This is my Gamma World timeline, taken from the original and modified somewhat for my campaign.
DATE - EVENT(S)
1942 - Team under the direction of Enrico Fermi successfully brought the world’s first reactor to a “critical” state.
1945 - First use of atomic bomb in warfare. Blast killed 70,000.
1954 - First nuclear submarine (Nautilus) launched.
1957 - U.S.S.R. launched first artificial satellite (Sputnik I).
First commercial nuclear power plant built in Shippingport, PA by Duquesne Light Company.
1959 - First probe (Luna I) to successfully escape Earth’s gravity launched by the U.S.S.R.
1961 - First manned spacecraft (Vostok) launched by the U.S.S.R.
1962 - Space probe successfully arrived at Venus (Mariner II).
1964 - Space probe successfully arrived at Mars (Mariner IV).
1969 - First manned lunar landing (Apollo 11) occurred.
1973 - Recombinant-DNA technique (gene splicing) demonstrated.
1974 - Space probe successfully arrived at Mercury (Mariner 10).
1975 - Space probe successfully arrived at Jupiter (Pioneer 10).
1979 - First major nuclear reactor accident (Three Mile Island) occurred. Radiation contained before being released into the environment.
Space probe successfully arrived at Saturn (Pioneer 11).
1986 - First nuclear reactor accident in which radioactive material was released into the environment (Chernobyl) occurred. Nuclear reactor exploded, killing 31 workers.
Space probe successfully arrived at Uranus (Voyager II).
1989 - Space probe successfully arrived at Neptune (Voyager II).
1991 - U.S.S.R. disbanded.
1997 - First clone of a large mammal (sheep) accomplished successfully.
2001 - First self-aware, AI computer (Mark) activated by United States military.
2005 - First privately-owned AI computer activated at University of Southern California.
2006 - Various facilities to tap the thermal energies beneath the Earth’s crust constructed.
2010 - Construction of experimental undersea cities began (Atlantis, Poseidon, and Pacific City).
Construction began of production facilities to create genetically engineered food supply in response to drastic food shortages worldwide.
2011 - Majority of European countries formed United Europe. In response, China and other Asian nations combined to form the Asian Coalition.
2012 - Construction of Atlantis, Poseidon, and Pacific City completed. 15,000 inhabitants moved into each city.
Kurguelen Disaster occurred at Poseidon. Daniel Kurguelen went mad and blew the main airlock in an attempt to return to the surface, killing himself and 10,750 others.
Undersea cities project abandoned.
2014 - First Earth orbital shuttle service established via the combined efforts of Lockheed and American Airlines.
Construction of first orbital commercial spaceport began.
First lunar mining facility successfully established at Tycho Crater.
2016 - Construction of first orbital colony, Ares I, began.
First megafission reactor built.
2019 - Seven Day Crisis occurred. Main drive failed on orbital spaceport. Orbit would have deteriorated beyond repair within seven days, causing the spaceport to crash onto the Earth. Drive was repaired by fifth day.
2021 - Construction of first lunar colony completed as an expansion of the Tycho Mine. The combined colony and mine became known as Tycho Center.
Columbia Project began. Dr. Tetsuo Aragami and Prof. Heinrich Schmidt attempted to create genetically engineered intelligent plants. The labs were destroyed in order to insure that their work would not be used for military purposes. The labs’ explosions caused experimental plant fibers to be unknowingly released into the environment.
2023 - New tritium fusion reactor design developed. Fusion reactors became as productive as fission reactors; however, not as productive as megafission reactors.
Human organs began being grown in labs and organ replacement, when needed, became common.
2030 - First underground spaceport facility constructed at Grissom Air Force Base.
2031 - Human cloning technique perfected.
2035 - Hydrox fuel developed by Dr. Esteban Romano. Space travel was revolutionized.
2041 - Experimental crystal mine operated entirely by genetically engineered clones established on Moon by Asian Coalition.
