The distant past is defined in Earth's calendar as being from "the big bang" until 1699.

The notation BCE ("Before Common Era") and CE ("Common Era") are alternative notations for BC ("Before Christ") and AD ("anno Domini"), respectively.

Major events[edit | edit source]

5 billion years BCE[edit | edit source]

4th century BCE[edit | edit source]

3rd century BCE[edit | edit source]

  • A ship bearing a polaric energy being arrives on Earth and makes contact with prehistoric natives in Japan. The being possesses a Human priestess, impresses the natives with her power and knowledge, and begins to reign as the Sun Queen Himiko. (Star Trek Online: Valkyries)
  • Beginning of the Yayoi period in prehistoric Japan. Introduction of bronze and iron metallurgy, weaving, and rice agriculture to the region.

1st century BCE[edit | edit source]

  • c. 4 BCE: Approximate birthdate of Jesus, later believed by Christians to be the messiah prophesied in the Bible, and by Muslims to be a significant prophet.

1st century CE[edit | edit source]

3rd century[edit | edit source]

5th century[edit | edit source]

6th century[edit | edit source]

7th century[edit | edit source]

  • 632: Death of Muhammad.

10th century[edit | edit source]

15th century[edit | edit source]

17th century[edit | edit source]

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Distant past
18th century


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