The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies

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Keep your submissions for the Timeline coming! Lots of new films out now to add, so please add some dates when you come back from your multiplex these coming months... If you're new to the site, The Movie Timeline is the history of everything, taken from 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...

NEWS! We have a Twitter account. Follow @MovieTimeline. You'll then be treated to at least one 'event' a day from the world of movie history - some'll be real world stuff, some'll be the world of fict.

MORE NEWS! We have a podcast - it's called Movie Banter and also encompasses our sister sites and It's simply myself and Jon Sandys of reviewing, previewing and generally arguing about current film releases. Listen here. Or find us on itunes, where you can also review us. That'd be nice. Do recommend it to others - we're new and need the love.

So, this is a mammoth task only limited by the history of cinema, and so your help will be invaluable in making this probably quite pointless but joyously trivial timeline complete. You can reach me with comments by clicking Submit and leaving the film name and details blank - just put your message in the main submissions box.

Today in movie history...

1564: 23rd April: William Shakespeare is born. (The Number 23)

1616: 23rd April: William Shakespeare dies, after having lived in Los Angeles for some time. (Los Angeles - L.A. Story)

1616: 23rd April: William Shakespeare dies. (The Number 23)

1778: 23rd April: John Paul Jones burns Whitehall. (London - John Paul Jones)

1945: Monday 23rd April: Adolf Hitler tells Eva Braun the best way to commit suicide, and declares privately that he believes the war is lost. (Berlin - Downfall)

1972: Sunday 23rd April: Adrian Franklin is born. (The Adjustment Bureau)

1986: Wednesday 23rd April: Otto Preminger dies from lung cancer and Alzheimer's disease. (New York - Introducing Dorothy Dandridge)

2006: Sunday 23rd April: Sergeant Nicholas Angel moves to Sandford from London, and instantly arrests most of the village's youths for underage drinking, as well as PC Danny Butterman for driving drunk and disorderly. (Sandford, Gloucestershire - Hot Fuzz)

2007: Monday 23rd April: Sidney Young accidentally lets a pig loose in a hotel. (London, England - How to Lose Friends & Alienate People)

2010: Friday 23rd April: Containment protocol is initiated. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa - The Crazies)

Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...

Captain America
Red State
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The Girl Who Played With Fire
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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