TIMELINE

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Date

Event

Source

1929
June 5

Birth of Control (USA)

Birthday of 
Robert Lansing

 

Riding the Elephant

1933
November 16

Birth of Robert McCall (UK) to William and mother's name unknown.

Father in British Army and mother US entertainer

Prisoners of Conscience

1937
June 16

Birth of Kay later Mrs. Robert McCall

Kay had a sister named Helen

Kay was played by two actresses, Sandy Dennis (born April 27, 1937) and Shirley Knight (born July 5, 1937). Combining their birthdays gives June 16, Bloom's Day!

1940

Birth of Jimmy, Equalizer Associate

 

Past Imperfect

1946

Birth of Pete O'Phelan, Equalizer Associate

Birthday of 
Maureen Anderman

 

Christmas Presence

1950

Control in Korean War - US 8th Army

COGNETT

1951

Robert McCall receives commission in the British Army

Prisoners of Conscience

In the early 50s, the British Army still effectively had conscription (called National Service), and most men did military service between the ages of (usually) about 18 and 20. It would be perfectly reasonable for a 19 year old to be an officer at this time, especially if he were planning to make a career in the army, and if he was of a good public school background. It was also usually the people who were interested in a career who were most likely to be sent overseas. - Nigel Davis

1952

Robert McCall serving alongside his father Capt. William McCall in Port Said, Egypt

Prisoners of Conscience

1952

Death of William McCall. Shot in the back by Randall Payne

Prisoners of Conscience

1952
Dec 2

Birth of Michael Kostmayer, Houston, Texas (USA)

Birthday of 
Keith Szarabajka


In Bump and Run and 
In The Money
,
Mickey says that he was born in Houston

1957

Something BIG happened

Splinters
See Additional Reference Information
Correspondence with Coleman Luck

1960

Robert McCall joins the Company

Trial by Ordeal
In 1989, the Tribunal judge, Helen, says that McCall joined the Company 29 years ago

1960

Robert McCall and Manon Brevard in Cyprus, during independence from Britain

Mystery of Manon Pt 2
Nicos Yanakis, a professional freelance assassin almost kills Robert but is shot by Manon. Yanakis escapes. He is found dead five years later in a Paris morgue with a bullet in his right eye.

1961

Control in Pamplona, Spain with Susan his wife (?)

A Community of Civilized Men

1961

Control in Berlin, Germany
Berlin Wall built

A Community of Civilized Men

1961

Robert McCall in Cambodia with Father O'Donahugh (Army chaplain and missionary, ministering to fighting men under appalling conditions).

Shades of Darkness
McCall said that Father O'Donahugh saved his butt

1961

Robert McCall and Manon Brevard in London

Mystery of Manon
McCall and Brevard dig up proof that Philip Lloyd, the Company station chief in London is really a KGB mole. Lloyd is incarcerated in a British prison for 15 years. He is released and dies later in 1984 of cancer

1962/3

McCall leaves France and Manon enceinte - father Robert McCall

Memories of Manon

1963

Birth of Yvette to Phillip Marcel (CAN) and Manon nee Brevard (FRA)

COGNETT

1964

Robert McCall weds Kay

Memories of Manon

1966

Birth of Scott to Robert and Kay

The Children's Song

1970

McCall stationed in Biafra, Nigerian Civil War

The Visitation

1971

Birth of Kathy to Robert and Kay. 

Kathy diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

COGNETT

1972

McCall in Cuba, helping Emanuel Pena defect to US

Reign of Terror

1972

Pete O'Phelan joins the Company

Christmas Presence

1973

Control in Leningrad

Mystery of Manon
Control in Leningrad to witness (false) execution of Arthur Trent. 
It was a mock execution arranged by the KGB as part of Trent's torture. 

Fifteen years later Trent seeks revenge on Robert McCall

1973
November 26

Death of Kathy McCall of Cardiomyopathy, aged 18 months

Time Present: Time Past
for name of disease that killed Kathy
Reign of Terror
for date of death

1974

Robert McCall separates from Kay

Children's Song
Scott says that he was eight when Robert left

1975

Robert McCall divorced from Kay

Regrets Only
Robert says that he has been divorced for 12 years and 3 months

1977

Control and McCall in Czechoslovakia

Lady Cop
The mission was code named Genesis
A Community of Civilized Men
They were helping the Charter 77 movement to get started

1978

Michael Kostmayer arrested by Navy authorities for murder

Splinters
Mickey is accused of killing his partner

1978

Robert McCall exonerates Kostmayer of charges

Splinters
McCall proves that it was an enemy explosive that killed Mickey's partner not one that Mickey planted himself

1978/1979

Michael Kostmayer joins the Company

Splinters
Mickey says that he has known Robert for 9 or 10 years
Trial By Ordeal
Mickey says that he has known Control for about 9 or 10 years

1980

Robert McCall critically shot in Angola.

