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Star Wars Movie Timeline

The story told in the six Star Wars movies covers a 36 year time period. In the Star Wars lexicon the timeline is designated by it's relation to the Battle of Yavin. A year is either BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) or ABY (After the Battle of Yavin.) And for those who don't remember, the Battle of Yavin was when the Rebel Alliance and Luke Skywalker use the stolen schematics to destroy the Death Star in the space around their headquarters on the fourth moon of Yavin.

  • Newly crowned and only 14 years-old, Queen Padme Amidala deals with an inter-planetary crisis as the galaxy Trade Federation institutes a blockade on her planet Naboo and then a subsequent military assault in the Battle of Theed.

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO meet for the first time on Tatooine and Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn discovers 9 year-old Anakin Skywalker, a boy he believes to be "The One" who is prophesied to bring "balance to the Force."

  • Back on Naboo, the Gugans and Noobians join forces to defeat the Trade Federations's Droid Army in the Battle of Naboo.

  • In an epic battle with a mysterious Dark Sith Lord, Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon Jinn and then Obi-Wan Kenobi kills Darth Maul.

  • The power-hungry Senator Palpatine maneuvers to overthrow Supreme Chancellor Valorum and install himself in that position.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi is tasked with the training of young Anakin despite the misgivings of Yoda and the rest of the Jedi Council.

  • Her term as Queen ended, Padme is now a Galactic Senator. After being targeted for assassination by the Trade Federation, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Learner Anakin Skywalker have been ordered to protect her by the Jedi Council.

  • While Anakin and Padme are falling in love on Naboo, Obi-Wan Kenobi discovers a Clone Army on Kamino and tangles with Bounty Hunter Jango Fett and his young son Boba Fett.

  • Anakin and Padme travel to Tatooine to rescue his mother who has been kidnapped. When they get there too late, grief-striken Anakin causes a disturbance in the foce when he kills an entire village of Sand People in the Tusken Raider Massacre.

  • The Jedi face off with Count Dooku, the new leader of the Trade Federation-backed Separtist Movement in the Battle of Geonosis.

  • Palpatine tricks Jar Jar Binks into nominating him for the position of Chancellor for Life with the Emergency Powers Act instituted by the Galactic Senate.

  • Anakin and Padme are secretly married.

  • Begun the Clone Wars have.

  • For the last three years, the Jedi have been leading the Clone Army against the Separtist Movement's Droid Army in a Galaxy-wide War.

  • Anakin Skywalker kills Count Dooku at the behest of Chancellor Palpatine.

  • Padme tells Anakin that she is pregnant and that their still secret marriage might soon have to be revealed.

  • At the Battle of Utapau, Obi-Wan Kenobi kills the leader of the Droid Army, General Grievous.

  • Anakin discovers that Chancellor Palpatine is the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

  • Palpatine seduces Anakin to the Dark Side by promising he will teach Anakin how to use the magic of the Sith to save the life of Padme.

  • Palpatine issues Order 66, and the Great Jedi Purge begins as the Clone Army turn on their Jedi leaders and kill them in surprise attacks.

  • With the Jedi gone, Palpatine makes a final grab for power and names himself Emperor of the entire Galaxy.

  • Obi-Wan confronts Anakin on Mustafar and mortally wounds him in a epic lightsaber battle.

  • Padme gives birth to twins, names them Luke and Leia and then dies of a broken-heart.

  • Palpatine rescues a nearly dead Anakin and turns him into Darth Vader.

  • Yoda and Obi-Wan, the only two remaining Jedi, go into hiding but not before assuring that Anakin's children will be protected from the Emperor and his new apprentice.

  • Leia, having been raised by Bail Organa on Alderaan, is part of the Rebel movement trying to overthrow Emperor Palpatine. After stealing secret plans to the Empire's Death Star ship/weapon, she is captured by Darth Vader.

  • Luke, living with his Aunt and Uncle on Tatooine comes to possess R2-D2 and C-3PO, the Droids to whom Leia gave the Death Star plans.

  • R2 leads Luke to Obi-Wan Kenobi who has been living on Tatooine secretly watching over Luke from afar.

  • Luke and Obi-Wan hire Han Solo to take them to Alderaan on the Millennium Falcon.

  • Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader use the Death Star to destroy Alderaan.

  • Luke and Han rescue Leia.

  • Darth Vader and Obi-Wan reunite after twenty years and end up in another light saber fight. This time Darth Vader is victorious.

  • Luke joins the Rebel Alliance and with some help from Han Solo, uses the Force to destroy the Death Star in the Battle of Yavin.

  • Empire forces attack the Rebels at the Battle of Hoth.

  • Luke sees the ghost of Obi-Wan, who urges him to go to Dagabah to receive Jedi training from Yoda.

  • Leia and Han Solo fall in love.

  • Fleeing from Empire ships, Han and Leia take refuge with Han's old friend, Lando Calrissian, Baron of the Cloud City of Bespin.

  • Lando betrays Han and turns him over to Darth Vader and Bounty Hunter Boba Fett, who then freezes Han in carbonite in order to transport him back to Tatooine and Jabba the Hutt.

  • Luke faces Darth Vader in a climatic lightsaber battke that ends with Darth's revelation that he is Luke's father.

  • Luke, Leia, Lando, R2-D2 and C-3PO rescue Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt.

  • Luke returns to Dagobah to get more training from Yoda but arrives just before Yoda dies.

  • Han and Leia team with the Ewoks against the Empire in the Battle of Endor.

  • Luke confronts his father and Emperor Palpatine.

  • Darth Vader saves his son's life by killing Emperor Palpatine, finally fullfilling the prophesy and bringing balance to the Force.

  • Lando leads the Rebel Space Pilots in an assault on the second Death Star and destroys it.

  • The Rebel Alliance defeats the Galactic Empire and everyone lives happily ever after.

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    Darth Vader ( James Earl Jones ):

    "The Force is strong in this one."