The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive

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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...

1775: 24th May: John Hancock is elected president of the Second Continental Congress . (The Rebels)

1863: 24th May: Henry Plummer is elected sheriff of Bannack, Montana. (Bannack, Montana - Montana Territory)

1945: Thursday 24th May: Priscilla Presley is born. (Brooklyn, New York - Elvis)

1959: Sunday 24th May: John Foster Dulles dies of cancer. (Bethesda, Maryland - Eleanor, First Lady of the World)

1974: Friday 24th May: Duke Ellington dies. (New York, New York - The Cotton Club)

1986: Saturday 24th May: Martin Asher kills a man. (Canada - Taking Lives)

1986: Saturday 24th May: Martin Asher kills Andrew Lapierre and takes his identity. (Taking Lives)

1991: Friday 24th May: Daily Bulletin headline: Chuck De Nomolos to wed Missy (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey)

2000: Wednesday 24th May: Providence Times headline is "WHOOPS!" and contains an article about the vomit incident with the title "Plymouth Science Fair An Explosive Exhibit." (Providence, Rhode Island - Osmosis Jones)

2001: Thursday 24th May: The date on a sheet containing fingerprints. (St. Charles - Taking Lives)

2006: Wednesday 24th May: Cade is taken away from Hank and Barbara because they are considered unfit to take care of the baby. (Dudley, Ohio - Rise of the Dead)

2012: Thursday 24th May: Tania's birthday. (New York City, New York - The Amazing Spider-Man)

2013: Friday 24th May: Newspaper headline: "THAT SNAIL IS FAST." (San Fernando Valley, California - Turbo)

2018: Thursday 24th May: Marcus is captured by the Resistance. Blair helps him escape. (Los Angeles Basin - Terminator Salvation)

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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