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12 dates spanning 20 years: 1997-2016
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1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2003 2007 2009 2011 2014 2016
  • 1997
    • November
      • November 30
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          Aside from a small pocket of resistance in an isolated area of the African Congo, the alien threat has been neutralized - and the world begins to rise from the ashes. Reconstruction begins immediately as the big cities, monuments and landmarks of the world are slowly restored to their former glory.
  • 1998
    • May
      • May 25
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          Following the newly established global peace alliance, the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defense program (ESD) to serve as an early warning system and united global defense unit - appointing War of 1996 hero David Levinson as its director. In conjunction with this announcement, the ESD launches a worldwide publicity and recruitment campaign.
  • 1999
    • January
      • January 8
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          ESD applies recovered alien shield technology to an F-22 Raptor to understand how they can better integrate other alien technology into future full Hybrid Fighters. This light experiment will serve as the foundation for the dramatic innovations that the ESD delivers nearly a decade later.
  • 2000
    • June
      • June 22
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          Following the destruction of the alien mothership, Las Vegas was completely demolished by a crashing City Destroyer. Since then, thousands have visited its untouched ruins - serving as a dramatic reminder of the aliens' ruthless attack and permanent memorial to the War of 1996.
  • 2001
  • 2003
    • October
      • October 23
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          Applying new data from recovered alien weaponry, U.S. Army scientists make dramatic advances in applying their findings to military applications. While there is initially some controversy around exploiting this technology, demonstrations of the new weapons' capabilities quickly alleviate fears.
  • 2007
  • 2009
    • February
      • February 21
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          Monitored from its command center in Beijing, China, the ESD Moonbase opens as Director David Levinson presides over the ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed with both offensive and defensive weapons capabilities, the Moonbase is the first of several planetary bases designed to monitor our solar system for potential alien threats.
  • 2011
    • June
      • June 4
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          As a keynote speaker at the 2011 TEDx Conference, ESD Director David Levinson highlights some of the breakout consumer products that were inspired by alien technologies - including the touchscreen smartphones, bladeless fans, drones and airport security scanners.
  • 2014
    • August
      • August 19
        •  Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 Film | Source Timeline
          After years of research and development from ESD scientists around the world, the next generation of hybrid alien vehicles and weapon systems are introduced. One of the standouts is the T4 Global Defender Hybrid Fighter, boasting unprecedented speed, maneuverability and offensive capabilities.
  • 2016

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