya Orihara is born. (Durarara!!)
  • May 14: Marty McFly is contacted by Doc Brown for another time travel adventure. (Back to the Future: The Game)
  • May 31: Pelafina Truant gets a postcard from Johnny, who is spending the summer working at a fish processing factory in Alaska. She demands to know why he hasn't come to visit her. (House of Leaves)
  • May: Two chicken eggs are abandoned. Orson finds them and sits on them for a few weeks, and they eventually hatch into Booker and Sheldon. (U.S. Acres)
  • July 6: Pelafina Truant fears her medication is being placed in her food. (House of Leaves)
  • July 22, 4:22 AM EST — The "White Event". The Earth is bathed in a mysterious white light for a few moments. This event causes two out of every one million humans to become "paranormals" with unique, genetically-based abilities. (Marvel Comics' The New Universe)
  • July:
    • The Cold War escalates into a nuclear exchange, and the British government retreat into hastily prepared bunkers. A pregnant medical officer gives birth to a son shortly after the bunker is sealed and names the boy John. (The Bunker)
    • Jack Morrison and Joanne McFadden are married. (St. Elsewhere)
    • After seriously injuring his hand, Dr. Mark Craig resigns as the chief of surgery at St. Eligius. Dr. Paulette Kiem temporarily replaces him. (St. Elsewhere)
  • August 16: Eve Kendall is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • August: Wade the Duck comes to the farm. (U.S. Acres)
  • Summer: Gary Wallace tries to change history by having Lisa send him back in time to Camp Wannabe so that he can win the heart of Julia Putnam, on whom he had a crush, and spare himself the embarrassment of being tied to a tree all night by Jeremy Scanlon. He succeeds in doing so but he changes history back, albeit very reluctantly, after Julia breaks up with him and Jeremy's life is ruined. (Weird Science)
  • September 15: Kyohei Kadota is born. (Durarara!!)
  • September 16: John Parker becomes trapped in a mine and is sent back to September 16, 1912, where he meets Ray Dobson. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • September 17: Pelafina Truant has a violent outburst at the Whalestoe director, is put in solitary confinement. (House of Leaves)
  • Late September: Johnny Truant gets into a fight at his new school and is expelled. He moves to Ohio. (House of Leaves)
  • October 4/5: The Rokkenjima Mass Murders occur on the small island of Rokkenjima in the Izu archipelago. Eighteen people, including most of the Ushiromiya family, one of the wealthiest families in Japan, are presumed dead. (Umineko: When They Cry)
  • October 10: At 2:12 pm, Marshall Teller buys a bike at Knievel Bike Shop in New Jersey. (Eerie, Indiana)
  • October 10-12: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland for arms talks. (Real Life) Roberta Lincoln and Jaime Sommers prevent Reagan from being assassinated with poisoned jellybeans. (Star Trek: The Original Series novel The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1)
  • October 24: Fox Mulder joins the FBI. (The X-Files)
  • December 24: The Shredder returns two years after his supposed death, beating Leonardo close to death, and has the Foot Clan destroy April O'Neil's antique store in an effort to kill the turtles and Splinter. They are saved by Casey Jones, but are forced to escape New York, and relocate to Massachusetts for a year. The Foot clan reclaims much of its power over the New York underworld (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))
  • December: The First Doctor and his companions Ben and Polly stop the Cybermen from draining Earth's energy to restore their planet Mondas. Mondas is destroyed as a result. The First Doctor regenerates. (Doctor Who)
  • (Model year): Assan Motors establishes a U.S manufacturing facility in an existing plant in Hadleyville, PA (Gung Ho)
  • Dante Hicks and Caitlin Bree begin their turbulent three-year friendship. Dante loses his virginity to Caitlinnote  and they eventually get caught having sex in the bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, the parents of the three Jones sisters. (Clerks and Clerks: The Animated Series)
  • The Empire of the Rising Sun declares war on both the Allies and the Soviet Union, beginning the War of the Three Powers. The Allies are ultimately victorious. (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3)
    • The once mighty USSR is divided into 15 republics. The Soviet Underground movement began to fight FutureTech Corporation with success to expel the Allied occuption forces from the USSR, giving them the means to rebuild their Soviet empire. They destroy the Sigma Harmonizer to rescue themselves and, indirectly, the Allies, from being chrono-erased by Rupert Thornley's madman plans of ridding the world of communism at the roots. (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising)
    • The Empire of the Rising Sun is reduced to a puppet government led by Crown Prince Tatsu, sparking the remaining shogunates to rebel. The Uprising is eventually quashed with Allied assistance, ending with the shoguns and Tatsu under arrest, or alternatively, the once-Crown Prince making a stand for independence. (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising)
    • Powerful psychic Yuriko "Omega" Matsui goes on a rampage, killing her "sister" Izumi and Dr. Shinji Shimada, the man responsible for the Omega Project. (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising)
  • The former crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise show up in San Francisco on a captured Klingon bird-of-prey, looking for some whales. They recruit George and Gracie (a pair of humpback whales) and their caretaker Dr. Gillian Taylor for a journey to the 23rd century. All three passengers hope to establish a better life in the future. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
  • Word reaches Aperture Science that rival company Black Mesa is also creating portal technology. In response, Aperture engineers begin to develop the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System (GLaDOS). (Portal)
  • Aerialbots sent back in time to 11 million BC, where they assist in the creation of Optimus Prime. (Transformers: Generation 1, cartoon continuity)
  • After being unable to conceive a child, Bethany Sloane goes to a doctor and finds out that her abortion was shoddily done, and destroyed her uterus. She comes clean to her husband, who leaves hernote . During a phone conversation with her mother, Bethany loses her faith in God. She also starts working at an abortion clinic around this time. (Dogma: The Screenplay,
  • William Birkin marries his long-time collaborator, Annette. They have a daughter, Sherry, later that year. (Resident Evil 2)
  • Booster Gold makes his debut. (DC Comics)
  • The last recorded murder in Sandford occurs. (Hot Fuzz)
  • Darkseid attempts to ruin humanity's faith in its heroes, but fails. A new Justice League is formed in the wake of these events. (DC Comics)
  • Gordon Shumway crashlands in the Tanners' garage and becomes part of the family. (ALF)
  • Jack Burton and friends confront the evil sorcerer Lo Pan. (Big Trouble in Little China)
  • Sarah Williams enters the realm of the Goblin King to save her baby brother. (Labyrinth)
  • Ferris Bueller takes a day off school. (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
  • Military robot Number Five accidentally gains sentience and a kindly disposition. (Short Circuit)
  • Scientist Seth Brundle gets fused with a fly. (The Fly (1986))
  • Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee visits New York City. (Crocodile Dundee)
  • Double-O agents James Bond and Alec Trevelyan take out a Soviet chemical weapons plant, but Trevelyan is killed during the mission.more  (GoldenEye)
  • Mass-murderer Light Yagami, who would be known to the world as Kira, is born. (Death Note)
  • A raw deal is given to Mark Kaminsky. (Raw Deal)
  • Rose Tyler is born in London. justification  (Doctor Who)
