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The following is a timeline of events in the canon of the 3D Universe, in the order which they occurred. Note that the article does not include events from Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto: London 1969/Grand Theft Auto: London 1961, Grand Theft Auto 2 or the HD Universe, because they are confirmed not to take place in the same canon.









  • 1987: Giggle Cream is withdrawn from sale two years after being released after being linked to the deaths of 23 people.
  • 1987: Blox is withdrawn from the market and is used as an American defense strategy.
  • 1987: Swapmeet, a sitcom, premieres.
  • 1988: A pollution leak occurs in Liberty City, presumably with some harmful effects as a government body report stated: "This spill is nowhere near as serious as the pollution leak of 1988, so I don’t know why people are complaining".
  • 1988: A damaging earthquake strikes the Doherty district of San Fierro, levelling buildings and collapsing a section of freeway.


  • 1992: Kent Paul becomes the manager of the Gurning Chimps and proposes the band goes to America.
  • 1992: Paulie and Johnny Sindacco, Salvatore Leone and the Forelli Brothers form a truce and business partnership in Caligula's Casino in Las Venturas. Former Forelli Family lawyer Ken Rosenberg is selected as their "middle man".
  • 1992: A large earthquake rattles the State of San Andreas, prompting the closure of inter-county bridges throughout the state.
  • 1992 (1st January - 21st March): The events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas take place during winter, in the early part of the year.
  • 1992: Roger C. Hole is first elected Mayor of Liberty City.
  • 1992: The sitcom My Five Uncles premieres, replacing the cancelled sitcom Just the Five of Us, which starred Jimmy and Claude Maginot. Both shows aired Friday on VBS. Jimmy is arrested the same year, in possession of cocaine with several prostitutes at the Four Dragons Casino in Las Venturas (while being interviewed by WCTR news' Richard Burns at the child actor convention).
  • 1993: The infamous million dollar lunch incident takes place in Liberty City, in which Mayor Roger C. Hole, three Russian prostitutes and a senior manager from a construction company were caught attempting to secure government contracts.
  • 1994: Madd Dogg releases an album entitled N.L.A.D.B. (Never Leave A Dogg Behind), which is poorly received and directs him to retire. Rochell'le releases an album called Dangerous Curves before her career spirals downward as well.
  • 1994: Toni Cipriani kills a made man for the Leone Family, forcing him to go into hiding outside the country.
  • 1994: Ohio State sues Cluckin' Bell over the side effects of their meals, which includes mammary gland swelling, although no link could be proven. [2]
  • 1995: Liberty City Mayor Roger C. Hole is photographed having lunch with Franco Forelli.
  • 1996: Believed to be when Yakuza leader, Kenji Kasen, first arrives in America.
  • 1997: El Burro, a prominent porn star since 1986, is placed under investigation by the LCPD because of the leadership position he allegedly holds with the Diablos street gang.
  • 1997: The "Hong Kong Handover" takes place in Liberty City, resulting in a massive influx of Chinese Triad activity.
  • 1997: Liberty City mayor Roger C. Hole is accused of securing drugs for city officials in exchange for sanitation contracts.
  • 1997: Zaibatsu Pharmaceuticals, unveiled their new wonder drug, Equanox, claiming it will combat lethargy, depression, melancholy and sexual dysfunction.
  • 1997: Car jacking in Liberty City is at an all time high.
  • 1997: The FBI makes false allegations against Liberty City businessman Barry Harcross, who also had offices in Colombia. The charges were that of money laundering and buying more than flowers from his Colombian office. This may suggest links to the Colombian Cartel gang.
  • 1997: The first known usage of the drug SPANK takes place in Liberty City .
  • 1997: The American Road Safety for Everybody (A.R.S.E.) Group starts a protest to ban motorcycles from Liberty City.
  • 1997: A protest is started to take Swampmeet, off the air before the premiere of its ninth season.
  • 1997: The Pilgrum's Pantry opens.
  • 1997: RAILS, a breakfast cereal that consumers snort, is placed under FDA Scrutiny.
  • 1997: Mayor Roger C. Hole is reelected for a third term.
  • 1997: Roger C. Hole opens up an absolute legal killing mayhem for a week in honor of his 59th birthday celebration.
  • 1998: The events of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories takes place during the spring.
  • 1998: Jesus Max Sentenz founds the new vigilante group Avenging Angels. They become defunct by 2001.
  • 1998-2001: Big Shot Casino is renamed Kenji's Casino , still controlled by the Kasen Yakuza and renamed for Kenji Kasen, the new waka gashira (second-in-command, likely under his father in Japan) of the Yakuza.
  • 1998-2001: Donald Love avoids the Colombian Cartel by living on a yacht in the Caribbean, and his investments make him a billionaire.
  • 1998-2001: Toni Cipriani's apartment building in Saint Mark's is destroyed, and the portion of the street directly west is damaged. Cipriani moves into his family's restaurant with his mother.
  • 1998-2001: The Jefferson Street Credit Union Building construction work is finished, making it the tallest building in Liberty City. The Callahan Bridge construction is also completed.
  • 1998-2001: Three radio stations in Liberty City are either shut down or are bought out and renamed. Radio Del Mundo is shut down, LCFR is bought out by Love Media and replaced by Chatterbox FM while The Liberty Jam is replaced by Game Radio.

