From OpenGeofiction Encyclopedia
The following is a list of dates in Vodean history.
- 1 15th century
- 2 16th century
- 3 17th century
- 4 18th century
- 5 19th century
- 6 20th century
- 7 21st century
- 1489–90: Castellanese explorers chart the central Tarephian coast.
- 1498: The Castellanese colony of Nuevo Taredo is established on the north coast of the Longlac Bay near Landsborough.
- 1502: Administration of Nuevo Taredo is transferred to the colony of Latina.
- 17–25 November 1505: Castellanese settlers flee Nuevo Taredo following a native uprising prompted by the kidnapping and forced marriage of a local chieftain's daughter. The colony is abandoned.
- 15 June 1594: Fleeing religious persecution, settlers from Rhysiog found the colony of Cambru Newydd at Brynderwyn.
- January–March 1595: St David's Farm is established east of Brynderwyn around this time. It is Vodeo's oldest plantation still in operation.
- 18 September 1598: Holme is founded.
- 1608: The village of Picton is established near modern-day Avington.
- November 1614: Rhysiog enters negotiations to sell New Cambria to Ingerland.
- 3 April 1616: Ingerland takes possession of Cambru Newydd, and renames the colony "New Cambria".
- August 1616: Port Elizabeth is founded.
- 20 December 1617: Vodeo's first shipload of slaves arrives in Brynderwyn.
- 23 December 1617: Vodeo's first slave auction is held.
- 1619: Letters patent issued in Ingerland rename the New Cambria colony to Cambria.
- 1620: Avington is founded.
- 1623: Cockleford is founded.
- 1624: Enfield is founded.
- 26 October 1627: Saviso is founded.
- 1629: The colonial capital is moved to Holme.
- 22 September 1647: A fire breaks out in a house on Schofield Street in Holme. The blaze will destroy 14 buildings along the street and several along adjacent streets.
- 21 June 1651: St Austell separates from Cambria to become a colony.
- 24 February 1653: Avalon separates from Cambria to become a colony.
- 1662: Following a financial crisis, Avalon ceases to be a colony and is returned to Cambria.
- c. 1715: The Ingerish Civil War begins.
- 1721–22: The War of the Vodean Coast takes place between Ingerish, colonial, and pirate defenders, and Castellanese and Florescentan attackers.
- 4 May 1722: The Castellanese navy attacks Avington, but is heavily defeated despite having a sizeable advantage in numbers.
- 26 September 1725: St Austell declares independence from Ingerland.
- 31 December 1725: Cambria declares independence from Ingerland.
- 1726: The St Austellian pound is introduced in St Austell. The Ingerish taller ceases to be legal tender after mid-1728.
- 23 May 1726: A riot breaks out in Avington against Cambria's declaration of independence. A dozen people are killed and the Hatfield Barracks are burned to the ground. Order will not be restored for nearly a week.
- Equatorial Tarephia is established as a loose confederation of Cambria and St Austell.
- The Treaty of Holme is signed. Ingerland recognises the independence of Equatorial Tarephia in return for preferential trade policies.
- 10 April 1727: The Cambrian taller is introduced in Cambria. The Ingerish taller ceases to be legal tender after 31 December.
- 1728: Joshua Norton and privateer "Red" Rachel Montgomery marry in Holme.
- May 1729: Inspired by Wiwaxia, Parliament votes to establish a monarchy.
- 18 September 1729: Joshua Norton is crowned King of Equatorial Tarephia.
- 1736: Equatorial Tarephia adopts the New Calendar.
- 12 July 1746: The Bank of Tarephia is established in Saviso.
- 1751: The Cambrian taller is replaced by the Cambrian pound.
- November 1758: At a conference in Holme, Cambria and St Austell agree to replace their loose confederation with a much tighter federal system.
- 1759: Construction begins on Prosford Palace in Holme.
- 21 April 1760: Cambria and St Austell fully unite to form the Dominion of Vodeo.
- 1 December 1760: The Vodean pound is introduced.
- 31 July 1761: The St Austellian and Cambrian pounds are withdrawn from circulation.
- 27 June 1764: King Joshua dies in Holme and is succeeded by his son Alfred.
