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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...

1815: 20th June: With small hope for success of the Allies against Napoleon's drive, English securities fall to the lowest level on record. Spurred by the probable closure of the London Stock Exchange, banker Nathan Rothschild risks his fortune to single-handedly sustain the British economy until last minute news (via carrier pigeon) of Napoleon's defeat by Wellington at Waterloo turns the market around. (London, England - The House of Rothschild)

1837: 20th June: It has pleased Almighty God to release from his sufferings his most excellent and gracious Sovereign King William IV. His Majesty expired in Windsor Castle at 12 minutes past 2 o'clock A.M. this day. The Princess Alexandrina Victoria is awakened at Kensington Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury and informed that she is now Queen of England. (England - Victoria the Great)

1875: 20th June: Mountain man Joe Meek dies. (Oregon - Bridger)

1887: 20th June: Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon thwart Lord Nelson Rathbone and Wu Chow's plot to assassinate Queen Victoria and nine other members of the royal family. (London, England - Shanghai Knights)

1887: 20th June: Queen Victoria enjoys a fireworks display arranged by Lord Nelson Rathbone as part of the celebrations of her Golden Jubilee. (London, England - Shanghai Knights)

1897: 20th June: Count Dracula en route from Varna to London via the Demeter. (Atlantic Ocean - Dracula)

1901: 20th June: Edward Cullen born. (Twilight)

1905: Tuesday 20th June: Lillian Hellman is born. (New Orleans, Louisiana - Dash and Lilly)

1907: Thursday 20th June: Elijah P. Rogers is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

1941: Friday 20th June: Operation Barbarossa, in which German troops invade the Soviet Union. The town of Nowogrodek becomes a Jewish ghetto. (Belarussia - Defiance)

1947: Friday 20th June: Bugsy Siegel killed by gunshot. (Bugsy)

1956: Wednesday 20th June: While on morning patrol, a French policeman is stabbed in the throat and robbed of his pistol. An hour later, a police station is ambushed by locals and two more officers are killed. By the afternoon, the streets are openly menaced by automatic weapon fire between rebel factions and the territorial guard. (Algiers, Algeria - The Battle of Algiers)

1964: Saturday 20th June: Gen. William Westmoreland succeeds Gen. Paul Harkins as head of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV). (Path to War)

2000: Tuesday 20th June: Anne Beamer writes that Ray Pluto is fit for active duty. (New York City, New York - Double Whammy)

2000: Tuesday 20th June: Anne Beamer writes that Ray Pluto is fit for active duty. (New York City, New York - Double Whammy)

2004: Sunday 20th June: James McKeen Costa claims to have witnessed Asher's crime the previous night. (Montreal, Canada - Taking Lives)

2008: Friday 20th June: Millions try to leave Scotland, but the military, and a 30ft fence, keep them in to isolate the deadly virus. (Scotland - Doomsday)

2008: Friday 20th June: There is a mass exodus to escape the wide-spreading Reaper virus. (Scotland - Doomsday)

2010: Sunday 20th June: Guys Choice premieres on Spike TV. (The Smurfs)

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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