The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1912

Thursday 27th June: Playwright Richard Collier arrives from 1980 via self-hypnosis to meet actress Elise McKenna. (Somewhere In Time)

Friday 28th June: At 9:18A.M. Richard Collier signs the hotel registry where Elise McKenna is staying. Hours later, he meets up with her on this day. (Somewhere In Time)

Friday 28th June: Miss Elise McKenna appears in Wisdom of the Heart by Bartlett Wells at the theatre at the Grand Hotel (Straits of Mackinac - Somewhere In Time)

Thursday 4th July: Harold Hill arrives to con the townsfolk into buying a boys band. (River City, Iowa - The Music Man)

Sunday 7th July: Marian Paroo discovers that Harold Hill is a con-man. (River City, Iowa - The Music Man)

Sunday 14th July: Woody Guthrie is born. (Okemah, Oklahoma - Bound for Glory)

Sunday 14th July: According to a document, this is the last day to enter the Amateur Championship of the United States Golf Association and it is a Wednesday. (The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Friday 19th July: A golf match takes place. (Chicago, Illinois - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Monday 22nd July: A golf match takes place. (Boston, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Wednesday 24th July: Francis Ouimet tries to enter the Chicago Golf Club. (The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Saturday 10th August: Virginia and Leonard Woolf marry. (London, England - The Hours)

Friday 23rd August: First Chicago Golf Club date. (Chicago, Illinois - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Wednesday 28th August: Last Chicago Golf Club date. (Chicago, Illinois - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

October: The Dolphin Hotel opens, and the first death in room 1408 occurs, when a man slits his own throat then tries to restitch it. (New York - 1408)

Monday 14th October: Eddie Lowery is born. (Newton, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

1913

The body of a rich industrialist is found at the building site of the Woolworth Building. The victim was kidnapped a year earlier. (New York - The Bone Collector)

Mondoshawans return to Earth at the pyramids, to recover the four elements. (Egypt - The Fifth Element)

Samuel Ludlow and fiance Susanna Fincannon arrive this summer for Susanna to meet Samuel's brothers and father. (Ludlow Homestead, Montana - Legends of the Fall)

Beatrix Potter marries local solicitor and former childhood friend William Heelis. (The Lake District - Miss Potter)

Karen Blixen moves to Kenya. (Kenya - Out of Africa)

Clarissa, future wife of Drayton Sawyer Sr. and mother of Dreyton Jr., Jeb, Carrie, and Dunkin, and Henry Sawyer, is born. (Newt, Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

The All Spark is located by Sector 7. (Transformers)

Thursday 9th January: Richard M Nixon is born. (Yorba Linda, CA - Nixon)

Friday 14th February: Jimmy Hoffa is born. (Brazil, Indiana - Hoffa)

Tuesday 4th March: Woodrow Wilson takes office as the 28th President of the United States. (Washington, DC - Wilson)

Sunday 9th March: Virginia Woolf delivers her first novel, "The Voyage Out". (The Hours)

Saturday 22nd March: Jack London writes letters to H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and Winston Churchill, asking how much they are paid for their writing. (Jack London)

Sunday 13th April: William Ludlow laments his inability to properly raise his sons, saying he is better suited to leading soldiers. (Ludlow Homestead, Montana - Legends of the Fall)

Monday 14th July: Future U.S. President Gerald R. Ford (born Leslie L. King, Jr.) is born. (Omaha, Nebraska - The Commission)

Saturday 13th September: Orville Jackson born. He thinks it was a Friday. (Road to Morocco)

Thursday 18th September: First two rounds of the 1913 U.S. Open (Brookline, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Friday 19th September: Final two rounds of the 1913 U.S. Open, which ends with a three-way tie between Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray and American amateur Francis Ouimet. (Brookline, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Saturday 20th September: In an upset, American Francis Ouimet defeats Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff at the 1913 U.S. Open. He becomes the first amateur to win the U.S. Open. (Brookline, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Thursday 25th September: Charlie Chaplin signs with Keystone. (Chaplin)

