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The following timeline is composed by background information given out in game dialogues but mainly from texts found in game, especially the "Old Earth Trivia Game" or the Gateway Bulletin news.

Note that since the game was released in 1992, the 'future' events mentioned are widely off actual history.

1980s
UK goes to war with Argentina
1987
Leonard Kriesky is born
1995
Quebec secedes from Canada
1996
Danforth Quayle is elected President of the United States
2004
Susi Santini wins an Oscar for best actress in A Worm in the Apple about day-to-day existence in the decaying urban shell of New York City.
2005
The unremarkable Second Iran-Iraq War turns into a historical watershed because of the use of tactical nuclear weapons for the first time in 60 years, purchased from former Soviet Army units.
2007
Core explosion at Meurthe-et-Moselle
2009
NASA completes Space Station Freedom
2010
"Ten Dead Bananas" record the rock 7 roll smash hit Wirehead! about the abuse of direct neural interfaces.
2011
Quebec is re-annexed by Canada
2012
The play Les Miserables faces harsh criticism.
2019
Combined NASA, JSA, ESA and Russian Mars Landing Project put a man on Mars
2020
Middle East runs out of oil and stops being important to industrialized nations
2022
Quebec secedes again
2023
(early) The capital of India is moved to Greater Bombay
Seiroku Ishikura remakes Ran in three-vee for $500 million
2025
Middle East reverts to third world backwater status
2026
Quebec re-integrates into Canada
2027
Seventy-Something, is the first commercial broadcasting success in the new holotank Tri-V medium
Antonio Pedroza is born in Madrid, Spain
(c.) rap music phenomenon resurges
2030
Quebec secedes for the last time
Ozark Commerce Tower is built, the tallest building in the world
2032
A popular Three-vee production of Childhood's End
2039
The first true artificial life form is born in a Cray 2000 Optical Supercomputer
2041
A Japanese collector buys Picasso's Le Miroir for $356 million at a Sotheby's Auction
2050
Kriesky founds the Grenoble Movement
2053
August
Jeffrey Blair is born.
2082
Sankara Front begins terrorism in West Africa
208
Blair comes to Gateway. Around this time he finds a Heechee artifact orbiting Somerset III.
2056
Blair loses all his money and ships out on a second mission and is lost.
2065
Tian Teng is born.
2077
Human explore Venus for Heechee artifacts. Sylvester Macklin discovers a ship and Gateway
2092
June
Pedroza arrives on Gateway
Rolf Becker begins shipping out of Gateway
2095
Kriesky attracts over 3 million followers.
2096
Aleg Brakna discovers three tuning forks on Hodh el-Gharbi
2099
Gateway Corporation scientists make a break-through in understanding the Heechee guidance systems and come up with a list of safe course codes. The Orion Special Exploration Initiative follows.
2100
New Dollar currency is issued.
UNNBCNPC certifies the Sankara Front as a "Class Four insurgency"
Terri Neilson is promoted to deputy director.
2101
12-23
Gateway protagonist wins the lottery.
2102
April
Bjorn Holstein finds a Heechee recording device on Var system.
April 23
Science Section publicizes a memo to all limited partners inviting them to the Orion Program
5-16
Kriesky dies
Sankara Front detonates a nuclear device in Oagadougou killing over 50000 people.
5-17
1010:Hector Gomez sends a message about classes on Heechee ship handling
1100:Thom Seldridge welcomes the player.
1123:Terri Neilson welcomes the player.
2000: (possibly) player meets Thom at the Blue Hell bar.
2112
August 1
The Artifact is detected on the rim of the solar system. UN Security Council Emergency Session begins.

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