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A Roswell timeline



1600s

1800s

  • Some kind of "Native American architecture" is constructed in or near the Roswell area. Its planned removal (called for by Native Americans) is cause for protest 200 years later. (“Heat Wave”)

1871

  • Van C. Smith files his claim and renames his settlement for his father, Roswell Smith. (historical)

1887

  • Formerly part of Lincoln County, Chaves County is established with Roswell as the county seat and the headquarters of the Roswell Sheriff"s Department. (historical)

1891

  • The town of Roswell, New Mexico is incorporated. (historical)

1900s

  • The first of four generations of Parkers settles in Roswell. (“Pilot”)

1911

1927

  • "The Buffalo Visitation" inspires James Atherton to investigate UFO phenomena. (“285 South”)

1935

  • A photo is taken of Charles Dupree, who looks exactly like an 18 year old Michael Guerin. (“We Are Family”)

1940s

1947

November 14

1950s

1950

  • The Skins land on Earth, settling in the town of Copper Summit, Arizona. (“Harvest”)
  • The Internal Security Act of 1950, chapter 21 is enacted. (historical)

1951

1955

1958

  • Atomic testing ends near the Old Clovis Highway. (“Skin and Bones”)

1959

  • UFO sightings are reported near Frazier Woods.
  • Atherton acquires the Whirlwind pendant, keeping it in the basement of his home in Marathon.
  • One of the Royal Four’s protectors comes to the Mesaliko Tribal Lands. He takes the name “Nasedo”, Mesaliko for “visitor”. Nasedo fails the tribal elders’ test and retreats to a nearby cave as he falls ill. A young River Dog saves Nasedo’s life with the healing stones. Nasedo creates a map on the cave wall and leaves the broken tip of the Whirlwind Pendant with River Dog. River Dog witnesses Atherton’s death by Nasedo’s hands at a distance. ("River Dog”, “The Balance”)

November 16

  • Sheriff James Valenti Sr. finds Atherton's body. His investigation earns him the ridicule of the F.B.I. and the nickname “Sgt. Martian” (“Pilot”)
  • Milton's photo reveals an "alien shadow". (“Monsters”)

1960s

1961

  • Nasedo negotiates a fateful deal with Kivar. (“The Departure”)

1962

October 14-28

  • President John F. Kennedy deals with the Cuban Missile Crisis. (“Ask Not”),(historical)

1964

1967

  • Agent Del Bianco is found dead in Union City, Tennessee. ("The White Room")

1968

  • KASE Armored Security is established. ("Destiny")

1970

  • Sheila Hubble is found dead in Bitter Lake, New Mexico. (“The Convention”)

1970's

1972

December 8

  • Everett Hubble shoots a drifter he believes to be the alien who killed his wife. Sheriff James Valenti, Sr. takes the fall, losing his job in disgrace. ("The Convention")

1978

  • Kal Langley smells chlorine in a pool for the first time. He later smells lemons, although the next twenty years are a bust. ("Control")

1979

  • The Skins succeed in creating spores with which to grow new husks. ("Harvest")

1980s

  • Amy Deluca is married at 17. Valenti arrests her a year later at a protest against the removal of 200 year old Native American architecture. ("Heatwave")

1980

1982

October 25

  • Isabel's legal date of birth. ("Surprise")

1983

March 15

  • Max's legal date of birth as it appears on a vial of his blood. ("Blood Brother")

April 15

  • Alex's date of birth as it appears on school records. ("Cry Your Name")

April 30

  • Kyle's date of birth.

1984

June 21

  • Alex's date of birth as it appears on his tombstone. ("The Departure")

1985

  • A Democrat congressional candidate wins election by a high margin. This record remains unchallenged until Vanessa Whittaker's election 15 years later. ("Harvest")

1986

  • An incident occurs outside of Roswell. Jeff Parker will later claim: "This place went wild!" ("Crashdown")

1988

1989

  • Max, Isabel and Michael emerge from their pods.
  • First Annual Crash Festival ("Pilot")

1989-1990

  • Maria's Dad leaves Amy and their 7 year old daughter. ("Heatwave")
  • Michelle Valenti leaves Jim and their 6 year old son Kyle. ("Wipeout!")
  • Max sees Liz for the first time. ("Pilot")

1990s

1991

  • 8 year old Michael Guerin begins reading every UFO magazine he can find. ("Summer of ’47")

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