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This is a timeline of events that occurred during the 1980s.

1980

June

20th

September

18th

  • In Detroit, Michigan, a class-action lawsuit launches against Jacobs Motors, on behalf of the victims of fuel-tank flare ups in the company's Apache car. The New York Gazette publishes an account of the proceedings.

November

4th

  • Richard Nixon is reelected to a fourth term of office as President of the United States.[3]

1981

April

  • The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves the Doomsday Clock one minute closer to midnight.

28th

  • The New York Gazette's headline reads "Scientists Move Doomsday Clock One Minute Closer to Midnight".
  • Veidt Enterprises' research and development team shows Adrian Veidt a prototype for the next generation of electric cars, offering twice the mileage at half the charge and passing every safety test. He orders the vehicles into immediate production, instructing the team to put all other projects on the back burner and focus on the Manhattan Project, his plan to duplicate Doctor Manhattan's teleportation abilities.

May

31st

Late October or Early November 1981

  • Dan Dreiberg embarks on a trip to Africa with Professor Joseph Westwood, his editor at the Journal of the American Ornithological Society. The two go out every morning to observe the local bird life.[5]

14th

  • A couple of weeks after arriving in Africa, Dan Dreiberg sends a postcard to Hollis Mason describing his expedition. He admits to Mason that he misses being Nite Owl and is having trouble accepting the fact that he will never again wear the costume.[5]

Late November or Early December

1982

September

1983

May

1984

November

6th

  • Richard Nixon is reelected to a fifth term of office as President of the United States.[3]

1985

April

July

August

October

11th

12th

13th

16th

Doctor Manhattan alone on Mars.

19th

20th

21st

22nd

25th

26th

27th

28th

29th

30th

31st

November

1st

2nd

3rd

27th

28th

1986

January

1st

April

May

9th

Summer

July

  • Honduras is devastated by mudslides and an earthquake leaving thousands without food or water.[5]
  • A series of Quake Aid concerts raise money to purchase supplies and equipment to help the survivors of Honduras.[5]

4th

  • A new U.S. flag is designed following admission of Vietnam as a state.[28]

October

4th

  • An airplane carrying supplies and equipment purchase with funds from July's Quake Aid concerts crashes while en route to help earthquake survivors in Honduras. The crash kills two pilots and seventeen people on the ground, and the plane lands in the only operational fresh-water tank within seventy miles of a makeshift Red Cross landing strip.[5]

December

25th

1987

  • Run for the Shadows: The Story of Ursula Zandt by Martha McCormick is published.[5]
  • New York City raises funds to renovate the Minutemen's former headquarters as a public museum.[5]

January

1st

1989

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Chapter II: Absent Friends
  2. DC Heroes Role Playing Module #235: Taking Out the Trash - Curses and Tears
  3. 3.0 3.1 This presumes Election Day in the United States occurs the same day in the Watchmen universe as in the real world.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Chapter I: At Midnight, All the Agents...
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 Watchmen Sourcebook
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 Chapter V
  7. The last gubernatorial elections were in 1982, and according to Chapter IX Ronald Reagan is Governor as of 1985.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Chapter XII: A Stronger Loving World
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 Chapter VII: A Brother to Dragons
  10. 10.0 10.1 New Frontiersman draft
  11. Blood from the Shoulder of Pallas
  12. Treasure Island Treasury of Comics
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Chapter IV: Watchmaker
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 Chapter III: The Judge of All the Earth
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also
  16. 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 16.12 16.13 16.14 16.15 16.16 16.17 16.18 16.19 16.20 16.21 16.22 Chapter VIII: Old Ghosts
  17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3326470760/
  18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3313632123/
  19. Chapter IX: The Darkness of Mere Being
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 Chapter X: Two Riders Were Approaching...
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 Chapter XI: Look On My Works, Ye Mighty
  22. 22.0 22.1 Ozymandias correspondence
  23. 23.0 23.1 Ozymandias correspondence
  24. Chapter X: Two Riders Were Approaching...
  25. Chapter III: The Judge of All the Earth
  26. On October 19th, 1985, Doug Roth informed Doctor Manhattan in an interview that Janey Slater has lung cancer and that her doctors have given her six months to live. This assumes that Slater hasn't died earlier.
  27. Historical Date
  28. In the real world, U.S. Federal law specifies that new flag designs become official on the first 4th of July following the admission of a state.
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