The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies

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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...

1558: 17th November: Elizabeth I crowned Queen. (England - Elizabeth)

1558: 17th November: Mary I dies. (England - Elizabeth)

1887: 17th November: Bernard Law Montgomery is born. (London, England - Patton)

1932: Thursday 17th November: Start of the Lutz Blitz. Monsieur Gustave H., his ward Zero Moustafa, and Zero's wife Agatha travel across the border. Monsieur Gustave is shot by fascist border patrolmen. (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

1935: Sunday 17th November: John Ellman dies. (The Walking Dead)

1965: Wednesday 17th November: A battalion from the 1st Cavalry Division is ambushed by the 8th Battalion of the North Vietnamese 66th Regiment. (Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam - We Were Soldiers)

1972: Friday 17th November: Wealthy socialite Barbara Baekeland is stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her 25-year-old son, Antony, in her penthouse. (London, England - Savage Grace)

1973: Saturday 17th November: Richard Nixon tells a group of newspaper editors that he is "not a crook." (Orlando, Florida - Nixon)

1975: Monday 17th November: Major Kabov presents a tape. (Washington, D.C. - Black Sunday)

1984: Saturday 17th November: Marsha Swanson collapses in the snow at Michael McCann's front yard and dies. Her infant daughter wanders over to his front door. (Virginia - A Simple Twist of Fate)

1984: Saturday 17th November: Victoria Swanson, birth mother of Mathilda McCann, dies. (A Simple Twist of Fate)

1995: Friday 17th November: President Andrew Shepherd tries to have flowers sent to Sydney. He can't as he has no credit card. He ends up sending her a Virginia ham instead. (White House, Washington D.C. - The American President)

2003: Monday 17th November: PFC. Kenneth J Kitsom is "killed" when his company strikes a makeshift bomb. In truth, he takes on the identity Aaron Cross. (Ramadi, Iraq - The Bourne Legacy)

2003: Monday 17th November: PFC. Kenneth J Kitsom is "killed" when his company strikes a makeshift bomb. In truth, he takes on the identity Aaron Cross. (Ramadi, Iraq - The Bourne Legacy)

2003: Monday 17th November: Bennett Marco assassinates Elanor and Raymond Shaw at the election party. (The Manchurian Candidate)

2009: Tuesday 17th November: Joel and Suzie do or don't go out of town. (Ohio - Extract)

2010: Wednesday 17th November: Britt Reid has a press conference and pretends to be shot by a disguised Kato. (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2016: Thursday 17th November: Deon tries encouraging Chappie to be creative, but Ninja wants him to be tougher. He leaves Chappie to be beaten, and the robot gets damaged by Vincent Moore, who extracts the guard key. (Johannesburg, South Africa - Chappie)

2044: 17th November: The date that Lance Barton was supposed to die on. (New York City - Down to Earth)

Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...

Captain America
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The King's Speech
Friends With Benefits well as many others.

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...

Some other sites you may like...

The Movie Timeline twitter feed. Do follow.

Movie Banter - our podcast 'n' blog

My site as a stand-up, with gig guides, cv, etc

My twitter feed. Do follow.

Ruined Endings (plots and endings of all the best films. And some bad ones.)

Movie Mistakes

And unaffiliated, but friendly sites... - Watch Movies Online - Watch Free Movies Online

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