The German Army begins development of the Leopard 2 tank, a successor to the Leopard 1.
Iraq allows nuclear inspectors from Russia and Bulgaria to inspect whether they have nuclear weapons during the late 1970s.
Stealth missile technology is researched during the late 1970s.
Para-Medic establishes the nation's first paramedic system in Seattle, Washington.
October: The Successor Project ends.
Beginning of the San Hieronymo Takeover which continues on to the end of the year. Members of the FOX unit, headed by Gene, and under the orders of the CIA, start a revolt and take over the Soviet IRBM facility on the San Hieronymo Peninsula, as well as hijacking the Intercontinental Ballistic Metal Gear during tranport. Major Zero is arrested by the Pentagon under the charge of treason, as well as giving Big Boss a similar charge of treason for spearheading the revolt.
Big Boss recruits old Vietnam comrade Python from FOX. Big Boss encounters Frank Jaeger, now a member of FOX, again in battle and recruits him. Big Boss and Roy Campbell meet Elisa for the first time, and they discover the plans for the new weapon: Metal Gear.
The San Hieronymo Takeover ends. Big Boss successfully destroys Metal Gear RAXA, with the help of Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov who comes out of hiding. The FOX unit is wiped out. Cunningham reveals that he is actually serving the United States Department of Defense to try and discredit the CIA, and is killed in a fight with Big Boss. Gene, leader of FOX, kills Elisa. Elisa foresees that Big Boss's sons will "bring the world to ruin", and "save the world." Big Boss proceeds to kill Gene, who gives him the funds he had amassed for "Army's Heaven." And later manages to destroy the ICBMG before it could activate after launching.
The United States receives the missing half of the Philosophers' Legacy thanks to Ocelot. Ocelot also executes the Director of Central Intelligence. Major Zero forms the Patriots, dedicated to reuniting the world in honor of The Boss's final wishes. Ocelot joins the unit, but stays in the Soviet Union as an informant. Sigint, Para-Medic, and Big Boss make up the rest of the organization. Major Zero proceeds to turn Big Boss into an idol and hero, to lead the world as a messiah-like figure.
Major Zero disbands the FOX unit. Big Boss is ordered to become FOXHOUND commander.
November 25th: Yukio Mishima committed suicide, while questioning the status quo of the JSDF.
A second revision for the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty was made, with a second mass protest against it in Japan and Okinawa.
Several Costa Rican protestors throw stones at the Costa Rican Parliament Building after they discover that the country bestowed mining rights to foreign companies.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is signed by America, the Soviet Union, France, England, and China, the nuclear powers at the time.
April 19th: The Soviet Union launches the Salyut-1, the world's first space station.
Big Boss rescues EVA from Hanoi and requests her to join the Patriots, which she does.
Big Boss officially establishes the FOXHOUND unit.
September 11th: Nikita Khrushchev dies.
The Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Livermore changes its name to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Big Boss becomes disillusioned with the Patriots.
Big Boss is wounded in combat and falls into a coma.
May 26th: The ABM Treaty is signed by the United States of America and the Soviet Union on the limitation of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems used in defending areas against missile-delivered nuclear weapons.
June 17th: The Watergate Scandal begins.
August 9th: The AH56 Cheyenne project is officially cancelled for good. However, the Peace Sentinels procure designs for the Cheyennes' Bomber and Raider models and put them to mass production.
August 26 - September 11: The Summer Olympic Games are held in Munich, West Germany.
September 5th: The Munich Massacre occurs when the terrorist movement Black September holds 11 Israeli athletes hostage during the Olympic Games. As a consequence of the incident's tragic mismanagement, the GSG 9 counter-terrorism force is created.
December 23rd: The Nicaraguan earthquake occurs, resulting in the decimation of Managua, with 5,000 killed, 20,000 wounded, and 250,000 homeless. Despite international aid and relief efforts from the various parts of the West, Nicaragua did not recover due to the Somoza regime pocketing all of the relief funding for themselves.
