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     1946 C.E. to 1949 C.E. 

1946

  • January:
    • Gang leader "Shoulders" comes to the attention of Dick Tracy. He is believed dead after a plane crash, but in reality fakes his death and goes into hiding. (Dick Tracy)
    • Henry and Marguerite Spooner are married. (St. Elsewhere)
  • March 3: Maia Rutledge disappears. She is the first of the 4400 to be taken. (The 4400)
  • March-May: A hooded killer stalks the city of Texarkana, killing random couples. Despite the efforts of the Arkansas and Texas police, the "Phantom Killer" is never captured. (Real Life and The Town That Dreaded Sundown)
  • June: J.J. Pryor is born. (American Dreams)
  • July 1: The United States conducts a series of nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll. (Real Life) The time travelers Phineas Bogg, Jeffrey Jones and Isaac Wolfstein narrowly avoid being caught up in the tests. (Voyagers!)
  • July 16: A last ditch attack by U.S. and British forces on General Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strausse's fortress leads to heavy losses on both sides, but the advanced technology deployed by the Nazis is too much and the attack fails. Veteran soldier Captain B.J. Blazkowichz survives but is left in a vegetative state, and taken to a psychiatric asylum in Poland, where he is cared for by asylum nurse Anya Oliwa. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • July 21: Constance de Lutrelle dies. (Mirror, Mirror)
  • November 5: Industrialist Andrew Ryan founds the city of Rapture on the ocean floor near Greenland and Iceland, intending to create a working-man's paradise free of government or moral regulation. Select individuals disappear from the surface and immigrate to Rapture. (BioShock)
  • November: Villainous hypnotist Influence kidnaps Vitamin Flintheart and hypnotizes him into a slave due to unpaid gambling debts. (Dick Tracy)
  • December 12: The Soviet Union surrenders to Nazi Germany. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • Rick O'Connell and allies battle the resurrected Dragon Emperor. (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)
  • Albert Einstein completes his time machine in Trinity, New Mexico, and uses it to travel to 1924 and remove Adolf Hitler from history. In the resulting timeline, Josef Stalin leads the Soviet Union in an invasion of Europe, beginning World War II. (Command & Conquer: Red Alert)
  • Duncan MacLeod prevents the immortal IRA member Liam O'Rourke and his girlfriend, Tara, from escaping the scene of a bombing in London. They go to prison, and Liam vows revenge. (Highlander: The Series)
  • Birth of Diane Maza, a Nigerian-American, in New York City. She would grow up to become a professor at Columbia University. (Gargoyles)
  • Birth of the immortal Manny in Hawaii. (Highlander: Endgame, character profiles)
  • Liberal Party of Japan collapses due to incompetence. Toru Fukishima joins the UN Party and quickly becomes a major policy shaper. (killer7)
  • The Super Squadron is founded. It is the world's first superteam. (Soon I Will Be Invincible)
  • Hellboy is formally adopted by Trevor Bruttenholm. (Hellboy)
  • In Polly Spark's altered version of history, Flip the High-Diving Robot tricks the Jacques Cousteau into jumping off a high diving board while wearing SCUBA gear. (JumpStart Adventures 3rd Grade: Mystery Mountain)
  • Henry and Abigail Morgan, along with their adopted son Abraham, move into a flat in Brooklyn. (Forever)
  • Eccentric millionaire Horace Derwent purchases the Overlook Hotel. His ownership of the hotel is no more successful at turning a profit than previous owners, and is mired in scandals and rumors of connections to organized crime. (The Shining)
  • The Ingsoc Party seizes power in post-war Britain, instituting a sophisticated fascist dystopia based on propaganda, torture and the worship of the all-knowing Big Brother. The office of Big Brother is given to Harry Wharton, formerly of Greyfriars. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier)
  • War between Nazi Germany and the United States dwindles to a Cold War after the United States drops an atomic bomb on Japan, and Germany responds by detonating an empty V-3 rocket over New York to demonstrate Germany could respond in kind if the US launched a nuclear attack. (Fatherland)
  • Mark Cassidy and Christine Copperfield are born. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Beth Mason is born. (American Dreams)
  • Valene Clements (later Ewing) is born. (Dallas, Knots Landing)
  • Marty Elroy and Ellen Murphy are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Jesse Keys is born. (Taken)
  • Daniel Auschlander and Katherine Wellingham are married. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Three Soviet cosmonauts, Professor Pavel Ivanovich Sedikh, Marina and Andryusha Orlov, travel to The Moon aboard a rocket ship designed by Professor Sedikh. (Cosmic Voyage)
  • A low-level criminal and scam artist named Frank Gorland kills businessman Frank Fontaine and steals his identity to assume ownership of Fontaine Fisheries. (BioShock)

1947

  • January 3: Nazi forces launch an amphibious invasion of Canada. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • January 15:
    • Elizabeth Short is found murdered in Los Angeles. The murder case is later sensationalized in the press as the "Black Dahlia" murder. To this day, Short's murder is unsolved. (Real Life)
    • An LA cop named Bucky investigates and finds out whodunit . (The Black Dahlia)
    • Dr. Henry Morgan consults on the "Black Dahlia" case. (Forever)
    • The so-called "Quarter Moon Murders" are revealed to be the work of the Black Dahlia killer by L.A homicide detective Cole Phelps. The killer turns out to be related to a high-ranking politician, and the affair is hushed up. The people arrested for the murders are quietly released on technicalities. (L.A. Noire).
  • February 14: Lynn Benfield is born. (I'm Alan Partridge)
  • February 26: Pearline Stuart disappears. (The 4400)
  • February 28: William Patrick Gorinsky disappears. (The 4400)
  • Late February/Early March: Estimated birth of Peter Parker.justification  (Marvel Universe, Spider-Man)
  • April 15:
    • Jackie Robinson makes his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking professional baseball's color barrier. (42 and Real Life)
    • On the day Jackie Robinson makes his major league debut, several time travelers from the town of Eureka in 2010 accidentally arrive at the army base that is its predecessor. (Eureka)
  • May 12: Courtney Campbell disappears. (The 4400)
  • June 1: Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band") justification 
  • June 13: An alien is shot down over New Mexico, before being imprisoned in Nevada. (Doctor Who Expanded Universe [animated serials])
  • July 1: Lieutenants Howard Bowen and Marty Erickson are assigned to the 509th Bomb Group in Roswell, New Mexico. (Taken)
  • July 2-8:
    • July 2: An alien ship crashes in Pine Lodge near Roswell, New Mexico after colliding with a Project Mogul high-altitude surveillance balloon. Three of its five occupants are killed in the crash while another later dies of its injuries. The fifth survives and manages to escape. Sue witnesses the crash and retrieves an artifact from the wreckage. (Taken)
    • July 5: Mac Brazel discovers the wreckage of the Mogul surveillance balloon on the Foster ranch in Roswell, New Mexico and reports it to the 509th Bomb Group. Although Colonel Thomas Campbell asks him to keep it quiet, Brazel tells the press that he has found a strange metal from another planet. In order to divert attention from Mogul, Campbell lends his support to the story and the Roswell Daily Record reports that the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) has discovered a Flying Saucer. (Taken)
    • July 7: Two young boys and their father discover a crashed alien spaceship while on a hiking trip in Pine Lodge near Roswell, New Mexico. They report their discovery to Captain Owen Crawford of the 509th Bomb Group. After taking care of the problem, Crawford notifies Colonel Thomas Campbell of the existence of the ship. (Taken)
    • July 8:
      • The Planet Express ship crashes in Roswell, New Mexico. Dr. John Zoidberg is briefly detained by the U.S. government on suspicion of being an alien invader. Philip J. Fry accidentally becomes becomes his own grandfather. (Futurama)
      • The shuttlecraft Quark's Treasure crashes in Roswell, New Mexico, having been accidentally sent back in time from 2372. Three Ferengi travelers onboard, Quark, Rom and Nog, are briefly detained by the U.S. government on suspicion of being alien invaders. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
      • An alien spaceship crashes in Roswell, New Mexico. Its purpose and mission remain unknown until 49 years later, when it is discovered to have been a forward scout vessel for the alien fleet that attacks the Earth in July of that year. (Independence Day)
      • An alien spaceship crashes in Roswell, New Mexico. Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called in to examine the wreck. (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
      • Delta Green is reformed after the Roswell incident. (Cthulhu Mythos, Delta Green)
      • In an Alternate Universe, a Reticulan spaceship crash-lands in Roswell, New Mexico. U.S. President Adlai Stevenson reveals the existence of the Reticulans to the general public after entering office in 1953. The United States then opens up diplomatic relations with the aliens. (Sliders)
      • In the aftermath of the Roswell crash, Captain Russell Keys is abducted by aliens for the second time at 3am. He is returned to his bedroom at 5:30am with no memory of the intervening two and a half hours. Later that morning, he barricades the doors and windows of his house in an attempt to keep the aliens out. (Taken)
      • The survivor of the alien ship that crashed in Roswell makes his way to Lubbock, Texas. A lonely housewife named Sally Clarke finds him in her shed and he pretends to be a drifter named John who was injured in a farming accident. (Taken)
      • At a press conference, Colonel Thomas Campbell tells the reporters that the reports of the wreckage of a Flying Saucer being discovered in Roswell, New Mexico are entirely false. He claims that they found nothing more than a crashed weather balloon. Campbell then sidelines Captain Owen Crawford, pretending that he knows nothing about a craft or alien bodies. (Taken)
  • July 9: Captain Owen Crawford takes Anne Campbell, the daughter of Colonel Thomas Campbell, for a horseriding lesson. After they have sex in the mountains, he proposes to her as part of a scheme to find out where Campbell has taken the crashed alien ship and the bodies. Anne tells Crawford that her father is at the Wright Air Field in Ohio. (Taken)
  • July 11:
    • Captain Russell Keys visits his dying former co-pilot Lt. Lou Johnson at the Army hospital in Fort Bliss, Texas. Talking to Johnson helps Russell to realize that it was aliens and not Nazi doctors that abducted them and subjected them to strange experiments in August 1944. (Taken)
    • Sally Clarke and John have sex in her shed in Lubbock, Texas, leading to their half-alien son Jacob being conceived. Later that day, John reveals his alien status to Sally and leaves Earth. The resulting Lubbock Lights are witnessed by Sally, her children Tom and Becky, Lt. Howard Bowen, Lt. Marty Erickson and the town's sheriff. (Taken)
  • July 17: Sue shows her former lover Captain Owen Crawford the artifact that she discovered in the wreckage of the alien ship that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. When she returns to her trailer that night, Sue finds Crawford lying in wait for her. He beats her to death in order to keep the artifact a secret. (Taken)
  • July 25: Kerry Edward disappears. (The 4400)
  • July: Car thief and chop shop fence Coffyhead attemps to frame the Crimestoppers Club to get them out of the way for his grand theft auto operations. When this fails, he kidnaps Junior Tracy and his friend Bronko to force them to disband the club. They refuse, and Coffyhead attempts to kill the two using poison gas, but this also fails and he is eventually tracked down and arrested. (Dick Tracy)
  • August 15:
    • The Partition of India occurs, separating India and Pakistan, leading to violence. (Real Life)
    • All children born in India between 12 AM and 1 AM are given special powers. (Midnight's Children)
    • The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions Yaz, Ryan, and Graham, visiting from the year 2018, investigate an alien presence occurring during the partition. They take part in Yaz's grandmother's wedding as the partition occurs.note  (Doctor Who)
  • September 13:
    • Owen Crawford and Anne Campbell are married in Roswell, New Mexico. At the reception, Crawford blackmails his new father-in-law Colonel Thomas Campbell into promoting him to major and placing him in command of the UFO project by threatening to go public with the artifact that Sue discovered at the Roswell crashsite and everything else that he knows. (Taken)
    • Sally Clarke discovers that she is pregnant with her half-human son Jacob. (Taken)
  • September: Matt Bryan, Jr. is born. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • October 17: The Jupiter 2 returns to Earth but more than fifty years before its own time. The ship lands near the town of Manitou Junction, Michigan and is mistaken for a hostile alien ship by the townspeople. (Lost in Space)
  • October: First known appearance of the criminal musician Mumbles, who would prove to be one of Dick Tracy's most persistent foes with an uncanny ability to escape certain death. (Dick Tracy)
  • December 24: Young Harry Stadling finds out that the Santa Claus isn't real. (Christmas Evil)
  • Marvin Acme, novelty gag tycoon and owner of Toontown, is found murdered. more  (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
  • Donald Duck and his nephews first meet Uncle Scrooge. (Donald Duck)
  • War between Empire and GFFA ends with GFFA defeated, in no small part due to an alliance between the Empire and the New Sith Order. GFFA territories absorbed back into the Empire. Jedi massacred. New Sith Order turns on the Empire, and usurps the throne. (Star Wars)
  • Maine banker Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. Though he asserts his innocence, he's sentenced to life at the Shawshank State Penitentiary. (The Shawshank Redemption)
  • Literary scholar "Humbert Humbert" rents a room in in the house of Charlotte Haze in Ramsdale, and falls in love with her 12-year-old daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. (Lolita)
  • Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, bring Donald's uncle, Scrooge McDuck, out of seclusion. (The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck)
  • Aperture Science Innovators is established, voted "Best New Science Company of 1947" by the Science and Business Institute of America. (Portal 2)
  • Zombie outbreak in Jarvie, British Columbia. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • Birth of Will Navidson. (House of Leaves)
  • Hellboy eats pancakes. It is Hell's blackest hour. (Hellboy)
  • Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl marry. (The Incredibles)
  • Disgraced L.A police officer Cole Phelps and his war buddy, insurance investigator Jack Kelso, find themselves embroiled in a land development conspiracy headed by real estate mogul Leland Monroe, alienist Dr Harlan Fontaine, police chief Willam Worrell and Mayor Fletcher Bowron. (L.A. Noire)
  • Sonny Corleone is brutally killed at a tollbooth on the Jones Beach causeway. Soon after, his father Don Vito negotiates an end to the Five Families War. (The Godfather)
  • Carol Novino is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Luke Foley and Sam Walker are born. (American Dreams)
  • In an Alternate Universe, World War II comes to an end two years later than on Earth Prime as the Germans broke through the Allied lines at the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. (Sliders)
  • Ronny and Myra Sammis are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Charles Trafford, the former Governor of Alabama, dies. (Quantum Leap)
  • A 2,000-year-old immortal man, calling himself Walter Jameson, joins the history faculty of an American university. He soon befriends the chemist Professor Samuel Kittridge. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Harry Folger is born. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • The newspaper The Hawkins Post is established in Hawkins, Indiana. (Stranger Things)
  • Professor Peter Bartell uncovers a Nazi experiment of flesh-eating microbes. Sensing the potential for profit, he destroys the notes and goes hunting for the flesh eaters himself. (The Flesh Eaters)
  • Nazi Germany conquers India. ("The Last Article")
  • In an Alternate Timeline, the Goa'uld Supreme System Lord Ra invades Earth. (Stargate-verse)

