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Timeline of Scientology

This is a timeline of Scientology, particularly its foundation and development by author L. Ron Hubbard.


  • 1938 1
  • 1949 2
  • 1950s 3
    • 1950 3.1
    • 1951 3.2
    • 1952 3.3
    • 1952 3.4
    • 1953 3.5
    • 1954 3.6
    • 1955 3.7
    • 1956 3.8
    • 1959 3.9
  • 1960s 4
    • 1963 4.1
    • 1965 4.2
    • 1966 4.3
    • 1967 4.4
    • 1968 4.5
    • 1969 4.6
  • 1970s 5
    • 1970 5.1
    • 1971 5.2
    • 1975 5.3
    • 1977 5.4
    • 1979 5.5
  • 1980s 6
    • 1980 6.1
    • 1982 6.2
    • 1983 6.3
    • 1985 6.4
    • 1986 6.5
  • 1990s 7
    • 1991 7.1
    • 1992 7.2
    • 1993 7.3
    • 1994 7.4
    • 1995 7.5
    • 1996 7.6
    • 1997 7.7
    • 1998 7.8
    • 1999 7.9
  • 2000s 8
    • 2000 8.1
    • 2002 8.2
    • 2003 8.3
    • 2004 8.4
    • 2005 8.5
    • 2006 8.6
    • 2007 8.7
    • 2008 8.8
    • 2009 8.9
  • References 9
  • External links 10


  • L. Ron Hubbard authors a manuscript called "Excalibur" which contains ideas that were later incorporated into Scientology.[1]


  • First published work on Dianetics appeared in the Winter/Spring issue of the Explorers Club Journal entitled "Terra Incognita: The Mind". At this time, he offered his findings on the mind to both the [2]





  • Early Dianetics supporter Joseph Winter M.D. breaks with Hubbard, convinced "that it is dangerous for laymen to try to audit each other".[9]


  • February: After learning that the Hubbard Dianetic Foundation of Wichita, Kansas would be liable for the debts of the defunct Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation of Elizabeth, New Jersey, the board of directors, led by Don Purcell, voted to file for voluntary bankruptcy over Hubbard's objections. Hubbard forms a rival Hubbard College, also in Wichita, and disputes control of the copyrights of the Dianetics materials.[10]
  • May: Hubbard publicly announces the formal establishment of the philosophy of Scientology and the formation of the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International, demonstrates the E-meter, and moves to Phoenix, Arizona.[11]


  • Church of Scientology, Church of American Science and Church of Spiritual Engineering incorporated in Elizabeth, New Jersey by L. Ron Hubbard. Co-signatories were Henrietta Hubbard, L. Ron Hubbard Jr., John Galusha, Verna Greenough and Barbara Bryan. Named as trustees of the Church of Scientology were L. Ron Hubbard, Mary Sue Hubbard (not present), and John Galusha.



  • July: The Founding Church of Scientology, now known as the [13]


  • The church is recognized as a tax-exempt religious organization in the United States.[14]


  • Hubbard moved to England and bought Saint Hill Manor in Sussex, from which he would direct international operations and expansion until 1967.




  • The Church of Scientology was banned in several Australian states, starting with Victoria.[16] The ban was based on the Anderson Report, which found that the auditing process involved "command" hypnosis, in which the hypnotist assumes "positive authoritative control" over the patient."[17]



  • The IRS strips the Church of Scientology in California, Scientology's headquarters, of its tax-exempt status, asserting that its activities are commercial and operated for the benefit of Mr. Hubbard, rather than charitable or religious reasons.[14]
  • OT III is made available to Scientologists. This level of Operating Thetan contains the story of Xenu, which becomes a source of enormous controversy for Scientology from the 1990s onward.
  • The Sea Organization (or Sea Org) officially established.[18]
  • December 27: The first Advanced Organization, offering the advanced levels of Scientology to the public, was established aboard the Royal Scotman, the flagship of the Sea Organization. (This ship was later renamed the Apollo.)


  • Introduction to Scientology Ethics is published.


  • The U.S. court of appeals recognizes Scientology as a religion, marking the high point of the case of Scientology vs. the FDA.[19]



  • February 22: Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles founded.


  • The FDA is ordered to return the materials and E-meters seized during the 1963 raid.[19]


  • Scientology is recognized as a non-profit organization in South Africa, despite the 1972 report of a formal government Commission of Inquiry that recommended otherwise.[20]


  • Various locations of the Church of Scientology are raided by the FBI.[21]


  • As a result of FBI raids, eleven senior people in the church's Guardian's Office were convicted of obstructing justice, burglary of government offices, and theft of documents and government property. (See Operation Snow White)[21]
  • December: An estimated 3,000 gather at Clearwater City Hall to protest the church coming to Clearwater. Across the street, Scientologists stage a counter rally, dressed as clowns and wearing animal costumes.


Center in New York City



  • Clearwater's government holds hearings to explore allegations that the church is a cult.[23][24][25]


  • The High Court of Australia overturns the Scientology ban, declaring that "The applicant has easily discharged the onus of showing that it is religious. The conclusion that it is a religious institution entitled to the tax exemption is irresistible."[26]


  • The Church of Scientology acquires yacht "Bohème" and renames it to "Freewinds".




