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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...

337: 22nd May: Constantine The Great, Emperor of Rome, converts to Christianity on his death-bed. (The Da Vinci Code)

1802: 22nd May: Martha Washington dies. (Mount Vernon, Virginia - Alexander Hamilton)

1859: 22nd May: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born. (Edinburgh, Scotland - Finding Neverland)

1882: 22nd May: The Reverend Fortnum Fritton finds the first clue to finding the lost treasure of his ancestors. (St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold)

1907: Wednesday 22nd May: Laurence Olivier is born. (Dorking, England - Darlings of the Gods)

1970: Friday 22nd May: Harvey Milk and Scott Smith celebrate Harvey's fortieth birthday. (New York City, New York - Milk)

1972: Monday 22nd May: Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow for a summit with Soviet leaders. (Moscow - Nixon)

1978: Monday 22nd May: A drunk Dan White confronts Harvey Milk at his 48th birthday party. Milk tells White that the Briggs Initiative, known as Prop 6, is not about people's jobs, but people's lives. (San Francisco, California - Milk)

1983: Sunday 22nd May: Doc Brown commended/committed, depending on the timeline. (Back to the Future Part II)

1984: Tuesday 22nd May: Dustin Moskovitz is born. (Washington D.C. - The Social Network)

1996: Wednesday 22nd May: Leatherface and his family attack four teens. (Texas - The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

2000: Monday 22nd May: Agents Novak & Ramsey rescue Julia Hickson just before she drowns; Carl Stargher dies. (California, USA - The Cell)

2002: Wednesday 22nd May: The Oakland Athletics trade Jeremy Giambi to the Philadelphia Phillies for John Mabry. (Moneyball)

2005: Sunday 22nd May: San Francisco Board of Education grants Certificate of Appreciation to music teacher Charles Rodman. (San Francisco, CA - Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

2008: Thursday 22nd May: Rob Hawkins' leaving party. (New York - Cloverfield)

2009: Friday 22nd May: All hell breaks loose in the city of Brooklyn. Ofc. Eddie Dugan retires then decides to give a damn by coming to the rescue of three kidnapped girls. Undercover officer Clarence "Tango" Butler decides to get revenge on the shooting death of his friend "Caz", and ofc. Sal Procida decides to go on a shooting rampage of a drug stash house to rob money to pay for a new house for his family. (Brooklyn, New York - Brooklyn's Finest)

2013: Wednesday 22nd May: Tito tries to get people to invest in Turbo. (San Fernando Valley, California - Turbo)

2018: Tuesday 22nd May: Marcus meets Kyle Reese and Star. They hear a message broadcasted on the radio by John Connor. (Los Angeles, California - Terminator Salvation)

2154: 22nd May: Jake is taken to the Hallelujah Mountains. (Pandora - Avatar)

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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