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.
- George Caitlin finishes a painting titled Comanche Feats of Martial Horsemanship.
- Bass Reeves is born into slavery in Arkansas.
- Moe Vernon is born.
- Bass Reeves is recruited into the marshal service by Isaac C. Parker, becoming the first black deputy west of the Mississippi.
- Oscar Micheaux is born Metropolis, Illinois.
- German astronomer Ernst Hartwig detects SN 1885A, a two-million-year-old supernova in the Andromeda Galaxy.
- American businessman, Henry John Heinz, the founder of H.J. Heinz Co., conceives of the slogan "58 Varieties" to describe his company's products.
- Nelson Forrest Gardner is born.
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights organization in the United States, is formed as a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans.
- The New York Amsterdam News, a weekly newspaper for the African-American community, is established in in New York City.
- Bass Reeves dies in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
- Byron Lewis is born.
- Ursula Zandt is born.
- A period called the “Red Summer” was marked by hundreds of deaths and many casualties across the United States, which resulted from anti-black white supremacist terrorist attacks that occurred in more than three dozen cities and one rural county.
- Edgar Jacobi is born.
- Oscar Micheaux’s film Trust In The Law!, a silent movie about Bass Reeves, is released in the United States of America. The film premieres at the Williams Dreamland Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- June Abar and Will Williams—later, Will Reeves—are smuggled out of Tulsa during the massacre and are the only survivors.
- Straw Valley's steeple chase run is held at Garden Green to benefit orphans at St. Albert's.
- Nelson Gardner attends the race, but suffers an asthmatic attack.
- Marvin Bellows wins the race and is awarded a first place metal by the mayor.
- Hollis Mason's father begins working at Vernon's Auto Repairs.
- The Canada Malting Company starts construction on a large factory on the shores of the Hudson River.
- At the age of 17, Hollis Mason encounters a situation he calls "The Ride of the Valkyries": Beatrice and Fred leave Moe Vernon, who then commits suicide.
- Janey Slater is born
- Jon Osterman and his father flee Heidelberg, Germany for England, where they briefly stay in at Cartwithen Castle whose owners are providing refugees a place to stay before traveling on to the United States. This event would later inspire Doctor Manhattan to create life in their image.
- Nelson Gardner is honorably discharged from the Marines after serving under Smedley Butler in the Banana Wars.
- Edgar Jacobi arrives to Chicago and begins his career as Moloch the Mystic.
- Wally Weaver is born.
- The Kovacs divorce.
- In the final game of the season, Dartmouth plays against the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University. William Brady is injured during the game.
- Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman is published. Will Reeves, Hollis Mason, and others take notice. The arrival of superheroes as a publishing phenomenon inspires a number of people to put on costumes and fight crime.
- Hooded Justice raids Fred’s Original Market in Queens, discovering the first clues to Cyclops’ plan.
- Cyclops covers their tracks to the press stating that Hooded Justice stopped an attempted robbery at Fred's Original Market.
- Superhero comics such as Superman see enormous success.
- Josef Osterman leaves Germany with his family to protect his Jewish wife, Inge. Inge sacrifices herself to save their son, Jon.
- Inspired by Hooded Justice's heroics, Hollis Mason decides to become Nite Owl.
- Nite Owl fights at the Gotham Opera House.
- Silhouette, Comedian, Silk Spectre, Captain Metropolis, Dollar Bill, and Mothman, all similarly inspired by the exploits of Hooded Justice, make their crime-fighting debut shortly after.
- Laurence Schexnayder suggests Sally Jupiter to place an ad in the New York Gazette calling for costumed adventurers to unite.
- Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, in which the two countries agreed to take no military action against each other.
- The Big Top Circus arrives in New York City with Rolf Müller performing as “The Mighty Meuller.”
- Silhouette exposes a child pornography ring.
- Mothman is discovered by the media coming from Connecticut, described as "a man who can fly."
- Comedian brutally cleans up New York harbor.
- A Nazi rally is organized by the German American Bund at Madison Square Garden.
- Adrian Alexander Veidt is born.
- The Nazis bomb Polish towns.
- World War II begins.
- DC Comics’ All-Star Comics issue #2 hits stands, featuring tales of The Spectre, The Flash, Johnny Thunder, The Sandman, and Red, White & Blue.
- Captain Metropolis tracks down Hooded Justice and convinces him to join the Minutemen.
- Hooded Justice secretly enters into a relationship with Nelson Gardner.
- The Minutemen superhero group is formed.
- The Minutemen's first mission is to expose Italian weapon smugglers. They were actually fireworks smugglers. Nevertheless, Captain Metropolis covers their blunder and the Minutemen are hailed as heroes.
- Larry Schexnayder discovers Nelson Gardner’s secret relationship with Hooded Justice. Schexnayder convinces Sally Jupiter, when in the presence of photographers, snuggle up to HJ so the press will infer romance and stop looking into his personal life.
- Comedian takes out a bank robber
- Silk Spectre is taken in a photograph with the New York City Police Chief.
- Big Top Circus visits New York City.
- Mothman suggests the Minutemen should go after Moloch.
- Silhouette, Nite Owl and Mothman team up and start looking for missing kids. A dead kid is found near the Circus.
- Moloch stops a military train using a Solar Mirror Weapon. The Minutemen show up and stop him.
- Marcus Abar is born in Harlem.
- Nelson Gardner has a meeting room constructed at the Minutemen’s headquarters, using wood imported from Africa. He orders special chairs for the room, which take months to manufacture,
- Hooded Justice breaks an arm while battling the Screaming Skull.
- Rolf Müller misses a month’s performances at the Shriner’s Circus.
- After interviewing Hooded Justice, the New York Post publishes an article describing his accent as “different, faintly Bavarian”.
- Byron Lewis records a diary entry expressing doubts about the Minutemen, which he has come to regard as an unimportant publicity stunt, and describes Hooded Justice as personifying the worst kind of hatred—the kind that needs to hide behind a mask.
- With debts mounting, Sylvia Kovacs turns to prostitution to pay her bills.
- Sylvia Kovacs is arrested on charges of prostitution.
- During World War II’s Battle of Dunkirk, more than 330,000 Allied soldiers are evacuated after a Nazi advance on the French city is delayed.
- Hans von Krupp flees for his life and ends up in the United States. Though marked for death by the Third Reich, he remains fanatically loyal to Adolf Hitler. Allying with fifth columnists in America, he takes on the role of a master saboteur known as Captain Axis, hoping to redeem himself in the eyes of the Führer.
- The last of the French and British soldiers escape.
- Hans von Krupp, a top official under Adolf Hitler, falls out of favor with the Nazi Party for failing to act on intelligence that could have prevented the Allied Forces’ escape.
- Newspaper headline: Scientists Make First Artificial Wonder Element: Plutonium.
- After a group photo is taken of the Minutemen, Edward Blake sexually assaults Sally Jupiter. Hooded Justice intervenes and severely beats Blake. Blake is expelled from the Minutemen shortly after.
- The pact between Germany and the Soviet Union was terminated when Germany launched Operation Barbarossa and invaded the Soviet Union.
- Silhouette and Silk Spectre do pinup shots to inspire American soldiers. Tension arises between the two.
- The Comedian is stabbed by a small-time hoodlum, causing him to start wearing a more protective suit of leather armor.
- While fighting with Japanese smugglers, Eddie Blake is approached by Agent Kaufax who recruits him.
- Norman Rockwell paints Silk Spectre with Adolf Hitler.
- Captain Metropolis puts his crime fighting career on hold to serve in the Marines during World War II.
- The Comedian joins the war effort to make himself a hero and is sent to the South Pacific, beginning a long career as a government agent and super soldier.
- A race riot takes place in Harlem, New York City after a white police officer, James Collins, shot and wounded Robert Bandy, an African-American soldier
- New York Times headline: "Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima".
- In Brooklyn, Jon Osterman studies clock cogs. His father throws his old pocket watch out of a window and pushes his son towards becoming an atomic scientist rather than a watchmaker.
- Second atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
- Dan Dreiberg is born.
- Silk Spectre kills the Liquidator and retires from crimefighting.
- Sally Jupiter marries her agent, Laurence Schexnayder.
- Wanting revenge for Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japanese saboteurs steal a 16-pound ball of enriched uranium from Los Alamos.
- The Minutemen team up with Bluecoat and Scout and stop the Japanese at the Statue of Liberty.
- Cyclops tests a new film projector at a screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in Harlem. Will Reeves, investigating, sees a projector loaded into a truck labeled “F.T. & Sons. W. Washington Market, New York, NY.” Reeves follows the truck, kills “F.T.” and everyone in his warehouse, steals their technology, and burns it to the ground.
- June Abar leaves New York City with her son, Marcus, and moves back to Tulsa. She tells Will Reeves to stay away from them.