1948

  • February: The criminal Shoulders resurfaces as the leader of a jewel smuggling ring. After going on the run, Shoulders accidentally kills himself with his own gun while trying to avoid arrest. (Dick Tracy)
  • March: Roxanne Bojarski is born. (American Dreams)
  • April: Jacob Clarke is born. (Taken)
  • May 9: Having stolen several of SS-Obersturmführer Karl Rademacher's possessions from his office at Auschwitz on March 3, 1944, Nicholas Prentice travels to Philadelphia on this date. He places them in a safety deposit box in the Trustees Bank that he opens in the name of Leon Zgierski. Prentice then travels forward in time to gives the key to the box to Leon's son Aaron. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • May 14: Time travel technology debuts to the public at the Berlin World's Fair. (Chrononauts)
  • August 28:
  • August: Tim Stoddard is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Summer: The Lady Anne takes on its last new passenger before Alan and Eileen Ransome in 1963. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • October: The Broadway composer Bluestone chooses to be sent back to this time by the Prince of Darkness, in exchange for playing music for the denizens of Hell for all eternity, 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))
  • November 2:
    • U.S. President Harry Truman is elected to a full term in his own right, defeating Thomas Dewey. (Real Life)
    • Joe Steele is elected to a fifth term as U.S. President, defeating Harold Stassen. ("Joe Steele")
    • In an Alternate Universe, U.S. President William Dudley Pelley is elected to a second term, having stolen the election from Robert Taft. This leads to the outbreak of the Second American Civil War. (Infinite Worlds)
    • U.S. President Robert Taft is elected to a third term. (Dominion)
    • Thomas E. Dewey defeats Harry Truman in the U.S. presidential election. (Alternate Presidents)
  • November 7/November 23: Birth of Al Bundy. (Married... with Children)
  • December 21: The Nazis destroy New York City with a nuclear bomb, killing around three million people and rendering the area uninhabitable for over a decade afterwards. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • December 24: The United States surrenders to Nazi rule, ending World War II with a total Nazi victory. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • Brandon Shaw and Phillip Morgan murder a former classmate, David Kentley, in their apartment as an intellectual exercise: they want to prove their superiority by committing the "perfect murder". However, their strange behaviour following the murder attracts unwanted attention. (Rope)
  • Estimated birth of Roberta Lincoln. She would grow up to become the assistant of Gary Seven. (Star Trek: The Original Series)
  • Estimated birth of Yancy Fry to single mother Mildred Fry. He is registered as a son of Enos Fry. more . (Futurama)
  • Rapture immigrant Brigid Tenenbaum discovers the miraculous properties of unstable stem cells harvested from a species of sea slug, called "ADAM". Smuggler Frank Fontaine finances her work and founds Fontaine Futuristics, selling ADAM to Rapture's public. The Little Sisters Orphanage is devised to recruit girls to serve as ADAM factories. Fontaine becomes wealthy and powerful enough to rival Andrew Ryan. (BioShock)
  • The Parkreiners are placed in government custody. They are officially stated to have died in a car accident. (killer7)
  • The Delinquent Five appear. They are the world's first supervillain teamup. (Soon I Will Be Invincible)
  • U.S. Department Z recruits Alexander Waverly to form the international enforcement organization U.N.C.L.E., which begins a covert war against the terrorist group THRUSH. (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)
  • A forest fire engulfs Northpoint, Keen Wild, almost killing every member of a Romani tribe living in a cave. (The Prey)
  • Nazi Germany officially claims victory in World War II after nuking New York City and forcing the U.S. to surrender. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • Laura Avery Sumner is born. (Knots Landing)
  • Peter White is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Lynelle Walters is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Marty Elroy and Rachel Goldstein are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Marion and Clifford Jefferson divorce. (Tenko)
  • The Greater Soviet Union conquers the United Kingdom. (The Iron Dream)
  • The radio station WPDA in Cederberg, New Jersey goes out of business. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Lou and Edie Grant are married. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Hardboiled Detective Harry Lovecraft uncovers a plot to summon dark gods while searching for a rich man's daughter. (Cast a Deadly Spell)
  • Jonah Summerfield II is born. (Bernice Summerfield)
  • Jay Allen is born. (The Flash (1990))

1949

  • April 12: Estimated birth of Margaret "Peggy" Wanker. She would grow up to marry Al Bundy. (Married... with Childrenjustification )
  • Spring: Shortly before the 1949 baseball season begins, Daniel Malone meets Bobby Hanes, and the two become fast friends. One night a few weeks later, the two break into Ebbets Field. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • June 22: Jaime Sommers is born. (The Bionic Woman)
  • June 23: Marina Furuta disappears. (The 4400)
  • July: Hank and Emma Rickett are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 23: Gladys Crabtree dies. She is later reincarnated as a 1928 Porter car. (My Mother the Car)
  • December 31: After getting into a minor car accident, Trevor McPhee is abducted by aliens who have no concept of time through a wormhole. He is returned to Earth ten years later, having not aged a day. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • Magneto arrives in America. (X-Men Film Series)
  • Aperture Science comes in at #2 on "Mechanical Engineering World Journal"'s list of the top 100 applied science companies of 1949. (Portal 2)
  • Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio. ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Birth of Wade Powers. (Black Light)
  • Lucy, Peter, and Edmund Penvensie; their cousin, Eustance Scrubb; and their friends, Jill Pole, Digory Kirke, and Polly Plummer die in a train crash in England, but go on to live forever in Aslan's Country.(The Last Battle)
  • Birth of Thursday Next in Swindon, England. She would go on to become a member of SpecOps, most prominently SpecOps 27, and of Jurisfiction. (Thursday Next)
  • Lemuel "Lemmy" Barnet is born. (Journey into Space)
  • Abby Fairgate (later Cunningham) is born. (Knots Landing)
  • Liz Welles is born. (Sliders)
  • Neil Walters is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Eric Crawford is born. (Taken)
  • The boxer Bolie Jackson fights Sailor Levin in St. Louis. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • The first manned mission to Mars is launched. (Buck Rogers)
  • Paul Stockton is born. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Lex Luthor, who is in actuality the Ultra-Humanite, kidnaps Lois Lane Kent and exposes her to gold kryptonite so that the baby in her womb will never develop superpowers like those of his father Superman. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
  • Dick Grayson retires as Robin and begins attending college. After qualifying as a lawyer, he is hired by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, fighting crime in a different way. In 1959, Dick returns to Gotham City and eventually succeeds Bruce Wayne as the second Batman. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
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1950
  • February 16: Bobby Ewing is born. (Dallas)
  • March 16: Martin Stein is born. (Legends of Tomorrow)
  • March 28: Birth of Geki, a future ninja in Japan. (Street Fighter)
  • June 25:
    • North Korea invades the South. (Real Life)
    • Vought-American debuts Crimefighters Incorporated, a new team with the identities of those who they tried to use in the Battle of the Bulge. Greg Mallory begins collating information on superhumans. (The Boys)
  • Summer: Mary Richards and Rochelle Margaret "Twinks" McFarland go to Camp Umwok. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • November 2: Cora Tomkins disappears. (The 4400)
  • December 25:
    • The Stone of Scone is stolen from Westminster Abbey by four Scottish students. (Real Life)
    • The Stone of Scone is stolen from Westminster Abbey by Duncan MacLeod, Hugh Fitzcairn, and Amanda. (Highlander: The Series)
    • The Stone of Scone is stolen from Westminster Abbey by Macbeth and four others. (Gargoyles)
    • Nan Haley leaves her husband Alex, taking their children Lydia and Billy, as she is tired of him neglecting the family in order to pursue his writing career. (Roots: The Next Generations)
  • December: Joey DeNardo is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce is drafted and assigned to the 4077th MASH in The Korean War. (M*A*S*H)
  • Eve Gill, an acting student, investigates the murder of the husband of singer/actress Charlotte Inwood. (Stage Fright (1950))
  • The Centauri start using telepaths for military ends. (Babylon 5)
  • World War II finally reaches a devastating close as most countries are exhausted from both the war and deepening economic crisis as the world falls to hell. (The Shape of Things to Come)
  • Irene Butterman is born. (Hot Fuzz)
  • Sofia Lamb is invited to Rapture to help deal with the psychological issues stemming from life in an underwater city. She senses growing dissatisfaction within the city and leads a collectivist counter-movement against Andrew Ryan's libertarian philosophy. In response, Ryan has her interred within the Persephone Penal Colony. Lamb prepares the prison as her new power base, planning to wait for Rapture's inevitable collapse before retaking the city. (BioShock)
  • Zoe Kuryakin becomes the Slayer. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television, North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Mycroft Holmes’s (unknown) successor as "M" is assassinated at his desk. Sir Miles Messervy succeeds him, and recruits Commander James Bond to the Double-0 section of Secret Service.
  • Bakaru ("Buckaroo") Banzai is born in London. (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)
  • Donna McCallum (later Culver Krebbs) is born. (Dallas)
  • In an Alternate Universe, World War II comes to an end five years later than on Earth Prime because the atomic bomb was never invented. (Sliders)
  • Lawrence Stanton III and Sherilyn Stanton are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Josh Elroy is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Colin Stafford and Della Stevens are married. ("Random Quest")
  • Harold J. Swanson becomes the principal of Dansburg High School. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Bob Larson is born. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Bruce Wayne, Jr. is born. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
  • Joel Perry Kent is born to Clark Kent and Lois Lane Kent. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
  • Nanites are created on Orban. (Stargate SG-1)
  • In order to escape the devastating atomic / bacteriological war in 2155, the atomic scientist William Travis and his wife Susan, a bacteriologist, travel back in time to 1950. Searchers are sent after them to return them to their own time. (Dimension X)

1951

  • January 23:
  • January: Alexandra Rickett is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • May 11: Richard Tyler disappears. (The 4400)
  • c. May 14-21: Sarah Jane Smith born in Foxgrove, England. justification  (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • May 17: Amie Karan disappears. (The 4400)
  • June: Whiting graduates from the Rock Spring School for Boys. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • July 4: Amanda Q. Russle is born. (Alien Nation)
  • July 24: King Hurl is born. (The Tick (2001))
  • July 28: Sam Crawford is born. (Taken)
  • July: The alien Klaatu lands in Washington, DC, with a message for the world. (The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951))
  • August 18: Sarah Jane Smith falls into the Trickster's trap when she saves her parents from their deaths. In an alternate timeline, the Trickster manifests through a weak point in time and conquers the world. more  (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • September 21: Kim Karlsen is born in Oslo, coming out with his feet first. (Beatles)
  • October: Birth of Beryl McKenzie in Nova Scotia. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • December 10: Richard Belding is born. (Saved by the Bell: The New Class)
  • Guy Haines, an amateur tennis star, meets the eccentric Bruno Antony on a train. Bruno has read about Guy's romantic troubles in the paper, and suggests that he might want to...dispose of his wife, the unfaithful Mrs. Miriam Joyce Haines, so he can marry Anne Morton, the daughter of a senator. Bruno outlines his plot for the perfect murder: two strangers who both have someone they want dead "exchange murders". Guy laughs the whole thing off and gets off the train but, as he learns a few days later, Bruno wasn't joking. (Strangers on a Train)
  • The underwater city of Rapture is completed, prompting a new wave of immigrants before the city severs ties with the surface. (BioShock)
  • Pete's TV in Manhattan installs TVs running news feed in its storefront for people to conveniently notice. (Futurama)
  • Estimated birth of Peter "Pete" Burke in Jersey City. He would grow up to become an astronaut. (Planet of the Apes)
  • Dr. Henry Walton Jones dies of natural causes. He is survived by his son Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide)
  • After a Congressional committee insists the members of the Justice Society of America reveal their secret identities, the JSA members refuse, and voluntarily disband. Most of the members go into retirement. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are allowed to continue their superheroic activities. (Adventure Comics #466)
  • Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom, Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • BJ Blazkowicz marries Julia Marie Peterson and emigrates to America. (Wolfenstein 3D)
  • The baby who will become the Homelander is cloned from Stormfront's DNA. (The Boys)
  • Atomic Robo crashes into a conflict between a Japanese sleeper cell intent on continuing World War II and a band of all-female, jetpacking sky pirates. (Atomic Robo and the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific)
  • Mark Craig meets his future wife Ellen Harper at the University of Pennsylvania. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Sarah Rutledge is born. (The 4400)
  • Patty Pryor and Angela Walker are born. (American Dreams)
  • Sonny Delissio, Butchie Rickett and Willie Walters are born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Bobby Caldwell is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • WJM-TV receives its license from the Federal Communications Commission. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Alan Turing is arrested for homosexuality, being Driven to Suicide by the ensuing persecution. (Real Life and The Imitation Game)
  • Della Stevens dies. ("Random Quest")
  • Jo Grant is born. (Doctor Who)
  • David Andrew Gurney and Wilma Berenson are married. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Ilse Nielsen is born. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Ted Baxter begins his broadcasting career at a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

1952

  • January 4: Best friends Alberto Granado and Ernesto "Fuser" (later Che) Guevara set off from Buenos Aires, Argentina on a grand adventure across South America. (The Motorcycle Diaries and Real Life)
  • January 13: Alberto and Che stop in Miramar, Argentina for 6 days to meet Fuser's girlfriend Chichina. She gives them $15 USD. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • February 26: Fuser and Alberto arrive in Los Angeles, Chile. Their motorcycle is pronounced dead by a mechanic. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • March 15: Alberto and Fuser arrive at the Chuquicamata Mine in Chile after having met some native miners in the Acatama Desert. Fuser tries to confront the manager. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • April 2: Fuser and Alberto enter Peru. In Cuzco, the "Heart of America", they discover the position of the natives in modern society and reflect on the situation of the Spanish and the Inca. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • April: Dick Tracy is made aware of a nationwide crime syndicate controlled by a kingpin known only as Mr Crime. He's eventually discovered to be prominent businessman George Alpha. (Dick Tracy)
  • May 12: Alberto and Fuser arrive in Lima, Peru. There, they meet Dr. Hugo Pesce, who lets them help out with the hospital's leprosy patients and takes to Fuser about Latin American nationalism. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • June 8: Alberto and Fuser arrive as volunteers at the leper colony in San Pablo, Peru. Their time there profoundly impacts Fuser. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • June 14: Fuser turns 24. He proposes to the staff of the leper colony an idea of a united Latin America, then prepares to leave with Alberto the next day. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
  • June 24: FBI Special Agent Arthur Dales arrests Edward Skur, a State Department official and suspected communist. The seemingly straightforward matter will plunge Dales into a macabre series of events involving Skur, a series of gruesome murders, a mysterious man called Mulder and the FBI's bizarre 'unexplained' case division. (The X-Files)
  • July 26: Fuser and Alberto finish their journey in Caracas, Venezuela, after 204 days and 12,425 kilometers. (The Motorcycle Diaries and Real Life)
  • July 27: Michael Ferrand disappears. (The 4400)
  • October 20: Birth of Jack O'Neill, future leader of SG-1. (Stargate SG-1)
  • November 4:
  • November 8: Elizabeth Rove is born. (Joan of Arcadia)
  • November 22: Birth of Dhalsim in India. He would grow up to be a master of mysticism and a Martial Pacifist. (Street Fighter II)
  • December 9: The second issue of MAD goes on sale. (Real Life) Two days later, the first-ever letter complaining that MAD "just isn't as funny and original like it used to be" arrives. (MAD)
  • December 17: A sailor is found floating in radioactive water with superpowers. (The Mighty)
  • December 24: The Eleventh Doctor accidentally gets engaged to Marilyn Monroe. (Doctor Who)
  • December:
    • Zoe Kuryakin dies in the course of her Cruciamentum, during which she takes on Creighton Faust. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    • A drunken Digger Barnes kills Hutch McKinney in a rage when he learns that he is having an affair with his wife Rebecca. Digger later buries Hutch's body on Southfork, where it is discovered during excavation work in 1980. (Dallas)
  • Hellboy becomes a field agent for the BPRD. (Hellboy)
  • Edward Roivas discovers the Ancient stronghold of En'gha beneath his family's Rhode Island mansion. Braving the ruins, he succeeds in a ritual that destroys the city's guardians. (Eternal Darkness)
  • Birth of Richard Collier. He would grow up to become a playwright and a time-traveler. (Somewhere in Time)
  • Birth of Martin Hacker. He would grow up to become an FBI agent and member of The Illuminati. (Gargoyles)
  • Birth of the immortal Michael Christian in Des Moines, Iowa. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Birth of Elena Moreno in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She would become the adoptive daughter of Katya of Greenhill. (Highlander: The Series)
  • Robert E.O. Speedwagon dies of a heart attack. (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Marcus Brody dies of natural causes. (Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide)
  • The Eleventh Doctor, Albert Einstein, and Father Christmas have their picture taken together at Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge. Whether this happens at the same party as he got engaged is debatable. (Doctor Who)
  • Aperture Science is a runner-up in the US Department of Defense's "Contractor of the Year" award. (Portal 2)
  • Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new Queen, Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Emir Parkreiner kills his parents and disappears from society. (killer7)
  • Approximate birth of Arthur to BJ and Julia Blazcowicz. Arthur would pursue a career in show business, and change his surname to Blaze. (Wolfenstein 3D)
  • An enterprising FBI file clerk moves the backlog of "Unexplained" cases from the U-files to the roomier "X" drawer. (The X-Files)
  • A Time Gate from a little over thirty thousand years in the future appears in Bob Wilson's room, and he is visited by his future self. (By His Bootstraps)
  • Horace Derwent sells the Overlook Hotel to a group of California investors and retreats into seclusion. His scandalous reputation remains connected to the hotel (The Shining).
  • Earliest possible birth date of Montague Jetson, George Jetson's grandfather. (The Jetsons)
  • Joe and Irene Basch are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Maggie Polanski and Timmy Danbers are born. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • A mass shooting at a Thai Catholic school is covered up. (303 Fear/Faith/Revenge)
  • Cynthia Harvey Palmer dies. (Roots: The Next Generations)
  • Katy Lane dies. (Night Gallery)
  • On Earth-Eleven, a small western European country launches the first manned mission to The Moon. (DC Comics)

