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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!

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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...

1517: 31st October: Martin Luther nails the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation to the door of Castle Church. (Wittenberg, Germany - Luther)

1693: 31st October: Three witches suck out the life of Emily Binx, turn her brother Thackery into a cat and get hanged. (Salem, Massachusetts - Hocus Pocus)

1875: 31st October: Annabelle Carson is born. (Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

1897: 31st October: Quincy Morris is killed in battle with the count's gypsies, Dracula dies by the hand of Mina Harker. (Transylvania - Dracula)

1917: Wednesday 31st October: Two regiments of Australian Lighthorsemen charge the Turkish defenses of Beersheba. With bayonets in their hands, they galloped against machine guns, rifles and artillery in the eleventh-hour to save the attacking British army from disaster. (Beersheba, Palestine - The Lighthorsemen)

1925: Saturday 31st October: Prince Albert, the Duke of York, stammers through a speech at the close of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. (London, England - The King's Speech)

1940: Thursday 31st October: The RAF battle with the German Luftwaffe comes to an end. (Lodon, England - The Battle of Britain)

1959: Saturday 31st October: Lee Harvey Oswald goes to the US embassy stating that he wishes to renounce his US citizenship. (Moscow, Russia - Killing Kennedy)

1959: Saturday 31st October: Lee Harvey Oswald defects to the Soviet Union. (Moscow, Russia - X-Men: Days of Future Past)

1964: Saturday 31st October: Dennis Carradine is born. (Spider-Man 3)

1968: Thursday 31st October: Stella Nicholls and her friends explore Sarah Bellows's former home -a mansion- now in ruins. She asks the spirit of Sarah Bellows to tell her a scary story after finding her book of scary stories (Mill Valley, Pennsylvania - Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

1969: Friday 31st October: Sally Shine, Caroline Crossin, Gilbert Lundin, Emmaline Partridge, and Duey Todd, the 5 innocent humans on the 8.00pm Elevator travelling to the Hollywood Tower Hotel's TIP TOP CLUB, die after elvator malfunctions and a lightning strike. (Hollywood Tower Hotel - Tower of Terror)

1972: Tuesday 31st October: Art Snepenger is killed by a bomb planted on Mike Frato's car. (Cleveland, OH - Kill The Irishman)

1972: Tuesday 31st October: Art Snepenger is killed by a bomb planted on Mike Frato's car. (Cleveland, OH - Kill The Irishman)

1978: Tuesday 31st October: Michael Myers murders a-plenty, and may or may not die himself. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween)

1978: Tuesday 31st October: Michael Myers kills more people then gets killed by Dr. Loomis (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween II)

1978: Tuesday 31st October: Darby Crash and The Germs are forcibly ejected from the Roosevelt Hotel after Crash intentionally smashes a ceiling mirror as part of their performance. During the subsequent melee, Crash attempts to incite the agitated crowd to riot, yelling: "We can burn this place to the ground!" (Hollywood, California - What We Do Is Secret)

1981: Saturday 31st October: Voldemort tries to kill Harry Potter after murdering his parents & resultantly loses physical form. Hagrid rescues baby Harry from Godric's Hollow. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

1981: Saturday 31st October: An attack on Harry Potter destroys Lord Voldemort's powers; Harry survives, with a lightning bolt shaped scar on his forehead, and Voldemort's spectral being flees to Albania. (Godric's Hollow, England - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

1982: Sunday 31st October: Elliot takes his first ride across the moon; ET phones home. (Los Angeles, Ca - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

1982: Sunday 31st October: Challis tries to stop the airing of a Silver Shamrock commercial that will make masks kill whoever wears them. (Santa Mira, California - Halloween III: Season of the Witch)

1984: Wednesday 31st October: Mr. Miyagi defends Daniel against bullies. (Reseda, Los Angeles, CA - The Karate Kid)

1988: Monday 31st October: Micheal Myers woke from a coma and killed more people them dissaperaes while his neice kills her foster-mother. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween 4)

1989: Tuesday 31st October: Michael Myers fails to kill Jamie Lloyd. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween 5)

1990: Wednesday 31st October: Michael Myers kills a bully named Wesley, his own sister Judith, her boyfriend Steve, and his mother's boyfriend Ronnie. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween)

1990: Wednesday 31st October: Angel's memorial service - Angel's friends sing the reprise of I'll Cover You. (Los Angeles - Rent)

1990: Wednesday 31st October: 5 very dumb men from Mars land in Big Bean, Illinois. (Big Bean, Ill. - Spaced Invaders)

1991: Thursday 31st October: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley save Hermione Granger from a troll in the girl's bathroom. (Hogwarts - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

1992: Saturday 31st October: Dylan goes as Kris Kross for Halloween. (Los Angeles, California - Friends with Benefits)

