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March 4-5, 1861 – Two very clean strangers show up in Sunrise Wyoming looking for Samuel Colt. (Frontierland)

November 4, 1944 – November 5, 1944 – A handsome stranger appears in an alley in Canton, Ohio and helps Elliot Ness track down Chronos, the god of time. (Time After Time)

1950 - Bobby Singer is born (Inside Man)

1954 – John Winchester is born. (What Is And What Should Never Be)

December 4, 1954 – Mary Winchester (Nee Campbell) is born. (year - Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, date – What Is And What Should Never Be)
-The article on the plane crash in the DjinnWish-verse in WIAWSNB is dated December 5th, Newspaper report on events the day AFTER they happen, which means that the plane crash actually occurred on December 4th, therefore when Dean watches (I’m assuming the 11 o’clock) news after celebrating Mary’s birthday in the DjinnWish-verse and they say that it is one year anniversary of the crash, it would mean that it is December 4th

April-May 1956 – Henry Winchester’s mentor, Cuthbert Sinclair, is kicked out of the Men of Letters. (In Blade Runner we are told this happened in April; however, in The Werther Project, the exact date is given as May 16th 1956)

1958 – Henry Winchester and Josie Sands travel to Milton, IL, to investigate a case as part of their Men of Letters initiation process. Josie Sands is possessed by Abaddon. (Mother’s Little Helper)

August 12, 1958– Henry Winchester leaves home in Normal, IL, in the middle of the night never to return. John’s mother eventually gets remarried to a mechanic and they move to Lawrence, Kansas. (As Time Goes By) (In the Beginning).

April 24, 1967 – The Impala rolls off the assembly line in Janesville, Wisconsin. (Swan Song)

1971- Early 1973 – John Winchester serves in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He is in Echo 2/1 company and finished as a Corporal. (Croatoan)

March 23, 1972 – Mary  Cambell bumps into a “big marine” when she exits a showing of Slaughter House Five (she loved it). The Marine knows the words to all of Zeppelin’s songs and they fall in love. (Keep Calm and Carry On)

October 1972 - 8 Nuns are disemboweled at St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland. (Lucifer Rising)
-The newspaper Sam reads this from is dated October 16th, 1972.

April 30th, 1973 - John Winchester buys a 1967 Impala on the recommendation of a stranger. (In The Beginning)

May 2nd, 1973 - John Winchester proposes to Mary Campbell (In The Beginning)
- Samuel and Deanna Campbell are murdered (In The Beginning)

August 19, 1975 – John Winchester and Mary Campbell are married. (Keep Calm and Carry On)

One night around May 1978 – Anna attempts to kill John and Mary Winchester. They end up with no memories of the encounter or the two Hunters that helped them. At this time, John and Mary live at the address 485 Robintree, Lawrence, Kansas. It is not the same house as the Sam and Dean’s childhood home. (The Song Remains The Same)
-Mary is pregnant with Dean, but it is still very early in the pregnancy.

January 24th 1979 - Dean is born

April 20, 1980 – Amelia Richardson is born. (Blood Brother)

May 2nd, 1983 - Sam is born

Between May and November 1983 – John and Mary have a fight and John leaves home for a few days. (Dark Side of the Moon)

November 2nd 1983 - Mary Dies

1985/1986 – John takes Dean shooting for the first time.

April 7th, 1985 - Jo Harvelle is born (Hunters Log - S2 DVD special features)

March 1985 - a meteor is seen over Kentucky. (Heaven and Hell)

December 1985 - Anna Milton is born. (Heaven and Hell)

~1987 – John takes Dean and Sam on a donkey ride through part of the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Dean’s donkey is very flatulent much to Sam’s amusement. The trip isn’t very memorable for Dean, who only remembers it when Sam reminds him. (The Great Escapist)