1953

  • April 14: Sam Beckett leaps into Nick Allen, a private investigator who resembles Humphrey Bogart, in New York City. He is there to prevent Nick from being murdered the next day. (Quantum Leap)
  • May 12: The FBI arrest Professor Russell Cromwell, a scientist with the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C., as they have discovered that his birth certificate and identification papers are forgeries. They believe that he is a spy. Cromwell tells him that he is from an Alternate Timeline and that he stole atomic fuel in order to power his Time Machine. He intends to use it to travel back in time to April 14, 1865 and prevent the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, which he accidentally caused on his first visit to the past. (Weird Fantasy)
  • June 1: The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler discover a street with an unusually high number of television sets, along with kidnappings of people by The Men in Black. (Doctor Who)
  • June 2: The Tenth Doctor prevents the Wire from using the broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation to consume minds across Great Britain. (Doctor Who)
  • June 19: Elliot Garvey is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • August 4: Sam Beckett leaps into a sailor named Charlie MacKenzie who has returned to his home town of Oak Creek, Ohio with a Japanese bride named Machiko. He is there to help Machiko integrate into American society and be accepted by Charlie's mother Lenore. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 8:
    • At 12:30pm, Sam Beckett is born in Elk Ridge, Indiana. (Quantum Leap)
    • Sam Beckett leaps into an adult version of himself in a bar in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania at the exact moment of his birth. While there, he meets numerous individuals who resemble people whom he has met on previous leaps and others who share the names of important figures at Project Quantum Leap. (Quantum Leap)
  • August: In an Alternate Universe, Noël Coward dies. ("Random Quest")
  • September 7: Sam Beckett leaps into a rainmaker named Billy Beaumont in Clover Bend, Texas, which is suffering a severe drought. He is there to both relieve the drought by making it rain and prevent Billy's sister-in-law Annie from leaving his brother Ralph. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 1: The seven-year-old Jesse Keys is abducted by aliens for the first time. They lure him onto their ship by creating an image of the title character of the children's book The Adventures of Artemis P. Fonswick that his mother Kate reads to him every night. Several hours later, he is returned to Earth in the middle of a road and is almost run over by a truck. (Taken)
  • December 18: An airplane flying to Ireland falls through the Cardiff rift, and is assumed to be lost at sea. It will actually reappear in 2007. (Torchwood)
  • December 31: Birth of Eagle in the United Kingdom. He would grow up to become a bouncer and bodyguard with a sense of culture. (Street Fighter Alpha)
  • Aperture Science hires war heroes, Olympians, and later astronauts to test Repulsion Gel, a failed attempt at creating a dietetic pudding substitute, in conjunction with the Aperture Science Portable Quantum Tunneling Device, designed to create a portal between the inside and outside of a shower. (Portal 2)
  • The Martians invade Earth. They are defeated by germs. (The War of the Worlds [1953 film])
  • Otto Keller murders Villette and confesses to Father Michael William Logan, a Catholic priest. Logan had reasons to want Villete dead himself and is arrested for the murder. (I Confess)
  • Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero visits an insurance office to attempt to get some money for his wife Rose's dental work. He is mistaken for a lookalike armed robber and finds himself on trial. (Real Life, The Wrong Man)
  • World War II ends when Allied armies invade Moscow with the aid of Chronosphere technology. Josef Stalin is among the 100 million casualties of the conflict. (Command & Conquer: Red Alert)
  • Mary, future wife of Roy Porter, is born. (Hot Fuzz)
  • An Austrian immigrant to New York named Adolf Hitler completes his sci-fi bestseller Lord of the Swastika shortly before he dies of a cerebral hemorrhage possibly caused by syphilis. (The Iron Dream)
  • Birth of the merman Rikuo/Aulbath in Brazil. His race lives deep beneath the Amazon. (Darkstalkers)
  • Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev, Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • The Union 7, a group of young members of the Liberal Party of Japan, write the Yakumo, a policy document intended as a last-ditch effort to salvage the party. The Yakumo is presented to the president of the party, but he disappears. (killer7)
  • Birth of Karen Green. (House of Leaves)
  • Bob Phillips is born. (Knots Landing)
  • Edward George Pryor dies. (American Dreams)
  • Trudy Calavicci and Violet Aider die. (Quantum Leap)
  • Jessica Elroy are born. (Quantum Leap)
  • In an Alternate Timeline, Earth is a utopian, unified republic which has eliminated war, bigotry, disease and prejudice. Space travel is commonplace and atomic war is used for the purposes of construction rather than destruction. The Republic of Earth owes its existence to the teachings of the Great Man Abraham Lincoln. This timeline is accidentally negated by the time traveler Professor Russell Cromwell, who inadvertently allowed John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. (Weird Fantasy)
  • In Eerie, Indiana, the fourth Harvest King is chosen to be sacrificed to the werewolf Mr. Chaney in order to ensure 13 years of good luck and low taxes. The town authorities claim that he moved to Spain. (Eerie, Indiana)
  • Pedro is born in Madeiro, Mexico. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • In Düsseldorf, West Germany, four couples - the Nielsens, the Werners, the Elkenbergs and the Kalders - agree to make their children the subject of an experiment: to induce telepathic ability in them by never speaking to them. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Kara Kent is born to Clark Kent and Lois Lane Kent. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
  • Brenda Morgenstern is born. (Rhoda)

1954

  • January: In an Alternate Universe, there are widespread demonstrations of civil disobedience in Delhi calling for the immediate release of Jawaharlal Nehru from prison. ("Random Quest")
  • April 17: Birth of M. Bison. He would grow up to become the leader of the paramilitary organization Shadaloo/Shadowlaw and a would-be world conqueror. (Street Fighter II)
  • May 8: Jane Nance is born. (The 4400)
  • May 17: Racial segregation declared unconstitutional in America. (Real Life) Duncan MacLeod and Carl Robinson are pleased. (Highlander: The Series)
  • June 3: Sam Beckett leaps into Phillip Dumont aboard the RMS Queen Mary. He is there to prevent Phillip's ex-wife Catherine Farrington from marrying a gangster named Vincent "Vinny the Vipper" Loggia. (Quantum Leap)
  • July 3:
  • July 4: Gary Pitkin helps Elvis Presley prepare for his audition at Sun Records. When he begins playing "I Love You Because" on his guitar, Gary tells him that he should play "That's All Right" instead. However, Elvis thinks that this is "Devil's music" and the two of them get into a fight. Elvis is accidentally impaled on the broken neck of his guitar and dies. Gary buries him and assumes his identity. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • July 5:
  • September 4: Sam Beckett leaps into a legendary pool player named Charlie "Black Magic" Walters in Chicago. He is there to win a high stakes pool game so that Charlie's granddaughter Violet Walters can keep her bar. (Quantum Leap)
  • September 15: Peter Alan Tyler is born. (Doctor Who)
  • October 3: Sam Beckett leaps into Sam Beiderman, the inmate of a mental institution, in Havenwell, Pennsylvania. He is there to teach a fellow inmate named Tibby Johnson to read and write so that he will be able to get a job and take care of himself once he is released. However, Sam is subjected to electroshock therapy and assumes the identities of numerous previous leapees. (Quantum Leap)
  • October: Tim Taylor is born. (Home Improvement)
  • November 9: After becoming involved in the events preceding the Salem witch trials in January 1692, the First Doctor and his companions Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright arrive in Bristol. They go to see a performance of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible in which the trials are depicted. Susan is very upset to learn the fate of the people that she had met in Salem and uses the fast return switch to bring the TARDIS back to Salem in the hope of altering history. (Past Doctor Adventures)
  • December 26: Bettie Petrowski is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • The first Godzilla appears and destroys Tokyo. He is eventually killed, but scientists fear he wasn't the only member of his species. (Gojira)
  • Explorers encounter a "gill man" in the Black Lagoon. (Creature from the Black Lagoon)
  • Tony Wendice, a retired professional tennis player, hires an assassin to kill his wife, Margot, so he can claim the insurance money. When Margot kills the assassin in self-defence, Tony tries to get her convicted of murder so she will get the death penalty. (Dial M for Murder)
  • L. B. "Jeff" Jeffries, a professional photographer, breaks his leg during a dangerous assignment. Confined for a while to his small apartment, he starts spying on his neighbours out of boredom. Lars Thorwald starts acting suspiciously at about the same time. (Rear Window)
  • The heavy season 5 spoilers  is buried on the Island by the Others, with the help of the Losties. (Lost)
  • End of the Third Jedi Purge; New Jedi Order dissolved and Jedi scattered. Exiled Jedi and bounty hunter Cade Skywalker discovers his destiny and begins combating the New Sith Order. (Star Wars)
  • Birth of Claw. (Gargoyles)
  • Aperture Science is again a runner-up to the US Department of Defense's "Contractor of the Year" award. (Portal 2)
  • Asha Sayre becomes the Slayer. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Birth of Nikki Wood. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Roy Cohn, Juan Perón, Toscanini, dacron, Dien Bien Phu falls, Rock Around The Clock ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Bloody Heartland murders gain attention. UN Party becomes the dominant political party in Japan. (killer7)
  • In England, Hellboy meets the Osiris Club and becomes tasked with slaying the Saint Leonard Worm. In the aftermath, white lilies are seen sprouting from his blood. (Hellboy: The Nature of the Beast)
  • Birth of Stanley and Stanford Pines in New Jersey. Justification . (Gravity Falls)
  • Brooks Hatlen is released from Shawshank Prison on parole after 50 years. He finds it impossible to adapt to the modern world and hangs himself in his apartment. (The Shawshank Redemption)
  • William R. Simonson is born. (Soylent Green)
  • Allan Hartley graduates from Penn State while his childhood friend Larry Morton graduates from Cornell. ("Time and Time Again")
  • Bayside High School is founded. (Saved by the Bell: The New Class)
  • Paul Nader dies. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Randy is born. (Airplane!)
  • Barbara Wright is a student teacher in Cricklewood, London. (Past Doctor Adventures)
  • Tulung is born in Alaska. (Big Finish Doctor Who)
  • Nodal and Layale are married on Vyus. (Stargate SG-1)

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1954 or 1955
  • Alfred Hitchcock offers Amanda a job as a 'technical advisor' in his current project: To Catch a Thief, a film about cat burglars. Amanda turns him down, as the job would interfere with her busy schedule of committing cat burglaries. (Highlander: The Raven)
  • Michigan J. Frog is discovered alive having been sealed in the cornerstone of a building built in 1892. (Looney Tunes)

1955

  • January: Mark Craig and Ellen Harper are married. (St. Elsewhere)
  • April 3: Tess Doerner disappears. (The 4400)
  • April 19: Lewis Mesirow disappears. (The 4400)
  • July 2: Birth of Sagat in Thailand. He would grow up to become a master of the Muay Thai fighting style.(Street Fighter Alpha)
  • July 23: Sam Beckett leaps into a professional wrestler named Terry Sammis in Atlanta. He is there to prevent Terry's elder brother and partner Ronny from dying in the ring due to an undiagnosed heart defect. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 5: Eric Papequash disappears. (The 4400)
  • August 8:
    • Sam Beckett celebrates his second birthday. (Quantum Leap)
    • Sam Beckett leaps into Jesse Tyler, a 79-year-old African-American chauffeur, in Alabama. He is there to prevent Jesse's employer Miss Melanie Trafford, the widow of the former governor, from being killed when a train hits her car. (Quantum Leap)
    • Sam Beckett leaps into Clayton Fuller, the sheriff of Pottersville, Louisiana. He is there to prevent Clayton and his ten-year-old daughter Abagail from being killed in a house fire set by Leta Aider. (Quantum Leap)
  • Spring/Summer: Michael Corleone order the simultaneous execution of the heads of the “Five Families” of New York and Moe Greene in Las Vegas. (The Godfather)
  • September 4: Will Girardi is born. (Joan of Arcadia)
  • October 4: The Brooklyn Dodgers win the World Series against the New York Yankees. (Real Life) Bobby Hanes takes Daniel Malone to a fine dining establishment to celebrate. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • October 7: Allen Ginsberg first reads Howl publicly in San Francisco. (Howl film)
  • November 5: Dr. Emmett Brown falls off his toilet, bumps his head, and develops the idea of the flux capacitor, which makes time travel possible. Later that day, Marty McFly, a time traveler and protege of Doc Brown, arrives from 1985 and tries to keep his parents together and repair history from damage he has inadvertently caused. (Back to the Future)
  • November 12:
    • The Hill Valley courthouse clock tower is struck by lightning and permanently damaged. (Back to the Future)
    • Biff Tannen is given a sports almanac from his future self, which he uses to gather a large fortune in sports betting.More  (Back to the Future Part II)
  • November 15: Sam Beckett leaps into Billie Jean Crockett, a heavily pregnant 16-year-old girl, in Claremont, Oklahoma!. He is there to prevent Billie Jean from giving her baby up for adoption, which she regretted for the rest of her life. (Quantum Leap)
  • November: Dr. Erdel succeeds in teleporting a Martian to Earth, but promptly dies of a heart attack. The alien, J'onn J'onnz, becomes the Martian Manhunter. (DC Comics)
  • December 1: African-American seamstress Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This sets off the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a key moment in the American civil rights movement. (Real Life) The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions are forced to ensure Rosa's arrest by undoing the meddling a racist from the future, who seeks to preemptively end the civil rights movement at one of its key moments. (Doctor Who)
  • John "The Cat" Robie, a retired burglar, is forced pursued by the police when a copycat criminal comes on the scene. (To Catch a Thief)
  • Harry Worp dies just outside a small Vermont town in which Jennifer Rogers, his estranged wife, has taken residence in. Everyone assumes they somehow caused Harry's death. (The Trouble with Harry)
  • A second Godzilla is discovered as well as a mutated Ankylosaurus known as "Anguirus". Anguirus is killed by the second Godzilla (also known as "Gigantis"), and Godzilla is soon frozen alive by the JSDF. (Godzilla Raids Again)
  • Birth of David Xanatos in Bar Harbor, Maine. His father Petros Xanatos is a Greek immigrant and impoverished fisherman. David would grow up to become a businessman. (Gargoyles)
  • Public backlash and lawsuits against superheroes leads to the passing of the Superhero Relocation Act, and the retirement of all known supers. (The Incredibles)
  • Estimated birth of Miri on a planet nearly-identical to Earth. Due to receiving a life-prolongation treatment as a child, Miri would age extremely slowly. She was still prepubescent in the 23rd century. The catch being that entering puberty could be fatal to her. (Star Trek: The Original Series)
  • Donald Salzer joins the Watchers as a historian. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Birth of the immortal Frank Brennan. (Highlander The Raven)
  • Donald Duck reconciles Scrooge and Matilda McDuck (The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck)
  • The National Potato Board recognizes Aperture Science with the Spirit of Idaho award for its work promoting potato science. (Portal 2)
  • Michigan J. Frog is buried alive in the cornerstone of the new "Tregoweth Brown Building" to be rediscovered when that building is demolished in 2056. (Looney Tunes)
  • Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team, Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Union 7 attend a secret meeting in the Union Hotel, where they are killed by Emir Parkreiner. Parkreiner himself is then killed by Harman Smith. Harman Deltahead and Kun Lan resurrect. (killer7)
  • Henry and Abigail Morgan travel aboard the Orient Express for their honeymoon. While aboard, Henry saves the life of King of Urkesh's son; the king rewards Henry with a ring. (Forever)
  • Detective Harry Angel is retained to track down the vanished prewar musician Johnny Favorite. (Angel Heart)
  • Henry Allen is born. (The Flash (2014))
  • Dr. Mark Craig finishes his internship at St. Eligius and becomes a cardiac surgeon at Boston General Hospital. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Sarah O'Casey dies of polio. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Father Joseph McCabe is relieved of his position as chief administrator of St. Eligius by the Archbishop of Boston Richard Cushing. He is reassigned to a parish in Phoenix, Arizona to convert the Hopi tribe to Christianity. Dr. Daniel Auschlander succeeds him at St. Eligius. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Rose Greenman dies. (Quantum Leap)
  • Nina Morrison and Walter Sandler are born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • The Ghost enters suspended animation. He is revived in 1990. (The Flash (1990))
  • Anthony Fremont is born in Peaksville, Ohio to Bill and Agnes Fremont. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • On Altair IV, Insectoid Aliens run a commando training simulation in preparation for their upcoming invasion of Earth. Two aliens playing the roles of the young couple Dr. Kevin Carlson and Faith suffer memory loss and begin to believe that they are humans caught up in an alien invasion. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • The film I Married An Abolitionist is released in the Confederate States. (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America)
  • A 22nd Century time traveler named Teddy Cochrane breaks the rules and lands his Flying Saucer in Ohio in 1955. In the process, he accidentally kills a dog. This results in history being altered as the dog was supposed to raise the alarm about a fire. In the dog's absence, the fire kills many people who would have otherwise lived and their descendants are erased from existence. The story of Teddy Cochrane later serves as a cautionary tale to other time travelers. (The Flipside of Dominick Hide)
  • Murray Slaughter and Marie Maguire are married. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

