The AFOL History Project
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July 13th, 1995
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen dies
At age 75, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen dies, having retired from the LEGO company in 1992.
July 14th, 1999
MLCAD Released
Michael Lachmann releases a new LEGO CAD program, MLCAD, for creating and editing LEGO DAT models.
July 10th, 2000 Domain Launched
The BrickSet database moves from Huw Millington's personal webspace to its own domain,
July 8th, 2003
SPLTC is formed
The Southern Pacific LEGO Train Club (SPLTC) is officially announced, based in southern California.
July 13th, 2005
LEGO sells ownership of Legoland parks
LEGO announces its sale of majority ownership of the Legoland theme parks to the Blackstone group.
July 14th, 2007
Brickshelf dies
The AFOL community was thrown into confusion when Brickshelf, the most prominent community site for displaying images of MOCs, seemed to die. Upon accessing the site, the following message appeared: "Brickshelf has discontinued operation. We apologize for any inconvenience."
July 8th, 2009
Cycle 7 Ambassadors
The 7th cycle of LEGO Ambassadors is announced, with 45 members.
About the Project
This project is intended to mark the major milestones in the history of the LEGO hobbyist community. Although it is in part a history of the LEGO company, it's moreover intended to focus more on the myriad of happenings that we in the community remember-- landmark MOCs, community firsts, momentous events, and so forth.

The project was originally developed by Jason Wittenburg in early 2008, but was abandoned some months afterward. Using saved data from the original version, this incarnation is an attempt to keep the project alive, and is currently maintained by David Eaton.

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Help us by adding an event that you don't already see listed. If you aren't sure which ones we have, check the complete timeline.

Events in the AFOL History Project should focus on something that affected the LEGO community. Try to avoid events such as release dates for LEGO sets or themes, unless they made a particularly outstanding effect on the community. It's good to provide community 'first' events, such as a club's first meeting, but try to avoid subsequent repetitive events such as regular LUG meetings or train shows.

Your event text may not be accepted if it doesn't seem to fit, if it looks inaccurate, or if not enough data is provided, but we hope to include most submissions. Also be aware that your exact text may be altered in some cases to match the style of the existing entries.

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Things we'd like to know
There are some things we've looked for but don't have yet. Please let us know if you have any of the following information:
  • Date FBTB forums started
  • Date Tim Saupe announced his leaving FBTB
  • Attendance details for LEGO World events
  • Attendance details for BrickFair events
  • Attendance details for Brickworld events
  • Attendance details for BrickCon events
  • Date of Fibblesnork Guide
  • Date of SimLego's first version
  • Start date for Earthsea FTP Site (pre-ATL?)
  • Start date of A.T.L. (early 1993)
  • First LEGO hobbyist train show (1st known in winter 1985)

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