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.
- Bass Reeves is born into slavery in Arkansas.
- Oscar Micheaux is born Metropolis, Illinois.
- Ernst Hartwig discovers a star in M31 (the "Andromeda Nebula"). This object is designated as supernova "S Andromedae".
- Henry J. Heinz chooses "58 varieties" for his products.
- Nelson Forrest Gardner is born.
- Bass Reeves dies in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
- Oscar Micheaux’s film Trust In The Law! is released in the United States of America. The film premieres at the Williams Dreamland Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- The Tulsa race massacre begins.
- June Abar and Will Williams—later, Will Reeves—are smuggled out of Tulsa during the massacre and are the only survivors.
- 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.
- The Stock Market crashes. The malting factory remains unfinished.
- 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.
- Nelson Gardner is honorably discharged from the Marines after serving under Smedley Butler in the Banana Wars.
- Robert Redford is born.
- 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.
- First issue of Action Comics is released.
- 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 masked adventurers to unite.
- Silhouette exposes 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.
- Captain Metropolis meets Will Reeves and convinces him to join the Minutemen.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sylvia's first arrest on charges of prostitution.
- 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.
- 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 Hitler.
- Comedian is sent to South Pacific during the war to make himself of a hero.
- 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.
- Dollar Bill dies while stopping a bank robbery.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 disappears.
- The House Un-American Activities Committee subsequently demanded that all masked vigilantes reveal their identities to a senator; 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.
- Sheriff Dale Dixon Crawford hosts a white tie fundraising event at his home in Tulsa.
- During a fundraising event at Sheriff Crawford's home, Senator John David Keene publicly rebuked Hooded Justice for defying the House Un-American Activities Committee,
- Sheriff Dale Dixon Crawford is given a leadership position in Cyclops.
- Senator John David Keene gives Dale Dixon Crawford Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship, a painting by George Catlin.
- 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.
- Senate subcommittee meetings are held.
- Adrian Veidt 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.
- Ozymandias investigates Hooded Justice's disappearance. He has a meeting with the Comedian and they engage in a brief fight. They despise each other thereafter.
- 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 test base in Arizona as a research scientist replacing 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. He is disintegrated.
- A token funeral service is held for Osterman. His father is informed.
- 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Manhattan, eugenics, quantum physics, transports and other sciences, start to leap forward from that year on.
- Jon Osterman is named Dr. 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.
- 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.
- Later that year, 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 become his successor; he debuts as Nite Owl II.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dr. Manhattan informs the Pentagon that he will change his costume.
- Robert McNamara asks the Comedian to go to Vietnam.
- Cassius Clay wins over Sonny Liston in the Miami Convention Center. Eddie Blake and Bob Kennedy watch the match.
- Kitty Genovese is raped, tortured and murdered outside of her New York City home. 40 neighbors heard screams but nobody reacted. Gazette headline: "Woman killed while neighbors looked on". Walter Kovacs decides to make his mask. </ref name=six/>
- Comedian and his soldiers stage a second attack against their own US destroyers. Lyndon B. Johnson orders retribution and the Vietnam War escalates.
- 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 Bob Kennedy.
- Dr. Manhattan becomes a game changer for the Cold War. The Russians start "run scared" and never dare to antagonize the US.
- 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)
- 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. Slater is angered. Outside, Blake approaches Laurie but is interrupted by Sally.
- 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.
- Dimensional Developments starts hiring employees that were associated with Dr. Manhattan (Waver, Slater, Moloch).
- 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.
- Jon Osterman's father dies. He then reveals his true identity to the public.
- Blair Roche is born to a bus driver.
- 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.
- Operation Wrath of God begins.
- The Gazette publishes Richard Nixon's response to the Soviets concerning Vietnam and Doctor Manhattan.
- Judd Crawford enters the Vietnam War and participates in the Liberation of Vietnam.
- The Comedian and his military unit burn down Bian My’s village in Vietnam.
- 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.
- 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. Doctor Manhattan watches, but does not interfere.
- Ton Duo Thang and Creighton Williams Abrams sign the act of military surrender. America wins the Vietnam War.
- 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.