- Jon Osterman enrolls at Princeton University.
- Eddie Blake has a consensual sexual encounter with Sally Jupiter.
- Larry sends a letter to Sally expressing his concerns about the Minutemen and proposes her to cooperate together. (the date is probably wrong as in other sources Larry and Sally are already married)
- Laurie Juspeczyk is born.
- Problems between Sally and Larry begin.
- The Doomsday Clock is set to 3
- The New Frontiersman is established.
- With most villains in prison or moved to less glamorous activities, the Minutemen disband.
- A girl attempts to persuade Jon Osterman to quit practicing with clocks and invites him to a hike. He declines the offer.
- Amendment 22 is ratified following Franklin Roosevelt's four terms in office.
- Eddie Blake campaigns for several House UnAmerican Activities Committee members including John David Keene.
- John David Keene becomes a congressman for the state of Oklahoma.
- At the age of 10, Walter Kovacs gets into a fight while picking up groceries, partially blinds Richie. Soon after he is being submitted to a home in New Jersey.
- Walter Kovacs writes the essay My Parents.
- The New Frontiersman published photos of Mothman at the 13th World Science Fiction Convention hanging out with artists linked to socialist organizations.
- The Comedian was the first to answer the summons and ultimately served as justice of the peace for Senator Joseph McCarthy's committee by delivering subpoenas to others costumed adventurers. Because of his involvement with the government, Blake was the only vigilante not forced to testify. Rather, he was secretly present, cooperating with and watching his ex-colleagues from behind duck-blinds during the HUAC hearings.
- The House UnAmerican Activities Committee subsequently demands that all masked vigilantes reveal their identities to a congressman; only Hooded Justice refuses to reveal his identity.
- Hooded Justice, spoke out about his decision of defying HUAC in an ad published in the Amsterdam News, and vehemently calls out the United States government as being both racist and oppressive.
- Mothman was eventually cleared, but due to the lengthiness and ruthlessness of the investigations by the HUAC, the pressure prompted his drinking problem that later contributed to his decline in mental health.
- Hooded Justice goes missing.
- Dreamland at the Park announces the line-up for its annual summer movie series; the work of black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.
- Laurie's first memory with the snowglobe. She witnesses Laurence Schexnayder and Sally Jupiter scolding each other.
- Brief surge of anti-comic book sentiment.
- Big Top Circus returns to New York.
- Nite Owl "kills" Hooded Justice believing he is a child murderer.
- Captain Metropolis destroys the Tower of Freedom.
- Will Reeves speaks to Nelson Gardner for the last time before leaving New York City in the Fall.
- Will Reeves retires from the New York City Police Department.
- Hooded Justice officially disappears.
- Sheriff Dale Dixon Crawford hosts a white tie fundraising event at his home in Tulsa.
- During a fundraising event at Sheriff Dale Dixon Crawford's home, Congressman John David Keene publicly rebuked Hooded Justice for defying the House UnAmerican Activities Committee,
- John David Keene gives Dale Dixon Crawford Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship, a replica painting of George Catlin's Comanche Feats of Martial Horsemanship.
- Public hearings are held in the NAACP's offices in Tulsa regarding the National Bank's mortgage divisions.
- New Frontiersman reports the disappearance of Rolf Müller.
- A decomposed body with a bullet in the back of the head washes up off the coast of Boston, tentatively the body is identified as Rolf Müller.
- Sally Jupiter and Laurence Schexnayder get divorced.
- Sylvia Kovacs is killed in the South Bronx by her pimp, George Paterson, who forced her to ingest Drano fluid.
- Walter Kovacs starts working in a garment firm as an unskilled worker.
- Friedrich and Ingrid Veidt die.
- Following his parents death, Adrian Veidt gives away his inheritance to charity and begins his journey to northern Turkey and follows the path of Alexander the Great.
- Jon Osterman graduates from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in Atomic Physics.
- Adrian Veidt adopts the guise of Ozymandias. He makes his debut by busting an opium and heroin smuggling racket., and gains renown fame by taking down a network of crime syndicates led by the masked gangster known as Moloch.
- Hank Meadows dies.
- In order to boost comic book-inspired agents, the government comes on the side of comic books.
- Having anticipated the massive boom in pirate-related material, EC come out stronger. Their line of Pirate titles dominate the marketplace.
- Jon Osterman arrives at Gila Flats, site of the intrinsic field generator, in New Mexico as a research scientist replacing the late Hank Meadows. He meets Milton Glass, Wally Weaver and Janey Slater for the first time.
- Jon Osterman and Janey Slater travel to New Jersey – Jon to visit university friends and Janey to visit her mother. At Palisades Amusement Park, a photographer takes their picture. A fat man breaks Janey's watch and Jon promises to fix it. At his hotel, they make love for the first time.
- Jon Osterman is accidentally locked in the Intrinsic Field Test Chamber before an experiment and is disintegrated.
- A token funeral service is held for Osterman. His father is informed.
- Ozymandias investigates Hooded Justice's disappearance. He runs into the Comedian and they engage in a brief fight. They despise each other thereafter.
- Janey places the photograph of her and Jon behind glass at the Bestiary.
- Jon's nervous system appears for a moment in the men's bathroom at Gila Flats while two employees are washing their hands and discuss Fidel Castro and Elvis Presley.
- Jon Osterman's partially muscled skeleton appears for thirty seconds to J. Sanderson outside the perimeter fence at Gila Flats.
- In a whistling sound, sparkling cutlery and an ultraviolet light Jon Osterman rematerializes in the Gila Flats cafeteria, having transformed into the being that will later be known as Doctor Manhattan. Those present get sunburns.
- Jon Osterman and Janey Slater spend Christmas together. She gives him a golden ring and expresses her fears about what is becoming. He tells her that he will always want her, knowing that it is not true.
- It is suggested that while vigilantism was illegal, the laws are altered to accommodate strategically useful talents like Dr. Manhattan.
- Because of the existence of Doctor Manhattan, genetics, quantum physics, engineering, and other sciences, start to leap forward from that year on.
- Jon Osterman is named Doctor Manhattan by the government who prepares him as a weapon and gives him a suit. He marks his forehead with the symbol of a hydrogen atom.
- National Periodical Publications (now known as DC Comics) begins publishing Tales of the Black Freighter, a pirate comic by Max Shea and Joe Orlando.
- 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. Ozymandias avoids Comedian.
- Dr. Manhattan is sent by the Pentagon to justify his name as a crimefighter and sent to Dante's, a vice-den owned by Moloch. He blows up a criminal's head.
- Wedding reception for Jon and Janey Osterman (in a possible quantum universe).
- Dr. Manhattan meets with president, John F. Kennedy, at the White House. Milton Glass is with him.
- Walter Kovacs receives an order for a dress in a Doctor Manhattan spin-off fabric intended for Kitty Genovese who refuses to buy it and he snatches it.
- Hollis Mason sends Byron Lewis a draft of his book, Under the Hood. He pays him a visit there as Lewis stares at the setting sun, but didn't receive an answer whether or not he read it.
- Dan Dreiberg contacts Hollis Mason and requests to work with him.
- William Dreiberg dies of a heart attack. His son, Dan Dreiberg, inherits his fortune.
- Sally Jupiter hosts a party and invites Hollis Mason, Nelson Gardner, and Byron Lewis at her house; her daughter Laurie meets them. Hollis mentions his book to her.
- 7000 protesters, many from the Students for a Democratic Society protest against nuclear weapons and Doctor Manhattan in Washington, D.C.
- Scheduled launch of Friendship 7. John Glenn becomes the third American to go to outer space.
- Wally Weaver writes a testimony concerning Doctor Manhattan to Senators George Malloy, Colin Newberry and William Holmes.
- 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 Doctor Manhattan, who tells him about electric cars.
- Hollis Mason allows Dan Dreiberg to become his successor.
- New York News headline: "Hero Retires: Opens Own Auto Business"
- During the Cuban Missile Crisis President Kennedy forbids Russian ships to approach Cuba.
- In a possible quantum universe, the Comedian goes as a CIA adviser and orders the Americans ships to fire, resulting in Cuban missiles to fire against Washington.
- In another universe, Ozymandias advises that the Jupiter missiles be moved out of Turkey, resolving the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Byron Lewis buys Hollis Mason an auto repair shop as a parting gift. Soon after he is submitted into the Overlook Asylum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
- Under the Hood, Hollis Mason’s memoir about the Minutemen and his time as Nite Owl is published. Among other things, this popularizes the incorrect theory that Rolf Müller was actually Hooded Justice.
- 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.
- Blake prepares to leave for Dallas but he is stopped by Luxem.
- President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas on his way to Dealey Plaza, riding an electric limousine.
