Timeline of fictional historical events

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Various storytellers have tried to create better backgrounds for their stories by linking them to real history. Protagonists could have witnessed a historical event or even participated in it (often fighting in various wars). In some stories they may even be originators of some event or try to prevent it (see secret history) but fail—history, as we know it, does not change. In other cases history does change, and an alternate history branches off from our own.

In other stories, writers have simply placed the story in some specific year or date.

Fictional countries may also include history of their own, even if the story itself is not concerned about them.

See also timeline of fictional future events for fictional events that were set in the future when they were first written, but which have now been overtaken by real history; and see timeline of fictional contemporary events for fictional events that were set in the present day, when they were written. However, all works where the date is referenced in the work should be listed here, like a book set in 1987 that was published in 1987, etc.

These dates are connected to either specific historical dates or real-world historical events. They are known to be fictitious — not claimed nonfiction of conspiracy theories.


Before the Big Bang

  • The previous universe was collapsing. The last person left, Galan of Taa, was spared, as the universe spoke to him. Their sentiences became one, forming the all-powerful World Devourer, Galactus, who appeared at the Big Bang. (Fantastic Four, Marvel Universe)

Beginning of the Universe

  • The end of the "Reverse Dimension" universe (where effect precedes cause according to Avengers #16; Marvel comics).


  • c. 400,000,000 YA
    • A spaceship, containing the last survivors of a race which destroyed itself through civil war, explodes while attempting to take off from Earth. The radiation of the explosion kick-starts organic processes nearby, enabling the eventual evolution of life on Earth. The explosion also takes one of the crew members, splits him in twelve and places him in twelve different times in Earth's History. The one which operates out of 1978 attempted to travel back to this point to abort the launch, only to be thwarted by The Doctor (Doctor Who - City of Death).

Ancient civilizations

5th millennium BC

4th millennium BC

2nd millennium BC

  • 1290 BC
    • Pharaoh Seti I of the Nineteenth dynasty of Egypt is murdered by his mistress Anck Su Namun and his high priest Imhotep. Anck Su Namun, with the knowledge that Imhotep has the ability to resurrect her, commits suicide moments later. Imhotep and his priests steal her corpse and attempt to resurrect her, but Pharaoh's bodyguards interrupt Imhotep and mummify him alive, under a nasty curse. (The Mummy). Seti I is succeeded by his son Ramesses II.
  • 1278 BC
  • 1260s BC
    • One of the sons of Ramesses II is Prince Khufu Maat Kha-Tar who, with his beloved Chay-Ara, discovers a Thanagarian spaceship containing Nth metal. Kha-Tar is advised by the wizard Nabu (actually a Lord of Order) and his half-brother, the warrior prince Mighty Adam of Khandaq, blessed with the power of Shazam. Together they fight various threats to Egypt, including Vandal Savage and the original Metamorph. Kha-Tar and Chay-Ara are eventually murdered by a mad priest of Set, creating a cycle of reincarnation that eventually leads to them becoming the original Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Nabu, realising his mortal form is growing weak, places his spirit in the Talismans of Fate. Mighty Adam returns to Khandaq, where his hard definition of justice (perhaps influenced by the demoness Blaze) leads to his being known as Black Adam, and to Shazam removing his powers and entombing him. (JSA, The Power of Shazam!, and other DC Universe titles)
  • 1250 BC

1st millennium BC

1st millennium

7th Century

8th Century

9th Century

  • c. 893
    • The Shepherd's Journal is located in Iceland by Thorfinn and interest in it revives.
  • c. 900

10th century

11th century

12th century

13th century

14th century

15th century

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century











20th century











21st Century

  • 2000
    • The following events happen right on the stroke of midnight, as the millenium rolls over:
      • Norbert and Dagget are transferred to another universe, where they are asked to create a new world by a nameless entity (The Angry Beavers)
      • Mutsumi Otohime's water heater explodes - Love Hina


Timelines for specific universes

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