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IDWJurassic BiffBetween 231mya and 65myaThe dinosaurs are present.FILMFilm
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RIDEBack to the Future: The RideBetween 231mya and 65myaOctober 25thThe dinosaurs are present.SHORTShort Film
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ASVerne hatches an eggBetween 231mya and 65myaThe dinosaurs are present.GAMETelltale Game
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ASSeason 1 IntroBetween 231mya and 65myaThe dinosaurs are present. Debatable canonicity - it's part of the intro sequence.AS
Animated Series
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ASForward to the Past65,000,000 BCOctober 10thDate is stated in the episode to be 3,000,000 BC; however they then witness the extinction of the dinosaurs so this is not possible.IDWIDW Comics
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RIDEBack to the Future: The RideAround 1000000 BCOctober 25thDOC: This is Hill Valley in the ice age!HCHarvey Comics
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ASRetiredAround 50,000 BCDoc interacts with some cavemen.RIDEThe Ride
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IDWWho is Marty McFly? 419654 BCJanuary 8th
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ASWitchcraftAround 1000 BCDoc says that the events occurred 'Three thousand years earlier' from his perspective in 1991.
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ASRoman Holiday36
Red cells are overwritten events; e.g. 1985A.
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ASPOYTCKITFMW127
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ASA family vacation1367DOC: England, 1367. Majestically beautiful, isn't it?
This contains dates that we explicitly visit. October 22nd 2015 is mentioned in the newspaper, but it's never seen on-screen so it is not included.
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ASTime waits for no frog1532
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ASWitchcraft1692September 3rd
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ASWitchcraft1692September 4th
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ASMac the Black1697
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ASGo fly a kite1752
September 2nd
Benjamin Franklin conducted the lightning key experiment in 1752.
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ASEinstein's Adventure1790ROBBER: Seventeen-ninety.
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ASA Dickens of a Christmas1845
December 24th
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ASA Dickens of a Christmas1845
December 25th
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ASClara's Folks1850March 3rdThe inscription on the wagon says that Daniel and Martha met on March 3rd 1850.
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ASClara's Folks1850March 4thThe inscription on the wagon should have changed to March 4th, but it remains as March 3rd.
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IDWClara's Story1855October 25thA caption states the date.
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ASBrothers1864February 11thHOLOGRAM: FEBRUARY ELEVENTH, EIGHTEEN SIXTY-FOUR!
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IDWClara's Story1866CLARA: But I found a sense of purpose when I was eleven, after contracting diptheria.
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ASA friend in deed1875
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GAMEOUTATIME1876July 17thDOC: Hill Valley destroyed by fire...started approximately 2:00 AM...July 17, 1876!
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ASPOYTCKITFMW1883Walter Wisdom goes to the eruption of Krakatoa.
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IDWClara's Story1884CLARA: My father died in 1879, and my mother five years later. Clara's mother is not present at the funeral so I assume we're seeing the latter.
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IDWBiff to the Future 61884March 18th
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IDWClara's Story1885January 1st
85 DOC: The lightning bolt that hit the DeLorean caused an overload which scrambled the time circuits, activated the flux capacitor and sent me back to 1885.
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ASSeason 1 Intro1885June 10thDebatable canonicity - it's part of the intro sequence.
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FILMBack to the Future: Part III1885
September 2nd
55 DOC: September 2nd, that's a Wednesday. (Typing) September 2nd 1885.
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FILMBack to the Future: Part III1885September 3rdMAYOR: ...when you volunteered to meet the new schoolteacher at the station? We just got word she's coming in tomorrow.
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FILMBack to the Future: Part III1885September 4thThe calendar shows September 4th.
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FILMBack to the Future: Part III1885September 5thDay of the festival
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FILMBack to the Future: Part III1885September 6th
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FILMBack to the Future: Part III1885September 7th85 DOC: September 7th? That's this Monday!
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IDWClara's Story1885 or 1886Clara is pregnant with Jules.
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ASA Verne by any other name1886Verne and Marty speak to Jules Verne.
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ASA Verne by any other name1888October 29thVerne's date of birth.
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IDWWhen Marty met EmmettBefore October 29th 1891Clara says that Verne's "not even three yet".