- In a possible quantum universe, the Comedian assassinates JFK. In another universe, JFK survives.
- While the Comedian is going to arrest Moloch, they learn about the President's death. Ozymandias watches the news in a preliminary video wall.
- Projected rugby match between Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.
- During an argument Jon Osterman tells Janey Slater that he knows the future. Wally brings her the earrings and Janey reconciles.
- Doctor Manhattan informs the Pentagon that he will change his costume.
- Robert McNamara asks the Comedian to go to Vietnam.
- A blackout in New York City occurs at 7:00 PM and by 10:00 it evolveS into a massive riot. Nite Owl II and Rorschach make their public debut and fight the rioters.
- Cassius Clay wins over Sonny Liston in the Miami Convention Center. Eddie Blake and Robert Kennedy watch the match.
- At 3:15 AM Kitty Genovese is raped, tortured and murdered outside of her New York City home. Forty neighbors heard screams but nobody reacted. Gazette headline: "Woman killed while neighbors looked on". Walter Kovacs decides to make his mask.
- Walter Joseph Kovacs begins crimefighting as Rorschach.
- A riot breaks out in Harlem after James Powell, a 15-year-old African American, was shot and killed by police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan in front of Powell's friends and about a dozen other witnesses.
- A race riot breaks out in Rochester, New York.
- North Vietnam gunboats attack against USS Maddox but the Defense Department does not respond.
- The Comedian and his soldiers stage a second attack against their own US destroyers. Lyndon B. Johnson orders retribution and the Vietnam War escalates.
- A race riot breaks out in the predominantly black neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. Tensions between black residents of the city and police had been escalating for several months over several well-publicized allegations of police brutality.
- Robert F. Kennedy quits his position as attorney general and runs for senator.
- Moloch kidnaps the governor of New Jersey.
- Nite Owl II and Rorschach team up to fight street gangs. Underboss is brought down and Big Figure is put in prison.
- The Comedian returns to America for a leave. He learns about the Watts riots and goes there to "help".
- The Comedian spends some time in Hawaii and is scolded by Robert F. Kennedy.
- Doctor Manhattan becomes a game changer for the Cold War. The Russians "run scared" and never dare to antagonize the United States.
- Riots took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
- New York Gazette headlines: "Dr. Manhattan 'An Imperialist Weapon' Say the Russians.”, "French Withdraw Military Commitment from NATO", "Heart Transplant Patient Stable" (in the real world, this happened a year later)
- While in San Francisco Will Reeves learns about Nelson Gardner's friendship with Adrian Veidt, and their attempt at starting a new team of costumed adventurers from a mutual friend of their's. Reeves sends Gardner a scathing letter to him regarding this decision.
- Laurie Juspeczyk makes her debut as Silk Spectre II.
- Captain Metropolis attempts to bring in the next generation of costumed adventurers together and form a new group of heroes, Crimebusters. The meeting is a failure after the Comedian pointed out the inevitability of mankind destroying itself with nuclear war.
- The Comedian meets Laurie Juspeczyk, who flirts with Doctor Manhattan. Janey Slater is angered. Outside, Edward Blake approaches Laurie but is interrupted by her mother Sally.
- Riots break out in Chicago, Illinois. After police arrested a man that was wanted for armed robbery, black residents took to the streets in anger and looted and burned various stores throughout the West Side until the arrival of 1,200 National Guardsmen on July 15.
- Richard Speck is arrested for the murder of eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on the night of July 13 into the early morning hours of July 14, 1966.
- The Hough riots break out in the predominantly African-American community of Hough in Cleveland, Ohio. During the riots, four African Americans were killed and 50 people were injured. There were 275 arrests and numerous incidents of arson and firebombings.
- The Gemini 10 successfully achieves rendezvous and docking with an Agena Target Vehicle (ATV), and Extravehicular activity (EVA).
- Walter Kovacs attends a church service held by Reverend Taylor Dean.
- A woman named Sally Rose is found murdered in her apartment; Nite Owl II and Rorschach investigate the crime scene.
- Nite Owl II meets with Twilight Lady.
- Nite Owl II and Twilight Lady sneak into the home of a pimp named Carlos Onofrio.
- Nite Owl II attacks and interrogates Carlos Onofrio
- Nite Owl II and Twilight Lady head to the bedroom, and they strip down to reveal themselves. They end up having sex.
- Reverend Dean asks Walter Kovacs to go down to basement to collect some boxes to his office. Kovacs discovers a secret room and discovers a piles of corpses; one woman barely alive begs for his helps. Kovacs puts on his mask, but is shot by the reverend. Reverend Dean sets the bodies on fire along with Rorschach inside, handcuffed on top of the bodies.
- Nite Owl II and Twilight Lady head to Reverend Dean's church. They head to the basement and rescue Rorschach from burning alive. Twilight Lady confronts Reverend Dean, and he attempts to kill her; Nite Owl II attempts to stop him, but Rorschach stabs him through the heart with a picket sign that reads "The End is Nigh". They all escape before the entire church engulfs in flame.
- Dimensional Developments begins hiring employees that were associated with Doctor Manhattan including Wally Weaver, Janey Slater, and Edgar Jacobi.
- Ozymandias exposes a plot by rogue right wing extremists in the United States military to test biological weapons on the citizens of Nairobi and surrounding areas.
- Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States; he promises to send Doctor Manhattan to Vietnam.
- Nite Owl II arrests Twilight Lady.
- Last known map of NY underground and subway system. Possibly subway is obsolete because of new airships.
- Adrian Veidt begins formulating his master plan to bring about world peace.
- Hans Osterman dies.
- Doctor Manhattan reveals his true identity to the public.
- Blair Roche is born to a bus driver.
- Doctor Manhattan photographs Neil Armstrong on the occasion of the Apollo moon landings.
- Gila Flats closes down.
- On Laurie Juspeczyk's 20th birthday, she and Jon Osterman move into a apartment together in Washington, D.C.
- Adrian Veidt secretly purchases his island.
- Judd Crawford enters the Vietnam War and participates in the Liberation of Vietnam.
- A U.S. military unit in Vietnam ends up missing in action while trying to locate an enemy landing area. The Comedian is assigned to find the unit, confirm intelligence of a helicopter gunship ferrying reinforcements for the Đặc Công (Vietnamese Special Forces), and dispose of all hostiles within the vicinity. Blake carries out his mission, killing many enemy soldiers (and noncombatants) in the process. Rescuing the U.S. troops, he scorches an entire village to punish them for covering for the Việt Cộng.
- The Comedian and his military unit, the Blazin' Commandos, burn down Bian My’s village in Vietnam.
- During Operation Wrath of God, French photojournalist Alain Guillon captures images of Doctor Manhattan grown to enormous size and decimating Việt Cộng forces. Guillon is awed by the superhuman’s power, yet terrified by his lack of emotional reaction to the mass destruction that he causes. Guillon also photographs the Comedian, whom he considers a monster. Guillon’s photos are widely deemed among the defining images of the Vietnam War.
- President Richard Nixon asks Doctor Manhattan to intervene in the Vietnam War. Nixon announces his plan to the American public.
- Adrian Veidt watches Richard Nixon's broadcast from Karnak. Veidt realizes that there is no turning back now from the path toward war, and from the need to carry out his master plan.
- Richard Nixon secures approval from Congress
- Doctor Manhattan travels to Saigon to intervene in the Vietnam War. Manhattan is reintroduced to Eddie Blake.
- Richard Nixon authorizes Operation: Wrath of God.
- Operation Wrath of God begins.
- The New York Gazette publishes Richard Nixon's response to the Soviets concerning Vietnam and Doctor Manhattan.
- Adrian Veidt submits articles of incorporation to New York State for Luxor Imports, Inc., registered to Dimensional Developments, Inc. Veidt names Leo Winston CEO, Dimensional Developments a principal owner, and Leroy Gibbons treasurer.
- The U.S. government predicts that the Việt Cộng will surrender within a week.
- Several of the Việt Cộng soldiers surrender directly to Doctor Manhattan, their terror balanced by an almost religious reverence.
- On the 50th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, Nelson Gardner modified his will to leave his entire estate to Will Reeves, and if he were to decline he would bequeath all proceeds from any auction of his Minutemen paraphernalia to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He even went so far as to order that his remains be cremated, with no funeral or grave marker, feeling it was what he deserved.
- A soldier named Tyson serves in the Vietnam War. A fellow soldier saves his life on several occasions, but ends up with his face badly burned, earning the nickname “Rawhead”
- The Vietnam War lasts a few weeks longer than expected, finally ending when Doctor Manhattan decimates the Việt Cộng’s guerrilla forces by molecularly restructuring the jungles in which they hide into noxious gases.
- Tôn Đức Thắng and Creighton Abrams sign the act of military surrender. The United States wins the Vietnam War.
