My timeline is assuming that Beyond the Supernatural and Ninjas & Superspies are, combined, the pre-rifts earth of history until present day. To me this would help explain why in the time immediately following the cataclysm that so many survived seeing as you would need more than just technological might to survive against any number of magic wielding monsters and demons. People with the knowledge to counter magic or powers of their own, in my opinion, is the only way as much of humanity survives as it does. That and I play Rifts with a 10-1 SDC to MDC ratio as to me 100-1 means the only thing left would be heavily fortified fortress cities, we know is not the case. No village or town as we know them to exist would.
Anyway here we go:
1.5 million years ago - fire is "discovered"
Primordium age - The first Slayer is created
Pre 250 000 BC - Spears and stone based "blades" are used
Pre 62 000 BC - The bow and arrow is invented
16000bc - Lemurian, Atlantean and Nazca societies develop
13100bc - Atlantis disappears
13000bc - Contact with the Lemurians is lost
12000 - 9000 bc - The last ice age effectively comes to an end
4500 BC - Sumerian empire founded and lasting until 1900 BC
3500 BC - The wheel is invented
3100-2300 BC - Stonehenge built
3100 BC - Ancient Egypt is recognized as a dominant power until it is defeated by the Romans in 30 BC
2580-2560 - Pyramids of Giza built
2300-1500 BC - Hinduism founded
2070 BC - The Chinese empire is established and lasts through various dynasties until replaced by the founding of the Republic of China in 1912
2000s BC - The "modern" knife is invented
2000-500bc - Nazcan society begins to fade into history as Mayan society rises to prominence, disappearing shortly after creating many "Nazcan lines" in what was to become known as South America
2000 BC - Maya civilization established and continued until the Spanish conquests of the mid 16th century
1894 BC - Babylonian empire founded and lasted until 539 BC
1812 BC - Judaism founded
1600 BC - The "modern" sword is invented
800 BC - Beginning of the influence of ancient Greece lasting until approximately 600BC
647 BC - Magic is "discovered"
551-479 BC - Confucianism founded
550 BC - Persian Empire established and lasts through various dynasties until the early 20th century
509 BC - Roman Republic founded and would reign until replaced by the Roman Empire
400-300 BC - Taoism founded
336 BC - The first "Warehouse" is built by Alexander the Great. Successive "Warehouses" have been built over the last two thousand plus years by each eras most dominant "empire", with the last one built, "Warehouse 13", being located in a remote area of South Dakota in the United States. It is still there as of 2098.
320 BC - Indian Empire established by Mauryan dynasty and lasted up until the mid 20th century at the end of British rule
27 BC - Roman Empire founded, replacing the Roman Republic, and would last until it's final remnants are dissolved in 1453
0-100 - First reported ghost sightings. Christianity founded
79 - Mt Vesuvius eruption that almost instantly buries the city of Pompei and it's people
330 - Bizantine Empire established, which was the continuation of the Roman Empire in it's eastern provinces ending in 1453
550-600 - Buddhism founded, Shintoism founded
600 - Chichen Itzu Mayan temple pyramid built
600-700 - Islam founded
800 - Carolingian Empire founded lasting until 888. Holy Roman Empire is founded and was a revival of sorts of the roman empire, through the roman catholic church, in western Europe, lasting until it dissolved in 1806
840 - West Francia empire founded lasting until 987
856 - First reported poltergeist incident
905 - Gunpowder is invented
985 - Society of supernatural hunters first established in Europe. not a true organization but loose associations through the world by the 21st century
1054 - The Men of Letters Society is established, and was much like the society of supernatural hunters but much more organized, networked, and formal with chapters all over the world
1095 - The Crusades begin with various crusades occurring right up until the late 1400s
1119 - Knights Templar founded but supposedly disbanded in 1312
1200s - The cannon is invented
1200 - Easter island colonized
1215 - Magna Carta, the first "charter of rights" agreed to and signed in England
1299 - Ottoman empire founded lasting until 1922
1347-1351 - Black plague hits it's peak with millions dead
1364 - The gun is invented
1390 - Earliest known existence of the Free Masons
1427 - Aztec Empire established and lasted until the Spanish conquests of the mid 16th century
1438 - Incan Empire established and lasted until the Spanish conquests of the mid 16th century
1440-1450 - The printing press is invented
1452 - Da Vinci, artist and inventor who inspired many later inventors and scientists, was born
1455 - First War of the Rose's occurs
1478 - Spanish inquisition takes place
1492 - Spanish Empire founded and lasted until 1975 when it was dissolved. Christopher Columbus "discovers" America
1495 - The Stonecutter Society is founded
1527 - John Dee, later considered the Einstein of his era, was born
1534 - Jacques Cartier "discovers" Canada
1535 - The United Kingdom is first established
1590 - Roanoke disappearances occur
1600s - Early century first reported "werewolf" attacks. Mid century first reported human possessions.
