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...

2343BC: 18th February: Noah sends out another dove, which returns with an olive leaf, showing that the waters have subsided. (The Bible)

1817: 18th February: Lewis Armistead is born. (New Bern, North Carolina - Gettysburg)

1915: Thursday 18th February: Director Leo Harrigan and film star Buck Greenway attend the premiere of D.W. Griffith's "The Clansman" [a.k.a. "The Birth of a Nation"]. (Los Angeles, California - Nickelodeon)

1934: Sunday 18th February: Terrence C. Parker, missing since April 1933, was discovered flying in the Chinese Air Service. (Shanghai, China - Living on Velvet)

1952: Monday 18th February: Ernesto and Alberto are 2772km into their motorcycle journey. (Temugo, Chile - The Motorcycle Diaries)

1961: Saturday 18th February: Llewyn Davis signs his name to a contract dated February 18th, 1961 to receive his $200 fee for guitar work and backing vocals on the single Please, Mr. Kennedy. (New York City recording studio - Inside Llewyn Davis)

1971: Thursday 18th February: Private healthcare is introduced to the US by President Richard Nixon. (Sicko)

1990: Sunday 18th February: Westlake enters a store wearing a Robert G. Durant mask and points a gun at a clerk while looking into the security camera and saying Durant's name. (Darkman)

1994: Friday 18th February: Billy finishes 3rd grade. (Billy Madison)

2004: Wednesday 18th February: "Facebook me" becomes a common expression around this time. (Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Social Network)

2008: Monday 18th February: Lisbeth Salander is sexually assaulted in the office of her new guardian, Nils E. Bjurman. (Stockholm, Sweden - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest)

2008: Monday 18th February: Daily Sentinel Submission "DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE STALLS SCHOOL INVESTIGATION" is written by Jeffrey Johnson and later rejected. (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2009: Wednesday 18th February: Sylvia Ganush curses Christine Brown after she refuses to help her keep her home. Ganush later dies of heart failure. (Los Angeles, California - Drag Me To Hell)

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

Bridesmaids
Tintin
Captain America
Hugo
Moneyball
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The King's Speech
Friends With Benefits
...as 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...

Watchmovies.com - Watch Movies Online

Blinkbox.com - Watch Free Movies Online

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