- 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 named Liao Lin 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. Doctor Manhattan watches, but does not interfere.
- Max Shea takes up work as an art therapist at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; he facilitates an art therapy program for Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD. Their poignant stories of shattered worldview and guilty conscience inspires Shea to write Fogdancing.
- Richard Nixon is elected to a second term.
- John David Keene is elected as a Senator in New York.
- Moloch hijacks the Queen Elizabeth II.
- Fogdancing by Max Shea is published.
- Chris Deschaines is born.
- Riot in Sing Sing prison, the Underboss escapes with the help of Jimmy the Gimmick.
- Nite Owl II and Rorschach search for Jimmy the Gimmick who is injured in the process.
- They go to the sewers and discover missing FBI associate director, Mark Felt.
- Two reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, are found dead in a garage while investigating the Watergate scandal.
- Banquet is held in honor of the Comedian with Gerald R. Ford and G. Gordon Liddy. Laurie Juspeczyk accuses him of attempting to rape her mother. Jon Osterman is angered and teleports her home.
- Rorschach investigates a kidnap case that "drives him nuts".
- The Great Gatsby, staring Robert Redford, is released.
- A rally protesting the repeal of the 22nd amendment takes place in Washington, D.C., which Nelson Gardner attends.
- On his way home, Nelson Gardner lost control of the car and crashes into a barrier at a high rate of speed. He ejects through the front windshield and is decapitated. His severed head is never recovered.
- Newspaper headline: "Third Term for Dick?" and "Ozymandias Quits: Smartest Man in World Goes Public."
- Gerald Anthony Grice kidnaps six-year-old Blair Roche thinking she was connected to the Roche chemicals fortune. When he realizes his mistakes he murders her in Modern Modes building. Walter Kovacs intervenes and kills him.
- Rorschach's activities become more brutal in the wake of the Blair Roche kidnapping case.
- Fast and safe airships are announced to become economically viable.
- The 22nd amendment is abolished, allowing Richard Nixon to run for a third term as president.
- Adrian Veidt retires from costumed crime-fighting, announces his identity publicly, and and sets up a commercial empire called Veidt Enterprises.
- Will Reeves is presented with the contents of Nelson Gardner’s will and accepts the role as beneficiary of Gardner's estate.
- Calvin Jelani is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Judd Crawford graduates from the University of Oklahoma at Norman on the G.I. Bill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.
- Nite Owl II and Rorschach investigate the disappearance of Violet Greene. They end up pursuing the Twilight Lady.
- Newspaper headlines: "Cops Say 'Let Them Do It'" and "Senator Keene Proposes Emergency Bill".
- The police go on strike causing riots spring up in New York City and Washington, D.C..
- In New York, the Comedian and Nite Owl II attempt to keep the peace while Rorschach, who now works alone, is at the lower east side.
- Doctor Manhattan and Silk Spectre II settle the riots in Washington, D.C.. Manhattan teleports the rioters back to their respective homes.
- The Keene Act, an emergency bill proposed by Senator John David Keene, is passed, outlawing costumed superheroes that are not government-sanctioned.
- Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk retire from crime-fighting.
- Newspaper headline: "Keene Act Passed: Vigilantes Illegal".
- Rorschach kills multiple rapist Harvey Charles Furniss and leaves his body outside the headquarters of the New York City Police Department with the note "NEVER!" signifying his continuation to fight crime in open defiance of the Keene Act.
- 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.
- Rorschach is declared wanted by the FBI.
- The United States bombs Beirut violating international laws.
- Adrian Veidt builds a tachyon memory-erasing device.
- Richard Nixon is elected to a fourth term.
- The Comedian frees American and Canadian hostages from Iranian “anti-Manhattanite extremists.” The survivors are left suffering with PTSD.
- Judd Crawford joins the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, where he meets John David Keene while working on Keene’s security detail.
- Doctor Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk move into the Special Talent Quarters at the Rockefeller Military Research Center.
- Dominique Hirsch is born.
- Laetril is outlawed.
- An arcade game called Minutemen is released by Veidt Enterprises.
- The Veidt Foundation places the original costume of Ozymandias up for auction.
- Max Shea meets with Adrian Veidt at the Gunga Diner in New York, in which the latter proposes to him about a top secret film production project that requires full discretion and for him to disappear from the public eye. Shea initially refused until he saw the amount of money he would be compensated for and agrees to the project.
- Max Shea disappears from his home in Boston.
- On the same week of Max Shea's disappearance Robert Deschaines' brain is stolen while his body lies on a mortuary slab.
- Two months after Max Shea's disappearance other prominent creative figures disappear including Hira Manish, Norman Leith, Linette Paley, and James Trafford March. Whittaker Furnesse and others from the scientific community as well as menial workers also disappear.
- Dan Dreiberg visits Byron Lewis in Kennebunkport, Maine. Outside the asylum he hears an owl, an experience that revitalizes his childhood excitement.
- Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California.
- Tales of the Black Freighter is being reprinted.
- FBI Chicago Field Office is introduced to DEC VAX 2500 with M-class chips to effectively fight crime.
- Flint Editions, New York, print the volume Treasure Island Treasury of Comics.
- Richard Nixon is elected to a fifth term.
- Laurie Juspeczyk and Doctor Manhattan walk to Grand Central Station; they buy a Time issue commemorating "Hiroshima week". Dan Dreiberg notices the gross pictures of dead kids.
- Eddie Blake visits Edgar Jacobi drunkenly confesses to the details he has learned of Adrian Veidt’s plan. Veidt, who had wired Jacobi's home, learns that Blake has discovered his plans.
- Richard Nixon undergoes a third heart operation.
- The Soviet Union conducts a bomb test in the Bering Sea.
- Airing of an episode of late night United Kingdom current affairs review World in Focus with Jeremy Miller, in which photojournalist Alain Guillon and author Hal Eisner discuss the emerging geopolitical crisis.
- Eddie Blake is ambushed in his high-rise apartment and thrown out of the window. Blake dies upon impact.
- New York Times features headline: "Vietnam 51st State: Official!".
- Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin investigate Blake's apartment.
- Doctor Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk are informed of Eddie Blake's death. CIA suspects Libya is behind Blake's death.
- Hollis Mason meets his old foe, the Screaming Skull, at a supermarket; they trade addresses.
- After nightfall, Rorschach investigates Eddie 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.
- Dan Dreiberg arrives home to find Rorschach waiting for him. Dreiberg is informed of the Comedian's death and takes the Comedian's badge.
- A newspaper features headline: "Russia Protests U.S. Adventurism in Afghanistan".
- A newspaper features headline "Congress Approves Lunar Silos".
- New York Gazette features headline: "Nuclear Doomsday Clock Stands at Five to Twelve Warn Experts" and "Geneva Talks: U.S. refuses to discuss Dr. Manhattan".
- Rorschach sleeps through the day and wakes up at 4:37 PM, then continues his investigation at Happy Harry's Bar & Grill.
- Rorschach visits Adrian Veidt at his office to warn him of a potential 'mask killer'.
- At 8:30 PM Rorschach infiltrates Rockefeller Military Research Center and warns Doctor Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk.
- At 9:30 PM Laurie Juspeczyk and Dan Dreiberg meet for dinner at Rafael's.
- Nova Express features headline: "How Sick is Dick? After 3rd Presidential Heart Op?"
- A newspaper features headline: "Soviets Will Not Tolerate U.S. Adventurism in Afghanistan."
- Laurie Juspeczyk visits her mother, Sally Jupiter, in a retirement home in California.
- Doctor Manhattan, Adrian Veidt, Dan Dreiberg and Edgar Jacobi attend Eddie Blake's funeral.
- Rorschach confronts Edgar Jacobi at his home who in turn tells him about Eddie Blake's visit mentioning a "list", an "island" and the "blue guy".
- Rorschach visits the cemetery alone to pay his last respects to Eddie Blake.
- New Frontiersman features headline: "Missing Writer: Castro to Blame?"; Nova Express holds the previous cover while preparing another subject.
- Utopia advertises This Island Earth.
- Public workers install fallout shelter signs around Manhattan.
- Doug Roth interviews Janey Slater about Doctor Manhattan.
- After an argument, Laurie Juspeczyk leaves Jon Osterman. Around 6:00 PM she visits Dan Dreiberg who is installing a new Gordian Knot lock after Rorschach broke the previous one; on their way to Hollis Mason's, they are ambushed by Knot Tops. Laurie decides to check in to a hotel.
- Doctor Manhattan gives a televised interview to Benny Anger on the ABC network. Doug Roth of Nova Express accuses Manhattan of causing cancer to the people he worked closely with. While being harassed about it, Manhattan teleports the crew and audience outside the studio.
