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...
1853: 22nd January: J. Smith dies. (New Jersey - Bride of Chucky)
1879: 22nd January: Pursuing American soldiers badly beat Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife and his people as they make a desperate bid for freedom. In doing so, the soldiers effectively crushed the so-called Dull Knife Outbreak. (Custer of the West)
1879: 22nd January: After the Battle of Isandlwana, 139 soldiers hold off 4000 Zulu warriors in a 12hr battle, winning 11 Victoria Crosses. (Rorke's Drift - Zulu)
1901: 22nd January: Queen Victoria dies. (Mrs. Brown)
1901: 22nd January: J.B. Books, famous shootist, rides into town. (Carson City, NE - The Shootist)
1964: Wednesday 22nd January: Jack Ruby is admitted to Parkland hospital after prison medical staff diagnoses him with pneumonia. Cancer is discovered in his liver, lungs, and brain. He dies in operating room #5 - the same operating room in which Oswald had died two months prior. (Dallas, Texas - X-Men: Days of Future Past)
1964: Wednesday 22nd January: Jack Ruby is admitted to Parkland hospital after prison medical staff diagnoses him with pneumonia. Cancer is discovered in his liver, lungs, and brain. (Dallas, Texas - X-Men: Days of Future Past)
1973: Monday 22nd January: Samantha Blackwell is born. (The Reaping)
1983: Saturday 22nd January: Bond finds out about Khan's warhead. (East Germany - Octopussy)
2004: Thursday 22nd January: Aaron and Damien catch Coach Carr and Trang Pak in the projection room. (Evanston, Illinois - Mean Girls)
Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...
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...
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