2043 - First unmanned interstellar probe, Santa Maria, launched toward Alpha and Proxima Centauri. Problem with navigation system caused it to crash into an asteroid soon after leaving the solar system.
2047 - Unmanned interstellar probe, Columbus, launched toward Alpha and Proxima Centauri.
Unmanned interstellar probe, Magellan, launched toward Tau Ceti.
Unmanned interstellar probe, Marco Polo, launched toward Bernard’s Star.
Unmanned interstellar probe, Pizarro, launched toward Xi Ursae Majoris.
2049 - Lunar Clone Incident occurred. Clones on Moon revolted and took the mine supervisors as hostages. Clones wanted to be treated equally as naturally-created humans. Coalition sent strike team to retake mining facility. Facility retaken at the cost of all clone lives and the lives of two of the three supervisors.
United Europe, United States, Canada, and many other countries outlawed the creation of human clones in order to avoid situations such as the Lunar Clone Incident.
2053 - Asian Coalition outlawed the creation of human clones.
2061 - Columbus reached Alpha Centauri and discovered habitable planet, Sphere.
2066 - Mount Olympus colony established on Mars.
First manned interstellar spacecraft (Vostok Explorer) launched with crew of five.
2068 - Construction of colony starship spaceyard (Vanderberg Spaceyard) began.
Weather control satellites launched into Earth orbit.
Robots become available for use at home (household robots).
2070 - Theoretical terraforming process developed by Dr. Robert Clark and Dr. Magesh Pillai.
Marco Polo arrived at Bernard’s Star. Discovered terraformable planet (Bernard IV).
2072 - Magellan arrived at Tau Ceti. Discovered terraformable planet (Gaea).
2077 - Terraforming of Phobos, a Martian moon, began.
2080 - Terraforming of Phobos failed.
Terraforming of Deimos, Mars’s second moon, began.
Transmission from Marco Polo received.
2081 - Transmission from Magellan received.
2082 - Terraforming of Deimos completed and was successful.
Deimos colony established.
2085 - First interstellar colony ship built (Eden). Launched toward Sphere with 40,000 colonists.
Additional colony ship dock constructed at Vanderberg Spaceyard.
Terraforming equipment was added to colony starship design.
2086 - Construction of Eden II and Eden III began.
Colony established on Jupiter (Freedom).
2097 - Eden II launched with 65,000 colonists toward Bernard IV.
Eden III launched with 65,000 colonists toward Gaea.
2099 - Eden arrived at Sphere. First interstellar colony established.
Human limbs began being grown in labs and lost limb replacement became common (when needed).
2108 - Pizarro discovered two terraformable planets (Scion and Essence) in Xi Ursae Majoris. Transmission sent to Earth.
2110 - Eden II arrived at Bernard IV. Survey team discovered unknown bacteria living beneath the soil. Study of bacteria required before terraforming could begin.
2112 - Eden III arrived at Gaea. Terraforming began.
2114 - Bernard IV bacteria study completed. Decision to begin terraforming made.
Cybernetic muscle implants to increase strength developed. Used primarily by the military.
2120 - First purely pleasure spaceport built between the inner and outer rings of Saturn.
2127 - Pizarro transmission reached Earth. Decision made to terraform both planets.
2149 - Lunar and Martian colonies demanded independence.
2150 - After negotiations began to break down, lunar and Martian colonies threatened the use of nuclear weapons from bases located near the colonies. Independence granted in exchange for the returned control of the bases.
2166 - Terraforming of Gaea completed. Second interstellar colony established.
2167 - Terraforming of Bernard IV completed. Third interstellar colony established.
2170 - Hyperpulse transmissions (which allowed for speedy interstellar transmissions) developed by Spacial Communications, Inc.
2173 - Duralloy developed.
2182 - Legion of Free Men formed to promote an united world government.
2228 - First world governing agency established (United World Council).