- Nova Express features headline: "Dr. Manhattan Cancer Link New Evidence; Inside: Janey Slater Speaks"
- Dan Dreiberg visits Hollis Mason and witness the televised event concerning Doctor Manhattan.
- Doctor Manhattan briefly visits the abandoned Gila Flats, picks up an old photo of himself with Janey Slater, then teleports to Mars.
- Halley's Comet passes near Earth and Doctor Manhattan can see a meteor shower from Mars.
- The main headline of the New York Gazette's morning edition is "Dr. Manhattan Leaves Earth".
- New Frontiersman features headline: "Our Country's Protector Smeared by the Kremlin".
- Walter Kovacs buys a copy of both papers
- Rorschach breaks into Dan Dreiberg's house on 7:25 to inform him that another costumed hero is gone.
- Laurie Juspeczyk returns to the Special Talent Quarters at the Rockefeller Military Research Center to discover that Jon Osterman has disappeared, that officials are sweeping the rooms for radiation, and that she is to be given a cancer scan.
- New York Gazette's evening edition features the following headline: "Russians invade Afghanistan"; "Forecast: Cloudy, heavy rain later"
- Richard Nixon, G. Gordon Liddy, Henry Kissinger and other political officials and scientists meet at the war room.
- New York Gazette features headline: "Afghanistan Fighting Spread" and inside: "Aghanistan: is Pakistan next?"
- Utopia advertises Things to Come
- Rorschach pays a visit to Edgar Jacobi asking him about a scheme to discredit Doctor Manhattan. He leaves at 2:35.
- Dominique and Clare Hirsch are murdered by their father; Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin investigate.
- Pyramid Deliveries man stops by Bernard to refuel and talk about World War 3.
- Laurie Juspeczyk is expelled from the military base; Dan Dreiberg buys her a meal at the Gunga Diner and invites her to his home.
- Rorschach wakes up from the Knot Tops making graffiti of the Hiroshima lovers.
- Rorschach has an encounter with his landlady and goes to Gunga Diner where Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk are leaving.
- There is an apparent attempt on Adrian Veidt's life. Veidt fends off the attacker, who dies from ingesting a poison capsule.
- New York Gazette evening edition features headline: "Industrialist in Murder." 
- Rorschach receives Edgar Jacobi's note and at 8:30 he takes his gear and neutralizes a mugger along the way.
- Joey forces Bernard to hang a poster about a Pink Triangle concert.
- Steven Fine receives an anonymous tip about Rorschach.
- Edgar Jacobi is shot in the head by Adrian Veidt to have Rorschach framed.
- Rorschach is lured to Edgar Jacobi's apartment, where he discovers his body and is cornered by the police; Officers Shaw, Willis and Greaves are injured. Rorschach's mask his removed and his arrested by Steven Fine and Joe Bourquin.
- The New York Police Department writes down Walter Kovacs' arrest file.
- A tenement building catches fire.
- Fighting in Afghanistan spreads closer to the borders, Russia claims to secure her borders, while Pakistan calls for United States to intervene. Peace demonstrations at Greenham Base of England with many arrests.
- Police ceases investigation for Max Shea.
- Laurie Juspeczyk's stuff arrive from the military base to Dan Dreiberg's house.
- Dan Dreiberg performs maintenance on Archie and later Laurie Juspeczyk accidentally uses the flamethrower.
- Walter Kovacs, now incarcerated at Sing Sing, attends his first interview with psychoanalyst Malcolm Long.
- 6:10 PM Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk watch the news and make out
- Adrian Veidt does a benefit performance for Indian Famine Relief in the Astrodome. The performance ends at 6:40.
- Red D'Eath of Pale Horse is featured on Benny Anger's show.
- 2:00 AM, After failing to have sex, Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk fall asleep.
- 3:15 AM, Dan Dreiberg has a nightmare about nuclear war. Dreiberg wakes up and heads down to the basement.
- 4:00 AM, a tenement building catches fire. Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II bring Archie out for the first time in years, and they and rescue the residents from the fire.
- After rescuing the civilians Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk have sex.
- Walter Kovacs tells Malcolm Long about the fabric he used to make his mask, and the murder of Kitty Genovese.
- Later during lunch, Walter Kovacs throws a hot cooking pan in the face of another inmate who had attempted to murder him. The guards intervene and drag Rorschach away while shouting "I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
- Malcolm Long spends his night with a cup of coffee, troubled with Walter Kovacs. Tension begins with his wife.
- Nova Express features headline: "Superheroes in the News: Spirit of '77."
- New York Gazette features headline: "Reds Cross Pakistan Border"
- Utopia is now showing The Day the Earth Stood Still.
- Hollis Mason calls up Sally Jupiter and they talk about the fire rescue and the past.
- Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk plan to break Rorschach out of prison.
- Rorschach tells Malcolm Long about Nite Owl II, the Comedian and the Crimebusters.
- Malcolm Long buys a copy of the New York Gazette from Bernard about Walter Kovacs and Soviet tanks invading Pakistan. He notices the Hiroshima lovers graffiti.
- Gloria Long attempts to spice up her relationship with Malcolm.
- New York Gazette features headline: "Nixon promises maximum force".
- Malcolm Long has fourth session with Rorschach. Rorschach relates the story of the Blair Roche kidnapping.
- Malcolm Long passes by the Watch seller; he buys another copy of the New York Gazette from Bernard about the war on Pakistan and nuclear alert procedure.
- In the evening the Longs welcome Randy and Diana for dinner. Malcolm's mention of Rorschach makes them feel uneasy and leave. Furious, Gloria refuses to sleep with Malcolm.
- Malcolm Long resigns.
- Big Figure, accompanied by Michael and Lawrence, threaten Rorschach in his confinement.
- New York Gazette features headline: Tanks Mass in Eastern Europe: 'Purely Defensive' Say Reds" and "California governor Reagan urges hard line".
- Dan Dreiberg installs another Gordian Knot lock. Detective Steven Fine, who suspects that Dreiberg is Nite Owl II, visits him and makes remarks in order to warn him.
- 6:35 PM Hector Godfrey and Seymour prepare the tomorrow's issue of New Frontiersman in response to Nova Express. They continue the story about Max Shea's disappearance and put a filler from the crank file.
- Dan and Laurie study the plans of Sing Sing.
- William J. Franklin writes a top secret paper concerning Doctor Manhattan and Soviet aggression; planned to be sent on November 2.
- A ship arrives on Veidt's island, Max Shea and Hira Manish discuss the completion of their "baby" while Manish makes a final sketch.
- Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk prepare Archie.
- New Frontiersman features headline: "Honor is like the hawk... sometimes it must go hooded"; includes an article "Jewnited States of America" and the missing writer followup. Inside, it makes an appeal of clemency on behalf of heroes.
- Otis, the prisoner Rorschach scalded, dies.
- Sing Sing erupts into chaos.
- Hollis Mason prepares a jack-o-lantern,
- TV news features the anticipation nuclear war within ten days, and criticism between New Frontiersman and Doug Roth.
- Archie passes the flood gate of the deserted subway tunnel.
- Knot Tops and Joey convene to the newsstand asking for the evening Gazette. Headline: "Sing-Sing erupts: Captured vigilante sparks riot: Five dead"
- Archie exits the old warehouse.
- Big Figure attempts to take his revenge on Rorschach. Archie arrives at Sing Sing. Nite Owl and Silk Spectre rescue Rorschach, but not before he kills Big Figure.
- 11:00 PM, Dan Dreiberg, Laurie Juspeczyk, and Walter Kovacs return to Dreiberg's home.
- 11:10 PM, Doctor Manhattan arrives and takes Laurie Juspeczyk to Mars.
- The police knocks on Dan's door but they pack and leave with Archie.
- After a discussion about the masked heroes, Derf and the Knot Tops high on katies head out to punish Nite Owl.
- 11:55 PM, Knot Tops storm into Hollis Mason's home, believing him to be the current Nite Owl, and kill him. His body is discovered by a group of kids.
- On Mars, Doctor Manhattan reveals to Laurie Juspeczyk 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".
- Following the squid attack on New York City, society becomes massively technophobic, as new technology was viewed as the likely cause for bringing a transdimensional alien to Earth.
- The DEC VAX 2500 was thrown out following the squid attack on New York City.
- On midnight, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford arrive at a secret military bunker and meet Henry Kissinger and G. Gordon Liddy.
- At 4:30 AM Adrian Veidt leaves for Karnak.
- Rorschach and Nite Owl II go to the former's apartment to recover his spare attire and mask.
- Rorschach and Nite Owl II find the courier at Happy Harry's. Nite Owl II learns of Hollis Mason's death.
- The participants in the alien monster project are taken from Veidt's island on a Pyramid Deliveries ship and are all killed by a bomb.
