Most of the ingame info summed up into one timeline. Lore emails, character biography, promotional videos and other materials, it all goes here.
Keep in mind that it's not official and there might be some inaccuracies present, so I'm open for any suggestions and community contributions.
Criminal faction related information
Enforcer faction related information
1630 - San Paro founded
1800s - Wilde family bought small Russian metalworkers
1850 - Colby Security & Safety founded
1850s - industrial revolution
1873 - Abington Towers founded by Isaiah Abington
1895 - Orlenz' Moretti's great great-grandfather arrives in San Paro
1912 - Isaiah Abington dies
1913 - Charge-National co-founded by Arlon Cody Burns and Valentin Fisher 1915 - "Silver Star Sedan" introduced by Charge-National
1928 - Packer Automotive founded by Alvin Kelley
1929 - financial crashes, Abington fortune vanished 1930 - Abington Towers turned over to the city of San Paro
1932 - Bishada founded by Shoji Bishada in Osaka
1933 - Nekrovazhinsky Motorcycle Works founded by Denva Nekrovazhinsky
1934 - half a million workers took the streets of San Paro to demand better conditions for themselves and their families, Johans Mhuller founded Mhuller Casting
1937 - Johans Mhuller killed in motorcycle accident
1938 - Mhuller Casting merged with Benkz Heavy Industries, incorporated as Benkz Mhuller Heavy Industries Corp
1939 - wharf constructed nearby Abington Towers
1942 - wharf devasted, caused by mishandling of volatile munitions, area abandoned afterwards 1945 - Somatic A-TAS established
1947 - Benkz Mhuller Heavy Industries Corp renamed to Benkz Mhuller Truck and Bus Corporation
1948 - Sungnyemun Auto founded by Ryu Yong-sung
1955 - V-CN8 engine devoloped by Charge-National
1960s - Dolton founded by Arlon Cody Burns
1961 - Stu Phoenix is born
1963 - Charge-National build on exceptional quality of their engines and engine components
1965 - Sungnyemun Auto inaugurated
1967 - vanguard of underground club scene formed
1969 - Sungnyemun Auto begun selling cars in the US and Europe
1970s - Gresty carved out by zoning policies, Dolton vehicles seen as old-fashioned and 'out of touch'
1975 - Vincent Waskawi arrives to San Paro
1977 - Joker Gunworks formed, Vincent Waskawi marries Martha Waskawi
1978 - Luke Waskawi is born
1979 - Stu Phoenix joins SPPD
1980s - Dolton revitalization
1985 - Jane Derren is born, Amanda Kurtz is born
1986 - Brett Donovan is born
1987 - Ophelia Swift is born
1988 - Han Motors entered an alliance with Cheval R.S.
1990 - Elizabeth Wilde is born
1992 - Vincent Waskawi murdered, Byeong Lee becomes SPPD SWAT commander
1993 - John Derren assassinated, Derrens move from San Paro, Brett Donovan moves with his parents to safer neighbourhood, Han Motor Corporation sets first year record for selling automobiles into American market
1994 - Amanda Kurtz murders both of her parents
1995 - Darryl Finzano forced to close various Colby plants, including the 'New Cross' ammunition production line
1996 - both of Brett Donovan parents are murdered, Luke Waskawi transferred to adult prison
2000s - Wilde family wholly owns Obeya Corp.
2000 - Byeong Lee retired from a position of deputy commanded in SPPD
2002 - Sungnyemun becoming worldwide sponsor of the IFL World Championships
2003 - Fire of private mental hospital, 39 people killed, Amanda Kurtz declared dead
2004 - Brett Donovan joins the army, goes by nickname Devil Dog
2005 - Amanda Kurtz joins The Three Furies, goes by Lilith Bloodrose, Darryl Kent and Jenna Casey attacked by Three Furies, Casey murdered by Lilith Bloodrose, Ophelia wins Nantego 500 race, Abington Towers discovered by the vanguard
2006 - Waskawi organises the mass prison breakout, Jane Derren returns to San Paro, Dolton catapulted to record profits after using cutting-edge automaking technology
2007 - Brett Donovan recovers in hospital after mortar strike, Luke Waskawi comes with the idea of Abington towers turned into Asylum, Sungnyemun sponsored the away strip of the San Paro Wildcats, collapsed deal between Benkz Mhuller and SPMC Transport on replacing San Paro bus fleet
2008 - Jane Derren is elected mayor
2009 - C.S.A. passed, Stu Phoenix leaves SPPD to oversee Prentiss Tigers
2010 - Birth's studio raided by enforcers, Han Motor Corporation started with construction
2011 - Brett Donovan returns to San Paro (New Breed 1 released in 2012)
2012 - Waskawi starts building up private army in Asylum (Asylum district released for Halloween 2012)
2013 - C.S.A. is slowly reaching its breaking point, Aletta Cadagan's strategy dismissed, Han Motor Corporation moved headquarters to Incheon
Still I got only though 30% of all available materials, but here are some fun facts I found during the research:
At least according to lore, New Breed was released with one year delay (see the note). Devil dog was supposed to arrive in San Paro in 2011, but is actually released in 2012. His backstory is not a part of original APB lore.
There may have been a mistake, but according to some leads, Jane Derren and Lilith Bloodrose might be the same age. Also the opening trailer might be mistaken in stating John Derren was assassinated 23 years ago, yet I'm open for a debate on this topic.
Character backstories are kinda stingy with exact dates, especially about criminals, so it's pretty difficult to figure out when Blood Roses and Gkings started to exist.