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More Red Letter Dates

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The most famous red letter date in the history of time travel is November 5, 1955 from Back to the Future.

November 5, 1955

Lesser known BTTF dates include:

  • January 1, 1885 (Doc’s trip to the Old West)
  • September 2, 1885 (Marty’s trip to the Old West)
  • November 12, 1955 (Enchantment Under The Sea / Lighting vs the Clock Tower / Biff gives himself the Sports Almanac)
  • October 26, 1985 (The day it all started)
  • October 21, 2015 (Marty & Jennifer’s trip to the future)
  • October 26, 2015 (Doc’s first trip to the future, assuming “30 is a nice round number”)

In Timely Persuasion many of the actual time travel dates are vague — but there are some key red letter dates based on the narrator’s memories or bits of musical trivia:

  • October 12, 1969 (WKNR DJ Russ Gibb starts the “Paul is Dead” rumor)
  • September 18, 1970 (Jimi Hendrix found dead)
  • April 7, 1994 (Eve of discovery of Kurt Cobain’s body; Tom Grant & Dylan Carlson search house)
  • April 12, 2000 (Napster/Metallica copyright suit)
  • September 10, 2001 (Trying to save sister)

As long as we’re on the subject, let’s extend the red letter dates to include some of my other favorite time travel tales:

  • September 13, 1956 (Sam Beckett’s first Quantum Leap)
  • September 9, 1958 (Destination of the time portal in 11/22/63)
  • February 22, 1972 (Mickey Wade’s pills bring him here in Expiration Date)
  • September 23, 1977 (Clare first meets Henry in The Time Traveler’s Wife)
  • October 2, 1988 (Jet Engine & Frank the Rabbit travel back to this date in Donnie Darko)
  • October 18, 1988 (Jeff Winston dies and starts replaying in Replay)
  • October 26, 1991 (Henry first meets Clare in The Time Traveler’s Wife)
  • December 12, 1996 (James Cole witnesses the death of his future self at the airport in 12 Monkeys)
  • November 5, 1999 (Jacob travels back to visit Peter at the cafe in Trickshot)
  • March 16, 2005 (Uncle Jim visits Danny Deakins in The Man Who Folded Himself)
  • October 23, 2030 (The date of the future visions seen in the novel Flashforward)
I’ve never noticed this before, but time travelers sure like the fall.  17 of the 23 dates listed above are in Sept/Oct/Nov!