~1988 – Sam dresses up like Batman and Dean like Superman and they both jump off a shed pretending to fly. Sam breaks his arm and Dean has to drive him to the ER on the handlebars of his bicycle. Sam is 5 and Dean is 9. (Thinman)

~1989 – Bobby takes Dean to the park to throw a ball around rather than training him on a double-barrelled shotgun as John had requested. Bobby and John later argue about it over the phone. (Death’s Door)

~1989/1990 - A Shtriga almost kills Sam in Fort Douglas, Wisconsin (Something Wicked)
-(I've also seen this year referenced as 1988 with a citation to John Winchester's Journal)

January 1990 - John Winchester investigates a series of grave robbings in Windom, Minnesota. (Jump the Shark)

September 29th, 1990 - Adam Milligan is born. (Jump the Shark)

December 25, 1991 - Sam and Dean spend Christmas alone in Broken Bow, Nebraska, while John is on a hunt. (A Very Supernatural Christmas)

1992 – John buys a Playboy featuring Anna-Nicole Smith, both boys end up reading it. (There Will Be Blood)
-Anna Nicole appeared in Playboy in 1992. Dean was 13 and Sam was 9. Given Sam’s age, I personally think that it’s more likely Dean hung onto the magazine and Sam found it at a later date.)

~1992 - Sam tells John he is afraid of the monster in his closet and John gives him a .45 (Pilot)

~1993 - Bobby Singer and Rufus Turner stop talking to each other. This may have been when the mysterious "Omaha" incident occurred that soured their partnership. (Time Is On My Side, And Then There Were None.)

December 2, 1993– Kevin Tran is born. (Blood Brother)

Summer 1994 – Sam and Dean spend a portion of the summer being looked after by Donna, a babysitter (and maid at the Mayflower) in Housatonic, Massachusetts, while their father hunts. On one occasion, John is gone for two weeks. It is the summer before Sam enters 6th grade, and he assigns himself a summer reading list. Dean possibly has a crush on Donna. (Swap Meat)
-Year estimated by assuming Sam was 11 when he entered 6th grade.

Fall 1994 - Sam stops believing in the Easter Bunny. He is "eleven and a half" (About a Boy)

Unknown – One or both boys go to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on a field trip. (Dark Side of the Moon)

November 24th, 1994 (Thanksgiving) – Sam has his first traditional Thanksgiving dinner at his friend Stephanie’s house. He has been attending a school called McKinley for two weeks. (Dark Side of the Moon)

1995 - Sam wins a division championship soccer trophy (Bad Day at Black Rock)
- While Sam waits in the car, Dean kills something (most likely a werewolf) with a silver-arrow to the heart while on a hunt with his father and "embraces the life" of a hunter.(Bloodlust)

~March-May, 1995 – While John is on a hunt (Rugaru), Dean loses his and Sam’s food money in a card game. He is subsequently caught stealing bread and peanut butter from a store. He is sent to a boy’s home in Hurleyville, NY, for two months by the local authorities, when John decides not to bail him out as punishment. Sam is told that Dean got “lost on a hunt” and spent the months at Bobby’s until John collected him and then went and picked up Dean. (Bad Boys)
- April 20th, 1995 - Dean is Champion in an “All States Sports Meet” in Wrestling-135lbs weight class. (Bad Boys)
- I thought mid-March to mid-May made the most sense for Dean to be at Sonny’s, based on the fact that we know that after one month he had joined the wrestling team, but Sonny made no mention at their celebratory “one month” dinner that Dean had already won the championship.

May 16th, 1995 - William (Bill) Anthony Harvelle is killed while on a hunt with John.(Hunters Log - S2 DVD special features)

July 4th, 1996 – Sam and Dean “burned down that field” when they set off their own fireworks display. (Dark Side of the Moon)

Unknown (presumably when Sam is a teenager) – Sam runs away for two weeks and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. He befriends a dog, who he names Bones. Dean fears he is dead and gets in trouble for Sam leaving “on his watch.” (Dark Side of the Moon).

