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...

1869: 20th July: "The Innocents Abroad" is published. (Mark Twain, American)

1914: Monday 20th July: Madame Henriette Caillaux, whose trial for the murder of Gaston Calmette, editor of the newspaper Le Figaro, begins. (Paris, France - The Caillaux Case)

1932: Wednesday 20th July: J. Keith Carson is born. (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

1938: Wednesday 20th July: Actress Dehlia Draycott born. (Los Angeles, CA - Nancy Drew)

1944: Thursday 20th July: Operation Valkyrie, a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler, fails when a bomb detonates but does not kill him. (Rastenburg, East Prussia - Valkyrie)

1956: Friday 20th July: A Muslim woman smuggles a pistol in her burka through a French Legionaire checkpoint so it may be used to murder a guardsman sitting at a street cafe. Later that day, two more patrolmen fall victim to meticulously planned and executed assassinations. (Algiers, Algeria - The Battle of Algiers)

1958: Sunday 20th July: Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts goes off the air. (Sweet Dreams)

1969: Sunday 20th July: Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon. (Apollo 13)

1969: Sunday 20th July: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the moon in the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle. (Mare Tranquillitatus, The Moon - Apollo 13)

1969: Sunday 20th July: Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstron is the first man to walk on the Moon. (Apollo 18)

1969: Sunday 20th July: Man lands on the Moon. (The Moon - The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard)

1969: Sunday 20th July: The date on a plaque by a Sommerton Junction bell. (Sommerton, Arizona - The Last Stand)

1969: Sunday 20th July: Apollo 11 lands on the Moon. The Ark is discovered. (The Moon - Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

1973: Friday 20th July: Bruce Lee, the greatest martial artist ever, dies of a cerebral edema. (Hong Kong - Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story)

1985: Saturday 20th July: Chris Cole and Emily Poule end up with different people at a party. (Rock Star)

1985: Saturday 20th July: Glenn Gulia cheats on Julia Sullivan. (Richfield, New Jersey - The Wedding Singer)

1990: Friday 20th July: Harleen Quinzel, who will later be known as Harley Quinn, is born. (Gotham, New Jersey - Suicide Squad)

1998: Monday 20th July: The animals are saved. (Metropolis - Babe: Pig in the City)

1998: Monday 20th July: Carl Stargher's driver's license issued. (USA - The Cell)

2000: Thursday 20th July: The day of the bank robbery in Alec's fantasies, which include events of preceding days. (Los Angeles, California - Rennie's Landing)

2004: Tuesday 20th July: A date on a medical card. (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

2327: 20th July: Jean-Luc Picard graduates from Starfleet Academy. (San Francisco, California - Star Trek: Generations)

2369: 20th July: The moon landing comemoration ends. (Star Trek: Generations)

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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