National governments are considered subunits of the Council.
Legion of Free Men disbanded.
2231 - Chemical power cell introduced to the public.
2233 - Hydrogen power cell developed.
2248 - Positronic neural network circuitry developed by Dr. Amanda Walker.
2250 - First android created.
2252 - New fusion process using thorium and tritium developed. Tritium fusion reaction used as igniter to cause thorium to create segnisium, resulting in a high loss of mass and subsequent gain in energy.
2254 - Cybernetic neural networks developed which improve memory, allow the instantaneous learning of new skills, and allow direct communication between the human brain and computers.
2261 - First major megafission reactor accident in Albuquerque, NM. Megafission reactor exploded, killing 5 million and creating a crater 25 km across.
Experimental design of AI computer incorporating laboratory-created human brains developed.
2263 - Majority of megafission power plants closed in favor of thorium fusion power.
2265 - First broadcast power facility came on-line.
2268 - Computer design involving human brains rejected as unstable combination.
2270 - Force fields developed by Dr. Boon Toe.
2275 - Control of all lunar facilities (except for various military defense bases) was centralized at Tycho Center. All personnel from these facilities were moved to Tycho Center. With a population of approximately 50,000, Tycho Center became the only inhabited lunar facility.
2277 - Orbital construction of interstellar colony starship, Warden, began at Vanderberg Spaceyard.
MC II generators produced for home use.
2280 - Project Restoration initiated. Genetically engineered animals are released throughout the United States in an effort to repopulate extinct and severely endangered species.
First stasis chamber prototype developed. Meant to be used for the incurably ill and extreme deep space voyages.
2285 - First Universal Cards issued.
Legion of Free Men reformed in an attempt to centralize Earth’s nations further into the world government.
2288 - Construction of Warden completed. Loading process began.
2290 - Warden left Earth orbit with 1.5 million colonists.
Autonomists formed in response to the merging cultures of Earth. Opposed the world government and promoted the return of national centers of government.
2291 - Warden left solar system.
Molecular transport at speed of light developed by Dr. Lee Vu. Maximum transport range was equal to 400,000 km (with the help of satellites).
2292 - Gravity control became possible.
2300 - Team lead by Dr. Mark Rimer developed the life chamber.
Man-portable force field generators developed.
Interstellar colonies demanded independence. Negotiations were very difficult due to delay in communication transmission time.
2301 - Canopus Plague brought to Sol system by Star Voyager. Ship had been on deep space exploratory mission to Canopus system and returned on auto-pilot to Earth orbit. Team from orbital Spaceport IV sent to investigate. Infected by plague which eventually lead to the infection of the spaceport. Unfortunately, two other orbital starports were also contaminated due to infected refugees from Spaceport IV. The public was told that all complexes were destroyed to prevent the possible spread of infection. However, Spaceport IV was not destroyed, but kept in quarantine in order to study the plague (and the possible military uses).
Negotiations with colonies continued.
2302 - Powered armor developed by the military.
World government gained more power as colony negotiations deteriorated. Interstellar war threatened.
World government ordered the building of the GNC (Global Network Computer) to coordinate all Earth’s defenses and protect Earth from any attack.
2303 - 5,000 members of the Legion of Free Men were killed by a small neutron bomb during a convention celebrating their recent success. It was believed that the Autonomists set off the bomb.
3,000 - people killed by the release of nerve gas in an office building housing the Autonomists’ headquarters. Several hundred Autonomist leaders were also assassinated. It was believed that the Legion of Free Men was responsible.
2304 - Ren Odinson became colony commander at Tycho Center.
First unstable mutations found in several species of Restoration animals. Mutated animals are hunted down, captured and medically examined (i.e. vivisected). Many found are never captured, due to apparent enhanced thinking on the animal’s part.
2306 - Interstellar war declared. Earth was unable to launch an attack against an interstellar colony without the fear of another colony attacking Earth. Earth was too well protected and too far away for the colonies to launch an effective attack themselves.
