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Earlier: Aquarian Age
1981 AIDS first identified
1981 Ronald Reagan takes office, Iranian hostages released at same moment.
1981 CIA, Colombian cartels set up Contras.
1981 Freddy Kruger (1940-1968) begins terrorizing kids on Elm Street.
1982 ET appears in California
1982 Vietnam vet John Rambo goes to war with law enforcement officers in Hope, Washington.
1982 Positronic robots invented—following Asimov Laws.
1983 Escape of serial killer Hannibal Lecter. He is never heard from again.
1983 Invasion of Grenada
1984 First Terminator robot arrives in past
1984 JR Bob Dobbs assassinated.
(Big Brother—in parallel universe?)
Gen. John Singlaub supports Contra operations.
Crockett and Tubbs battle Contra-backed drug operations in Miami.
1987 First Predator spotted on Earth.
1985 Rambo rescues MIA soldiers from Vietnam.
1985 Marty McFly sent into the past by Doc Emmett Brown (b. 1920).
1988 Rambo fights in Afghanistan alongside future Al-Qaeda members.
1988 Pat Robertson starts Christian Coalition.
1988 George Bush, former CIA chief, becomes president.
1988 Much of Tokyo destroyed by the psychic Akira.
1989 The U.S. invades Panama to unseat Gen. Manuel Noriega (b. 1938), a former ally.
1989 Chernobyl disaster
1989 Berlin Wall falls
1989 Michael Moore makes Roger and Me
1990 Nelson Mandela freed, elected president in 1994.
1991 FBI agent Fox Mulder is assigned to the agency’s X-Files project.
1991 Kurt Cobain records “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
1991 Gulf War
1991 Second Terminator robot
1992 Bill Clinton elected
Vince Foster commits suicide
1993 Branch Davidian compound burns to ground.
1994 Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker of the House
1995 Tim McVeigh bombs the Oklahoma City federal building.
1997 Snake Plissken escapes from New York.
1998 Hugo Chavez elected president of Venezuela.
1999 Two disgruntled students carry out a massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School.
1999 A black monolith is discovered on the Moon near a fledgling colony.
1999 Escapees from Monster Island attack world cities, creating a need to Destroy All Monsters.
2000 Death Race 2000 held.
2003 Invasion of Iraq
2003 Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere is found dead in the museum, an apparent victim of ritual murder.
2005 New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
2005 The planet Eris is discovered.
2008 Barack Obama elected president.
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