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Welcome to This Day in Alternate History.

Too much to read on this page?   Here's the quick explanation!

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Did you ever wonder how differently things may have turned out if one particular historical event hadn't happened the way it did? What if JFK hadn't been assassinated? What if FDR had been? This web site gives you a chance to see speculation about what might have happened. Or if you have your own ideas this web site gives you a chance to share them.

The site calendar has an alternate timeline for every day of the year. Most are based on actual historical events from our own timeline, some are completely made up. Some are major events, some barely qualify as minor. To enter the calendar, choose "Enter the Calendar" on the left side of the page, or choose one of the months running across the top of the page.

A timeline is in effect, another reality. In our timeline, JFK was killed on November 22, 1963. Another reality could have shared our history up to that point but in this other reality, the bullets may have missed. This timeline then goes on differently than ours. It may be a subtle difference - JFK may be killed by a backup shooter on the other side of the railroad bridge causing this reality to be not much different (except for the investigation of the assassination) than ours. Or, the differences may be major - Kennedy may have pulled our troops from Vietnam - or - he may have gotten into a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.

One person can play different roles in multiple timelines. For example, on June 10, Benjamin Franklin is mentioned in timelines #208 and #209. In timeline #208, he obviously could not have been appointed to draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. However, timeline #209 is a separate and distinct timeline and the events of #208 have no bearing upon it. An event can also appear in multiple timelines. There are different Gettysburg timelines for July 2, 3, and 4.

Many of the timelines on the calendar have been "explored". You can trace the exploration of these timelines by clicking on the phrase "Next Event" to see what happens next in the timeline, or "Previous Event" to see where this timeline is coming from. The timeline you are tracking will be highlighted in red. Clicking on the timeline number take you to a page showing all the events which occur in a particular timeline. Clicking on any of the dates on this page will take you to that date.

Some timelines have not been explored, they are waiting for you. Please use your imagination and explore them. To explore any item, click on "add an event". You may also futher explore already explored timelines.

If you would like to create a new timeline, click on "Submit Your Ideas". It's in the left side of every page. You can add a 1 event or a many event timeline.

Each page of the calendar is broken into two sections, "timelines beginning on this date", and "timelines continuing on this date" (see below). For example, On March 13, 1943 there was an assassination attempt on Hitler. Our calendar for March 13 presents a timeline in which the attempt was successful. This is entered in "timelines beginning on this date".

March 13 -  Timelines Beginning on This Date

Date Timeline Info Status
1943 122
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Adolf Hitler dies when a time bomb explodes on his plane while flying from Smolensk to Rastenburg.
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Next Event

March 13 -  Timelines Continuing on This Date

   

 

 

The timeline goes on to suggest that Operation Valkyrie which was the plan the conspirators had in place for governing Germany after Hitler was killed went into effect on March 14. This is entered under "timelines continuing on this date" and can be accessed from the March 13 page by clicking on "Next Event" (not active in this example). The timeline you are following will be highlighted in red. Clicking on the timeline number will show you the entire timeline on one page.

March 14 -  Timelines Beginning on This Date

Date Timeline Info Status
       

March 14 -  Timelines Continuing on This Date

1943 122
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Operation Valkyrie is in effect in Germany after the assassination of Hitler the previous day.
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Previous Event

You can return to the previous event by clicking on "previous event" (not active here). You can also comment on the timeline by clicking on "discuss the timeline" (also not active here)

Please drop me a line if you find anything that needs correcting or have any other comments.