The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1903

Wednesday 29th July: Gretchen Bouman registers to become a citizen. (Vandorf, Germant - The Gorgon)

Wednesday 12th August: Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn dies. (Jonesboro, Arkansas - True Grit)

Saturday 15th August: Mattie Ross arrives at the Wild West Show and discovers that Rooster had died 3 days earlier. (True Grit)

Thursday 22nd October: Tom Horn is hanged in Wyoming for the murder of Willie Nickell. (Wyoming - Tom Horn)

1904

Old whaling station left abandoned. (Antarctica - Alien Vs. Predator)

San Diego discovered by Germans, and named after a whale's vagina. (Anchorman)

Rick Blaine born. (New York - Casablanca)

Hercule Poirot resigns from Belgian police. (Belgium - Evil Under the Sun)

The United States decide to throw some weight around. (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

J.M.Barrie writes Peter Pan. (Finding Neverland)

Clive Candy shoots a warthog. (Sudan - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Brooks Hatlin enters Shawshank prison. (The Shawshank Redemption)

Tuesday 16th February: Howard W. Campbell, Jr. is born. (Schenectady, New York - Mother Night)

Monday 7th March: Jean Elizabeth Jupp is born. (Darkman II: The Return of Durant)

Monday 14th March: Frieda Eichman registers to become a citizen. (Vandorf, Germant - The Gorgon)

Wednesday 15th June: Side-Wheeler "General Slocum" catches fire in New York's East River, and over a thousand passengers perish. (East River, New York City, New York - Manhattan Melodrama)

Thursday 16th June: Stephen Dedelus and Leopold and Molly Bloom experience a day of life and discovery, among other things. (Dublin, Ireland - Bloom)

Thursday 16th June: James Joyce meets his future wife, Nora. (Nora)

Monday 7th November: 'The Tale of Two Bad Mice' by Beatrix Potter is published. (London - Miss Potter)

December: Beatrix Potter accepts a marriage proposal from her publisher, Norman Warne, at her parents' Christmas party. (Miss Potter)

1905

A city is established. (Western Texas - Big Fish)

Murders having to do with a Gorgon begin. (Vandorf, Germant - The Gorgon)

Tom Riddle Sr. is born. (Little Hangleton, England - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Clive Candy shoots a rhinoceros. (East Africa - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

David 'Noodles' Aaronson and Maximilian Bercowicz born. (New York - Once Upon a Time in America)

Magician Oscar "Oz" Diggs finds out that Annie is going to marry John Gale. When he flies in his hot air balloon, he gets in a twister which takes him to a land called Oz. (Kansas - Oz the Great and Powerful)

According to Brooks Hatlin, this is the year he enters Shawshank prison. (The Shawshank Redemption)

Future hotel porter Arthur Biehl is born. (Somewhere In Time)

Friday 7th April: Mickey Goldmill is born. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Rocky III)

Tuesday 20th June: Lillian Hellman is born. (New Orleans, Louisiana - Dash and Lilly)

July: Beatrix Potter's fiance and publisher Norman Warne dies suddenly while she is holidaying in The Lake District; Beatrix moves permanently to Hill Top Farm in The Lakes. (Miss Potter)

Sunday 24th December: Howard Hughes is born. (Houston, Texas - The Aviator)

1906

Joseph Conrad writes, "The sea has no generosity. For all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man." (Benji The Hunted)

According to Mr. Hand, this is the year that the Platt Amendment is passed. (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

The Gorgon claims another victim. (Vandorf, Germany - The Gorgon)

According to John Carter's will, his nephew Edgar Rice Burroughs owns his estate until this year. (Richmond, Virginia - John Carter)

An earthquake hits San Francisco. (San Francisco, California - The Lost Boys)

Gary, Indiana is founded. (Gary, Indiana - The Music Man)

Sunday 3rd June: Josephine Baker is born. (St. Louis, Missouri - The Josephine Baker Story)

Monday 27th August: Amanda Cobb gives birth to Ezra Cobb. (Deranged)

Friday 12th October: Joe Cronin is born. (San Francisco, California - Fear Strikes Out)

Wednesday 5th December: Otto Preminger is born. (Vienna, Austria - Introducing Dorothy Dandridge)

1907

An infant mysteriously dies, prompting rumours of a witch. (Burketsville - The Blair Witch Project)

Bill Miner, "The Gentlemen Bandit", escapes from prison and disappears. (The Grey Fox)

George Bailey is born. (Bedford Falls, New York - It's a Wonderful Life)

Clive Candy shoots a crocodile. (Bengal - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Amanda Krueger is born. (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)

Curley McClain kills Jud Fry. (Oklahoma Territory - Oklahoma)

Philip 'Cockeye' Stein and Patsy Goldberg born. (New York - Once Upon a Time in America)

The Overlook Hotel is built. (The Shining)

Police Department of New York City Twenty-Third Precinct is erected. (New York City - Weekend at Bernie's II)

Wednesday 22nd May: Laurence Olivier is born. (Dorking, England - Darlings of the Gods)

Thursday 20th June: Elijah P. Rogers is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

Thursday 28th November: Louis B. Mayer opens a small movie theater. (Haverhill, Massachusetts - The Aviator)

Wednesday 25th December: Cab Calloway is born. (Rochester, New York - The Cotton Club)

Tuesday 31st December: Times Square Ball is dropped for the first time. (New York City - New Year's Eve)

1908

Chicago Cubs win the World Series, for the last time for 107 years. (Back to the Future Part III)

The Von Brauns arrive in Hill Valley. (Back to the Future Part III)

Joseph Fauste is born. (Children of the Living Dead)

Two year-old Puyi becomes Emperor. (China - The Last Emperor)

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