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This is the legend for the timeline below.  In the timeline, there is a date, the event that happened, and the related movie/novel/etc the event happened in.  This should give you a better idea where the information comes from...
  • n = novel, short story collection, or children's book
  • s = screenplay
  • c = comic books, comic strips
  • r = radio drama
  • tvm = television movie
  • tva = television animation
  • g = role-playing game
Date  Event  Related Movie, Novel, etc. 
-25,000  The first hyper drive is invented.  
The Old Republic, the first galaxy wide government is formed; the Jedi Knights appear, and a period of galactic peace and expansion begins. 
-5000  Naga Sadow rules as Dark Lord of the Sith 
Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith (c) 
-4,990  Fall of the Sith Empire  
Naga Sadow leads the Sith into hiding on Yavin IV. 
-4,400  Freedon Nadd comes to Onderon to rule, bringing with him dark Sith power. 
-4,350  The Beast Wars of Onderon begin. 
-4,000  Jedi Knights, including Ulic Qel-Droma, intercede in the Beast Wars of Onderon.   
Andur Sunrider dies. 
Tales of the Jedi (c) 
-3,998  The Freedon Nadd uprising  The Freedon Nadd Uprising (c) 
-3996  The Krath lead a political coup in the Empress Teta system.   
An assembly of 10,000 Jedi Knights occurs at Mount Meru on Deneba. 
Dark Lords of the Sith (c) 
-3991  Exar Kun becomes a dark Lord of the Sith.  
The trial of Ulic Qel-Droma.  
The Sith War and destruction of the Cron system. 
The Sith War (c) 
-896  Yoda, the Jedi Master, is born. 
-200  Chewbacca, the Wookie, is born on Kashyyyk. 
-112  C-3PO is activated 
-60  Obi-Wan Kenobi is born. 
-55  Anakin Skywalker is born. 
-48  Mon Mothma, Senator and Alliance leader, is born on Chandrila. 
-35  The Clone Wars end. 
-32  The Battle of Naboo Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 
-29  Han Solo born in the Corellian star system.   
The Fall of the Republic- A dark period of corruption and social injustice sweep through the Republic, paving the way for Senator Palpatine's rise to power. 
Star Wars: Episode 2 (soon-to-be movie) 
Star Wars: Episode 3 (soon-to-be movie) 
-18  Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa are born and placed in hiding.  
The Jedi Knights are hunted and killed.  
The first stirrings of rebellion begin. 
-10  The Droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO have a few adventures.  Droids (c) -by Dark Horse 
-5  R2-D2 and C-3PO do some more stuff.  
Lando and Han each have some fun! 
Droids (c) -by Marvel  
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (n)  
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon (n)  
Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of Thonboka (n)   
Han Solo at Star's End (n)  
Han Solo's Revenge (n)  
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (novel)  
Jedi Dawn/Bounty Hunter (g) 
Luke Skywalker meets Obi-Wan Kenobi.  
The Battle of Yavin occurs, resulting in the destruction of the Death Star. 
Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope (s,n,c,r)  
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (n)  
River of Chaos (c)  
Star Wars newspaper strips (c)  
Splinter of the Mind's Eye (n,c) 
The Battle of Hoth takes place.   
Han Solo is captured by Boba Fett and turned over to Jabba the Hutt.   
Xizor and Dash Rendar are presumably killed.  
Black Sun is brought down. 
Star Wars: Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back (s,n,c,r)   
Shadows of the Empire (n,c)   
Role-playing books/ Adventure Journal (g)   
Random House Tie-Ins (g)   
Marvel: Ewoks (c)   
Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage (tvm)   
Ewoks, the Battle for Endor (tvm)   
Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour (tva)   
Ewoks (tva)   
The Great Heep (tva) 
Jabba the Hutt is overthrown.  
The Galactic Civil War ends with the Battle of Endor.  
The New Republic is formed.
Star Wars: Episode 6: Return of the Jedi (s,n,c)  
Tales from Jabba's Palace (n) 
An alien race, the Ssi-Ruuk, attempt to overthrow the planet Bakura, but Imperial and New Republic forces join and defeat the new threat.  The Truce at Bakura (n)  
The Glove of Darth Vader (n)  
The Lost City of the Jedi (n)  
Zorba the Hutt's Revenge (n)  
Mission from Mount Yoda (n)  
Queen of the Empire (n)  
Prophets of the Dark Side (n)   
X-wing: Rogue Squadron (c) 
The continuing adventures of Wedge Antilles and Rogue squadron!  X-wing novels (1-4) (n)
Leia Organa and Han Solo are married.  The Courtship of Princess Leia (n) 
Jacen and Jaina Solo are born.   
Grand Admiral Thrawn returns and solidifies the Imperial navy, but is defeated by the New Republic.   
Joruus C'Boath surfaces.   
Mara Jade makes herself known. 
Heir to the Empire (n,c)  
Dark Force Rising (n)  
The Last Command (n) 
10  Anakin Solo is born.   
The Emperor returns in a clone body, unleashing the world devastators, and later the galaxy gun.  
He is finally defeated by a group of Jedi Knights, including Luke Skywalker. 
Dark Empire (c)  
Dark Empire II (c)  
Empire's End (c) 
11  Luke Skywalker establishes the Jedi Academy on Yavin IV.  
Kyp Duron steals the sun crusher.  
The spirit of Exar Kun is defeated on Yavin IV.  
Admiral Daala leaves Maw Installation. 
Jedi Search (n)  
Dark Apprentice (n)  
Champions of the Force (n) 
12  Luke meets Callista.  
The Eye of Palpatine is defeated. 
Children of the Jedi (n) 
13  Admiral Daala and Vice-Admiral Paelleon form an alliance and defeat the feuding Imperial warlords.  
The Hutts build Darksaber, a modified version of the Death Star.  
Crix Madine dies. 
Darksaber (n) 
14  Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin are kidnapped, and Leia, Chewie, and R2 go after them.   
Han and Luke look for a lost group of Jedi but instead find an alien called Waru. 
The Crystal Star (n) 
Planet of Twilight (n) 
16  Black Fleet, consisting of 40 Super and Imperial class Star Destroyers controlled by the Yevetha, with the purpose of reclaiming the Republic sectors, declares war on the Rebublic.  
Luke begins a quest to find the whereabouts of his mother. 
Before the Storm (n)  
Shield of Lies (n)  
Tyrant's Test (n) 
The New Rebellion (n) 
18  The government of the Corellian system is overturned, and a war within the system breaks out.  Ambush at Corellia (n)  
Assault at Selonia (n)  
Showdown at Center Point (n) 
23  The Solo kids do some interesting things as they train to be Jedi Knights.  Young Jedi Knights 1-6 (n)