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James T. Kirk

Standard Timeline

Year Event
1930 Picture from 1930
1Edith Keeler is killed in a road traffic accident. In an alternate timeline Keeler is saved by Dr. McCoy, thrown into the past by the Guardian of Forever. She goes on to become a person of great importance, using her influence to keep the USA out of World War II. This gives the Germans the time to develop atomic weapons and enables them to conquer the world.1
 
  People :  Edith Keeler, Leonard H. McCoy
  Species :  Humans
2233
2Kirk is born in Iowa on Earth.3
2245
4The first Starship Enterprise is launched from the San Francisco Fleet yards in orbit of Earth.5 The launch is attended by Ex-President of the United Federaton of Planets, Jonathan Archer.6
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand, Jonathan Archer
2246 Picture from 2246
7Kodos 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.7 Amongst the victims are the elderly Hoshi Sato, formerly of the NX-01 Enterprise.8
 
  People :  Hoshi Sato, Anton Karidian, Lenore Karidian
2250
9Kirk 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.10
Picture from 2250
9Starship Captain Garth wins a major victory at the planet Axenar.11 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.10
 
  People :  Garth of Izar
9Kirk 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.12
9Kirk endures considerable torment from Finnegan, an upperclassman.13
2252
13Kirk becomes romantically involved with Ruth.13
2254
14Kirk graduates Starfleet academy. He is assigned duty on the USS Farragut under Captain Garrovick after graduation.15
 
  People :  Ensign Garrovick
16Kirk commands his first planetary survey. He befriends Tyree, one of the local inhabitants, and recommends that the planet be left un-contacted.17
 
  People :  Tyree
  Species :  Neuralian
2257
18Whilst 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.18
2261
19David Marcus is born to Carol Marcus. The boy's father, James Kirk, leaves Carol to raise him alone at her request.20
 
  People :  Doctor David Marcus, Carol Marcus
2263
21James Kirk is promoted to Captain and assigned to command the Starship Enterprise.5
2264 Picture from 2264
5The Starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Kirk, is assigned a five year mission of exploration.5
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
2265
12The 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.12
 
  People :  Doctor Elizabeth Dehner, Gary Mitchell
2266 Picture from 2266
22The USS Enterprise engages in a prolonged battle with a Romulan bird of Prey which has crossed the Neutral Zone and attacked several Federation outposts. During the battle it is discovered for the first time that the Romulans are descended from the Vulcans who left their planet when Surak's teachings of total logic began to gain widespread support.22
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
  Species :  Romulans, Humans
2267 Picture from 2267
10James 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.10
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
 
  Species :  Gorn, Humans, Metrone
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
Picture from 2267
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
 
  People :  Khan Noonien Singh, Joaquim
  Species :  Humans
28The 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.28
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
Picture from 2267
29The 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.29
 
  People :  Spock
  Species :  Klingons, Organians, Humans
Picture from 2267
30The Enterprise detects time distortions emanating from an uninhabited planet. Investigating, they discover that the effect is being caused by an ancient artefact on the planet, a remnant of a long-vanished civilisation. McCoy, suffering the effects of an accidental drug overdose, travels to 1930s Earth via the portal, disrupting Earth's history. Kirk and Spock are able to use the device to travel back and correct the damage.30
 
  People :  Leonard H. McCoy, Spock, Edith Keeler
31The Enterprise discovers that the Federation planet Deneva has been infested with a species of neural parasites. The ship's science departments are able to discover a method of destroying the creatures, and the infestation is removed. Captain Kirk's brother, George, is killed by the creatures.31
 
  People :  George Kirk
Picture from 2267
32The 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 2373.32
 
  People :  Benjamin Lafayette Sisko, Dax, Miles Edward O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Odo
  Species :  Klingons
33Ceti 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.33
 
  People :  Khan Noonien Singh
17The Enterprise visits the planet Neural, charted by Captain Kirk in 2254. Then home to a primitive but peaceful civilisation, the planet is found to be in the grip of a civil war with rapid advancements in weapon technology by one side. It is discovered that the Klingons are supplying weapons to the planet in an attempt to gain control of it. Captain Kirk ultimately decides to arm the other side equally to preserve a balance of power.17
 