1639 - First reported UFO sighting
1690 - First reports of "witchcraft", though reports of "magic" and "sorcery" go back millennia
1693 - Salem witch trials take place
1698 - The Steam engine is invented
1700s - Early century, first reported "vampire" attacks
1725 - Watcher's Council established in Romania amidst reports of vampire attacks.
1752 - Electricity "discovered"
1760s-1770s - Several founding fathers are involved in a secret building of supernatural defenses and preparations involving an unwitting Ichabod Crane in order to keep their enemies, namely several of their opposite working within the British military, from summoning forth and using the Horseman of Death. While successful in eliminating the horseman threat they seemed to lose Crane in the process much to their dismay not knowing Crane's wife had worked her withcraft to suspend his life indefinitely prior to his burial.
1760 - Beginning of the industrial revolution
1775 - American Revolution begins
1776 - The Illuminati, known as the Bavarian Illuminati at the time, was founded lasting until it's apparent demise in 1785 though rumours and conspiracies have them existing throughout the following centuries
1789 - The French Revolution occurs
1796 - The first vaccine is invented
1800s - Early century reports of "psychic" activity begin to be made. Paranormal activity reports are on the rise and continue into the next century when many were debunked and proven false, leaving further reports labelled hoaxes or silliness at best, except by those who studied the possibility of real paranormal events. Reality however would later prove at least some reports were in fact likely true.
1800's - Early to mid century the Atom is proven to exist after nearly 2 millennia of denying the theories of greek scientist Democritus created in the 5th century BC. Mid century modern occultism begins to take form
1800's - Tuberculosis or the White Plague is at it's peak with millions dead by the end of the century
1803 - Beginning of the Napoleonic wars
1804 - The first train is invented. French Empire established
1807 - The beginning of slavery abolition
1811 - First reported sightings of a Sasquatch
1812 - War of 1812 between US and Britain resulting in essentially the borders later recognized as the United States and Canada
1815 - Napoleonic Wars end
1837 - The Telegraph is invented with the Morse code to go with it for long distance communications
1842 - Chromosomes first discovered
1844 - S.A.V.E. (Societas Argenti Viae Eternitata, or, The Eternal Society of the Silver Way), a secret society that is dedicated to protecting innocents from the creatures of the Unknown, is established in Ireland and and goes on to grown over the world
1848 - The women's rights movement begins. Modern Spiritualist movement begins
1853 - Parapsychology is first studied, known then as psychical research
1858 - First true prosthetic limb invented
1861 - US Civil War
1864 - Bureau 13, a government organization dealing with the supernatural, is first established in the US as a "secret" branch off the Department of Justice
1868 - Empire of Japan is established lasting until 1947 when it was dissolved
1875 - Aleister Crowley, the world's first re-known occultist, was born
1876 - The Telephone is invented
1878 - First true submarine launched
1879 - The automobile is invented
1888 - Wind turbine invented
1890's - A detective in Toronto, William Murdoch, gains some notoriety as one of the first to use experimental for the time methods in solving murder cases. Things like finger printing and other forensic processes that will eventually become quite commonplace in day to day police investigations. Rumour has it that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have based his character Sherlock Holmes after meeting Detective Murdoch...
1893 - National Spiritualist Association of Churches, also known as the National Spiratualist Association of the United States of a America, is founded
1895 - The Radio is invented, the first X-ray machine is invented
1899 - The Boar War and the Boxer Rebellion take place
1903 - The airplane is invented. The first coilgun is invented
1905 - Theory of relativity published by Albert Einstein
1909 - UK establishes MI-6
1911 - IBM founded
1912 - The Titanic sinks
1914 - World War 1 begins. First aircraft carrier launched
1916 - The Combat Tank is invented. Assassination of Rasputin in Russia
1917 - Russian Revolution takes place. Aberdeen proving grounds built in the US
1918 - End of World War 1. The first railgun is invented
1920 - League of Nations founded
1921 - Insulin discovered
1922 - Soviet Union formed
1924 - The first helicopter is invented
1926 - The company Global Dynamics is founded.
