The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1940

Tuesday 20th August: Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded. (Mexico City - The Assassination of Trotsky)

Saturday 7th September: The London Blitz begins. (London, England - The Bells Go Down)

Wednesday 11th September: Thomas Brian Reynolds is born. (Enemy of the State)

Sunday 15th September: Zero Day. Squadrons of British Spitfires successfully beat back the invading German Luftwaffe in the final Battle of Britain. (South Coast of England - The First of the Few)

Tuesday 17th September: Signalman Andrew "Canada" Brown receives the Victoria Cross from King George VI for escaping from the German raider Essen and, armed with only a German Mauser, singlehandedly pinning it down in Resolution Inlet of the Galapagos Islands for eighteen hours until the British cruiser HMS Stratford could arrive to sink her. Admiral Richard Saville, captain of the Stratford receives a knighthood. What is unbeknownst to both Saville and Brown is that they are father and son. (Buckingham Palace, London, England - Single-Handed)

Saturday 21st September: "Picture Post" magazine publishes an article about the Home Guard by Clive Candy and features him on the cover. (England - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

October: John Montgomery Murdoch killed in air raid. (England - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Wednesday 9th October: John Lennon is born. (Liverpool, England - We Bought a Zoo)

Tuesday 15th October: Cecilia Tallis dies in a flooded Balham tube station. (South London - Atonement)

Tuesday 15th October: The Great Dictator opens in theaters. (Chaplin)

Sunday 27th October: John J. Gotti Jr is born. (Brooklyn, New York - Gotti)

Thursday 31st October: The RAF battle with the German Luftwaffe comes to an end. (Lodon, England - The Battle of Britain)

Tuesday 12th November: Prominent, conservative lawyer Walter Bridge is confronted over cocktails by Julia, his secretary, when he fails to recall that she began her employ with him twenty years before on this date. When she lets slip that she harbors feelings for him, he registers no discernable reaction. Julia resigns in frustration. (Kansas City, MO - Mr. & Mrs. Bridge)

Wednesday 27th November: Bruce Lee is born. (San Francisco, California - Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story)

December: "Everytown" devastated by aerial bombardment. (Things To Come)

Wednesday 25th December: Ralphie Parker gets a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and doesn't shoot his eye out. (Hammond, Indiana - A Christmas Story)

1941

German-commanded Japanese submarine tries to invade, successfully destroys ferris wheel and is thwarted by patriotic Americans. (Hollywood, CA - 1941)

Santa Claus The Nineteenth dies. Santa Claus The Twentieth is born. (Arthur Christmas)

The OSS, wartime predecessor to the CIA, is founded. (USA - Charade)

The four Pevensie children are called back to Narnia. (London, England - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian)

Charles Foster Kane dies. (Citizen Kane)

'Colonel Mustard' begins stealing air force radio parts during World War II, and sells them on the black market. (Clue)

Maureen Selby's husband Herbert dies in an automobile accident. (Route 7 - Deranged)

Empire of the Sun. (Empire of the Sun)

Virginia Woolf commits suicide by drowning herself in a river. (Sussex, England - The Hours)

Hans Landa interrogates a French dairy farmer and then executes the Jews that are hidden under the floorboards of the farm house. (Occupied France - Inglourious Basterds)

According to a gravestone, this is the year that Andre Toulon dies. (Bodega Bay, California - Puppet Master II)

Andre Toulon uses his puppets to kill Nazis. (Berlin, Germany - Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge)

Allie, future mother of Tubbs Sawyer, is born. (Newt, Texas - Texas Chainsaw 3D)

Future Spinal Tap bassist Derek Albion Smalls is born. (Nilford-on-Null, England - This is Spinal Tap)

Charles Xavier starts hearing voices in his head. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Monday 13th January: James Joyce dies. (Zurich, Switzerland - Nora)

Thursday 13th March: The Hollywood Gazette runs a headline that reads "Wonder Elephant Soars to Fame! Miracle Mammoth Startles World!" (Hollywood, California - Dumbo)