Early to mid 1950s

  • The Alliance of Shades are established on Earth, covering up any alien invasions. (Doctor Who Expanded Universe [animated serials], Men in Black, The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • Latest possible date for the birth of Akuma/Gouki, presumably in Japan. He would grow up to become a combat addict with a code of honour: he will fight worthy opponents to the death but refuse to fight or kill those clearly inferior to himself. (Street Fighter IIjustification )
  • Earliest possible date for the birth of Gill. He would become the leader of The Illuminati by his 22nd year. His organization is devoted to the service of mankind, but they tend to take things a bit far. (Street Fighter IIIjustification: )
  • Earliest possible date for the birth of Urien, younger brother of Gill. He would constantly rival him for the leadership of the Illuminati. (Street Fighter IIIjustification )
  • On Earth-2, Clark Kent married fellow Daily Star reporter Lois Lane; Lois also learned her husband's secret identity. (Action Comics #484, DC Comics)
  • On Earth-2, Bruce Wayne married a now-reformed Selina Kyle. Unlike her Earth-1 counterpart (as shown in Detective Comics #203), Selina never returned to crime. (Superman Family #211, DC Comics)
  • Fearing the superweapon research being conducted on the Space Colony Ark, especially Project SHADOW, G.U.N. invade the Ark and kill many of the personnel on-board. Before Maria Robotnik succumbs to her injuries, she sends Shadow the Hedgehog to the planet's surface where he would spend several decades in stasis. (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • When he is seven or eight years old, Jesse Keys is brought to a carnival in Bement, Illinois by his stepfather Sheriff Bill Walker. He loves all of the rides and attractions but he is frightened by the carnies. The image of one particular carny is used by the aliens during his later abductions as well as those of his son Charlie and Lisa Clarke. (Taken)
  • Neil Abbott is killed in The Korean War. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Professor Peter Bartell discovers the location of the flesh-eating microbes he's been hunting by following a pattern of fish skeletons popping up on shores. (The Flesh Eaters)

1956

  • January: The city of Boston takes over operation of St. Eligius from the Archdiocese of Boston. (St. Elsewhere)
  • April 20: On Earth 10, Nazi Germany captures Washington, D.C.. This is the final step in their conquest of Earth. (DC Comics)
  • April: Flattop Jr, the son of notorious hitman Flattop Jones, and his accomplice Joe Period embark on a two-state crime spree. Joe Period is caught, but Flattop Jr goes into hiding. (Dick Tracy)
  • June 1: Birth of Zangief in the Soviet Union. He would grow up to became a professional wrestler and a Boisterous Bruiser. (Street Fighter II)
  • June: Howard Arnell graduates from Leif Erickson High School. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • July 25: The Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the Swedish ocean liner MS Stockholm 45 miles off Nantucket, Massachusetts. 46 people are killed. (Real Life) Several hours before the sinking, the Andrea Doria finds a lifeboat from the RMS Lusitania containing a survivor who has inexplicably managed to survive for 41 years. (Night Gallery)
  • August 5: Sam Beckett leaps into the veterinarian Dr. Daniel "Doc" Young in Texas. He is there to fix Tess McGill up with a ranch-hand named Wayne and to help Buddy Holly write "Peggy Sue". (Quantum Leap)
  • August 12: Grant Cutter, Jr. and Michelle Temple are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 13: Sam Beckett leaps into Eddie Brackett, the co-pilot of an air taxi, over The Bermuda Triangle. He is there to prevent the plane from disappearing without a trace. (Quantum Leap)
  • September 6: Alfred Twenter disappears. (The 4400)
  • September 13: After stepping into the quantum leap accelerator in 1995, Dr. Sam Beckett leaps into Captain Tom Stratton, an Air Force test pilot, in Brockfield, California. He is there to prevent not only Tom from dying in the attempt to reach Mach 3 but his wife Peggy from having a miscarriage. (Quantum Leap)
  • September 27: Sam Beckett leaps into a Greek sailor named Nikos Stathotos who is on a lifeboat in the Aegean Sea with a wealthy heiress named Vanessa Foster. He is there to prevent Nikos and Vanessa from being rescued so they can start a family on a desert island. (Quantum Leap)
  • September 30: Jung Pak disappears. (The 4400)
  • October 8:
    • Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitches a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. (Real Life) Dr. Henry Morgan misses it due to a work commitment, much to the consternation of his young son Abraham. (Forever)
    • Sam Beckett leaps into Arnold Watkins ("the Midnight Marauder") in order to stop a fraternity pledge from dying in an initiation. The success of Sam's leap is put into jeopardy when he crosses paths with evil leaper Alia for the second time.note  (Quantum Leap)
  • November 2: Sam Beckett leaps into Chance Cole, an escaped convict and member of a chain gang, in Talawaga County, Mississippi. He is there to prevent Chance's fellow prisoner Jasper Boone, a wrongfully convicted African-American man, from being killed. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 15: Birth of Rolento F. Schugerg, a German-American boy. He would grow up to become a member of the American special forces, a mercenary and a gang leader. Later in life, Rolento would strive to create his own utopian nation. (Final Fight, Street Fighter Alpha)
  • November:
    • Flattop Jr is killed in a shootout with police officer Lizz Worthington. (Dick Tracy)
    • Jill Patterson (later Taylor) is born. (Home Improvement)
  • December 1: Verena Artinger disappears. (The 4400)
  • December 13: Birth of Lee in China. He would grow up to become a master of the kenpo fighting style. (Street Fighter)
  • Barry Allen becomes The Flash. (DC Comics)
  • Dr. Benjamin "Ben" McKenna, his wife Josephine Conway "Jo" McKenna and their young son Henry ("Hank") are enjoying a vacation in Morocco. They befriend Louis Bernard, a mysterious Frenchman who turns out to be an agent for the French Intelligence Services. He is later stabbed In the Back. His last words to Ben warn of an assassination that is going to happen in London. The McKennas find themselves involved in the espionage business. (The Man Who Knew Too Much)
  • The Eisenhower Administration awards Aperture Science a contract to provide shower curtains to all branches of the military except the Navy. (Portal)
  • Asha Sayre and her Watcher prevent the Ku Klux Klan, which is under vampiric control, from burning down a black church, but both die in the attempt. Mariko becomes the Slayer. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev, Princess Grace, Peyton Place, trouble in the Suez ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • In Norway, Hellboy encounters King Vold when meeting with a Professor Edmond Aickman. (Hellboy: King Vold)
  • In Mexico, Hellboy teams up with a trio of luchador brothers to battle vampires. (Hellboy in Mexico)
  • The flying doctor is abducted from the Australian Outback and brought to Mars. (Journey into Space)
  • Stephen Craig is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Will Pryor is born. (American Dreams)
  • Daniel Basch is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • The Challengers of the Unknown form. (DC Comics)
  • Billy Bayles, Tina Miller and Douglas Stansfield are born. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Carl Jasperson dies. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Helen Foley is born. (Twilight Zone: The Movie)
  • Fitzgerald and Esther Fortune are married. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Rachel Rosso is born. (The Flash (2014))
  • In an Alternate Universe, the German Empire attacks the United States with nuclear weapons during the War of 1956. Germany subsequently occupies the defeated US. The occuption continues until at least the 2090s. (Crosstime Traffic)
  • Ruslan Chernovshev is born. (Stargate SG-1)

1957

  • January 9: William Anthony "Buck" Rogers is born. (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
  • January 14: John Robinson is born. (Lost in Space)
  • March 2: Sam Beckett leaps into an archaeologist named Dr. Dale Conway in Saqqara, Egypt. He is there to prevent Dale and his fellow archaeologist Dr. Ginny Wills from falling victim to the curse of Ptah-Hotep. (Quantum Leap)
  • April 15: Michael Ferdman disappears. (The 4400)
  • Summer: As the Dodgers play their final season in Brooklyn, Daniel Malone plays for their farm team in Montreal. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • June 15:
  • June 22: Sam Beckett leaps into the 23-year-old version of his holographic observer Al Calavicci in San Diego. The young Al, known by his call sign Bingo, is suspected of the rape and murder of Marci Riker, the wife of his commanding officer Dirk Riker. Sam accidentally creates an Alternate Timeline in which Al is found guilty of Marci's murder and executed in the gas chamber. As such, Sam gains a new observer, Edward St. John V. (Quantum Leap)
  • June: Jacqueline Wade is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • July 27: Philip Silbart is born in Hastings, Nebraska. (Quantum Leap)
  • July 29: Sam Beckett leaps into an attorney named Leonard Darcey in Louisiana. He is there to prevent Leonard's client Delilah "Lila" Berry from being convicted of the murder of Houston Palmer Cotter. (Quantum Leap)
  • July 31: Luba Skekhter disappears. (The 4400)
  • July: An alien lifeform crashes to Earth in a meteorite and proceeds to consume everything in its path, growing larger as it does so. (The Blob (1958))
  • August 7: April Stevens (later Ewing) is born. (Dallas)
  • October 4:
    • The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite, into an elliptical low Earth orbit. (Real Life)
    • The launch attracts the attention of the Vulcans. They proceed to sent a survey ship to observe planet Earth. The surveillance works fine for three weeks. Then the ship faces a mechanical problem and crashlands near Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania. Three surviving Vulcans (T'Mir, Stron and Mestral) have to pose as humans and settle in town. Mestral discovers a new talent: hustling pool. (Star Trek: Enterprise)
    • Lt. Colonel Owen Crawford believes that the successful launch of Sputnik 1 is due to the Soviets capturing an alien ship and managing to determine how it works. (Taken)
    • Sputnik 1 explodes on the launchpad, allowing the American Vanguard satellite to be the first to orbit Earth. (Chrononauts)
  • October 5: Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald, then a member of the Marine Corps, in Atsugi, Kanagwa, Japan. He is there to prevent Oswald from killing his superior officer Sgt. Lopez. (Quantum Leap)
  • October 6: Sam Beckett leaps into Kenny Sharp, an actor who plays Future Boy in the children's science fiction series Captain Galaxy, in St. Louis. He is there to prevent Moe Stein, who plays Captain Galaxy, from being committed to a mental institution by his daughter Irene Kiner. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 9: Sam Beckett leaps into a mortician named Melvyn Spooner in River Rock, Massachusetts. He is there to solve the murder of Hilla "Hilly" Doehner, who died on her 19th birthday. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 28: Sam Beckett leaps into Tyler Means, a 82-year-old retired gunfighter, in Coffin, Arizona. He is there to prevent not only Tyler from being killed by his former partner Pat Knight but his disillusioned grandson Stevie from pursuing a life of crime. (Quantum Leap)
  • December 9: Atomic Robo and a team from TeslaDyne investigate strange events in the town of Cloverdale, Oregon, encountering a now-familiar monster. (Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time)
  • December: Wayne Fiscus is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Indiana Jones travels to Peru to prevent the Soviet Union from obtaining a crystal skull more  (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
  • The Soviet Union launches several ICBMs, turning most of the United States into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The Kingdom of Elvis, encompassing much of Nevada and California, is founded with its capital in Lost Vegas. (Six String Samurai)
  • An object is sighted falling into the waters off Rockwell, Maine. The object is later revealed to be a giant robot. more  (The Iron Giant)
  • A pandemic rages at the wartorn and economic shot countries of the world. (The Shape of Things to Come)
  • Birth of Wolf, a distant descendant of Hakon. He would grow up to become a member of the Pack. (Gargoyles)
  • During the Mau Mau Uprising, several white zombies are killed by Gikuyu rebels. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is injured in a nuclear explosion, miraculously he survives but slowly turns into an insane giant. (The Amazing Colossal Man)
  • Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac, Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge on the River Kwai ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Harman Smith forms the Second Smith Syndicate, also known as the Killer 7, consisting of himself, Garcian Smith more , Dan Smith, Kaede Smith, Kevin Smith, Coyote Smith, Con Smith, and Mask de Smith. (killer7)
  • Amy Archer wins a Pulitzer. (The Hudsucker Proxy)
  • Mary Lou Maloney burns to death after she is crowned the queen of Hamilton High prom. At the same time, two students are killed outside the school building. (Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil)
  • Strange events surround the first successful test of a British nuclear weapon near Christmas Island. (Black Light)
  • Nurse Jenny Lee goes to work as a midwife in London's East End. (Call the Midwife)
  • Henry Morgan is recognized in passing by a war buddy, who can't understand how Henry is alive. Fearing that his immortality secret is in jeopardy, Henry and his family pack up and move away. (Forever)
  • Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, Richie Cunningham, and Ralph Malph meet a time-traveler from the 25th century, who takes them to various eras in the past and future in her malfunctioning time machine. Eventually, the gang return home to Milwaukee. (The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang)
  • A Nigerian woman who emigrated to London to become a nurse attempts to commit suicide by jumping off Tower Bridge. Instead she is chosen to become the new spirit of the tidal river as Mama Thames. (Rivers of London)
  • On Earth-2, Helena Wayne is born to that world's married Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. (DC Comics)
  • George Denbrough, a six-year-old resident of Derry, Maine, is brutally murdered by Pennywise The Dancing Clown, in reality a demonic, extradimensional entity living in the sewers beneath the town. George's death marks the first of one of the creatures feeding frenzies, which occurs once every 27 years. (IT)
  • Dr. Pascal Keldermans dies. (Secret Army)
  • Howard and Shirley Winnick are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Katie Beckett is born in Elk Ridge, Indiana. (Quantum Leap)
  • Sam Beckett leaps into a firefighter and rescues a cat from a tree. (Quantum Leap)
  • Brett Johnson is born. (St. Elsewhere)
  • Alan and Eileen Ransome are married. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Alan Parrish and Sarah Whittle are born. (Jumanji)