- 1775: The City Streets Commission is established in Saviso. The body, the first planning authority in Vodeo, leaves its mark on the city by constructing straight, wide thoroughfares and a series of grids around the city centre, and its designs will be replicated in towns and cities across the country.
- 28 February 1781: A fire breaks out in a warehouse on Staith Quay in Holme. The fire, the most destructive in Vodean history, destroys much of central Holme and parts of Remington, and will prompt new building standards and a redesign of the city centre.
- 1785: In Caterham, Avalon, Vodeo's first cotton mill is constructed. It is the first mechanised factory in the country, and is considered to mark the arrival of industrialisation in Vodeo.
- 22 June 1787: Prosford Palace is opened with a grand banquet and ball.
- 8 March 1790: King Alfred I dies and is succeeded by his son Thomas.
- 1791: The Committee for Effecting the Freedom of the Negroes, Vodeo's first significant abolitionist movement, is formed in Saviso.
- 1 October 1798: King Thomas I dies and is succeeded by his daughter Madeline.
- 2 September 1799: At a sugar mill in Edseltown, steam power is used in Vodeo for the first time to process sugar. Considerable interest in the new technology will lead to its widespread adoption by the sugar industry, which will pave the way for its use in other industries.
- 1804: Auroa is established.
- 1 January 1818: Slavery is abolished in St Austell.
- 16 December 1819: In Holme, Vodeo's first gas street light is switched on at the corner of Sadleir and Beaufort Streets by the Holme Gas Light Company.
- 1820: Slavery is abolished in Cambria.
- 26 December 1822: A slave rebellion erupts on a plantation south of St Anne's, Avalon. Word of the rebellion quickly spreads around the area, and by New Year's Day more than 200 slaves will have armed themselves and occupied the town.
- 1 January 1823: The rebelling slaves declare the establishment of the "Free Men's Republic".
- 10 January 1823: Army troops attack the slaves in St Anne's. During the battle, a fire breaks out that engulfs most of the town and kills many of the slaves that have been trapped inside. Order will quickly be restored, and reports of the "siege of St Anne's" will have the surprising effect of helping to bolster support for abolitionist movements.
- 1824: Slavery is abolished in Queensborough.
- 1826: A general election is held which sees a large number of abolitionists elected to Parliament across the country.
- April 1827: Parliament passes the Slavery Act 1827, an act to outlaw slavery.
- 29 February 1828: The Slavery Act 1827 comes into force, outlawing slavery across Vodeo and forcing Avalon, the only province to have retained the practice, to free its slaves.
- 19 August 1829: Queen Madeline dies and is succeeded by her son Albert.
- 21 April 1830: Adelaide I is born in Brynderwyn.
- 13 February 1835: King Albert dies and is succeeded by his brother Richard.
- 12 May 1835: Vodeo's first railway line opens between Holme and Edseltown. The line is derided by many as dangerous and a waste of money, but quickly proves to be a financial success.
- 1842: Prihor separates from Cambria to form its own province.
- 1843: Parliament meets for the first time in Saviso following the moving of the capital from Holme.
- 27 May 1843: Alfred Sinclair establishes the Cobalt Carriage Works in Silverton. The company will go on to manufacture cars as Cobalt by the late 1890s.
- 3 November 1844: Crown Princess Julia dies in Holme. Her younger sister Adelaide becomes first in line to the throne.
- 13 January 1846: The railway line between Silverton and Saviso is completed.
- 18 December 1847: Vodeo's first telegraph line, linking Holme and Brynderwyn, is inaugurated. Within five years there will be nearly 1,000 miles of telegraph lines across Vodeo.
- 26 October 1849: King Richard dies and is succeeded by his daughter Adelaide.
- 13 June 1850: The coronation of Adelaide I takes place in Holme.
- 14 September 1852: Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Garnet River west of Gerrise. The discovery will spark the largest gold rush in Vodean history, and will see Gerrise's population nearly treble by 1860.
- 5 February 1857: Klappersacks is established by Schwaldian immigrant Daniel W. Klappersack.
- 17 August 1858: Horse-drawn trams begin operation in Saviso.
- 9 March 1859: The St Austell Telegraph is printed for the first time in Saviso.
- 1864: The Endorie Paraffin Company is established. The company will become Grable in 1900.
- June 1865: Gold is discovered in the Googie Mountains west of Avington.