  • After the completion of a 4-year long program to reissue the books and courses of Dianetics and Scientology, a general amnesty is declared for members.



  • December: The Internal Revenue Service of the United States grants full religious recognition and tax exemption to all Scientology Churches, missions and social betterment groups in that country.[14][30]




  • The Church releases the Golden Age of Tech program with the express goal of improving and speeding up the training of its practitioners.
  • The Church of Scientology of Paris is closed due to non-payment of taxes. A new church reopens immediately.


  • February: McPherson's family files a wrongful-death lawsuit against the church.[34]
  • The Church of Scientology, operating as the Greek Center of Applied Philosophy, is ordered closed in Greece. Decision upheld in 1998.[35]


  • November: After reviewing the McPherson case for 11 months, State Attorney Bernie McCabe charges the Church of Scientology with two felonies: practicing medicine without a license and abuse of a disabled adult. Also, the church begins construction of the Flag Building, launching a $160-million construction project in downtown Clearwater, Florida.


  • The Charity Commission for England and Wales denies the Church of Scientology's application for charitable status, ruling that it is not a religion and that there is no established "public benefit arising out of the practice of Scientology".[36][37][38] The Church does not appeal the decision.[37]
  • November: The government of [14] A year later, the Church's ministers are granted the right to perform marriages, completing official recognition as a church in Sweden.[14]
  • [39]



  • March: The Italian Supreme Court upholds Scientology's religious status in Italy while reaffirming that Narconon is a non-tax-exempt for-profit business.[40]
  • Scientology ministers are granted the right to perform marriages in South Africa.[41]
  • In the United Kingdom, the Church of Scientology is exempted from value added tax on the basis that it is a not-for-profit body.[36]
  • June: McCabe drops the criminal case against the church, noting that the medical examiner's change of opinion about the cause of McPherson's death undercuts the prosecution's effort to prove the criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt.[42]


  • The government of New Zealand issues an official decree fully recognizing the Church of Scientology of New Zealand as an exempt religious and charitable organization.[14][43]
  • The [44][14]
  • July: A Paris judge rules that a 13-year-old case against the Church of Scientology alleging fraud and illegal practice of medicine cannot go to trial, due to lack of progress in the investigation.[45] The judge rules that the statute of limitations has expired.[45]


  • March: The National Ministry of the Interior for Taiwan recognizes the Church of Scientology of Taiwan as a charitable religious institution, officially adding it to the rolls of the country's recognized religions.[14]


  • May: The church and the estate of Lisa McPherson reach a private settlement.[46]
  • David Miscavige announces the Golden Age of Knowledge, a Church program intended to make all Scientology materials available. It starts with the release of 18 congresses.


  • The U.S. Department of State's 2005 Report on International Religious Freedom announces that the Church of Scientology has been registered as a religious group by the Kyrgyzstan State Commission on Religious Affairs.[47]


  • Scientology applies for status as a religious confessional community in Austria, but later withdraws its application.[48]


  • In the next major step of the Golden Age of Knowledge program, 18 revised books and 11 lecture series are released.
  • April: the European Court of Human Rights rules against Russia for repeatedly refusing to consider the Moscow Church of Scientology's application for the status of a legally valid religious association. The court finds that the reasons given to deny re-registration of the church by the justice department and endorsed by the Moscow courts have no legal basis.[49][50]
  • A [53][51] The proposal is referred to an administrative court who is to decide at a later date whether charges will be brought.[53][52][51]
  • October 31: Scientology is formally recognized as a religion in Spain[54][55]
  • November: Scientology is officially recognized as a religion in Portugal.[56]
  • December 3: South Africa grants the Church tax exemption and issues a certificate recognizing it as a "Public Benefit Organisation".[57]
  • December 7: German federal and state interior ministers formally express the view that the Scientology organization continues to pursue anti-constitutional goals and ask Germany's domestic intelligence agencies to collect and evaluate the necessary information that would be required for a possible judicial inquiry aimed at banning the organization.[58][59] The move is criticized by politicians from all parts of the political spectrum, with legal experts expressing concern that an attempt to ban the organization would most likely fail in the courts.[58][60] This view is echoed by the German intelligence agencies, who warn that a ban would be doomed to fail.[61]


  • Internet-based group Anonymous launches Project Chanology, a worldwide protest against the Church of Scientology, which drew about 7,000 people in more than 93 cities on February 10, 2008.[62]
  • November: Germany drops its attempt to ban Scientology, after finding insufficient evidence of illegal or unconstitutional activity.[63] However, monitoring of Scientology's activities by the German intelligence services continues.[63]


  • Scientologists convicted of fraud in France on October 27, 2009.[64]


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  17. ^ Report of the Board of Enquiry into Scientology by Kevin Victor Anderson, Q.C. Published 1965 by the State of Victoria, Australia, p. 155
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External links

  • Important Dates in Scientology
  • [2] L Ron Hubbard biographical Timeline, including important Scientology dates
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