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There are many things in Gunbuster that are not clear to Western audience members, and there are portions of the Gunbuster timeline which are not currently available in English. Anyone who can translate this content is encouraged to post it here so that Western fans can more fully understand the series.

Date Gunbuster Events Real-Life Events
May 22, 1960 Hideaki Anno is born.
1960 Famous physicist Tannhauser is born.
December 24, 1984 Gainax is founded.
October 7, 1988 Top o Nerae! Gunbuster is released.
1995 Tannhauser presents "The Etherdynamics of Objects in Motion", predicting the existence of what would later be called Tannhauser Gates. Neon Genesis Evangelion is released.
1996 Japan buys Hawaii from a declining USA for 800 Billion Dollen.

The Eutram Alliance is formed.

The Third Great Depression begins.

1997 Britain's experimental nuclear fusion reactor "Pheonix III" melts down.
1998 The US begins work on Space Station Atlanta.
1999 Ether Theory is completed; WGA-1 confirmed.
2002 The Society for the Study of Ether is established. Developing micro black holes WGA-11 and WGA-12 are discovered.
2003 A Tannhauser Gate is confirmed at the center of WGA-11 and WGA-12.
October 3, 2004 Top o Nerae! 2: Diebuster is released.
November 15, 2004 Kazumi Amano is born.
2006 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Ishikawajima-Haarima Heavy Industries announce the Luxion project.
June 10, 2006 Kimiko Higuchi is born.
September 12, 2006 Noriko Takaya and Jung Freud are born.
2007 The first Degeneracy Generator is built by America's Westinghouse Company and disappears after going critical. It becomes known as the "Vanishing Engine." Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is released.
2008 America, regretting the sale of Hawaii, attacks Pearl Harbor; the second Japanese-American War begins.
2011 The Vanishing Engine is discovered in Martian orbit and used to establish the basics of WARP travel.
2012 Japanese-American War ends with Japanese victory; The Treaty of Long Beach is signed.

Japan starts to form a global empire; the Era of Allied Nations comes to an end.

Space Station Atlanta is confiscated by Japan and renamed The Silver Star.

2013 The Earth Imperial Constitution is announced and the space force is established.
August 24, 2013 The Luxion is launched.
December 19, 2015 The Luxion is destroyed 250 light-years toward Cygnus with Yuzo Takaya onboard.
2016 The RX Project begins.
2017 The Photon Torpedo is invented at Columbia University. Present Day.
2018 A Space Monster is captured.

Tannhauser dies.

2019 Nissan-Wagen completes the RX-7.

Kazumi Amano enrolls in Okinawa High School for Girls.

2021 The war against the Space Monsters begins; the Exelion is launched.

Noriko Takaya enrolls in Okinawa High School for Girls.

July 7, 2021 Noriko and Kazumi are selected for the Gunbuster project.
2021 Noriko and Kazumi board the Exelion.
July 2021 Noriko and Kazumi embark on their first near-lightspeed mission.
January 2022 Noriko and Kazumi return to the Exelion.
2029 Takami Akai is born.
2033 Kazumi Amano and Koichiro Oota marry.
December 19, 2033 Koichiro Oota dies.
2034 Production of Buster Machine 3 begins.
May 22, 2048 The war against the Space Monsters concludes

with the detonation of Buster Machine 3 and the

destruction of the Galactic Nucleus.

2245 The Galactic Core Assault Fleet returns to Earth.
14292 Buster Machine 7 reappears; Noriko and Kazumi return to Earth.

Sources: On-screen text and dialogue; Top o Nerae! Gunbuster BluRay release information packet (unofficial translation).

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