- 1 November 1865: Gerrise separates from St Austell to form its own province.
- 7 June 1870: The Federal Party is established in Saviso.
- 24 November 1877: Vodeo's first telephone call is made in Saviso between William Bryce of the Saviso telegraph office and Charles Lemon, the Governor of St Austell. While little more than two rudimentary devices linked by 70 feet of thin wire, the demonstration will prompt considerable interest across the country.
- 2 September 1878: The Saviso telephone exchange, Vodeo's first, is opened.
- 1880: At the general election, the Federal government is defeated by the Progressive party under Aldrich Royle.
- 17 July 1881: Vodeo's first public telephone is installed at Graham's Stationery Store in Holme. The telephone is not equipped with a coin collector, instead customers must pay the shopkeeper.
- Premier Aldrich Royle dies in Endorie. He is succeeded by Stuart Fife one week later.
- Kingseat Hospital, a facility for the treatment of tropical diseases, is opened outside Kingseat, near Saviso.
- 1883: With the turn of a switch-key, Vodeo's first public supply of electricity begins operation in Greville.
- 1884: The Borough of Aslington and Harborough is amalgamated into the City of Saviso.
- 20 March 1884: Steam trams begin operation in Saviso.
- 12 October 1885: Vodeo's first long-distance telephone call takes place between Holme and Saviso.
- December 1887–January 1888: A sudden fall in commodity prices prompts a crash at stock exchanges in Saviso, Holme, and Silverton, and the collapse or near-collapse of several banks and financial institutions over the course of three weeks. The crash, the largest in Vodean history to that point, ends more than 40 years of mostly uninterrupted growth and triggers a large exodus of people from rural areas to the main cities in search of work.
- 21 September 1889: At the general election, the Progressive government is defeated by the Federal Party in the most lopsided election in modern Vodean history. Federal, which had struggled to gain popular support since its loss at the 1880 election, cements its position as one of the country's foremost political parties.
- 30 September 1889: Caldwell Runciman assumes office as Premier.
- 2 December 1889: Saviso becomes the first city in Vodeo to begin operating an electric tram system.
- 6 December 1889: In Port Torahan, more than 200 Progressive Party members, MPs, and ex-MPs agree to split from the party and form the Liberal Party.
- 16 May 1892: The Saviso Typewriter Company is established in Saviso. The company into will go on to become Main Corporation.
- 28 January 1894: Gerrise becomes the first province to extend suffrage to women.
- 5 July 1895: Cable trams begin operation in Saviso.
- 12 August 1896: Notorious baby farmer Phyllis Parker is hanged in the Gerrise Gaol. She is responsible for the deaths of an unknown number of infants between the late 1880s and 1896.
- 1897: Fire destroys Saviso railway station.
- 3 February 1897: The first Cobalt Auto-Carriage is built.
- 3 April 1898: Horse-drawn trams cease operation in Saviso.
- 21 September 1899–3 January 1900: Numerous sightings of phantom airships are reported across Vodeo.
- 13 December 1899: All women in Vodeo are granted suffrage.
- 14 September 1901: At the general election, the the Federal government is defeated by the Progressive party under Richard Simpson.
- 23 September 1901: Richard Simpson assumes office as Premier.
- 1 November 1901: The body of 26-year-old cleaner Anna McDonald is found in String Lane, Holme. The circumstances surrounding her death will never be made clear, and she remains one of Vodeo's most infamous cold cases.
- 5 May 1902: A passenger train travelling between Metchincan and Silverton derails and crashes into Stuarts Pond near Bunenton. The engineer, fireman, and six passengers are drowned.
- 14 February 1905: The Social Democratic Party is founded in Holme.
- 1909: Electric power is transmitted for the first time from a hydroelectric station on the Stately River at Tallana to Culwawa, over 25 kilometres away.
- 18 June 1910: At the general election, the Progressive government is defeated by the Federal party under Harry Bentinck. The Progressives, who have been steadily losing support to the Liberals for years, will never again be considered a major political force.
- 29 June 1910: Harry Bentinck assumes office as Premier.
- 1911: Deltic is established in Longlac.
- 1913: Actor Charles Grahame is found dead at the Royal Theatre in Holme. His death is ruled a suicide.
