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Early 1980s

Dates Events
Jack (Raiden) is born. [1]


Dates Events
September 17 Anastasio Somoza is assassinated by the Sandinista National Liberation Front. [2]
September 22 Iraq launches a full-scale invasion of Iran, triggering the Iran-Iraq War. Both the U.S. and the USSR back Iraq, out of fear of the ripple effects of the Iranian Revolution. [3][4]
Huey Emmerich's first son, Hal, is born with Strangelove. [2][3][4]
The United Nations officially establishes the University for Peace in Costa Rica. [2]
John Searle disproves the viability of the Turing test. [5]


Dates Events
January 20 The Iran Hostage Crisis ends.
March 30 U.S. President Ronald Reagan is seriously wounded in an assassination attempt. [5]
April 12 The U.S. launches the first Columbia space shuttle. [6]
June 7 Operation Opera: Israeli bombers strike nuclear reactor under construction in Iraq. [3][4]
July 10 The movie Escape from New York is released. [1]
October 6 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated. [7]
1981– SANR is dismantled and becomes a shell corporation under Cipher. [7]


Dates Events
March 19 – June 14 The Falklands War is fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina. [6]


Dates Events
March 8 U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in a speech, denounces the Soviet Union as being the Evil Empire. [7][8]
March 23 U.S. President Ronald Reagan announces the SDI. [6]
April 18 A suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. [3][4]
October 23 Two suicide bombers attack separate buildings housing United States and French military forces. [7]
October 25 – December 15 The Invasion of Grenada. [3][4]
November 17 Costa Rican President Luis Alberto Monge refuses to allow the construction of U.S. military bases in his country, declaring permanent neutrality in Costa Rica. [2]
September 23 A Soviet nuclear false alarm occurs when the Soviet Union reports the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles. The warnings are correctly identified as a false alarm by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, a Lieutenant Colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces, which left him with an official reprimand. [7]


Dates Events
February 9 Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov dies. [4]
Big Boss awakens. [7]
February 26 – March 11 Venom Snake awakens from his nine year coma at the Dhekelia SBA Memorial Hospital on the outskirts of Xylotympou, Cyprus, and recovers over the following two weeks. [7]
A civilian airliner containing "The Third Boy" crashes in the mountains of Ukraine. [4]
Kazuhira Miller, after being captured by the Soviets via the XOF's Parasite Unit, is transferred to the Pakistani border by the Soviet squad keeping him detained. [7]
March 11 The Dhekelia SBA Memorial Hospital is attacked by various forces, including XOF, in order to kill Big Boss. Venom Snake escapes with the help of Ishmael and later Ocelot. They then depart for Afghanistan to rescue Kazuhira Miller from Soviet forces. [7]
Quiet suffers full body burns at the Dhekelia SBA Memorial Hospital, and undergoes parasite therapy to survive. [4]
March 18-21 Venom Snake and Ocelot arrive in Afghanistan and proceed to Miller's approximate location in Northern Kabul. [7]
March 21 Snake rescues Miller. [7]
Phantom Pain Incident: Venom Snake, assuming the role of Big Boss, leads Diamond Dogs in their mission to eliminate Skull Face's vocal cord parasites and Metal Gear Sahelanthropus. Skull Face dies. [7][4]
Huey Emmerich is exiled from Mother Base after causing the deaths of many Diamond Dogs soldiers. [7]
Eli, a child soldier extracted by Venom Snake from Africa, escapes Mother Base thanks to his special bond with The Third Child. [7]
The Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles. [4]
The Soviet bloc decides to boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, alongside other affiliated countries, as retaliation for the Western boycott of the Moscow Olympics. [4][note 1]
Eli establishes his "Kingdom of the Flies" in Africa. [4]

Post-Phantom Pain

Dates Events
Big Boss battles in various African civil wars. He is reunited on the battlefield with Frank Jaeger (then a RENAMO soldier), and rescues him from imprisonment and torture. [9]
Big Boss meets Frank Jaeger's adopted sister in Mozambique, and takes them both to America. The young girl eventually takes the name of Naomi Hunter. [10]
Over 60,000 nuclear warheads exist throughout the world. [7]


Dates Events
February 20 The movie Brazil is released. [1]
Mikhail Gorbachev takes office in the Soviet Union. East-West relations enter a second détente, and the post-Cold War period begins. [4]