1958

  • January 29: Daniel Malone, recovering from a car accident and leg amputation performed a few weeks prior, reads in the newspaper that Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella was injured in a car accident the day before. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • January: A Vulcan survey ship arrives at Earth, attempting to rescue three Vulcans who crashlanded there in October 1957. The trio had spend three months posing as humans in Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania. T'Mir and Stron choose to leave. Mestral likes his new home and decides to stay. T'Mir is the lookalike great-grandmother of T'Pol. (Star Trek: Enterprise)
  • February 25: Sam Beckett leaps into a bigamist named Marty Elroy in Florida. He is there to ensure that both of Marty's wives, Ellen and Rachel, leave him so that they can have better lives for themselves. (Quantum Leap)
  • March 24: Elvis Presley joins the US Army. (Real Life) Irish Dave regards it as the death of Rock & Roll. (Taken)
  • March 27: Biff Tannen uses the Sports Almanac to make his first million gambling.note  (The newspaper reporting this event also reports that Nikita Khrushchev is appointed premier of the the Soviet Union, which occurred on this date.) (Back to the Future Part II)
  • April 4: Arnold Culliver is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • April 22: Jeff Kern is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • May 10: Sam Beckett leaps into a New York City taxi driver named Max Greenman. He is there to prevent Max from being murdered. Along the way, he meets a Guardian Angel named Angelita Carmen Guadalupe Cecelia Jimenez and a young Donald Trump. (Quantum Leap)
  • May 25: Janet Gay Kelly is murdered by Leon Stiles in Danbury, Texas. (Quantum Leap)
  • Summer: A young boy discovers that his neighbour is horrifically abusing her niece. (The Girl Next Door)
  • June 5: Kathryn M. Dorney is murdered by Leon Stiles in Bartlesville, Oklahoma!. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 7: Sam Beckett leaps into Darlene Monte, a contestant in the beauty pageant Miss Deep South, in Louisiana. He is there to prevent a sleazy photographer named Clint Beaumont from taking nude photos of another contestant, Connie Duncan, and ruining her life. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 8: Robin Myles is murdered by Leon Stiles in Enid, Oklahoma. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 10: Karen J. Milne is murdered by Leon Stiles in Milne, Arkansas. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 18: Sam Beckett leaps into a murderer named Leon Stiles who is holding a mother and daughter, Carol and Becky Pruitt, hostage in Pine County, Oklahoma!. He is there to prevent not only Becky from being killed when the police storm the house but also Sheriff John Hoyt from killing Stiles. Complications arise in 1999 when Stiles escapes from the Waiting Room. Al Calavicci must track him down or Sam won't be able to leap. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 23: Rowan Morrison is born. (The Wicker Man (1973))
  • June 25: Maureen Robinson is born. (Lost in Space)
  • August 10: The death of Sgt. Pepper, he leaves his band's magical instruments to the citizens of his hometown of Heartland. (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
  • August 24: Birth of Tessa Noël in Lille, France. She would grow up to become a professional artist (mostly a sculptor), an antiques store owner, and a museum curator. She would also become a significant love interest to Duncan MacLeod. (Highlander: The Seriesjustification )
  • August 29: John "The Hawk" Hawkins is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • September 1: Sam Beckett leaps into Shane "Funny Bone" Thomas, a member of a motorcycle gang, near Big Sur, California. He is there to prevent Becky from being raped and murdered by the gang's leader Dillon. (Quantum Leap)
  • September 12: A raid by Andrew Ryan's forces on Fontaine Futuristics ends in a shootout and Fontaine's apparent death. Ryan nationalizes and takes over the company, and in response to growing disorder and an increasingly ADAM-craving population develops the Big Daddies to protect the Little Sisters as they gather ADAM. A new populist leader known only as Atlas emerges to oppose Ryan. (BioShock)
  • October: Waring Hudsucker commits suicide. Norville Barnes, who started working in the mailroom on the same day, is appointed president of Hudsucker Industries as part of a scheme to prevent company stock from being made public.Justification  (The Hudsucker Proxy)
  • November 18: Sam Beckett leaps into a trapeze artist named Victor Panzini in Colorado. He is there to prevent Victor's younger sister Eva from dying in a stunt that goes wrong. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 22: George McFly and Lorraine Baines visit Doc Brown's house, each separately intending to ask "Calvin Klein" for relationship advice. Doc attempts to fix their problems himself by using his knowledge of the future. (Back to the Future)
  • November 23: Terry Fisher disappears. (The 4400)
  • December 4: Jamie Ewing is born. (Dallas)
  • December 18: After eleven years of failing to determine how the alien ship that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico works, the entire scientific research team at Groom Lake, Nevada is reassigned to Iceland. They are replaced by the former Nazi rocket scientist Dr. Kreutz. (Taken)
  • December 19:
    • Russell Keys, who has become a drifter, jumps on a train in Granby, Colorado. That night, another drifter named Irish Dave attempts to steal Russell's World War II medals while he is asleep but Russell wakes up and they get into a fight. Irish Dave beats Russell to the point of death. The aliens abduct Russell in order to save his life. While he is aboard the ship, he sees his 12-year-old son Jesse. Russell is returned to the train carriage the next morning. This is the last time that he is abducted. (Taken)
    • Sally Clarke and her 10-year-old son Jacob attend a spacecraft convention in Amarillo, Texas. The keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Quarrington, the author of the book My Life Inside the Flying Saucers who claims to have visited Venus multiple times. Quarrington is secretly an agent of the UFO project who says whatever they tell him to say. (Taken)
  • December 24: Russell Keys goes to his home town of Bement, Illinois in order to protect his son Jesse from the aliens. However, Jesse's stepfather Sheriff Bill Walker refuses to let Russell talk to him. (Taken)
  • December 25:
    • Russell Keys approaches Jesse outside of his house in Bement, Illinois and convinces him to come with him. The two of them jump a train passing through town. Russell gives his World War II medals to Jesse as a Christmas present. Jesse keeps them with him for the remaining 34 years of his life. That night, Jesse is abducted from the train carriage by the aliens while Russell is asleep. His abduction results in 200 reports of strange lights in the sky over Illinois being reported to the UFO project. (Taken)
    • At the suggestion of Dr. Kreutz, Lt. Colonel Owen Crawford has the psychic identical twins Gladys and Mavis Erenberg brought to Groom Lake, Nevada in order to determine whether they can power the alien ship. Their efforts are unsuccessful and they die from prolonged exposure to the aliens' technology. As a result of this experiment, Crawford misses Christmas Day with his wife Anne and their sons Eric and Sam, causing a strain in his marriage. (Taken)
    • Tom and Becky Clarke return to their childhood home in Lubbock, Texas to spend Christmas Day with their mother Sally and younger half-brother Jacob. Becky tries to convince Sally to send Jacob to the Greenspan School in Missoula, Montana but she refuses to even consider it. (Taken)
  • December 26: Russell Keys is arrested for the kidnapping of his son Jesse by his former friend and Jesse's stepfather Sheriff Bill Walker in Mattoon, Illinois. (Taken)
  • December 31:
    • At 11:59, Norville Barnes finds out why he was made president, and attempts suicide. (The Hudsucker Proxy)
    • Lt. Colonel Owen Crawford meets Sally Clarke at a spacecraft convention in Tucumcari, New Mexico. He pretends to be interested in her romantically but his true objective is to kidnap her son Jacob in the hope of using him to power the alien ship. (Taken)
    • Atlas leads an army of splicers and revolutionaries in an all-out attack against Rapture on New Year's Eve, finally pushing the already crumbling city into open war. (BioShock)
  • December: Hudsucker Industries introduces the hula hoop. (The Hudsucker Proxy)
  • Adam Strange's first adventures on the planet Rann. (DC Comics)
  • During a police chase across the rooftops of San Francisco, Detective John "Scottie" Ferguson nearly falls to his death and develops a fear of heights. Soon after, his wife, Madeline, falls to her death from the top of a bell tower, but more  (Vertigo)
  • Adrian Veidt makes his debut as Ozymandias. (Watchmen)
  • Mina Murray and Allan Quatermain, on the run from the corrupted British Secret Service, find The Black Dossier, which tells about the history of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and escape to the Blazing World. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
  • The Occult War ends with the death of Adolf Hitler. (Hellboy film series)
  • World War III decimates the world. (The Psychotechnic League)
  • The Tenth Doctor gets sent to the secret base Dreamland, and discovers a bug war in progress. (Doctor Who Expanded Universe [animated serials])
  • Birth of Shannon O'Donnell. She would grow up to become an aerospace engineer and look-alike ancestor of Kathryn Janeway. (Star Trek: Voyager)
  • Birth of Brenda Wyatt in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Thomas and Elizabeth Wyatt. She would grow up to become a forenscic scientist and the second wife of Connor MacLeod. (Highlander and novelization)
  • Duncan MacLeod and James "Jim" Coltek meet again in Greenwich Village, New York City to hunt immortal serial killer Bryce Korland. (Highlander: The Series)
  • In Buenos Aires, the immortal Katya of Greenhill meets and adopts Elena Moreno. . (Highlander: The Series)
  • Birth of Maria Chavez. She would grow up to become Captain of Detectives in the 23rd precinct of New York City. (Gargoyles)
  • Birth of the gargoyle Sora to the Ishimura Clan of Japan. She would become the mate of Yama. (Gargoyles)
  • Glen Manning is found in Mexico after believed to be dead, now a disfigured and crazed giant. (War of the Colossal Beast)
  • Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball, Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide. ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • The monster known as Blackout rises in London. It takes over the city and kills two successive Midnight Mayors before being stopped by a young Robert James Bakker. (The Neon Court)
  • Titus Cobbett is cycling through post-war Europe and is writing about it in his diary. (The Shape of Things to Come)
  • Birth of Elise (later Elise Davies). (Tru Calling)
  • In Virginia, Hellboy encounters witches and a being called The Crooked Man in the Appalachian Mountains. He is assisted by one Tom Ferrel. (Hellboy: The Crooked Man)
  • In Malyasia, Hellboy encounters and destroys the Penanggalan. (Hellboy: Penanggalan)
  • The Losers Club, a ground of seven 11-year-old misfits and outcasts living in Derry, first befriend eachother. Shortly afer, the group realizes that they've all had encounters with a hostile, shapeshifting entity that haunts Derry, and that the entity has been responsible for countless deaths and tragedies over the decades, including William's younger brother George. The Losers battle IT in the sewers, and manages to drive it back into hibernation using a magic ritual, swearing a blood oath to reunite if IT ever returns. (IT)
  • Matt Sikes is born. (Alien Nation)
  • Charlie O'Reilly is killed when he is run over by a bus. (Quantum Leap)
  • Sylvia Walters dies. (Quantum Leap)
  • Lou Grant visits Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Bonnie Slaughter is born. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Harmon and Flora Gordon are married. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • John Frobisher is born. (Torchwood: Children of Earth)

1959

  • January 1:
    • 12:00 - Norville Barnes speaks with the angel of Waring Hudsucker. (The Hudsucker Proxy)
    • 12:01 - Norville Barnes does not die, and retakes control of Hudsucker Industries. (The Hudsucker P Roxy)
    • The New Year's Eve Riots escalate into a civil war within Rapture, pitting followers of the populist leader Atlas against an increasingly tyrannical Andrew Ryan. (BioShock)
    • As it has been a week since his disappearance, the search for Jesse Keys is called off by his stepfather Sheriff Bill Walker, who believes that he is dead. His mother Kate is devastated. (Taken)
    • Lt. Colonel Owen Crawford sabotages Sally Clarke's truck in Tucumcari, New Mexico so that he has an excuse to drive her home to Lubbock, Texas and an opportunity to kidnap Jacob. (Taken)
  • January 3:
    • Using the pretense of a fishing trip to get acquainted, Owen Crawford kidnaps Jacob Clarke. Jacob's mother Sally is none the wiser until Crawford's wife Anne shows up at her house, having learned of her husband's whereabouts from his subordinate Captain Marty Erickson. (Taken)
    • After spending ten days aboard an alien ship, Jesse Keys is returned to Earth. His overjoyed mother Kate finds him sitting under a tree in their frontyard in Bement, Illinois. (Taken)
  • January 4:
    • Jacob Clarke escapes from Lt. Colonel Owen Crawford by using his powers to show Crawford all of his memories and all of his fears. Crawford is traumatized by the experience as he sees his own death from a stroke on April 27, 1970. That night, a severely weakened Jacob is found wandering down the road by his elder half-siblings Tom and Becky. After bringing him home to Lubbock, Texas, they fake Jacob's death by burning down the shed where their mother Sally had been building a transmitter in the hope of contacting the alien John. Jacob begins attending the Greenspan School in Missoula, Montana. (Taken)
    • Russell Keys is released from the jail in Bement, Illinois as his ex-wife Kate refuses to press kidnapping charges. After giving him $50, Sheriff Bill Walker punches him in the stomach and warns him to never come back. (Taken)
  • January 5: Anne Crawford tells her husband Owen that she wants to leave him because of his affair with Sally Clarke. He refuses to let her do so as she knows too much about the UFO project. (Taken)
  • January 6: Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald in Tustin, California. He meets another Marine named Donald P. Bellisario, who objects to Oswald reading Pravda and his Communist beliefs. (Quantum Leap)
  • January 27: Birth of Dudley in the United Kingdom to a wealthy family. Dudley would become a professional fighter to raise money after the family fortune was lost. (Street Fighter III)
  • February 15: Jerome Horowitz is born. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • March 5: Flight Lieutenant William Terrance Decker of the Royal Flying Corps lands his plane in Lafayette Air Base in Reims, France, having traveled 42 years forward in time. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • March 24: Vanessa Ambres is born. (The Flash (2014))
  • April 6: Bugs Bunny wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Short for 1958's "Knighty Knight Bugs." This infuriates rival nominee Slappy Stanley, who promptly moves to France, where he stays for the next 30+ years. (Looney Tunes, Tiny Toon Adventures, date from Real Life)
  • April 30: Sam Beckett leaps into a stand-up comedian named Davey Parker in Glendale, Arizona. He is there to prevent Davey's partner Mac MacKay from being murdered by the Mafia. (Quantum Leap)
  • May 30: Nikki Carpenter is born. (MacGyver (1985))
  • June 11: Gregory House is born. (House)
  • June:
  • July 21:
    • Famous poet John Shade is shot and killed by someone who may or may not be an assassin from a Ruritanian country or possibly an escapee from a local insane asylum. (Pale Fire)
    • Birth of Thunder Hawk in the Thunderfoot Tribe of Mexico. His father Arroyo Hawk would eventually be killed by M. Bison. Thunder would grow up to seeker of vengeance. (Street Fighter II)
  • September 9: Sam Beckett leaps into a DJ named Chick Howell in Peoria, Illinois. He is there to bring Rock & Roll to the city. (Quantum Leap)
  • October 15: Adrian Monk is born. (Monk)
  • October 21: Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald in Lubyanka, Moscow, Russia, shortly after Oswald defected to the Soviet Union. (Quantum Leap)
  • October:
    • Aging movie actress Barbara Jean Trenton mysteriously disappears from the screening room in her home where she had obsessively watching her old movies for many years. Her agent Danny Weiss sees Barbara, once again young and vibrant, surrounded by her former friends and fellow actors on the screen, having seemingly transported herself into the fantasy she so desperately wanted. (The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine)
    • Ad executive Martin Sloan returns to his hometown Homewood by chance when his car breaks down, and finds himself mysteriously transported to the summer of 1934, where he encounters his 11-year-old self. (The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance)
  • November 1: Terry Spencer disappears. (The 4400)
  • Superman's cousin Supergirl arrives on Earth. (DC Comics)
  • Hal Jordan becomes Green Lantern. (DC Comics)
  • Madison Avenue advertising executive Roger Thornhill is mistaken for espionage agent George Kaplan and chased halfway across America by enemy spies. During all this, Eve Kendall enters his life and said life is changed forever. (North by Northwest)
  • The Seventh Doctor and Mel defeat the Bannermen. (Doctor Who)
  • Jon Osterman becomes Doctor Manhattan. (Watchmen)
  • Stephen Peacock, who later will become the floorwalker in the Ladies' and Gentlemen's department at Grace Brothers, gets married. (Are You Being Served?)
  • The beginning of the creation of the 'Dictatorship of the Air'. It bans religion as well as making Basic English the global language and the Common Era the common dating system. (The Shape of Things to Come)
  • Birth of Clare Raymond. She would grow up to become a homemaker and mother of two. Being subject to cryogenic stasis, Clare was still alive in the 24th century. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Donald Salzer becomes a historical researcher for the Watchers. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Birth of the immortal Alfred Cahill in London, England. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • Birth of Morgan Morgan. He would grow up to become a NYPD police officer and a close friend of Eliza Maza. (Gargoyles)
  • Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, space monkey, mafia, hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go. ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • A treaty is signed between the Midnight Mayor of London and the Neon Court. (The Neon Court)
  • Curtis Blackburn commits various secret atrocities on behalf of the US government and becomes known in Seattle's underground circles. (killer7)
  • The Utonium boy is saved from an evil time-travelling monkey by a trio of little girls. This sparks his interest in science and drive to one day create the perfect little girl. (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • A "psychic investigation" at the Hugh Crain manor in New England ends disastrously. (The Haunting of Hill House)
  • The Pound Puppies defeat Marvin McNasty to restore the Bone of Scone (Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw)
  • In Ireland, Hellboy investigates the abduction of Alice Monhagan, eventually rescuing the child. Gruagach, a fairy involved in the abduction, swears vengeance on him. (Hellboy: The Corpse)
  • In Brazil, Hellboy rescues a women from Nazi scientist and war criminal Herman von Klempt. (Hellboy: World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator)
  • Bank teller Henry Bemis survives World War III through sheer luck while stuck in a bank vault. Believing himself to be the last man on Earth, Bemis delights in finally being able to indulge in his passion of reading with no other demands on his time, but in a moment of cruel irony he accidentally breaks his glasses, leaving him virtually blind. (The Twilight Zone: Time Enough At Last)
  • Pervis Takins, Carol Benning and Daniel Burke are born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Phyllis Sutherland and Lars Lindstrom are married. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • The six-year-old Kara Kent first exhibits superpowers when she floats in the air. In order to suppress her powers, her mother Lois Lane Kent gives her an amulet that mimics the effects of a red sun. Her husband Clark Kent had made the amulet for her when she was pregnant with Kara so that the baby would not develop powers in the womb. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
  • Lex Luthor, who is in actuality the Ultra-Humanite, approaches the nine-year-old Joel Kent. He tells him that his father Clark Kent is Superman and that he exposed his mother Lois to gold kryptonite while she was pregnant with him so that he would not develop powers. According to Luthor's twisted narrative, Clark feared that Joel would eventually become more powerful than him and eclipse him as Earth's greatest superhero. (Superman & Batman: Generations)
  • Nora Thompson (later Allen) is born. (The Flash (2014))
  • Heinz Buckliger is born in Breslau in the Greater German Reich. (In the Presence of Mine Enemies)
  • Reginald Pearson begins working as Michael Blake's valet. (Quantum Leap)
  • Former SS-Obersturmführer Karl Rademacher immigrates to the United States under the alias of a Swiss national named Robert Greene. He opens a dry cleaning business in Philadelphia. (The Outer Limits (1995))