- 14 December 1915: Steam trams cease operation in Saviso.
- 9 September 1916: At the general election, the Federal government wins a third term. The election is notable as the first where the Liberals form the opposition.
- 28 November 1916: Cable trams cease operation in Saviso. The system has been beset by technical problems and financial hardship, and has been purchased by the Saviso Electric Tramways Corporation.
- 3 September 1917: Adelaide I dies and is succeeded by her daughter Victoria.
- 1918: Vodeo joins the Ingerish Commonwealth as an inaugural member.
- 6 June 1919: Dominion Air Services Ltd. is established in Saviso.
- 23 October 1919: Louis Reed assumes office as Premier.
- 25 February 1920: A fire at the Longlac Chemical Works causes an explosion that kills 52 people and destroys much of the town. An inquiry will find faulty electrical equipment to be responsible for the fire.
- 19 August 1924: Dial telephone service is introduced in Avington.
- 9 December 1925: Arthur Crum assumes office as Premier.
- 1926: The 1926 Ingerish Games take place in Saviso.
- 30 March 1932: Victoria II dies and is succeeded by her son David.
- 16 October 1934: Oliver (Ollie) King assumes office as Premier.
- 1 August 1943: The troop ship HMVS Cohe is sunk by an enemy submarine with the loss of all 366 aboard. The ship becomes famous in the decades after the war when it is revealed she made a ghostly reappearance in Saviso Harbour shortly after her sinking.
- 29 December 1945: Fire breaks out in the Googie Mountains. By January 1, much of the towns of Trago, Crestline, and Kohoso will have been extensively damaged or destroyed.
- 13 May 1946: Miles Walters-Cray assumes office as Premier.
- 6 November 1948: A five-mile section of freeway opens in Avington. It is the first motorway in Vodeo, and will go on to form part of the Colonial Freeway.
- 1949: Sex researcher Alastair Carbine publishes Sex and the Modern Man. The book will prompt international controversy, but alongside its 1953 companion Sex and the Modern Woman, will begin to change attitudes towards homosexuality over the following decades.
- 8 March 1949: A general strike is called by the National Dockworkers' Union. The strike will quickly envelop almost every union in the country, and will bring the country almost to a halt for the next two-and-a-half months.
- 19 October 1949: Empire Coffee is established by Michael Ballantyne and George Ivitt in Saviso.
- 1950: The 1950 Ingerish Games take place in Holme.
- 27 April 1950: Guy Bradford assumes office as Premier. He is the longest-serving Premier in Vodean history at more than 15 years.
- 15 June 1951: The Vodean Broadcasting begins regular television broadcasts on VBC-TV.
- 1 January 1952: Commercial radio broadcasting, prohibited since 1936, becomes legal again.
- 26 November 1952: A general strike is called after wage negotiations break down. The strike, while supported by fewer unions and unionists than the 1949 strike, will last 177 days and bitterly divide both the Vodean public and the Vodean labour movement.
- 22 May 1953: The remaining strikers concede defeat and the general strike ends. Union power, which had been at its peak between the 1949 and 1952-53 strikes, will never reach the same levels again.
- 27 June 1953: In the 36th general election, the Federal government is re-elected.
- 1954: Vodeo, alongside Ingerland, Karvaland, and New Ingerland, signs the Commonwealth Trading Environment Agreement, establishing a free-trade bloc that serves as the predecessor to the modern Commonwealth Free Trade Area.
- 19 April 1954: Empire Coffee is established in Saviso.
- 16 September 1954: King David dies and is succeeded by his son Robert.
- 19 June 1955: Avington and Holme are linked by Vodeo's first microwave transmission system.
- 29 March 1956: National Television begins broadcasting in Avington on channel ACN-2.
- 4 January 1957: The Holme–Saviso coaxial cable is opened. The cable carries telephone, telegraph, telex, and television signals. The cable allows simultaneous television broadcasting in Saviso, Holme, and Greville for the first time.
- 17 April 1957: The 001 emergency telephone number is introduced in Cetorancra. The number is chosen for being easy to dial on rotary phones in the dark, and will be rolled out nationwide by 1975.
- 6 February 1958: The Other Folk, the first television report on homosexuality, is broadcast on VBC-TV. While initially controversial, the film will later be seen as an important step towards public acceptance of the gay community.
