The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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1944

Robert Balestrero is born. (New York City, New York - The Wrong Man)

Eric Lensher, imprisoned in a concentration camp with his family, uses his mutant powers for the first time. (Poland - X-Men)

Charles Xavier realizes that the voices come from other people's heads. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Charles Xavier meets another mutant named Raven Darkholme. (Westchester, New York - X-Men: First Class)

Tuesday 4th January: U.S. aircraft begin dropping supplies to guerrilla forces throughout Western Europe. (Ike: Countdown to D-Day)

Monday 24th January: Ogden Nash reading takes place at the New York Public Library at 2 PM. (New York City, New York - Kill Your Darlings)

Saturday 29th January: 1st Lieutenant Robert Benson of the 3rd Division of the 45th Infantry dies in the World War II Battle of Cisterna. (Cisterna, Italy - The Day the Earth Stood Still)

Saturday 5th February: Hans Akkermans is arrested by the Gestapo and makes a deal with them to turn in rich Jewish families to them. (Holland - Black Book)

Monday 21st February: Hideki Tojo grabs even more power as he takes over as Japanese Army Chief of Staff, a position that gives him direct control of the Japanese military. (Tora! Tora! Tora!)

Thursday 24th February: Maj. Gen. Frank Merrill's guerrilla force, nicknamed "Merrill's Marauders," begin a campaign in northern Burma. (Merrill's Marauders)

Monday 28th February: Hannah Reitsch, the first female test pilot in the world, suggests the creation of the Nazi equivalent of a kamikaze squad of suicide bombers while visiting Adolf Hitler. (Berchtesgaden - Operation Crossbow)

March: 76 prisoners of war escape from Stalag Luft III. 50 are captured and killed by the Gestapo. (Germany - The Great Escape)

Saturday 4th March: The U.S. 8th Air Force launches the first American bombing raid against Berlin. (Ike: Countdown to D-Day)

Saturday 4th March: Louis "Lepke" Buchalter is executed. (Sing Sing Prison, New York - Lepke)

Friday 10th March: Richard Ripley is born. (Out of Sight)

April: The few remaining Jews in the Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis. (Warsaw, Poland - The Pianist)

April: Over 10,000 murdered Jewish bodies exhumed and subequently burned195. (Schindler's List)

Tuesday 4th April: Daddy Carroll born. (My Own Private Idaho)

May: Fielding Mellish's parents stop beating him. (Bananas)

Sunday 14th May: George Lucas is born. (Modesto, California - Fall of a Saga)

Tuesday 16th May: Ed Gein kills his brother Henry. The police believe his story that an accident killed him. (Plainfield, Wisconsin - Hitchcock)

Tuesday 16th May: Machete is born. (Juarez, Mexico - Machete)

Thursday 25th May: Germany launches Operation Knight's Move, in an attempt to seize Yugoslav communist partisan leader Josep Broz Tito . (Drvar, Yugoslavia - Ike: Countdown to D-Day)

June: Shosanna, who had escaped Hans Landa in 1941 renames herself Emmanuelle Mimieux and opens a cinema in Paris. (Paris - Inglourious Basterds)

Sunday 4th June: Enigma machine and coding documents captured from U-505 by U.S. Navy Task Force 22.3. (U-571)

Tuesday 6th June: Forrest Gump is born. (Forrest Gump)

Tuesday 6th June: D-Day. (The Longest Day)

Tuesday 6th June: The Allies begins the largest amphibious invasion against the Third Reich - Operation Overlord, the Normandy Invasion. (Normandy, France - The Longest Day)

Tuesday 6th June: Private Luke Trimble of the 101st Airborne jumps into Normandy during the early hours. (Normandy, France - The Majestic)

Tuesday 6th June: Dr Ferreiro and Mercedes visit the guerillas in the hills; Ofelia undertakes the 2nd of her tasks, to break into The Pale Man's lair and place a key in a lock. (Spain - Pan's Labyrinth)