Dates Events
Gorbachev initiates perestroika ("restructuring"), which is later argued to be a cause of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. [11]
January USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev proposes the elimination of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe with the eventual elimination of all nuclear weapons by the end of the century. [12]
January 24 The Voyager II space probe has the first ever encounter with Uranus. [12]
January 28 The U.S. space shuttle program stalls due to the Challenger explosion. [6]
February U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposes a limit of 140 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) in Europe and concurrent proportionate reductions in Asia. [12]
February 19 The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station into orbit. [12]
March The U.S. proposes the Human Genome Project, igniting a global research effort. [6]
April 26 The Chernobyl accident. The fallout showers the Romanenko family with radiation. Nastasha Romanenko vows the world to be free from nuclear weapons. [10]
October The Soviet Union begins a phased withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan. [12]


Dates Events
January The Lord's Resistance Army insurgency begins in Uganda. Sometime during this civil war, Drebin 893 is kidnapped by the guerrilla forces and forced to fight as a child soldier in the conflict.
February The Soyuz TM-2 successfully docks with Mir. [12]
May USSR residential force in Afghanistan begins retreat. [12]
October The U.S. and USSR come to a consensus on a Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles through extended negotiations. [12]
December 8 The INF Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. and USSR. [12]
Meryl Silverburgh is born. [10]
Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." Its canonicity within the continuity is disputed, therefore reader discretion is advised.[?]
Dates Events
Kevin Washington is born. [5]
Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.


Dates Events
February During the Winter Olympics in Canada, Frank Jaeger (under the alias "Frank Hunter") meets Czech figure skater Gustava Heffner. They later fail in an attempt to elope, after Gustava is denied asylum in the West. [9]
February 23 – September 6 During the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein launches the Al-Anfal Campaign, a genocidal military campaign against the Kurds in Northern Iraq. During the campaign, Sniper Wolf's family is killed. [10]
May 27 – June 1 The INF Treaty is ratified by the U.S. and USSR, and enters into force. [12]
August U.S. space shuttle launches recommence. [12]
August 20 Iraq and Iran sign a ceasefire, ending the Iran-Iraq War. [12]
December 21 The Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. [1]
The START-Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Talks) is approved by both the U.S. and USSR. [12]


Dates Events
SNF (Short-range Nuclear Force) total abandonment commences. [12]
The separation between negotiations over START and SDI is prevailed to the public. [12]
The USSR armed forces, including 500,000 personnel, 6 tank divisions and other troops, are cut. [12]
February 2 The last USSR armored column leaves Kabul, ending 9 years of military occupation. [12]
February 15 The USSR announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan. [4]
Afghanistan plunges into Civil War. [4]
August 25 Voyager II passes the planet Neptune and begins its trip out of the Solar System. [12]
September 22 – 23 The U.S.-USSR sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Chemical Weapons at the Wyoming foreign minister meeting. [12]
November 9 The Berlin Wall falls; East and West Germany are reunited. [12][5][4]
Democracy movements become widespread in various communist Eastern European areas. [12]
Asylum-seeker and refugee flow into capitalist society increases. [12]
December 2 – 3 The U.S. and USSR agree to complete an agreement on CFE (Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe) by the end of 1990 at the Malta Conference. [12]
December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990 The United States invades Panama, codenamed "Operation Just Cause." [5]
December 24 The First Liberian Civil War begins. [6]
General Electric starts the Land Warrior project with the intention of reducing the weight of several combat equipment. [1]

Late 1980s

Dates Events
Big Boss establishes the mercenary nation-state and fortress of Outer Heaven in South Africa. [13]
Solidus Snake kills Jack's (Raiden's) parents and adopts him. Solidus trains Jack as a child soldier who participates in the Liberian Civil War. [1]


  1. ^ A news article appears in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as part of a cassette tape titled "World Affairs Over the 9 Years" which relays the news of the Soviet Union's intentions to boycott the Olympics. In real life, this didn't occur until May 8 despite the game implying that it occurred at some point between March 11-18.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
  2. ^ a b c d Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
  3. ^ a b c d e Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (ending timeline), Kojima Productions (2014).
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ("Truth: The Man Who Sold the World" Ending timeline), Kojima Productions (2015).
  5. ^ a b c d e Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
  6. ^ a b c d e f Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, Kojima Productions (2008).
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
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  9. ^ a b Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Konami Corporation (1990).
  10. ^ a b c d Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
  11. ^ Metal Gear Solid, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (1998).
    Revolver Ocelot: We live in a sad age. Imperialism, totalitarianism, perestroika... Twentieth century Russia had its share of problems, but at least they had an ideology. Russia today has nothing.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1990).
  13. ^ Metal Gear - User's Manual, Konami Corporation (1987).