Star Wars in Real World Years

As most ardent fans know, the Star Wars timeline is typically built around the events of the original 1977 film. The years are usually dated BBY (Before The Battle Of Yavin) or ABY (After The Battle Of Yavin).

But what if actual real-world dates were used? Would that put the galactic history into a more relatable perception? For simplicity’s sake, we’ll still center the timeline around the original Star Wars film from 1977. From there, we’ll use the matching years.

Timeline Of Events

1945 – The Phantom Menace

1955 – Attack Of The Clones

1958 – Revenge Of The Sith

1967 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

1977 – Rogue One and A New Hope

1980 – The Empire Strikes Back

1981 – Return of The Jedi

1982 – The Battle of Jakku

2005 – Ben Solo falls to The Dark Side and destroys Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Temple

2011 – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

2012 – The Rise Of Skywalker


Qui-Gon Jinn

  • Former Padawan of Dooku
  • Jedi Master to Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Killed during the Battle of Naboo (1945)

Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • Republic General during the Clone Wars of the 1950s
  • Former Padawan of Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Trained Anakin Skywalker to be a Jedi

Anakin Skywalker (1936-1981)

  • Began training as a Jedi in 1945
  • Jedi Knight and hero to The Republic during The Clone Wars of the 1950s
  • Adopted the name Darth Vader in 1958
  • Father of Luke and Leia Skywalker

Padme Amidala

  • Elected Queen of Naboo in 1945 at the age of 14
  • Married Anakin Skywalker in 1955
  • Died during childbirth in 1958
  • Mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa

Sheev Palpatine
(1893-1981 ?-2012)

  • Alter ego of Sith Lord Darth Sidious
  • Elected Chancellor in 1945
  • Declared himself Emperor in 1958
  • “Killed” in 1981 but lived on in the form of clones
  • Destroyed by Rey Skywalker in 2012


  • Played a major role in the defeat of The Sith Empire
  • Former Master to Count Dooku
  • Unlocked the key to Afterlife in 1958

Mace Windu

  • Leader of the Jedi High Council
  • Considered to be Yoda’s equal
  • Apparently killed by Anakin Skywalker


  • The Former Padawan of Yoda
  • The former master of Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Alter ego of Sith Lord Darth Tyrannus

Jango Fett

  • Bounty hunter used as the donor for all The Republic Clones
  • Father of Boba Fett

Boba Fett
(b. 1948)

  • Clone of Jango Fett
  • One of the most reputable bounty hunters in the galaxy
  • Teamed with Chewbacca in 1978
  • Tossed into the Sarlacc Pit by Han Solo in 1981 but somehow escaped


  • Co-pilot of Han Solo
  • Fought alongside Yoda at The Battle Of Kashyyyk (1958)
  • Former gladiator slave to The Empire
  • Freed from slavery by Han Solo in 1967

Luke Skywalker

  • Son of Anakin Skywalker
  • Brother of Leia Organa
  • Destroyed the Death Star at The Battle Of Yavin (1977)
  • Final student of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Disappeared in 2005 and remained in hiding for six years

Leia Organa

  • Princess of Alderraan
  • Senator of Alderaan
  • Daughter of Anakin Skywalker
  • Sister of Luke Skywalker
  • Wife of Han Solo
  • Mother of Ben Solo
  • New Republic General

Han Solo

  • Former Imperial Navy pilot
  • Father of Ben Solo
  • Smuggler turned Republic hero in 1977
  • Husband of General Leia Organa
  • Lead Rebel ground troops at The Battle Of Endor (1981)

Lando Calrissian
(b. 1947)

  • Smuggler and gambler in the 1960s
  • Baron Administrator of Cloud City during the 1970s
  • Destroyed the second Death Star at The Battle Of Endor (1981)

Rey Skywalker
(b. 1992)

  • Granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine
  • Final student of Luke Skywalker
  • Moved into the Skywalker homestead in 2012

Poe Dameron
(b. 1979)

  • One of the best starfighter pilots in the galaxy
  • Helped destroy Starkiller Base in 2011
  • Led The Battle Of Exegol in 2012

(b. 1988)

Ben Solo

  • Son of Han Solo and Leia Organa
  • Destroyed Luke Skywalker’s temple in 2005
  • Sacrificed himself to help Rey destroy Palpatine in 2012