1927 - The Television is invented. The Iron Lung is invented and is the worlds first "respirator"
1928 - Penicillin the first anti-biotic is invented
1929 - The Great Depression occurs. The particle accelerator is invented
1931 - The Fortean Society is formed. It was an organization that was founded on the writings of Charles Fort. It lasted for sometime but effectively dissolved in 1959 after the founders death.
1935 - The Radar is invented
1936 - The first computer, as we would come to recognize them, was invented
1937 - The Hindenburg tragedy occurs
1939 - World War 2 begins. First jet plane takes flight
1942 - The first nuclear reactor is made operational
1943 - The kidney dialysis machine is invented and is the worlds first "artificial organ"
1945 - First nuclear detonation test made. First offensive uses of nuclear weapons in war. World War 2 ends. United Nations founded
1947 - Roswell New mexico incident. First supersonic flight occurs. US establishes the CIA. The technological haven, the town of Eureka Oregon, is founded.
1948 - Concept of Cybernetics is invented
1949 - NATO founded
1950 - Korean War begins. First reports of unusual activity in the Bermuda triangle but many occurrences had occurred there over the centuries prior to this report. RCMP security service established in Canada which is eventually replaced by CSIS, the Canadian security intelligence service in 1984
1953 - Korean war ends
1954 - First organ transplant, a kidney, performed. First nuclear powered submarine launched. Solar panel invented. USSR establishes the KGB which is replaced by the Federal Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service in 1991
1955 - Artificial Intelligence as we would come to later recognize it is invented. Vietnam War begins. Area 51 is built
1957 - Sputnik 1 is the first man made object to achieve orbit in space around earth. NORAD established by Canada and the US
1958 - European Commission founded. Pioneer program begins. American chapter of The Men of Letters is eliminated
1960 - The laser is invented. First pacemaker implanted which is perhaps the first true man-machine interfaced cybernetic system. First nuclear powered aircraft carrier launched. Apollo program begins
1961 - First manned space flight. First reported alien abduction. Gemini program begins. The Fortean Society is revived and renamed INFO the International Fortean Organization taking up where the original Fortean Society left off lasting well into the next century.
1963 - First lung transplant
1964 - First ICBM developed. US establishes the IMF, Impossible Missions Force, a branch organization of the CIA
1966 - Star Trek first airs on tv inspiring innumerable people and influencing some technological advancements for decades to come. It also tries to address a number of social issues of the time via the storytelling of the various episodes created. It would go on to be a cultural icon with movies and spin off TV shows for the next 60 years.
1969 - Humankind lands on the moon and walks its surface for the first time
1971 - First personal home computer goes on sale
1972 - Hockey summit series between Canada and the Soviet Union is played with Canada winning the 8 game series 4-3-1. It was seen as a non combat battle of cultures.
1973 - The first mobile cellular phone is invented by Motorola
1975 - Microsoft founded. Vietnam War ends. Infamous Amity Island shark attacks occur.
1976 - Apple computers founded. Unexplained mass sponge migration, in the Caribbean, in which a large sponge group moved a distance 45cm/ inches in 1/10th the time the should have. No explanation was ever determined as to why. Doctor Ray Stanz, of later "Ghostbusters" fame was on the team investigating the incident.
1977 - First Voyager deep space probe launched. Star wars plays in theatres. Like star trek, it will inspire untold numbers of people as well as also becoming a cultural icon for decades. Later, along with Star Trek starting the 1990s, it will also have religious influences (Jedi and Sith codes, Klingon honour, Bajoran prophets)
1978 - First "test tube" baby successfully born
1980 - Major Mt. st. Helen's eruption causes a number of issues globally
1981 - First successful, mission, and return of the Space Shuttle.
1982 - First artificial organ implanted, a heart.