- 21 May 1958: An unidentified object is seen landing at Casserres High School, before taking off at great speed for the coast.
- 17 November 1959: Hope, the Ingerish Commonwealth's first satellite, is launched from the Commonwealth Space Centre.
- 24 November–11 December 1960: Proposed dates for the 1960 Summer Geolympiad in Saviso.
- 1962: The Wintergreen Atomic Generating Station, Vodeo's first nuclear power station, is switched on.
- 30 May 1962: Adelaide, Crown Princess of Vodeo is born.
- 16 July 1965: Gordon O'Neill assumes office as Premier. His time in office will be the shortest of any Premier since the 19th century.
- 10 December 1965: Albert Gearon assumes office as Premier.
- 1966: Vodeo becomes a member of the Assembly of Nations.
- 14–15 August 1968: Searchers find the bodies of four hikers missing in the Bonny Valley, near Aoranca, Vadiorare. The mysterious nature of their deaths, as well as the disappearance of the fifth member of their party, leads the incident to become one of the country's most well-known mysteries.
- 18 June 1969: The Bank of Tarephia installs the country's first ATM in Saviso. The machine, manufactured by Main, is only able to supply one £1 note at a time.
- 10 September 1969: Avalon becomes the first province in Vodeo to decriminalise homosexuality. While extremely controversial, the move prompts other provinces to do the same.
- 3 November 1969: The Rabe Savings Bank and Dominion Bank merge to form RD Bank.
- 24 December 1969: The VBC begins colour television transmissions on station VSA-7.
- 31 December 1969: The first annual Sunshine Music and Lifestyle Festival opens near Marazan. It is the biggest countercultural gathering ever seen in the country.
- 1971: Cambria and St Austell decriminalise homosexuality.
- 15 March 1971: The Capital Punishment Act 1971 passes into law, formally abolishing the death penalty within Vodeo.
- 9 November 1971: Alvin Miller assumes office as Premier.
- 1 January 1972: The Helensvale Power Station is switched on.
- 2 February 1973: For the first time, all three television networks broadcast all day in colour. Black-and-white broadcasting will officially end by the middle of the year.
- Vodeo enters its first recession since the late 1940s. It will be the first in a string of four that will last until 1980.
- The 1974 Ingerish Games take place in Avington.
- 20 November 1974: The Colour Computer Company is established in Saviso. It will go on to become one of the world's major technology companies by the 1990s.
- 30 November 1974: At the general election, the Federal government is defeated by the Liberals under Martin Breen.
- 9 December 1974: Martin Breen assumes office as Premier.
- 1 January 1975: Vodean astronaut Lindsay Broadwell becomes the first woman from the Ingerish Commonwealth in space.
- February 1975: Colour advertises its Colour Computer in Microcomputer magazine. It is one of the first home computers offered to the public.
- 5 April 1975: King Robert dies and is succeeded by his son Thomas.
- 7 June 1976: Vodeo officially completes its transition to the metric system.
- 23 October 1977: Main introduces the 6/80 microcomputer with Colour's CCS operating system.
- 1978: Former foreign minister Duncan Waverley is elected the inaugural chief secretary of the World Organization of Tourism.
- 18 April 1978: Homosexuality is decriminalised across Vodeo.
- 1 July 1979: The farthing and half-penny coins are withdrawn from circulation. They will remain legal tender until their demonetisation in 2002.
- 13 September 1979: A protest against the government in Saviso erupts into a full-scale riot, fuelled by unease and anger at Vodeo's poor economic situation.
- 10 November 1979: 28-year-old pilot Henry Clark disappears en route from Hopesmarch Island to the Welcome Islands. No trace of Clark or his plane is ever found.
- 27 December 1979–6 January 1980: Strange lights are witnessed following aircraft flying over the Gulf of Havilland. A VBC camera crew captures the lights on the night of December 30-31, leading to considerable international interest.
- 30 April 1980: Liberal MP Gary Hays defeats Premier Martin Breen in a party leadership challenge.
- 1 May 1980: Gary Hays assumes office as Premier.
- 8 November 1980: At the general election, Federal defeats the Liberal government. The size of Federal's victory is comparable to its victories in 1889 and 1950.
- 14 November 1980: Otto van Helsing assumes office as Premier.
