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Fox reveals what’s happened in the 20 years since the first ‘Independence Day’

Updated 4 years ago
Independence Day War 1996 History
Image: 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is a popular saying used to warn people about disastrous current events. And in preparation for the launch of Independence Day: Resurgence, Fox has created a special site dedicated to the War of 1996 that presents some of the most important events that happened in the 20 years that followed the release of the original film.

Below, you’ll find the highlights of this universe, from 1996 leading up to the second encounter with the powerful and dangerous aliens that are preparing for the second attack against Earth.

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July 2nd, 1996: Aliens attack earth destroying 108 cities and prompting a swift response from armies around the world

November 30th, 1997: The alien threat has been largely neutralized, and humans start rebuilding

March 17th, 1998: The near annihilation of the human race had a welcomed side-effect: the leaders of the world united to prevent similar events

May 25th, 1998: The Earth Space Defense Program (ESD) is formed, with War of 96 hero David Levinson appointed Director

August 1st, 1999: ESD equips F-22 Raptors with alien shield technology

June 22nd, 2000: Entirely destroyed by a crashing alien ship, Las Vegas becomes a permanent memorial to War of 96

October 10, 2001: The war against aliens continues in Congo, as locals fight against survivors of a City Destroyer declining assistance from ESD

October 23rd, 2003: U.S. Army scientists use alien technology to enhance weapons and for other military applications

April 27th, 2007: War of 96′ hero Colonel Hiller is killed while testing the first ESD alien hybrid fighter

February 21st, 2009: The ESD opens the Moon base, a military outpost designed with defensive, offensive and space exploration capabilities

June 4th, 2011: ESD Director David Levinson attends 2011 TEDx Conference detailing the tech advancements made possible by alien technology

August 19th, 2014: The next-gen hybrid alien vehicles and weapons systems are introduced, including the T4 Global Defender Hybrid Fighter

July 4th, 2016: The 20th anniversary of the War of 96

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.