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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...

1227: 18th August: Genghis Khan dies. (Genghis Khan)

1878: 18th August: Count Vronsky arrives at the Karenin home just in time to witness the near-death reconciliation between Anna and Alexei. After Alexei Karenin orders him from their house, Vronsky goes home and makes a failed suicide attempt. (St. Petersburg, Russia - Anna Karenina)

1890: 18th August: George "Buck" Weaver is born. (Pottstown, Pennsylvania - Eight Men Out)

1928: Saturday 18th August: A child is found matching Walter Collins' description. (Illinois - Changeling)

1945: Saturday 18th August: Despondent after learning of the death of his wife and three young children in the bombing of Hiroshima, camp commander Colonel Suga takes three small children from the POW camp to feast at his home. (Borneo, Southeast Asia - Three Came Home)

1946: Sunday 18th August: A child is born. (Gatlin, Nebraska - Children of the Corn)

1965: Wednesday 18th August: A nineteen-year-old is sacrificed. (Gatlin, Nebraska - Children of the Corn)

1966: Thursday 18th August: Atomic satellite attack, George stops his time machine and speaks with David Filby's son James. (London - The Time Machine)

1969: Monday 18th August: Jimi Hendrix headlines the Woodstock Festival. His rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" earns critical praise. (Bethel, New York - Woodstock)

1972: Friday 18th August: Life magazine headline: "SURGE TO OLYMPICS." (New York City, New York - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

1973: Saturday 18th August: According to a typo on a referral/consultation report, this is the date on which Sally Hardesty arrived at the sherriff's office after escaping the Sawyers. (Newt, Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

1973: Saturday 18th August: 5 people are terrorized after a woman kills herself in their van; they travel to the nearest town only to find a crazed man wielding a chainsaw. (Texas - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

1973: Saturday 18th August: Five kids fallprey to a cannibalistic family. (TExas - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

1977: Thursday 18th August: Groucho Marx dies of pneumonia. (Los Angeles, California - Sinatra)

1981: Tuesday 18th August: The last day of camp. (Camp Firewood - Wet Hot American Summer)

1986: Monday 18th August: The headline "DONNY'S SO HOT" appears in a news article. (That's My Boy)

1992: Tuesday 18th August: Christopher Supertramp dies, in a deserted bus in the middle of nowhere. (Alaska - Into the Wild)

2000: Friday 18th August: 75% of the captured subjects for the faked bio-terrorist attack experiment are dead thanks to the virus they have been given. (Larkhill Detention Centre - V for Vendetta)

2042: 18th August: Weyland Industries awarded government contract to build and maintain HD 85512 b Class E Correctional Unit. Prisoners from Earth and other facilities are successfully relocated, and many have since been rehabilitated into society. (Prometheus)

2154: 18th August: The military is defeated by the Na'vi, with Colonel Miles Quaritch shot by Neytiri's arrows. (Pandora - Avatar)

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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