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This page contains a timeline of events of the Watchmen universe. This list includes elements seen in the viral marketing of the movie.

NOTE: This page may contain spoilers.

1901

August 21
Rolf Müller is born.[1]

1916

1917

July 4rth
William Benjamin Brady is born in a farming town of Nebraska.[2]

1920

1924

1927

1928

1929

August 14
Jon Osterman is born.[5]
  • Financial crash: the malting factory remains unfinished.[4]

1930

1931

1933

February 14
Eddie Jacobi has his a heartbreak when he finds out that Marie hates him.[7]

1935

1937

  • Edgar Jacobi arrives to Chicago and begins his career as Moloch the Mystic.[7]
  • Wally Weaver is born
  • The Kovacses divorce.

1938

  • First issue of Action Comics is released.
  • Hollis Mason graduates police college.
August 14
Jon Osterman gets a clock as a birthday present from his father.[5]
October 13
Hooded Justice stops a supermarket robbery, and inspires Hollis Mason to become the first Nite Owl.
The above is possibly the "point of divergence" between our universe and theWatchmenuniverse; HJ's appearance is the earliest known historical event that didn't occur in our world, and caused the appearance of the othermasked adventurers.

1939

Party

The Minutemen first Christmas party

January 12
Daily World has an article about Sally Jupiter.
  • Adrian Veidt is born. His parents reach America.
  • Comedian cleans up New York harbor.
  • Comedian takes out bank robber[8]
  • Silk Spectre is taken in a photograph with Police Chief.
  • Silhouette exposes child pornography ring.
  • Mothman is disovered by the media, described as "a man who can fly."
  • Hollis Mason begins work as a policeman at the age of 23.
  • The Nazis bomb Polish towns.[3]
Early
Meuller disappears from Germany. It is assumed he was executed by Nazis.[1]
Spring
Bill Brady graduates.[2]
Autumn
The Minutemen superhero group is formed.
  • The Minutemen's first mission is to expose Italian weapon smugglers. They were actually fireworks smugglers. Nevertheless C.M. covers their blunder and the Minutemen are hailed as heroes.[3]
December 25
The Minutemen's first Christmas party is thrown.

1940

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  • Big Top Circus visits New York.[3]
  • Mothman suggests the Minutemen should go after Moloch.[3]
  • Silhouette, Nite Owl and Mothman team up and start looking for missing kids. A dead kid is found near the Circus.[3]
  • Moloch stops a military train using the Solar Mirror Weapon. The Minutemen show up and stop him.[7]
January
"Charlie" abandons Sylvia Kovacs after their semi-permanent relationship.
March 21
Walter Kovacs is born to Sylvia, father unknown.
October ?2
The papers of the day say that scientists have created plutonium.
After a group photo is taken of the Minutemen, the Comedian attempts to rape Silk Spectre I, but is stopped by Hooded Justice.

1941

December 7
Attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States enters World War II.[9]
  • Silhouette and Silk Spectre do pinup shots to inspire American soldiers. Tension arises between the two.[9]
  • Eddie Blake is stabbed by a small-time hoodlum, causing him to start wearing a more protective costume.

1942

  • While fighting with Japanese smugglers, Blake is approached by Agent Kaufax who recruits him.[9]
  • Norman Rockwell paints Silk Spectre with Hitler.
  • The Comedian is sent to South Pacific during the war to make himself of a hero.

1945

Feb 23
Comedian lands at Iwo Jima and plants the American flag[8]
August 2
King Taylor sends a letter to Laurence Schexnayder.
Miss jupiter
August 6
An atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima by Miss Jupiter.
August 7
Jon Osterman's father pushes his son towards becoming a physicist rather than a watchmaker, and throws his old pocketwatch out of a window in Brooklyn.
August 9
Second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki (historical; not mentioned in story).
August 14
V-J Day (historical). Silhouette meets her companion, then a nurse in Times Square.[10]
September 2
World War II ends (historical).

1946

NYPD incident report

Silhouette's murder

October 1
Silhouette is reported to have a lesbian lover and is expelled from the Minutemen.
November 12
Silhouette and her lover are murdered by the Liquidator.[11]

1947

1948

1949

March 3
A girl attempts to persuade Jon Osterman to quit practicing with clocks and invites him to a hike. He declines the offer.[5]

1950

  • Walter Kovacs sees a man pay his mother[8]

1951

Little ror
  • Amendment 22 is ratified following Roosevelt's four terms in office.
July
At the age of 10, Walter Kovacs gets into a fight while picking up groceries, resulting in him being submitted to a home.