In addition to most of the DJs from those stations, radio DJs Boy Sanchez, Cliff Lane and Natalie Walsh Davis are all fired. Gardening With Maurice is taken off the air for claiming the possibility of cross breeding a peach and a Pekingese midget.

  • 1999: The car company Maibatsu comes out with a 12 seat SUV called the Maibatsu Monstrosity. The car is advertised having a submarine feature.


  • 2000: The events of Grand Theft Auto Advance take place.
    • 2000: 8-Ball is arrested.
    • 2000: Mike leaves Liberty City.
  • 2001 (February): Barry Harcross is cleared of all the allegations dating back to 1997 and returns to Liberty City. Newly elected president George W Bush announces plans to visit Liberty City and improve Francis International Airport.
  • 2001 (March): The license for the Red Light District in Portland, Liberty City is up for renewal, with Mayor Miles O'Donovan planning to revamp the area to compete with Amsterdam, Bangkok and Baghdad, although a report states that there is no tourist industry in Liberty City. Winston Cole confirms that the Porter Tunnel project is behind schedule and will be finished within six months (October).
  • 2001 (April): A report is released stating that the pollution from a recent oil spill in the Liberty City Harbour (presumably the Portland Docks on Portland) will not affect the residents of Portland. Salvatore Leone walks free from court with only a $450,000 fine for illegally importing tomato sauce from the docks in Portland , Liberty City . He had been on charges of racketeering and tax evasion.
  • 2001 (May): Cheung Industries of Shanghai, a Chinese company, expands into Liberty City with a mackerel factory in Callahan Point, Portland. Mayor Miles O'Donovan denies he has misused government funds to support a nail gun business.
  • 2001 (June–July): Donald Love purchases Chatterbox FM, hiring Lazlow to host a month later. All senior members of the Leone Family are under investigation. Liberty Tree states that killer bees are not a threat to Liberty City.
  • 2001 (August): Leon McAffrey, once the most powerful crooked cop in Liberty City, snitches on his trainee Ray Machowski (and his connection to Yakuza) to gain a dishonorable discharge instead of prison time.
  • 2001 (October): 8-Ball is sentenced to a long stint in jail after being convicted on 85 counts of owning a gun without a license. The Oriental Gentlemen arrives in Liberty City and is quickly arrested for not providing a valid reason for being in America. The authorities begin plans to deport him. The dog ban in Liberty City is upheld.

2001 (October)

Events after October 2001

Two other Rockstar game series released concomitantly with GTA III era games also take place in the 3D Universe.

  • 2003: The events of Manhunt take place in November.
  • 2006-2007: The events of Bully take place. [1]
  • 2006: The events of flashback levels of Manhunt 2 take place in the fall. [2]
  • 2012: The events of non-flashback levels of Manhunt 2 take place in winter. [3]


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (1984)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (1986)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (1992)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (1998)
Grand Theft Auto III (2001)


  1. Bullworth Academy Face Book (Official Bully website (Flash)

  2. Shaniquwa-MH2-Poster.png
    "Shaniquwa" billboard seen only during Assassination (during the flashback events). It suggests that the flashback events take place sometime in 2006.
  3. Flashback events are said to be set six years prior to the game's main story (Assassination).


Here are links to walkthroughs of all of the games missions, describing the events as they unfold.