  • The vampiric Fangire race begins attacking humanity, its only opposition being the secretive Wonderful Blue Sky Organization. Eccentric violin genius Otoya Kurenai joins Blue Sky, later becoming the primary user of the Intercept X Attacker (IXA) combat suit. (Kamen Rider Kiva)
  • Otavio Concone carries out the second stage of his revenge on Anna Hidalgo by performing a hit and run on her daughter, leaving her crippled for life. (Highlander: The Seriesmore )
  • Jason Voorhees is resurrected by a lightning strike. (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives)
  • Doctor Impossible unleashes his second Doomsday device, Antiron. {Soon I Will Be Invincible)
  • Paul Conway resurrects his deceased neighbour Samantha Pringle by implanting a robot chip into her brain. (Deadly Friend)
  • Rick Burnham is appointed director of the CIA. (The Boys)
  • Gary King and Andy Knightley reenact the Knife Game from Aliens, and Gary stabs him in the middle finger. (The World's End)
  • In North Carolina, Hellboy and Abe Sapian search for the skull of Blackbeard, last seen in the hands of a psychic who had murdered the previous owner. (Hellboy: They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships)
  • After a tumultuous season in Los Angeles, team owner Bobby Hanes announces he is moving the Dodgers club back to Brooklyn. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • Someone attempts to murder Pamela Bates, a guest of Robin Masters, as she is driven to Masters' estate by Jonathan Higgins. Thomas Magnum investigates the case with the aid of Bates' friend, crime novelist (and amateur sleuth) Jessica Fletcher. (Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote)
  • The State Of New York decides to shut down one of its two police academies, and leads to a competition between Commander Mauser and Commandant Lassard to see whose school stays open. A new class of cadets are trained at Lassard's academy, including former criminal and gang leader Zed, and one of his former victims, store owner Sweetchuck. (Police Academy 3: Back In Training)
  • The Be Sharps perform at the Statue Of Liberty Bicentennial, put out their second album, Bigger Than Jesus, and win a Grammy at the 1986 Grammy Awards. However, cracks begin to form as the group starts to become burned out on performing and touring, which is only made worse when Barney Gumble wants to change direction to avant-garde music. The group decides to disband when Entertainment Weekly puts them on the "Not" list for their "Hot Or Not" feature. (The Simpsons: Homer's Barbershop Quartet)
  • Nathan Spring is born. (Star Cops)
  • The Martians originally intended to invade Earth in this year but the invasion was moved up to 1972. (Journey into Space)
  • U.S. presidential candidate Senator Gordon Endicott is assassinated in the St. Eligius chapel by a crazed man named Lennox. (St. Elsewhere)
  • St. Eligius celebrates its 50th anniversary. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Bobby and Pamela Ewing are married for the second time. (Dallas)
  • Greg Sumner and Laura Avery are married. (Knots Landing)
  • Maxwell Stoddard dies. (Quantum Leap)
  • John O'Connor and Jabez Stone die. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Tim Moynihan dies of kidney failure. (St. Elsewhere)
  • It becomes illegal to possess a Megasoid. (The Outer Limits (1963))
  • Richard Belding becomes the principal of Bayside High School. (Saved by the Bell: The New Class)
  • In London, the immortal knight Lancelot is reunited with the Lady of Black Magic Morgan le Fay, the half-sister of King Arthur, after hundreds of years. She warns him that Merlin is emerging from his centuries of sleep and that he is dangerous. Morgan then transports Lancelot and a young man named Tom to a cave in Cornwall to confront Merlin. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Elvis Impersonator Gary Pitkin is transported back to time to Memphis, Tennessee on July 3, 1954 and meets the real Elvis Presley. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • The DJ Andrea Fields is visited by the ghost of her former lover Simon Locke. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • A college student named Jenny Templeton is visited by two time travelers from 2139 who tell her that she will become the first President of Earth. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Barney Schlessinger switches places with his counterpart in a less technologically advanced Alternate Universe. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Ricky Frost, who has been wrongly convicted of murder, discovers a piano in prison that transports him to a different point in the past every time that he plays it. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Jeff McDowell, who fled to Canada when he was drafted to fight in The Vietnam War in 1971, meets a version of himself from an Alternate Universe who fought in Vietnam and lost both of his legs when he stepped on a landmine. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Cult Classic Slasher Movie Camp Bloodbath is released. (The Final Girls)
  • Cassandra is born on Hanka. (Stargate SG-1)

     1986 - 1987 
  • At a costume party, Gwen Turner has sex with Rick Derris on a pool table while dressed as Burt Reynolds. Her boyfriend, T.S. Quint, as well as Brodie Bruce, are present. (Mallrats)
  • T.S. Quint and Gwen Turner have sex for the first and only time on a skiing trip. (Mallrats)
  • The Turtles foil a Western Terrorist plot to ignite the Cold War into a full bown nuclear exchange in the backwoods of Massachusetts. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))
  • After some initial trouble, Bobby Hanes tears down Ebbets Field Apartments to make way for a rebuilt Ebbets Field. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • Danny Farrell and Nikki Hudson are born. (The 4400)
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     1987 
  • January 12: Blake Lotherington and Kristen Garth disappear. (The 4400)
  • January:
    • Orson and friends investigate the "dark side of the barn" and meet Bo and Lanolin, the twin sheep. (U.S. Acres)
    • After being imprisoned on the Isle of Pines for 25 years, CIA operatives Lech and Olga Oseransky are released. They travel to Boston to reunite with their son Dr. Victor Ehrlich, who believes that they died when he was seven years old. (St. Elsewhere)
  • February 1: Will Robinson is born. (Lost in Space)
  • February 7: Time-displaced Katherine Wainwright, née Kathy Nightingale, writes a letter to her friend Sally Sparrow in 2007, explaining her ordeal. She asks her grandson Malcolm the exact time and place to give the letter. Katherine dies later in the year. (Doctor Who)
  • February:
    • Ellen Craig's mother Margaret Harper dies of a heart attack after her son-in-law Mark accidentally sends her the severed head of Bill Belvedere in a package. He had meant to send her an urn. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Marcy Eisenberg attempts to kill herself by inhaling chocolate. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Darcy, Kyle and C.J. Tillman are born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • March 9: Roger Wolcott disappears. (The 4400)
  • March 11: Herman Lester is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • March 17: Phyllis Gross disappears. (The 4400)
  • March 22: Cornelia Visiav disappears. (The 4400)
  • March:
  • April 5: In Chicago, Steven Bartholomew "Steve" Rhoades and his new wife Marcy move into Jeopardy Lane. They meet the Bundys for the first time. The modern-day adventures of the Bundy family begin. (Married... with Children)
  • Mid-April: Johnny Truant writes to Pelafina and gives her his new address. (House of Leaves)
  • April 20: The ship XR-53 becomes the first Earth ship to land on Mars. (Dimension X)
  • April 24: Birth of Gabriel Bell. He would be the eponymous figure of the Bell Riots of 2024. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
