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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...

32: 12th April: Jesus leaves Jerusalem with Philip, Peter, Andrew, John and Nathaniel; Judas joins them, and they head north. (King of Kings)

1633: 12th April: Galileo is convicted of heresy for holding the heretical belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun. (Galileo)

1827: 12th April: Shaka Zulu and the European settlers eradicate the remaining forces of the Ndwandwe tribe. (South Africa - Shaka Zulu)

1861: 12th April: The Battle of Fort Sumter. (Fort Sumter, South Carolina - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

1861: 12th April: Johnnie Gray, an engineer for the Western and Atlantic Railroad, guided his locomotive, "The General" into Marietta, Georgia. Marietta was the home of his true love, Annabelle Lee. She waited patiently for his arrival. (Marietta Georgia - The General)

1861: 12th April: American Civil War begins; Scarlett O'Hara meets Rhett Butler at the Twelve Oaks party. (Gone with the Wind)

1872: 12th April: August Carson is born. (Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

1897: 12th April: "The Cheat", working as an elevator operator at the H (Monaco - The Cheat)

1899: 12th April: Globe & Traveler headline: "'NOT US!' SAYS GERMANY." This newspaper contains a typo claiming it is the 11th of April. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

1912: Friday 12th April: Titanic sets sail from Southampton; that night, steerage passenger Jack Dawson meets First Class passenger Rose Dewitt Bukater. (Titanic)

1932: Tuesday 12th April: Johnny Dangerously takes over the Dundee Mob, District Attorney Burr dies in a beer commercial, and gun manufacturer makes .88 Magnum for gangsters. (New York, New York - Johnny Dangerously)

1956: Thursday 12th April: Andy Garcia is born. (Havana, Cuba - Little Fockers)

1957: Friday 12th April: Preston Blake has sex with a cleaning lady named Consuela Lopez. (New York City, New York - Mr. Deeds)

1961: Wednesday 12th April: First Manned Space Flight, Yuri Gagarin. (Soviet Union - The Right Stuff)

1974: Friday 12th April: Herbert Porter gets 30 days for lying to the FBI. (All the President's Men)

1978: Wednesday 12th April: Floyd Lawton, who will later be known as Deadshot, is born. (Gotham, New Jersey - Suicide Squad)

1989: Wednesday 12th April: Francis Dolarhyde sets Freddy Lounds on fire and pushes his wheelchair towards the National Tattler building. (Chicago, IL - Red Dragon)

1990: Thursday 12th April: A clinically diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic is interviewed at Baltimore County Hospital and says, "...5 billion people will die from a deadly virus in 1997...The survivors will abandon the surface of the planet...Once again the animals will rule the world..." (Baltimore, Maryland - Twelve Monkeys)

1997: Saturday 12th April: The body Paris Carver, wife of media mogul Elliot Carver, is found in a hotel room with the body of an unidentified man. (Hamburg, Germany - Tomorrow Never Dies)

2001: Thursday 12th April: A monolith is found on Jupiter. (2001: A Space Odyssey)

2009: Sunday 12th April: Navy marksmen from DEVGRU open fire and kill the three pirates on the lifeboat, and Phillips is rescued in good condition.[ (Mombasa, Kenya - Captain Phillips)

2009: Sunday 12th April: People reflect on the events that took place in Washington D.C. (USA - Eagle Eye)

2011: Tuesday 12th April: Olive gets more attention at school and gets in trouble when she calls another girl a "twat". (Ojai, California - Easy A)

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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