Complete Star Wars timeline – calendar of significant events and characters in the Star Wars universe

// December 21st, 2015 // Movies and TV

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The Galactic Standard Calendar was the standard measurement of time in the Star Wars galaxy.  Based on the Coruscant tropical year consisting of 368 days (each day is 360 NET degrees or 24 hours), it uses the Battle of Yavin (when the first Death Star was destroyed) as its epoch or year zero.  Thus BBY indicates “Before the Battle of Yavin” and ABY indicates “After the Battle of Yavin”.

Remember, the Star Wars universe exists beyond the movies.  Many video games, novels, comic books, television series, and spinoff movies expand upon the universe as explained in the 9 canonical movies.

Note: Hover over underlined words for popup definition of the term.

 

Pre-Clone Wars
10,000 BBY Jedi Order developed in order to preserve peach and justice throughout the galaxy Star Wars Databank
6,000 BBY The Order of the Sith Lords formed after splitting from the Jedi Order during the Hundred-Year Darkness Star Wars 9: Showdown on Smuggler’s moon, Part II
Sith build shrine on Coruscant.  Later the Jedi build the Jedi Temple on Coruscant’s foundations Star Wars Databank
5,000 BBY Great Temple of Massassi build by Massassi on Yavin Journey Through Space
1,000 BBY Sith are defeated by Jedi and go into hiding.  Old Republic collapses.  Darth Bane establishes the Rule of Two.  Several solar systems unite and found the Galactic Republic. Star Wars Databank
900 BBY Yoda is born Star Wars Databank
847 BBY Naboo joins the Galactic Republic Star Wars: The Clone Wars “Crisis on Naboo”
800 BBY Yoda begins to train Jedi in the ways of the Force Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
200 BBY Chewbacca is born on Kashyyyk Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
84 BBY Sheev Palpatine is born on Naboo Star Wars Databank
64 BBY Wilhuff Tarkin is born on Eriadu Star Wars Databank
46 BBY Padme Amidala is born on Naboo Star Wars Databank
44 BBY Garazeb Orrelios (Zeb) is born on Lasan Star Wars Databank
41 BBY Rae Sloane is born on Ganthel Star Wars Databank
Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) is born to Shmi Skywalker Star Wars Databank
Sifo-Dyas foresees an upcoming full-scale conflict but is removed from Jedi Council.  He secretly commissions the Kaminoans to grow a clone army for the Republic. Star Wars: The Clone Wars “The Lost One”
36 BBY Ahsoka Tano is born on Shili Star Wars Databank
33 BBY Caleb Dume (Kanan Jarrus) born on Coruscant.  Ahsoka Tano is accepted into the Jedi Order. Star Wars Databank
32 BBY Invasion of Naboo: Queen Amidala returns to Naboo and forms an alliance between the Naboo and Gungans.  Qui-Gon Jinn is killed by Darth Maul.  Obi-Wan Kenobi cuts Darth Maul in two but he survives. Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
Senator Sheev Palpatine is elected Supreme Chancellor of the Republic replacing Finis Valorum. Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
Jedi Council promotes Obi-Wan Kenobi to rank of Jedi Knight and grants permission to train Anakin Skywalker as a Jedi Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
29 BBY Hera Syndulla is born on Ryloth. Star Wars Databank
22 BBY Thousands of star systems leave the Republic and joint the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Count Dooku
Jar Jar Binks proposes that Chancellor Palpatine be given emergency powers to raise an army of its own
Clone Wars begin.  Many Jedi are killed attempting to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padme Amidala. Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala secretly wed on Naboo. Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
21 BBY Sabine Wren born on Mandalore
19 BBY Order 66 wipes out the Jedi Order and nearly all Jedi Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
The Republic is reorganized into the first Galactic Empire by Chancellor Palpatine (the Dark Lord of the Sith – Darth Sidious) who declares himself Galactic Emperor. Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa are born to Padme Amidalas on Polis massa.  Padme Amidala dies in childbirth.  Obi-Wan Kenobi (who survived Order 66) leaves Luke with Anakin’s step brother Owen Lars on Tatooine while Bail Organa adopts Leia in order to protect them from Darth Sidious and Anakin Skywalker. Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
Obi-Wan Kenobi goes into exile on Tatooine.  Yoda goes into exile on Dagobah. Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
Caleb Dume escapes Order 66 and goes into hiding. Changes name to Kanan Jarrus.
Ezra Bridger born to Mira and Ephraim Bridger on Lothal.
Bail Organa and Ahsoka Tano organize a rebel network. Star Wars Rebels “Fire Across the Galaxy”
12 BBY Obi-Wan Kenobi rescues Luke Skywalker and Windy from a Krayt dragon.  Owen Lars tells Obi-Wan to never visit their homestead again. Star Wars Line Webtoon
5 BBY Ezra Bridger is recruited by the Lothal rebels. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
