506 BC – Sun Tzu leads the Wu army against the Chu army in the Battle of Boju, the decisive battle of the war between the two kingdoms
336 BC – Alexander is named king of Macedonia after the death of his father Philip II. Alexander will eventually be known as "Alexander the Great" and will spread his empire and Greek culture to much of the known world.
218 BC – During the Second Punic Wars, Carthaginian general Hannibal crosses the Alps into Italy with an army, using elephants. Hannibal led many battles in Italy, but was never able to invade Rome itself.
52 BC – Roman armies led by Julius Caesar lay siege to Alesia during the Gallic campaigns.
30 AD – The day before his crucifixion, Jesus of Nazareth and his apostles have a meal known as the Last Supper. The cup that Jesus uses will be called the Holy Grail
440 AD – The Huns, led by Attila, invade the Roman empire.
1066 – Norman armies under the command of "William the Conqueror" defeat the Saxons near Hastings in East Sussex, England. Saxon King Harold I is killed by an arrow. The battle marks the beginning of the Norman conquest of England.
1206 – Genghis Khan unites warring Mongol tribes and is proclaimed emperor. Khan eventually establishes a Mongol empire which extends from the Pacific Ocean in the east to the Black Sea in the west.
1456 – Prince Vlad Tepes seizes power after one other failed attempt to become the prince and ruler of Walachia. Vlad's cruel and brutal punishments of his enemies gain him the name "Vlad the Impaler."
1502 – Montezuma becomes ruler of the Aztec Empire, and during his reign uses warfare to expand the empire to its greatest size.
1547 – Ivan IV is crowned the first Czar of Russia. His ruthless rule will earn him the nickname "Ivan the Terrible."
1643 – During the English civil war, James McCullen IX is caught supplying weapons to both sides by Lord Cromwell's men. As punishment, McCullen is forced to wear a steel mask. Instead of disgracing the McCullens, the steel mask becomes a badge of honor to be worn by each head of the clan.
1752 – The McCullen clan establishes the naval gun foundry that would become MARS (Military Armaments Research Syndicate), an entity which would become the largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry systems in the world
1776 – The United States of America becomes a nation
1779 – European adventurer and nobleman, The Count of St. Germain, arrives in Altona (a borough in the Germany city of Hamburg) and outfits a laboratory for alchemical experiments.
1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France.
1861 – American Civil War begins
1865 – American Civil War ends
1914 – World War I begins
1918 – World War I ends
1935 – Robert “Rusty” Wallace in born in Waterloo, IA
1936 – Famed archeologist, Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., seeks the Ark of the Covenant
1938 – Joseph B. Colton is born in Central Falls, RI; Dr. Jones seeks the Holy Grail
1939 – World War II begins
1940 – Frederic R. Wallace is born in Waterloo, IA
1941 (December 7) – Japan attacks the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Habor which causes the United States to enter WWII
1943 (January 7) – Famed inventor Nikola Tesla dies in New York City. It is rumored that Tesla was developing a “death ray” weapon but plans for this weapon go missing following his death.
1944 – Master Sergeant Robert S. Savage leads his squad (nicknamed “The Screaming Eagles) on a mission into Berlin. The squad is betrayed by one of their members, Lt. Garrison Krieger, a double-agent for the Axis Powers. The entire squad is killed and Krieger is rewarded with command of the newly created IRON Army.
1945 – WWII ends; Clayton M. Abernathy is born in Denver, CO
1947 – R. William Lewis is born in Philadelphia, PA
1948 – James McCullen XXIV is born in Callander, Scotland
1949 – Lonzo R. Wilkinson is born in Detroit, MI
1950 – The Korean War begins; Conrad S. Hauser is born in St. Louis, MO; Snake Eyes is born somewhere in the USA
1952 – Shana M. O’Hara is born in Atlanta, GA; Vincent R. Falcone's father serves with the 10th Special Forces Group Airborne from its activation on June 11 at Fort Bragg, NC
1953 – The Korean War ends; Anastasia Cisarovna is born somewhere in Europe
1955 – The Vietnam War begins; Vincent R. Falcone is born in Fayetteville, NC
1960 – Colton graduates from West Point Military Academy; he joins Special Forces and quickly distinguishes himself as an outstanding Green Beret
1961 President Kennedy sends 400 United States Army Special Forces personnel to South Vietnam to train South Vietnamese soldiers following a visit to the country by Vice-President Johnson
1963 – In response to the rise of terrorist organizations (Red Shadows, SPECTRE, Black Dragon Syndicate, etc.), President Kennedy creates an anti-terrorist team and places Lt. Colton in command (Kennedy does this right before he is assassinated in Dallas)
1964 – Recently promoted Captain Colton’s team, codename: G.I. Joe, comes together to deal with the Red Shadows and Black Dragon Syndicate, while the CIA and England’s MI-6 handle SPECTRE
1965 – US involvement in the Vietnam War escalates when President Johnson sends in ground troops