  People :  Tyree
  Species :  Neuralian
2268 Picture from 2268
34The Enterprise transports the Elaan, the Dohlman of the planet Elas, to the nearby planet Troyius where she is due to take part in an arranged marriage in order to cement peace between the two planets. Despite interference from the Klingons, the mission is a success.34
 
  People :  Elaan
  Species :  Troyian, Elasian, Klingons
35The Enterprise visits a planet inhabited by a humanoid group similar to Earth's native Americans. Captain Kirk is stranded on the planet when an alien device injures him, inducing amnesia; the Enterprise is forced to leave in order to attempt the diversion of an asteroid which is threatening the planet. Ultimately Kirk is rescued and his memory restored, and Commander Spock is able to use the alien device to successfully divert the asteroid.35
 
  Species :  Preserver
Picture from 2268
36Captain 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.36
 
  Species :  Romulans
2269
37The USS Enterprise completes its five year mission.37
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
38Captain Kirk is promoted to Admiral and assigned as Chief of Starfleet Operations.38
2270
39The USS Enterprise commences a major refit.39
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
2271
38Kirk is reassigned as Captain of the USS Enterprise in order to deal with the V'Ger threat.38
Picture from 2271
38The newly launched USS Enterprise encounters the entity known as V'Ger. V'Ger merges with Commander Decker to become a new life form.38
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
2281
40Kirk meets the young Demora Sulu for the last time prior to the launch of the Enterprise-B.40
41Kirk retires from Starfleet.41
2282
42Kirk meets and falls in love with Antonia while out riding.42
 
  People :  Antonia
2283
43A bottle of Romulan Ale is produced in this year. McCoy will give the bottle to Kirk as a gift in the future.43
 
  People :  Spock
2284
44Kirk returns to Starfleet as an instructor in the Academy, much to the disappointment of Antonia. He moves to San Francisco.44
 
  People :  Antonia
Picture from 2284
45Carol Marcus presents the Genesis project proposal to the Federation. The project is funded and she begins working on the Genesis Device.45
 
  People :  Carol Marcus
2285 Picture from 2285
20USS 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.20
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand
Picture from 2285
46The Enterprise is retired. Scotty is appointed Captain of engineering on the USS Excelsior; Uhura takes a position as a transporter operator on Spacedock. Both abandon their posts along with the rest of the Enterprise senior officers in order to steal the Enterprise and rescue the rejuvenated Spock from the Genesis planet. Unfortunately, the Enterprise is destroyed during the mission and Kirk's son David is killed by the Klingons. The crew proceed to Vulcan in a captured Bird of Prey and succeed in reuniting Spock's Katra with his body.47
 
  People :  Montgomery Scott, Nyota Uhura, Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Doctor David Marcus, Carol Marcus, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel A. Chekov
2286
3All charges related to the theft and destruction of the Enterprise are dropped for the majority of the crew. Admiral Kirk is convicted of disobeying orders and reduced in rank to Captain. He takes command of the USS Enterprise-A. His officers from the Enterprise are also appointed to the new ship.48
2293 Picture from 2293
48The 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.48
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov, Chancellor Gorkon
  Species :  Humans, Klingons
48The Enterprise-A crew are responsible for saving the Khitomer Peace Conference, along with Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior.48
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov
49The Enterprise-A is decommissioned.49
 
  People :  Spock, Leonard H. McCoy, Montgomery Scott, Hikaru Sulu, Nyota Uhura, Pavel A. Chekov
49Kirk retires from Starfleet.49
Picture from 2293
49Scotty, 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.49
 
  People :  Montgomery Scott, Pavel A. Chekov, Guinan
2371 Picture from 2371
49Worf is promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Data installs the emotion chip he acquired from Lore. The Amargosa star system is destroyed by Dr. Tolian Soran. The Enterprise-D is destroyed whilst attempting to prevent Dr. Soran from similarly destroying the Veridian system. Captain Kirk is killed attempting to stop Soran.49
 
  People :  Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker, Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher, Data, Geordi LaForge
  Species :  El-Aurians

