Secret government department responsible for conflict. During a pivotal moment in the Cold War, missiles launched near Cuba allegedly malfunction due to an unidentified group with unexplained powers.
◇ 1963 ERIK LEHNSHERR IS IMPLICATED IN MURDER
The JFK assassination sparks a mutant controversy. The mutant known as Magneto is implicated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy by a witness on the grassy knoll. Magneto denies direct involvement, sparking the “Free Magneto” movement.
◇ 1965 CHARLES XAVIER OPENS THE SCHOOL FOR GIFTED YOUNGSTERS
Xavier’s school is a safe place for mutant education. Xavier opens a private boarding school with a hidden agenda: to ensure young mutants have a safe haven to study and safely develop their powers.
◇ 1967 TRASK INDUSTRIES DEVELOPS ARTIFICIAL LIMBS
Trask Industries’ revolutionary prosthetics change the lives of millions. Bolivar Trask revolutionizes the world of prosthetics through DNA-generated artificial limbs.
◇ 1972 PROLONGED SILENCE ON NIXON WHITE HOUSE TAPES POINTS TO SCANDAL
Trask and Nixon take a secret meeting. Conveniently erased from the tapes. Congressional investigators seeking evidence of an improper relationship between Trask Industries and the Nixon White House are stymied when they discover that 18½ minutes of a meeting between Bolivar Trask and President Nixon have been completely erased.
◇ 1973 TRASK ANNOUNCES THE SENTINEL MARK I PROGRAM
President Nixon welcomes the Sentinels with open arms. Through a defense contract with the Nixon administration, Trask Industries begins production and deployment of the Sentinel Mark I. While the heavily funded project raised the level of national security capabilities, it also resulted in America moving away from the Gold Standard.
◇ 1975 XAVIER GOES TO WASHINGTON
Professor makes a closed door plea to U.S. politicians for basic rights. Charles Xavier appears before the U.S. House of Representatives in a private closed session, asking for mutant freedoms including integration and privacy.
◇ 1977 WORLD RECORD SCANDAL
Pietro Maximoff breaks 8 world records, sparking review of mutant participation in athletics. Athletics officials adopt a genetic testing policy in partnership with Trask Industries in which no athletes carrying the mutant X-gene can compete in professional sporting events. This occurs following the investigation of Pietro Maximoff, Quicksilver, who broke 8 world records in track and field events.
◇ 1984 MINISTER DUBS MUTANTS “GOD’S CURSE”
“The Human Majority” targets Mutants as God’s curse. Popular televangelist minister, Bob Bell, and his organization, “The Human Majority,” champion a strong anti-mutant movement. Among their principles is the belief that disease is God’s curse for mutant integration.
◇ 1986 CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER
Soviet Union sees a rash of “mutant infants” (младенцы-мутанты). The Chernobyl nuclear power plant melts down, causing a spike in premature mutant expressions for generations.