- Riot in Sing Sing prison, the Underboss escapes with the help of Jimmy the Gimmick.
- Nite Owl II and Rorschach look for Jimmy 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.
- Nelson Gardner attends a rally protesting the repeal of the 22nd amendment. On his way home to his uptown mansion, 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, an unemployed man, 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 starts to become violent; birth of Rorschach.
- Fast and safe airships will soon be economically viable.
- Richard Nixon officially repeals the 22nd amendment, allowing him to run for a third term as president.
- Adrian Veidt retires from costumed crime-fighting 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.
- Judd Crawford graduates from the University of Oklahoma at Norman on the G.I. Bill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.
- Nite Owl and Rorschach investigate the disappearance of Violet Greene. They end up pursuing the Twilight Lady.
- The "Who Watches the Watchmen" appears all around.
- Newspaper headlines: "Cops Say 'Let Them Do It'" "Senator Keene Proposes Emergency Bill"
- The police go on strike. Riots spring up in New York and Washington. In New York, the Comedian, Nite Owl II attempt to keep the peace; Rorschach (who now works alone) is at the lower east side; Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre II settle the riots in Washington. Dr. Manhattan teleports the rioters home.
- The Keene Act, an emergency bill proposed by Senator Keene, is passed, outlawing costumed superheroes that are not government-sanctioned.
- Newspaper headline: "Keene Act Passed: Vigilantes Illegal".
- Rorschach kills multiple rapist Harvey Charles Furniss and leaves his body outside the police HQ with the note "NEVER!".
- 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 called 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.
- Comedian resolves the Iran hostage situation, leaving the survivors suffering from 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.
- 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 excitment.
- 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 Moloch and mumbles about the island. Adrian Veidt, who had wired Moloch's home, learns that Blake has discovered his plans.
- 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 has the headline "Russia Protests U.S. Adventurism in Afghanistan".
- A newspaper headline reads "Congress Approves Lunar Silos".
- New York Gazette headline reads "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.
- 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.
- Wednesday, October 16
- Nova Express headline: "How Sick is Dick? After 3rd Presidential Heart Op?"
- Another newspaper: "Soviets Will Not Tolerate U.S. Adventurism in Afghanistan." (see previous day)
- Laurie visits her mother, Sally Jupiter, in a retirement home in California while Dr. Manhattan, Veidt, 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.
- Saturday, October 19
- New Frontiersman: "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 Slater about Dr. Manhattan.
- After an argument, Laurie leaves Jon. Around 6:00 she visits Dan who is installing a new Gordian Knot lock (curiously, one whole week after Rorschach broke the previous one); on their way to Hollis Mason's, they are accosted by Knot Tops. Laurie decides to check in to a hotel.
- Meanwhile, Dr. Manhattan gives a televised interview to Benny Anger on the ABC network. Doug Roth of 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.
- At the same time, the new issue of Nova Express arrives: "Dr. Manhattan Cancer Link New Evidence; Inside: Janey Slater Speaks"
- Dan visits Hollis and see on TV the event concerning Dr. Manhattan.
- Jon 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 "Our Country's Protector Smeared by the Kremlin".
- Walter Kovacs buys a copy of both papers before breaking into Dan Dreiberg's house on 7:25 again (now wearing his mask) to inform him that another costumed hero has gone.
- Laurie returns to the Special Talent Quarters at Rockefeller base to discover that Jon has gone, that officials are sweeping the rooms for radiation, and that she is to be given a cancer scan.
- Evening Gazette: "Russians invade Afghanistan" (In our world this happened in 1979); "Forecast: Cloudy, heavy rain later"
- Nixon, G. Gordon Liddy, Henry Kissinger and other officials and scientists meet at the war room.
- Monday, October 21
- Gazette headline: "Afghanistan Fighting Spread" and inside: "Aghanistan: is Pakistan next?"
- Utopia advertises Things to Come
- Rorschach pays a visit to Jacobi asking him about a scheme to discredit Dr. Manhattan. He leaves at 2:35.
- Dominique and Clare Hirsch are murdered by their father; Fine and Bourquin investigate.
- Pyramid Deliveries man stops by Bernard to refuel and talk about WW3.
