The Movie Timeline - here's looking at movies, kid

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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: 27th May: Noah, his family and the animals all leave the Ark. (Mount Ararat - The Bible)

1886: 27th May: Jack Slade, Jr is hired by Joseph Ryan of the Pinkerton Agency to track and bring to justice the notorious "Wild Bunch". (St. Louis, Missouri - The Return of Jack Slade)

1894: 27th May: Dashiell Hammett is born. (St. Mary's County, Maryland - Julia)

1932: Friday 27th May: Businessman C.B. Gaerste discovers is mistress, Red Andrews Legendre, has been carrying on under his nose behind his back with Albert the chauffeur. C.B. fires Albert and Red wires her husband Willie Legendre Jr. in Renwood, Ohio, that she wants to come home. (New York City, New York - Red-Headed Woman)

1945: Sunday 27th May: Kenneth H. Dahlberg is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross . (All the President's Men)

1970: Wednesday 27th May: Melvin Van Peebles' Watermelon Man is released. (Baadasssss!)

1987: Wednesday 27th May: A burnt body is found possibly that of Aran Short. (Huron Ann Arbor, Michigan - Taking Lives)

1999: Thursday 27th May: After this day, Stifler's PentaLax has to be discarded. (American Pie)

2002: Monday 27th May: Oakland Athletics have won 23 games and lost 26 games by this time. (Moneyball)

2004: Thursday 27th May: The date Matt scheduled to have dinner with Jenna. Lucy finds out that Jenna helped boost Sparkle's sales and lies to Matt about her. (New York City - 13 Going On 30)

2006: Saturday 27th May: Evan, Seth, and Fogell watch internet porn, drink, go to a party thrown by Seth's parents, and go to a night club. (Superbad)

2006: Saturday 27th May: Becca goes to Dimitri's party. (Superbad)

2008: Tuesday 27th May: Hannah boards a plane for Scotland. (New York - Made of Honor)

2013: Monday 27th May: Newspaper headline: "SNAIL WINS INDY 500." (Turbo)

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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