- Adrian Veidt records a video message to Robert Redford congratulating him on winning the presidency in 1992 and informs him that the attack on New York City was his doing.
- Bian My, a cleaning lady on Karnak, sneaks into Adrian Veidt's office and injects a vial of his sperm. She escapes Karnak in the middle of the night.
- Rorschach and Nite Owl II break into Adrian Veidt's office. After uncovering Veidt's crimes, they fly to Karnak to confront him, but not before Rorschach mails his journal.
- At 2:40 PM a postman brings the mail, including Rorschach's journal, to the offices of the New Frontiersman.
- Pale Horse perform with Krystalnacht at Madison Square Garden.
- Between 11:14 and 11:18 PM Adrian Veidt watches his TV wall and records. (dialogue says 11:18, the panel shows 11:14)
- At 11:20 PM Aline meets Joey outside the Promethean.
- At 11:24 PM Steven Fine goes to interfere.
- Wade Tillman travels to a carnival in Hoboken, New Jersey on a missionary trip as the clock strikes closer to doomsday. Tillman gets hassled by a group of Knot Tops, but his taken into the Hall of Mirrors by a young woman named Roxi. Roxi offered to have sex with Wade given the circumstances before removing all of his clothes, however, she would run off with them leaving him behind in the Hall of Mirrors.
- At 11:25 PM Adrian Veidt teleports the alien monster to New York City.
- Three million people are killed in New York City after Adrian Veidt teleports a giant, telepathic, genetically engineered squid into midtown Manhattan. The ensuing chaos averts World War III and ushers in a new era of global cooperation.
- Across the Hudson River in Hoboken, young Wade Tillman survives the psychic shockwave unleashed by the squid, but is severely traumatized.
- Adrian Veidt kills his servants.
- Nite Owl II and Rorschach arrive to Antarctica, but the Owlship breaks down and crashes in the ice. They proceed to reach Karnak via hoverbike.
- Nite Owl II and Rorschach enter Adrian Veidt's dining room. After fighting, he explains his plan and reveals that he had already activated the transmission, initiating the final stage of his sinister plot, "35 minutes ago."
- At midnight, Laurie Juspeczyk and Jon Osterman return to Earth and witness the devastation on New York City.
- Laurie Juspeczyk and Jon Osterman arrive at Karnak. Adrian Veidt attempts to kill Osterman in the same way he was reborn as Doctor Manhattan, decimating him and Bubastis.
- Laurie Juspeczyk shoots Adrian Veidt, who catches the bullet and knocks her to the ground.
- Jon Osterman returns, lashing out and destroying much of Adrian Veidt's estate.
- Having witnessed the media's response to the alleged alien invasion, Adrian Veidt convinces his fellow masks that revealing his atrocities would destroy the newly achieved atmosphere of peace between the United States and Russia. Everyone agrees to remain silent, except for Rorschach who storms out, refusing to cooperate.
- Seeing the potential outcomes of Rorschach's assured upcoming actions, Jon Osterman kills Walter Kovacs.
- Jon Osterman decides to leave Earth with the intention of creating life of his own; leaving Adrian Veidt to ponder his nefarious actions.
- Doctor Manhattan teleports to Europa, and begins terraforming the planet and creates life.
- Cartwithen Castle mysteriously vanishes off the face of the earth. The only eyewitnesses were Marcus Burrell, a Jamaican oceanographer, and his family who were renting the estate for the winter.
- Millennium, the new re-branding of Nostalgia, will circulate the news market according to Adrian Veidt's plans.
- Robert Redford diversifies the Sundance Labs into a network of art colleges.
- New Frontiersman begins running excerpts from Rorschach's journal along with a summary of its contents.
- Manhattan: An American Life is released in the United States and Vietnam.
- June Abar learns of her son's death. She also learns about her now orphaned granddaughter, Angela Abar, and flies to Vietnam to meet her.
- Angela Abar is placed in an orphanage; she meets her grandmother, June Abar, for the first time who tells her that their family has roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- On her way to the airport, June Abar suffers a heart attack and dies, leaving Angela Abar an orphan once more.
- Robert Redford runs for President of the United States, but loses to Richard Nixon.
- Richard Nixon is elected to a sixth term.
- Nine Inch Nails perform their first concert at the Phantasy Theater in Lakewood, Ohio; Sean Parker and his parents are in attendance.
- Sean Parker sneaks backstage to meet Nine Inch Nails and suggests that they add 'The' to the band's name.
- Richard Nixon dies in office. Gerald Ford takes over as President of the United States.
- Chris Deschaines finds refuge in alternative rock bands like Jane's Addiction and The Nine Inch Nails, and is inspired to become a musician.
- Jacob’s Ladder is released in the United States.
- Chris Deschaines runs a Burgers 'N Borscht pop-up near Microsoft's campus.
- Bian My allows her daughter choose her own name. She chooses to name herself after the third century Vietnamese freedom fighter Lady Trieu.
- Robert Redford defeats Gerald Ford to become the new President of the United States.
- The Pelican Disposition by John Grisham is released.
- On his 13th birthday, Sean Parker father gives him $1300 dollars and suggests that he invest in that money.
- The Tech Recall and Reintroduction Act of 1993 is passed under Robert Redford, a thirty year, five-stage plan that grants the President of the United States authority to draft federal employees into the work of reintroducing technologies once deemed unsafe or illegal back into the public space.
- The Campaign Finance Reform and Donor Disclosure Act of 1993 is passed under Robert Redford, preventing corporate pact money in politics that would normally influence government policy.
- Robert Redford appoints Andres Serrano to rebuild the National Endowment for the Arts following decades of reduction and gutting by the Nixon and Ford administrations.
- Sean Parker becomes a millionaire after investing in industries that he predicted would take off due to post 11/2 technophobia and xenophobia such as print media; and even invested in "squidsploitation" markets like ExtraDimentional Security Systems.
- Sean Parker invested in Tromaville Studios
- The Nine Inch Nails perform at Wembley Stadium with special guests Green Day and Suede.
- Matthew Wayne Crawford dies in the line of duty as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer.
- Steven Spielberg releases Pale Horse, a film about the Dimensional Incursion Event.
- New Frontiersman published "Rorschach’s Journal” in its entirety.
- Dan Dreiberg designs a blue vibrator called Excalibur which he gives to Laurie Juspeczyk purely out of spite when he realized that she stilled harbored feelings for Doctor Manhattan.
- The New York Police Department ceded custody of Rorschach's first journal to the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Division.
- Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk are arrested for violations of the Keene Act, in the process of stopping Timothy McVeigh from carrying out the Oklahoma City bombing.
- Laurie Juspeczyk is interrogated by Special Agent David Latimer of the FBI’s Vigilante Operations division following her arrest. She cooperates and reveals the truth behind what really happened to New York on November 2, 1985.
- MerlinCorp, the technology company owned and operated by Dan Dreiberg, is raided by the FBI and recovers the blueprints to his inventions.
- The Nine Inch Nails hold a concert at the Urban Outfitters Amphitheater in Saigon, Vietnam. Trent Reznor unexpectedly walks out during the show announcing that this is his final appearance.
- A geological survey at "The Crater" is conducted by the International Institute of ExtraSpatial Studies. Scientists concluded that The Crater is contaminated with Cherenkov Radiation - the unique energy signature of Doctor Manhattan.
- The Crater becomes a worthless tourist trap.
- Sean Parker purchases the land that once held the site of Cartwithen Castle.
- Adrian Veidt regains the wealth Veidt Enterprises lost in the aftermath of the Dimensional Incursion Event by licensing proprietary technology to other fields, most notably, pet cloning, through a subsidiary called Bubastis.
- The Book of Rorschach, an album based on Rorschach's journal, is released by Sons of Pale Horse.
- The Redford administration begins taking steps to accelerate the complete reintroduction of electronic media into the public sphere.
- Robert Redford appoints Martin Scorsese to oversee the NFPF, further adding to his administration's records as a supporter of the arts.
- Lady Trieu graduated from the Myanmar Institute of Technology with PhDs in astrophysics, nuclear fission, bioengineering, and nanochemistry.
- Russia and China start seeing a disproportionate amount of Exotic Cephalopodian Entity showers.
- The Nine Inch Nails record their studio album at the Crater.
- The Manhattan Project by The Nine Inch Nails is released.
- Sons of Pale Horse walk out of their performance after seeing the audience they were performing for.
- Chris Deschaines apologizes for the creation of the Book of Rorschach in Might Magazine.
- Chris Deschaines disappears from the public eye.
- Los Angeles' KROQ radio station relaunches after five years off the air and at midnight played The Book of Rorschach in its entirety.
- The Final Report of the Oklahoma Commission to Study the 1921 Tulsa Massacre is published.
- The Nine Inch Nails begins recording their studio album The Manhattan Project at "The Crater" in North Wales.
