Earth-669

The timeline of Earth-669, the current iteration of the Clarkwoods Literary Universe.

  • 1816

    12 October

    Silas Silver VIII is born.
    Life, Birth

    Silas Silver VIII is born to parents Silas and Reliance.

  • 1833

    15 October

    Silas Silver VIII marries Esther Young.
    Marriage

    Silas Silver VIII marries Esther Young in a hasty ceremony, against the wishes of the parents of both bride and groom.

  • 1844

    11 May

    Silas Silver IX is born.
    Life, Birth

    Silas Odysseus Silver IX is born to parents Silas and Esther Silver.

  • 1844

    13 November

    Silas Silver VIII drowns at sea.
    Life, Death

    Silas Silver VIII, of the schooner Minna, is lost overboard near the Race Point Lighthouse on the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

  • 1861

    9 December
    1864

    31 August

    Silas Silver IX fights in the American Civil War.
    Military action

    Silas Silver IX fights for the Union Army in the American Civil War.

  • 1863

    February

    Ada Coffin is born.
    Life, Birth

    Ada Coffin is born. The names of her parents are currently unknown, though she did claim to be half-Wampanoag (possibly on her mother’s side).

  • 1864

    December

    The Widow Silver dies.
    Life, Death

    Esther Young, widow of the late Silas Silver VIII, dies.

  • 1865

    January

    Silas marries Patience.
    Marriage

    Silas Silver IX marries Patience, the daughter of a “a local cranberry baron.”

  • 1865

    April
    1870

    March

    Sarah Silver’s 1st Adventure Out West
    Expedition

    Sarah Silver leaves her home on Cape Cod for years of adventure in the Wild West of America.

  • 1870

    January

    Patience dies.
    Life, Death

    Patience, one of the seven wives of Silas Silver IX, dies of influenza.

  • 1870

    March
    1900

    July

    Sarah Silver’s 2nd Adventure Out West
    Expedition

    After a brief return home to her family’s ancestral home on Cape Cod to introduce her brother to the woman who will become his next wife, Sarah Silver returns to her adventures in the Wild West of America.

  • 1870

    April

    Silas marries Charity.
    Marriage
  • 1890

    April

    Charity dies.
    Life, Death

    Charity, one of the seven wives of Silas Silver IX, “catches her death of cold.”

  • 1890

    October

    Silas marries Ada.
    Marriage
  • 1892


    Ada dies.
    Life, Death

    Ada Coffin, one of the seven wives of Silas Silver IX dies under mysterious circumstances.

  • 1895


    Silas marries Anne.
    Marriage

    Silas Silver IX marries Anne Carson. However, the marriage is annulled 3–4 days later.

  • 1895


    Annie O’Reilly is born.
    Life, Birth

    Annie O’Reilly, the final wife of Silas Silver IX, is born.

  • 1900

    January

    Silas marries Maggie.
    Marriage
  • 1910


    Maggie dies.
    Life, Death

    Maggie, one of the seven wives of Silas Silver IX, dies after an extended illness that lasted nearly the entire length of their marriage.

  • 1913

    August

    Silas marries Annie.
    Marriage

    Six months shy of his 70th birthday, Silas Silver IX marries his final wife: Annie O’Reilly.

  • 1914


    Eli Silver is born.
    Life, Birth

    Eli Silver is born, fulfilling the Widow Silver’s dying wish for her son Silas to carry on the family name—nearly fifty years later.

  • 1915


    Dorothy Silver is born.
    Life, Birth

    Dorothy “Dottie” Silver, the second and final child of Silas Silver IX and Annie O’Reilly is born.

  • 1915


    Annie O’Reilly dies.
    Life, Death

    Annie O’Reilly dies in an alley behind The Strumpet’s Sister, just after giving birth to her child Dottie.

  • 1915


    Tamson O’Rourke is murdered.
    Life, Death

    Tamson O’Rourke is murdered by an unknown assailant on the green lawns of Boston Common.