Unknown (when Dean was “way underage”) – After a hunt in Long Island, NY, the Winchesters visit New York City to be tourists for a day. At night, Dean goes out while John and Sam are sleeping and sneaks into CBGB’s, where a group of ne’er-do-wells get him drunk off booze and “I don’t know what was in those drinks” until he felt ill, at which point John showed up and retrieved him. Dean remembers complaining about John embarrassing him afterwards, but tells the story as an example of his father being there when he really needed him even though Dean didn’t know it at the time. (The Things We Left Behind)

~1996/1997 - at the age of 13, Sam experiences a brief phase where he wants to be a magician. (Chriss Angel Is A Douchebag)

Summer 1997 - The Winchesters hunt a werewolf (After School Special).
-There is an inconsistency in After School Special, because it informs us that it is 1997, and Sam says it's November, but in the High School there are "class of 97" banners everywhere, which would indicate that the graduating class is going to graduate in June 1997, which would make it November 1996. That being said, the caption on the episode itself informs us that it is 1997.

November 1997 - Sam and Dean attend Truman High in Fairfax, Indiana, for 3 or 4 weeks, while John is on a hunt that was originally supposed to be 2 weeks but ended up taking longer than expected. (Dean is in 12th Grade. It is the third school they have attended since September.) (After School Special)
-There is an inconsistency in After School Special, because it informs us that it is 1997, and Sam says it's November, but in the High School there are "class of 97" banners everywhere, which would indicate that the graduating class is going to graduate in June 1997.That being said, the caption on the episode itself informs us that it is 1997.

~1998 - Sam is a mathlete (Metamorphosis).

1998 - While John and Dean are off hunting a Kitsune, Sam stays in Lincoln, Nebraska, and does research for them. While there, he meets a girl and has his first kiss - only to discover that John and Dean's hunt has circled back on him. (The Girl Next Door.)

~September 1998 - Dean takes a roadtrip alone, while Sam and John are in Orlando, Florida, hunting a banshee. Dean meets Lisa Braeden. (The Kids Are Alright)

Late May or Early June, 1999 – Ben Braeden is born. (The Kids Are Alright)

2002 - Sam leaves for Stanford.

Sometime between Fall 2002 and Fall 2005– Dean has sex with a Hunter named Annie (Of Grave Importance)

2002/2003 - Adam Milligan meets John Winchester. (Adam states that he is 12 at the time) (Jump the Shark).

Thanksgiving 2003 - Sam's friend Brady returns from holiday and begins to get into drugs. Sam attempts to help. (The Devil You Know).

A Spring either in 2003 or 2004 - Dean dates Cassie Robinson in Athens, Ohio, for a few weeks, while she finishes up her senior year of college (at Ohio University). Personal Opinion - Spring 2003. (Route 666)

June 21, 2003 - Dean is involved in a Hunt at the home of a young boy named Cole Trenton, in Nyack NY, leading Cole to seek revenge on Dean for the murder of his father, Edward Trenton. (Reichenbach)

Sometime in early 2004 - Sam begins dating Jessica, after being introduced by his friend Brady. (Route 666 - Sam said he dated Jessica for a year and a half) (The Devil You Know - Sam tells us that Brady introduced him to Jess.)

Summer 2005 - John teaches Adam Milligan to drive using the Impala. (Jump the Shark)
- Adam claims he was 15 when John taught him to drive in the Impala, but that's impossible given that Dean had sole possession of the car while Adam was 15. So, John must have taught him the summer he was 14.

Timeline Master Post


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Oct. 24th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
I just watched "Something Wicked" and Dean said "Fort Douglas, Wisconsin" not Fort Worth named in your timeline:
~1989/1990 - A Shtriga almost kills Sam in Fort Worth Wisconsin (Something Wicked)
Oct. 24th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
oh very cool... thank you for this!
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Mar. 24th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
I'm glad to help! :)
Jul. 26th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
This was awesome.

