GTA IV Timeline

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This is a timeline of events relating to Grand Theft Auto IV.



  • 1763: The American Revolution began in Liberty City.
  • 1783: Slaves were outlawed in the northern states; women were forced to service men in Liberty City.


  • 1835: The cities first newspaper, The Liberty Tree, was first published.
  • 1857: The Exchange, A neighbourhood in Liberty City, collapsed.
  • 1874: The first Liberty City Subway station opened.
  • 1879: The first train for the subway station was constructed.
  • 1886: France gives the US the Statue of Happiness to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence.









  • 1990: Niko Bellic is twelve when his family gets first electricity.
  • 1992 (April 1): The Bosnian war begins. Niko Bellic fights in the Bosnian conflict on the Serbian side at only fourteen.
  • 1993: Dwayne Forge is jailed on crack distribution charges.
  • 1995 (December 14): The Bosnian war is declared over with the signing of the Dayton Agreement, although many conflicts still continue. Around this time, Niko Bellic and his army unit are betrayed and killed except for him, Florian Cravic and Darko Brevic. Niko begins searching for the traitor.
  • 1998: Niko's cousin Roman emigrates to the USA, where he settles in Liberty City and becomes a cab driver.


  • 2000: Mr. McReary commits suicide. The Irish Mob leaves Purgatory and settles in Dukes.
  • 2001 (September 11): The 9/11 attacks occured. The attacks are frequently mentioned, especially in political atmospheres like Weazel News.
  • 2003 (March 20 - May 1): The US first invades Iraq - this conflict is mentioned in GTA IV.
  1. Angels in America, No Love Lost take place on the same day, when Jason Michaels dies.
  2. Action/Reaction takes place after Roman's Sorrow, according to internet news.
  3. Blow Your Cover and Buyer's Market are one event.
  4. Tom Goldberg is killed before Hit the Pipe, according to internet news.
  5. Roman's Holiday takes place very shortly before Hostile Negotiation.
  6. Three Leaf Clover and I Luv LC take place on the same day, when a bank is robbed.
  7. Frosting On The Cake and Diamonds in the Rough are one event, and both right before Taking in the Trash.
  8. Museum Piece, Collector's Item and Not So Fast, the infamous diamond deal, all take place at the same time.
  9. Was It Worth It?, No Way on the Subway happen at the same time after Johnny leaves Drusilla's, when Jim Fitzgerald dies.
  10. Ladies' Night happens in between Ransom (because Tony is forwarded the photo) and She's a Keeper (because Gracie is at the original hideout).
  11. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend and Ladies Half Price are one event.
  12. Dimitri Rascalov is killed before Departure Time.

A discrepency in the intersecting timelines is seen in Chinese Takeout, when Billy Grey makes a cameo appearance. Grey was arrested before Elizabeta Torres was.

  • 2008: The US government spends $700 billion to bail out several major banks, which Gay Tony briefly mentions in the mission I Luv LC.
  • 2009: The events of GTA Chinatown Wars takes place.