1983 - The Internet is invented with the World Wide Web to follow in 1990
1984 - The Ghostbusters, a paranormal investigation and elimination service, is founded by Doctors Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler, and Peter Venkman. They claimed to and seemed to in fact catch ghosts using custom but highly volatile equipment. They are later charged with several counts of EPA violations as well as inducing mass hallucinations throughout New York City. All three men are found guilty on all charges and sentenced to life in prison as grand larcens and frauds. Their receptionist, Janine , is also found guilty of accessory and fraud, and sentenced to 2 years in jail. Winston Zedmore is found innocent and let go without further investigation. After the trial, much of their computer and ghost catching equipment goes missing unnoticed.
1985 - Lazlo Agency formed by Dr Victor Lazlo, it's goal to study and investigate paranormal and supernatural reports and activity
1986 - First manned semi permanent space station is put into orbit. Muir Space Station.
1988 - Stephen Hawking publishes the book A Brief History of Time in which he explains the Big Bang Theory that created the universe. Nakatomi Tower terrorist incident.
1990 - Desert Storm occurs (War with Iraq)
1991 - Soviet Union dissolved. Berlin wall falls
1992 - Major auto manufacturers begin real development of electric cars
1993 - European Union Founded
1994 - The first "smartphone" is invented by IBM
1996 - First ever cloned animal, a sheep, created. World trade center bombing occurs
1997 - Lazlo Society website launched by the Lazlo Agency, it's purpose to let people see and learn the "truth" about the paranormal and supernatural
1998 - Dr Victor Lazlo, founder of the Lazlo Agency, disappears without a trace.
1999 - The first "smartwatch" was invented by Steve Mann
2000 - The first "tablet" is invented by Microsoft. The International Space Station reaches full operational status. Mars rover program begins launching the mars rover Opportunity in 2003 and the mars rover Curiosity in 2011
2001 - 9/11 attacks on the US occur and the war on terror begins, including invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US and some of it's allies. Mir space station is powered down and abandoned, left to break up on reentry to earth. First use of large scale solar panels for power generation
2002 - First common large scale use of wind turbines for power generation. SpaceX corporation founded
2003 - Tesla corporation founded
2005 - Juno program begins
2006 - First true autonomous humanoid robot unveiled with further development ongoing
2008 - Global economic crash.
2011 - Major auto manufacturers begin real development of autonomous cars
2013 - A long suspended Ichabod Crane is revived in a time he is completely unprepared for when the Horseman of Death too is revived. He is helped by local Officer Abby Mills in combating the supernatural events happening around the City of Sleep Hollow and the surrounding area for the next number of years. In the process of doing so he becomes aware of the events and purpetrations of the founding fathers and their use of him from his original time. In their battles over the following years though some allies were lost and others gained, including the death of Abby Mills, Crane was able to amass a wealth of knowledge on the supernatural and unknown.
2014 - First combat laser weapon system deployed
2016 - First true autonomous interactive android "Sophia" unveiled
2017 - UK votes to leave the EU. Saudi Arabia is the first country to give an autonomous robot citizenship (Sophia)
2021 - Triax corporation founded via the merging of 3 separate German corporations
2020 - First railgun deployed. KLS corporation founded. New moderate weight body armour formula developed made of silicon and boron carbide giving better penetration and kinetic impact protection again high velocity rifle rounds. Further development and refinement continued with this new material see8ng deployment with military and police forces by 2023.
2022 - First true cyber limb, an arm, successfully attached and fully usable. First fully articulated full body hard shell anti-ballistic body armour developed and deployed
2023 - First large scale atmospheric scrubber put into operation in northern California of the US with near immediate results on the atmosphere and environment surrounding it. More go online across North America and eventually the world over the next decade. It is heralded as a "cure" to the environmental crisis the world had been facing. First particle beam weapon system deployed. First fully functional artificial eye and artificial ear implanted.
2024 - First fully functional artificial lung implanted, with almost every other organ seeing artificial ones becoming viable shortly thereafter. First ever cloned organ, a pancreas, created, with many of the other organs to follow shortly thereafter
2025 - First ion beam weapon system deployed. First powered full exoskeletal armour deployed. Cyberworks corporation founded. OSI, the Office of Scientific Intelligence, is established by the US
2026 - Practical fusion technology unveiled (ie first fusion reactor made operational). First laser rifle deployed. Electric cars outnumber combustion engine cars
2027 - Astronaut Steve Austin becomes the worlds first partial cyborg having multiple organs and limbs replaced. About a year later, tennis star Jaime Summers becomes the second.