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IDWIn search of Calvin Marty KleinBefore June 12th 1893The time train has not been completed yet.
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IDWThe Doc who never wasBefore June 12th 1893The time train has not been completed yet.
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IDWPeer PressureBefore June 12th 1893The time train has not been completed yet.
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IDWClara's Story1893June 12thThe time train fails to work. Doc is inspired by a steam vehicle to make a a steam time car.
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IDWContinuum Conundrum 31893August 13thDoc completes the steam time car.
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IDWContinuum Conundrum 61893August 14thDoc returns from 2035 in the second DeLorean time machine.
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IDWStowaway to the Future1893September 7thThe time train has not been completed yet, and Doc already has the second DeLorean time machine.
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ASBatter Up1897September 1st
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ASBatter Up1897
September 2nd
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ASSt Louis Blues1904June 29th
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ASGone Fishin'1926August 5th
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HCThe gang's all here1927January 18thDOC: Time: say, January 18th, 1927.
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ASPOYTCKITFMW1930sDoc is in college.
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GAMEIt's about time!1931June 13th
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GAMEGet Tannen!1931August 25th
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GAMEDouble Visions1931October 12th
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GAMEOUTATIME1931October 13th
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GAMEOUTATIME1931AOctober 13th
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ASVerne's New Friend1933April 7thVERNE: We just travelled through time. We're in 1933.
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IDWBiff to the Future 51936December 6th
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IDWEmmett Brown visits the future1938April 18th
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IDWLooking for a few good scientists1943
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ASMarty McFly PFC1944
September 27th
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IDWBiff to the Future 51946May 16th
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ASSuper Doc1952February 15th
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FILMBack to the Future1955November 5th85 DOC: Here's a red-letter date in the history of science. November 5th 1955.
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FILMBack to the Future1955November 6thThe clock on the wall in the 1.21 Gigawatts scene shows twenty minutes past midnight.
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FILMBack to the Future1955November 7th
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FILMBack to the Future1955November 8thGEORGE: Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan. And he told me that if I didn't take Lorraine, that he'd melt my brain.
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FILMBack to the Future1955November 9thThe wiki says that Marty and George met in the garden on this day. Apparently the novelisation is the source.
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FILMBack to the Future1955
November 12th
MARTY: That's right, Doc. November 12th, 1955.
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FILMBack to the Future Part III1955
November 13th
55 DOC: Sunday, November 13, 1955, 7:01 a.m.
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FILMBack to the Future Part III1955
November 14th
According to the wiki, they break into the mine and go to the library on this day. It sources the novelisation.
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FILMBack to the Future Part III1955
November 16th
The Present Time display in the Drive-in scene reads NOV 16 1955. This is only visible in the 4:3 copy.
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IDWBiff to the Future 11955
Week of Nov 14
Probably; after various timeskips we get at least 44 hours after November 13th.
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IDWBiff to the Future 11956Strickland speaking to graduating students
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IDWBiff to the Future 11958March 28th
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IDWIn search of Calvin Marty Klein1958
November 22nd
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IDWBiff to the Future 21960April 4th
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IDWBiff to the Future 21960Late May?"7 weeks later" from the previous date.
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IDWWhen Marty met Emmett1962August 1stDoc's house burns down.
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IDWThe Doc who never was1962October 24th
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IDWThe Doc who never was1962October 25th
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IDWWho is Marty McFly? 21962
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IDWBiff to the Future 21963Lorraine is pregnant.
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ASMy Pop's an alien1967
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IDWBiff to the Future 31970
December 25th
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IDWBiff to the Future 31971January 21st
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IDWHard Time 21972June 23rd
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IDWTime Served 31972June 24th
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IDWBiff to the Future 31972The 'Mother of the year' for 1972 is awarded.
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IDWBiff to the Future 31973March 15thGeorge dies.
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IDWBiff to the Future 41979September 3rd
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IDWHow Needles got here1979October 8th
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IDWBiff to the Future 41981March 3rd
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IDWWhen Marty met Emmett1982October 2ndMarty meets Doc for the first time.
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IDWBiff to the Future 41983
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