Sea of Fire

Mickey says that McCall took four slugs to the chest and had no pulse for fifteen minutes. 
McCall has a near death experience

1980/1981

Robert McCall in Poland

Torn
Robert was in Poland to help thousand of Polish workers come together to strike for reform. This brought forth the emergence of an independent trade union. In 1981 martial law was imposed, hundreds of union leaders were arrested and Solidarity was suspended

1982

Vienna, Austria - An order of execution is issued on Robert McCall

Mystery of Manon
Bentley administration ordered Robert's execution

1982

Death (?) of Manon Marcel en route to Vienna

Mystery of Manon
Manon en route to Vienna to hand deliver Control's rescind of execution order

1982

Mickey Kostmayer in Bucharest, Romania

Splinters
Mickey involved with Serena Fallagi who is subsequently murdered by the KGB

1982

Pete O'Phelan, serving as Director of Research and new husband Mark (Personnel) are made to resign because of the Company employee marriage rule

Christmas Presence

1982

Robert McCall part of a Company group sent to Europe to apprehend the international terrorist Joseph Hyden

Blood and Wine


Six months later, McCall's godson, also a Company agent was killed while trying to save victims of a terrorist bombing in Paris. The bomb was planted by Joseph Hyden

1982

Robert McCall served as Overview of the Company (Internal Review of Agency Operations)

First Light
McCall called upon to testify as former Overview of the Company

1983

Kostmayer in Cambodia

COGNETT
In late March 1983, the Company sent money, weaponry, advisors and expert operatives into the Cambodian refugee camps to try and stem Vietnamese and Khymer Rouge infiltration into the non-communist country of Thailand. Mickey Kostmayer was one of those experts

1984/1985

Robert McCall in South America

Prelude
His mission was to help an anti-communist military leader called Astiz to take over his South American country. Robert was the Company pointman and was sickened when Astiz used death squads on his own people
Always A Lady
McCall had a protégé called Meredith Browning who was used by the Southern Control at the time as part of a fail-safe plan. The Company permitted Meredith to be kidnapped and tortured to give Company secrets to the LOA - the anti Astiz group. Because of these two events McCall becomes disgusted with the Company and decides to resign.

Early 1985

Richard Dyson assumes the position of Southern Control

Mission McCall

1985

Robert McCall and Richard Dyson resign together - illegally - from the Company

The Equalizer - The Pilot

1985

Kostmayer in Cyprus

China Rain

COGNETT

Here the use of the expression 'Three Eyed Turtle' is used. The expression is though to be a term that refers, in military usage, to a misdirection of attention ploy that Control tried to use on Qadaffi's men

1985

Robert McCall becomes The Equalizer

The Equalizer - The Pilot

1985

Michael (Mickey) Kostmayer recruited as associate of The Equalizer

China Rain

1986

Robert McCall is charged and arrested for murder.

Counterfire
He proves himself innocent

1986

McCall and Control in Pakistan

Counterfire

COGNETT
Robert and Control make a trip lasting 72 hours to Pakistan. They may have been there to get an idea of the rebellion's climate amongst the Afghan refugees in Pakistan and using it to assess the effect of the USSR's appointed leader of Afghanistan - Karmal - stepping down in May 1986

1986

Control becomes Oversight

Beyond Control
Control creates Exden Inc

1987
February

Robert McCall learns of the daughter he had with Manon Brevard

Memories of Manon

1987
March

Pete O'Phelan widowed

Christmas Presence

1987

Control creates Sandstar

Trial by Ordeal

1987
October

Robert McCall is kidnapped by the Company and then shot by the KGB. Harley Gage joins as Equalizer associate

Mission McCall

1987
December

Pete O'Phelan joins as an Equalizer associate

Christmas Presence

1988
February

Yvette Marcel learns that Robert McCall is her birth father

Mystery of Manon

1988
December

Mickey Kostmayer is kidnapped by the KGB

Splinters

1989
March

Control becomes Northern and Southern Control

Trial By Ordeal

1989
April

Scott McCall kidnapped by Bulgarian secret service agents

Time Present: Time Past

1989
April

Robert McCall faces Randall Payne the murderer of his father

Prisoners of Conscience

 

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