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1931

Saturday 11th April: Dorothy Parker resigns as drama critic for "The New Yorker". (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle)

Friday 1st May: Ritter & Company, under new president James Duneen, moves to larger, more prestigious offices on the 63rd floor of the new Caledonia Building. (New York City, New York - Behind Office Doors)

Friday 1st May: Herbert Hoover dedicates the Empire State Building. (New York - The Day the Bubble Burst)

Friday 17th July: Ned Devine born. (Ireland - Waking Ned)

Thursday 10th September: Crime boss Salvatore Maranzano is shot and stabbed to death by four men working for Charles "Lucky" Luciano. (New York City - Gangster Wars)

December: Michael Sullivan Jr joins his father for six weeks of assassination and repayment. (Road To Perdition)

1932

Peppy Miller stops George Valentin from committing suicide. They start making musicals. (The Artist)

Howard Hughes branches into aviation. (The Aviator)

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

movie "It's a Wonderful life": Mistake on this page: Harry Bailey goes to college in 1928, thus graduates in 1932. George and Mary thus are married in 1932 - the day of the bank run. (United States - It's a Wonderful Life)

The Mummy released in cinemas. (King Kong)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is established. (The Kingdom)

The invading Japanese army found the state of Manchukuo and install Puyi as its ruler. (Manchuria, China - The Last Emperor)

Rayford Gibson and Claude Banks are sentenced to Life for a murder they didn't commit; they are sent to Camp 8 Mississippi. (Mississippi Camp 8 - Life)

Imhotep calls upon Sir Joseph's son Frank and Prof. Pearson, claims that his name is Ardath Bey, a modern Egyptian, and shows them where to dig to find Ankh-es-en-amon's tomb. The archaeologists find the tomb and give the mummy and the treasures to the Cairo Museum. Imhotep finds Helen Grosvenor, who resembles the Princess, and wishes to kill her and mummify her. She is saved when she remembers her past life and prays to the goddess Isis to save her. The prayer causes a ray from the statue of Isis to burst out raising its arm to point a glowing ankh at Bey. He ages and crumbles into dust. Frank then calls Helen back to the world of the living as the Scroll of Thoth burns. (Cairo, Egypt - The Mummy)

Fitzpatrick is born. (Phantasm)

The 20th Phantom is killed by the mercenary Quill. (Bengalla Island - The Phantom)

Royal O'Reilly Tenenbaum born. (The Royal Tenenbaums)

Royal O'Reilly Tenenbaum born. (The Royal Tenenbaums)

Sheryl Melhoff is born. (Tampa, Florida - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Johnny Hooker and Henry Gondorff con Doyle Lonnegan out of half a million dollars. (Chicago, Illinois - The Sting)

Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson in a rape trial. (To Kill A Mockingbird)

Alien markings are photographed. (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

45789 Severin Oaks, which will become a zoo, is built. (Los Angeles, California - We Bought a Zoo)

Saturday 5th March: $3,000 is found missing from the Plain View Bank. The banker's son, Joe Abercrombie Jr., frames one of the clerks, Lee Austen. Austen is convicted on Abercrombie's testimony and spends three years in prison. (Plainview, Kentucky - Life Begins at Forty)

Tuesday 8th March: Joe Abercrombie Jr. and his pal Wally Stevens lose the $3,000 Abercrombie stole from his father's bank betting on horses at Churchill Downs. (Louisville, Kentucky - Life Begins at Forty)

Monday 4th April: Anthony Perkins is born. (New York City, New York - Hitchcock)

Tuesday 12th April: Johnny Dangerously takes over the Dundee Mob, District Attorney Burr dies in a beer commercial, and gun manufacturer makes .88 Magnum for gangsters. (New York, New York - Johnny Dangerously)

Tuesday 19th April: James Bond is born. (England - Diamonds are Forever)

Friday 27th May: Businessman C.B. Gaerste discovers is mistress, Red Andrews Legendre, has been carrying on under his nose behind his back with Albert the chauffeur. C.B. fires Albert and Red wires her husband Willie Legendre Jr. in Renwood, Ohio, that she wants to come home. (New York City, New York - Red-Headed Woman)

Sunday 5th June: Christy Brown is born with "complications." (Dublin, Ireland - My Left Foot)

Thursday 16th June: Mae West leaves New York for California to make her first film. (Mae West)

Wednesday 20th July: J. Keith Carson is born. (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Friday 19th August: 'Gunny' Saks and his dance partner Jenny win the Coney Island Marathon and, despite having just met, recklessly decide to marry. (New York, New York - Born to Dance)

Sunday 21st August: Melvin Van Peebles is born. (Chicago, Illinois - Baadasssss!)