- Laurie is expeled from the military base; Dan buys her a meal at Gunga and invites her to his home.
- Rorschach wakes up by noise by Knot Tops making graffitis of the Hiroshima lovers. Has an encounter with his landlady and goes to Gunga Diner where Dan and Laurie are leaving.
- There is an apparent attempt on Adrian Veidt's life. Veidt fends off the attacker, who dies from ingesting a poison capsule.
- Evening Gazette headline: "Industrialist in Murder." 
- Rorschach receives Jacobi's note and at 8:30 he takes his gear and neutralizes a mugger.
- Joey forces Bernard to hang a poster about a Pink Triangle concert.
- Fine receives a call about Rorschach.
- In the evening, Jacobi is shot in the head by Veidt, and Rorschach is framed. Rorschach is lured to Jacobi's apartment, where he is cornered by the police; Officers Shaw, Willis and Greaves are haurt. Rorscach arrested by Fine and Bourquin.
- Tuesday, October 22
- Walter Kovacs' arrest file
- Friday, October 25
- One more tenement catches fire.
- Fighting in Afghanistan spreads closer to borders, Russia claims to secure her borders, while Pakistan calls for US to intervene. Peace demostrations at Greenham Base of England with many arrests.
- Police ceases investigation for Shea.
- Laurie's stuff arrive from the military base to Dan's house.
- Dan performs maintainance on Archie and later Laurie accidentally uses the flamethrower.
- Rorschach, now incarcerated at Sing Sing prison, attends his first interview with psychoanalyst Malcolm Long.
- 6:10: Dan and Laurie watch the news and make out
- Veidt's benefit performance for Indian Famine Relief in the Astrodome. It ends at 6:40.
- Red D'Eath in Benny Anger's show.
- Saturday, October 26
- 2:00: After failing to have sex, Dan and Laurie sleep.
- 3:15: Dan has a nightmare and wakes up, goes to the basement.
- 4:00: Tenement building catches fire. While Nite Owl and Silk Spectre bring Archie out, they and rescue citizens from the fire. Later they have sex.
- Rorschach tells Dr Long about the fabric used to make his mask, and the murder of Kitty Genovese.
- Later, at lunch, Rorschach throws 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."
- In meantime, Dr. Long spends night with coffee, troubled with Kovacs. Tension begins with his wife.
- Sunday, October 27
- Nova Express: "Superheroes in the News: Spirit of '77."
- Gazette: "Reds Cross Pakistan Border"
- Utopia is now showing "The Day the Earth Stood Still".
- After years, Mason calles Saly and talk about the fire rescue and the past.
- Dan and Laurie decide to rescue Rorschach.
- Rorschach tells Dr. Long about Nite Owl, the Comedian and the Crimebusters.
- Dr. Long buys a Gazette from Bernard saying about Kovacs and that Russian tanks invade Pakistan. He notices the Hiroshima lovers graffiti.
- Gloria attempts to sweeten their relationship.
- Monday, October 28
- Gazette headline: "Nixon promises maximum force".
- Dr. Long and Rorschach's fourth session. Rorschach relates the story of the Roche kidnapping.
- Dr. Long passes by the Watch seller, buys a Gazette from Bernard about the war on Pakistan and nuclear alert procedure.
- At evening the Longs welcome Randy and Diana for dinner. Mal's metion about Rorschach make them feel uneasy and leave. Gloria refuses to sleep with him.
- Tuesday, October 29
- Dr. Long resigns.
- Big Figure, accompanied by Michael and Lawrence, threaten Rorscach in his confinement.
- October 29/20?
- Gazette headline: Tanks Mass in Eastern Europe: 'Purely Defensive' Say Reds" and "California governor Reagan urges hard line".
- Dan installs another Gordian Knot lock. Detective Fine, who suspects that Dreiberg is Nite Owl, visits him and makes remarks in order to warn him.
- Wednesday, October 30
- 6:35: Hector Godfrey and Seymour prepare the tomorrow's issue of NF 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 Dr. Manhattan and Soviet aggression; planned to be sent on November 2.
- October 30/31?