mid to late 1950s

  • Latest possible date for the birth of Donovan Baine. He would grow up to become a Buddhist monk and a Vampire Hunter. (Darkstalkersjustification )
  • Estimated birth of Darun Mister in India. He would become the most prominent wrestler of his country. (Street Fighter EXjustification )
  • The launch of Sputnik, and resulting popular interest in space and science fiction, causes a decline in interest in cowboy-themed television programming and toys which results in the cancellation of Woody's Round-up and the termination of the related line of toys. (Toy Story 2)
  • J.R. Dobbs, a struggling mid-American salesman, claims to have undergone a bizarre religious epiphany. (The Church of the Subgenius)
  • Earliest possible date for the first appearance of Cure Flower. Encounters and defeats Dune by herself (Heartcatch Pretty Cure)
  • Despite its lofty ambitions, the Ingsoc government fails after less than a decade in power, and Big Brother is assassinated. The regime is completely dismantled by 1958. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier)

     1960 C.E. to 1963 C.E. 
1960
  • January 1: Trevor McPhee is returned to Earth by the aliens who abducted him on December 31, 1949. He wakes up in a ditch with no knowledge that a decade has passed. Trevor receives a lift from a man named Ray Carter. His wife Theresa is shocked to see him as she believes that he abandoned her ten years earlier. He thinks that he may have amnesia and is examined by Dr. Golden to determine what's wrong with him. That night, Trevor and Theresa have sex and their son Mark is conceived as a result. The aliens then abduct Trevor for the second time. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • January 16: The jockey Michael Grady wins the American Handicap. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • January 19: America and Japan sign the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation. (killer7 and Real Life)
  • January: Apollo Air flight DF-0301 crashes in the Atlantic Ocean. It's lone survivor, a man known only as "Jack", discovers a lighthouse with a bathysphere leading to Rapture, and battles his way through the war-torn city to confront Andrew Ryan, guided by the mysterious revolutionary Atlas. (BioShock)
  • February 14: George and Lillian Feeny are married. (Boy Meets World)
  • February 23: Bobby Hanes and Daniel Malone travel to Flatbush, Brooklyn to watch Ebbets Field get torn down. (The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn)
  • March 29: Birth of Harry Monmouth/ Dingo to single mother Mariah Monmouth. He would grow up to become a member of the Pack. (Gargoyles)
  • March: A strange power outage in the small suburb of Maple Street quickly escalates into violence and paranoia as neighbors turn on each other. Unbeknownst to the citizens, the outage is caused by alien invaders as a test for their invasion of Earth. (The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street)
  • April 4: Sam Beckett leaps into Dennis Boardman, the chauffeur of Marilyn Monroe, in Hollywood. He is there to prevent her from dying of a barbiturate overdose so that she can make one last film, The Misfits. (Quantum Leap)
  • April 25: Birth of Sodom in the United States. He would grow up to become a self-styled samurai and gang leader. (Final Fight, Street Fighter Alpha)
  • April 27: Sam Beckett leaps into Tom McBride, a newlywed cop from New York City, on the Honeymoon Express. He is there to prevent Tom and his wife Diane from being murdered by her ex-husband Roget. (Quantum Leap)
  • May 1: The U-2 spy plane, piloted by Gary Powers, is shot down over the Soviet Union. (Real Life) In 1995, the US Senator Oversight Committee wanted Sam Beckett to change history by preventing the plane from being shot down as proof that he could travel through time. (Quantum Leap)
  • June: Don and Patricia Carter are married. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • July 1: Rick Eliot is born. (Knots Landing)
  • July 20: Lou Bookman dies. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • August 13: Brent Langham is born in Chicago. (Stargate SG-1)
  • August: Jimmy Stockton is born. (Galactica 1980)
  • September 11: Ellie Ravenwood (later Oswald) is born. (Doctor Who)
  • September 22: Tegan Jovanka is born. (Big Finish Doctor Who)
  • September: Mark McPhee is born. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • October 6: In an Alternate Timeline, Al Calavicci is executed in the gas chamber for the murder of Marci Riker. (Quantum Leap)
  • October: Elizabeth Harvey dies. (Roots: The Next Generations)
  • November 3: Birth of Edmond Honda in Japan. He would grow up to become a master sumo wrestler. (Street Fighter II)
  • November 8:
  • December 12: After stealing $40,000 from her boss and fleeing, secretary Marion Crane stops at Bates Motel, where she's stabbed to death by hotel owner Norman Bates. (Psycho)
  • December 23: Birth of Guile in the United States. He would grow up to become an officer of the United States Air Force. (Street Fighter II)
  • December 24: Alcoholic department store Santa Henry Corwin finds a magical sack that can magically produce real presents, and uses it to spread Christmas joy among the poor and downtrodden. In return for his selfless charity, Corwin's own wish comes true - he is chosen to be the new real Santa Claus. (The Twilight Zone: Night Of the Meek)
  • Albert Wesker born. (Resident Evil)
  • The Justice League of America forms. (DC Comics)
  • Ralph Dibny becomes the Elongated Man. (DC Comics)
  • Peter Maza, a Hopi, leaves Arizona to seek a better life in New York City. He would become a police officer. (Gargoyles)
  • Birth of Preston Vogel. He would grow up to become the executive assistant of Halcyon Renard. Puck would also use him as a template for his persona of Owen Burnett. (Gargoyles)
  • A Nigerian nursing student fails her exams, is rejected by her lover, and throws herself into the Thames to commit suicide. She becomes the new host for the spirit of Mother Thames and ruler of the Rivers Of London, quickly forgetting her old identity. (Rivers of London)
  • Zombie outbreak at Byelgoransk prison/zombie research facility. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • Death of Mariko. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • U-2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy, Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • John Steed and Dr. David Keel are assigned to NATO counterintelligence operations in Britain. (The Avengers)
  • In Kansas, Hellboy investigates a house that gives gold in return for human sacrifices. (Hellboy: Sullivan's Reward)
  • The year George McFly and Lorraine Baines planned to get married, at least as of 1958. (Back to the Future)
  • B.J Blazkowichz awakens from his vegetative state after 14 years. Over the next few weeks, he assists the remaining resistance members with systematically crippling Nazi operations across Europe, including the destruction of the London Monitor, culminating in a final confrontation with Deathshead. Deathshead is killed but Blazkowichz is left badly injured. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • B.J Blazkowichz awakens after a 5-month coma and helps the Resistance overthrow the Nazi American occupiers and their collaborator allies, including his own abusive father Rip Blazkowhichz. He also briefly meets an ailing, senile Adolf Hitler while undercover at a propaganda film shoot. Rallying the surviving American Resistance members, Blazkowhichz executes his old enemy Frau Engel, the acting leader of the occupation, on live TV, and inspires a massive overnight uprising against the Nazis. (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus)
  • Diana Quinna is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Alberto Granado visits Cuba for the first time after being invited by his old friend Ernesto "Che" Guevara. (The Motorcycle Diaries and Real Life)
  • Agatha Cook dies. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Professor Manion transports Joe Caswell, who was about to be hanged for murder on November 14, 1880, 80 years forward in time. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • The Woolsey International Pictures horror film The Eyes of Dr. Diablo is released. (Matinee)
  • Peter Jay Novins' father dies. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Tommy Tomorrow becomes the first man on Mars. (DC Comics)
  • Francie Stevens is born. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

