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The following is a timeline of events in the canon of the 3D Universe of the Grand Theft Auto series, in the order in which they occurred.

Note that the article does not include events from the 2D Universe and HD Universe games, as they are officially confirmed not to take place in the same canon. [1] Other Rockstar Games series, Manhunt and Bully, which are also running on the RenderWare engine, are also part of the 3D Universe.

The following Grand Theft Auto titles are set in the 3D Universe:

Game Timeline Setting
Grand Theft Auto III
(Released in 2001)
2001 Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
(Released in 2002)
1986 Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
(Released in 2004)
1992 State of San Andreas
Liberty City (Briefly)
Grand Theft Auto Advance
(Released in 2004)
2000 Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
(Released in 2005)
1998 Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
(Released in 2006)
1984 Vice City

Timeline

Pre-1900

1798

1809

1842

  • Colonel Henry Bolt, Colonel of the 66th Cavalry stationed in Fort Carson, leads his men towards Las Barrancas. The entire force falls into a hole on their journey, causing their deaths. [4]

1847

1869

1872

1877

1880

1888

1896

1900s

1911

1923

1930

1932

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939

1941

1942

1944

1946

  • The episode of 'Moorehead Rides Again' entitled 'The Case of the Exploding Breasts' is originally released. It is sponsored by the Friendly Napalm Company and written by P.H. Walzow. [26]

1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1958

1959

1960

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

  • An earthquake in San Fierro causes severe damage to the city, especially in the Doherty area. [98]
  • 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". [99]
  • Madd Dogg performed at the Los Santos Forum. [citation/verification needed]

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

  • Mayor Roger C. Hole is involved in the 'Million dollar lunch' scandal, in which Hole, three Russian prostitutes and a senior manager from a construction company are trying to secure government contracts. [113]
  • Rapper Madd Dogg releases Forty Dogg, his fourth album. [114]
  • Roger C. Hole is narrowly reelected after the 'Million dollar lunch' scandal. [113]

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000s

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2006

  • The flashback events of Manhunt 2 take place six years prior to the main events of the game. [152]
  • The events of Bully begins on Fall Semester 2006. [153]

2007

  • The events of Bully after Christmas takes place. [154]

2011

  • This was the year that Claude would have been released following his ten-year prison sentence. Claude never actually served his sentence as the convoy carrying him was ambushed by the Colombian Cartel en route to the prison.

2012


References

  1. "Grand Theft Auto III: Your Questions Answered – Part One (Claude, Darkel & Other Characters)" - Rockstar Newswire"
  2. According to some writing on the map which came with the manual of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, it states that the map was made to celebrate the city's 200th anniversary.

  3. Billboard in Wichita Gardens in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
  4. A quaint desert town steeped in local history, home to preserved Hopi ruins and the terrible setting of the Barrancas Mass Grave. In 1842, the 66th Cavalry, under the command of Colonel Henry Bolt, was stationed in nearby Fort Carson when they answered a call for help from homesteaders under attack from bandits. Riding to the rescue, the whole force fell down a hole. It is said that the sound of a hundred horses can be heard riding through the town at midnight...
    Las Barrancas description - GTASanAndreas.com (Flash website; No longer available)
  5. Sweeney General Hospital sign in Grand Theft Auto III.

  6. Making Life Mean Something since 1869
    — FleischBerg tagline
  7. LCPD-GTAIII-SignTexture.jpgSAPD-GTASA-SignTexture.png
  8. Putting out since 1872
    — LCFD/FDLC tagline
  9. ...No-one's been born in Florida since 1877...
    — John F. Hickory on VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone! - Timeline & Events
  11. Rodeo style since 1888
    — Tagline in both the 3D and HD Universes
  12. VCPA Main Building sign
  13. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Lazlow Jones claims that V-Rock has been on the air for 75 years.
  14. According to the gates at the stadium.
  15. Grandtheftauto3.com -> Portland -> Overhead Station
  16. Sign in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  17. Sign in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  18. Cream Bun Fillers Since 1934
    — Tagline
  19. Avery is said to be 51 years old in the BradyGames guide officially endorsed by Rockstar Games.

  20. Statue war memorial.jpg
  21. She claims to be 47 years old on VCPR's New World Order show in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  22. VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  23. "How To Lose Friends And Alienate People?" - Liberty Tree (Official GTA: Liberty City Stories manual)
  24. Michael Hunt stated that the station played "the rock of Liberty City for 60 years" in Grand Theft Auto III.
  25. He claims to be 51 years old on WCTR in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  26. VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
  27. She claims to be 34 years old on the VC for Lovers section of the official Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories website.
  28. Tommy is said to be 35 years old in the BradyGames guide officially endorsed by Rockstar Games.