  • 1920


    Edna Filipowicz is born.
    Life, Birth

    Edna Filipowicz, daughter of Laima Kalnietyte and future wife of Eli Silver, is born in Malden, Massachusetts.

  • 1931

    July

    The Eli Five record “Mama Never Told Me My Porkchop Had a Name (It Was Philip).”
    Artistic creation

    Eli Silver and his band The Eli Five record “Mama Never Told Me My Porkchop Had a Name (It Was Philip)” during a midwestern tour with The Bass River Trio. The studio session was apparently paid for with sexual favors provided by Trio singer Marley Brown to the studio owner.

  • 1938


    Sigrid Yorickson is born.
    Life, Birth

    Sigrid Yorickson, pin-up model and future mother of Michaela Hamilton, is born.

  • 1944

    October

    Dottie Silver dies of consumption.
    Life, Death

    Dottie Silver dies of consumption during a stay in the Boston Sanatorium.

  • 1944

    November

    Silas Silver IX finally dies of old age.
    Life, Death

    Silas Silver IX, nicknamed Old Silas, dies at age 100—but not before denying his youngest child’s request to be buried in the family plot.

  • 1944

    December

    Nigel Mackman is born.
    Life, Birth

    Nigel Mackman, protagonist of the short story “Ezekiel and the Harvesters,” is born after October 10 but before the end of 1944.

  • 1955

    November

    Albert Silver is born
    Life, Birth

    Albert Silver, disc jockey and father of Michael and Ashley, is born to parents Eli and Edna.

  • 1957

    6 July

    Nigel Mackman doesn’t meet the Beatles.
    Cultural event

    Nigel Mackman declines to attend the Woolton Village Fete where future Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon will meet for the first time. Mackman will come to regret this for the rest of his life.

  • 1957

    August

    Michaela Hamilton is born.
    Life, Birth

    Michaela Hamilton, the future Dr. Michaela Silver, is born to parents Michael and Sigrid.

  • 1971

    11 September

    Matthew Silver is born.
    Life, Birth

    Matthew Robert Silver is born to parents Robert and Lydia Silver.

  • 1973


    Ben the Hacker is born.
    Life, Birth

    Ben, the protagonist of the short story “Hacker,” is born.

  • 1974


    Desiree Emerson and most of the Class of 1992 are born.
    Life, Birth

    Desiree Emerson and most of her high school graduating class are born this year.

  • 1975

    28 March

    Veronica Silver is born.
    Life, Birth

    Veronica Amelia Silver is born to parents Robert and Lydia Silver.

  • 1975

    October

    Albert Silver meets Michaela Hamilton.
    Life, Relationship change

    Albert Silver meets Michaela Hamilton, his future wife, while selling concessions at Fenway Park during the World Series. He’s paying his way through a Boston University communications degree. She’s a pre-med student at a nearby school.

  • 1976


    Jeremy Basset is born.
    Life, Birth

    Jeremy Bassett, protagonist of the short story “Deus ex Machina,” is born.

  • 1976

    18 October

    Twins Melancholy and Jenna Worthing are born.
    Life, Birth

    Twin sisters Melancholy and Jenna Worthing are born.

  • 1977


    Most of the Class of 1995 is born.
    Life, Birth

    Most of the kids who will go on to graduate high school in 1995 are born, including but not limited to: Carl Jacobson, Anna Simonson, Bob Lee, Ian Ipsum, Kamala, Evan, and Lauren.

  • 1977

    5 October

    Michael Silver is born.
    Life, Birth
  • 1978

    15 March

    Robin Gates is born.
    Life, Birth

    Robin Gates, future rock star, is born.

  • 1979

    March

    Adam Gates is born.
    Life, Birth

    Adam Gates is born.

