The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1934

Karen Blixen publishes her first stories under the name Isak Dinesen. (not in Africa - Out of Africa)

Megatron transported to the US from the North Pole. (USA - Transformers)

Donald Duck is created by the Walt Disney Company. (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

A coin that Erik Lensherr later tries to control is made. (X-Men: First Class)

Monday 15th January: Oberst Kretschmar Schuldorff arrives in France, after fleeing from Nazi Germany. (France - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Sunday 18th February: Terrence C. Parker, missing since April 1933, was discovered flying in the Chinese Air Service. (Shanghai, China - Living on Velvet)

Saturday 3rd March: John Dillinger escapes from jail using a wooden pistol. (Crown Point, Indiana - Public Enemies)

Wednesday 23rd May: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are gunned down. (Texas - Bonnie and Clyde)

Saturday 2nd June: Monty Stratton makes his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox. (Chicago, Illinois - The Stratton Story)

Friday 6th July: The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) appoints Joseph Breen head of the Production Code Administration. (The Aviator)

Wednesday 18th July: Public Enemy Number One, Sonny "Dinkie" Black, leader of the notorious Purple Gang, is gunned down by Federal Agents outside the Bijou Vaudeville Theater on Washington Street. (Milwaukee, WI - Public Hero #1)

Sunday 22nd July: Outside the Biograph Theatre, notorious criminal John Dillinger - America's "Public Enemy No 1" - is killed in a hail of bullets by federal agents. (Chicago, Illinois - Dillinger and Capone)

Sunday 5th August: Terrence C. Parker of New York, who was taken into custody last week for continued flying, despite official warning, above border fortifications, was today released at the instigation of the American consul. (Carracas, Venezuela - Living on Velvet)

Monday 20th August: After wandering the world for 10 years, taking odd newspaper jobs in Calcutta, London, Paris and Melbourne, Sam Preston decides it's time to return to the family he abandoned in Silvertown, Colorado. (Shanghai, China - Mary Jane's Pa)

Tuesday 18th September: A film adaptation of The Scarlet Letter is released. (Easy A)

Friday 5th October: Painter Eben Adams crashes on the rocks along the Land's End coast during a tidal storm only he expected; here he finds and again loses his supernatural muse, Jennie Appleton, to the overwhelming waves pounding the shore. (Land's End, Massachusetts - Portrait of Jennie)

Monday 22nd October: "Pretty Boy" Floyd is killed by the FBI. (East Liverpool, Ohio - Pretty Boy Floyd)

1935

13 year-old Briony Tallis writes her first work - The Trials of Arrabella. (Atonement)

Rick runs guns to Ethiopia. (Casablanca)

John Kinsella moves to Brooklyn. (Field of Dreams)

Ed Morrow debuts on CBS. (Good Night, and Good Luck)

Chester Copperpot claims to have found the key to One-Eyed Willy. He sets off in search of the infamous pirate, but is not heard from again. (Astoria, Oregon - The Goonies)

John Coffey is executed on Death Row for a crime he didn't commit. (The Green Mile)

Indiana Jones escapes Chinese gangsters in Shanghai before falling into the Thuggee cult's plot in India. (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

Pet store owner Johnny Kelly recalls his life as a criminal to a boy who tried to steal from him. (Johnny Dangerously)

Emma Bender is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

The state of Texas institutes an endangered childcare program. The first year, nearly fifty children are taken from homes where criminal activity is the norm. Most of these children are given new names and entered into foster care. Others are remitted to Gorman House Youth Reformery. (Texas - Leatherface)

Clive Candy shoots a Moufflon. (Corsica - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Hank Bullard is born. (The Love Guru)

There is a murder, on the Orient Express. (Murder on the Orient Express)

Brian Jackson's father is born. (Starter for Ten)

Megatron is frozen by Sector 7. (Hoover Dam - Transformers)

Tuesday 1st January: Dolores 'Lolita' Haze born. (Lolita)

Tuesday 8th January: Elvis Aaron Presley is born. (Tupelo, Mississippi - This is Spinal Tap)

Sunday 13th January: Jeremy Alex is last seen running down a rural Cape Elizabeth road at dawn in a delusional state. (Machias, Maine - Offspring)

Wednesday 16th January: Ma Barker and her son Fred Barker are gunned down after a shootout with the FBI at a hideout house. (Marion County, Florida - Public Enemies)

Wednesday 20th February: A newspaper article titled "MAN STILL MISSING" is published. It is about Jeremy Alex. (Machias, Maine - Offspring)

Wednesday 27th February: Missing child David Clay is found alive and well. (Changeling)

Thursday 11th April: Richard Kuklinski is born. (Jersey City, NJ - The Iceman)

Wednesday 1st May: Albert Hirsch is born. (The Bourne Ultimatum)

Thursday 30th May: Babe Ruth plays final professional baseball game. (The Babe)

Thursday 6th June: Theodor Kretschmar-Schuldorff arrives in England. (England - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Tuesday 11th June: Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman) is born. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Gilda Radner: It's Always Something)

Thursday 13th June: The Great Depression; boxer James Braddock beats Max Baer in 15 rounds to become World Heavyweight Champion, and the title 'Cinderella Man'. (Cinderella Man)

Saturday 6th July: 14th Dalai Lama, leader of Tibet and bestselling author, is born. (Takster Tibet - Kundun)

Sunday 4th August: Rosie gets married. (Richfield, New Jersey - The Wedding Singer)

Thursday 15th August: Will Rogers killed in plane crash. (Alaska - The Story of Will Rogers)

Wednesday 21st August: Benny Goodman performs at the Palomar Theater. (Los Angeles, California - The Benny Goodman Story)

Friday 13th September: Howard Hughes sets world speed record for flying at 352mph. (The Aviator)

October: John Ellman is executed. (The Walking Dead)

Saturday 16th November: The search for the resurrected John Ellman. (The Walking Dead)

Sunday 17th November: John Ellman dies. (The Walking Dead)

Sunday 1st December: Alvy Singer is born. (Take The Money And Run)

1936

German troops reoccupy the Rhineland. (Angela's Ashes)

Alvy Singer born. (Annie Hall)

Jesse Owens competes in the Summer Olympics. (Berlin, Germany - Balls of Fury)

Rick fights with the Loyalist Spaniards. (Spain - Casablanca)

Clive Candy shoots a Polar Bear. (Labrador - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Dunes Cantina is established. (Phantasm)

Indiana Jones races against the Nazis to find the Ark of the Covenant. (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

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