The Movie Timeline - of all the movie timelines on all the net, you walked into this one

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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...

1919: Wednesday 1st October: Chicago White Sox lose Game 1 of World Series. (Cincinnati, Ohio - Eight Men Out)

1921: Saturday 1st October: Nina Leeds returns home after working for a year at Alexander Memorial Hospital in Boston Mass, when family friend, "Good Old" Charlie Marsden, wires her that her father, the Professor, has fallen gravely ill. He dies before she can make it home. (Bradson, CT - Strange Interlude)

1924: Wednesday 1st October: Jimmy Carter is born. (Plains, Georgia - The Cayman Triangle)

1930: Wednesday 1st October: Christine Collins meets Gordon Northcott to discover the truth about her son's demise, although Gordon decides not to tell her after all. (Changeling)

1969: Wednesday 1st October: Ethan Tremblay is born. (Due Date)

1973: Monday 1st October: San Francisco Examiner headline: "Oil Lobbyist Arrested in Swannekke Island Scandal." Javier Gomez tells Luisa Rey that the adventure would make a good book. (San Francisco, California - Cloud Atlas)

1988: Saturday 1st October: Donnie Darko argues with his sister and mother. (Donnie Darko)

1990: Monday 1st October: Peter Weyland is born in Mumbai, India to an Oxford-educated Professor of Comparative Mythology and a self-taught engineer. (Mumbai, India - Prometheus)

1992: Thursday 1st October: A newspaper article titled "ST. JOHN HIKER REPORTED MISSING" is published. (Offspring)

1997: Wednesday 1st October: Theorizing about why city maintenance workers are trying to fix the flooded subway tunnel, Jerry Fletcher says, "Well water mains don't usually break unless it's wintertime. The pipes burst open because it's cold, it's only the first of October." (New York, NY - Conspiracy Theory)

1998: Thursday 1st October: Professor Knowby's wife Henrietta becomes a Deadite. He buries her in the fruit cellar. (Tennessee - Evil Dead II)

1998: Thursday 1st October: A professor dismembers his wife when she becomes posessed. (Tennessee - The Evil Dead)

2000: Sunday 1st October: Reggie Kray dies. (Norwich, Norfolk, England - The Krays)

2004: Friday 1st October: Peter Weyland's 14th birthday. (Prometheus)

2005: Saturday 1st October: Andy and Trish have their fifth date. (Los Angeles, CA - The 40 Year Old Virgin)

2010: Friday 1st October: James Reid finds his son Britt sleeping with a woman. Daily Sentinel headline: City Under Siege (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2011: Saturday 1st October: Amy thinks that it is time for her and Nick to have a baby, but he disagrees. As she tries to keep him from leaving the house, he pushes her toward the staircase, and she begins to fear him. (Missouri - Gone Girl)

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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