1961

  • January 12: Birth of Mike in the United States. He would grow up to become a professional boxer. (Street Fighter)
  • January 16: Sarah Lynch (later Pearson) is born. (Black Hole High)
  • January 24: Sam Beckett leaps into Bobo, a chimpanzee who is about to be launched into space, in Cape Canaveral. He is there to prevent Bobo and another chimpanzee named Cory from dying due to unethical animal testing. (Quantum Leap)
  • February 23: Mark Armstrong disappears. (The 4400)
  • February: A Martian spaceship lands on Earth in a remote part of the United States. Its sole occupant is an advance scout who was spent to determine whether the area is suitable for colonization. However, he learns that the Venusians have not only already done so but have intercepted the Martian fleet. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • March 2: Aliens make first contact with MiB agents. (Men in Black)
  • March 11: Kevin Burkhoff is born. (The 4400)
  • March 12: Angela Rienti suffers a severe brain injury in a car accident and is brought to the emergency ward of East Side Hospital. Due to his heavy workload, Dr. Kurt J. Lewis fails to get to her in time to relieve pressure and she dies. This leads Oliver Crangle to consider him a murderer. He writes numerous letters to East Side Hospital calling for Dr. Lewis to be discharged. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • March 17: Nathan Bridger is born. (seaQuest DSV)
  • April 12: Carmen Sandiego time-travels to this date to stash the ACME Chronoskimmer aboard Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 rocket. Time-traveling ACME agents arrive afterwards to correct history, making sure Vostok 1 blasts off on schedule and recovering the stolen Chronoskimmer. (Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time)
  • April 14: Peter Corrigan is sent back in time to April 14, 1865 and tries to prevent the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • April 17:
    • The Bay of Pigs invasion fails to overthrow Fidel Castro's Communist regime in Cuba. (Real Life)
    • CIA operative Alex Mason is captured while helping his comrades escape after a failed assassination mission. Castro hands him over to his new Soviet allies as a goodwill gesture. (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
    • A married pair of CIA operatives, Lech and Olga Oseransky, are captured in the aftermath of the invasion. The CIA fakes their deaths and their seven-year-old son Victor Ehrlich is told that they were killed in a car accident. He is raised by his aunt Charise. Lech and Olga are imprisoned on the Isle of Pines until the US government manages to negotiate their release in 1987. (St. Elsewhere)
  • April:
    • Joshua Rush is born. (Knots Landing)
    • A cantankerous old bachelor named Ed Lindsay hates television so he brings his old radio up from the basement of the boarding house where he lives. He begins to hear radio broadcasts from radio's heyday of the 1930s and 1940s such as Tommy Dorsey singing "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", the Major Bowes Amateur Hour and The Fred Allen Show. However, no one else can hear that his ex-fiancée Vinnie Brown and Professor Ackerman are concerned that he is suffering from delusions. Vinnie thinks that it is all a product of his imagination as they used to the listen to those programs together and he regrets not marrying her when he had the chance. Ed is eventually sent back in time to 1940. He intends to do things right the second time around and marry Vinnie. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • May 5: Capt. Carl Bell of the United States Space Agency becomes the first man in space, a claim disputed by China and the USSR. Bell orbits the Earth in twelve minutes, seven seconds, but dies when his capsule, Defiance 7, makes a crash landing. (Fallout)
  • June 2: Colonel Archie Taylor bets Jamie Tennyson $500,000 that he can go one year without speaking. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • June 6: Sam Beckett leaps into Cameron "Cam" Wilson, a nerdy 17-year-old boy, in Los Angeles. He is there to prevent Cam's elder sister Cheryl from marrying Bob Thompson, who will become an abusive alcoholic. (Quantum Leap)
  • June 15: On a visit to Smallville, Kansas, the Kryptonian Jor-El falls in love with Louise McCallum, Lana Lang's great-aunt. (Smallville)
  • June 17: Sheriff William Tate hires Lachlan Luthor to murder Jor-El (who is claiming to a drifter named Joe) and frame Dex McCallum for the crime so that he can have Dex's wife Louise to himself. However, Louise is killed in the crossfire and Jor-El escapes, returning to Krypton. (Smallville)
  • June 19:
    • Birth of Charlie/Nash in the United States. He would grow up to become a special forces officer. (Street Fighter Alpha)
    • Claudio Borghi disappears. (The 4400)
  • Early summer: An angry crowd occupies a municipality council in Norway, and forces them to solve a problem with an out-dated bus and a kind and popular bus driver, to the benefit of everyone involved. (The Bus)
  • August 4: Sam Beckett leaps into a brothel owner named Gilbert LaBonte in New Orleans. He is there to prevent Gina from being murdered by her abusive husband Jake Dorleac. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 6: Sam Beckett leaps into Lester "Doc" Fuller, a minor league baseball player, in Galveston, Texas. He is there to prevent Doc from drinking himself to death and to ensure that another player named Chucky Myerwich reaches the Major Leagues and reunites with his estranged father Warren. (Quantum Leap)
  • Summer: Mary Richards visits Amsterdam. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Fall: A resident of Hawkins, Indiana commits suicide. This is the most recent suicide in the town by November 1983. (Stranger Things)
  • September:
    • A false nuclear attack alarm leads to the complete disintegration of social bonds in a small suburb as blind fear brings every ugly thought and suppressed anger to the surface. (The Twilight Zone (1959): The Shelter'')
    • While searching for a source of food and water for his wagon train in 1847, Chris Horn is transported forward in time to New Mexico. While in the future, he learns that his eight-year-old son Christian, who is dying of pneumonia in his time, will grow up to become an expert in childhood diseases in California. Chris returns to 1847 with penicillin to cure Christian and the knowledge that the wagon train will reach its destination. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • October 13: Fox Mulder is born. (The X-Files)
  • October 16: Sam Beckett leaps into a secretary named Samantha Stormer in Detroit. This is his first leap into a woman. He is there to prevent Samantha's best friend and roommate Gloria Collins from committing suicide when her lover Buddy Wright refuses to divorce his wealthy wife Gail. Sam also has to deal with Buddy's constant sexual harassment and Al's attraction to Samantha. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 2: Ellen "Ellie" Pendleton is born. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • November 17: Superman rescues the crew of a space capsule that crash-landed in the sea on its return to Earth. (DC Comics)
  • December 11: Mister Mxyzptlk alters reality to make everyone on Earth forget about Superman. The world is returned to normal when Superman tricks Mxyzptlk into saying his name backwards, sending him back to the fifth dimension. (DC Comics)
  • Reed Richards, Susan and Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm embark on an unauthorized test flight in an experimental rocket. The rockets radiation shields fail in orbit, mutating the crew and giving them amazing superpowers. After a brief confusion, they decide to form the Fantastic Four and combat fantastical and cosmic threats of all kinds. (Marvel Comics)
  • Katar and Shayera Hol make their debut as Hawkman and Hawkwoman. (DC Comics)
  • Ray Palmer becomes The Atom. (DC Comics)
  • At St. Alexandra Island, Atomic Robo stops a rogue Soviet scientist from detonating a 200-megaton superbomb. (Atomic Robo)
  • Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land, Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs Invasion ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Somebody touches a button. Things happen. A scientist becomes a beast. (The Beast of Yucca Flats)
  • Brett Waits and Bethany Sloane, a distant relative of Jesus Christ, are born. (Dogma: A Screenplay)
  • Wife of Peter Bammes dies giving birth to Siamese twins, both of whom are named Pandora. (Black Light)
  • In Alaska, Hellboy investigates a sudden surge of monsters in the area, coinciding with the death of circus strongman Hercules. (Hellboy: The Hydra and the Lion)
  • In Ireland, Hellboy encounters a creature called the Iron Shoes. (Hellboy: The Iron Shoes)
  • A nuclear World War III kills everyone in the northern hemisphere, with radiation making its way southward and steadily wiping out life as it advances (year approximate). (On the Beach)
  • Estelle Muny dies. (Secret Army)
  • Zora Lynn Zounek disappears. (The 4400)
  • Lily Bonham dies. (The 4400)
  • Gary Ewing and Valene Clements are married for the first time. (Dallas, Knots Landing)
  • Lucy Ewing is born. (Dallas)
  • Tom Hill is born. (Moonbase 3)
  • Theresa Givens is born. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • Karen Basch is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Al and Beth Calavicci are married. (Quantum Leap)
  • Professor Joseph Fitzgerald, a historian from 2172, is sent back in time to 1961 to study John F. Kennedy and his influence on American society. He becomes a history lecturer at Harvard. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
  • Sandra Horn is born. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Nancy Shaw Ewing dies. (Dallas)
  • While en route to Idlewild Airport in New York City, Global Airlines Flight 33 is sent million of years back in time to before the extinction of the dinosaurs. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • After stealing $1 million worth of gold bullion, Farwell, DeCruz, Brooks and Erbie enter suspended animation for 100 years so that they will be free to sell the gold without being pursued by the authorities. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • A nine-year-old girl is murdered by a killer in a yellow rain slicker, prompting the authorities to suspect her older sister. (Alice, Sweet Alice)
  • Henrietta Walker dies. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • The jockey Michael Grady is suspended by the racing commission for riding infractions. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Peter Tracey is born. (K-9 and Company)
  • In an Alternate Timeline, Adolf Hitler dies. (Big Finish Doctor Who)

1962

  • January 11: Meredith Roberts is born. (Torchwood)
  • April: An alien race called the Kanamites arrive on Earth and usher in an era of peace and prosperity by using their technology to end war, famine and disease. However, a scant few people manage to decode the Kanamites' documents, and realizes that the aliens intend to use humans as a food source, with their seeming benevolence is just to keep their "livestock" healthy and happy. The people who volunteered to visit the Kanamite homeworld are first on the menu. (The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man).
  • April 11: Robert Foman disappears. (The 4400)
  • April 13note : The horribly unlucky Ataru Moroboshi is born on the day of a major earthquake, as well as butsumetsu. (Urusei Yatsura)
  • May 1: Irene Henkel disappears. (The 4400)
  • May 22: Birth of Birdie in England. He would grow up to become a barroom brawler, a professional wrestler and a criminal. (Street Fighter Alpha)
  • June 3: After winning the bet to go one year without speaking, Jamie Tennyson demands $500,000 from Colonel Archie Taylor. Taylor admits that he lost his fortune ten years earlier and does not have the money. The devastated Tennyson reveals that he had the nerves to his vocal cords cut. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • August 1: The Brown Mansion burns down. (Back to the Future) The fire is caused by something  (Back to the Future)
  • August 2: Birth of Adon in Thailand. He would grow up to become a master of the Muay Thai fighting style. (Street Fighter Alpha)
  • August 4: Ken Barlow and Valerie Tatlock are married. (Coronation Street)
  • September 5: Raul Menendez is born in Managua, Nicaragua. (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)
  • October 8:
    • While playing baseball at the Greenspan School in Missoula, Montana, Jacob Clarke uses his Psychic Powers to guide the ball to him. The effort causes him to collapse. While he is in the hospital, an alien posing as a doctor appears to him and tells him that he must be careful using his powers as he will either burn them out or die if he uses them too much. (Taken)
    • Jesse Keys is abducted by the aliens while he is cycling through his home town of Bement, Illinois. They create an image of a carny that frightened him as a child. His attempts to escape the aliens on his bike is unsuccessful. (Taken)
  • October 10: U.S. President John F. Kennedy visits the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Research Center in Ohio to see the alien bodies found in Pine Lodge, Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. He gives Colonel Owen Crawford one month to prove that the aliens are a clear and present danger to the United States or he will shut the UFO project down. (Taken)
  • October 16: Jesse Keys visits his father Russell at Kennelworth Garage in Taylorville, Illinois and suggests that they take what they know about the aliens to the Air Force. (Taken)
  • October 18: Russell and Jesse Keys go to the Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah to tell Lt. Wiley, whose late father flew with Russell during World War II, that they have been abducted by aliens multiple times. Later that day, Russell has a seizure at a diner. The doctors at the base's hospital determine that Russell has an inoperable tumor in his frontal lobe. At Jesse's request, they perform the same tests on him and discover that he has an identical tumor. Russell and Jesse realize that the aliens placed implants in their brains to keep track of them. (Taken)
  • October 20: Colonel Owen Crawford, Major Howard Bowen and Major Marty Erickson interview Buddy and Susan Parker in Shasta, California about their abduction by the aliens. Crawford determines that the aliens will not be back for them and orders Bowen and Erickson to find someone whom the aliens have abducted numerous times. (Taken)
  • October 21: Majors Howard Bowen and Marty Erickson track Jacob Clarke down to the Greenspan School in Missoula, Montana. Dr. Ellen Greenspan hides Jacob in her car but Bowen and Erickson follow her. In order to save her life, Jacob uses his Psychic Powers to freeze them for three days. This results in his abilities being burned out. (Taken)
  • Before October 22: In Copenhagen, a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer defects to the West with his wife and daughter. He informs the CIA that the Soviets are positioning missiles in Cuba. André Devereaux, a French agent, is assigned to further investigate the matter. His mission leads him first to New York City, then to Cuba. While events lead up to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Devereaux' personal life takes several turns for the worse. (Topaz)
  • October: Cuban Missile Crisis:
    • October 22:
      • President John F. Kennedy addresses the nation and talks about the crisis. (Real Life)
      • That same evening, Calvin and Helen Webber lock themselves in a special fallout shelter after a freak plane accident convinces them that World War III has begun. Shortly thereafter, Helen gives birth to a son, Adam. (Blast from the Past)
      • During the broadcast of Kennedy's speech, Jesse Keys goes to the Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah and asks Lt. Wiley to put him in contact with the UFO project. Wiley gives him Colonel Owen Crawford's name and address in Las Vegas. (Taken)
    • October 23:
      • World War III destroys human civilization. (Chrononauts)
      • In Las Vegas, a drunken Anne Crawford stocks up on supplies because of the Crisis. She tells her sons Eric and Sam that their father Colonel Owen Crawford is in charge of the US government's UFO project, which he denies. Shortly afterwards, Jesse Keys confronts Crawford outside of his house and tells him that he and his father Russell have been abducted by aliens multiple times. (Taken)
    • October 24:
      • Doc Brown is visited by two Department of Defense agents who want him to build a time machine. After showing them his prototype temporal field capacitor, Brown has a nightmare about a temporal arms race between the USA and USSR.More  (Back to the Future)
      • Colonel Owen Crawford and Dr. Kreutz travel to the Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah to interview Russell and Jesse Keys about their contact with the aliens. Russell tells Crawford that they can have the implant in his frontal lobe on the condition that they leave Jesse alone. Although Crawford gives Russell his word, he has Jesse arrested as a spy, claiming that he received secret information from Lt. Wiley and planned to pass it on to the Soviet Union in the hope of turning the tide in the Crisis. Russell is brought to Bob's Used Cars to be operated on. After the implant is removed from his brain, it causes everyone there to go insane and kill each other. The implant is destroyed in the resulting fire. (Taken)
      • Majors Howard Bowen and Marty Erickson are found staring into space in their car on State Highway 12 in Granite, Montana by a state trooper. Bowen implies that they are on a secret mission to determine whether the Soviets are planning to invade the US through Montana. (Taken)
    • October 26: Sam Beckett leaps into Eddie Ellroy, a 19-year-old college student who sells fallout shelters with his elder brother Mac, in Florida in the midst of the Crisis. He is there to prevent Mac's neighbor Burt Rosencranz from being killed when he tries to enter the Ellroy family's shelter. (Quantum Leap)
    • October 27: Major Rudolf Anderson's U-2 plane is shot down over Cuba, further intensifying the Crisis. (Real Life) As a result of this incident, the suspected spy Jesse Keys is placed in the bomb shelter of the Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. He hears two MPs discussing what happened at Bob's Used Cars on October 24 and fears that his father Russell may be dead. (Taken)
    • October 28: After hearing on the radio that the Crisis has been successfully resolved, Anne Crawford and Major Howard Bowen are murdered by her husband Colonel Owen Crawford: Anne because her drunken, erratic behavior is at risk of exposing the existence of the artifact found at the Roswell crashsite and Bowen because he tried to betray him by using Jacob Clarke against him. The next morning, Crawford tells his sons Eric and Sam that Anne was having an affair with Bowen and that Bowen killed her and then himself when she changed her mind about running away with him. (Taken)
    • A group of mutants recruited by the US government and lead by Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier stop a plot by Sebastian Shaw and his evil Hellfire Club from starting a nuclear war and taking over the Earth. (X-Men: First Class)
    • Following the Crisis, Fidel Castro has a secret high-level meeting with President John F. Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and former presidential candidate Richard Nixon. They are interrupted by a zombie attack on the Pentagon. (Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Zombies)
    • The seaQuest arrives in this era and accidentally makes the Cuban Missile Crisis degenerate into a nuclear war.more  (SeaQuest 2032)
    • Filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey uses the hype and fear surrounding the events in Cuba to promote a special showing of his latest horror movie Mant! in Key West, Florida. (Matinee)
    • In an Alternate Universe, the United States backs down and the Soviet nuclear weapons remain in place on Cuba. This indicates to the Soviet Union and its allies that the US is less committed to stopping the spread of communism than they had previously thought. By the end of the 20th century, every country in the world has become a communist state. The United States is the last holdout. (Crosstime Traffic)
  • November 1: Jesse Keys discovers that his father Russell is dead after his effects are delivered to him in the bomb shelter of the Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. Later that night, he is abducted by the aliens and sees an image of his late father aboard their ship. (Taken)
  • November 6: Sam Beckett leaps into Eddie Vega, a 16-year-old football player for El Camino High School, in Woodland Hills, California. He is there to prevent Eddie's best friend Chuey Martinez from throwing a game and ruining both of their chances at college scholarships. (Quantum Leap)
  • November 21: Paul and Janine Brown are married. (Big Finish Doctor Who)
  • November 23: Richard Girardi is born. (Joan of Arcadia)
  • December 24: Sam Beckett leaps into Reginald Pearson, the valet of the millionaire industrialist Michael Blake, in New York City. He is there to prevent Blake both from tearing down a Salvation Army mission and from committing suicide on June 3, 1976 after being declared bankrupt. (Quantum Leap)
  • December 25:
    • Santa Claus XIX nearly starts World War III in the course of his deliveries. In the aftermath, his son and grandson order him not to fly any more and retire the sleigh in favour of the S-1. (Arthur Christmas)
    • The nine-year-old Sam Beckett receives a sled for Christmas from his parents John and Thelma. He spends the entire day playing in the snow with his elder brother Tom. (Quantum Leap)
  • December: Having been forced to retire by the board of the Rock Spring School for Boys, Professor Ellis Fowler becomes convinced that he has accomplished nothing in his life and plans to shoot himself. However, the ghosts of seven of Fowler's former students, Artie Beechcroft, Bartlett, Dickie Weiss, Thompson, Rice, Hudson and Whiting, intervene. They tell him that his teachings inspired them as he taught them about patriotism, courage, loyalty, ethics and honesty. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Patrick Bateman is born. (American Psycho)
  • King Kong battles against Godzilla. Kong is later seen swimming off back to his home island. Godzilla's fate is unknown. (King Kong vs. Godzilla)
  • Niels Bohr attempts to build a phased polaron cannon; so far as most of the world knows, he dies before it's completed. In actuality he succeeds, and somehow the cannon ends up in the hands of O2STK. (The Middleman)
  • William Birkin is born. (Resident Evil)
  • George Trevor begins construction of the Spencer Mansion (Resident Evil)
  • Bruce Banner becomes the Incredible Hulk. (Marvel Comics)
  • Henry Pym becomes Ant-Man. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Fantastic Four encounter Namor the Sub-Mariner; later, they battle Doctor Doom for the first time. (Marvel Comics)
  • Peter Parker becomes the Amazing Spider-Man. (Marvel Comics)
  • Donald Blake discovers he is really The Mighty Thor. (Marvel Comics)
  • The second Flash, Barry Allen, discovers the existence of Earth-2 and teams up with his Golden Age counterpart. (DC Comics)
  • Dan Dreiberg makes his debut as Nite Owl. (Watchmen)
  • The Race's colonization fleet arrives over Earth and is immediately attacked with nuclear weapons by an unknown human nation. The survivors are horrified at the state of their new home, having expected a pacified medieval world instead of a planet in the grips of a Cold War. (Worldwar)
  • Birth of Margot Yale and Brendan Quarters. Margot would grow up to become an Assistant District Attorney. (Gargoyles)
  • Ian Bancroft is assigned as the Watcher of Darius. He would serve in this position until the 1990s. (Highlander: The Series, Watcher Chronicles CD-ROM)
  • The Delta Tau Chi fraternity of Faber College is placed on "double secret probation" by Dean Vernon Wermer. (Animal House)
  • SAS operative John Mason is imprisoned indefinitely. (The Rock)
  • Zombie outbreak in Nevada. (The Zombie Survival Guide)
  • Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania, Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
  • Aliens land in the Midwestern United States. The US government dispatches a team from their anticommunist rapid response unit XCOM, led by Agent William Carter, to intervene. (The Bureau: XCOM Declassified)
  • Tracy Turnblad helps to racially integrate The Corny Collins Show in Baltimore. (Hairspray)
  • Syndrome unleashes a giant robot on Metrovillenote . Mr Incredible, his family, and Frozone come out of hiding to destroy the robot. (The Incredibles)
  • The last weapon is fired in war on Earth, beginning an unprecedented period of peace. (Journey into Space)
  • Ben Wainwright dies. (Doctor Who)
  • Gary and Valene Ewing divorce for the first time. They eventually remarry in 1979 and again in 1991. (Dallas, Knots Landing)
  • Jamie Spontini is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • Louis Thorson becomes the first man to set foot on the surface of The Moon. (Dimension X)
  • Alberto Granado founds the Faculty of Medicine at Cuba's University of Santiago. (The Motorcycle Diaries and Real Life)
  • A janitor named Woodrow Mulligan from 1890 travels to this year using a time helmet invented by Professor Gilbert. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Alec Colson is born. (Stargate SG-1)
  • The jockey Michael Grady is suspended for six months by the racing commission for failing to report the offer of a bribe. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Paul Gerard and Ruth Maginnes divorce. (Rhoda)

