The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1938

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)

Thursday 2nd June: Nancy Drew suspects her girls' school benefactor, Mrs. Eldridge, has been kidnapped after she and her father, Carson Drew, are shadowed by suspicious characters. Nancy, with the help of her pal Ted Nickerson, solves her first mystery by tracking a homing pigeon. (River Heights, USA - Nancy Drew, Detective)

Sunday 17th July: Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan takes off on a flight that would finally win him a place in aviation history. (Brooklyn, New York - The Flying Irishman)

Wednesday 20th July: Actress Dehlia Draycott born. (Los Angeles, CA - Nancy Drew)

Sunday 24th July: Artie Shaw records "Begin the Beguine". (New York - Second Chorus)

August: Peter Vadassy, an Austrian medical student living and working in France, is hauled in by the police while on holiday and accused of espionage. He is sent back to the Hotel Reserve to find out who might really be the spy. (South of France - Hotel Reserve)

Wednesday 10th August: Sgt. Pepper leaves his musical instruments. (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

Monday 22nd August: Albert Grape born. (What's Eating Gilbert Grape)

Wednesday 24th August: Clark Gable reluctantly agrees to play Rhett Butler in David O. Selznick's "Gone with the Wind". (Gable and Lombard)

September: Tom Marvolo Riddle, aka Voldemort, starts first year at Hogwarts. (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

Tuesday 27th September: Monty Stratton plays what will be his last Major League game. (Cleveland, Ohio - The Stratton Story)

October: Alien Red Lectoids land in Grover's Mill, adopting the first name "John"; the event is passed off as a hoax radio drama, known as 'War of the Worlds'. (Grover's Mill, NJ - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)

Thursday 6th October: Hindenbug III docks with Empire State Building; Prof. Jorge Vargas goes missing. he is the 3rd scientist in as many months to disappear. (New York, NY - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow)

Tuesday 6th December: A factory owner jumps from the window of room 1408 at The Dolphin Hotel. (New York - 1408)

1939

A scientist creates machines that destroy humankind. The Stitchpunks he created are the only survivors. (9)

Cecilia Tallis becomes a nurse in London and Robbie Turner fights reluctantly in mainland Europe. (Atonement)

Thomas and Martha Wayne are shot to death during a robbery, in front of their son Bruce. (Batman)

The film Gone With The Wind is released. (Best in Show)

Lee Blanchard cracks the Boulevard Citizens Bank robbery case. (Los Angeles, Ca - The Black Dahlia)

Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi and family emigrates to the US. (Die Hard)

Captain Daniel McCormack agrees to be cryogenically frozen by Harry Finlay. (Forever Young)

Ruth Jamieson dies of cancer. (Whistle Stop, AL - Fried Green Tomatoes)

Edward Wilson is recruited to the Skull and Bones Society. (Yale University - The Good Shepherd)

Robert North is born. (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

Marcus Brody becomes Dean of the University. (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Vickers machine gun is made. An African-American male who later becomes a regular at a Sommerton diner is born. (The Last Stand)

Yann Martel's novel would have taken place in this year. (Portugal - Life of Pi)

The Norton 500 motorcycle, aka "The Mighty One", is constructed that Alberto Granado and Ernesto Guevara will ride across South America, and eventually leave wrecked before the Chilean desert. (The Motorcycle Diaries)

New York Knights' elder rookie Roy Hobbs spends about half the season sitting on the bench; once he gets into the line-up, Hobbs hits home run after home run. (New York - The Natural)

John Bates dies. His son and wife Norman and Norma live alone together. (Kern County, California - Psycho)

At Norman Bates' father's funeral, he is tickled by his mother Norma. Norman believes that his father was killed by multiple bee stings. (Kern County, California - Psycho IV: The Beginning)

Andre Toulon shoots himself. His puppets live on. (Bodega Bay, California - Puppet Master)

New York is attacked by flying robots, and famous scientists vanish from around the world. (New York - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow)

A governess falls in love with a captain with seven children; they escape the Nazis by climbing the Alps into Switzerland. (Salzburg, Austria - The Sound of Music)

Monday 2nd January: Time Magazine names Adolf Hitler Man of the Year 1938. (Death at a Funeral)

Monday 9th January: Future secret service chief Ward Abbott is born. (The Bourne Ultimatum)

Friday 13th January: Arthur "Doc" Barker is killed while trying to escape from prison. (Alcatraz Prison - Bloody Mama)

Tuesday 31st January: Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter is born. (Unknown - Hannibal)

Sunday 5th February: The "Voice of Terror" broadcasts a message. (Germany - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)

Sunday 12th February: Ray Manzarek, future keyboardist of The Doors, is born. (Chicago, Illinois - The Doors)

Friday 17th March: Doctor Totenkopf's robots attack New York City. (New York City - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow)

Thursday 23rd March: People hear "The Voice of Terror" (England - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)

Wednesday 29th March: Clark Gable & Carole Lombard marry. (Gable and Lombard)

Sunday 30th April: Lou Gehrig plays final game for New York Yankees. (The Pride of the Yankees)

Friday 12th May: A diplomat dies in when a train's course is changed. (Liverpool, England - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)

Thursday 25th May: The Detective License Bureau of the California State Board of Prison Directors issues Michael Shayne his detective license. (Sacramento, CA - Michael Shayne, Private Detective)

Wednesday 7th June: By order of General Von Hellwig, the German Authorities of Occupation permit the piano recital of Mr. Jan Volny at the Smetana Concert Hall accompanied by the Czech Philhamonic Orchestra, thus demonstrating their "readiness to grant cultural freedom to the Czech population." However, Volny is specifically prohibited from playing Bedřich Smetana's Die Moldau for fear it will ignite anti-Nazi sentiment among the audience members. Volny plays the piece for an encore despite the danger and makes arrangements to flee the country immediately after the concert. (Prague, Czechoslovakia - Voice in the Wind)

Tuesday 13th June: "Doc" Barker is killed by prison guards as he attempts to escape from Alcatraz Prison. (San Francisco Bay - The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One)

Saturday 1st July: "The Voice of Terror" is heard. (England - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)

August: New York Globe editor appoints Johnny Jones as foreign correspondent, under the pen name "Huntley Haverstock." (New York, New York - Foreign Correspondent)

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