James Gatz is born in North Dakota.
Significance: the entire story revolves around Gatsby.
Since Nick is 30 in 1922, ("I'm thirty, five years too old to lie" - chapter 9) he was born in 1892.
Daisy was 18 when she met Gatsby in 1917, so Daisy was born in 1899.
"Ella Kaye, the newspaper woman, played Madame de Maintenon to his weakness and sent him to sea in a yacht, were common knowledge to the turgid sub-journalism of 1902." (Chapter 6)
At the age of 17, Gatsby joins Cody in Girl Bay and sails the seas with him for five years.
"He had been coasting along all too hospitable shores for five years when he turned up as James Gatz's destiny in Little Girl Bay."(chapter 6)
"The arrangement lasted five years…….one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody inhospitably died."(chapter 6)
Nick Carraway graduates from New Haven (Yale University) at the age of 23.
"I graduated from New Haven in 1915" (chapter 1) and since he was born in 1892, in 1915 he is 23.
The United States of America enters World War I, and Jay Gatsby fights for his country.
Daisy is 18 and Gatsby is 27 at that time.
"Her white roadster was beside the curb, and she was sitting in it with a lieutenant I had never seen before….His name was Jay Gatsby."
"The largest of the lawns belonged to Daisy Fay's house. She was just eighteen."(chapter 4)
and since Gatsby was 17 in 1907, he is 27 in 1917.
"Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler. He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919." (chapter 4)
The 18th amendment of the constitution is ratified, prohibiting the sale of liquor.
"I remember when I first met him, a young major just out of the army." (chapter 9)
The main time period of the book in which most of it takes place. Jay Gatsby dies at the age of 32.
Nick Carraway, (with help from F. Scott Fitzgerald) tells the reader the story of The Great Gatsby.
"After two years, I remember the rest of that day." (chapter 9)