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James T. Kirk

Year Event
2233
1Kirk is born in Iowa on Earth.2
2245
3The first Starship Enterprise is launched from the San Francisco Fleet yards in orbit of Earth.4 The launch is attended by Ex-President of the United Federaton of Planets, Jonathan Archer.5
2246
6Kodos the Executioner seizes power on Tarsus IV when a food shortage becomes critical. Kodos orders the execution of 4,000 people in order to extend food supplies for the remainder - emergency supplies arrive too late to avoid the killings. James Kirk and Kevin Riley are among nine witnesses to the events.6 Amongst the victims are the elderly Hoshi Sato, formerly of the NX-01 Enterprise.7
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2250
8Kirk enters Starfleet academy. He serves on board the USS Republic during this year. Whilst there, he reports an error made by his friend Ben Finney, causing Finney to be passed over for promotion. Unknown to Kirk, Finney will develop an obsessive hatred of him over the years due to this incident.9
8Starship Captain Garth wins a major victory at the planet Axenar.10 Afterwards James Kirk visits Axenar on a peace mission. The operation is a major success, and Kirk is awarded the Palm Leaf of Axenar for his part in the mission.9
8Kirk meets Gary Mitchell while teaching at Starfleet Academy. Mitchell sets Kirk up with a blonde lab technician in order to distract him and so have an easier time in classes; the attempt is so successful that Kirk almost marries the woman.11
8Kirk endures considerable torment from Finnegan, an upperclassman.12
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2252
12Kirk becomes romantically involved with Ruth.12
2254
13Kirk graduates Starfleet academy. He is assigned duty on the USS Farragut under Captain Garrovick after graduation.14
15Kirk commands his first planetary survey. He befriends Tyree, one of the local inhabitants, and recommends that the planet be left un-contacted.16
2257
17Whilst serving on the Farragut, Kirk encounters a dangerous Vampire cloud on Tycho IV which kills 200 crew members, including the Captain. Kirk blames himself for the deaths because he hesitating when ordered to fire his phasers, though it is later discovered that it would have made no difference.17
2261
18David Marcus is born to Carol Marcus. The boy's father, James Kirk, leaves Carol to raise him alone at her request.19
2263
20James Kirk is promoted to Captain and assigned to command the Starship Enterprise.4
2264
4The Starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Kirk, is assigned a five year mission of exploration.4
Picture from 2264
2265
11The USS Enterprise penetrates the barrier at the edge of the galaxy. Two of the crew develop powerful psychic abilities as a result, and are killed to protect the ship.11
2266
21The USS Enterprise destroys a Romulan bird of Prey which has crossed the Neutral Zone and attacked several Federation outposts.21
22While researching a collapsing planet, the crew of the USS Enterprise are incapacitated by a new form of virus. Dr. McCoy is able to overcome the effects of the virus in time to save the ship. In breaking free of the planet, the ship is thrown back several minutes in time - the first known example of time travel by the Federation.22
2267
9James Kirk becomes the first Starship Captain ever to be court martialled when it appears that he has been negligent in the death of Ben Finney. Kirk is exonerated when it is discovered that Finney is in fact alive, having faked his own death to frame Kirk.9
23Commander Spock hijacks the USS Enterprise and uses it to return Fleet Captain Pike to Talos.23 Despite the regulations against visiting Talos, Starfleet approves his actions because of the special circumstances involved.24
25First contact with the Gorn occurs when a Gorn ship destroys an Earth observation outpost on Cestus III. Kirk and the Gorn captain are subsequently forced to fight one another by an advanced species calling themselves the Metrons.25
26The USS Enterprise visits the planet Beta III, where the Archon was destroyed in 2167. Kirk makes the Landru computer destroy itself by forcing it to accept that it is harmful to the society is was built to protect.26
27The USS Enterprise discovers an ancient DY-100 class spacecraft with the preserved bodies of several dozen people on board. It is soon discovered that these are the Genetic Tyrants led by Khan, missing from Earth since 1996. Kirk is able to defeat them, but rather than press charges he leaves Khan to found a settlement on Ceti Alpha V.27
28The USS Enterprise uncovers a Klingon plot to gain development rights to Shermans planet. Unknown to the crew, they receive covert assistance from the crew of the USS Defiant, thrown back in time from 2373.28