Tuesday 6th June: Captain John Miller of the US Army lands and leads a breakthrough of the German defenses at Omaha Beach; days later he will be assigned a mission to find a missing paratrooper, Private James Francis Ryan, whose last remaining brother died that morning. (Omaha Beach, Normandy - Saving Private Ryan)

Tuesday 6th June: Private James Francis Ryan of the 101st Airborne jumps into Normandy during the early hours. (Normandy, France - Saving Private Ryan)

Tuesday 6th June: Hundreds of soldiers, including Teddy Duchamp's father, storm the beach. (Normandy - Stand By Me)

Wednesday 7th June: Hitler signs off on the amended Valkyrie, a conspiracy against him put in place by Claus von Stauffenberg. (The Berghof, Germany - Valkyrie)

Friday 9th June: Luke Trimble is reported missing in action after rescuing various men in his own 101st Airborne Division. (France - The Majestic)

Monday 12th June: Lt John F. Kennedy receives the Navy (J.F.K.: Reckless Youth)

Tuesday 13th June: Capt. John Miller dies protecting a bridge. (Saving Private Ryan)

Saturday 15th July: Claus von Stauffenberg plants a bomb beneath Hitler's table, but does not detonate since Himmler is not in attendance too. (Germany - Valkyrie)

Thursday 20th July: Operation Valkyrie, a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler, fails when a bomb detonates but does not kill him. (Rastenburg, East Prussia - Valkyrie)

Friday 21st July: Claus von Stauffenberg and his team are executed hastily by General Fromm to cover up Fromm's own part in the attempted coup on Hitler. (Germany - Valkyrie)

Friday 4th August: Anne Frank captured. (Amsterdam - The Diary of Anne Frank)

Sunday 6th August: Nicole Young is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

Tuesday 8th August: Erwin von Witzleben executed for his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler. (Germany - Valkyrie)

Sunday 13th August: David Kammerer dies in Riverside Park. (New York City, New York - Kill Your Darlings)

Tuesday 15th August: Police Chief Wolf-Heinrich von Helldorfq executed for his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler. (Germany - Valkyrie)

September: Women imprisoned in Plaszow are transferred to Auschwitz. (Schindler's List)

Monday 4th September: General Erich Fellgiebel executed for his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler. (Germany - Valkyrie)

Sunday 17th September: Operation Market-Garden begins, the Anglo-American operation to take Nijmeagan Bridge. (A Bridge Too Far)

Saturday 23rd September: Hans Akkermans performs an operation on young Max Stein as an emergency before he and his family escape for Belgium. (Holland - Black Book)

Sunday 24th September: Rachel Stein's hiding-place is bombed, and she escapes to a greenhouse with a local Dutch sailor. (Holland - Black Book)

Monday 25th September: The Stein family and many other rich Jewish families try to attempt on a boat to Belgium, but are intercepted by a Nazi boat - only Rachel Stein survives. (Holland - Black Book)

Monday 25th September: Operation Market-Garden ends, the Anglo-American operation to take Nijmeagan Bridge. (A Bridge Too Far)

Monday 25th September: Gordon Gekko is born. (New Brunswick, New Jersey - Wall Street)

Monday 9th October: The Nazis attempt to open a portal and let out the 7 Gods of Chaos; a baby demon comes through and US soldiers adopt it. (Hellboy)

Thursday 12th October: Lucien Lacombe is arrested as a Nazi collaborator; he is tried by a military court of the Resistance, sentenced to death and executed. (France - Lacombe Lucien)

Saturday 14th October: Erwin Rommel commits suicide by taking cyanide. (The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel)

November: City ordered to be re-taken by Hitler, with an all-out offensive on the Ardennes region. (Antwerp, Belgium - Battle of the Bulge)

November: Oskar Schindler secures the release of the women at Auschwitz and has them transferred to his own camp at Brunnlitz. (Schindler's List)

November: 2 secret agents (one British and one American) slip behind German lines on a mission to find a German double agent. (German Alps, Germany - Where Eagles Dare)

Thursday 2nd November: Mr. Miyagi's wife and son die due to complications during childbirth. (Manzanar, CA - The Karate Kid)

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