Credit to Void-Wolf
for giving me this idea.
"Basically, Timeline 15 is a timeline in which things are just the way you like them. Your best possible timeline. Things that you like are popular, things that you dislike are unpopular.
Your political candidate of choice is doing well, your crush likes you back, you're healthy and happy. The way you currently dress is fashionable in Timeline 15, movies and tv-shows you enjoy are a critical and financial success while those you dislike are failures over there. Your favorite music is topping the charts, your favorite videogames are the most played, etc.
The catch is that Timeline 15 diverged from our world on the day of your birth and not sooner, so whatever Points of Departure you're introducing cannot happen earlier and the world was exactly like OTL until you were born."
1989 - Newt Gingrich loses the election for House Minority Whip to Edward Rell Madigan in a razor thin election.
1992 - Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States.
1993 - President Clinton and House Republicans negotiate passage of the Health Security Act of 1993, largely borrowing from elements of Massachusetts' healthcare program. During this time Congress narrowly passes an approval to fund the Superconducting Supercollider after House Whips are able to negotiate a compromise funding package for expanding US Space Shuttle capabilities and defense spending to ensure a fairer distribution of resources to Southern and Midwestern States.
1994 - Republicans narrowly take back the House of Representatives and Senate.
1995 - NASA revives the Space Shuttle Wet Workshop program with the budget increase from the 1993 American Innovation Act. The successful deployment of the Wet Workshop leads to significant redesigns of the International Space Station program.
1996 - Bill Clinton wins re-election for the Presidency.
2000 - John McCain defeats Al Gore for the Presidency. The ISS is completed with 12 Space Shuttle Wet Workshops forming a habitation ring. Most countries involved with the program have been able to accelerate their commitments by simply shipping scientific components to the station directly rather than building costly modules of their own.
2001 - President McCain orders a series of airstrikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan as per the recommendation of the outgoing Clinton administration memo. The Superconducting Supercollider (renamed Teller National Accelerator Laboratory or Tellerlab) discovers proof of the "God Particle," advancing quantum mechanics by decades.
2002 - Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is founded by Elon Musk. The company begins work on a new generation of long range vacuum thrusters for space travel.
2003 - DARPA begins quantum teleportation research with scientists at Tellerlab. Publically Tellerlab continues research into quantum physics and its applications toward nuclear fusion.
2004 - President McCain is re-elected. He comes under sharp criticism shortly after signing a series of cuts to the FAFSA program, prompting more graduates to seek trade skills.
2005 - New Orleans is devastated by the largest Hurricane in living memory. The McCain administration organizes a successful relief effort, and opens an executive advisory council to investigate the cause. Military, civilian, and public researchers all conclude anthropological climate change contributed to the weather conditions that caused the storm. President McCain, citing similar reversals by President George H.W. Bush, reverses the administration's policy and asks Congress to create ARPA-E to study ways to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions while creating new renewable energy sources.
2006 - SpaceX becomes the first private company to lease space on the International Space Station to launch its Falcon 1 test vehicle. The small orbital tug is deployed from the space station to capture derelict satellites from Earth Orbit and return them to the station for repair and life-extension. The US military awards SpaceX a contract to field the newly completed Space Station Independence with a suite of space tugs to service KH-11 satellites.
2008 - The US economy suffers the largest stock market crash in its history. President McCain's bailout of the Housing Market is hotly criticized. Senator Barack Obama defeats Governor Mitt Romney in a landslide after Romney is caught espousing elitist sentiments about America's poorer voters. During the election, Russia invades Georgia, prompting President McCain to organize Congress and NATO to levee sanctions against Russia.
2009 - President Obama signs the Recovery Act, allotting trillions of dollars toward infrastructure reform and curtailing bailouts after receiving pressure from Democrats. SpaceX debuts the Falcon 9 Spacecraft, a much larger space Tug capable of capturing KH-11 spy satellites and propelling Shuttle Wet Workshops into higher orbits.
2010 - Accompanied by Buzz Aldrin, President Obama announces plans to build a next generation space shuttle and encourage private contractors to build privatized versions of the Shuttle launch system. President Obama's infrastructure program proves popular with Midwestern communities and tradesworkers, securing Democrats their majorities in the House and Senate during the midterms.
2011 - The US military begins outfitting next generation GPS satellites and military satellites with Quantum Entanglement communication systems that can't be hacked and are extremely precise.
2012 - President Obama wins a second term over Republican Jeb Bush. SpaceX launches its first manned mission aboard a Falcon 9 spacecraft using its Dragon Command Module (CM). Scientists at the National Ignition Facility initiate a sustained fusion reaction for the first time in history thanks to research derived from work at Tellerlab.
2014 - Boeing buys Masten Space Systems to provide higher quality landing accuracy for the next generation Space Shuttle. The Defense Department's annual budget request includes a proposal to build a small fusion power plant for the Gerald Ford Class Aircraft Carrier.
2015 - Built from abandoned concepts from the Venture Star and Orbital Space Plane projects, the Shuttle-2 is built in multiple configurations that use a more efficient Shuttle-Derived Launch System. The launch system can either be fully recoverable or be used as components for wet workshops. Boeing and Lockheed have begun to invest much more time and resource into improving their launch systems to capitalize on the growing demand of the Earth-Imaging and In Space Service markets.
2016 - Vice President Joe Biden is elected President of the United States, soundly defeating rival John Kasich after a bitter primary battle against former independent challenger Bernie Sanders. Biden enters office with a strong economy, a weak Russia, and an America experiencing a resurgence in pride and nationalism from a growing space program. President Obama's infrastructure program has created thousands of new jobs for rural communities and President McCain's renewable energy legacy has spurred the creation of a new generation of inexpensive electric vehicles.
2017 - SpaceX launches the Falcon 9 to the moon for the first human return in close to 50 years. Elon Musk announces plans to build a large colony ship for Mars. North Korea threatens nuclear war with its missile program, but the US easily disables their capabilities after testing a long classified orbital bombardment weapon which harmlessly penetrates their missile silos. In doing so the US debuts the Orbital Defense Network, a collection of over 50 satellites coordinated by Wet Workshop space stations armed with orbital lasers and bombardment weapons capable of disabling any missile in-flight or silo prior to launch. Puerto Rico joins the Union as the 51st State.