2028 - First manned mission to mars launched arriving at the red planet 2 years later. Autonomous self-driving cars considered commonplace
2029 - First plasma beam weapon system deployed. First ion rifle deployed. The next manned mission to mars launches with subsequent launches occurring every year thereafter. These missions will also deploy comm relays enroute to enhance and speed up communications to near real time by 2037.
2030 - OCP unveils the worlds first full cyborg "Robocop". First particle beam rifle deployed. Hover technology is finally perfected and sold to the public
2031 - First rail "rifle" deployed
2032 - UK let back into the EU after giving Scotland it's independence and ceding Northern Ireland to the Repulic of Ireland. First plasma rifle deployed
2034 - Japanese/Chinese sponsored permanent space station begins construction
2035 - North American Alliance pact, NAA, is signed by Canada, Mexico and the US. NEMA, Northern Eagle Military Alliance created. Mankind returns to the moon with Cyberworks beginning construction of a permanent facility there.
2036 - Russian sponsored permanent space station begins construction
2037 - NAA sponsored permanent space station begins construction
2038 - EU sponsored permanent space station begins construction
2042 - construction of a permanent mars colony begins sponsored in a joint effort by the NAA and the EU
2045 - Solid-Oxide power system technology is developed
2047 - First Solid-Oxide power systems used in vehicles and buildings for independent power usage
2050 - MDC materials unveiled by Triax Corporation. Minderwerks corporation founded
2051 - NAA sponsored permanent space station goes operational
2052 - Japanese/Chinese sponsored permanent space station goes operational
2053 - EU sponsored permanent space station goes operational
2054 - Russian sponsored permanent space station goes operational
2055 - Cyberworks moon colony is considered complete and fully operation while still expanding
2061 - Mars colony "Sol" considered finished and fully operational
2064 - Triax unveils lightweight mdc body armour along with Uni-Max 003 mdc exoskeletal power armour. Other nations unveil there own creations....chromium armour by KLS corporation and AI advancements by Cyberworks Corporation in the US, cyborg technologies in Russia, and mental tapping research by Mindwerks Corporation in Peru.
2066 - M.O.M. technology developed by Mindwerks
2067 - The second Russian Revolution and founding of the New Soviet Union takes place by early 2068. Juicer technology developed by Biogen-Pfizermerk
2072 - New Soviet complex Red bear begins construction near Kiev. It is to be a facility working on genetic research and implementation as well as to develop better and more effective cybernetics and bionics.
2075 - construction of Medvedev Prospect Red Army facility begins near Moscow
2078 - First true neural AI, ARCHIE is developed by Cyberworks.....but is deemed a failure though still considered a powerful ai but is a flawed and malfunctioning system. It is shut down late 2079
2080 - Archie Two is developed....it too is deemed a failure as a neural based AI but was still an effective and well functioning system. It is later installed at the headquarters of NORAD.
2081 - Development on Archie Three begins. He becomes the first fully functioning neural AI going operational in early 2082.
2082 - Human and animal genetics are fully mapped and considered conquered
2084 - Red Bear complex goes operational.
2086 - Development of Archie Four is begun, building on the success of Archie Three, on the moon at the Cyberworks run colony. He goes operational late 2087. Medvedev Prospect Red Army facility goes operational
2088 - Lonestar complex begins construction in northern Texas of the US
2089 - Northstar complex begins construction in the North West Territories of Canada near the Borders of Alberta and Saskatewan
2090 - Estrella Del Sur, "Southern Star", complex begins construction in central Mexico
2092 - Lonestar complex goes operational
2093 - Northstar complex goes operational
2094 - Estrella Del Sur complex goes operational
2095 - First successful "mutant" humanoid dog created at the Lonestar complex in the US, featuring human-like intelligence and speech capabilities as well as human like hands and feet.
2096 - Guarta Marta incident occurs. USS Ticonderoga construction begins
2098 - USS Ticonderoga is launched
December 22, 2098 - The Great cataclysm occurs
Pop Culture inclusion/reference sources in order of appearance:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Movie/TV)
Warehouse 13 (TV)
The Simpsons (TV)
Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Bureau 13 (RPG)
The Murdoch Mysteries (TV)
Beyond the Supernatural (RPG)
Heroes Unlimited (RPG)
Six Million Dollar Man (TV)
The Bionic Woman (TV)
Chaos Earth (RPG)