1952

1953

May 27
At 13, Walter Kovacs tells a counselor about his dream.

1954

Laurence

1955

1956

1958

1959

May 12
Jon Osterman arrives at Gila Flats test base in Arizona as a research scientist replacing Hank Meadows. He meets Milton Glass, Wally Weaver and Janey Slater for the first time.[5]
July[5]
Jon Osterman and Janey Slater travel to New Jersey – Jon to visit university friends and Janey to visit her mother. At an amusement park, a photographer takes their picture. Janey's watch is broken and Jon promises to fix it. At his hotel, they make love for the first time.
Doctor Manhattan reappears
August 20[5]
Jon Osterman is accidentally locked in the Intrinsic Field Test Chamber before an experiment. He is disintegrated.

The above is possibly the second "point of divergence". The transformation of Osterman changed political matters and made science advance more rapidly than in own world.

September
A funeral service is held for Jon Osterman.
October
Janey Slater places the photograph of her and Jon behind glass at the Bestiary.
November
Jon Osterman's nervous system appears for a moment in the men's bathroom at Gila Flats while Milton Glass and a colleague are washing their hands.
November 10
Jon Osterman's circulatory system is seen in the Gila Flats kitchen by Dexter Redback.[14][5]
November 14
Jon Osterman's partially muscled skeleton appears for thirty seconds to J. Sanderson outside the perimeter fence at Gila Flats.[15][5]
November 22
Jon Osterman rematerializes in the Gila Flats cafeteria, having transformed into the being that will later be known as Dr. Manhattan.
December 25
Jon Osterman and Janey Slater spend Christmas together. He tells her that he will always want her, knowing that it is not true.

1960

Because of the existence of Dr. Manhattan, eugenics, quantum physics, transports and other sciences, start to leap forward from that year on.

Symbol

The debut of Dr. Manhattan

February
Jon Osterman is named Dr. Manhattan by the government and marks his forehead with the symbol of a hydrogen atom.
March
Dr. Manhattan is introduced to the world.
May
National Comics publish "Tales of the Black Freighter".
June
Several costumed adventurers attend a Red Cross charity fundraiser for famine in India. The Comedian, Captain Metropolis, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Nite Owl (Hollis Mason) and Mothman attend. Dr. Manhattan feels that only Ozymandias seems interesting. Hollis Mason first considers retiring from crime fighting.[5]
November
While fighting crime, Dr. Manhattan blows up a criminal's head in a vice-den owned by Moloch.

1961

May 14
Wedding reception for Jon and Janey Osterman (in a possible quantum universe).[16]
September
Dr. Manhattan meets with the current president, John F. Kennedy, at the White House.

1962

Mothman sectioned
February 16
7000 protestors, many from the Students for a Democratic Society protest against nuclears and Dr. Manhattan in Washington.[17]
Febrary 20
Scheduled launch of Friendship 7. John Glenn the third American in space.[17]
March 10
Wally Weaver writes a testimony concerning Dr. Manhattan to Senators George Malloy, Colin Newberry and William Holmes.[18]
March 15
Wally Weaver writes the affidavit of his testimony and publishes it.[19]
May 12[17]
Hollis Mason retires from crime fighting to open an automobile repair shop, reveals his true name to the public and starts to write his autobiography, Under the Hood. At a civic banquet, he is awarded with a golden statuette of him as the Nite Owl, with the engraving "In Gratitude". At the banquet, he speaks to Dr. Manhattan, who tells him about electric cars.
October 16
Cuban Missile Crisis. President Kennedy forbids Russian ships to approach Cuba.
In a possible quantum universe, the Comedian goes as a CIA advisor and orders the Americans ships to fire, resulting to the Cuban missiles fire against Washington.
In another universe, Ozyandias advises that the Jupiter missiles be moved out of Turkey, resolving the crisis.[16]

1963

November 17[20]
70-yard touchdown strike from Y.A. Tittle to Del Shofner puts the New York Giants up 33 to 14. The Giants win and Blake loses his bet with the Kennedys.[21]
Dallas

The assassination of JFK

Friday, November 22
Blake prepares to leave for Dallas but he is stopped by Luxem.[21]
President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas.[21]
While the Comedian is going to arrest Moloch, they learn about the President's death.[21]
In a possible quantum universe, the Comedian assassinates JFK. In another universe, FJK survives.[16]
Saturday, November 24
Projected rugby match between Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.[21][22]

