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

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

About the Star Wars timeline

To understand the Star Wars timeline, you must understand how time is measured in the Star Wars universe. 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. This Star Wars Timeline takes into account all movies, video games, books, comic books, and TV series.

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

Pre-Clone Wars  
10,000 BBYJedi Order developed in order to preserve peach and justice throughout the galaxyStar Wars Databank
6,000 BBYThe Order of the Sith Lords formed after splitting from the Jedi Order during the Hundred-Year DarknessStar Wars 9: Showdown on Smuggler’s moon, Part II
 Sith build shrine on Coruscant.  Later the Jedi build the Jedi Temple on Coruscant’s foundationsStar Wars Databank
5,000 BBYGreat Temple of Massassi build by Massassi on YavinJourney Through Space
1,000 BBYSith 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 BBYYoda is bornStar Wars Databank
847 BBYNaboo joins the Galactic RepublicStar Wars: The Clone Wars “Crisis on Naboo”
800 BBYYoda begins to train Jedi in the ways of the ForceStar Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
200 BBYChewbacca is born on KashyyykStar Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
84 BBYSheev Palpatine is born on NabooStar Wars Databank
64 BBYWilhuff Tarkin is born on EriaduStar Wars Databank
46 BBYPadme Amidala is born on NabooStar Wars Databank
44 BBYGarazeb Orrelios (Zeb) is born on LasanStar Wars Databank
41 BBYRae Sloane is born on GanthelStar Wars Databank
 Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) is born to Shmi Skywalker – a significant event in the Star Wars timeline.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 BBYAhsoka Tano is born on ShiliStar Wars Databank
33 BBYCaleb Dume (Kanan Jarrus) born on Coruscant.  Ahsoka Tano is accepted into the Jedi Order.Star Wars Databank
32 BBYInvasion 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 BBYHera Syndulla is born on Ryloth.Star Wars Databank
22 BBYThousands 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 BBYSabine Wren born on Mandalore. 
19 BBYOrder 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. Significant events in the Star Wars timeline.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 BBYObi-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 BBYEzra 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 BBYEzra 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 ABYSecret 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 – a significant event in the Star Wars timeline.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 FexHeir 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 ABYBattle 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 ABYOperation 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. Significant events in the Star Wars timeline.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 ABYIn 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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