- Robert Redford appoints John Grisham to the Supreme Court, confirming him after a contentious process in the Senate.
- Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane is published.
- Judd and Jane Crawford moves back to Tulsa and the former joins the police department as a senior detective.
- Robert Redford is elected to a fourth term.
- The 10th Circuit decides Greenwood Survivors v. State of Oklahoma, laying the legal groundwork for reparations.
- Dale Petey writes a summary of the plot of Fogdancing and sends it as an entry for the annual recap contest for the periodical journal, Nothing Ever Ends.
- Lady Trieu purchases the Myanmar Institute of Technology.
- Kenya awards Adrian Veidt its highest civilian honor, the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart, on the 40th anniversary of one of Veidt’s signature accomplishments as a masked vigilante. It was his last known public appearance.
- Trieu Industries introduces Nostalgia to the market.
- Lady Trieu becomes the world's first trillionaire following the success of Nostalgia.
- A report from the Department of Extra-Dimensional Affairs releases information regarding the phenomena of Squidfalls.
- The Victims of Racial Violence Act of 2008 is passed under Robert Redford, declaring reparations to victims of 50 defined instances of racial discrimination/violence in the form of a lifetime tax exemption for victims of, and the direct descendants of, designated areas of racial injustice throughout America’s history.
- Lady Trieu creates the "Eye over Mars" satellite probe to detect Doctor Manhattan's activity on Mars.
- Lady Trieu learns that Doctor Manhattan is not on Mars, and so she sends out a satellite probe to Europa, where she suspects Manhattan is residing.
- Trieu Industries begins setting up Manhattan Booths across every major city in the world.
- Lady Trieu travels to Karnak, Antarctica and meets her biological father Adrian Veidt.
- Robert Redford is elected to a fifth term.
- Information regarding Extra-Dimensional Anxiety is released to the public.
- Doctor Manhattan leaves Europa.
- Doctor Manhattan teleports to Saigon, Vietnam on V.V.N. Day; he meets Angela Abar and the two form a relationship.
- Doctor Manhattan takes on the identity of the recently deceased Calvin Jelani.
- Doctor Manhattan and Angela Abar get into a major fight and break up
- Doctor Manhattan travels to Karnak, Antarctica to visit Adrian Veidt. Manhattan receives the tachyon ring from Veidt; in return he sends Veidt to Europa where he can enjoy utopia.
- Doctor Manhattan travels to New York City to visit Will Reeves, Angela Abar's paternal grandfather. He sets up an alliance with the old man and informs him of his plans to marry his granddaughter and move to Tulsa. Manhattan creates a grandfather paradox by speaking to Abar in 2019; she asks Manhattan to ask to Reeves how he knew about Judd Crawford's hidden Klan robe.
- Doctor Manhattan proposes to Angela Abar and allows her to use the tachyon ring that would wipe his memory and suppress his powers. Manhattan officially adopts the identity of Calvin Abar.
- Angela Abar takes Calvin Jelani to the hospital to undergo treatment regarding his memory loss he received from a "car crash". Abar gathers background information and medical data from Jelani's last employer, Pyramid Global Construction.
- Trieu Industries begins launching Voyager-class probes into outer space.
- Adrian Veidt begins writing his play The Watchmaker’s Son. That night, he celebrates his first year on Europa with champagne and cake.
- Adrian Veidt celebrates his second anniversary on Europa. To celebrate, he puts on a play, The Watchmaker's Son, dramatizing how Jon Osterman became Doctor Manhattan.
- Jesse Ventura leverages the Redford administration with evidence about the government’s involvement in the Dimensional Incursion Event.
- Trieu Industries purchases Adrian Veidt’s companies.
- Members of Veidt Enterprises’ board of directors visited Antarctica to seek Adrian Veidt’s blessing on the sale of his company only to find Karnak completely unoccupied.
- Adrian Veidt is declared missing.
- Robert Redford is pressured by conservative Democrats and Independents to appoint Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura to the Vice Presidency.
- Robert Redford is elected to a sixth term.
- Jesse Ventura passes away two weeks after the election under mysterious circumstances.
- Robert Redford appoints Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his Vice President.
- The 2012 edition of Ebert’s Guide to Practical Filmgoing is released.
- Adrian Veidt uses the bodies of his servants to spell out the words “Save me daughter” on the surface of Europa, just in time for one of Trieu Industries’ space probes to fly by and see it. Shortly after, Veidt is put on trial by the inhabitants of Europa for attempting to escape.
- The trial of Adrian Veidt concludes, and he is sent to prison.
- Trieu Industries licensed patented micro-fusion propulsion technology to the SDI alliance, China, and the Egyptian Union
- Robert Redford is elected to a seventh term.
- Lady Trieu designs and launches the first micro-fusion spacecraft which she sends to Europa to return Adrian Veidt safely back to Earth by 2018.
- Mike Ennis' father dies
- Mike Ennis liquidates Black Freighter Records, donates most of his profits to the Three Million Foundation. Ennis also reconciled with Dao X and Gene Casablancas and gave them the rights to The Book of Rorschach.
- Adrian Veidt is given a horseshoe hidden inside his seventh anniversary cake.
- Seventh Kalvary implements a coordinated strike on police officers around the country, which is later dubbed "White Night". During one such operation, Mike, a member of the Seventh Kalvary, is mysteriously teleported to Gila Flats during his attack on the Abar residence, raising suspicions that Doctor Manhattan is living in Tulsa.
- Ronnie Ngo Dinh, governor of Vietnam, causes an international incident by claiming that the Vietnamese Liberation Front had assassinated Adrian Veidt as an act of terror against the United States. He used the assertion to justify an escalation of actions against VLF militants. The ensuing police actions resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths and condemnation from nations who’ve expressed support for the “Free Vietnam” movement, including the United Kingdom and China.
- Trieu Industries officially acquires Veidt Enterprises.
- Senator Joe Keene Jr. writes an additional amendment to the Keene Act called the Defense of Police Act (DOPA), which allows police officers to wear masks which would protect their identities. The amendment is enforced by Tulsa and other cities across the country.
- Judd Crawford oversees the Tulsa Police Department’s transition to masking police officers following the passage of DOPA.
- Angela Abar dons on the masked identity of Sister Night.
- A Harlem movie theater, owned by Will Reeves, starts showing Sister Night every Sunday at midnight.
- A man calling himself “Barry D. Shanes” told Squidworld Digest that he worked as Lady Trieu’s personal tutor during her childhood and that he quit after Bian My ordered him to give Trieu a "duel to the death on multiple planes of existence, corporal and mental".
- Lady Trieu’s rescue spaceship arrives on Europa, on the day Adrian Veidt is “celebrating” eight years there.
- Adrian Veidt escapes his prison and heads toward the spaceship, but is confronted by the Game Warden who shoots him. Veidt, however, manages to catch the bullet with his hand and kills him.
- Adrian Veidt steps aboard the ship and escapes Europa. He is enclosed in a solid gold casing to survive the year long journey back to Earth.
- Lady Trieu lays the groundwork of the Millennium Clock in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Roger Ailes files a lawsuit against Veidt Enterprises and Trieu Industries claiming a “systematic campaign of harassment, intimidation, and sabotage” against him and his employees for publishing reports that the Central Intelligence Agency had killed Adrian Veidt for secrets he possessed regarding the Dimensional Incursion Event. The lawsuit was dismissed and the federal government subsequently ordered Newspaper Corporation of America to either publish an apology to Veidt or pay a $100,000 for violating the Content Code Act. They chose to pay the fine.
- Judd Crawford is appointed full-time chief of the Tulsa Police Department.
- American Hero Story: Rorschach premieres.
- Lady Trieu purchases the Clark farm, shortly before her rescue spaceship carrying Adrian Veidt lands nearby.
- Robert Redford announces that he will not be running for an eighth term.
- Cameron Crowe writes the liner notes for a 2018 reissue of The Nine Inch Nails entire discography.
- The Talk of Tulsa section of the Tulsa Star-Sentinel releases "Lady Trieu: Fact or Fiction".
- Director James Doyan writes a memo to the Anti-Vigliante Task Force regarding the reintroduction of STAGE FIVE technologies.
- The IBM NetVista X41 is introduced to the FBI's Anti-Vigilante Task Force by Director James Doyan.
- Special Agent Dale Petey writes a memo urging the FBI not to declare Adrian Veidt dead, for fear of angering right-wingers who want him found and punished for his role in Rorschach’s disappearance.
- Dale Petey writes a memo regarding the upcoming release of American Hero Story's second season titled Minutemen and the upcoming re-release of The Book of Rorschach by Sons of Pale Horse.
- President Redford nominates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to replace the retiring Justice John Grisham on the Supreme Court.
- John Grisham retires from the Supreme Court.