  29. VCPR hosts Michelle Montanius and Jonathan Freeloader state that the show is returning after thirty-two years, suggesting the show was cancelled in 1952. - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  30. Liberty City's Gateway To The World. Where we meet new friends and prodigal sons. Francis International has proudly served all of Liberty City's transportation needs since 1953
    GTA III Flash website (No longer available)
  31. Ken is said to be 33 years old in the BradyGames guide officially endorsed by Rockstar Games.
    KenRosenberg-GTAVC-BradysgameManualEntry.png
  32. He claims to be 45 years old on LCFR's Heartland Values show in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
  33. Ammu-Nation and Derek the Dodo have been proudly bringing gun safety to your community for over 30 years!
    Derek the Dodo's gun safety PSA from 1984
  34. Lance is said to be 32 years old in 1986 in the BradyGames guide officially endorsed by Rockstar Games.
    LanceVance-GTAVC-AgeSource.png
  35. Ray, you're 40 years old, and you have no idea what's really going on.
    Leon McAffrey in Crazy '69'.
  36. She claims to be 25 years old on Flash FM in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  37. "Everything Musty Go!" Logo
  38. According to himself in Nines and AKs.
  39. The Buy American Coalition advertisement on Emotion 98.3 in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  40. Caligula's has been a Venturas Institution for 30 years. Has always been Mob-controlled. No sooner does one Mob get dealt with than another moves in. Currently believed to be controlled by 3 major crime families from the east coast. New manager. Just out of rehab. Possible Mob connections.
    GTA San Andreas website (No longer available)
  41. Written on Manhunt 2 disc.
  42. He claims to be 23 years old on VCPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  43. I can't be late opening my Café. In twenty years I have never open late.
    Alberto Robina in Papi Don't Screech
  44. He claims to be 28 years old during the mission Supply Lines...
  45. Maccer.net - "Biography"
  46. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone! - "Timeline & Events" section
    (Paul claims that people started calling him "Kent Paul" in 1982, at the age of 17.)
  47. Vice City Inquirer, page 9
  48. Pandering to your perversions since 1966
    — Tagline
  49. Official Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Flash website.
  50. Are You Going to San Fierro?
  51. Site of the notorious Blackfield Bad Trip of 1967, in which some 700 hippies choked to death on toads. The district has since been developed into a state of the art indoor dirt bike arena.
    GTA San Andreas Flash website
  52. Advertisement on the official GTA III website and the Liberty Tree promotional website.
  53. Vice City PS2 manual: Howlin' Petes Biker Emporium: Serving downtown Vice City since 1968.
  54. Any radio station can play songs about abusing drugs and women. But we've been doing it successfully for 22 years. You're listening to... The Dust.
    — Radio stinger
  55. Tommy! Tommy. It's been too long. I know, I know. You're just overwhelmed with emotion. Fifteen years - seems like only yesterday.
    — Sonny Forelli during An Old Friend.
  56. Sonny Forelli: "How many was it? Ten? No, eleven men. That's how you get to be called the Harwood Butcher. Heh-heh-heh."
    Tommy Vercetti: "You sent me to kill one man, ONE MAN. They knew I was coming, Sonny..."
    —Sonny Forelli and Tommy Vercetti during Keep Your Friends Close...
  57. Andee claims to be 26-years old (in 1998) on Lips 106 (while playing Nina Barry - "Bassmatic") - Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
  58. Carson General Hospital sign.
  59. Official GTA San Andreas website > Flash > San Fierro > Doherty > Pay N Spray

  60. Burn Baby Burn sign in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  61. Spray'n'go sign in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  62. Hannibal Liquor advert in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

  63. VCBI Crime Tree Record (promotional website)
  64. BradyGames guide officially endorsed by Rockstar Games.

  65. Hyman Memorial Stadium sign in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  66. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone! - Timeline & Events
  67. Westcoastraplegends.com - Gaffle One
  68. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories promotional website
  69. As implied by the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories manual.
  70. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  71. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  72. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  73. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  74. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  75. John F. Hickory: "No one's been born in Florida since 1877, but I've been here for 5 years, which is a very long time." (from the Perception and positive thinking show on VCPR's Pressing Issues)
  76. CluckinBellHappyChicken.com (Promotional website for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
  77. 77.0 77.1 Vice City Public Radio - Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  78. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  79. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  80. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  81. As mentioned in Kill Phil: Part 2
  82. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  83. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  84. Shortly before the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  85. "K. Rosenberg & Co." is briefly mentioned on a VNN, as "Rosenberg Companies".
  86. VNN news report after the mission Soldier.
  87. Lance Vance: "...I been making moves. I got hold of 20 keys man."
    Victor Vance: "Are you crazy? Get rid of it."
    Lance Vance: "No. All we need to do is sit on it, it's hidden out of sight, out of town man. We lay low and then sell it."
    —Lance Vance in Last Stand (in the final cutscene of the game), foreshadowing the deal in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  88. Okay, so. They're brothers, okay. One operates the uh, the business, and the other one does the flying. Now they operate out of Mexico, no, no, no, wait... They own a farm in Panama...
    — Ken Rosenberg's unused dialogue from In The Beginning...
  89. \TEXT\american.gxt\INTRO\INT2_K
    \TEXT\american.gxt\INTRO\INT2_L
    \TEXT\american.gxt\INTRO\INT2_M
  90. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone! - "Timeline & Events"
  91. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  92. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  93. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  94. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  95. A calendar inside the garage is open on the month of January, which shows that Thursday is the first day of the year. The last year prior to 1992 (the year of the events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) to begin on a Thursday was 1987, suggesting the garage has been derelict for at least five years.
  96. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  97. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  98. In 1988, the Doherty district was devestated by an earthquake that leveled several blocks, and destroyed a countless number of properties. While most of the reconstruction has been completed, there are still visible signs of the earthquake's aftermath.
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - City Guides
  99. Pollution "not bad for health" by Thomas Stewart, April 1st, 2001.
  100. Wear Flowers in Your Hair
  101. Maccer.net - Header
  102. Yeah, been working on the streets three years though, and I realize that there is only one kind of crime in Los Santos: gang crime. That's why I joined C.R.A.S.H.
    — Jimmy Hernandez during The Introduction.
  103. San Fierro Packers advert
  104. "R.C. Hole In Another Probe" - Anul Garbaskar, Liberty Tree
  105. "How To Lose Friends And Alienate People?" - Liberty Tree (Official GTA: Liberty City Stories manual)
  106. 106.0 106.1 westcoastraplegends.com
  107. Grandtheftauto3.com > Staunton Island > Asuka's Condo