  • April 27: Pelafina Truant advises Johnny that her next letter will be in code, and sends this message via a nurse. (House of Leaves)
  • April:
  • May 7: Candida Rhodes disappears. (The 4400)
  • May 10: Clayton Hathaway is raped and murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • May 26: On her thirteenth birthday, Jenna Rink wishes that she was 30 years old. The next morning, Jenna awakens to find that her wish has come true and that it is now 2004. (13 Going on 30)
  • May:
    • Captain William Anthony "Buck" Rogers becomes trapped in suspended animation during an experimental space flight. He is not revived until 2491. (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
    • Pelafina Truant is regularly raped by staff at the Whalestoe, or possibly she imagines she is. (House of Leaves)
    • Queen Maeve has sex with both Stormfront and Midnight Lightning, and gets pregnant with the latter's baby. (The Boys)
    • Paranoid survivalist Harry Dobbs seals himself and a friend inside a secret fallout shelter when World War III seemingly occurs. However, in reality, what happened was actually a nuclear misfire in a grounded military plane in a nearby airbase which destroyed the town. The grim reality of nuclear annihilation spurred the superpowers into world peace, and unbeknownst to Dobbs, a memorial has been built right on top of the ruins, and the shelter, leaving him buried alive. (The Twilight Zone: Shelter Skelter)
  • June 10: Earth is evacuated due to fallout from the nuclear war. (Dimension X)
  • June 17: Vaughn Pearson is born. (Black Hole High)
  • June 23: Pelafina Truant's grasp on reality fractures. (House of Leaves)
  • June:
    • Cameron Mitchell graduates from George Washington High School. (Stargate SG-1)
    • Dr. Bixler recruits the astronaut Commander Douglas Stansfield for a 40 year round trip to a solar system 141 lightyears from Earth. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • July 31: Pelafina Truant sends Johnny a literally labyrinthine letter about how she fears death. (House of Leaves)
  • August 9: Kayla Odoms is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • August 13: Pelafina Truant fears she will never see Johnny again. (House of Leaves)
  • August:
    • St. Eligius is bought by a Japanese HMO called Magnum Fujihama Incorporated. They close down the hospital and fire the entire staff. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Ellen Craig tells her husband Mark that she wants a divorce because he is a sick, pathetic man and an insensitive bully. (St. Elsewhere)
    • The demolition of St. Eligius is stopped by the Eucama Corporation, who bought the hospital from Magnum Fujihama Incorporated. Almost the entire staff is rehired and the hospital is reopened a month later. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Veronica Mars is born. (Veronica Mars)
  • Before September: Edgar Eisenberg dies. (St. Elsewhere)
  • September 9: Carol Benning is murdered. (Quantum Leap)
  • September 15: Jamie Skysinger disappears. (The 4400)
  • September 16: Sam Beckett and Alia dual-leap into a women's prison to escape Lothos and to figure out how an inmate, Carol Benning, died. Zoey leaps in after them with murderous intent.note  (Quantum Leap)
  • September 24: Pelafina Truant begs Johnny to take her out of the Whalestoe. (House of Leaves)
  • September 26: After Charles Russell is killed in a hovercar accident on July 29, 2011, St. Peter gives him a second chance by sending him back to this date so that he can help his younger self make better decisions in life. (Second Chance)
  • September 27: Scott Pilgrim is born. justification  (Scott Pilgrim)
  • September:
  • October 4: Pearadyne Labs are destroyed. (Black Hole High)
  • October 30: After 70 years of waiting, Jesse McLaughlin is finally dug up from his grave. (House II: The Second Story)
  • October 31: WNUF channel's disastrous Halloween Special is aired. (WNUF Halloween Special)
  • October:
  • November 7: Rose Tyler creates a paradox when she saves her father, Pete Tyler, from a car accident.more  (Doctor Who)
  • November 13: Security guard Jeremy Fitzgerald completes five nights (plus overtime) working at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. Afterward, he is moved to the day shift for one last birthday event before the establishment shuts down due to a police investigation into missing children. (Five Nights at Freddy's 2)
  • November 22: World War III breaks out when the Soviet Union launches an all-out nuclear attack on the United States, destroying all of its major cities. The US counterattacks, devastating the Soviet Union, and a second wave of missiles is launched against it. Millions of people are killed in the war and millions more die of radiation poisoning in the coming months. Many humans and animals are mutated by the radiation. Society very quickly breaks down. (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
  • November 24: Joan Girardi is born. (Joan of Arcadia)
  • November 26: On Thanksgiving, Ross Geller introduces his college roommate, Chandler Bing, to his parents and his sister, Monica. (Friends)
  • November: Commander Douglas Stansfield and Sandra Horn meet and fall madly in love after three and a half hours. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • December 25:
    • The Turtles return to New York one year after their exile began, and encounter a surviving Triceraton in the sewers. They raid The Foot's headquarters, destroying it and killing the Shredder once and for all, burning his body to prevent any further resurrections. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))
    • Sara Lance is born. (Arrow)
  • December 26: Pelafina Truant breaks down even more over Christmas. (House of Leaves)
  • December 31: The astronaut Commander Douglas Stansfield embarks on a 40 year round trip to a solar system 141 lightyears from Earth. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • December:
    • A dog named Cody and a cat named Blue start appearing on the farm. (U.S. Acres)
    • Detectives Riggs and Murtaugh become partners. Murtaugh proves to be too old for this shit. (Lethal Weapon)
    • Nina Muzzy is born to Eli and Rita Muzzy at St. Eligius. She is the 100,101st baby born at the hospital since its opening in 1935. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Jonas Fiscus dies of a stroke. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Henry Spooner dies 24 days after his artificial heart is installed. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Genetic engineering mixing human DNA with a rose and Godzilla's cells produces a monster named Biollante. Biollante and Godzilla fight, ending in a draw. (Godzilla vs. Biollante)
  • Peter Parker marries Mary Jane. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Dinosaucers come to Earth. (Dinosaucers)
  • Ernest P. Worrell saves Kamp Kikakee. (Ernest Goes to Camp)
  • Teens deal with a hole to a demonic realm in their backyard. (The Gate)
  • The Henderson family take a Bigfoot into their home. (Harry and the Hendersons)
  • Pre-teens take on Dracula and his minions. (The Monster Squad)
  • While on a diplomatic visit to Moscow, US President Ronald Reagan is kidnapped by Kaiakos-K freedom fighters. He is returned a few seconds later by search/destroy agents Johnny Alpha and Durham Red (Strontium Dog)
  • Eddie Dean, in the course of smuggling some heroin for a mob boss, is recruited by Roland Deschain. (The Dark Tower)
  • Mercenaries hired by the CIA for a mission to Guatemala are hunted by an extraterrestrial predator. (Predator)
  • Aliens invade the small town of Kaihoro in New Zealand. The Boys from Astro Investigation and Defence Service are sent to investigate. (Bad Taste)
  • A bunch of actors are locked up in a theater with a psychotic killer. (StageFright -Aquarius-)
