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6000 B.C.

4000 B.C.

Post-4000 B.C.

1967 B.C.

1700 B.C.

1256 A.D.

Middle 1300s A.D.

1505 A.D.

Late Renaissance

1610 A.D.

1620 A.D.

  • November: The ancestors of Dana Barrett arrive in America.
    • This event was listed in the Ghostbusters II script draft of the film but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.
    • The month November is conjecture and was chosen because the Mayflower arrived in America in November 1620 according to history of the United States of America.

1700s to 1800s A.D.

  • The ancestors of Winston Zeddemore arrive in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina against their will aboard a slave ship.
    • This event was listed in the Ghostbusters II script draft of the film but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.
    • 1700s was chosen as Charleston Harbor was a major economic hub by the mid-1800s, including the slave trade.
  • The great-grandparents of Ray Stantz arrive in America from Switzerland.
    • This event was listed in the Ghostbusters II script draft of the film but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.
    • 1880s was chosen as Ellis Island was selected as a federal immigration system and opened on January 1, 1892.
  • The grandparents of Egon Spengler arrive in America from Ostrov in Eastern Poland.
    • This event was listed in the Ghostbusters II script draft of the film but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.
    • 1880s was chosen as Ellis Island was selected as a federal immigration system and opened on January 1, 1892.

1734 A.D.

1779 A.D.

  • Gracie Mansion is built in Manhattan on the East River.
    • In Ghostbusters II, the year is seen on the Gracie Mansion plaque as the NYPD officers arrive with the Ghostbusters.

1796 A.D.

1799 A.D.

  • Gracie Mansion is remodeled for Archibald Gracie.
    • In Ghostbusters II, the year is seen on the Gracie Mansion plaque as the NYPD officers arrive with the Ghostbusters.

1800s A.D.

1821 A.D.

1860s A.D.

1861-1865 A.D.

1861 A.D.

1865 A.D.

1867 A.D.

1868 A.D.

1870 A.D.

  • The Van Horne Pneumatic Transit is founded in New York.

1884 A.D.

  • The ghost of an unidentified woman begins haunting soldiers at Fort Detmerring in New York.
    • A Fort Detmerring official tells Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore about a 100 year old haunting (i.e. 1984-100=1884).
    • The Ghostbusters commentary and "Making Ghostbusters" explain this was a deleted scene recycled into a dream sequence. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.

1885 A.D.

1889 A.D.

1893 A.D.

1897 A.D.

Late 1800s-Early 1900s A.D.

Late 1800s-Mid 1900s A.D.

Early 1900s A.D.

1906 A.D.

1909 A.D.

  • The Tunguska Blast of 1909 takes place. The parapsychological community considers this the biggest inter-dimensional cross rip, that is, until 1984.

1910 A.D.

1915 A.D.

Before 1916 A.D.

1919 A.D.

1920 A.D.

1920s A.D.

1920s to early 1930s A.D.

1923 A.D.

1924 A.D.

1926 A.D.

1928 A.D.

  • May: Ivo Shandor is arrested for attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl. Police initiate a search of his penthouse at 55 Central Park West and discover a pile of human bones.
    • This event was listed in the August 5, 1983 draft of Ghostbusters but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.

1929 A.D.

  • October 28: Ivo Shandor is executed by electrocution at Sing Sing.
    • This event was listed in the August 5, 1983 draft of Ghostbusters but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.

1933 A.D.

1934 A.D.

1936 A.D.

1937 A.D.

1939 A.D.

1940 A.D.

1942 A.D.

1944 A.D.

1947 A.D.

1948 A.D.

  • The Scoleri Brothers are executed at Sing Sing.
    • This event was listed in the Ghostbusters II script draft of the film but not mentioned in the movie. Accepted as canon because this does not contradict any established continuity.

1950s to early 1960s A.D.

1950 A.D.

1954 A.D.

1957 A.D.

1959 A.D.

1961 A.D.

  • November 15th: An infant girl is born and adopted by Jeremiah and Fabienne Selwyn. She is named Ilyssa.

1962 A.D.

  • Mr. Fianella begins working for ConEd in New York.
    • In Ghostbusters II, during the Ghostbusters' trial, Fianella states he worked at ConEd for 27 years (i.e. 1989-27=1962).

