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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)

Captain Alec Henderson dies in battle. (France - Mrs. Henderson Presents)

Edward Sheridan Lionheart born. (Theatre of Blood)

The basic principles of Mendelian genetics are applied to the fruit fly. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Friday 29th January: German lieutenant Erwin Rommel leads his company in the daring capture of four French block-houses, the structures used on the front to house artillery positions. (France - The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel)

Wednesday 3rd February: Samuel Ludlow writes a letter to his fiancee Susannah describing his experiences in the war. (Legends of the Fall)

Thursday 18th February: Director Leo Harrigan and film star Buck Greenway attend the premiere of D.W. Griffith's "The Clansman" [a.k.a. "The Birth of a Nation"]. (Los Angeles, California - Nickelodeon)

Saturday 20th March: Tristan Ludlow writes his father and Susannah about how he is being discharged from the British Army and how Alfred is bringing Samuel's heart home. (Legends of the Fall)

Sunday 25th April: Allies begin invasion of Gallipoli. (The Dardanelles - Gallipoli)

Friday 7th May: British ocean liner Lusitania sunk by German submarine. (off southern coast of Ireland - The Sinking of the Lusitania)

Tuesday 7th September: Alfred Ludlow writes to his mother about how he has found his place in the world describing his business opportunities in Helena, Montana. (Helena, Montana - Legends of the Fall)

Saturday 18th December: Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Galt. (Washington, D.C. - Wilson)

Tuesday 21st December: Sir William Robertson is appointed chief of the Imperial General Staff. (Oh! What a Lovely War)

1916

Miss Moneypenny's mother leaves her room. (Casino Royale)

In your current timeline for "Citizen Kane" you have Kane running for Governor in 1920, however, in the newsreel seen at the beginning of the film, the narrator specifically states he ran in 1916, plus his wife and son were killed in an auto accident in 1918, (also according to the newsreel). (Citizen Kane)

Ezra Cobb's father dies. He and his mother depend on each other for the next 15 years. (Deranged)

Dorian Gray returns from his travels. (Dorian Gray)

Faberge Egg is made. (Freejack)

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)

Friday 6th April: Lance Corporals Blake and Schofield head into No Man's Land to deliver a message for the Devonshire Regiment, to call off their planned attack on the Germans for the next morning. (The Western Front, near Écoust-Saint-Mein - 1917)

Friday 6th April: Lance Corporals Blake and Schofield depart into No Man's Land to deliver a message to the Devonshire Regiment, to halt their attack on the apparently retreating German troops. (The Western Front, near Écoust-Saint-Mein - 1917)

Saturday 7th April: Lance Corporal Schofield arrives at the Devonshire Regiment to attempt to stop their attack. (The Western Front, near Écoust-Saint-Mein - 1917)

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)

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