Autonomist agent secretly corrupted the GNC database with a virus.
2307 - Incomplete transmissions received from an unidentified interstellar colony. Seemed to concern a warning about alien life forms.
GNC activated. Automatic self-defense program detected and destroyed Autonomist virus before any damage was caused.
Hostilities rose between different nations and groups concerning the treatment of the colonies and the Legion of Free Men/Autonomists animosity.
2308 - GNC blocked all interstellar transmissions to/from all planets within the Sol system while attempting to decide where the virus program originated (which it considered an attack).
Group calling itself The Apocalypse issued an ultimatum:
People of the world, you appear bent upon the destruction of a civilization that has taken centuries to build, and the extinction of life on Earth. If that is your will… so be it! We, The Apocalypse, demand an immediate cessation of this insane violence, or we will end it for you… with a force you cannot conceive.
We have the power! The choice is yours!
2309 - Hostilities continued.
The Apocalypse destroyed the capital of every nation on Earth.
Earth forces found and stormed The Apocalypse’s base. The Apocalypse launched nuclear weapons from an undiscovered base on the Moon. The GNC interpreted this action as an attack from the lunar military facilities and launched a counterstrike which set off a nuclear exchange throughout the solar system, resulting in the Cataclysm.
2310 - Nuclear winter settles onto the planet, killing a significant amount of life.
2311 - Radioactive fallout reacted with dormant plant fibers from the Columbia Project to create the Rambling Woods.
2315 - The Nuclear Winter ends and summer returns for the first time in 5 years.
2328 - Warden strayed into undetected radiation cloud. Majority of crew and colonists died from radiation exposure.
2344 - The first truly intelligent animal, a dog named Jasper, is discovered when he telepathically requests assistance from officials for a packmate that was injured.
2358 - Warden reached Xi Ursae Majoris. Genesis Project began (the terraforming of Scion and Essence).
Mutated plant life escaped from hydroponics labs in Tycho Center.
2360 - Mutated macrobes escaped from microlabs in Tycho Center.
2400 - Cyborg leader of the Followers of the Voice was created.
2426 - An underground military instillation just East of Fortbag is discovered. It proves to contain pre-apocalypse technology, but is also heavily guarded by powerful military robots.
2432 - An intelligent fruit tree and two intelligent bushes make contact with traders in the bartertown of Mojav.
2460 - Descendants of Warden crew killed by a mutant army lead by Bromwint.
Genesis Project completed.
2546 - First confrontation between mutated macrobe and plant life at Tycho Center.
2547 - General Jellen led a force of the Ranks of the Fit against the Fortbag instillation. The attack was a failure, but some pieces of functioning technology are recovered.
2566 - Korleen rediscovers the ancient city of Ezcon and leads a small army against the tribals that live there.
Ezcon’s borders stabilized, and Korleen takes on the title of Mayor. The city is declared a Free City, where all races of sentient beings are welcome.
2575 - Korleen is murdered, and his daughter Avrel takes over as Mayor of Ezcon. Even though Korleen is a Pure Strain Human, the Knights of Genetic Purity are found to be responsible for the murder. All captured Knights are executed.
2588 - The Knights of Genetic Purity attack the city of Ezcon again, this time with advanced weaponry. The city guard manages to defend the city, but with heavy losses. Mayor Avrel starts hiring expeditionary groups to try and recover lost technology.
2591 - Radiation levels drop far enough to be tolerable in Ohside, and water-breathing mutants recover lost technology (including a Black-Ray rifle and a suit of Powered Plate Armor.
2595 - A scavenger stumbles up to one of the watch towers of Ezcon and promptly collapses. Before dying, he reveals that he had discovered the location of an Ancient military bunker in Centero. Two expeditions are sent out from Ezcon in an effort to find this unknown bunker, but neither return.
2596 - Gamma World game begins.