● - Shows the canon status of the year for this event
Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 1 The City on the Edge of Forever Keeler tells Kirk the year
2 TOS 2 The Deadly Years
3 Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home
4 Star Trek Chronology Page 41
5 Various Original Series episodes
6 Mike Sussman This was a part of Archer's biography written for but not seen in "In a Mirror Darkly"
7 TOS 1 The Conscience of the King
8 Mike Sussman This was a part of Hoshi's biography unseen in the episode
9 Star Trek Chronology Page 43
10 TOS 1 Court Martial
11 TOS 3 Whom Gods Destroy
12 TOS 1 Where No Man Has Gone Before
13 TOS 1 Shore Leave
14 Star Trek Chronology Page 45
15 TOS 2 Obsession
16 Star Trek Chronology Page 46
17 TOS 2 A Private Little War
18 TOS 2 Obsession Eleven years before the episode
19 Star Trek Chronology Page 47
20 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
21 Star Trek Chronology Page 48
22 TOS 1 Balance of Terror
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 1 This Side of Paradise
29 TOS 1 Errand of Mercy
30 TOS 1 The City on the Edge of Forever
31 TOS 1 Operation: Annihilate!
32 TOS 2 The Trouble With Tribbles
33 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan Khan said the explosion happened six months after he was left on the planet
34 TOS 3 Elaan of Troyius
35 TOS 3 The Paradise Syndrome
36 TOS 3 The Enterprise Incident
37 Star Trek Chronology second edition, page 78
38 Star Trek : The Motion Picture
39 Star Trek : The Motion Picture Decker noted that the ship had been in redesign and refit for 18 months
40 Star Trek : Generations Chekov says it has been twelve years since the two met
41 Star Trek : Generations Kirk noted that this was 12 years before the Enterprise-B was launched
42 Star Trek : Generations Kirk says it was eleven years before the launch of the Enterprise-B
43 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan Kirk read the date off the bottle
44 Star Trek : Generations Kirk notes that this happened nine years ago, and from his point of view the Enterprise-B was only just launched
45 Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan Kirk says the tape presentation was made a year ago
46 Star Trek Chronology Page 85
47 Star Trek III : The Search for Spock
48 Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
49 Star Trek : Generations
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 7)
Episode :  The City on the Edge of Forever
Comment : Keeler tells Kirk the year
Series :  TOS Season 2 (Disc 3)
Episode :  The Deadly Years
Film: Star Trek IV : The Voyage Home
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 41
Series :  TOS Season (Disc )
Episode :  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)
Episode :  The Conscience of the King
Source :  Mike Sussman
Comment : This was a part of Hoshi's biography unseen in the episode
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 43
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Episode :  Court Martial
Series :  TOS Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode :  Whom Gods Destroy
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode :  Where No Man Has Gone Before
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 4)
Episode :  Shore Leave
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 45
Series :  TOS Season 2 (Disc 3)
Episode :  Obsession
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 46
Series :  TOS Season 2 (Disc 5)
Episode :  A Private Little War
Series :  TOS Season 2 (Disc 3)
Episode :  Obsession
Comment : Eleven years before the episode
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 47
Film: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 48
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 4)
Episode :  Balance of Terror
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 3)
Episode :  The Menagerie, Part 1
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 3)
Episode :  The Menagerie, Part 2
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Episode :  Arena
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 5)
Episode :  The Return of the Archons
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 6)
Episode :  Space Seed
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 6)
Episode :  This Side of Paradise
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 7)
Episode :  Errand of Mercy
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 7)
Episode :  The City on the Edge of Forever
Series :  TOS Season 1 (Disc 7)
Episode :  Operation: Annihilate!
Series :  TOS Season 2 (Disc 4)
Episode :  The Trouble With Tribbles
Film: 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 3 (Disc 3)
Episode :  Elaan of Troyius
Series :  TOS Season 3 (Disc 1)
Episode :  The Paradise Syndrome
Series :  TOS Season 3 (Disc 1)
Episode :  The Enterprise Incident
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : second edition, page 78
Film: Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Film: Star Trek : The Motion Picture
Comment : Decker noted that the ship had been in redesign and refit for 18 months
Film: Star Trek : Generations
Comment : Chekov says it has been twelve years since the two met
Film: Star Trek : Generations
Comment : Kirk noted that this was 12 years before the Enterprise-B was launched
Film: Star Trek : Generations
Comment : Kirk says it was eleven years before the launch of the Enterprise-B
Film: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Comment : Kirk read the date off the bottle
Film: 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
Film: Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan
Comment : Kirk says the tape presentation was made a year ago
Book :  Star Trek Chronology
Comment : Page 85
Film: Star Trek III : The Search for Spock
Film: Star Trek VI : The Undiscovered Country
Film: Star Trek : Generations


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