The Movie Timeline - of all the movie timelines on all the net, you walked into this one
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Welcome. Yes, the coding is gleefully retro here - who knew that websites could look "so 1998". But here we focus our geekery elsewhere: on movies, and more specifically, on the chronology of all movies, pasted together in a big list. Keep your submissions coming in! You make this. The list runs on one simple premise: that everything you see in the movies is true - the real mixes with the fictitious, so long as it's reported in a movie somewhere. So do join in - the above left links should help you Submit the event from the film you'd like, although do a Search first - we may well have it already!
NEWS! We have a Twitter account. Follow @MovieTimeline. You'll then be treated to one 'event' a day from the world of movie history - some'll be real world stuff, some'll be the world of fiction.
I recently blogged about my personally handpicked journey through history in 100 movies. Do click and read. It's in 3 parts, so click on the links at the bottom after part 1.
Today in movie history...
1778: 18th June: 15,000 British troops under General Sir Henry Clinton evacuate Philadelphia. (Yorktown)
1815: 18th June: Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington. (Waterloo, Belgium - Napoleon)
1864: 18th June: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is wounded. (Petersburg, Virginia - Gettysburg)
1919: Wednesday 18th June: An American abroad in China, Allen Turner, is urgently summoned home to the U.S. by his father, forcing him to make the difficult decision to leave behind his pregnant Chinese wife, Lotus Flower. (China - The Toll of the Sea)
1942: Thursday 18th June: Paul McCartney is born. (Liverpool, England - Backbeat)
1957: Tuesday 18th June: Paul McCartney turns 15 years old. (Liverpool, England - Nowhere Boy)
1963: Tuesday 18th June: John Lennon and Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler are in a punch up during Paul McCartney's 21st birthday. (Liverpool, England - In His Life: The John Lennon Story)
1968: Tuesday 18th June: Captain Willard assassinates a government tax collector. (Vietnam - Apocalypse Now)
1998: Thursday 18th June: McLovin's ID is issued. (Honolulu, Hawaii - Superbad)
2002: Tuesday 18th June: Oakland Athletics have won 38 games and lost 31 games by this time. (Moneyball)
2005: Saturday 18th June: A quartet of theives disguised as former First Ladies steals $10 million from the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. (Las Vegas, Nv - Domino)
Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...
You can explore the dates on the left-hand bar to see discover...
When Harry Met Sally - that'll be 1977.
The Day The Bubble Burst - it was a Tuesday.
The Day The Earth Stood Still - that was a Wednesday.
Employee of the Month - that month was November 2006.
Hogwarts was founded just 61 years after King Arthur sought the Holy Grail by storming a castle with a large wooden rabbit.
Plus the coincidences, for instance...
- Gangs of New York's Amsterdam Vallon was killing Butcher Bill, down the road Abraham Lincoln was being kidnapped by Bill & Ted...
- Lucky Al Capone - he was sent to Alcatraz by Eliot Ness just in time to miss King Kong rampaging around New York...
- Andy Dufresne was wrongly sentenced to Shawshank a few short months before someone else was framed - Roger Rabbit...
Submit your own historical event from a movie (not TV - yet) by clicking here. It can be a real event (eg. the sinking of the Titanic) or a far-from-real event (eg. Marty McFly attending his parents' school dance) - so long as it's found in a film. It must be a verifiable date - whether a year subtitled at the start ("1941, France..."), a visible clue in the film (character picks up a newspaper), or some historical backdrop (From Hell's Jack The Ripper). If you know what year a movie is set in, let me know.
Thanks for linking to us and please continue to plug us on your journeys round the net. For now please ignore the crappy straightforward appearance - explore the information and trivia, have some fun with it - it really is a very simple idea. But it needs your help!
In the beginning... God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)
Shortly after the beginning... God subcontracts the fjords to Slartibartfast, a planetary construction engineer from Magrathea (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)
26,000,000,000BC Los Angeles (and everywhere else) - The Earth's crust begins to harden (Adaptation)
A long time ago... Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire(Star Wars)
1 zillion BC October 9: Cavemen discover fire, and the joys of eating dinosaur egg (Caveman, 1981)
From this point on the dates get more sensible - begin the timeline...
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