  • Stepbrothers Kotaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki are kidnapped by the cult Gorgom and turned into cyborgs dubbed "Century Kings", fated to battle until the victor stands as the next Creation King. Kotaro escapes and learns that Gorgom killed his birth parents, which inspires him to become Kamen Rider Black and fight Gorgom in order to rescue Nobuhiko, now the brainwashed and villainous Shadow Moon. (Kamen Rider BLACK)
  • Brenda Wyatt is killed in a car accident in Scotland. Her immortal husband Connor MacLeod walks away physically unharmed. Connor takes their adoptive son John and moves to Marrakech, Morocco. (Highlander III: The Sorcerernote )
  • Adam Pierson is assigned to do research on the elusive immortal Methos. Since he is Methos, he becomes the top scholar on the subject among the Watchers. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Estimated birth of Seven Wanker to Zemus and Ida Mae Wanker. (Married... with Childrenmore )
  • A worldwide martial arts tournament, spanning five countries and ten opponents, takes place. During the tournament rival fighters Sagat and Ryu first meet. (Street Fighter)
  • The scientist Senoh creates a number of Monitor Cyborgs for M. Bison, leader of Shadaloo/Shadowlaw. Their purpose is to observe the strongest fighters, allowing Bison to locate potential recruits. The initial fight between Sagat and Ryu is among the first recorded by the Cyborgs.(Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
  • Holly Kujo's Stand awakens. However, her body cannot handle it, causing her to become ill. Her family discovers that the man who awakened the Stands, Dio Brando, is hiding in Egypt, and they travel there to defeat him. (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Recently widowed father Danny Tanner recruits his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and friend Joey Gladstone to help him raise and care for his three daughters D.J., Stephanie and Michelle. (Full House)
  • Donald Duck joins the Navy and sends his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie to live with his wealthy uncle Scrooge McDuck. (DuckTales (1987))
  • Surf Nazis battle for the supremacy of beaches. (Surf Nazis Must Die)
  • Ricky Caldwell goes full-on psychotic, garbage day is ruined. (Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2)
  • Curtis Blackburn and Pedro Montana use their connections to found an organ smuggling ring. (killer7)
  • Desmond Miles, a direct descendant of legendary assassins Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad and Ezio Auditore da Firenze, born on The Farm, a secret Assassin enclave located in Black Hills, South Dakota. (Assassin's Creed)
  • An unknown party builds a time machine, hoping to find powerful weapons in the future. (Running Wild song "Land of Ice")
  • Alyssa Jones falls asleep while going down on Cynthia Slater, and Cynthia gets so mad that she digs her heel into Alyssa's back, causing a permanent injury. (Chasing Amy)
  • Rick Derris, known for owning a black Trans AM, starts a two year affair with Caitlin Bree, unbeknownst to her boyfriend Dante Hicks. (Clerks)
  • Dan Quayle accidentally says "Thy kingdom cunt" at a prayer breakfast and is replaced by Robert "Dakota Bob" Schaefer as George HW Bush's running mate. (The Boys)
  • Gary King accidentally shoves Steven Prince onto a broken bottle during a cricket match. The bottle left a permanent scar on his backside. (The World's End)
  • The Bite of '87. It's amazing that the human body can live without the frontal lobe, you know? When Freddy Fazbear's Pizza eventually reopens, the animatronics are no longer allowed to walk around during daylight hours. (Five Nights at Freddy's)
  • It was not a very good year for productivity, and as a result, productivity was down something-eight percent. This resulted in a sign saying "No Loafing" being put up. (Homestar Runner)
  • First virus that destroys data. (Digital: A Love Story and Real Life)
  • Frank Cotton escapes Hell, and enlists his brother's wife Julia to help him commit murders to regain physical form, finishing with his brother Larry. He's foiled when Larry's daughter Kirsty reopens the Lament Configuration, releasing Pinhead and his followers, the demonic Cenobites who drag Frank back to hell, alongside Julia. Kirsty narrowly avoids being claimed herself by sending the Cenobites back through the gate. (Hellraiser)
  • Commandant Eric Lassard creates a program to train civilians to work alongside the police to help take pressure off the understaffed police force, and charges some of his most successful former students to run the program, including Carey Mahoney, Eugene Tackleberry and Moses Hightower. However, Captain Thadeus Harris is determined to sabotage the program and hopes to replace Lassard after it fails. (Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol)
  • Gorou Saeki is born. (Tokyo Xanadu)
  • The United States is conquered and occupied by the Soviet Union. (Amerika)
  • Robert Fields disappears. (The 4400)
  • World War III breaks out. (World War III)
  • Katherine Wainwright Nightingale dies. (Doctor Who)
  • Laura Avery Sumner dies. (Knots Landing)
  • In an Alternate Universe, Venezuelan scientists create a hybrid of a spider and a wasp as a form of pest control. The spiderwasp queen escapes from the lab and gives birth to a swarm that devastates the Americas over the course of the next eight years. (Sliders)
  • Zack Greenburg, Cam Dunleavey, Spencer Sharpe, Gwen Killerby and Vernon Mantueffel are born. (The Zack Files)
  • The Broadway composer Bluestone dies of a heart attack. Immediately after his death, he is visited by the Prince of Darkness who offers him the opportunity to relive one moment of his life in exchange for playing music for the denizens of Hell for all eternity. Matt chooses to be sent to October 1948 so that he can make it with Mary Ellen Cosgrove. He instead uses the opportunity to prevent his classmate Teresa Golowitz from committing suicide. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • In 1997, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly ask Lisa to send them ten years back in time in their fathers' bodies, as in Quantum Leap, so that they can teach their younger selves to throw a baseball and impress girls in the present. However, things don't go according to plan. When they arrive in 1987, Wyatt is in his father Wayne's body but Gary is in his mother Emily's body. Due to a misunderstanding involving Wyatt helping Gary take off his bra, Gary's father Al and Wyatt's mother Marcia become convinced that their spouses are having an affair. Although Gary and Wyatt are able to save their parents' marriages, they never get around to teaching the 1987 versions of themselves how to throw a ball. (Weird Science)
  • Sasha Vadimsky, whose mother is comatose after being critically injured in the Chernobyl disaster, is delivered via Caesarean section in Belarus. As he is severely mutated, Sasha is not expected to survive but he does. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he is brought to the Burkmeer Research Facility in the United States. The scientists at Burkmeer discover that Sasha's body produces tachyons, the previously only hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • Merrin is born on Orban. (Stargate SG-1)

     1987 - 1988 
  • During this school year, Alyssa falls in love with Caitlin Bree, and eventually has sex with her. During the spring formal she has a disastrous oral sex encounter with Missy Kurt in a car. (Chasing Amy)
  • During a party at John K's, Caitlin Bree walks into a room with the intention of cheating on her boyfriend Dante Hicks with Brad Michalson, but instead accidentally sleeps with Dante. Alan Harris of the chess team ends up going to Brad's room, and the pair eventually move to Idaho after graduation and raise sheep. (Clerks)

     1988 
  • January 3: Pelafina Truant begs Johnny to forgive her for attempting to strangle him. (House of Leaves)
  • January 11: Pelafina Truant writes some gibberish about love to Johnny. (House of Leaves)
  • January:
