The AFOL History Project
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July 20th, 1996
First Bay Area LEGO Get Together
LEGO fans in the San Francisco Bay area hold a gathering at a pizza place with more than 20 attendees.
July 25th, 1997
James Jessiman passes away
The worldwide community of LEGO fans lost a bright light in the passing of James Jessiman, creator of the LDraw file format and original LDraw program
July 25th, 1997
RTL Toronto Meeting Proposed
Calum Tsang proposes a meeting in Toronto that would ultimately lead to the rtlToronto group.
July 22nd, 2000
GardenSLUG's first meeting
The newly formed "GardenSLUG" hobbyist group meets in New Jersey.
July 21st, 2001
BZ Community Launches
A new forum for Bionicle fans is launched.
July 20th, 2002
BZPower Launches
The Bionicle fan sites Kanohi-Power and BZ Community join forces to become
July 26th, 2002
The Moonbase Project is Born
Jon Palmer introduces the moonbase project: an easy to follow standard that would allow builders from around the world to build separate "modules" that could be connected seamlessly in a large Moonbase layout. The idea was an instant hit. Moonbase modules were being created within days and after only 2 months the first massive Moonbase layout was put together across the country at a LEGO fan convention in Seattle.
July 25th, 2005
The Brothers Brick Begins
The Brothers Brick, a new LEGO blog starts commenting on all things LEGO.
July 20th, 2007
Brickshelf revives
After a week of furious activity in the community, Brickshelf is officially resurrected.
July 23rd, 2011
Kyle Ugone Sets Guiness World Record
Guiness World Records verifies a new record for Kyle Ugone for having the most individual (non-duplicate) constructed LEGO sets with 1091.
July 21st, 2012
Byggepladen Sets New Train Record
The Danish LUG Byggepladen sets a new world record for the longest track at 1,500.64 meters.
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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