Kanan Jarrus takes up the ways of the Jedi once more. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
4 BBY Ezra Bridger passes his trial to overcome his fears and receives a kyber crystal which he uses to construct a lightsaber. Star Wars Rebels: Path of the Jedi
Kanan Jarrus is captured by Grand Moff Tarkin on Lothal
Kanan Jarrus is rescued by the rebel network leading to the inquisitors death and destruction of the Sovereign.
0 BBY or 0 ABY Secret mission to Tatooine. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Owen and Beru Lars murdered by Imperial stormtroopers.  Lars homestead is destroyed. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Luke Skywalker begins training as a Jedi. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Alderaan si destroyed by the Death Star. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Princess Leia is rescued from the Death Star.  Obi-Wan Kenobi purposely dies in a duel with Darth Vader and becomes a Force spirit. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Battle of Yavin: The Death Star is destroyed by the Rebel Alliance. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Royal Award Ceremony. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Evacuation of Yavin. Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part I
Mission to rescue the survivors of Alderaan. Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part I
Skirmish over Llanic. Heir to the Jedi
Mission to Rodia. Heir to the Jedi
Mission to Fex Heir to the Jedi
Mission to Denon. Heir to the Jedi
Liberation of Drusil Bephorin. Heir to the Jedi
Rebels destroy Weapons Factory Alpha (assault on Cymoon-1) causing a signifcant setbak in the operations of the Imperial military. Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes
Mission to Jabba’s Palace. Star Wars: Darth Vader 1: Vader
Theft of the Triple-Zero personality matrix.
Secret mission to Geonosis.
Death Troopers invasion.
Rebel Alliance establishes Echo Base on Hoth, the sixth planet in the Hoth system.
3 ABY Battle of Hoth where Rebel Alliance suffers a costly blow when the Empre attacks Echo Base.
Following advice from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker travels to Dagobah to begin his training with Jedi Master Yoda. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Duel on Cloud City. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Escape from Cloud City. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
5 ABY Operation Yellow Moon: Princess Leia leads a mission meant to distract the Galactic Empire while the Rebel Alliance uses Sullust as a staging area for its fleet. Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
Rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Jabba the Hutt killed by Leia Organa. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Boba Fett presumed dead after falling in the sarlacc pit. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Yoda dies and Luke Skywalker discovers that he is the son of Darth Vader and Leia Organa is his sister (he later passes this information to her). Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Battle of Endor: Darth Vader is redeemed and kills Darth Sidious, the Galactic Emperor, fulfilling the prophecy of the Chosen One and bringing balance to the Force as well as destroying the Sith. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Funeral of Anakin Skywalker (his body and suit is burned). Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Adelhard, Imperial governor in charge of the Anoat sector, locks the sector down establishing the Iron Blockade.  Those trapped inside the blockade start an uprising. Star Wars: Uprising
Rebel Alliance reorganizes in the New Republic. Star Wars Celebration: Free Battle of Jakku Battlefront DLC
New Republic restores the Galactic Senate on Chandrila, its capitol.
Battle of Jakku: The New Republic is victorious over the Galactic Empire on Jakku. Star Wars Celebration: Free Battle of Jakku Battlefront DLC
In the Jedi massacre, the new generation of Jedi being trained by Luke Skywalker are murdered by the Knights of Ren.
34 ABY In the Assault on Tuanul, the village of Tuanui is sacked by the First Order which is pursuing a clue to the missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker’s location. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Rey and Finn (a former stormtrooper of the FIrst Order) and BB-8 (a Resistance astromech droid) escape from the planet of Jakku. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Destruction of the Hosnian system: The Hosnian system is destroyed by the First Order’s newest superweapon, the Starkiller. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Battle on Takodana: The First Order sacks Max Kanata’s castle and tavern while searching for the Resistance astromech droid BB-8. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Battle of Starkiller Base: Resistance forces engage with the First Order and destroy the Starkiller superweapon. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens




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