  • February 12: Queen Maeve gives birth to Midnight Lightning's baby. Stormfront is not impressed. (The Boys)
  • February 13: Stormfront confronts Queen Maeve about having sex with a black man behind his back. (The Boys)
  • February 29: Kenta Usui is born. (Karin)
  • February:
  • March 9: Judith Montgomery is born. (Joan of Arcadia)
  • March 19: Pelafina Truant tries to rationalise her actions of 1978 to Johnny. (House of Leaves)
  • April 12: Pelafina Truant thinks Johnny has run away. She sends him a limerick, which is where he gains the nickname 'Truant' from. (House of Leaves)
  • April:
  • May 19: Jill Bennett attempts to kill Valene Gibson and make it look like a suicide. (Knots Landing)
  • May:
    • During North High's senior prom, Alyssa Jones shows up with a twenty-six-year-old man and then leaves halfway through to have sex with him and Gwen Turner in a limo. Just prior to this at the Henry Hudson school dance, Randal scares his girlfriend while picking her up by saying, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit, you old hag!" (Chasing Amy, Clerks: The Animated Series)
    • Dr. Elliot Axelrod dies of a heart attack. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Brett Johnston dies from AIDS. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Luther Hawkins and Penny Franks are married. (St. Elsewhere)
    • The Weigert Corporation sells St. Eligius back to its original owner, the Archdiocese of Boston. Dr. Donald Westphall is appointed as its new Chief of Services. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Dr. Daniel Auschlander dies of a stroke. Luther Hawkins finds him slumped over at his desk. (St. Elsewhere)
    • Several staff members of St. Eligius leave the hospital. Dr. Philip Chandler retires from medicine and moves to Blue Creek, Mississippi with his lover Dr. Roxanne Turner. Ellen Craig accepts the position of Director of Food Services at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cleveland. Her husband Dr. Mark Craig accompanies her. Dr. Jack Morrison moves to Seattle with his son Peter, reuniting with his wife Joanne and her children Caitlin and Chris. Dr. Wayne Fiscus joins the World Peace Organization and begins working as a doctor in Nicaragua. Dr. John Gideon is transferred to another hospital in San Jose, California. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Before June: Johnny Truant has tea with Tex, an eccentric millionaire, and meets Ashley. (House of Leaves)
  • June 11: Jimmy Tate is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • June 21: While walking in the woods near the small town of Haven, Maine, Roberta "Bobbi" Anderson stumbles upon a metal object which turns out to be the slightest portion of an alien spacecraft that crashed into Earth in prehistoric times. (The Tommyknockers)
  • June:
    • Caitlin Bree, Alyssa Jones, and Cohee Lundin graduate from North High School, while Banky Edwards graduates from Henry Hudson. (Chasing Amy)
    • The astronaut Commander Douglas Stansfield exits suspended animation so that he will be the same age as his love Sandra Horn when he returns to Earth in 2027. It does not go according to plan. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • July 2: Daisy is born to Calvin Zabo and Jiaying in a village in China. (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • July 16: Tokyo is destroyed in an apparent nuclear explosion. World War III begins. (AKIRA)
  • July 28: Josie Trent is born. (Black Hole High)
  • July 31: Lucie Miller is born in Blackpool. (Big Finish Doctor Who)
  • Summer:
    • The Baseball Hall of Fame opens an exhibit honoring the All-American Girl Professional Baseball League. (A League of Their Own; Real Life)
    • While on holiday in Miami, Becky Butcher is raped and impregnated by the Homelandermore  Her husband realises something is wrong, but can't figure out what. (The Boys)
  • August: Amie releases a patch for its popular workstation operating system that fixes a flaw in the memory management. (Digital: A Love Story)
  • September 14: After 70 years of imprisonment, Dream finds an opportunity to escape from his confines. He returns to The Dreaming and sets out on a quest to regain his power. (The Sandman).
  • September 15: Blake Wellington, an immortal, performs a massacre. His Watcher, James Horton, witnesses the event. The Watchers' Tribunal signs him up for a psychological evaluation, and a clean bill of health is returned. Apparently it is a misdiagnosis, as Horton would go on a killing spree within the next few years. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • September 19: Pelafina Truant sends Johnny her most insane letter of all. (House of Leaves)
  • September:
    • Alyssa Jones starts college, and while attending has sex with Shannon Hamilton. The encounter is video-taped, and Hamilton broadcasts it the next day on the campus cable access channel. (Chasing Amy, assuming Alyssa started college immediately after high school.)
    • Craig Manning is born. (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
    • Derek "Wheels" Wheeler's parents John and Helen are killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. (Degrassi Junior High)
  • October 2: Teenager Donnie Darko leaves his bedroom and learns the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. A jet engine crashes into his bedroom while he is gone.movie spoilers  (Donnie Darko)
  • October 7: Bryce Lynch is born. (Max Headroom)
  • October 18: At 1:06pm, 43-year-old Jeff Winston has a sudden, fatal heart attack and the next moment finds that he is in his 18-year-old body in his college dorm room in May 1963. (Replay)
  • October 31: A hellgate is accidentally opened by partying teens. (Night of the Demons (1988))
  • October: The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos to win the National League pennant, but lose the World Series in seven games against the New York Yankees. The day after Game 7  (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • October: Pelafina Truant receives intensive care. (House of Leaves)
  • Autumn: Becky Butcher gives birth to the Homelander's superfoetus, dying in the process. Billy manages to kill the foetus, and is taken into government custody. He agrees to keep quiet in exchange for not being convicted of his wife's murder. He is then approached by Greg Mallory with a view to forming an anti-superhuman special team; on Butcher's advice, the team is named The Boys after an English idiom. (The Boys)
  • November 1: Pelafina Truant regains temporary lucidity and writes an apologetic letter to Johnny. (House of Leaves)
  • November 2: *Reaper instances bring down several BBS hosts and ARPANET servers due to incompatible data handling protocols. The destruction is halted by *Emilia the poet and her human companion. The events are blamed on the actions of a sloppy hacker. (Digital: A Love Story, date taken from the launch of the Morris Worm in Real Life)
  • November 3: Pelafina Traunt writes another apologetic letter to Johnny. (House of Leaves)
  • November 8:
  • November 19: Luke Girardi is born. (Joan of Arcadia)
  • November 23: The Seventh Doctor and Ace prevent rival factions (including the Cybermen) from seizing control of the Nemesis. (Doctor Who)
  • November 24: Pizza delivery boy Barack Obama resolves to return to law school. (Futurama)
  • November 26: Last meeting between Johnny and Pelafina Truant. (House of Leaves)
  • November 27: Pelafina Truant begins to lose her grasp on reality again, but this time she knows it. (House of Leaves)
  • November or December: Birth of Ichigo to science fiction writer Eriko Yamazaki. Eriko puts her writing on hold to raise her baby. (Digital: A Love Story)
  • December 6: Ryotaro Nogami, who would go on to protect the timeline as Den-O, is born. The time thief Gaoh attempts to destroy this single day in history with the intent of wiping Den-O from existence, but is ultimately defeated by the 2007 version of Ryotaro as Den-O. (Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born!)