The Twin Snakes (Solid Snake and Liquid Snake) are born as a product of Les Enfants Terribles Project. Dr. Clark's Japanese assistant is the egg donor for the two somatic cell clones, while EVA serves as the surrogate mother. Some time later, the project successfully produces another clone (Solidus Snake).
Big Boss leaves the Patriots after learning of Les Enfants Terribles. EVA and Ocelot begin to lose faith in Zero.
Big Boss fights alongside the Studies and Observations Group (SOG), the Green Berets and the Wild Geese.
Big Boss creates the Militaires Sans Frontières (MSF).
MSF is hired by the Colombian Government to work with the Colombian Army. During this time, Big Boss's unit ambushes Kazuhira Miller and the guerrilla unit he is leading, wiping them out and almost killing him. Miller is eventually recruited by Big Boss and becomes MSF's second in command.
The United States gives back Okinawa to Japan, although American bases are still concentrated.
The Development Corporation of Costa Rica (CODESA) is developed.
France's wine industry suffers. This results in the French not wanting to drink from wine made in that year.
January: The Paris Peace Accords: The U.S. starts withdrawing troops from Vietnam.
March 3rd: The text of the Washington Treaty is finalized.
May 14th: The U.S. launches Skylab, the first U.S. space station.
May 16th: The Day of the Jackal film adaptation is released in France and the United Kingdom.
September 11th: 1973 Chilean coup d'état. The socialist government of the Chilean President Salvador Allende was overthrown by the Chilean military, led by General Augusto Pinochet, in a coup d’état. The coup was supported by the CIA.
October 7th: The Battle of Latakia commences, the first instance of electronic warfare in practice.
The Waseda University Department of Engineering, in Tokyo, develops the WABOT-1, the world's first bipedal walking robot.
A mysterious armed force invades Costa Rica, the nation without a military. Huey Emmerich is hired into the Peace Walker Project.
The T-72 is first deployed into battle.
May 8th: Daniel Oduber Quirós becomes the President of Costa Rica. He distances himself from the United States, limiting the privileges granted to American banks, and lifts the sanctions on Cuba.
May 18th: India becomes the sixth nuclear power as a result of Project Smiling Buddha.
July: the Threshold Test Ban Treaty is signed.
July 28th: The Alpha Group counterterrorism unit of the KGB is established.
August 9th: U.S. President Richard Nixon resigns.
NEST (Nuclear Emergency Search Team) is set up by U.S. President Gerald R. Ford to be "prepared to respond immediately to any type of radiological accident or incident anywhere in the world."
November 4th: The Militaires Sans Frontières are hired by Paz Ortega Andrade and Ramon Galvez Mena of the Costa Rican University for Peace, to repel rogue CIA forces operating in Costa Rica. Galvez is exposed as a KGB agent.
November 10th: Peace Walker Incident: The Militaires Sans Frontières enter Costa Rica and begin operations against the occupying force, revealed to be the Peace Sentinels. The MSF destroys one of the Pupa AI weapons with the help of its developer Huey Emmerich, who subsequently joins MSF.
November 21st: The MSF track down the Peace Walker AI weapon to a testing facility disguised as a mining complex, and decommission the AI weapon Cocoon. After infiltrating the base, Big Boss is captured. The SALT II talks begin.
November 22nd: Big Boss is tortured, but later escapes captivity. Peace Walker is activated and Big Boss battles its bipedal form, successfully damaging it. Peace Walker then escapes to Nicaragua; The Boss's horse dies during Big Boss's attempted pursuit.
November 23rd: Gerald Ford meets with Leonid Brezhnev to negotiate SALT II at Vladivostok. Peace Walker makes preparations to destroy MSF's Mother Base with a nuclear strike, from a U.S. missile base in Nicaragua. Ramon Galvez Mena, a.k.a. Vladimir Zadornov, changes Peace Walker's target to Cuba and fatally wounds Peace Sentinel leader Hot Coldman. Sandinistas under Amanda Valenciano Libre and the MSF capture and detain Zadornov. On his deathbed, Coldman arms Peace Walker for launch, despite the change in target, which also transmits false trajectory data to NORAD and the National Military Command Chain. Coldman dies. Peace Walker is heavily damaged by the MSF, which then destroys itself in order to stop the false data transmission.
