The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive
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Keep your submissions for the Timeline coming! Lots of new films out now to add, so please add some dates when you come back from your multiplex these coming months... If you're new to the site, The Movie Timeline is the history of everything, taken from 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...
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So, this is a mammoth task only limited by the history of cinema, and so your help will be invaluable in making this probably quite pointless but joyously trivial timeline complete. You can reach me with comments by clicking Submit and leaving the film name and details blank - just put your message in the main submissions box.
Today in movie history...
1880: 11th December: Blake wants to relocate the entire colony. (Antonio Bay, California - The Fog)
1936: Friday 11th December: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne after less than a year as king in order to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. His brother Albert accedes to the throne, becoming King George VI. (London, England - The King's Speech)
1954: Saturday 11th December: Uichi Shinkai is killed by yakuza disguised as police, thus eliminating Tetsuya Sakai's last rival for control of the Yamamori Family. (Hiroshima, Japan - The Yakuza Papers)
1959: Friday 11th December: In need of money to help her divorced boyfriend Sam Loomis, secretary Marion Crane steals $40,000 from one of her employer's clients and flees in her car. (Phoenix, Arizona - Psycho)
1963: Wednesday 11th December: Warren Commission chairman Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and committee member Gerald R. Ford conduct a personal meeting with Jack Ruby. (Dallas, Texas - X-Men: Days of Future Past)
1974: Wednesday 11th December: Drake Myers checks into Hotel Francis Duke. (Central City - Hotel for Dogs)
1974: Wednesday 11th December: Winslow continues composing music. (New York City - Phantom of the Paradise)
1976: Saturday 11th December: An accident takes place at Lillian Steel Corporation. (Lillian, Ohio - Super 8)
1980: Thursday 11th December: New York Post headline: "John Lennon Case Sensation. DEATH THREATS TO LAWYER!" (New York City, New York - The Killing of John Lennon)
1996: Wednesday 11th December: Truman Burbank sees a spotlight fall from the sky. Truman tells his best friend Marlon that he wants to go to Fiji. (Seahaven Island City - The Truman Show)
1997: Thursday 11th December: A man's passport is issued. (The Bourne Identity)
2002: Wednesday 11th December: Dre Parker's height is measured on the day he loses his first tooth. (Detroit, MI - The Karate Kid)
2003: Thursday 11th December: Mark is busy. (Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Social Network)
2008: Thursday 11th December: News reporters surround the destroyed Fox home. (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
2008: Thursday 11th December: Gwen Herlihy's exhibition opens, as Dr Pincus tries to pass a message to her from her dead husband. (New York - Ghost Town)
Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...
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...
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