(thanks to Steve Chung for his review of Action Comics #399, "Superman, You're Dead... Dead... Dead!", which is quoted liberally below) (Lenny Carlson notes Earth 399 doesn't have jumbo jets and airplanes outside of WWII era... it's possible that they might still exist but travel by blimp is evidently more popular, as portrayed in Animal Man) 1770's - 1780's ==================================== George Washington pens the Emancipation Proclamation, which frees the slaves in the American colonies. An important moral document, it soon results in the ending of slavery throughout the British Commonwealth. [speculation] 1860's ============================ Abraham Lincoln leads the country in the Revolutionary War, achieving independence from Britain. He is elected President for life. [speculation] 1870's ============================ Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer achieves a position of honor among the various native tribes and is elected Chief of the Indian Federation. [speculation] 1940 ============================ The man known as the Unknown Soldier has first case. [Unknown Soldier #249] After his death he is buried in Arlington Cemetary. 1945 - 1946 ============================ At the Nuremburg trials, Adolph Hitler is found guilty of war crimes and is sentenced to death by hanging. 1954 ============================ Clark Kent/Kal-El begins his career as Superman. 1955 ============================ Bruce Wayne begins his career as Batman. 1960's ============================ An energy vampire drains Superman's powers... leaving the man of steel to die. When he is found on a deserted beach, Superman is brought to the National Research Institute, where scientists keep the hero alive... until the remnants of his super-abilities can be increased and transferred into a bio-duplicate of the original Superman Superman II visits the leper colony of Riggor... where people with incurable space diseases are quarantined... A week later, Superman II is at the research institute... his body dissolving into primitive protoplasm by a strange disease. The super-brain with control of its super-powers is still intact and tape records of the first man of steel's cytoplasmic structure are also available. Now it is Superman III who leaves the institute... but the scientists know that the artificial protoplasm they used to create him is unstable. Nevertheless, Superman III establishes himself as the most courageous of them all. 1963 =========================== President John F. Kennedy pretends to be Clark Kent in order to prevent Superman's secret identity from being revealed. Later that year, Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan after midnight. After his death he is buried in Arlington Cemetary. [Action #309; speculation by Lenny Carlson] 1965 ============================ Buddy Baker has adventures as Animal Man. [Strange Adventures #180] 1967 ============================ Rupert "Ken" Kenboya, a native African, has adventures as B'wana Beast. [Showcase #66] June 1969 ============================ 37 year old Edward Kennedy along with his secretary drowns in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts during their car accident. 1971 ============================ WGBS roving reporter Clark Kent hears a bulletin in his mobile news van, and Superman is soon heading for Lookout Mountain, where the solar furnace is out of control. He reaches the area at super-speed.... where he is told by scientists that the experimental solar power generator has exploded... and the chain reaction will ignite the atmosphere... turning the planet into a ball of fire. Superman III carries the solar generator into space... where it will be harmless. He meets his end when he saves the planet from the explosion caused by the new type of energy, which dissolves his unstable protoplasm. 1981 =========================== American boxer Joe Louis accidently assassinated by Mark Chapman during his first meeting with musician John Lennon. After his death he is buried in Arlington Cemetary. [speculation by Lenny Carlson, who notes that Joe Louis possibly never met Lennon within Earth-Prime continuity] 1980's ============================ Marvin Gaye survives a shooting incident and continues his musical career. [Animal Man #32] 24th Century ============================ The Historical Foundation inadvertently brings the Earth-1 Superman from April 1971, thinking it is Superman III. They also bring forth Washington, Lincoln, and Custer, although it is unknown whether they are the Earth-1 or Earth-399 versions.