And Jess was born on January 24th somewhere in the timeline since in a season one nightmare that Sam has where he visited her grave, it's on the headstone. (Yay for Jess and Dean having the same birthday!)
Jul. 27th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)

Yes, I didn't know the year so I didn't put her in...but I suppose we could assume she was the same age as Sam, since they met at school.
Aug. 22nd, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
((This is rambly and nitpicky and unnecessarily long and I apologize for all three of those things. Though you're right in both instances I'm waxing verbose about. Also, thanks for this and the other timeline. It's an excellent resource! Would you mind if I added them to spnverticalfile? BTW I'm here via all_spn.))

-(I've also seen this year referenced as 1988 with a citation to John Winchester's Journal)

John Winchester's Journal
also says that Dean graduated, and that apparently he got the Impala on a hunt early on. And other stuff but whatever, that book is 80% copypasta about supernatural stuff and...well, if I was keeping a journal about hunts and thing to look out for and my kid for 22 years...there'd be a lot more of it.

-Year [1994] estimated by assuming Sam was 11 when he entered 6th grade.

I just wrote it out and it makes sense to me too. I was born in November of '83 and was Class of '02, but my parents told me that they could have put me in kindergarten earlier and I would have been Class of '01 like Sam is in canon (though John Winchester's Journal has him graduating a year late in '02 and not leaving for Stanford right away, possibly as troubleshooting for Dean saying that Sam was at Stanford for two years when Kripke said oops, no it was four).
Aug. 22nd, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Certainly you can add it to your community! I wrote it so that it could be a resource to as many people as possible, so whatever helps people discover it is good with me! I'm glad you've found it useful! :)

And yeah, I totally agree about John's Journal - I think that's an early note from when I first started putting the timeline together, and I didn't know how off-base some of the tie-in books were. I've since decided to ignore mostly anything that isn't on the DVD.

I'm glad you agree with my year estimate for Sam's 6th grade. It's always tricky with the Winchesters, because technically they both repeated a year somewhere - or missed one - I talked it through with someone once, and we figured that with all that moving around, SOMETHING funky happened with their education. :P
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Oct. 12th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Just had a thought - the incident that drove Bobby and Rufus apart in Omaha, where a woman important to Rufus died because of Bobby, happened 15 years before Bobby directed Dean to him in 'Time is On My Side'. This would mean the events of Omaha took place in 1993. Could give us a little perspective on when Karen Singer died. Worth adding?
Oct. 12th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
Oh really?! I'm going to have to go back and review that episode again - but yeah, if we can pin-point the incident in Omaha, that's definitely worth adding.

I don't think it gives us much incite as to when Karen Singer died though, the two events aren't related...also, we know from Death's Door that Bobby already knew Sam and Dean in 1989, which would mean that Karen Singer died before then as well.
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Oct. 29th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
I love this!

Maybe add the approx date Sam took the LSAT?

or maybe the approx years Sam was in the Drama Club?

DEAN: You know, I've gotta say Dad and me did just fine without these stupid costumes. I feel like a high school drama dork....What was that play that you did? What was it – Our Town. Yeah, you were good, it was cute. -Shadow S1E16

I was a drama dork so yes I remembered this random off handed mention for a season one episode but I did have to look up the transcript to get the line.

Oct. 29th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Sure. I'll see what I can come up with for those items. The Drama-Club thing - I usually don't add stuff like that because the year range is too broad (5 year range vs. 2 year range), but I can make an exception, I suppose.

Might take me a couple of days to get around to it though.
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Jan. 13th, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
Aw, I love you too! I love anyone who thinks timelines are important. ;)

I'm glad you found me so I could save you the work though! Let me know if there's anything you need to know that I don't have. I try to be thorough.