- A ship arrives on Veidt's island, Shea and Hira Manish discuss the completion of their "baby" while Manish makes a final sketch.
- Dan and Laurie prepare Archie.
- Thursday, October 31
- New Frontiersman 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.
- Afternoon: Otis, the prisoner Rorschach scalded, dies. The prison erupts into chaos.
- Mason prepares a jack-o-lantern watching TV news anticipating nuclear war within 10 days, and criticism between New Frontiersman and Doug Roth.
- Archie passes the flood gate of the 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: Dan, Laurie and Walter return to Dan's home.
- 11:10: Dr. Manhattan arrives and takes Laurie 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 Knot Tops high on katies go to punish Nite Owl.
- 11:55: The gang storm into Mason's home and thinking he is Dan Dreiberg, they kill him. His body is dicovered by kids.
- On Mars, Jon reveals to Laurie 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".
- 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 go to the former's apartment and to recover his spare attire and mask.
- Rorschach and Nite Owl II find the courier at Happy Harry's. Nite Owl 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 Veidt's office, uncovering his crimes, and go to Karnak, but not before Rorschach mails his journal.
- 2:40: 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.
- 11:14-8 :Veidt watches his tv wall and records. (dialogue says 11:18, the panel shows 11:14)
- 11:20: Aline meets Joey outside the Promethean.
- 11:24: Det. 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.
- 11:25: Veidt presses the button teleporting the monster.
- 3 million killed in New York City after 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, NJ, young Wade Tillman survives the psychic shockwave unleashed by the squid, and is severely traumatized.
- Adrian Veidt kills his servants.
- 11:44: Nite Owl and Rorschach enter Veidt's room. After fighting, he explains his plan and he had activated the transmission, initiating the final stage of his sinister plot, "35 minutes ago."
- 00:00: Laurie and Jon return to earth and see the devastation.
- 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.
- Doctor Manhattan decides to leave Earth with the intention of creating life of his own; he teleports to Europa 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.
- 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.
- On VVN Day Marcus and Elise Abar are killed by members of the Vietnamese Liberation Front.
- Robert Redford runs for President of the United States, but loses to Richard Nixon.
- Richard Nixon is elected to a sixth term.
- Richard Nixon dies in office. Gerald Ford takes over as President of the United States.
- 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.
- Robert Redford is officially sworn in as President of the United States.
- 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.
- 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, Dan Dreiberg's technology company, is raided by the FBI and recovers the blueprints to his inventions.
- Robert Redford is elected to a second term.
- 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.
- Robert Redford is elected to a third term.
- 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.
- Robert Redford appoints John Grisham to the Supreme Court, confirming him after a contentious process in the Senate.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 on 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 sets 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.
- 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.
- Trieu Industries begins launching space probes.
- 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.
- Robert Redford is elected to a seventh term.
- 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.
- Lady Trieu’s rescue spaceship arrives on Europa, on the day Adrian Veidt is “celebrating” eight years there.
- 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 there.
- Robert Redford announces that he will not be running for an eighth term.
- 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 sends his second memo.
- President Redford nominates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to replace the retiring Justice John Grisham on the Supreme Court.
- Dale Petey writes another memo, this time about American Hero Story: Minutemen.
- Sheriff Crawford and his wife, June, attend a production of Oklahoma!.
- Officer Charlie Sutton of the Tulsa Police Department is shot by a Seventh Kavalry member named Carmichael during a routine traffic stop.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with local law enforcement officials in New York and Vietnam, legally declares Adrian Veidt dead.
- Angela Abar attends Career Day at her son’s school.
- A squidfall hits Tulsa (and 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.
- Dale Petey writes another memo.
- 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.
- Angela Abar visits the Greenwood Center for Cultural Heritage and drops off Will Reeves’ DNA sample.
- 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.
- Ben Woodward of the Washington Post-Intelligencer Content Network releases an article regarding 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 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.
- New Frontiersman releases "Honor is Like a Hawk: If You Love It, Set It Free".
- 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 is fired from the FBI and his employment by the Anti-Vigilante Task Force is terminated.
- Charlton Home Records re-releases Sons of Pale Horse's studio album The Book of Rorschach.
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