In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", TOS's true first pilot-episode, we
read on the tombstone for James T. Kirk, that he was born 1277.1 and should
die at 1313.7; that could be understood, that Kirk should die in
this episode being 34.6 years old.
The beginning of TOS (the pilot or all three pilots) happened therfore 2264. After the change of the uniforms we are in TOS real 1st season and in the year 2265. Following that TOS 3rd season is in the year 2267.
Without the exeption of the pilot the same system was used by Gene Roddenberrys Team for The Next Generation.
When TNG came along somebody - presumably Gene himself - decided to have a much more sensible, logical system of Stardates. To show that the new series was set later on than the original, all Stardates were five digit numbers rather than four. The first digit was a four, since the show was set in the 24th century. The next digit was a 1 since it was the first season of the show. And every season was a new year on Earth. And towards the end of the first season, Data gave us the year as being 2364.
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