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.[4]

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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[4]

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

The genetically engineered monster is teleported in New York City.

2nd

After November 2nd

3rd

4th

27th

28th

December

18th

1986

January

1st

April

May

9th

Summer

July

  • Lady Trieu is born in Vietnam.[37]
  • Honduras is devastated by mudslides and an earthquake leaving thousands without food or water.[6]
  • A series of Quake Aid concerts raise money to purchase supplies and equipment to help the survivors of Honduras.[6]

4th

  • A new U.S. flag is designed following admission of Vietnam as a state.[38]

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.[6]

December

25th

1987

January

1st

March

21st

June

29th

After June 29th

1988

October

21st

November

8th

1989

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CLIPPING: "Tulsa Police Chief Feared Slain"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Chapter II: Absent Friends
  3. DC Heroes Role Playing Module #235: Taking Out the Trash - Curses and Tears
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 This presumes Election Day in the United States occurs the same day in the Watchmen universe as in the real world.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 Chapter I: At Midnight, All the Agents...
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 DC Heroes: The Watchmen Sourcebook
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 Chapter V
  8. The last gubernatorial elections were in 1982, and according to Chapter IX Ronald Reagan is Governor as of 1985.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 Chapter XII: A Stronger Loving World
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 Chapter VII: A Brother to Dragons
  11. 11.0 11.1 New Frontiersman draft
  12. Blood from the Shoulder of Pallas
  13. Treasure Island Treasury of Comics
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 MEMO: The Computer and You[1]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Historical Date
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Book of Rorschach - Sons of Pale Horse
  17. Rorschach #7
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Chapter IV: Watchmaker
  19. 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 19.11 19.12 Chapter III: The Judge of All the Earth
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 21.14 21.15 21.16 21.17 21.18 21.19 21.20 21.21 21.22 Chapter VIII: Old Ghosts
  22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3326470760/
  23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewfrontiersman/3313632123/
  24. Chapter IX: The Darkness of Mere Being
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Chapter X: Two Riders Were Approaching...
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Little Fear of Lightning
  27. See How They Fly
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 Chapter XI: Look On My Works, Ye Mighty
  29. 29.0 29.1 A God Walks into Abar
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 The Manhattan Project - The Nine Inch Nails
  31. 31.0 31.1 Ozymandias correspondence
  32. 32.0 32.1 Ozymandias correspondence
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 https://www.slashfilm.com/robert-redford-watchmen/
  34. Chapter X: Two Riders Were Approaching...
  35. Chapter III: The Judge of All the Earth
  36. 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.
  37. See How They Fly
  38. 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.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 An Almost Religious Awe
  40. MEMO: "Rorschach's Journal"
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