1963

  • January 9: Jun Wong disappears. (The 4400)
  • January: Neo-Nazi Peter Vollmer is given training by a mysterious benefactor revealed to be the spirit of Adolf Hitler, kept immortal by humanity's hate and ignorance. (The Twilight Zone: He's Alive)
  • February 3: Captain Joseph Reardon is launched into space. (The Outer Limits (1963))
  • March 11: Sam Beckett leaps into a Texas bouncer named Buster, who has kidnapped a baby named Christie Cole with his accomplice Thelma Lou Dickey. He is there to return the baby, who had been kidnapped by her father Reed, to her mother Margaret. (Quantum Leap)
  • March 12:
  • March 21: Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald as his wife Marina is taking the photograph of Oswald posing with his Carcano rifle. (Quantum Leap)
  • April 7: Sam Beckett leaps into Cheree, a 15-year-old girl and a member of an R&B trio. He is there to prevent one of the other girls, Lynelle Walters, from running away from home and entering into a slave contract with her abusive manager Bobby Lee. (Quantum Leap)
  • April 10: Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald as he attempts to assassinate General Edwin Walker. (Quantum Leap)
  • April: Approximately 100 miles off the coast of Guadalcanal, a US Navy destroyer picks up what appears to be the sound of something banging on metal. They discover the submarine 714, which was sunk by a Japanese ship during the First Battle of the Solomon Sea on August 7, 1942, on the ocean floor. The ship's chief boatswain's mate Bell, the Sole Survivor of the sinking, believes that the ghosts of his former crewmates are beckoning for him to join them and jumps overboard. The rescue mission later discovers the periscope shears cut in half and swinging back and forth as well as a dead sailor with a hammer in his hand. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • June 13: The first manned rocket to The Moon is launched from Friedrichshafen, Germany. (Weltraumschiff 1 startet...)
  • June:
  • July 8: Birth of Lionel to John and Ida Herkabe. (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • July 30: Birth of Rufus in the United States. He would grow up to become a fat fighter. (Street Fighter IV)
  • July: Sue Ann Nivens begins presenting The Happy Homemaker on WJM-TV. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • August 9: Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald as he is distributing Fair Play for Cuba leaflets in New Orleans. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 12: Birth of Guy, a Japanese-American boy. He would grow up to become the 39th master of the Bushin style of Ninjutsu. (Final Fight, Street Fighter Alpha)
  • August 17: Sonny Dellisio is murdered by Tony Pronti. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 19: Sam Beckett leaps into a priest named Father Francis "Frank" Pistano in Philadelphia. He is there to restore the faith of another priest, Father John McRoberts, and prevent him from killing Tony Pronti. (Quantum Leap)
  • August 27: Zeke Williams is murdered in Philadelphia. (Cold Case)
  • August 28: Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.. (Real Life) His follow-up speaker, Reverend Robert Jones, accidentally starts a riot. (Key & Peele)
  • August: Holger and Fanny Nielsen are killed in a fire in their house outside German Corners, Pennsylvania. Their 12-year-old daughter Ilse, a powerful telepath who has never learned to speak, is taken in by Sheriff Harry Wheeler and his wife Cora. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • Summer: Baby is put in a corner. (Dirty Dancing)
  • September 1: Joo Yon Pak disappears. (The 4400)
  • September 16: The Mercury astronaut Colonel Theodore Harris encounters aliens while aboard the Aspire 7. (The Outer Limits (1995))
  • September 21: Carrie White is born. (Carrie)
  • September 28: Birth of Vinnie Grigori in New York City. In his adult life, Vinnie would suffer various unnoticed misfortunes because of the gargoyles. (Gargoyles)
  • October 6: Former Soviet captain Viktor Reznov leads an uprising at the Vorkuta gulag. American captive Alex Mason escapes. (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
  • October 31: Six-year-old Michael Myers murders his older sister Judith; he is committed to a sanitarium and remains in a catatonic state for the next 15 years. (Halloween)
  • October:
  • November 7: Birth of Joe in the United States. He would grow to become a kickboxer. (Street Fighter)
  • November 10: After passing a psych screening, Alex Mason returns to active CIA duty under the command of Special Agent Jason Hudson. He receives an executive order from President Kennedy to assassinate Soviet General Nikita Dragovich, the very same man who sent him to Vorkuta two years earlier. (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
  • November 17: Alex Mason, alongside fellow Agents Frank Woods and Joseph Bowman, track Dragovich to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where they sabotage the launch of the Soyuz II rocket and make an attempt on the Major General's life. They escape after rescuing their captured comrade Grigori Weaver, with Dragovich presumed dead in the explosion of his limousine. (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
  • November 21:
    • Sam Beckett leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas as he making preparations to assassinate John F. Kennedy the next day. (Quantum Leap)
    • The time traveling historian Professor Joseph Fitzgerald is visited at Harvard by his colleague Dr. Kate Wang from 2172. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
    • Richard Nixon is in Dallas, Texas on business. (Real Life) While there, he meets with a shadowy cabal of oil industry executives and Cuban refugees who urge him to run for President. When he refuses, citing John F. Kennedy's popularity, they cryptically imply that Kennedy will not be running for President again. (Nixon)
  • November 22:
    • JFK blown away, what else do I have to say? ("We Didn't Start the Fire")
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Government investigations identify Lee Harvey Oswald as the murderer, though some are skeptical. (Real Life)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, a member of the Templar Order, in order to retrieve the Piece of Eden in the president's possession. Secret Service agent, William Greer, the limo driver, is also a member of Templar Order and helps facilitate the assassin. (Assassin's Creed II)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by the Comedian. (Watchmen)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by someone other than the Comedian, who is shocked when he sees the news. (Before Watchmen: The Comedian)
    • John F. Kennedy is targeted by five separate assassins. One of them succeeds. (Illuminatus!)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by the Cigarette Smoking Man. (The X-Files)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by a mongoose. With a sniper rifle. (Robot Chicken)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by James Stevens, the author of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel Who Killed Kennedy, in order to preserve the timeline following the Master's murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. (Doctor Who: Who Killed Kennedy)
    • John F. Kennedy is shot by the CIA, Mafia, Castro, LBJ, Teamsters, Freemasons, and possibly aliens, among several other parties. All forty-three shooters are then gunned down by Jack Ruby. (The Onion)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by himself. (Red Dwarf)
    • The Ninth Doctor is present at the Kennedy Assassination. (Doctor Who)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by a Soviet-programmed Manchurian Agent. Lee Harvey Oswald takes the fall. (Call of Duty: Black Ops)
    • John F. Kennedy shoots himself in the back of the head with a small revolver. (MAD Magazine)
    • John F. Kennedy is almost assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, but Oswald is stopped in the last moment by Jake Epping, a time traveler from 2011. (11/22/63)
    • John F. Kennedy is accidentally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was aiming for a sniper on the grassy knoll. (Family Guy)
    • In an Alternate Universe, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinates Mayor McCheese. His remains are devoured by Jackie Kennedy. (Family Guy)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated. The mutant terrorist Magneto is convicted of the crime, and imprisoned in a concrete cell beneath the Pentagon. He protests that he is innocent, and that he was actually trying to save the president, but the fact that the bullet curved (something Magneto could easily cause with his magnetic powers) seems conclusive. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by a right-wing cabal of war hawks and military industrialists. (Oliver Stone's JFK)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. Al Calavicci observes this from the Imaging Chamber in 1999, but can't do anything to change it. Sam Beckett, who had leapt out of Oswald and into Secret Service agent Clint Hill moments before, saves Jackie Kennedy from Oswald. (Quantum Leap)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by a conspiracy involving, among others, New Orleans mob boss Sal Marcano and U.S Senator Richard Blake. CIA operative John Donovan hears the news of the assassination while brutally interrogating a North VA soldier in Vietnam. (Mafia III)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Nelson Bennett, a Communist with links to the Soviet embassy in Mexico, after Jeff Winston wrote a threatening letter to JFK in Lee Harvey Oswald's name the week before the assassination. (Replay)
    • U.S. President Richard Nixon is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. (Superman: Red Son)
    • In an Alternate Universe, John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. J. Edgar Hoover succeeds him as President. He establishes a dictatorship and rules the United States with an iron fist. (Sliders)
    • In an Alternate Universe, John F. Kennedy is not assassinated as the attempt on his life was foreseen by the Prime Oracle. (Sliders)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by a Marine named Robert Shafto. (The 4400)
    • John F. Kennedy's assassination is averted by Professor Joseph Fitzgerald, a time traveling historian from 2172 and one of Kennedy's descendants. This creates an Alternate Timeline in which Soviet troops invade West Berlin, resulting in World War III. In order to restore the proper timeline, Fitzgerald takes Kennedy's place and allows himself to be killed. Kennedy is transported forward in time to 2172. (The Twilight Zone (1985))
    • John F. Kennedy survives an assassination attempt in Dallas, Texas but he is badly injured and his wife Jacqueline is killed. He resigns and is succeeded by Lyndon Johnson. (Voyage)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Jim Steele, a Majestic 12 agent who was infested by the Hive, after John Loengard tells him the truth about Roswell and the Hive. (Dark Skies)
    • John F. Kennedy's assassination is averted by a time traveler named Raymond Mead. (Timequest)
    • John F. Kennedy is saved from assassination by Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who is killed in the process. Governor of Texas John Connally is also killed. (Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?)
    • The ten-year-old Sam Beckett's father John is teaching him to drive a tractor when they hear that John F. Kennedy has been assassinated. (Quantum Leap)
    • Having unravelled the conspiracy, and with strong public support, the American National Time Travel Administration prevents the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Chrononauts)
    • John Fitzgerald Byers is born. His parents name him in honor of John F. Kennedy. They had originally intended to name him Bertram after his father. (The X-Files)
    • Confederate President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. His death ends all possibility of slaves being freed and women gaining the right to vote in the Confederacy. (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America)
    • An Ullustran shapeshifter in John F. Kennedy's form is assassinated. The real Kennedy had been on Ullustro negotiating an end to the Forever War between the Ullustrans and the Violators. As revealing the existence of aliens would cause mass panic, Kennedy decides to return to Ullustro and let everyone on Earth believe that he is dead. (DC Comics)
    • John F. Kennedy is assassinated by the Red Skull. (Ultimate Marvel)
    • In an Alternate Timeline, John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Austin. (Timeless)
  • November 23: Jorjie Turner, a teenager from 2050, is accidentally sent back in time to this date. (K9)
  • November 28: Vladimir Snell is born. (Chuck)
  • November:
  • Late December: A young man meets a woman and it’s Love at First Sight. Oh what a night! (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)
  • Tony Stark becomes Iron Man. (Marvel Comics)
  • First appearance of Doctor Strange. (Marvel Comics)
  • The Avengers form. Not long afterwards, they retrieve Captain America, frozen in ice since World War II. (Marvel Comics)
  • The original Doom Patrol forms. (DC Comics)
  • Charles Xavier forms the original X-Men. (Marvel Comics)
  • Schoolteachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright disappear along with a mysterious Doctor after investigating their student Susan Foreman. (Doctor Who)
  • The Seventh Doctor and Ace prevent time-traveling Daleks from exploiting the Hand of Omega. (Doctor Who)
  • The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond discover the Daleks have messed with the timeline using an unknown artifact of immense power more , leaving the entire Earth in ruins. (Doctor Who: The Adventure Games)
  • The birds of Bodega Bay are become increasingly aggressive and soon every human being around comes under attack. (The Birds)
  • Immortal actor Wilson Geary kills fellow immortal actor Marco Becker. Amanda, who happens to be visiting, becomes good friends with Marco's mortal wife, Lucy. (Highlander: The Raven)
  • Estimated birth of the immortal Stefan Collier. (Highlander: The Raven)
  • Gerald Marchand, president of the Rogue Isles, is assassinated by an unknown assailantnote . Arachnos, led by Lord Recluse, begins its rule of the Isles. (City of Villains)
  • John Mason escapes Alcatraz. (The Rock)
  • Birth of Lois.Justification  (Malcolm in the Middle)
  • In Ireland, Hellboy investigates several murders being propagated by trolls. He is assisted by a local witch. (Hellboy: The Troll Witch)
  • Warden Samuel Norton begins exploiting the prison labor in Shawshank for profit, and tasks Andy Dufresne with laundering the money under the pseudonym Randall Stephens. (The Shawshank Redemption)
  • William J. Feathersmith makes a Deal with the Devil and is transported back in time to his home town of Cliffordville, Indiana in 1910. (The Twilight Zone (1959))
  • International espionage agency U.N.C.L.E. is established note  . (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015))
  • Stevie Arnold is born. (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

Early to mid 1960s

  • Estimated birth of Rena Genryusai, eldest daughter of a practitioner of the Bushin style of Ninjutsu, in Japan. She would grow up to become the fiancée and presumably the wife of Guy. (Final Fight 2)
  • Estimated birth of Carlos Miyamoto in South America. He would grow up to become a skilled swordsman. (Final Fight 2)
  • Estimated birth of Dean. He would grow up to become a street fighter, seemingly retiring by the late 1980s. (Final Fight 3)
  • Estimated birth of El Fuerte in Mexico. He would grow up to become a luchador and a mighty chef. (Street Fighter IVjustification )
  • Estimated birth of Hakan in Turkey. He would grow up to become the owner of the world's leading edible oil manufacturer. He would also become a towering figure in yagli gures tournaments (oil wrestling, grease wrestling) (Street Fighter IVjustification )
  • Estimated birth of Allen Snider in the United States. He would grow up to become the greatest living martial artist in the United States until defeated by Ken Masters. The loss would inspire him to travel the world and gain more experience. (Street Fighter EXjustification )
  • Radiation advances to the south of Australia, killing everyone. There may still be survivors south of there, such as Tierra del Fuego, South America, but they're not expected to last much longer either. (On the Beach)

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