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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 belived dead after a plane crash, but in reality fakes his death and goes into hiding. (Dick Tracy)
  • 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)
  • November: Villainous hypnotist Influence kidnaps Vitamin Flintheart and hypnotizes him into a slave due to unpaid gambling debts. (Dick Tracy)
  • Nov 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)
  • 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)
  • Super Squadron founded - 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 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)

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).
  • 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)
  • 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 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. Three Ferengi travelers onboard 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)
  • 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 - All children born in India between 12 AM and 1 AM are given special powers. (Midnight's Children)
  • October: First known appearance of the criminal musician Mumbles, who would prove to be one of Dick Tracy's most persistant 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)

1948

  • February: The criminal Shoulders resurfaces as the leader of a jewel smuggling ring. After going on the run, Shoulders accidentaly kills himself with his own gun while trying to avoid arrest. (Dick Tracy)
  • 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, 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 of World War II after nuking New York City and forcing the U.S to surrender. (Wolfenstein: The New Order)

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)
  • 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)
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     1950 C.E. - 1954 C.E. 
1950
  • 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 indentities of those who they tried to use in the Battle of the Bulge. Greg Mallory begins collating information on superhumans. (The Boys)
  • December 25 -
    • 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)
  • Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce is drafted and assigned to the 4077th MASH in the Korean War. (Mash)
  • Eve Gill, an acting student, investigates the murder of the husband of singer/actress Charlotte Inwood. (Stage Fright)
  • 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)

1951

  • c. May 14-31 - Sarah Jane Smith born in Foxgrove, England. justification  (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • 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)
  • The alien Klaatu lands in Washington, DC, with a message for the world. (The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) [1951 film])
  • 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 television series)
  • 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)

1952

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • October 20 - Birth of Jack O'Neill, future leader of SG-1. (Stargate SG-1)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • On Earth-C, former Second Weird War general Dwight D. Eisenhowler is elected president of the United Species of America. (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, date based on Real Life)
  • 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 good-bye ("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 birthdate of Montague Jetson, George Jetson's grandfather. (The Jetsons)

1953

  • 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's coronation to consume minds across Great Britain. (Doctor Who)
  • August 8 - Sam Beckett is born. (Quantum Leap)
  • 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)
  • Martians invade Earth, 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 look-alike armed robber and finds himself on trial. (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)
  • A German immigrant to New York named Adolf Hitler completes his sci-fi bestseller Lord of the Swastica. (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)

1954

  • 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 17 - Racial segregation declared unconstitutional in America. Duncan MacLeod and Carl Robinson are pleased. (Highlander: The Series)
  • 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 for murder so she will get the death sentence.(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)

     1955 C.E. - 1959 C.E. 
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

  • July 2 - Birth of Sagat in Thailand. He would grow up to become a master of the Muay Thai fighting style.(Street Fighter Alpha)
  • 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 - Marty McFly, a time traveler from 1985, arrives in 1955 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 - 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)
  • 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)

Early to mid 1950s

  • The Alliance of Shades are established on Earth, covering up any alien invasions. (Doctor Who – Expanded Universe [animated serials], 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)

1956

  • 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)
  • 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: Flattop Jr is killed in a shootout with police officer Lizz Worthington. (Dick Tracy)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • The Challengers Of The Unknown form. (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, Kruschev, 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)

1957

  • 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)
  • October 4 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite, into an elliptical low Earth orbit. (Real Life) This 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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)
  • 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 )
  • 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 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)
  • December - Hudsucker Industries introduces the hula hoop. (The Hudsucker Proxy)
  • December 31, 11:59 - Norville Barnes finds out why he was made president, and attempts suicide. (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 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)
  • A Vulcan survey ship arrives at Earth, attempting to rescue three Vulcans who crashlanded there in 1957. The trio had spend a year 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 a look-alike ancestor of T'Pol.(Star Trek: Enterprise)
  • 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 Daves). (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)

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • June 11 - Gregory House born. (House)
  • 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)
  • July 21 - 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)
  • October 15 - Adrian Monk born. (Monk)
  • 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 desperatly 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 1934, where he encounters his 12-year old self. (The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance)
  • 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 3 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)

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 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. Its lone survivor discovers a lighthouse with a bathysphere leading to Rapture, and battles his way through the war-torn city to confront Andrew Ryan. (BioShock)
  • 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 eachother. 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 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)
  • November 3 - Birth of Edmond Honda in Japan. He would grow up to become a master sumo wrestler. (Street Fighter II)
  • 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)

1961

  • January 12 - Birth of Mike in the United States. He would grow up to become a professional boxer. (Street Fighter)
  • March 1 - The Men in Black are formed. (Men in Black)
  • 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 17 - The Bay of Pigs invasion. 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)
  • 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 19 - Birth of Charlie/Nash in the United States. He would grow up to become a special forces officer. (Street Fighter Alpha)
  • 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)
  • 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 supressed anger to the surface. (Twiligh Zone: The Shelter)
  • October 13 - Fox Mulder born. (The X-Files)
  • 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)

1962

  • March: The alien Kanamites arrive on Earth and ushers in an era of peace and prosperity by using their technology to end war, famine and disease. However, a scant few people manages 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 volunteers to visit the Kanamite homeworld are first on the menu. (The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man).
  • April 13note : The horribly unlucky Ataru Moroboshi is born on the day of a major earthquake, as well as butsumetsu. (Urusei Yatsura)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • September 5 - Raul Menendez is born in Managua, Nicaragua. (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)
  • 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)
    • October 23 - World War III destroys human civilization. (Chrononauts)
    • 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)
    • A group of mutants recruited by the US government and lead by Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xaviar 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 his latest horror movie in Key West, Florida. (Matinee)
  • 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)
  • Patrick Bateman is born. (American Psycho)
  • King Kong battles against Godzilla. Kong was 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 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. (World War)
  • 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 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)

1963

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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)
  • Summer - Baby is put in a corner. (Dirty Dancing)
  • September 21 - Carrie White 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: Severely flight-phobic Robert Wilson is tormented by a monstrous creature clinging to the outside of an airliner. (The Twilight Zone: Nightmare At 20,000 Feet)
  • November: Erich Streator is stalked and eventually murdered by a haunted Talky Tina doll belonging to his stepdaughter Christie. (The Twilight Zone: Living Doll)
  • 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 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 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)
    • 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 Calivicci 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)
  • 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. (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)

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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