Thursday 20th March: Nazis allow Jews to enter Krakow for the last time. (Schindler's List)

Monday 24th March: Donald Fauntleroy Duck is drafted into the army. (Donald Gets Drafted)

Tuesday 1st April: John P. Merrick, the richest man in the world, begins work as a children's shoes salesman at Neeley's Department Store, which he owns, under the assumed name of Thomas E. Higgins, all in an effort to infiltrate and crush a movement to organize the work force. (New York, NY - The Devil and Miss Jones)

Wednesday 2nd April: German Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel resumes his advance into Cyrenaica signaling the beginning of what nine days later will become the recapture of Libya by the Axis forces. (Libya - The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel)

Friday 9th May: Enigma machine and coding documents captured from U-111 by HMS Bulldog and HMS Aubretin of the 3rd Escort Group. (U-571)

Sunday 11th May: Steve Rogers attends a Dodgers game against the Phillies. (Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York - Captain America: The First Avenger)

Friday 23rd May: Lord Mountbatten, cousin to a king, sunk by German dive-bombers. (Mediterranean Sea - Dieppe)

Monday 2nd June: Lou Gehrig dies. (Riverdale, New York - The Pride of the Yankees)

Thursday 12th June: Cecilia Weiss dies. (Phantasm)

Thursday 19th June: Future Night Watch Chief Gesser requests official permission for the Samarkand Expedition to locate and open the tomb of Tamerlane in the Gur-Emir Mausoleum to reclaim the Chalk of Fate. (Moscow, Russia - Day Watch)

Friday 20th June: Operation Barbarossa, in which German troops invade the Soviet Union. The town of Nowogrodek becomes a Jewish ghetto. (Belarussia - Defiance)

August: The Bielski brothers go on the run after the murder of their parents. (Belarussia - Defiance)

Wednesday 20th August: Irene, future mother of Raimunda and Sole, is born. (Volver)

Tuesday 16th September: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi becomes the Shah. (Persepolis)

October: More Jews arrive in the forest and seek aid from the Bielski brothers. (Belarussia - Defiance)

Thursday 23rd October: Hitler announces that German U-boats sank 11 British merchant ships and one destroyer. (Berlin, Germany - Das Boot)

Friday 21st November: Albert Speer asks for 30,000 Soviet prisoners of war to use as slave laborers to begin a massive Berlin building program. (Valkyrie)

Wednesday 26th November: Adm. Chuichi Nagumo leads the Japanese First Air Fleet toward Pearl Harbor, with the understanding that should "negotiations with the United States reach a successful conclusion, the task force will immediately put about and return to the homeland." (Pearl Harbor)

Thursday 27th November: Edmund and Lucy Pevensie start staying with their cousin Eustace Scrubb on Thanksgiving. (England - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

December: Sam's watch stops and Ilsa leaves Rick. (Casablanca - Casablanca)

December: Asael Bielski marries Chaya Dziencielsky, and the food runs out in the forest. (Belarussia - Defiance)

Tuesday 2nd December: Ilsa Lund and Victor Lazlo walk into Rick's saloon. (Casablanca - Casablanca)

Wednesday 3rd December: Ilsa and Victor go to the police station to see Captain Renault. Later, Ilsa meets Rick in the market. (Casablanca - Casablanca)

Friday 5th December: The U.S.S. Lexington makes its way across the Pacific in order to carry a squadron of dive bombers to defend Midway Island from an anticipated Japanese attack. (Tora! Tora! Tora!)

Saturday 6th December: USS Nimitz nuclear-power aircraft-carrier appears via a temporal vortex, till nearly Pearl Harbor time. (Pacific Ocean - The Final Countdown)

Sunday 7th December: Michael Corleone enlists in the Marines. (The Godfather: Part II)

Sunday 7th December: Navy boys enjoy the bright Hawiian sun when all of a sudden the jets come flying in high and fast. (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard)

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