29Ceti Alpha VI explodes. The disaster shifts the orbit of Ceti Alpha V, causing environmental devastation. Khan's follows see their efforts to build a successful colony fail, and many of them will die over the years due to the harsh conditions and the remaining hostile life forms on the planet. Khan begins to nurture a deeply obsessive hatred of Kirk for his role in the tragedy.29
30The USS Enterprise arrives at Omicron Seti III. Almost overcome by the effects of the local plant life, the crew manage to break free and rescue the colonists.30
31The Federation and Klingon Empire go to war. The USS Enterprise is assigned to secure the co-operation of the planet Organia, a primitive society which is located at a strategic point between the two powers. In fact the Organians are revealed to be enourmously powerful and sophisticated non-corporeal entities who stop the war and force an uneasy treaty between the Federation and the Klingons.31
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2268
32Captain Kirk orders the USS Enterprise to cross the border into Romulan space, apparently acting irrationally as a result of stress. The ship is quickly surrounded by Romulan battlecruisers, who order it to surrender. Kirk reveals to his crew that he is acting on Federation orders, having faked his condition in order to allow the Federation deniability if the mission failed. Kirk is successful in stealing one of the Romulan cloaking devices and returning with it, a major intelligence coup for the Federation.32
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2269
33Dr. Janice Lester uses ancient technology she has discovered on Camus II to swap bodies with Captain Kirk. The transference is later found to be temporary.33
34The USS Enterprise completes its five year mission.34
35Captain Kirk is promoted to Admiral and assigned as Chief of Starfleet Operations.35
2270
36The USS Enterprise commences a major refit.36
2271
35Kirk is reassigned as Captain of the USS Enterprise in order to deal with the V'Ger threat.35
35The newly launched USS Enterprise encounters the entity known as V'Ger. V'Ger merges with Commander Decker to become a new life form.35
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2281
37Kirk meets the young Demora Sulu for the last time prior to the launch of the Enterprise-B.37
38Kirk retires from Starfleet.38
2282
39Kirk meets and falls in love with Antonia while out riding.39
2283
40A bottle of Romulan Ale is produced in this year. McCoy will give the bottle to Kirk as a gift in the future.40
2284
41Kirk returns to Starfleet as an instructor in the Academy, much to the disappointment of Antonia. He moves to San Francisco.41
42Carol Marcus presents the Genesis project proposal to the Federation. The project is funded and she begins working on the Genesis Device.42
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2285
19USS Reliant, searching for a lifeless planet for use in the Genesis experiment, is seized by Khan Noonian Sing. Sing attempts to steal the Genesis Device, but is engaged in battle by the USS Enterprise under the command of Admiral Kirk. Spock is killed saving the Enterprise from destruction.19
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2293
43The Enterprise-A escorts Chancellor Gorkon to Earth for a peace conference. When Gorkon is assassinated, Kirk uncovers a plot to reverse the recent easing of tensions between the Federation and Klingons.43
43The Enterprise-A crew are responsible for saving the Khitomer Peace Conference, along with Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior.43
44The Enterprise-A is decommissioned.44
44Kirk retires from Starfleet.44
44Scotty, Kirk and Chekov attend launch the Enterprise-B; the ship rescues some El-Aurian refugees from the Lakul on its maiden voyage, including Guinan and Soran. Kirk is apparently killed on the mission, but is in fact swallowed into the Nexus.44
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Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

References
# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 2 The Deadly Years
2 Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home
3 Star Trek Chronology Page 41
4 Various Original Series episodes
5 Mike Sussman This was a part of Archer's biography written for but not seen in "In a Mirror Darkly"
6 TOS 1 The Conscience of the King
7 Mike Sussman This was a part of Hoshi's biography unseen in the episode
8 Star Trek Chronology Page 43
9 TOS 1 Court Martial
10 TOS 3 Whom Gods Destroy
11 TOS 1 Where No Man Has Gone Before
12 TOS 1 Shore Leave
13 Star Trek Chronology Page 45
14 TOS 2 Obsession
15 Star Trek Chronology Page 46
16 TOS 2 A Private Little War
17 TOS 2 Obsession Eleven years before the episode
18 Star Trek Chronology Page 47
19 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