  • 1979

    31 August

    Ashley Silver is born.
    Life, Birth
  • 1988


    Robert Silver takes his family to Disney World
    Population Migration / Travel

    Robert Silver takes his family (Lydia, Matt, and Veronica) to Disney World for the first and only time, a stark contrast to his brother Albert’s regular trips with his family.

  • 1989

    January

    Matt Silver starts dating Garry Kent.
    Life, Relationship change

    Matt Silver’s romance with Garry Kent begins during a Boy Scout camping trip.

  • 1989

    February

    Veronica Silver composes a song for “Sleeping Beauty.”
    Artistic creation

    Veronica Silver composes a song for her brother Matt’s stage adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, which is performed as that year’s Chelmsford High School children’s play.

  • 1989

    31 August

    The Great Schism of the Silver Family
    Life, Relationship change

    Matt Silver is disowned by his father Robert after a disastrous coming out during his extended family's end-of-summer game night at the ancestral home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

  • 1991

    February

    Michael befriends Kamala.
    Life, Relationship change

    Michael Silver befriends Kamala while on a school trip to Washington, DC.

  • 1991

    November

    Michael Silver’s first Metal Night
    Life, Failure / Mishap

    Michael Silver, whilst crushing hard on Desiree Emerson, is convinced to attend Metal Night at the local roller rink and go on a blind date with Marnie Kent—the younger sister of Michael’s cousin Matt’s boyfriend Garry.

  • 1991

    31 December

    The Conception of Tracy Silver
    Life, Milestone

    An accident during a hookup with The Runt results in the best thing to ever happen to Veronica Silver.

  • 1992

    April

    Al and Rob argue at the Legion
    Life, Failure / Mishap

    Albert and Robert Silver argue over the fates of their daughters in the wake of Veronica Silver’s pregnancy.

  • 1992

    June

    Michael takes Desiree to the prom.
    Life, Relationship change

    Michael Silver takes Desiree Emerson to the prom when Desiree’s true love—MIchael’s cousin Veronica—is forced to go with the father of her as-yet-unborn child.

  • 1992

    June

    The CHS Class of 1992 graduates.
    Life, Education

    Notable graduates include Veronica Silver and Desiree Emerson.

  • 1992

    30 September

    Tracy Silver is born.
    Life, Birth

    Tracy Spencer Silver is born to her mother Veronica Silver and biological father Timothy Weeks.

  • 1994

    9 April

    Eli Silver dies
    Life, Death

    The death of Eli Silver marks the end of The Great Schism of the Silver family and a reconciliation (albeit a tenuous one) between Eli’s son Robert and grandson Matt.

  • 1994

    October

    The Final Performance of Ezekiel and the Harvesters
    Artistic creation

    The Amish rock band Ezekiel and the Harvesters plays its final concert in Pennsylvania. Nigel Mackman drives across the United States of America in order to be there.

  • 1994

    December

    Veronica records her cover of “Here Comes the Hotstepper.”
    Artistic creation

    Veronica Silver records her cover of Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes the Hotstepper” at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 1995

    5 January

    Michael and Robin become Michael and Robin.
    Life, Relationship change

    Michael Silver and Robin Gates begin their tumultuous romance.

  • 1995

    6 January

    The band Gideon’s Bible is founded.
    Founding

    David Johnson, Robin Gates, Billy Mills, and Michael Silver form the band Gideon’s Bible in Johnson’s mother’s basement in Lowell, Massachusetts.

  • 1995

    May

    Gideon’s Bible plays Chelmsford High’s talent show.
    Artistic creation

    Gideon’s Bible performs a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” at Chelmsford High School’s annual talent show.

  • 1995

    1 June

    Michael and Robin go to prom.
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael Silver takes Robin Gates to his senior prom. They spend the evening after the dance at his family’s ancestral home on Cape Cod.

  • 1995

    4 June

    The CHS Class of 1995 graduates.
    Life, Education

    Notable graduates include Michael Silver, Ian Ipsum, and Carl Jacobson.

