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...

2344BC: 17th October: Noah's Ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat. (East Turkey/Armenia - The Bible)

1758: 17th October: Darwin writes of the difference between pigeons. (Creation)

1945: Wednesday 17th October: Juan Peron addresses Argentina. (buenos aires - Evita)

1949: Monday 17th October: Barbara Hummel, wife of General Francis Hummel, born. (The Rock)

1963: Thursday 17th October: The Gun Battle of Shintenchi: 2 dead, 3 critically wounded. After the wild public brawl turned deadly and directly threatened ordinary citizens, anti-gang sentiment boiled over. Pressured from all sides, the District Attorney orders the round-up of all yakuza family leaders. (Shintenchi, Japan - The Yakuza Papers 4: Police Tactics)

1979: Wednesday 17th October: Herman Mendoza born. (Lazer Team)

1981: Saturday 17th October: Dehlia Draycott writes her will. (California - Nancy Drew)

1986: Friday 17th October: The full moon that Francis Dollarhyde planned to kill a family on. (Manhunter)

2003: Friday 17th October: Aaron and Cady briefly speak to each other when it rains. (Evanston, Illinois - Mean Girls)

2005: Monday 17th October: Andy and Trish's thirteenth date. (Los Angeles, CA - The 40 Year Old Virgin)

2008: Friday 17th October: El Cruzado De La Noche. (New York City, New York - The Amazing Spider-Man)

2009: Saturday 17th October: John Koestler tries and fails to prevent a Manhattan subway crash. (New York - Knowing)

2012: Wednesday 17th October: Peter Parker shows up late to class and hints that he may keep seeing Gwen. (New York City - The Amazing Spider-Man)

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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