Sunday 21st August: The alleged rape of Mayella Ewell by Tom Robinson. (Maycomb, Alabama - To Kill A Mockingbird)

September: Idgie Threadgoode takes a pregnant Ruth Bennet away from her abusive husband. (Georgia - Fried Green Tomatoes)

September: Zero Moustafa begins his career as a lobby boy at the Grand Budapest Hotel under concierge Monsieur Gustave H. (Nebelsbad, Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

September: Zero Moustafa, on his third formal outing with Agatha, asks for her hand in marriage. She agrees. (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

September: Scout Finch starts school, and wears a dress she hates. (To Kill A Mockingbird)

Friday 16th September: Mohandas Gandhi begins a hunger strike to protest caste separation. (near Bombay, India - Gandhi)

Wednesday 19th October: The Dowager Countess Madame Celine Villenueve Desgoffe und Taxis is also found dead in her boudoir. Monsieur Gustave H. and his ward Zero Moustafa travel to pay their respects. (Lutz, Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Sunday 23rd October: Deputy Vilmos Kovacs is murderd by J.G. Jopling. (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Thursday 27th October: Monsieur Gustave H. and his cellmates escape prison. Monsieur Gustave calls upon the special services of, and is rescued by, the Society of the Crossed Keys and Monsieur Ivan. (Checkpoint 19 Criminal Internment Camp - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Thursday 27th October: Sylvia Plath is born. (Boston, Massachusetts - Sylvia)

Friday 28th October: "Local Girl's Head Found in Laundry Basket" reads the headline of the Trans-Alpine Yodel newspaper. Meanwhile, Monsieur Gustave H. and his ward Zero Moustafa pursue J.G. Jopling, resulting in a death. (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Saturday 29th October: At midnight, war begins. By lunch, Pffeifelstad falls under heavy shelling. High command advances to Nebelsbad and inhabits the Grand Budapest Hotel. Monsieur Gustave H., his ward Zero Moustafa, and Zero's girlfriend Agatha infiltrate the Grand Budapest and find the secret will of Madame Celine Villenueve Desgoffe und Taxis. (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Thursday 17th November: Start of the Lutz Blitz. Monsieur Gustave H., his ward Zero Moustafa, and Zero's wife Agatha travel across the border. Monsieur Gustave is shot by fascist border patrolmen. (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Tuesday 13th December: Prof. Auguste A. Topaze is unfairly dismissed from his teaching position when the Baroness Hortense de la Tour complains that he won't show special treatment to her spoiled son, Charlemagne. (France - Topaze)

Thursday 15th December: San Francisco police detective Steve Burke proposes to Countess Barilhaus even after she confesses her true identity to be conwoman 'Barrel House' Betty. (Aboard the SS Maloa bound for San Francisco - One Way Passage)

Thursday 15th December: On the gangplank of the SS Maloa, dapper murder suspect Dan Hardesty says "Auf wiedershen" to his shipboard romance, Joan Ames. Hardesty is handcuffed to police detective Steve Burke on his way to stand trial. (San Francisco, CA - One Way Passage)

Sunday 25th December: King George V delivers the first Royal Christmas Message over the radio and bullies his son Albert, the Duke York. (London, England - The King's Speech)

1933

Pete Daytona is born. (Balls of Fury)

Philip Marlowe becomes a private investigator. (The Big Sleep)

Eustace Scrubb is born. (England - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo go to New York so Diego can paint a mural comissioned by Nelson Rockefeller. (New York - Frida)

Don Narducci extorts money from Vincenzo Cartino on his son Joey's birthday. (New York - Jane Austen's Mafia!)

Fay Wray stars in King Kong. (New York - King Kong)

King Kong is discovered on Skull Island and set loose in New York. (King Kong)

Oil found in Saudi Arabia. (The Kingdom)

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