1964

February 25[24]
Cassius Clay wins over Sonny Liston in the Miami Convention Center. Eddie Blake and Bob Kennedy watch the match.[23]
March
Kitty Genovese is attacked and murdered outside of her New York City home. Walter Kovacs decides to make his mask.
August 2
North Vietnam gunboats attack against USS Maddox but the Defense Department does not respond.[23]
August 4[25]
Comedian and his soldiers stage a second attack against their own US destroyers. Lyndon B. Johnson orders retribution and the Vietnam War escalates.[23]
September
Robert F. Kennedy quits his position as Attorney General and runs for Senator.[23]
  • Moloch kidnaps the governor of New Jersey.[8]

1965

August[26]
The Comedian returns to America for a leave. He learns about the Watts riots and goes there to "help".[27]
  • The Comedian spends some time in Hawaii and is scolded by Bob Kennedy.[27]

1966

The Comedian Mouthing off to the group

Crimebusters meeting

April
French withdraw military commitment from NATO.
First heart transplant is performed.
Captain Metropolis attempts to bring the Costumed adventurers together and form a new group of heroes, the Crimebusters. The Comedian meets Laurie Juspeczyk, who flirts with Dr. Manhattan
May
Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre II go out on patrol together and kiss for the first time. Janey Slater subsequently leaves Jon in anger and throws her earrings.

1968

1969

1970

March 11
NBS Nightly News with Ted Philips features Dr. Manhattan[29]
May 22
Nixon authorizes the Wrath of God.[30]
June 15
Day one of Wrath of God operation.
June 18
The Gazette publishes Nixon's response to the Soviets concerning Vietnam and Dr. Manhattan[31]

1971

January
President Nixon asks Dr. Manhattan to intervene in Vietnam.
March
Dr. Manhattan is reintroduced to Eddie Blake in Vietnam.
May
Viet Cong surrender.
June 15
Ton Duo Thang and Creighton Williams Abrams sign the act of military surrender. America wins the Vietnam War.[32]
The Comedian (movie) in Vietnam

Comedian in Saigon

June
V.V.N. Day, celebrating American victory in the Vietnam War. President Nixon arrives in Saigon by helicopter to great applause. A pregnant Vietnamese woman accosts the Comedian. When he refuses to take responsibility for their baby, she slashes him across the face with a broken bottle, leaving a permanent scar. In return, he shoots her dead. Dr. Manhattan watches, but does not interfere.
November
Wally Weaver dies of cancer, aged 34.

1972

1973

The Comedian party charmer

The Comedian's banquet

November 5
Two reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, are found dead in a garage while investigating the Watergate scandal.
November 6
Wall Street Post reports their deaths.[34]
  • Banquet is held in honor of the Comedian. Laurie accuses him of attempting to rape her mother.

1974

1975

Grice

Birth of Rorscach

January 20
Richard Nixon proposes a Constitutional amendment that will allow him to run for a third term as president.[35]
July 12
Veidt's interview to Doug Roth is published in Nova Express.
Summer
Gerald Anthony Grice, an unemployed man, kidnaps and murders six-year-old Blair Roche. Walter Kovacs intervenes and starts to become violent; birth of Rorschach.
  • Fast and safe airships will soon be economically viable.

1976

September
The Probe features an interview with Sally Jupiter.
  • Nixon is elected to a third term.

1977

January or February
Nite Owl and Rorschach investigate the disappearance of Violet Greene. They end up pursuing the Twilight Lady.[33]
The Comedian in Riot Gear

The Comedian over the rioters

.
March 2
The police go on strike. Riots spring up in New York and Washington. In New York, the Comedian, Nite Owl II and Rorschach attempt to keep the peace; Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre II settle the riots in Washington. Dr. Manhattan teleports the rioters home.
July 1
Rorschach interrogates Dwayne Carter.
July 6
After a thorough investigation down the sewers, he falls into a trap set up by Crime.
July 7
Rorschach visits the Gunga Diner.
August 3
The Keene Act, an emergency bill proposed by Senator Keene, is passed, outlawing costumed superheroes that are not government-sanctioned.

1978

15 March
Alexander Haig writes his memorandum expressing concerns about the Comedian.[36]
14 July
A Top Secret paper concerning Dr. Manhattan's invasion to Afghanistan is authored[37]
28 October
Rorschach kills Franklin Smith and Daziel Amrand, suspects of Loomis murder.
Police Officers James Schwarz, Mark Pallazo and Grevin Adell come to apprehend Rorschach but are injured.[38]
27 November
Rorschach is called wanted by the FBI.[39]

1979

  • The United States bombs Beirut.

