The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive

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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...

1766: 25th June: Serial-Murderer, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, returns to his beloved Paris where - after dousing himself in the distilled perfume of 13 virgins - he is loved, literally, into oblivion. (Paris, France - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer)

1876: 25th June: Battle of Little Bighorn (Little Bighorn, Montana - Little Big Man)

1900: 25th June: Lord Louis Mountbatten is born. (Windsor, England - The Devil's Brigade)

1929: Tuesday 25th June: James Jupp dies. (Darkman II: The Return of Durant)

1942: Thursday 25th June: Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe. (London, England - The Longest Day)

1963: Tuesday 25th June: Yann Martel is born. (Salamanca, Spain - Life of Pi)

1966: Saturday 25th June: Andy/Adrian, son of Rosemary Woodhouse and Satan, is born, prompting one prominent Satanist to declare: "God is dead! Satan lives! The year is One!" (Possible alternate year for this event: 0001) (New York City - Rosemary's Baby)

1967: Sunday 25th June: David Banner takes notes on a DB Blood Analysis. (Hulk)

1978: Sunday 25th June: San Francisco gay rights parade. Despite assassination threats, Harvey Milk speaks to the crowd and urges those in the closet to come out. (San Francisco, California - Milk)

1990: Monday 25th June: Clarice Starling gets more help from Hannibal Lecter. (Baltimore, MD - The Silence of the Lambs)

1996: Tuesday 25th June: Independence Day opens in cinemas. (Jersey Girl)

2004: Friday 25th June: Scott realizes that Costa is Asher when she sees that he has killed his mother in an elevator. Asher escapes on a train, killing a sports talent scout and taking his identity. (Montreal, Canada - Taking Lives)

2005: Saturday 25th June: Barb and the Cooper family try to survive the zombies, but it is hopeless. (Night of the Living Dead 3D)

2005: Saturday 25th June: Bethany Hamilton gets 1st place in NSSA National Surfing Championship. (Soul Surfer)

2008: Wednesday 25th June: The headline "Deepak Chopra #1, Guru Pitka Still #2" appears in the Los Angeles Times. (Los Angeles, California - The Love Guru)

2009: Thursday 25th June: Michael Jackson has rehearsal footage of his last concert tour made into a documentary and dies before he is to perform his first show. (Los Angeles, California - This Is It)

2016: Saturday 25th June: A video of a Slender Man sighting is uploaded to the internet (Asheville, North Carolina - Slender Man)

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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