The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1916

Santino 'Sonny' Corleone born. (The Godfather)

Captain Elliott Spenser (Pinhead) suffers a mental breakdown after the Battle of Flanders (Hellraiser)

Nathan's Famous Franks has world famous frankfurters. (The Other Guys)

Actors Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms and Ned Nederlander take a stand against the infamous El Guapo. (Santa Poco, Mexico - Three Amigos)

Carmen sends a telegram to the Three Amigos, asking for their help in freeing the village of Santo Poco from the villanous El Guapo. (Mexico - Three Amigos)

Saturday 8th January: Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula. (Turkey - Gallipoli)

Friday 28th January: President Woodrow Wilson nominates Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. (Wilson)

Thursday 10th February: Lindley Garrison resigns as U.S. Secretary of War. (Wilson)

Thursday 9th March: Angered over American support of his rivals for the control of Mexico, the peasant-born revolutionary leader attacks the border town. (Columbus, New Mexico - Pancho Villa)

Monday 10th April: Robert Benson is born. (Virginia - The Day the Earth Stood Still)

Monday 24th April: Easter Rebellion begins. (Dublin, Ireland - Michael Collins)

Saturday 3rd June: US President Woodrow Wilson signs National Defense Act. (Wilson)

Friday 9th June: Robert McNamara is born. (San Francisco, California - Thirteen Days)

Thursday 27th July: German officials execute Captain Charles Fryatt, the former commander of the Great Eastern Railway steamship Brussels, after a German court martial found him guilty of making an attack on a German submarine. (Bruges, Belgium - The Murder of Captain Fryatt)

Monday 21st August: This is the birth date of Lily Mae Brown, mother of the movie's protagonist. (Texas - Sordid Lives)

Sunday 17th September: Manfred von Richthofen shoots down his first plane. (The Red Baron)

Sunday 5th November: Dorian Gray visits his former sweetheart's grave, and is shot at by her brother. (Dorian Gray)

Tuesday 21st November: Emperor Franz Josef dies. (Austria - Mayerling)

Wednesday 22nd November: Jack London dies from kidney failure. (Glen Ellen, California - Jack London)

Sunday 26th November: Thomas Edward Lawrence, a junior member of the British government (Lawrence of Arabia)

Monday 4th December: W. Somerset Maugham departs on a voyage to Pago Pago. (The Razor's Edge)

1917

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

Sunday School teacher Miss Johnson is called "Old Flannel Face" by her students, which include Ezra Cobb and Harlon Kootz. (Deranged)

Christine Daae dies. (Paris - The Phantom of the Opera)

Friday 12th January: Monsieur Audel killed in battle. (Chocolat)

Monday 26th February: President Woodrow Wilson learns of the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, a message from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador to Mexico proposing a Mexican-German alliance in the event of a war between the U.S. and Germany. (Wilson)

Thursday 15th March: Czar Nicholas II abdicates the throne of Russia. (Nicholas and Alexandra)

Monday 2nd April: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to send U.S. troops into battle against Germany in World War I. (Wilson)

Wednesday 11th April: Scott Joplin dies. (Scott Joplin)

Tuesday 15th May: Dwight D Eisenhower and George S Patton promoted to the rank of Captain. (Patton)

Tuesday 29th May: John F. Kennedy is born. (Brookline, Massachusetts - J.F.K.: Reckless Youth)

Tuesday 5th June: Farmer Alvin York expresses his consciencious objection to the war in Europe by refusing to enlist for service. (Tennessee, USA - Sergeant York)

Thursday 7th June: Dean Martin is born. (Steubenville, Ohio - Martin and Lewis)

Thursday 14th June: US President Woodrow Wilson gives Flag Day address. (Wilson)

Wednesday 25th July: Mata Hari sentenced to die. (France - Mata Hari)

Friday 17th August: "The Cheat", a croupier from Monaco, receives a shrapnel wound to the right knee one minute after stepping out onto his first field of battle. Unconscious, he is rescued by M. Charbonnier, who later loses his right arm from his injuries. (France - Western Front - The Cheat)

Tuesday 28th August: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson is picketed by woman suffragists in front of the White House, who demand that he support an amendment to the Constitution that would guarantee women the right to vote. (Washington, DC - Wilson)

Thursday 13th September: George stops his time machine and learns that his friend David Filby was killed in "the war". (The Time Machine)

October: James Cole is mistakenly sent to the trenches of France during World War I by scientists from the future. Dr. Kathryn Railly has a photograph of James Cole reaching out to fellow time traveller Jose. Dr. Railly presents this evidence in her book, "Madness and Apocalyptic Vision" in a lecture in Baltimore in November 1996. (Twelve Monkeys)

Monday 15th October: Mata Hari is executed for spying. (Vincennes, France - Mata Hari)

Wednesday 31st October: Two regiments of Australian Lighthorsemen charge the Turkish defenses of Beersheba. With bayonets in their hands, they galloped against machine guns, rifles and artillery in the eleventh-hour to save the attacking British army from disaster. (Beersheba, Palestine - The Lighthorsemen)

1918

Americans and French enter Berlin. (Berlin - Casablanca)

Spanish flu kills 1% of the world's population. (Contagion)

Mr. Gateau makes a clock that ticks backwards. With time moving back, he wishes that maybe his dead son, killed in the first World War, would return home. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Cole Porter meets Linda Lee Thomas. (Paris - De-lovely)

Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the last time in 86 years. (Fever Pitch)

John Kinsella first sees a big city when he returns from The Great War in France. (Field of Dreams)

The Chicago White Sox lose the World Series. (Field of Dreams)

Clive Candy shoots a German soldier. (Flanders - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Dr. Cullens bites the dying Edward who is sick with the Spanish influenza. He becomes vampire. (Twilight)

Future vampire Edward Cullen is born. (Twilight)

Tuesday 8th January: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson discusses the aims of the United States in World War I and outlines his "14 Points" for achieving a lasting peace in Europe. (Washington, D.C. - Wilson)

Sunday 3rd February: Joey Bishop is born. (Bronx, New York - The Rat Pack)

Thursday 14th February: Harold Angel is born. (New York - Angel Heart)

Friday 22nd February: Swept along by hysterical fears of treacherous German spies and domestic labor violence, the Montana legislature passes a Sedition Law that severely restricts freedom of speech and assembly. (Montana - Legends of the Fall)

Saturday 13th April: Captain Spaulding born. (House of 1000 Corpses)

Saturday 20th April: Susannah Fincannon writes to Tristan asking if he will ever return and about Alfred's successful business ventures. (Legends of the Fall)

Sunday 21st April: Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as the (Somme River, France - The Red Baron)

Thursday 25th April: Thomas Button marries Caroline. They will be the parents of Benjamin Button. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Thursday 4th July: Steve Rogers is born. (Captain America: The First Avenger)

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