1980

1981

1982

August 22
World Chess Association sends a congratulation letter to Veidt about his victories.[40]

1983

1984

Famine
July 12
A gathering against famine is organized by Veidt at Yankee Stadium.[41]
October 14
Time Magazine runs an article about Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias joining their power.[42]

1985

August 26
The New Yorker runs an article about Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias joining their power.
October
Blake visits Moloch and tells him about the island.
Friday, October 11
The Soviet Union conducts a bomb test in the Bering Sea
Airing of an episode of late night UK current affairs review World in Focus with Jeremy Miller, in which photo-journalist Alain Guillon and author Hal Eisner discuss the emerging geopolitical crisis.[43]
Edward Blake is ambushed in his high-rise apartment and thrown out of the window. He dies upon hitting the ground.
Saturday, October 12
Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin investigate Blake's apartment. Dr. Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk are informed of Blake's death.
Hollis Mason meets his old foe, the Screaming Skull, at a supermarket; they trade addresses.
After nightfall, Rorschach investigates Blake's apartment and discovers Blake's Comedian costume and a photograph of the Minutemen. He takes Blake's blood-stained smiley-face badge.
Hollis Mason meets Dan Dreiberg for their customary Saturday beer night. Dreiberg leaves Mason's home shortly before midnight.
Sunday, October 13
Dan Dreiberg arrives home to find Rorschach waiting for him. He is informed of the Comedian's death and takes the Comedian's smiley-face badge.
Rorschach sleeps through the day and wakes at 4:37, then continues his investigation at Happy Harry's, then visits Adrian Veidt at his office
At 8:30 he infiltrates Rockefeller Military Research Center and finds then Dr. Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk.
At 9:30, Laurie Juspeczyk and Dan Dreiberg meet for dinner at Rafael's restaurant until 11:30.
Wednesday, October 16
Laurie Juspeczyk visits her mother, Sally Jupiter, in a retirement home in California while Dr. Manhattan, Adrian Veidt, Dan Dreiberg and Edgar William Jacobi attend Eddie Blake's funeral.
Rorschach later accosts Jacobi at his home who in turn tells him about Blake's visit mentioning a "list", an "island" and the "blue guy";
Rorschach then visits the cemetery alone to pay his last respects to Blake.
Nova Express runs a story about Nixon's third heart operation.
Saturday, October 19
After an argument, Laurie Juspeczyk leaves Dr. Manhattan. She visits Dan Dreiberg, and they are accosted by Knot Tops on the way to visit Hollis Mason. Laurie decides to check in to a hotel.
Meanwhile, Dr. Manhattan gives a televised interview on the ABC network. Doug Roth, a reporter from Nova Express, accuses Osterman of causing cancer in people he worked with. While being harassed about it, Osterman teleports the crew and audience outside the studio. He briefly visits the abandoned Gila Flats, picks up an old photo of himself with Janey Slater, then teleports to Mars.
Sunday, October 20
The main headline of the New York Gazette's morning edition is "Dr. Manhattan Leaves Earth". The day's New Frontiersman claims that Russians are responsible. Walter Kovacs buys a copy of both papers before breaking into Dan Dreiberg's house again (now wearing his Rorschach mask) to inform him that another costumed hero has gone.
Laurie Juspeczyk returns to the Special Talent Quarters at Rockefeller Military Research Center to discover that Jon has gone, that officials are sweeping the rooms for radiation, and that she is to be given a cancer scan.
Russians invade Afghanistan.
Monday, October 21
Rorschach pays a visit to Jacobi asking him about a scheme to discredit Dr. Manhattan.
In the morning, there is an apparent attempt on Adrian Veidt's life. Veidt fends off the attacker, who dies from ingesting a poison capsule. Laurie Juspeczyk and Dan Dreiberg meet at Gunga Diner. Rorschach arrives at the diner after they leave and waits for Jacobi's note.
In the evening, Jacobi is shot in the head, presumably by Veidt, and Rorschach is framed. Rorschach is lured to Jacobi's apartment, where he is cornered by the police and arrested.
Friday, October 25
Rorschach, now incarcerated at Sing Sing prison, attends his first interview with psychoanalyst Dr. Malcolm Long.
Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II rescue citizens from a building caught on fire.
Saturday, October 26
Rorschach tells Malcolm Long about the fabric used to make his mask, and the murder of Kitty Genovese.
Later, at lunch, Rorschach throws hot cooking fat in the face of another inmate who had attempted to murder him. The guards intervene and drag Rorschach away, but not before he informs the other prisoners: "I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
Sunday, October 27
Rorschach tells Dr. Long about the Crimebusters.
Russian tanks invade Pakistan.
Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II decide to rescue Rorschach.
Monday, October 28
Mal and Rorschach's fourth session. Rorschach relates the story of the Roche kidnapping.
Nova Express has an issue about the "Spirit of '77".[44]
Wednesday, October 30
Steve Fine visits Dreiberg.
William J. Franklin writes a Top Secret paper concerning Dr. Manhattan and Soviet aggression; planned to be sent on November 2.[45]
Thursday, October 31
Otis, the prisoner Rorschach scalded, dies. The prison erupts into chaos. Big Figure attempts to take his revenge on Rorschach.
Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II rescue Rorschach, but not before he kills Big Figure.
Dr. Manhattan takes Laurie to Mars where he reveals to her that Edward Blake was her real father, and ultimately decides to return to Earth, his faith in humanity renewed given his theory that all humans are "Thermodynamic Miracles".
Tanks amass in East Germany.
Friday, November 1
Nixon arrives at a secret military bunker.
4:30: Veidt leaves for Karnak.
Derf and other citizens move against masked heroes; Hollis Mason is murdered by a clan of knot-tops, having been mistaken for Daniel Dreiberg.
Rorschach and Nite Owl II find the courier at Happy Harry's.
The participants in the alien monster project are taken from Veidt's island and killed by a bomb.
Saturday, November 2
Rorschach and Nite Owl II break into Veidt's office, uncovering his crimes,and go to Karnak.
Veidt kills his servants, and is approached by Nite Owl II and Rorschach, telling them that he had activated the transmission, initiating the final stage of his sinister plot, "35 minutes ago."
The "alien" appears in New York, and most of the city is devastated, killing millions.
Laurie and Jon arrive at Karnak. Adrian attempts to kill Jon in the same way he was reborn as Dr. Manhattan, decimating him and Bubastis.
Laurie shoots at Adrian, who catches the bullet and knocks her to the ground.
Jon returns, lashing out and destroying much of Adrian's estate.
Having witnessed the media's response to the alleged alien invasion, Adrian convincing his fellow masks that revealing his atrocities would destroy the newly achieved atmosphere of peace between The United States and Russia. All agree to remain silent, exceeding Rorschach who storms out, refusing to cooperate.
Seeing the potential outcomes of Rorschach's assured upcoming actions, Jon kills Rorschach. In the movie, Nite Owl II witnesses it.
December 25
Laurie and Dan visit Sally under their new identities.

