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


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1927

459 W 104th St is built. (Los Angeles, California - We Bought a Zoo)

Thursday 24th February: Sidney Poitier is born. (Miami, Florida - Six Degrees of Separation)

Thursday 24th March: Silent film icon Don Lockwood and his friends Kathy Selden and Cosmo Brown concoct a plan to save his new sound picture "The Dueling Cavelier" after a disasterous preview. They celebrate by singing "Good Morning". When Don walks home, he's caught on a rain storm, which calls for more dancing and singing...in the rain. (Hollywood, California - Singin' in the Rain)

Tuesday 19th April: Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity. (Mae West)

Sunday 1st May: Doris Florence Binns is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

Saturday 21st May: Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo flight across the Atlantic. (Meet Me in St. Louis)

Tuesday 27th September: Despite Il Duce's predictions of an Italian victory, the R.J. Mitchell-designed Supermarine S.5 piloted by RAF Lieutenant Geoffrey Crisp wins the Schneider Trophy for England with a top speed of 281 mph. (Venice, Italy - The First of the Few)

Friday 30th September: Babe Ruth sets single season record by hitting 60th home run. (New York City. - The Babe)

1928

The Abominable Dr Phibes. (The Abominable Dr. Phibes)

Eastern Gas and Electric buys Niagra Steam Generation, the company which manufactured the crucial iron bolt found at the crime scene of Mr. Alan Ruben by Amelia Donaghy. (New York - The Bone Collector)

Susan Pevensie is born. (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

An alien gets a genetic sample from a mountaineer. (Korakoram Mountains, India - The Day the Earth Stood Still)

John Hancock watched the film Frankenstein, then was attacked in an alley and lost his memory. (Miami - Hancock)

Peter Bailey dies from a stroke. (Bedford Falls, New York - It's a Wonderful Life)

Emma C., wife of William Holmes, dies. (Night of the Living Dead)

Mouton Rothschild wine is made. (The Shadow)

An interstellar teleportation device is discovered in Giza, Egypt, as well as what appear to be fossils in the stone underneath it. (Stargate)

The mother of Jem and Scout and husband of Atticus Finch dies. (To Kill A Mockingbird)

Mickey Mouse is created by Walt Disney. (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Friday 9th March: Walter Collins gets into a fight at school. (LA - Changeling)

Saturday 10th March: Christine Collins returns home from an extra shift at the telephone company to discover her adolescent son, Walter, is missing. (Los Angeles, California - Changeling)

Saturday 10th March: Walter Collins goes missing. (LA - Changeling)

Monday 12th March: Poor weather downs R.J. Mitchell's Supermarine Napier seaplane during speed trials in an attempt to break Supermarine's own speed record. Flight-Lieutenant S.M. Kinkead is killed instantly. (Strait of Solent, England - The First of the Few)

Sunday 25th March: Rev Gustav Briegleb preaches against police corruption. (LA - Changeling)

April: Margaret gives John a Church Hymnary book. (The 39 Steps)

Tuesday 3rd April: Christine Collins relentlessly makes phone calls to trace her son's whereabouts. (LA - Changeling)

Thursday 14th June: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is born. (The Motorcycle Diaries)

Friday 15th June: Eagle's Nest Gymnasium is founded. (Los Angeles, CA - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel)

Monday 6th August: Andy Warhol is born. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - I Shot Andy Warhol)

Thursday 16th August: Carl Panzram is arrested. (Washington, D.C. - Killer: A Journal of Murder)

Saturday 18th August: A child is found matching Walter Collins' description. (Illinois - Changeling)

Monday 20th August: Christine Collins is told that her son has been found in Illinois. (LA - Changeling)

Saturday 15th September: Christine Collins is incarcerated in a mental asylum for refusing to accept a returned child as her son. Gordon Northcott's brother confesses that he helped Gordon kill 20 children. (LA - Changeling)

Thursday 20th September: Gordon Northcott arrives at his sister's house. (Canada - Changeling)

Wednesday 24th October: A demonstration takes place against police corruption, following the wrongful incarceration of Christine Collins. (LA - Changeling)

Tuesday 6th November: Arnold Rothstein is killed by a gun shot. (New York - Mobsters)

Thursday 6th December: Hagrid born. (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

1929

Clyde Barrow goes to prison for armed robbery. He would serve 2 years. (Texas - Bonnie and Clyde)

Roxie Hart murders her lover. (Chicago, IL - Chicago)

1929 Standing Liberty Quarter is made. (Drag Me To Hell)

Springwood Orphanage is established. (Springwood, OH - Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare)

Sam Spade investigates the Maltese Falcon. (The Maltese Falcon)

Memoirs of a Geisha. (Memoirs of a Geisha)

Stella predicts the stock market crash when she nurses the director of General Motors. (New York City - Rear Window)

Jake dies when he hits the gas instead of the brakes. (The Roost)

Lee Bros' Meat Packing Co. is established. (Texas - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning)

Rose's ex-fiance Cal Hockley commits suicide. (Titanic)

Thursday 10th January: Donald Myers born. (Halloween)

Sunday 13th January: Wyatt Earp dies. (Los Angeles, California - Wyatt Earp)

Thursday 14th February: St Valentine's Day Massacre; two male musicians witness it and escape dressed as women. (Some Like It Hot)

Friday 22nd February: Sarah Fredrick is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

Sunday 12th May: Sound test takes place. (The Artist)

Monday 3rd June: Chuck Barris is born. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)

Tuesday 25th June: James Jupp dies. (Darkman II: The Return of Durant)

Thursday 24th October: George Valentin overhears Peppy Miller saying that people prefer hearing young actors in film. (Hollywoodland, California - The Artist)

Friday 25th October: Peppy Miller sees George Valentin's silent film Tears of Love and is emotionally touched. Her film, Beauty Spot, premeirs and attracts a large audience. (Hollywoodland, California - The Artist)

Tuesday 29th October: The Day the Bubble Burst, aka Black Tuesday, aka the Great Crash, aka the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange. (New York - The Day the Bubble Burst)

Tuesday 29th October: George Bailey & Mary Hatch marry; The Bailey Building & Loan manages to stay open with only $2 left. (Bedford Falls, New York - It's a Wonderful Life)

Tuesday 29th October: The New York Chronicle runs the headline "Stock Market Collapses." Variety runs the headline "Theatres Dump Vaude-Switch to Pix." The Billboard runs the headline "Free Dishes Fail to Hypo Biz." (There's No Business Like Show Business)

Tuesday 29th October: Wall Street Stock Market Crash. (New York City - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)

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