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...
79: 24th August: Pompeii is destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupts. (Pompeii - Pompeii)
1572: 24th August: Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre. (Paris, France - Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages)
1759: 24th August: William Wilberforce born. (Great Britain - Amazing Grace)
1889: 24th August: Nicholas Lundy born. (The Royal Tenenbaums)
1921: Wednesday 24th August: Future musical film star Daisy Clover is born. (Angel Beach, CA - Inside Daisy Clover)
1936: Monday 24th August: Daisy Clover makes a record of herself singing and sends it into a talent contest sponsored by Raymond Swan of Swan Studios. This 25 cent investment leads to a studio contract, fame and misfortune. (Angel Beach, CA - Inside Daisy Clover)
1936: Monday 24th August: David Carr, an underemployed miner and a devote communist, hears an impassioned account of fascist atrocities in Spain and makes up his mind to head off to Barcelona to fight for the Republic. (Liverpool, England - Land and Freedom)
1938: Wednesday 24th August: Clark Gable reluctantly agrees to play Rhett Butler in David O. Selznick's "Gone with the Wind". (Gable and Lombard)
1966: Wednesday 24th August: The Doors begin recording their self-titled debut album. (Hollywood, CA - The Doors)
1967: Thursday 24th August: Beatles' manager Brian Epstein dies of an overdose of sleeping pills. (Birth of the Beatles)
1981: Monday 24th August: Mark David Chapman is sentenced to prison for 20 years to life. (New York City, New York - The Killing of John Lennon)
2002: Saturday 24th August: Julie Powell learns how to cook mushrooms properly, and begins to spend large amounts at the supermarket, including a small tree. (Julie & Julia)
2002: Saturday 24th August: Irene, mother of Raimunda and Sole, dies in a house fire. (Volver)
2003: Sunday 24th August: Macgruber's passport is issued. (MacGruber)
2013: Saturday 24th August: Macgruber's passport expires. (MacGruber)
2027: Tuesday 24th August: Mashable article titled "Suprahuman" is published. (RoboCop)
2154: 24th August: Jake Sully ceases to be. Sort of. (Pandora - Avatar)
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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