1993: Sunday 31st October: Dylan goes as Kris Kross for Halloween. (Los Angeles, California - Friends with Benefits)

1993: Sunday 31st October: Three witches are brought back from the dead for 24 hours after a virgin lights a candle. (Salem, Massachusetts - Hocus Pocus)

1993: Sunday 31st October: Rebecca Warner decides to leave school & return home to South Dakota. Her resident advisor, "Crawl", talks her out of it. (Los Angeles, Ca - Son in Law)

1994: Monday 31st October: Dylan goes as Kris Kross for Halloween. (Los Angeles, California - Friends with Benefits)

1995: Tuesday 31st October: Two-Face and the Riddler invade Wayne Manor and kidnap Dr Chase Meridian, laying waste to the Batcave in the process. Batman pairs with his new partner, Robin, to save her. (Gotham City, USA - Batman Forever)

1995: Tuesday 31st October: Tommy Doyle helps Kara Strode and her children protect the now deceased Jamie Lloyd's baby boy Stephen from Michael Myers. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)

1998: Saturday 31st October: At a Halloween party, Eric Bottler reunites with high school friends Linus, Hutch, Windows and Zoe. Linus proposes the theft of the rough cut of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" from Skywalker Ranch. (Shandal, Ohio - Fanboys)

1998: Saturday 31st October: Laurie Strode, now under the fake name Keri Tate, faces Michael Myers again. (Northern California - Halloween: H20)

1998: Saturday 31st October: Chad, Matt, Tyler, and Paul go to a Halloween party where they interrupt an exorcism. They end up driving into a train. (V/H/S)

1999: Sunday 31st October: Sonny takes Julian trick-or-treating. (Manhattan - Big Daddy)

1999: Sunday 31st October: A massive fire consumes a town, killing townspeople. (Stan Helsing)

2001: Wednesday 31st October: Michael Myers finally succeeds in killing his sister Laurie. (Northern California - Halloween: Resurrection)

2002: Thursday 31st October: College students go into the Myers house and find that they are not alone. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween: Resurrection)

2003: Friday 31st October: Cady goes to Aaron's Halloween party and sees Regina kiss him. (Evanston, Illinois - Mean Girls)

2003: Friday 31st October: A tiger shark rips off Bethany Hamilton's left arm. (Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii - Soul Surfer)

2006: Tuesday 31st October: Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes. At a Halloween party he has an encounter with Sofi, who is wearing a black face mask- only her magnetic hazel-speckled, ash-blue eyes are visible. She's watching the moon. He takes pictures of her eyes (New York City - I Origins)

2007: Wednesday 31st October: Michael Myers searches for his younger sister. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween)

2007: Wednesday 31st October: Laurie Strode is taken to the hospital. Michael Myers escapes from an ambulance. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween 2)

2009: Saturday 31st October: The members of G-Force are appointed as special agents of the FBI. (Los Angeles, California - G-Force)

2009: Saturday 31st October: Michael Myers is defeated again. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween 2)

2009: Saturday 31st October: Stan Helsing and his friends defeat of group of killers resembling characters from other movies. (Stan Helsing)

2009: Saturday 31st October: Halloween (Super)

2010: Sunday 31st October: Kato gives Britt a gas gun. Britt accidentally shoots himself with it and goes into a coma. (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2010: Sunday 31st October: ATF News Release from the Western Division Field Office says, "WESTERN DIVISION ARSON TASK FORCE RELEASES PHOTOS. SUSPECTS WANTED FOR QUESTIONING." (Dallas, Texas - Red State)

2011: Monday 31st October: Martin Huggins attends a Halloween party dressed as Lady Gaga. (The Campaign)

2011: Monday 31st October: Pam meets Trent at a Halloween party. (Albany, New York - The Way Way Back)

2012: Wednesday 31st October: Heather and her friends arrive at Verna's mansion. Leatherface kills the thief Darryl, Kenny, and Ryan. Mayor Hartman sends Officer Marvin to the house. Marvin accidentally shoots Nikki to death and is killed by Leatherface. Burt's son, Deputy Carl Hartman, ties Heather up in a slaughterhouse, but Leatherface frees her when he finds out that she is his cousin. When Heather hears Leatherface being beaten, she helps him by giving him his chainsaw and by killing Officer Ollie with a pitchfork. Sheriff Hooper lets Leatherface put Burt in the meat grinder. Heather and Leatherface go home, where Heather reads a letter from Verna saying that Jedidiah Sawyer will protect her. (Newt, Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

2071: 31st October: Terrorist Vincent Volaju is killed and is plan to spread a deadly virus around the world is thwarted. (Mars - Cowboy Bebop: The Movie)

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...

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