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0 BBY/ABY is the dating standard used when attempting to place events in the Star Wars universe in correct chronological order. It refers to events and their chronological relation to the event known as the Battle of Yavin. All events chronicled in the original 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope takes place in this year.


BBY

Event Source
The Imperials test out the Death Star's new super-weapon on the planet of Jedha, destroying all of Jedha City. Among those that perish are Saw Gerrera and his extremist followers. RO:ASWS
Darth Vader and the 501st Legion overtake the Rebel Blockade Runner Tantive IV and capture Princess Leia. Fortunately, she hides the stolen Death Star plans inside of R2-D2 and has R2 and C-3P0 escape from the ship. She is then captured by Imperials. ANH
R2-D2 and C-3P0 land on the planet Tatooine. They are captured by Jawas who sell them to a moisture farm owner named Owen Lars. The droids meet Owen's young nephew Luke Skywalker. ANH
R2 runs off into the night in search of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke and Threepio chase after him but run afoul of Tusken Raiders. Obi-Wan arrives and saves Luke and brings him back to his hut. Luke learns that Obi-Wan was once a Jedi Knight like his father. They find a recorded message from Princess Leia begging for Kenobi's help. Obi-Wan gives Luke his father's old lightsaber and tells him he must follow in the ways of the Force. ANH
Darth Vader sends a Stormtrooper detachment to Tatooine to recover the stolen plans. The Stormtroopers slaughter the Jawas who sold the droids and then kill Luke's aunt and uncle. When Luke learns of their deaths, he agrees to go with Obi-Wan to Alderaan. ANH
Han Solo has a violent encounter with the young bounty hunter Greedo and kills him. ANH

The Battle of Yavin

Event Source
Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie and the droids reach the moon of Yavin IV. Alliance leader General Jan Dodonna analyzes the stolen Death Star plans and discovers a weakness in the battle station. Addressing the Alliance's staff and pilots, he outlines a plan of attack against the Death Star. ANH
X-wing and Y-wing squadrons Red Group and Gold Group mount an offensive against the Death Star. Luke joins Red Group and they engage enemy TIE fighters on their way to the Death Star. Darth Vader personally enters the dogfight and takes down several Rebel pilots on his own. He nearly kills Luke but for the timely arrival of Han Solo who cripples Vader's ship. Using the Force, Luke fires the "kill-shot" that destroys the Death Star. ANH
On Yavin IV, a huge celebration is held and Luke and Han are presented with medals. ANH


ABY

Event Source
Han and Chewie leave Yavin to go pay off Jabba the Hutt. En route, they run afoul of space pirates led by Crimson Jack who steals Solo's reward money for rescuing Princess Leia. Star Wars v.1 #7
Han and Chewie arrive on Aduba-3 and help an alien priest bury a dead cyborg on Spacers' Hill. Star Wars v.1 #7
With the help of the Dragon Lords, Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie and the Droids fight up against and defeat General Quarg and his Space Wreckers. With the death of the general, they succeed in liberating the planet Drexel II. Star Wars v.1 #14
Months after the battle of Yavin, Rebel forces engaged the Imperial Star Destroyer Executor. Pilot Vrad Dodonna sacrificed his life by executing a suicide run in order to buy the Rebels time to evacuate. Classic Star Wars #14-15.

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