1986

Summer
Millennium, the new re-branding of Nostalgia, will circulate the news market according to Veidt's plans.

1988

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 06
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 02
  4. 4.0 4.1 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 01
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Before Watchen: Dr. Manhattan #01
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3266870980/
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Before Watchmen: Moloch 01
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Watchmen: The Film Companion
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 03
  10. This event is seen only in the movie introduction
  11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3197364672/
  12. Before Watchmen: Minutemen 04
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 05
  14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3211849169/
  15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3211850951/
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #02
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #01
  18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3212500857/
  19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3213340608/
  20. Supposing this refers to the match against the San Francisco 49ers. See Wikipedia:1963_New_York_Giants_season#Schedule
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Before Watchmen: Comedian #01
  22. Wikipedia:1963_Cleveland_Browns_season
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Before Watchmen: Comedian #02
  24. Wikipedia:Muhammad_Ali_vs._Sonny_Liston
  25. This must refer to the controversial "ghost" attack. See Wikipedia:Gulf_of_Tonkin_incident#Second_attack
  26. Wikipedia:Watts riots
  27. 27.0 27.1 Before Watchmen: Comedian #03
  28. She was six years old when she was killed in summer 1975; hence she was born before or by summer.
  29. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd5cInmK6LQ
  30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3220349258/
  31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3235212490/
  32. The image released by the movie merchandise mistakenly gives the date as 1970
  33. 33.0 33.1 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
  34. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3246779475/
  35. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3250581446
  36. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3272365896/
  37. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3314458022/
  38. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3274005299/
  39. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named FBI
  40. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3284945162/
  41. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3308946065/
  42. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3325581305/
  43. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TShz4VsKeso
  44. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3326470760/
  45. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3313632123/

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