- Dale Petey writes a memo providing his analysis and criticism of the series American Hero Story: Minutemen.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with local law enforcement officials in New York and Vietnam, legally declares Adrian Veidt dead.
- Intrinsic field talks begin in Moscow.
- Sheriff Crawford and his wife, June, attend a production of Oklahoma!.
- Officer Charlie Sutton of the Tulsa Police Department is shot dead by a Seventh Kavalry member named Carmichael during a routine traffic stop.
- The Morning Edition of the New Frontiersman releases "Honor is Like a Hawk: If You Love It, Set It Free" following Robert Redford's nomination of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the Supreme Court.
- Angela Abar attends Career Day at her son’s school.
- A squidfall hits Tulsa (as well as Vancouver, Jakarta, and Leningrad).
- Angela Abar kidnaps a Seventh Kavalry member to interrogate about the shooting.
- Carmichael's Safehouse is raided by the Tulsa Police Department.
- The Washington Post-Intelligencer releases a story titled "Veidt Declared Dead" following a declaration from the FBI after years of investigation into Adrian Veidt's disappearance
- Senator Joe Keene announces he is running for president.
- Dale Petey writes a memo criticizing the portrayal of Sally Jupiter's attempted rape by the Comedian in the American Hero Story episode "Internal Affairs".
- The Crawfords have dinner at Cal and Angela Abar’s house.
- Will Reeves hypnotizes Judd Crawford into hanging himself.
- The Tulsa Police Department finds Crawford’s body and rousts the local Nixonville.
- Sources close to Joe Keene told Washington Post-Intelligencer that his office was in the process of cancelling and rescheduling events for the week, including an interview with WPI about his presidential campaign.
- Angela Abar visits the Greenwood Center for Cultural Heritage and drops off Will Reeves’ DNA sample.
- American Hero Story: Minutemen premieres nationwide.
- Angela Abar visits Jane Crawford and is surprised to discover a Klansman robe in Judd Crawford’s closet.
- Angela Abar arrests Will Reeves, but he escapes in a flying car.
- The Washington Post-Intelligencer releases "Tulsa Police Chief Feared Slain" following the announcment of Judd Crawford's death.
- Laurie Blake and the Anti-Vigilante Task Force sets up a fake bank robbery to lure in and capture Mister Shadow.
- Senator Joe Keene visits her that night at her apartment and asks her to travel to Tulsa the next morning to look into the murder of Sheriff Crawford in exchange, he promises to pardon Dan Dreiberg if he becomes president.
- Agents Laurie Blake and Dale Petey attend a briefing on the Seventh Kavalry; they then fly to Tulsa.
- Laurie Blake visits the crime scene, the Crawford home, a Tulsa Police Department interrogation site, and the mote she and Dale Petey are staying at.
- Judd Crawford’s funeral is held.
- Laurie Blake meets Angela Abar and her family.
- A member of Seventh Kavalry’s attacks the funeral using a homemade bomb.
- Laurie Blake and Dale Petey hook up.
- Laurie Blake heads to a Manhattan Booth in downtown Tulsa and gives Doctor Manhattan a call; she sees Angela Abar’s car fall from the skies. Angela is there to hear it land, because she’s been paying a late-night visit to the Greenwood Center for Cultural Heritage.
- Sister Night gives Looking Glass the Klan robe and Nostalgia pills.
- Sister Night confronts Lube Man.
- Laurie Blake pays Cal Abar a visit at his home.
- Angela Abar and Laurie Blake visit Lady Trieu to ask about her drones.
- Bian My has her nightmare about the Vietnam War.
- Looking Glass spends the morning consulting on a PR campaign for New York City.
- Laurie Blake takes over the investigation into the Seventh Kavalry and sends the Tulsa PD to canvas local churches to find the Kavalry’s headquarters.
- Looking Glass’ alarm system acts up.
- Looking Glass consults on a breakfast cereal campaign and visits his ex-wife to find out what Will Reeves’ pills are.
- Wade Tillman meets a radiologist named Renee at a meeting of Extra-Dimensional Anxiety sufferers.
- Renee introduces Wade Tillman to Senator Joe Keene, who reveals himself to be the leader of the Seventh Kalvary. He shows him a pirated copy of Adrian Veidt's message to Robert Redford; Wade learns the truth that the alien monster that materialized in New York City was a hoax perpetuated by Veidt to prevent World War III.
- Looking Glass consults on an ad campaign for a new perfume,
- At the Tulsa Police Station, Looking Glass turns Angela Abar over to Laurie Blake. Abar takes Will Reeves’ Nostalgia.
- The Seventh Kavalry pays Looking Glass a visit at his home.
- Dale Petey writes a memo regarding Nelson Gardner's last will and testament as well as an attached copy of his will.
- Laurie Blake writes a memo regarding Angela Abar's overdose and her discovery of the identity of Hooded Justice as Will Reeves.
- Dale Petey writes a memo regarding the film Sister Night and the history of the “Black Mask” subgenre.
- Members of Cyclops and Seventh Kalvary including John David Keene and Jane Crawford arrive to witness Joe Keene's extraction of Doctor Manhattan's powers
- Joe Keene prepares to enter the chamber as he gives a speech regarding Cyclops plans of restoring "racial balance" in America and putting an end to Redford's liberal policies.
- Angela Abar arrives to stop Joe Keene from entering the chamber, warning him that Trieu let the Seventh Kalvary steal the lithium batteries they needed to build the cage to take Doctor Manhattan's power; Keene ignores her warning.
- Joe Keene enters the transference chamber with Laurie Blake, Angela Abar, Wade Tillman and the Cyclops and Seventh Kalvary members in attendance. The system activates and a blue wave hits, and everyone is suddenly teleported to Greenwood by Lady Trieu.
- Adrian Veidt and Laurie Blake are reunited for the first time in 34 years.
- Due to the Seventh Kavalry's lack of knowledge regarding safety measures, Joe Keene is liquefied during the process and his remains spill across the area and into Doctor Manhattan's cage once Lady Trieu opens the booth.
- Lady Trieu reads a letter written by Will Reeves highlighting Cyclops' white supremacy and history of crimes against people of color for a century, including the Greenwood Massacre of 1921.
- Lady Trieu proceeds to kill John David Keene, Jane Crawford, and all the remaining Cyclops and Seventh Kalvary members on behalf of Will Reeves.
- Doctor Manhattan uses Joe Keene's liquid remains to teleport Adrian Veidt, Laurie Blake, and Wade Tillman to Karnak, Antarctica.
- Doctor Manhattan tells Angela Abar he did not send her away as he did not want to be alone when he dies, as Lady Trieu activates the floating sphere to take Manhattan's powers. Manhattan tells Abar he loves her before he is destroyed and his powers captured.
- At Karnak, Adrian Veidt uses his squid rain device to send frozen squid to fall in Greenwood, which will obliterate anything in the nearby area. Laurie Blake calls Angela Abar in time to allow her and Bian to take cover, while the squid rain destroys the sphere and kills Lady Trieu before the transfer can be completed.
- Angela Abar takes shelter at the Dreamland Theater, where Will Reeves is waiting for her with her children. Reeves reveals that Doctor Manhattan had made a deal with him and convinced him to make a deal with Lady Trieu, knowing this end had to happen so that his powers would not be taken by those that would abuse them.
- Adrian Veidt offers Nite Owl II's airship "Archie" to Laurie Blake and Wade Tillman to return to civilization. Blake prepares to arrest Veidt, with Tillman possessing the 1985 video of proof that he was behind the squid attack. Veidt attempts to talk his way out of it, but Tillman knocks him out, and he and Blake drag him aboard the ship.
- Martial law remains in effect throughout the city of Tulsa as Haz-Mat teams continue to collect the remains of Joe Keene and Lady Trieu.
- Laurie Blake is still missing.
- Dale Petey writes a memo regarding the novel Fogdancing and its influence.
- Halo Ten Records re-releases The Nine Inch Nails studio album The Manhattan Project featuring a comprehensive essay by Allan Kurtis Shea.
- Dale Petey is fired from the FBI and his employment by the Anti-Vigilante Task Force is terminated.
- The Tulsa Police Department announced that Dale Petey has taken it upon himself to continue the investigation in Tulsa and has gone into hiding.
- Deputy Director Max Farragut writes a memo regarding Dale Petey's termination, as well as the events surrounding Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Laurie Blake returns home safely and is debriefed at a secure and classified location due to the sensitive nature of the discoveries she made over the course of her investigations.
- Charlton Home Records re-releases Sons of Pale Horse's studio album The Book of Rorschach featuring a comprehensive essay by Seymour David.
- Harris Greenwald of Revolver Magazine writes a critical review of Sons of Pale Horse re-release of The Book of Rorschach.
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