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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...

1805: 21st October: Lord Nelson is shot in the spine, from the French flagship Redoubtable, surviving long enough to learn that he has led the British Fleet to a magnificent victory against Napoleon. (Off Cape Trafalgar - Lady Hamilton)

1805: 21st October: An ancestor of Jean-Luc Picard takes part in the Battle of Trafalgar. (Cape Trafalgar, Spain - Star Trek: Generations)

1922: Saturday 21st October: Hanna Schmitz is born. (The Reader)

1967: Saturday 21st October: The demonstration took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. As many as 100,000 demonstrators attended the event. The man in the stars and stripes shirt is activist Abbie Hoffman: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbie_Hoffman (Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington - Forrest Gump)

1975: Tuesday 21st October: Sean Maguire meets his future wife in a bar during Game 6 of the World Series. (Boston, Mass. - Good Will Hunting)

1980: Tuesday 21st October: Someone's name is written on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii - The Killing of John Lennon)

1982: Thursday 21st October: Harry Grimbridge has dinner with his daughter Ellie. (Northern California - Halloween III: Season of the Witch)

1985: Monday 21st October: Dan White commits suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. (San Francisco, California - Milk)

1985: Monday 21st October: Rorschach writes in his journal that he sees Drieberg and Jupiter leaving a diner on 43rd and 7th. (New York, New York - Watchmen)

1998: Wednesday 21st October: Stephen Macray is arrested for hijacking a bread truck to Nashua, New Hampshire. (Massachusetts - The Town)

2000: Saturday 21st October: James Coughlin is arrested for shooting Brendan Leahy at the cemetery behind Mishawum. (Boston, Massachusetts - The Town)

2005: Friday 21st October: Andy and Trish have their fifteenth date. (Los Angeles, CA - The 40 Year Old Virgin)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Bruce Banner is seen fleeing. (The Incredible Hulk)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Lynn Denlon is forced to help Amanda Young keep John Kramer alive. When she gives John brain surgery, he hallucinates about his ex-wife, Jill. (Saw III)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Amanda Young refuses to free Lynn, so she shoots her, failing her test. Lynn's husband, Jeff, walks into the room, shoots Amanda in the neck, and slices Jigsaw's throat with a power-saw, causing Lynn's collar to shoot her head. Jigsaw reveals via a tape that Jeff's daughter, Corbett was in danger. (Saw III)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Eric Matthews wakes up standing on a block of ice while Hoffman is strapped in an office wheel chair. They are both on a scale. Art Blank walks in and watches them. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: While 90 minutes count down, Rigg encounters people in traps in his apartment, Room 261 of the Alexander Motel, and a classroom at a school. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Agents Strahm and Perez search all around the city for Rigg and interrogate John Kramer's ex-wife, Jill Tuck. During the search, shrapnel is shot into Lyndsy Perez's head and she is rushed to the hospital. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Clues lead Agent Strahm to the Gideon meat factory. He follows Jeff into the sick room and shoots him when he sees a gun in his hand. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: When Rigg arrives at the Gideon meat factory, Eric Matthews tries stopping Rigg from opening the door by shooting him in the stomach. Rigg still manages to open the door, causing two giant blocks of ice to swing down to Eric's head. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: When Rigg arrives at the Gideon meat factory, Eric Matthews tries stopping Rigg from opening the door by shooting him in the stomach. Rigg still manages to open the door, causing two giant blocks of ice to swing down to Eric's head. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: After Rigg kills Art Blank and finds out that he failed, Hoffman unstraps himself from the chair and leaves Rigg on the floor. He walks over to the sick room and locks Peter Strahm inside with the corpses of Jeff, Lynn Denlon, John Kramer, and Amanda Young. (Saw IV)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Agent Strahm gives himself a tracheotomy to survive a glass box filled with water. Hoffman brings Corbet out of the Gideon. (Saw V)

2006: Saturday 21st October: Hoffman blackmails Amanda into killing Lynn Denlon. (Saw VI)

2010: Thursday 21st October: Editor Maike Axford warns Britt to be careful. (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2010: Thursday 21st October: Britt and Kato prepare for their vigilantism. (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2014: Tuesday 21st October: Kyle Gatehouse's driver's license expires. (Illinois - Source Code)

2015: Wednesday 21st October: Marty Mcfly goes into the future to help save his son from Biff's grandson (Back to the Future Part II)

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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