Post-November 23rd: MSF sends some of its soldiers to Angola to participate in the country's war for independence. Because of MSF recovering Peace Walker's nuclear warhead from Lake Nicaragua and the decision to arm ZEKE with it, MSF also unofficially became the world's seventh nuclear power. Pacifica Ocean hijacks Metal Gear ZEKE from the Militaires Sans Frontieres and attempts to convince Big Boss to rejoin Zero's organization, Cipher. She later attempts to use ZEKE to launch a nuclear strike at the East Coast of the United States, with the intention of framing the MSF, forcing Big Boss to battle ZEKE and critically damage it.
November 24th: Gerald Ford and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT II. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear delivery vehicles on each side to 2,400. Among that number, MIRVs are restricted to 1,320.
December: Former Prime Minister of Japan Eisaku Sato receives the Nobel Peace prize for laying forth Japan's Three Non-Nuclear Principles.
December 27th: A group of FSLN guerrillas seize the home of a former government official and took as hostage a handful of leading Nicaraguan officials, many of whom were Somoza relatives. The guerrillas succeed in getting 14 Sandinista prisoners released from jail and flown to Cuba along with the kidnappers. They achieve recognition as a representative of anti-Somoza sentiment.
Sigint develops the idea that AIs should be used to control and manipulate information and have limited control over humanity.
The United States reneigns control of the Da Nang Air Base.
March: Former President of Costa Rica Jose Figueres Ferrer admits to collaborating with the CIA.
June 25th: The Mozambican War of Independance ends with Mozambique attaining independence from Portugal.
July 17th: Soyuz 19 and Apollo 18 dock in orbit. The U.S. and Soviet Union complete their first peaceful joint activity in space.
November: The Angolan War of Independence ends.
Helena Dolph Jackson (Fortune) is born.
Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, takes over Cambodia, starting a four-year genocide later known as the "killing fields." The Cambodian who would later be known as Monsoon was a survivor and victim of this brutal regime.
December 4th: The Insurgency in Aceh begins.
Nastasha Romanenko is born in Prypiat, Ukraine.
November 21st: The Delta Force is established.
May 25th: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is released.
The Mozambican Civil War begins, between the ruling party, the Front for Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO), and the Rhodesian/South African-funded Mozambique Resistance Movement (RENAMO). Frank Jaeger would later return to Mozambique and participate in the conflict as a RENAMO soldier, ultimately being rescued by Big Boss after suffering torture.
Prime Minister of Grenada Sir Eric Gairy lobbies the UN to create an agency or department to study UFOs and extraterrestrial life, influenced by magazine photos of the Chrysalis, originating from Chico.
Leopard 2 main battle tanks are deployed in Germany.
July 1st: The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 is first sold in Japan.
July 19th: The FSLN overthrows Somoza in an armed uprising, helping realize the Nicaraguan Revolution. Somoza is assassinated the following year.
December 27th: A new Cold War begins with the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Revolver Ocelot participates in the invasion whilst working as a GRU Spetsnaz operative. During the war, the Afghan rebels who feared him gave him the name "Shalashaska."
The Khmer Rouge is driven out of Cambodia by the Vietnamese, although not before wiping out over a third of Cambodia's population.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ^ a b c d METAL GEAR SOLID Timeline 
- ^ The events of Chapter 5: Outer Heaven's time period were left largely ambiguous, as there were hints at full days passing by with Zadornov's escape attempts (such as each one barring the seventh taking place at night). In addition, the second ending timeline, which was altered to include the events of the Outer Heaven Uprising in 1995 and Kazuhira Miller's death in 2005, did not elaborate on the time period of these events.
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
Briefing Files > File Library > Situation in Central America > Grenada
- ^ Metal Gear Solid 4 Database, Kojima Productions (2008).
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