1967 – Snake Eyes enlists in the Army and is eventually sent to Vietnam where he meets Lonzo Wilkinson and Thomas Arashikage
1968 (January 31) – The Tet Offensive
1969 – Captain Robert “Rusty” Wallace, older brother of Fred Wallace, is killed in action in Vietnam; Sgt. Conrad Hauser joins special forces and works with tribesmen in the boonies of South Vietnam; Due to the negative feelings for the US Military resulting from the Vietnam War, Major Colton fakes retiring from the military so he can undertake missions as an "adventurer"
1970 – Lt. Col. Colton puts together the Adventure Team to continue to execute various "black ops" missions under the guise of a group of explorers and thrill seekers
1971 – An LRRP unit consisting of Lonzo Wilkinson, Thomas Arashikage, Snake Eyes, Wade Collins, Ramon Escobedo and Dick Saperstein engage in a firefight with North Vietnamese soldiers. Escobedo and Saperstein are killed and Collins is seriously injured. Believing Collins is dead, Wilkinson, Arashikage and Snake Eyes retreat to a landing zone for rescue. Collins is captured by the North Vietnamese and held in prison for the next two years; Sgt. Conrad Hauser declines a commission
1972 – Snake Eyes is sent home from Vietnam; his parents and twin sister are killed in a car crash on the way to pick him up; Bill Lewis becomes a defense contractor to the U.S. Government
1973 – America’s combat role in the war ends due to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords; Many American POWs are released by the Vietnamese and begin to come home, including Wade Collins; Snake Eyes joins the Arashikage Ninja Clan in Japan at the behest of Thomas Arashikage
1974 – Bill Lewis is framed by a corrupt general and charged with treason; Before he can be put on trial, Lewis fakes his own death and disappears (unbeknownst to him, his fiancé, Katherine Kessler, was about to reveal that she was pregnant)
1975 – The Vietnam War officially ends; Lewis begins traveling the country to recruit other like-minded individuals to his anti-government cause, individuals such as Fred Wallace and Wade Collins
1976 – The Red Shadows obtain the plans to Tesla’s “death ray.” In a major battle, Colonel Colton’s team captures many of the Red Shadows while their leader, Wilder Vaughn, vanishes. The Red Shadows organization is believed to be defeated.
1977 – Sean “Broca” is born in Roseville, CA; a new incarnation of the Adventure Team investigates a company named Terron Industries and its CEO, Sebastian Gorman, who is supposedly conducting illegal scientific experiments
1978 – The Hard Master is assassinated and Snake Eyes leaves Japan; Joe Colton is promoted to general and becomes a top advisor in the military
1979 (November 4) – The Iranian Hostage Crisis begins
1980 – The US Armed Forces attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages (Operation Eagle Claw). The mission fails and eight servicemen are killed when a helicopter crashes into a transport plane
1981 (January 20) – The Iranian Hostage Crisis ends
1981 – The US government investigates a paramilitary terrorist organization calling themselves “Cobra Command”
1982 (February 17) – Intelligence operatives get photos of “blue uniformed” Cobra operatives; In response, the Secretary of Defense authorizes the creation of a mobile strike force to counteract this new threat
1982 (Late February) – Snake Eyes is living in a cabin in the High Sierra Mountains when he is recruited for Special Counter-Terrorist Group Delta (Codename: G.I. Joe) by Col. Abernathy and Sgt. Wilkinson
1982 (spring) – The G.I. Joe team original roster comes together
1982 (June) – On their first mission together as rapid deployment force, the G.I. Joe Team is led into a Cobra trap. Snake Eyes sacrifices himself so the other team members can complete the mission. Snake Eyes survives, but suffers horrible burns on his face and damage to his vocal cords.
1983 – G.I. Joe and Cobra recruit new members; The Baroness is severely burned during a Cobra night attack operation and has to have extensive plastic surgery; Baron Ironblood becomes leader of the reemerging Red Shadows and plans to turn it into a paramilitary organization; England tasks a unit called “Action Force” to deal with this renewed threat; The Black Major, a traitor from Action Force, becomes Ironblood's second in command
1984 – The G.I. Joe and Cobra rosters continue to expand
1985 – Both G.I. Joe and Cobra gain new members
1986 – Hawk is promoted to General; A secret cabal of Cobra scientists create a composite clone from many of the nefarious leaders throughout history including Sun Tzu, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun, William the Conqueror, Genghis Khan, Montezuma, Ivan the Terrible, and Napoleon Bonapart (the remains of Vlad the Impaler were to be included but could not be located). The clone is named Serpentor and crowns himself emperor of Cobra; Several new recruits join each team
1987 – Cobra searches for Wilder Vaughn who knows how to create Tesla’s “death ray.” General Colton (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) briefs the Joe Team regarding this potential threat; Several new members join each team, including Lt. Vincent R. Falcone who becomes the G.I. Joe team's new Executive Officer