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...

1842: 18th November: Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed rescue William Johnson from vampire leader Adam. (New Orleans, Louisiana - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)

1886: 18th November: Chester A. Arthur dies. (New York City - Cattle King)

1922: Saturday 18th November: Marcel Proust dies. (Paris, France - The Doors)

1970: Wednesday 18th November: Richard Nixon asks Congress for supplemental appropriations for the Cambodian government of Premier Lon Nol. (Nixon)

1970: Wednesday 18th November: Police begin to investigate what is possibly the Zodiac Killer's first murder, from four years earlier. (Zodiac)

1970: Wednesday 18th November: The police begin to investigate the first Zodiac killing. (Zodiac)

1978: Saturday 18th November: 900 members of the People's Temple commit mass suicide on the orders of Jim Jones, drinking poisoned punch. Jim Jones is found shot dead having preached his last words to a tape recorder. (Jonestown, Guyana - Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple)

1978: Saturday 18th November: Harvey Milk begins recording his will. (San Francisco, California - Milk)

1995: Saturday 18th November: Sydney has dinner with President Andrew Shepherd and his daughter Lucy. After dinner, the president and Sydney share a kiss. (White House, Washington D.C. - The American President)

2004: Thursday 18th November: The X-Box game Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 2 is released. (Grandma's Boy)

2009: Wednesday 18th November: Tony gets the book renewed again. (East Great Falls, Michigan - American Pie Presents: The Book of Love)

2016: Friday 18th November: Chappie is angry at Deon after Ninja tells him that his maker put his consciousness in a machine that would die. (Johannesburg, South Africa - Chappie)

2026: Wednesday 18th November: Weyland privatizes NASA (Prometheus)

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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