- 20 November 1983: The science fiction-drama film Radiation premieres in Saviso. The film, which depicts the destruction of Saviso in a nuclear war, will gross some £1.6 million, making it the most profitable Vodean film up to that point.
- 13 February 1984: The St Austelline Government Railways complete restructuring and is renamed St Austelline.
- 20 July 1984: Vodeo becomes an inaugural member of the Tarephia Cooperation Council.
- 1985: Vodeo becomes an inaugural member of the Commonwealth Free Trade Area, the successor to the Commonwealth Trading Environment.
- 15 January 1985: Colour releases COS 2.0. The operating system becomes a killer app for the PC, and establishes Colour as one of the most important players in the software industry.
- 20 February 1985: Crown Princess Adelaide marries David Foster in Holme.
- 28 November 1985: Guy Bradford dies in Saviso aged 95.
- 31 August 1987: Crown Princess Lucy is born in Holme.
- 12 November 1988: King Thomas II dies and is succeeded by his daughter Adelaide.
- 13 September 1989: The coronation of Adelaide II takes place at Saint Clair Cathedral in Holme.
- 16 November 1989: Eric Douglas assumes office as Premier.
- 6 April 1990: Prince Albert is born in Holme.
- 9 June 1990: VBC-TV begins 24-hour broadcasting on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Local government reforms in St Austell see a number of small counties and boroughs amalgamated into larger council areas.
- The St Austell Telegraph reveals historic systemic abuse at the hands of staff at Kingseat Hospital. The revelation will lead to one of Vodeo's biggest scandals, and will ultimately bring down the provincial government.
- 8 October 1992: Howard Stevens assumes office as Premier.
- 14 December 1993: A Royal Vodean Navy vessel runs aground on a reef near the Welcome Islands. The grounding is cause for much humour and embarrassment.
- 20 October 1994: Kingseat Hospital is closed after 112 years of operation.
- 17 November 1994: VBC-TV is renamed VBC1 and begins full 24-hour broadcasting.
- 24 August 1995: Princess Piper is born in Holme.
- 27 August 1995: Three lights of unknown origin are seen crossing the sky over southern Vodeo.
- 11 March 1996: The process of replacing the 001 emergency telephone number with 555 begins, and will be complete by the end of 1998. The new number is chosen for its central position on a telephone keypad.
- 18–29 September 1998: The 1998 Ingerish Games take place in Holme.
- 14 January 2001: Social Democratic Party leader Alice Singer is found shot dead in her Longlac home. Her killer will not be found until 2003.
- 10 October 2001: At the general election, the Liberal Party defeats the Federal government and wins a majority of seats.
- 19 November 2001: John Graine assumes office as Premier.
- 29 July 2003: Havilland suffers its worst flooding in 70 years. Greville is hit particularly hard.
- 6 November 2004: At the general election, the Liberal government is re-elected for a second term with a majority of seats.
- 20 October 2007: At the general election, the Liberal government is re-elected for a third term with a plurality of seats.
- 31 October 2008: A horror theme park opens on the site of the former Kingseat Hospital.
- 30 October 2010: At the general election, the Federal Party defeats the Liberal government and wins a majority of seats.
- 4 November 2010: Victoria Stobie (Federal) assumes office as the 28th Premier of Vodeo, and is the first woman to hold the position.
- 1 January 2013: Same-sex marriage is legalised across the country.
- 26 October 2013: At the general election, the Federal government wins a second term with a majority of seats in the House of Commons.
- 2014: Sarah Tanner (Federal) assumes office as Governor of St Austell.
- 27 November 2015: Analogue television broadcasting ends after 64 years.
- 22 October 2016: At the general election, the Federal government wins a third term with a majority of seats. It is the first time a government has won a majority in its third term since the 1956 election.
- 29 March 2018: The Crafers Bypass opens. Traffic travelling on the Holme-Endorie highway can now avoid travelling through the city centre or taking a long detour to the south.
- 19 May 2018: In the St Austellian provincial election, the Liberal Party under Emma Richardson defeats the Federal government.
- 2 November 2019: At the general election, the Federal government is re-elected for a fourth term with a plurality of seats.
- 24 November 2019: In Saviso, Telecom launches Vodeo's first 5G mobile network.