20 Star Trek Chronology Page 48
21 TOS 1 Balance of Terror
22 TOS 1 The Naked Time
23 TOS 1 The Menagerie, Part 1
24 TOS 1 The Menagerie, Part 2
25 TOS 1 Arena
26 TOS 1 The Return of the Archons
27 TOS 1 Space Seed
28 TOS 2 The Trouble With Tribbles
29 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan Khan said the explosion happened six months after he was left on the planet
30 TOS 1 This Side of Paradise
31 TOS 1 Errand of Mercy
32 TOS 3 The Enterprise Incident
33 TOS 3 Turnabout Intruder
34 Star Trek Chronology second edition, page 78
35 Star Trek : The Motion Picture
36 Star Trek : The Motion Picture Decker noted that the ship had been in redesign and refit for 18 months
37 Star Trek : Generations Chekov says it has been twelve years since the two met
38 Star Trek : Generations Kirk noted that this was 12 years before the Enterprise-B was launched
39 Star Trek : Generations Kirk says it was eleven years before the launch of the Enterprise-B
40 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan Kirk read the date off the bottle
41 Star Trek : Generations Kirk notes that this happened nine years ago, and from his point of view the Enterprise-B was only just launched
42 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan Kirk says the tape presentation was made a year ago
43 Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
44 Star Trek : Generations
Series: TOS Season 2 (Disc 3)
Source: The Deadly Years
Source: Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:Page 41
Series: TOS Season (Disc )
Source: Various Original Series episodes
Source: Mike Sussman
Comment:This was a part of Archer's biography written for but not seen in "In a Mirror Darkly"
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 3)
Source: The Conscience of the King
Source: Mike Sussman
Comment:This was a part of Hoshi's biography unseen in the episode
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:Page 43
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Source: Court Martial
Series: TOS Season 3 (Disc 3)
Source: Whom Gods Destroy
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 1)
Source: Where No Man Has Gone Before
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 4)
Source: Shore Leave
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:Page 45
Series: TOS Season 2 (Disc 3)
Source: Obsession
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:Page 46
Series: TOS Season 2 (Disc 5)
Source: A Private Little War
Series: TOS Season 2 (Disc 3)
Source: Obsession
Comment:Eleven years before the episode
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:Page 47
Source: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:Page 48
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 4)
Source: Balance of Terror
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 1)
Source: The Naked Time
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 3)
Source: The Menagerie, Part 1
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 3)
Source: The Menagerie, Part 2
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Source: Arena
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Source: The Return of the Archons
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 6)
Source: Space Seed
Series: TOS Season 2 (Disc 4)
Source: The Trouble With Tribbles
Source: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Comment:Khan said the explosion happened six months after he was left on the planet
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 6)
Source: This Side of Paradise
Series: TOS Season 1 (Disc 7)
Source: Errand of Mercy
Series: TOS Season 3 (Disc 1)
Source: The Enterprise Incident
Series: TOS Season 3 (Disc 5)
Source: Turnabout Intruder
Source: Star Trek Chronology
Comment:second edition, page 78
Source: Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Source: Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Comment:Decker noted that the ship had been in redesign and refit for 18 months
Source: Star Trek : Generations
Comment:Chekov says it has been twelve years since the two met
Source: Star Trek : Generations
Comment:Kirk noted that this was 12 years before the Enterprise-B was launched
Source: Star Trek : Generations
Comment:Kirk says it was eleven years before the launch of the Enterprise-B
Source: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Comment:Kirk read the date off the bottle
Source: Star Trek : Generations
Comment:Kirk notes that this happened nine years ago, and from his point of view the Enterprise-B was only just launched
Source: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Comment:Kirk says the tape presentation was made a year ago
Source: Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
Source: Star Trek : Generations


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