  • December 24:
    • Ernest P. Worrell helps a retiring Santa Claus find a successor, Joe Carruthers. (Ernest Saves Christmas)
    • While visiting his estranged family in Los Angeles, a NYPD officer is abruptly pulled into a fake terrorist plot to steal bearer bonds from Nakatomi Corporation and singlehandedly foils the attempt. (Die Hard)
  • December 25: James Halliday receives a TRS-80 as a Christmas present (though he had asked for a Commodore 64). (Ready Player One)
  • December 31: Duncan MacLeod and Walter Reinhardt have an inconclusive duel. Reinhardt fakes his death and leaves behind his responsibilities, including his mortal lover Rebecca Lord. (Highlander: The Series)
  • December:
    • Josh Getrie's science project, investigating the growth of the common cold virus in zero gravity, is chosen by NASA to be launched into space. (Futurama)
    • A man is killed on a vacant lot in the Kamurocho district of Tokyo. Kazuma Kiryu is the prime suspect, and has to clear his name. (Yakuza 0)
    • In a bid to get back into the Shimano Family's good graces, Goro Majima agrees to a hit on Makoto Makimura. (Yakuza 0)
  • 8-year-old Peter Quill is taken from Earth, shortly after the death of his mother Meredith Quill, by the Ravager leader Yondu Udonta. (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • To battle a skyrocketing crime rate, the United States turns Manhattan into a maximum security prison. (Escape from New York)
  • James Marcus assassinated by order of Ozwell Spencer. Marcus' research is taken over by William Birkin. (Resident Evil 0)
  • Albert Wesker injects Lisa Trevor with an NE-α parasite, generating the first sample of the G-Virus. (Resident Evil)
  • During a party at John K's, Gwen Turner and her boyfriend T.S. Quint meet Brodie Bruce at the Marina Diner. Brodie announces that he has found the perfect girl; unfortunately, this girl (possibly Alyssa Jones) is with Mel Callahan. This does not stop the girl from flirting with Gwen. Later at the party, Gwen and the girl in question have an intimate encounter in a bathroom. This not only depresses Brodie and Mel, but causes T.S. to break up with Gwen. (Mentioned in the Mallrats novelization. The date is a conjecture.)
  • Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan are given a time machine to help in finishing their history report. (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • Gary King, messing around at the fifth year ball, falls off a stage and dislocates his elbow. A metal plate has to be put in. (The World's End)
  • The second Robin, Jason Todd, is killed by the Joker.more  (DC Comics)
  • Peter Page gets a 50cc Suzuki and lets his friend Gary King drive it. Gary runs over his leg, leaving a permanent scar. (The World's End)
  • Captain Britain and other heroes form the original Excalibur. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Manhunters attempt to prevent the rise of the Guardians of the Universe's replacements, but fail. (DC Comics)
  • Darkseid attempts to claim the Anti-Life Equation, but fails. (DC Comics)
  • An alliance of alien races attempt to conquer Earth to stomp out the metahuman threat, but fail. (DC Comics)
  • The High Evolutionary tries to forcibly accelerate the evolution of humanity. (Marvel Comics)
  • Demons invade Manhattan. (Marvel Comics)
  • Alien refugees, dubbed Newcomers, arrive in the Mojave Desert and begin new lives in Los Angeles. (Alien Nation)
  • The recently deceased Maitlands enlist bio-exorcist Betelgeuse to evict annoying humans from their home. (Beetlejuice)
  • Holden and Banky work briefly at Brookdale, and then at Food City, where Banky and the manager's daughter have an unsanitary tryst on the milk-room floor. (Chasing Amy)
  • Killer alien clowns threaten Crescent Cove. (Killer Klowns from Outer Space)
  • Great Britain escapes a nuclear World War III largely unscathed. (V for Vendetta [comic])
  • Ninten gains psychic powers and discovers his great-grandfather George's diary and finds out what happened to him and his great-grandmother, Maria. Ninten and two other kids defeat Giguemore  and prevent an alien invasion. (MOTHER)
  • Detective Visser is assigned to catch a Serial Killer who prowls the canals of Amsterdam in a scuba gear. (Amsterdamned)
  • Black Slugs mutated by toxic waste terrorize a small town. (Slugs)
  • Framed and deranged former cop starts killing New York citizens. (Maniac Cop)
  • Reopened prison in Wyoming is haunted by electrically charged spirit. (Prison)
  • Man named Nada stumbles upon an alien conspiracy. (They Live)
  • Tina Shepard accidentally revives Jason Voorhees from his watery grave with her Psychic Powers. (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood)
  • Janitor/Inventor Joel Robinson is shot into space and forced to watch horrible movies aboard an Earth-orbiting vessel known as the Satellite of Love by mad scientists Clayton Forrester and Laurence Erhardt. To keep his sanity, Robinson constructs robot companions Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy, and Cambot from spare parts. (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
  • Veronica Loughran begins attending classes at Seton Hall. She hangs out with her friend Sylvan (this is possibly Sylvan Derris, sister to Rick Derris) and sleeps with John Fragson and Rob Stanslyk. She will also suck over thirty different dicks while she is there, including Willam Black's. At the same time, Caitlin Bree starts to take classes at another college. (Clerks)
  • Tokyo is invaded by an army from the Netherworld. Its leader, Talpa, seeks to conquer the world of the living. He is opposed by five teenagers wielding armor powered by the elements. (Ronin Warriors)
  • The New Guardians battle Snowflame and also do some other stuff. (The New Guardians)
  • Birth of Reese to Hal and Lois. Francis is left with Lois' parents for six months. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • Superhuman asylum inmate, known only under the moniker The Tick escapes from his interment in a mental institution and takes up a career as a vigilante in The City.