1964 A.D.

1965 A.D.

1967 A.D.

1968 A.D.

1969 A.D.

1970 A.D.

1973 A.D.

1975 A.D.

1976 A.D.

1977 A.D.

1979 A.D.

1980 A.D.

  • Louis Tully starts his career as an accountant.
    • In Ghostbusters, Louis Tully tells Dana Barrett he is holding a party that celebrates his fourth anniversary as an accountant (i.e. 1984-4=1980).

1981 A.D.

1982 A.D.

1983 A.D.

1984 A.D.

  • Late September, Two Weeks Prior: An Ecto Surge is released in New York City, the beginning of an inter-dimensional cross rip that summons Gozer to the physical plane.
  • Late September: At 1:40 p.m., in the New York City Public Library, 10 eyewitnesses sight the ghost of Dr. Eleanor Twitty. Drs. Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, and Peter Venkman investigate and take readings that go toward perfecting key technology.
    • In Ghostbusters, Ray Stantz states this event to Peter Venkman just as he was making a move on Jennifer in Weaver Hall.
    • Late September is conjecture based on the October time frame.
  • The Ghostbusters is founded.
  • Early October: After leaving her apartment for two days, Dana Barrett sees the Ghostbusters about Zuul.
    • In Ghostbusters, Dana Barrett states she left her apartment two days ago and hadn't been back since.
    • Early October is conjecture based on the interview with Dana Barrett taking place the day of or same week of the Sedgewick Hotel bust.
  • October 7-8: Before midnight, the Ghostbusters receive their first call and capture Slimer at the Sedgewick Hotel.
    • In Ghostbusters, the sign in front of the Alhambra Ballroom reads "Eastside Theatre Guild, Midnight Buffet."
    • The USA Today newspaper has a date of October 8, 1984.
      • It is conjecture but assumed the Ghostbusters met the press outside the Sedgewick after midnight and the newspaper ran with the story as soon as possible.
  • October 22, Two Weeks Later: Ray Stantz and Peter Venkman return from the Brooklyn job and hire Winston Zeddemore.
    • In Ghostbusters, after the interview, Janine Melnitz states to Peter Venkman that she's been working two weeks without a break.
    • The latest date during the montage is on the New York Post, on October 22, 1984.
      • It is conjecture but assumed the Chinatown Spook bust was the day before.
  • November 8, A Couple Weeks Later, Thursday: Before 9 p.m., Zuul possesses Dana Barrett and Vinz Clortho posssesses Louis Tully.
    • In Ghostbusters, just prior to the final battle, Winston Zeddemore states to Mayor Clotch that he's only been working with the Ghostbusters for a couple weeks.
    • In Ghostbusters, Dana Barrett agrees to a date with Peter Venkman on Thursday, nine-ish. The grid is shut down the next day.
    • November 8, 1984 was chosen among the historical Thursdays in the time frame for Winston Zeddemore to have been working a couple weeks with the Ghostbusters.
  • November 9, Friday: The Ghostbusters defeat Gozer by crossing the streams into its Ziggurat.
    • In Ghostbusters, just prior to the final battle, Winston Zeddemore states to Mayor Clotch that he's only been working with the Ghostbusters for a couple weeks.
    • In Ghostbusters, Dana Barrett agrees to a date with Peter Venkman on Thursday, nine-ish. The grid is shut down the next day.
    • November 8, 1984 was chosen among the historical Thursdays in the time frame for Winston Zeddemore to have been working a couple weeks with the Ghostbusters.
    • Ghostbusters II takes place five years later in November. It is conjecture, but logically Ghostbusters would also end in November.

1986 A.D.

1986 and 1987

  • The Ghostbusters are sued by every state, city, and county for the Gozer Incident. They are served a judicial restraining order, preventing them from paranormal investigation and eliminations.
    • Ghostbusters II begins with "5 Years Later" but that is interpreted as "five years after the events of Ghostbusters" and in the courtroom scene, Peter Venkman says, "its been years since they used the packs." There is never a concrete mention of exactly when the Ghostbusters were served the order.

1987 A.D.

1989 A.D.

1990 A.D.

1991 A.D.

2016 A.D.

  • February 14th: On a December episode of "World of the Psychic," Elaine predicts the end of the world on this date, according to her alleged encounter with an alien.
    • In Ghostbusters II, Elaine reveals this to show host, Peter Venkman. This is most likely not going to happen but Venkman's other guest, Milton Anglund, was technically correct with his guess.

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