Below a timeline of events during the Heian period, specifically those related to the Heike Monogatari. Dates taken from McCullough's translation (1988) are indicated with (McC x.x), refering to volume and chapter.
Emperor Kammu (桓武天皇) moves the capital from Heijō-kyō (平城京, now Nara) to Heian-kyō (平安京, now Kyoto). Heian period (平安時代) begins.
Taira no Kiyomori (平 清盛) is born.
Minamoto no Yoshitomo (源 義朝) is born.
Dedication of Tokujōjuin, built by Tadamori in fulfillment of Toba's vow to found a temple. Tadamori is rewarded with a province (Tajima) and is given courtier privileges at the imperial palace. (McC:1.2)
Courtiers and senior nobles conspire to attack Tadamori on the night of the Gosechi Flushed Faces Banquet. (McC:1.2)
Tadamori dies at age 58. Kiyomori becomes head of the Taira clan. (McC:1.3)
Kiyomori becomes governor of Harima, as a reward for his services during the Hōgen rebellion. (McC:1.3)
Kiyomori is promoted to Dazai-no-Daini ( 大宰大弐). (McC:1.3)
Kiyomori subdues the rebels after Nobuyori leads a revolt (Heiji rebellion). (McC:1.3)
Kiyomori is elevated to Senior Third Rank ( 正三位). (McC:1.3)
Emperor Nijō falls ill. (McC:1.8)
Nijō's first son is named Crown Prince at the age of 2 and becomes Emperor Rokujō the same night after the abdication of Nijō. (McC:1.8)
Retired Emperor Nijō dies at the age of 23. (McC:1.8)
Enryakuji monks march towards the capital and burn Kiyomizudera. (McC:1.9)
One of Go-Shirakawa's sons is named Imperial Prince. (McC:1.10)
Go-Shirakawa's son is named Crown Prince. (McC:1.10)
Emperor Rokujō steps down at the age of 5, becoming the New Retired Emperor. Go-Shirakawa's son, the Crown Prince, becomes Emperor Takakura. (McC:1.10)
Emperor Takakura's Accession Audience takes place in the Great Hall of State. (McC:1.10)
Kiyomori becomes a monk at the age of 51 and assumes the religious name Jōkai. (McC:1.4)
Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa becomes a monk and continues to run affairs of state. (McC:1.11)
Shigemori's son Sukemori runs into the Imperial Regent Motofusa. (McC:1.11)
Kiyomori instructs his retainers to avenge Sukemori by attacking and humiliating Motofusa's entourage. (McC:1.11)
Deliberations concerning the Emperor's coming-of-age ceremony are held in the Courtiers' Hall of the Retired Emperor's palace. (McC:1.12)
Motofusa is notified by imperial edict of his upcoming elevation to Chancellor. (McC:1.12)
Motofusa is promoted to Chancellor. (McC:1.12)
Motofusa expresses his gratitude. (McC:1.12)
Emperor Takakura performs his coming-of-age ceremony. (McC:1.12)
Emperor Takakura pays a formal visit to his parents. (McC:1.12)
Moronaga ... (McC:1.13)
Taira no Kiyomori ( 平 清盛) dies.
Former emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇) dies.
Minamoto no Yoritomo (源 頼朝) is appointed Sei-i Taishōgun( 征夷大将軍).