And you can certainly friend me. Welcome! :)
Mar. 12th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
I see you already had a looooong discission as to why the dates for the boys in school are all wonky, but it still just bugs me. My birthday is 8 days after Sam's I KNOW from experience that a May '83 baby graduates high school in May/June of '01, goes to college in August of '01, and should have graduated from college in May of '05 unless you were on a 5 years to your BA/BS plan, which is highly unlikely with a full ride I would think. Going by that he should have already been on law school in October/November of '05, not interviewing for law schools. I also have a good friend born in January of '79, he graduated high school in '97, and we know from cannon that Dean got his GED as soon as he turned 18, so while he was certainly still a Senior in high school in November of '96, he already had his GED by November of '97 and in November of '96, a May '83 baby was in 8th grade, not a freshman in high school as is implied in "After School Special". The whole thing just really really bugs me. It just doesn't make sense to me for a lot of reasons that Sam would have ever repeated a year. I could probably let it go a little better if I didn't feel so much like I know when someone with Sam's birthday did all this stuff because I was doing it too. OK, vent from random fic searcher over.
Mar. 12th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. :P

As you probably read from my long discussion - the way I rationalize it is that Sam didn't repeat a grade (though Dean may have).

Speaking as someone who is a year and a half older than Sam, yet graduated high school in '01, and was getting my Masters in '05 - and never repeated a grade either - I know that not everyone is in the exact same grade as their age group, even when there's no reason they shouldn't be. There's PLENTY of ways to rationalize it... the fact is that the boys moved around a LOT, often mid-semester, and who knows what schools they would have been put into and pulled out of - at some point. They're both little geniuses, so it would have been pretty easy for them to skip Sam a grade ahead at some point... or Sam or Dean could have gotten injured severely and missed too much school to advance a grade as well.

I also have plenty of friends who are Sam's age who decided to take a year off between high school and university - whether that was to save up money, take a few extra credit courses, or to backpack around Europe while they were still young and dumb.

So, just breathe through it. I know it's frustrating when the timing doesn't work out, but there's still plenty of great fic-fodder to explain why it doesn't! Think of it as mystery to be solved rather than a mistake that was made. ;)
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
I just found out about your timeline, for some reason. So much love!
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Welcome to the timeline party! :)
Oct. 1st, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
Sinking of Titanic
I don't know exactly how one handles this one. Balthazar sinks Titanic or Titanic simply sinks or both, April, 1912
Oct. 1st, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Sinking of Titanic
Thanks, but I didn't include that one because 1)the boys aren't directly involved, 2)it doesn't affect more than one episode, 3)it's an actual historical event that is easy for anyone to look up if they need to.

I try to keep my pre-series timeline fairly sparse with just information that either affects the boys directly or the main mythology directly...or another important character directly (such as when Anna fell). Otherwise, I'd be here all day - Castiel was alive for every event in human history, after all.
May. 26th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
Wonderful! and a fun read too! otsukaresama!

(I have a few friends who write fic so I'm going to introduce your timeline for anyone who could use it aye?)
May. 26th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)

And yes, please let anyone you know who writes fic know about it - it's here as a resource to everyone who might find it useful. :)
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May. 26th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
You are awesome!!!! Thank you for the time you spend doing this and sharing with all of us!
May. 26th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
Jun. 8th, 2019 10:29 am (UTC)
Summer '97
Just an idea but couldn't all the graduation banners have been left up from the summer, so in fact the class of 97 has already moved on now it's November? I don't remember if there was any significance to the banners other than them being there (Sam wasn't graduating too, was he? I don't know the American education system) but it would make sense of the time discrepancy.
Jun. 8th, 2019 07:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Summer '97
I mean, you could definitely use that excuse if you wanted the timeline to make a little more sense in your headcanon or a fic you were writing... it's as good a reason as any. Or it could be some weird tradition at that school to welcome back the class that just graduated in the spring to come to Homecoming or something...

In my personal experience with high schools in Canada, they tended to be pretty swift on banner removal when they no longer applied. BUT, every high school is different, so who knows.
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