The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1936

Monday 24th August: David Carr, an underemployed miner and a devote communist, hears an impassioned account of fascist atrocities in Spain and makes up his mind to head off to Barcelona to fight for the Republic. (Liverpool, England - Land and Freedom)

Monday 7th September: Buddy Holly is born. (Lubbock, Texas - The Buddy Holly Story)

Thursday 12th November: Daily Record headline: "MAESTRO RECOVERING. ASSAILENT STILL AT LARGE." (Scotland - Cloud Atlas)

Thursday 12th November: Daily Record headline: "MAESTRO RECOVERING. ASSAILENT STILL AT LARGE." (Scotland - Cloud Atlas)

Friday 11th December: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne after less than a year as king in order to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. His brother Albert accedes to the throne, becoming King George VI. (London, England - The King's Speech)

Monday 28th December: Jacques Mesrine, the most famous criminal in modern French history is born. (Clichy-La-Garenne, France - Mesrine)

1937

Detective Jake Gittes gets his nose slashed while investigating a case involving adultery, murder and water rights. (Los Angeles, California - Chinatown)

Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi, president of Nagatomi Corporation, born. (Japan - Die Hard)

Vivi Abbot and her friends form the Ya Ya Sisterhood. (Louisiana - Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)

China and Japan begin a state of undeclared war. (Empire of the Sun)

1937 Chris Craft is made. (Friends with Benefits)

Francesca and Kathryn Corleone born; Johnny Fontaine released from contract to bandleader Les Halley. (The Godfather)

Hitler joins the Thule Society, a collection of German aristocrats obsessed with the occult. (Hellboy)

Anthony Perkins' father dies from a heart attack. (Hitchcock)

Rance Holloway is born. (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone)

Joe Peretti is born. (Mermaids)

Joe Peretti is born. (Mermaids)

Mr Henderson dies, leaving his wife a widow. (England - Mrs. Henderson Presents)

Amelia Earhart is lost at sea. (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)

The Soggy Bottom Boys band is formed by Ulysses Everett McGill, Delmar O'Donnell & Pete from an escaped chain-gang. (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

Since the research into what can be done with marijuana is going nowhere, The United States government declares it illegal. (Pineapple Express)

Johnny Cash's father floats his family out from their home after a flood. (Arkansas - Walk the Line)

Warner Brothers creates Daffy Duck. (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

Friday 5th February: "Modern Times" premieres in theatres. (Chaplin)

Saturday 20th March: Harry Vardon dies. (Totteridge, England - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

Friday 26th March: Biff Tannen born. (Back to the Future Part II)

Wednesday 31st March: Ann Chester weds James "Piccadilly Jim" Crocker at St Michael's Cathedral. (New York, New York - Piccadilly Jim)

Wednesday 12th May: King George VI is officially crowned (London, England - The King's Speech)

June: Tim Donahue, the youngest of the Vaudeville family The Five Donahues, graduates from college. The family starts working on a new act. (There's No Business Like Show Business)

Thursday 3rd June: Edward VIII, no longer king, marries Wallis Warfield, the American divorcee for whom he abdicated the British throne. (France - The Woman I Love)

Friday 11th June: Daisy gets into The School of American Ballet. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Friday 2nd July: Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan are reported missing. (near Howland Island, Pacific Ocean - The Aviator)

Sunday 18th July: Verna Carson is born. (Newt, Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

Sunday 18th July: Verna Carson is born. (Newt, Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

Friday 8th October: Lord Peter Wimsey marries Harriet Vane. (Busman's Honeymoon)

Friday 5th November: High schooler Richard Samuels ditches school and hops a bus for New York City. There he impresses Orson Welles into casting him in the role of Lucius, Brutus' page, in his landmark modern-dress production of "Julius Caesar". (New York City, New York - Me & Orson Welles)

Thursday 11th November: On the morning before opening night of the legendary modern-dress production of "Julius Caesar", young actor Richard Samuels boldly confronts his boss, director and star Orson Welles, jealously accusing Welles of sleeping with his girlfriend, John Houseman's assisent Sonja Jones. Welles fires him on the spot. Later that day, Welles amiably negoitates with Samuels to return for the opening night performance. The production is a critical triumph. That night at the after-party, Samuels learns from Joseph Cotten that Welles has replaced him for the run of the show. (New York City, New York - Me & Orson Welles)

Sunday 14th November: 20 year-old Leonard Lowe becomes catatonic and is sent to Bainbridge Hospital in the Bronx. (New York - Awakenings)

Sunday 5th December: Large Marge is born. (Pee-wee's Big Adventure)

1938

Lorraine Baines born. (Back to the Future Part II)

An alien takes on the form of a human and starts living on Earth under the name Mr. Wu. (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

John Kinsella marries. (Brooklyn, New York - Field of Dreams)

Idgie Threadgoode goes on trial for the murder of Frank Bennet. (Valdosta, GA - Fried Green Tomatoes)

Hitler acquires the Spear of Longinus that pierced the side of Jesus, increasing his power greatly, as it gives its holder invincibility (apparently). (Hellboy)

Indiana Jones travels to Venice to find his father, kidnapped by Nazis while searching for the Holy Grail. (Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade)

The American-Arab Oil Company is set up. (The Kingdom)

Clive Candy shoots a Red Deer. (Cairngorms - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

A woman begins a career in social services. (Moonrise Kingdom)

Gustavsberg and his wife go on an expedition and die. (Cairo, Egypt - The Mummy's Hand)

Gustavsberg and his wife go on an expedition and die. (Cairo, Egypt - The Mummy's Hand)

Kit Walker, the 21st Phantom, finds Quill searching for one of the Skulls of Touganda. (Bengalla Island - The Phantom)

A special jet-pack is created. (Los Angeles - Rocketeer)

Hannibal Lecter born. (Lithuania - The Silence of the Lambs)

Von Trapp Family escape Nazi's and flee to America and start barbershop quartet. (Austria - The Sound of Music)

Alien invasion lands on Mars, before sending a test mission to Earth. (War of the Worlds)

Wednesday 23rd February: FBI investigator Ed Renard orders the German steamship Bismarck detained from leaving New York Harbor. He arrests suspected spy Hilda Kleinhauer and, after presenting her with coded messages found in her belongings, convinces her to cooperate by identifying her accomplices in the United States. (New York, New York - Confessions of a Nazi Spy)

Friday 1st April: George McFly born. (Back to the Future Part II)

Sunday 1st May: A Grand Jury Inquiry commences for four of eighteen accused Nazi spies: Kurt Schneider, a two-time army deserter; Werner Renz, a private in the US Air Corps; Hilda Kleinhauer, a former beauty operator on the steamship Bismarck; and Max Helldorf, a technician at the Zenith Munitions Corporation of New Jersey. Things look up for the accused when the prosecution's star witness Johann Westphal, an airplane draftsman with Emerson Aircraft Co., disappears on the eve of the inquiry. (New York, New York - Confessions of a Nazi Spy)

Saturday 21st May: Clark Savage Jr probes his fathers death. (New York City - Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze)

June: A boy reads a Superman comic. (Superman)

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