  108. 108.0 108.1 westcoastraplegends.com
  109. Official GTA San Andreas website

  110. Now, look. It's either that, or Forelli's cousin, Giorgio, gets five years for fraud. You gotta take these guys OUT!
    Ken Rosenberg in Jury Fury
  111. WCTR News
  112. "R.C. Hole In Another Probe" - Anul Garbaskar, Liberty Tree
  113. 113.0 113.1 "R.C. Hole In Another Probe" - Anul Garbaskar, Liberty Tree
  114. westcoastraplegends.com
  115. CluckinBellHappyChicken.com
  116. 116.0 116.1 westcoastraplegends.com
  117. "R.C. Hole In Another Probe" - Anul Garbaskar, Liberty Tree
  118. Grandtheftauto3.com > Staunton Island > Asuka's Condo

  119. "Gangs Rife on our City Streets, Corruption Everywhere" - Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  120. "R.C. Hole In Another Probe" - Anul Garbaskar, Liberty Tree
  121. Momma's Restaurante advertisement from the GTA III promotional website.

  122. Business Man Cleared of all Charges Returns to Liberty City by Jayne Kwiatowski, February 1st, 2001.
  123. RAILS Breakfast Cereal Under FDA Scrutiny by Beverly Clamhopper, October 30th, 1998.
  124. Grandtheftauto3.com > Portland > Hepburn Heights

  125. "R.C. Hole In Another Probe" - Anul Garbaskar, Liberty Tree
  126. Information pickup in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
  127. 127.0 127.1 Liberty City Ranked Worst Place in America. Again. by Frenchie Cockmaven, October 30th, 1998.
  128. Crowfest98.com
  129. Fabric-8 sign.
  130. "'The W' to Drop in on Liberty City" - by Paul Civille, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  131. "Business Man Cleared of all Charges Returns to Liberty City" - by Jayne Kwiatowski, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  132. "From Baseball Bats to Rocket Launchers" - by Chris Carruthers, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  133. "Donald Love coming to Liberty" - by Paul Marchiando, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  134. "'Red Light' Licenses up for Renewal" - by Thomas Shaw, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  135. "Salvatore Leone: Just a Business Man" - by Julius Cohen, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  136. "Police Helicopters To Help Fight Crime" - by Trudy Fink, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  137. "Medicine and Healthcare: Zaibatsu Release Equanox" - by Brian Robinson, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  138. Pollution "not bad for health" - by Thomas Stewart, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  139. "Mackerel Factory to Expand" - by Kristen Burns, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  140. "Love to Chat?" - by Louie Schaffer, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  141. "Internal Affairs Investigate Links Between Yakuza and Police" - by Clint Glen, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  142. "Porter Tunnel Delayed (Again)" - by Ken Dellamonica, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  143. "Elderly Asian Man Held After Failing to Satisfy Immigration" - by Amy Salzburg, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  144. "Liberty Tree Wins Award. No New Information." - by Adam Tedman, Liberty Tree (Official GTA III website)
  145. Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!
  146. I ain't due my parole hearing for another three months now...
    D-Ice in the mission Rumble.
  147. Completion due next fall
    — One of Staunton Plaza adverts in Fort Staunton
  148. I don't know about you, but I just love the 1980s. Always have done. Well, at least since 1990. And I don't think I'm alone. I mean, I am alone now, which is why I've got time to make this website as part of my therapy, but, well, isn't the internet great?
    Kent Paul on Kent Paul's 80's Nostalgia Zone!, posted on July 1, 2002.
  149. westcoastraplegends.com
  150. Calendar inside the Journalist's apartment.
  151. Maccer.net
  152. 152.0 152.1 "Shaniquwa: Poptart Winner 2006" TVMK billboard seen only during Assassination (during the flashback events) suggests that the flashback events take place sometime in 2006.
  153. Bullworth Academy Face Book (Official Bully website)

  154. As the events begins in Fall Semester 2006 according to the game's official Flash website, the events after Christmas (in Chapter 3) takes place in 2007, ending in summer with the Chapter 6.

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