Atrocitus is given a Red Lantern battery by the Controllers, an experiment in manipulating Anti-Oan energy. His followers vie for his favor to become his Red Lanterns, rage-fueled warriors whose power consumes them. The Red Lanterns begin to unify Sector 666 under him and his regime.
23-year-old Johnny Chambers begins using his speed powers as Johnny Quick.
25-year-old Cladina Drake, 24-year-old Dan Garrett, 32-year-old Ted Knight, 17-year-old Sylvester Pemberton, 17-year-old Lanford Terill, 31-year-old Cliff Steele, 26-year-old Eel O'Brian, 32-year-old Danette Reilly, 25-year-old Libby Lawrence & 23-year-old Johnny Chambers form the All-Star Squadron. Their facilities in the Perisphere from the 1939 world fair are built by 57-year-old Iron Munro, who declines to join the team.
The Controllers experiment with Anti-Oan energies. Despite finding them unstable, they secretly craft a Red Lantern Battery for Atrocitus as an experiment. His followers vie for his favor to become his Red Lanterns, rage-fueled warriors whose power consumes them. 25-year-old Bro'Dee witnesses as the Red Lanterns begin to unify Sector 666 under Atrocitus's regime.
24-year-old Jim Harper becomes the adult golden gloves champion.
17-year-old Morgan Edge goes to college.
14-year-old Tobias Whale starts dealing drugs.
11-year-old Lex Luthor stages his father's death when he realizes the insurance payout is all he will ever get from his father.
9-year-old Christopher Chance becomes a ward of the state after he watches as his father is killed by a loan shark's assassin.
6-year-old Valentia Vostok immigrates to America.
5-year-old Richard Drakunovski escapes from his captors & begins living as a street thief.
Floyd Lawton is born, the son of a violent, abusive father.
Pamela Isley is born.
Joseph Blackfire is born in rural Tennesse to an abusive father.
Clark Goodwin is born.
Giovanni Giuseppe is born to a family of circus acrobats.