While most fans know the important dates in the Twilight series by heart — when Edward was born, Bella’s birthday — there were other interesting events taking place all across the globe at those very same moments. For the sake of spreading a few fun historical facts about the real world we live in, outside the realm of vampires, OK! has put together a quick list (with the help of the TwilightLexicon.com and its vamp timeline!) of what was going on in the world when those vamp milestones were occurring.

c. 300 B.C.: Aro, Caius, Marcus, and their wives form the Volturi.
Elsewhere that same year: 300 B.C. was part of the classical era — Alexander the Great of Greece spent much of the period conquering other nations and advancing Greek culture eastward. Philosophers Aristotle and Plato spent time teaching and cultivating knowledge.

c. 1640: Carlisle Cullen born in London.
King Charles I ruled England.
Aug. 9: 41 Spanish delegates to Japan at Nagasaki are beheaded. Ouch!

c. 1163: Carlisle changed into a vampire.
By now, King Charles II ruled England.
March 24: King Charles II of England issues the Charter of Carolina, establishing the Province of Carolina and dividing it between eight Lords Proprietors.

c. 1720: Carlisle finds civilized vampires in Italy.
• Jonathan Swift begins writing Gulliver’s Travels.

1843: Jasper Whitlock born in Texas.
May 22: Around 1,000 pioneers start out from Elm Grove, Mo. on in a wagon train on the Oregon trail, headed for the American Northwest.
Dec. 19: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is first published.
The world’s first commercial Christmas cards are printed by Sir Henry Cole in London.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” released.

1895: Esme Anne Platt born in Columbus, Ohio.
Sept. 3:The first professional American football game is played, in Latrobe, Penn., with the Latrobe YMCA team beating the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.
Feb. 14: Oscar Wilde’s last play The Importance of Being Earnest premieres in London.
Dec. 28: Auguste and Louis Lumière show the first moving picture film in Paris.

1901: On June 20, Edward Anthony Masen born in Chicago to Edward and Elizabeth Masen; Most likely in this year, Mary Alice Brandon born in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The world celebrates the beginning of the 20th century.
Jan. 28: Baseball’s American League is elevated to Major League status.
Aug. 30: Hubert Cecil Booth patents an electric vacuum cleaner.
New Zealand inventor Ernest Godward invents the spiral hairpin, changing women’s hair forever!
Dec. 12: Guglielmo Marconi receives the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in Newfoundland, Canada, Morse code for the letter “S.”

1911: Carlisle helps Esme’s broken leg — she’s just 16 — and most likely moves to Chicago soon after.
March 25: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC kills 146.
Oct: 24: Orville Wright flies for 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider, setting a new world record that stands for 10 years.

1915: Rosalie Lillian Hale born in Rochester, N.Y.; Emmett McCarty born in Tennessee.
January: Typhoid Mary infects 25 people while working as a cook at a NYC hospital, and is placed in quarantine for life.
Feb. 12: The first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place in D.C.
May 6: Babe Ruth hits his first career home run off Jack Warhop. Too bad he never saw vampires play baseball!
The first stop sign appears in Detroit.

1918: Carlisle works as a physician in Chicago; The Spanish Influenza Epidemic claims the life of Edward’s parents in September. Carlisle saves Edward and he begins his life as a vampire.
March 4: The first confirmed case of the Spanish flu appears at Camp Fuston, Kan., where a soldier becomes ill.
March 19: The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and Daylight Saving Time starts on March 31.
Sept. 11: The Boston Red Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs for the 1918 World Series championship, their last World Series win until 2004.
Nov. 11: World War I ends, the armistice becomes official at 11:11.

Around 1920. Alice changed into a vampire by a worker at the mental asylum.
Jan. 9: Thousands witness “The Human Fly” George Polley climb the New York Woolworth Building. He gets to the 30th floor and is arrested.
Jan. 16: Prohibition begins, banning alcoholic beverages in the U.S. Vampires are unaffected.
Aug. 26: The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, giving women the right to vote.

1921: Esme’s baby dies and she tries to commit suicide. Carlisle finds her and saves her. They fall in love and are married.
Aug. 5: Harold Arlin announces the Pirates-Phillies game from Forbes Field over Westinghouse KDKA, in Pittsburgh, in the first radio broadcast of baseball.
Sept. 7: The first Miss America pageant begins in Atlantic City, and a day later, Margaret Gorman, 16, is crowned the winner. Somewhere, Rosalie was probably jealous at age 6.

1933: Rosalie becomes engaged to Royce King. She is beaten and abused by him and his friends and left for dead. Carlisle Cullen finds her and changes her into a vampire.
Jan. 5: Workers begin building the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
Feb. 10: The first singing telegram is introduced in NYC.
March 12: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation, which is suffering through the Great Depression, in the first of his “Fireside Chats.”
March 23: Adolf Hitler is named dictator of Germany.
July 6: The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

1935: Emmett found by Rosalie after a bear attack. She brings him to Carlisle and he is changed into a vampire.
Jan. 11: Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
May 30: Babe Ruth appears in his last game, playing for the Boston Braves in Philadelphia against the Phillies.
June 12: Louisiana’s Senator Huey Long makes the longest speech on Senate record at 15.5 hours.
Nov. 5: Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly.

1936: Carlisle and family move to the area south of Forks called Hoquiam and make the treaty to stay off the Quileute land.
March 1: Construction of Hoover Dam is completed.
Aug. 3: African-American athlete Jesse Owens wins the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.

1950: Alice and Jasper (who found each other in 1948) find Carlisle and join his family.
Jan. 17: During the Great Brinks Robbery, 11 thieves steal over $2 million from an armored car in Boston.
Aug. 5: Florence Chadwick swims across the English Channel in 13 hours, 22 minutes.
Oct. 11: The Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color to CBS.
Nov. 25: A winter storm in the northeastern U.S. brings 30-50 inches of snow and kills 323 people.

1987: On Sept. 13, Isabella Swan is born to Renee and Charlie Swan in Forks, Wash.
Jan. 3: Aretha Franklin is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
March 19: Televangelist Jim Bakker, head of PTL Ministries in North Carolina, resigns after admitting an affair with church secretary Jessica Hahn.
April 19: The Simpsons cartoon first appears on The Tracey Ullman Show.
Aug. 31: Michael Jackson releases his third solo album, Bad.
Oct. 14-16: Baby Jessica McClure captivates then nation after falling into a well in Midland, Texas, and is ultimately rescued.

2003: The Cullen family arrive in Forks.
May 1: President George W. Bush lands on USS Abraham Lincoln, a U.S. aircraft carrier, and gives a speech announcing the end of major combat in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. A banner on display behind him declares “Mission Accomplished.”
June 4: Martha Stewart and her broker get in trouble with the law and are accused of insider trading. Martha subsequently resigns as chairperson and chief executive officer of Martha Stewart Living.
Dec. 13: Saddam Hussein is captured in Tikrit.

2005: On Jan. 17, Bella Swan moves to Forks. The rest is history!

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