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...

1746: 27th November: Robert Livingston is born. (Clermont, New York - 1776)

1862: 27th November: Robert Shaw starts training soldiers. (Readville Camp, Massachusetts - Glory)

1895: 27th November: The date on a document in Dr. Moreau's office. (The Island of Dr. Moreau)

1918: Wednesday 27th November: Stockbroker Richard Hardy is arrested for the shooting and attempted murder of Burmese Ivory King Hishuru Tori. Hardy is merely taking the fall for his wife Edith, who shot Tori, to whom she owed $10,000, in order to thwart a rape attempt after he had branded her shoulder. (New York, New York - The Cheat)

1930: Thursday 27th November: Benjamin Button meets Daisy. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

1930: Thursday 27th November: Benjamin Button meets Daisy. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

1940: Wednesday 27th November: Bruce Lee is born. (San Francisco, California - Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story)

1941: Thursday 27th November: Edmund and Lucy Pevensie start staying with their cousin Eustace Scrubb on Thanksgiving. (England - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

1975: Thursday 27th November: Rocky Balboa goes ice-skating on his first date with Adrian. (Rocky)

1978: Monday 27th November: Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone are assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White. (San Francisco, California - Milk)

1998: Friday 27th November: Steve Stifler gets PentaLax prescribed by Dr. R. Gruntzer. (American Pie)

2003: Thursday 27th November: Michael Oher spends Thanksgiving with the Tuohys. (Memphis, Tennessee - The Blind Side)

2006: Monday 27th November: Day 303: Tom is at an all-time low, and is put onto sympathy cards by his boss at his greeting cards company. (500 Days of Summer)

2007: Tuesday 27th November: Les Grossman is featured on the cover of Forbes. (Tropic Thunder)

2007: Tuesday 27th November: A cat is born, which will later meet a sticky end on a webcam. (Untraceable)

2008: Thursday 27th November: Annie Auklet helps Brad and Stu spot birds during a rainstorm on Thanksgiving. (Coos Bay, Oregon - The Big Year)

2008: Thursday 27th November: Paul Blart suffers his first hangover. (Paul Blart: Mall Cop)

2008: Thursday 27th November: Illias Kazantsakis, exercising his brother Zinos' power of attorney, signs over the Soul Kitchen property to Thomas Neumann in order to pay off his own gambling debt. (Hamburg, Germany - Soul Kitchen)

2008: Thursday 27th November: Zack and Miri attend their 10-year high school reunion and decide to make a porno to make money for rent. (Monroeville, Pennsylvania - Zack & Miri Make a Porno)

2011: Sunday 27th November: The assassination of Prince Shada is thwarted, and "Martin Harris" takes on a new identity as Henry Taylor. (Berlin, Germany - Unknown)

2012: Tuesday 27th November: Graham Parker & The Rumour perform. (Los Angeles, California - This Is 40)

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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