  • 1995

    August

    Gideon’s Bible records their demo tape.
    Artistic creation

    The band Gideon’s Bible records their demo tape at a recording studio in Malden, Massachusetts

  • 1995

    September

    Gideon’s Bible releases their demo tape.
    Artistic creation

    With help from Veronica Silver, Gideon’s Bible polishes their demo tape at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, then releases the thing to widespread regional acclaim.

  • 1995

    October

    Evan’s escapades
    Life, Milestone

    Evan, a student at Kimball College who is still reeling from the death of his father one year earlier, has an eventful autumn in the short story “One Player or Two?”

  • 1996


    Hackers and Weirdoes
    Life, Failure / Mishap

    The short stories “Hacker“ and “Two Weirdoes, a Shovel, and Lots of Open Land” take place.

  • 1996

    June

    The CHS Class of 1996 graduates.
    Life, Education

    Notable graduates include Robin Gates.

  • 1996

    July

    Gideon’s Bible breaks up, gets back together.
    Disbandment

    The band Gideon’s Bible breaks up as a four-piece, then later reunites as a three-piece without founding member David Johnson.

  • 1997


    The Globe interviews Gideon’s Bible.
    Life, Publicity

    The Boston Globe conducts its “famous” interview with the band Gideon’s Bible.

  • 1997

    January

    The final events of “Those Little Bastards” take place.
    Life, Milestone

    Sam is born on January 1. His father dies in a car accident on the fourteenth. Shortly after this, Sam’s mother writes a letter of confession which is published in The Real World as the story “Those Little Bastards.”

  • 1997

    May

    Gideon’s Bible records their seven-inch.
    Artistic creation

    The band Gideon’s Bible records their seven-inch record, their only official follow-up to their 1995 demo tape.

  • 1997

    May

    Veronica graduates Berklee.
    Life, Education

    Veronica Silver graduates from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 1997

    June

    The CHS Class of 1997 graduates.
    Life, Education

    Notable graduates include Ashley Silver, David Johnson, and Adam Gates.

  • 1997

    September

    The events of “Hard to Find”
    Life, Milestone

    The events of the short story “Hard to Find”—featuring Eddie, Alice, The Talker, and Ashley Silver—take place.

  • 1998


    A bunch of Bastards
    Life, Milestone

    The following short stories from the collection Those Little Bastards take place: “The Breakdown,” “Death by Cursor,” “God,” and “Vamp.”

  • 1998

    22 January

    Michael and Robin break up.
    Life, Relationship change

    Michael Silver and Robin Gates end their relationship after Robin cheats on Michael with a redheaded jazz drummer she meets at Berklee.

  • 1998

    May

    Veronica records her cover of “Freedom 90.”
    Artistic creation

    Veronica Silver records her cover of George Michael’s hit song “Freedom 90.”

  • 1999


    Sylvia contemplates a career change.
    Life, Career

    International supermodel Sylvia, saddened by memories of her relationship with Johnny Baptist, contemplates a career change in the short story “Sylvia’s Masterpiece.”

  • 1999

    August

    Veronica Silver composes “Sing, Angel. Sing.”
    Artistic creation

    Using a concealed Fisher Price tape recorder at bedtime, Tracy Silver records her mother Veronica singing the original song “Sing, Angel. Sing.” It is the only known original song by Veronica to have been recorded to tape.

  • 1999

    December

    Veronica sees the piano of death.
    Life, Milestone

    The events of the first half of The Piano of Death take place, with Veronica Silver inspired by these events to make major changes in her life.

  • 2000

    June

    Michael proposes to Jenna.
    Life, Relationship change

    In the short story “All the Roads, Well Traveled or Not,” Michael Silver proposes marriage to his girlfriend Jenna Worthing.

  • 2000

    July

    Tracy’s first trip to Disney World
    Population Migration / Travel

    Veronica Silver—with a little help from her girlfriend Desiree, her cousin Michael, and Michael’s fiancée Jenna Worthing—takes her daughter Tracy to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the first time.