  • Jem reveals her secret identity to the world after the Sixth Doctor accidentally reveals it to Rio.More  (Rich's ComixBlog story "Outrage")
  • Lee Jones is born. (Star Cops)
  • Bobby and Pamela Ewing divorce for the second time. (Dallas)
  • Ray Carter dies of lung cancer. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • Jim McBain dies. (Quantum Leap)
  • Millions of people are killed in a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. (Threads)
  • An injured baseball player named Ed Hamner is given a 1910 baseball card by his young neighbor Paula featuring a player named Monty Hanks. The card allows Ed to travel back in time to 1910 and assume Hanks' identity. There is no trace of his injury. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Adell Alynn Addison is murdered. (Alien Nation)
  • Malakai's wife dies of a congenital heart weakness. (Stargate SG-1)

     1989 
  • January 12: Whalestoe Institute director notices that Pelafina Truant's mental health is on the decline, and writes to Johnny about it. (House of Leaves)
  • February 20: Leonard Fisher is murdered by Alex Brady. (Columbo)
  • February 23: High school student Laura Palmer is mysteriously murdered in Twin Peaks, Washington. (Twin Peaks)
  • February 28:
  • March 14: Barry Allen is born. (The Flash (2014))
  • March 31: Director of Whalestoe Institute retires, is replaced by David J. Draines. (House of Leaves)
  • April 1: The inmates of Arkham Asylum takes over the facility and take the staff hostage. The Joker demands that Batman enter the asylum alone, and forces him to run a gauntlet through the building. Unbeknownst to his enemies, Batman is currently undergoing a psychological breakdown. (Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth)
  • April 3: An animal-masked hitman begins a killing spree in Miami. (Hotline Miami)
  • April: Martha Puck is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • May 3: Pelafina Truant, her mind in tatters, writes her last letter to Johnny. (House of Leaves)
  • May 4: Death of Pelafina Truantmore . (House of Leaves)
  • May 5: David Draines writes to Johnny Truant to tell him about his mother's death. (House of Leaves)
  • May 18: Trent Appelbaum disappears. (The 4400)
  • May:
    • Gil Hicks graduates from North High School. (Chasing Amy)
    • Dante Hicks and Randal Graves graduate high school. (Clerks)
    • FCC public relations officer John F. Byers encounters a beautiful woman at an electronics conference, who convinces him to help her rescue her daughter from a man she claims is her ex-boyfriend. This man turns out to be FBI agent Fox Mulder, and Byers is quickly entangled in a bizarre series of events which will introduce him to Melvin Frohike and Richard Langly, all three of whom who will be confronted with a sinister government conspiracy. (The X-Files) Detective John Munch of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit is assigned to investigate the resulting mess. (Crossover with Homicide: Life on the Street)
  • May - June: China's under martial law. ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • June 3: Gavin saves the life of Lorelle Palmer, who was about to die in a car accident, by taking her forward in time to August 2, 2059. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • June 24: Iris West (later West-Allen) is born. (The Flash (2014))
  • June 27: The Soviet Union conquers the United Kingdom in a bloodless coup. (Comrade Dad)
  • July 14: Pamela Barnes Ewing dies. (Dallas)
  • July 24: Felicity Smoak is born. (Arrow)
  • August 1: One of the hottest recorded days in the history of New York City. Later that night in the predominantly African-American "Bed-Stuy" neighborhood of Brooklyn, a violent riot takes places outside a local pizzeria owned by Italian-Americans. (Do the Right Thing)
  • August 15: Manuela "Manny" Santos is born. (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
  • September 8: Johnny Truant claims his mother's locket, her only remaining possession. (House of Leaves)
  • September: Peter Stone is born. (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
  • October 11: Linda Frandsen is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • October 12: Kal-El's ship crash-lands in Smallville, Kansas. He is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent and given the name Clark. Meteor fragments from Krypton, containing numerous varieties of kryptonite, devastate Smallville and kill many of the townspeople, including Lana Lang's parents Laura and Lewis. Lex Luthor's hair falls out after he is exposed to kryptonite. (Smallville)
  • October 13: SCP-2273 found outside Donner, Wisconsin. (SCP Foundation)
  • October 17, 5:04 pm PST:
    • The Loma Prieta earthquake hits San Francisco and the Bay Area, right before Game 3 of the World Series is set to begin. The earthquake causes a massive amount of damage and casualties. (Real Life)
    • Stephanie Tanner develops PTSD as a result of the earthquake. (Full House)
    • Dan Vasser time travels from 2007 to save a person from the earthquake. (Journeyman)
    • Christine Hollis' parents are killed in the Bay Bridge collapse as an Observer known as "August" watches them. This date is also when an alternate Walter Bishop first begins the amber protocol. (Fringe)
    • Daniel Miller is born. (My Life and Times)
    • In an Alternate Universe, San Francisco is converted into a citywide maximum security prison after the earthquake. (Sliders)
  • October 31: Dr Steve Brule makes his television debut on his mother's "Talent Tonight" TV show, performing the song Farmer in the Dell. (Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule)
  • November: Steve Rhoades is fired from "The Leading Bank of Chicago". (Married... with Children)
  • November 9:
    • The Berlin Wall is demolished, opening the borders to East Germany. (Real Life)
    • The Warner siblings, temporarily released from their tower for fumigation, help tear down the Berlin Wall. (Animaniacs)
    • Khan Noonien Singh steals the information on Project Chrysalis from the Beta 5 computer. (Star Trek: The Original Series novel The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1)
    • In an Alternate Timeline created by the Elder Gods, World War III breaks out as a result of the Soviet Union entering West Berlin and capturing American airbases. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world are killed by nuclear weapons. This timeline is ultimately negated by the Seventh Doctor. (Big Finish Doctor Who)
  • December 4: Troy Barnes is born. (Community)
  • December 20: During the US invasion of Panama, Alex Mason and Frank Woods undergo a top-secret mission to capture Manuel Noriega, which goes horribly wrong when Raul Menendez intervenes, capturing their handler Jason Hudson and forcing him to give them bogus orders. Woods ends up accidentally shooting Mason while under the impression that he was Menendez, while the real Mendendez releases Noriega, kills Hudson, and cripples Woods for life. (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)
  • December 24:
    • The Simpson family adopts a racing dog, Santa's Little Helper. (The Simpsons)
    • In England, Hellboy visits a dying woman and agrees to deliver a gift to her missing daughter, Annie. He finds Annie in a hidden mansion, where she lives with the rest of her deceased family and her "prince." (Hellboy: A Christmas Underground)
  • December 31:
    • The Ghostbusters defeat Vigo the Carpathian. (Ghostbusters II)
    • Gary King and his "Five Musketeers" (Andy Knightley, Steven Prince, Oliver Chamberlain, and Peter Page) spend New Year's Eve at the local pub, The Cross Hands. Andy falls asleep on a pool table, and Peter Page gets laid with Erika Leeks of the Marmalade Sandwich (a pair of blonds and a redhead who were always together). (The World's End)
  • Shingen Kishitani uses the demon blade Saika to steal the head of dullahan Celty Sturluson. (Durarara!!)
    • Seitaro Yagiri blackmails Shingen into giving him Celty's head. (Durarara!!)
    • Celty Sturluson wakes up to find her head and memories gone. She traces her head to Japan, and dons her signature motorcycle gear to sneak aboard a ship, where she is discovered by Shinra Kishitani. Shinra's father offers her shelter while staying in Japan in exchange for her letting him dissect her. (Durarara!!)
