In the first episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the terminator Cameron, played by Summer Glau, says:
The Skynet missile defense system goes online April 19, 2011, declares war on mankind, and triggers a nuclear apocalypse two days later.
The exact time is frequently given on the Internet as 20:11, or 8:11 p.m., although I don't know what time zone this is supposed to be, nor can I find the exact quote this time was taken from. I also find it curious that the time is the same as the year, suggesting that someone may have mistaken one for the other.
If it's Eastern Time, it just now happened. I believe that Skynet was located in Colorado, which could mean that we have two more hours. If it's Universal Time, then it would correspond to MJD 55670.841, which was several hours ago.
In Terminator 2, and presumably in the original movie, there was a different date (50689.260):
The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Judgment Day is averted at the end of this movie, but in Terminator 3, which was released in 2003, we find that it was merely delayed until July 25, 2004 6:18 pm Eastern Time (53211.929).
The events in the 2008 TV series take place after T2 and creates an alternate timeline, having the characters travel forward in time so that John Connor, who was supposedly born in 1985, can still be a teenager in the present day. This is how Skynet's awakening is delayed until today. Judgment Day will now happen on Thursday. (55672)
Good luck to you all!
[via SF Weekly]
[via SF Weekly]