  • 2000

    October

    Emily Henderson acts as a deus ex machina.
    Diplomatic action

    Emily Henderson confronts Jeremy Bassett about his company’s plans for cloning Jesus of Nazareth from The Shroud of Turin in the short story “Deus ex Machina.”

  • 2001


    A buncha stories take place.
    Life, Milestone

    The short stories “The Girl Who Wasn’t Ready,” “Ian,” “Out of the Groove,” and “The Perfect Pitch” take place.

  • 2001

    26 April

    Gideon’s Bible reunites for one night.
    Cultural event

    The three-person line-up of Gideon’s Bible reunites, with special guest Veronica Silver, to perform at the pre-wedding concert party in honor of Bible member Michael Silver’s impending nuptials.

  • 2001

    28 April

    Michael marries Jenna.
    Marriage
  • 2001

    4 September

    Michael and Jenna move to Hawaii.
    Population Migration / Travel

    Michael and Jenna Silver move to Hawaii, leaving a week earlier than originally planned—thereby avoiding a flight out of Boston on September 11, 2001.

  • 2003


    Carl goes home for the weekend
    Life, Milestone

    NFL football player Carl Jacobson goes home to Chelmsford, Massachusetts for the weekend to reunite with long lost girlfriend Anna Simonson. These events are chronicled in the short story “Carl.”

  • 2004

    17 May

    Veronica marries Desiree.
    Marriage

    Veronica Silver marries Desiree Emerson on the day same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • 2004

    November

    The 2004 Conference of the ASSA
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael Silver meets ASSA administrator Carrie at the organization’s annual conference, which is held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • 2005


    Tracy sees The Glass Menagerie.
    Cultural event

    Michael Silver takes his niece Tracy to see a small-time production of Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie at the Democracy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The production is directed by a college classmate of Michael’s who is obsessed with the absent father (Mr. Wingfield) in the play.

  • 2005

    October

    The 2005 Conference of the ASSA
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael and Carrie attend the ASSA conference, which is held this year in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 2006

    29 September

    The Murder of Robin Gates
    Life, Death

    Robin Gates is gunned down by a deranged fan outside her apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • 2006

    October

    The 2006 Conference of the ASSA
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael and Carrie attend the ASSA conference, which is held this year in San Francisco, California.

  • 2007

    October

    The 2007 Conference of the ASSA
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael and Carrie attend the ASSA conference, which is held this year in Chicago, Illinois.

  • 2008

    October

    The 2008 Conference of the ASSA
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael and Carrie attend the ASSA conference, which is held this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • 2008

    December

    Tracy Silver conducts interviews, part 1.
    Artistic creation

    Tracy Silver conducts interviews with Michael Silver and others for an essay that will be published in The Real World as the short story “The Silver Family Singers.”

  • 2009

    February

    Tracy Silver conducts interviews, part 2.
    Artistic creation

    Tracy Silver conducts further interviews for an essay that will be published in The Real World as the short story “The Silver Family Singers.” She hands it into Mrs. Carson in March.

  • 2009

    October

    The 2009 Conference of the ASSA
    Gathering / Conference

    Michael and Carrie attend the ASSA conference, which is held this year in Denver, Colorado.

  • 2010

    July

    Carrie’s son Logan is born.
    Life, Birth

    Carrie’s son Logan is born.

  • 2010

    23 November

    Tracy’s college visit to Hawaii
    Life, Relationship change

    During a college visit to Hawaii, Tracy Silver discovers something about her beloved Uncle Michael that redefines their relationship for years to come. The events of The Boot of Destiny follow.

  • 2015

    November

    The 20th Reunion of CHS’ Class of 1995
    Cultural event

    Lauren attends her 20th high school reunion, reuniting with old classmates Ian Ipsum, Michael Silver, and others. This is chronicled in the short story “Time’s Fool.”

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