  • Kevin Keene transported to Videoland and leads video game heroes against Mother Brain. (Captain N: The Game Master)
  • Dante Hicks and Randal Graves lock themselves in a freezer at the Quick Stop. (Clerks: The Animated Series)
  • Atlantis attacks the surface world. (Marvel Comics)
  • Supervillains join forces and temporarily switch enemies during the infamous Acts Of Vengeance event. During this time, Peter Parker temporarily obtains the powers of Captain Universe, though a freak accident interrupts the process for a while. (Marvel Comics)
  • Farmer Ray Kinsella compelled to build a baseball field on his Iowa farm. (Field of Dreams)
  • Youngsters miniaturized by inventor Wayne Szalinski's shrink ray. (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
  • George Newman makes a bizarre success out of a small-time UHF station. (UHF)
  • Corey takes his little brother (who happens to be a video-game whiz) to California. (The Wizard)
  • It becomes legal to freeze people who aren't yet legally dead. (Known Space)
  • Serial Killer Horace Pinker makes a Deal with the Devil before frying on an electric chair, and returns as an electric ghost. (Shocker)
  • Officer Joe Vickers kills teens and worships Satan. (Psycho Cop)
  • James Bond's licence to kill is revoked. (Licence to Kill)
  • Amy Pond is born in Scotland. (Doctor Who)
  • Jack Napier, Thomas and Martha Wayne's killer, falls into a pit of acid during a fight with Batman and is horribly disfigured and turned insane. He then begins a war on Gotham City as The Joker, which eventually leads to his death. (Batman)
    • Around this time, during the hype of the new Batman film, Dante performes a stunt in which he leaves a car on Gwen Turner's lawn, climbs to the top of the nearest building and stands in a triumphant pose on the roof top in a homemade Batman costume. Gwen later calls 911 for assistance when she realizes that he can't get down. Dante's stunt is reported in the local newspaper The Courier, with Randal Graves' submited picture of Dante being rescued along side it. (Where's The Beef)
    • During the spike of Batman popularity, Randal Graves receives a powerful blowjob from Sylvan Derris to the soundtrack of the new Batman film in question. (Where's The Beef)
  • Joseph "Joe" Dawson gets a promotion in the Watchers' hierarchy. He becomes the Area Supervisor of Seacouver, a position which he would hold until 1997. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Nancy Goldruff, a former kindergarten teacher, creates Mooby, The Golden Calf for a local network, K-REL. (Dogma)
  • Jessica Haggar, daughter of the Mayor of Metro City, is kidnapped by the Mad Gear Gang. Mayor Mike Haggar, Cody Travers and Guy ally to retrieve her, getting involved in a brutal fight with the gang. (Final Fightjustification )
  • Gary King buys a car from his friend Peter Page. He nicknames it The Beast, and keeps it registered under Peter's name. (The World's End)
  • Jason Voorhees finds his way to New York and seemingly drowns in a flood of toxic waste within its sewer system. (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)
  • Mad scientists Dr. Clayton Forrester and Dr. Laurence Erhardt move to Deep 13, in order to continue their experimentation on Joel Robinson and his robot crew. (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Eye)
  • Blackwoof and Damsel marry. (Soon I Will Be Invincible)
  • Serial Killer "Meat Cleaver" Max Jenke fries on an electric chair, only to return as ghost to take revenge on the cop who captured him. (The Horror Show)
  • Chipmunks Chip and Dale team up with Gadget Hackwrench, Monterey Jack and Zipper to form the Rescue Rangers. (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers)
  • 11-year-old Stuart Pot ("2D") falls from a tree and hits his head, losing all his hair. When his hair grows back, it's azure blue. (Gorillaz)
  • Karen Green begins an affair with a struggling actor named Fowler. (House of Leaves)
  • Kasuka Heiwajima and Rokujou Chikage are born. (Durarara!!)
  • Birth of Malcolm, named after successful NASCAR racer Rusty Malcolm, to Hal and Lois. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • Eric Draven and his fiancee Shelly are brutally murdered by drug dealer T-Bird and his gang. One year later, Eric rises from the grave, resurrected by mysterious forces as a spirit of vengeance known as The Crow. He takes a bloody and brutal revenge on his killers, as well as their leader, small time drug kingpin Top Dollar. (The Crow)
  • James Halliday writes his first game, Anorak's Quest, on his TRS-80. Initially intended for just his friends, Ogden Morrow persuades him to release it commercially, and it takes the world by storm. Halliday and Morrow found their own gaming company, Gregarious Games, initially based out of Halliday's basement. (Ready Player One)
  • Birth of John Rook in Lake City. (dont take it personally babe it just aint your story)
  • The United States and the Soviet Union both have moonbases. (Way...Way Out)
  • J.R. Ewing and Cally Harper are married. (Dallas)
  • Abby Ewing and Greg Sumner are married. (Knots Landing)
  • Olivia Cunningham and Harold Dyer are married. (Knots Landing)
  • Edward Raymond is born to Donald and Clare Raymond. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Alex Danvers and Vicki Donahue are born. (Supergirl (2015))
  • A group of psychics are killed by a bunch of puppets. (Puppet Master)
  • Krystal Hogan is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)

    Mid to late 1980s 
  • Estimated birth of Anita. She would display psychokinesis during her childhood. (Darkstalkersjustification )
  • Estimated birth of Lauren, daughter of Crimson Viper/Maya. justification  (Street Fighter IV)
  • Some time after crimelord The Shredder's death, New York is plunged into a gang war as the factions of the crumbling Foot Clan fight for dominance, and the Shredder Elite Guard wage open war on everyone. The Japanese branch of The Foot sends Karai to bring them under order, and she enlists the Turtles to help her defeat the Elites, in return for releasing them from the blood debt owed by the death of The Shredder. Casey Jones leaves New York for a time, and marries a pregnant waitress who dies in childbirth, leaving him alone with his adoptive daughter Shadow. April O'Neil's father dies, and she is forced to go to California to deal with his affairs. Splinter is left alone in the woods of Northhampton, where he is severely injured and undergoes a shamanistic vision quest under the guidance of the Rat King. (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage))

    1980s 
  • President Ronnie is kidnapped by ninjas. Blade and Striker prove to be bad enough dudes to rescue the president. (Bad Dudes)
  • Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way visits a historically inaccurate version of this decade. (My Immortal)
  • A young boy, as a prank gone horribly wrong, suffers a traumatic injury from a Fredbear animatronic. The child suffers nightmares following this incident and presumably dies sometime afterwards.note  (Five Nights at Freddy's 4)
  • Jack O'Neill suffers nine broken bones (including skull fractures) after his parachute malfunctions when making a clandestine drop over the Iran-Iraq border. (Stargate SG-1)
  • By this time, 79.7% of the world's population are under the age of 21. (Logan's Run)

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