Wednesday 24th December: Filmmaker Leo Harrigan, having just discovered that Atlantic Pictures' studio boss H.H. Cobb has been recutting his romantic adventure two-reelers into slapstick nonsense, confronts Cobb at his lavish Christmas party, demanding a contract and more money. Cobb calmly fires Harrigan and his crew. (Los Angeles, California - Nickelodeon)

Wednesday 24th December: Filmmaker Leo Harrigan makes his first trip to Los Angeles accompanied by his team of actors and crew. Dressed in evening attire, they take in a matinee and discover that their boss, Atlantic Pictures studio head H.H. Cobb, stole brief snippets from various Harrigan films, including "Rattlesnakes and Gunpowder", "Romeo's Balloon", "Pasha's Passion", "Caves and Clubs" and "Gunman's Guilt" and recut them into an incomprehensible mess called "Tuttle's Muddle." Angered by Cobb's betrayal, Harrigan steals the projectionist's copy of the film. Outside the theater, the film audience recognize Harrigan's actors Buck Greenway and Kathleen Cooke and proceed to tear pieces of their clothing for souveniers until they're down to their undergarments. (Los Angeles, California - Nickelodeon)

1914

Milo Thatch leads an expedition to discover Atlantis. When the team attempts to steal the city's life source, Milo leads a fight to get it back and save Atlantis. (Washington D.C. - Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

Money is printed, later to be held for an emergency by Doc Brown. (Back to the Future Part II)

The year on the flag that is on the pole. (Captain America: The First Avenger)

Mondoshawan come to Earth to take away the five elements stones as they know World War One is about to start. (Egypt - The Fifth Element)

Gandhi returns home. (India - Gandhi)

Vito and Carmella Corleone move in. (Little Italy, New York - The Godfather: Part II)

Harry Vardon wins his sixth British Open Championship. (Newton, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Clive Candy shoots an Indian elephant. (Central Province - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Blue Rider Exhibition (Six Degrees of Separation)

Chaim Pearlgut stars in the Yiddish revue Dybbyck Shmybbyck, I Said 'More Ham'. (Broadway - Waiting for Guffman)

Thursday 5th February: William S. Burroughs is born. (St. Louis, Missouri - Kill Your Darlings)

Saturday 7th February: Charlie Chaplin makes his first appearance in his popular "Little Tramp" role, in Kid Auto Races at Venice. (Chaplin)

Saturday 9th May: Woodrow Wilson proclaims the first Mother (Wilson)

Saturday 13th June: Kaiser Wilhelm concludes meeting with Archduke Franz Ferdinand. (Konopischt, Bohemia (today the Czech Republic) - Houdini)

Sunday 28th June: Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated. (Sarajevo, Bosnia - Bride of the Wind)

Thursday 9th July: Babe Ruth is purchased by the Boston Red Sox from Baltimore for more than $25,000. (The Babe)

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)

Tuesday 29th September: Gregory Balestrero is born. (New York City, New York - The Wrong Man)

Wednesday 14th October: Alfred, Tristan and Samuel Ludlow leave home for Canada to join the war in Europe "to defend an England they've never seen." (Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA - Legends of the Fall)

Thursday 24th December: A temporary and local ceasefire is negotiated when German private Nikolaus Sprink sings "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" (Silent Night) from a German trench to the accompaniment of bagpipes from a Scottish trench. Soon French, German and Scottish soldiers meet in No Man's Land to share wine and Christmas cheer. (Somewhere on the Western Front, France - Joyeux Nol)

1915

Stella, later to be Stella Baines, mother to Lorraine and grandmother to Marty McFly, is born. (Back to the Future)

The hunt for a blacked-up Abraham Lincoln is chronicled in D.W.Griffith's silent film The Hunt For Dishonest Abe. (C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America)

Young soldiers who have joined the ANZACs are brutally slaughtered fighting the Turkish army in Gallipoli. (Western Australia - Gallipoli)

Gil James is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

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