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1979

Tuesday 17th April: Elinor Lindstrom, mother of Gus and Lars, dies at 32. (Lars and the Real Girl)

Wednesday 25th April: Nicole Hurley is born. (The Bounty Hunter)

Thursday 26th April: During a performance at the small punk club The Fleetwood, The Germs' lead singer Darby Crash is struck in the head by a beer bottle hurled by a disgruntled patron after ignoring repeated calls from the audience to "Cut yourself!" LAPD riot squad disperses the unruly crowd. Backstage afterward, Crash learns that The Germs' drummer, Don Bolles, has started up a joke band on the side called Vox Pop, in which he plays lead guitar while wearing a leather skirt. (Redondo Beach, California - What We Do Is Secret)

Saturday 5th May: Mike McEwan's passport is issued. (Argo)

Wednesday 16th May: Robert "Frenchy" McMahon is killed. (Brooklyn, New York - Goodfellas)

Wednesday 16th May: Joe "Joe Buddha" Manri is killed. (Brooklyn, New York - Goodfellas)

Tuesday 29th May: Mary Pickford dies of a cerebral hemorrhage. (Santa Monica, California - Chaplin)

June: Joe Lamb, Charles Kaznyk, Alice Dainard, Cary, Preston, and Martin film a short film about zombies called The Case and witness a train crashing into a truck. An alien escapes from the train and tries to repair its ship so that it can get home. (Lillian, Ohio - Super 8)

Monday 11th June: John Wayne dies. (Los Angeles, California - Donnie Brasco)

Wednesday 13th June: Joe Dirt's parents leave him. (Grand Canyon, Arizona - Joe Dirt)

July: Nicholas Angel decides he wants more than anything to be Kermit the Frog. (Hot Fuzz)

Wednesday 4th July: A local street gang eludes rival gangs and police after they are wrongfully accused of murder. (New York, New York - The Warriors)

Thursday 5th July: Passports are issued to Sean Bissett and Rachel Dewart. (Argo)

Tuesday 10th July: David Berkowitz's throat slashed in Attica prison and survives with 56 stitches. (Summer of Sam)

Friday 13th July: Gang conclave in Van Cortlandt park goes bad; Cyrus is killed, the Warriors are implicated; Fox and Cleon die, Ajax is arrested, Luther is killed by Gramercy Riffs. (New York - The Warriors)

Tuesday 17th July: Donna Sheridan spends the night with Sam Carmichael, potentially conceiving her daughter, Sophie (Kalokairi - Mamma Mia!)

Wednesday 25th July: Anthony Hagan born. (Lazer Team)

Saturday 4th August: Donna Sheridan spends the night with Bill Anderson, potentially conceiving her daughter, Sophie (Kalokairi - Mamma Mia!)

Sunday 5th August: Elwood picks up Jake, who just got released from prison. (Joliet, IL - The Blues Brothers)

Monday 6th August: The Blues Brothers start getting their band back together. (Joliet, IL - The Blues Brothers)

Tuesday 7th August: The Blues Brothers pretend they're The Good Ol' Boys and perform at Bob's Country Bunker. (Joliet, IL - The Blues Brothers)

Wednesday 8th August: The Blues Brothers have a gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom. (Joliet, IL - The Blues Brothers)

Thursday 9th August: Jake and Elwood Blues successfully pay the tax bill for the St Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage. (Chicago, IL - The Blues Brothers)

Saturday 11th August: Donna Sheridan spends the night with Harry Bright on the island of Kalokairi, potentially conceiving her daughter, Sophie. (Kalokairi - Mamma Mia!)

Monday 27th August: Lord Louis Mountbatten killed in IRA bombing. (Mullaghmore, Ireland - Gandhi)

September: News anchor Mack Tannen retires. Veronica Corningstone becomes the first nightly female news anchor, and her husband Ron Burgundy is fired. The two of them separate. (New York City, New York - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues)

Wednesday 19th September: Forrest Gump stops running after 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours, and decides to go home. (Monument Valley, Utah - Forrest Gump)

Tuesday 9th October: Dith Pran and Sydney Schanberg reunite at a Red Cross camp (Cambodia/Thailand border - The Killing Fields)

Wednesday 17th October: Herman Mendoza born. (Lazer Team)

November: After meeting Darby Crash at a nightclub engagement of the joke band Vox Pop, documentarian Penelope Spheeris rents the Cherrywood Studios soundstage to film a performance of The Germs for her chronicle of the L.A. Punk Scene, The Decline of Western Civilization. Crash gets high on heroin before the performance and collapses unconscious before he's finished. The image of the near-lifeless Crash became the seminal image of the film and the era. (Los Angeles, California - What We Do Is Secret)

Friday 2nd November: Jacques Mesrine is shot dead by the police. (Paris, France - Mesrine)

Sunday 4th November: The United States Embassy is taken by siege and 52 Americans are held hostage for 444 days. Six U.S. foreign service members escape and take refuge in the Canadian Embassy. The C.I.A. uses a fake film and disquise the foreign service members as a film crew from Canada in order to escape Iran. (Tehran, Iran - Argo)

Thursday 15th November: FINANCIAL TIMES contains article titled "Building an Empire: Corleone Proposal for New Immobiliare". (The Godfather: Part III)

Wednesday 28th November: Carson Wells sees Anton Chigurh. (No Country For Old Men)

Thursday 29th November: H.I. McDunnough first meets his future wife, the little desert flower Ed -- short for Edwinna -- at the county lock-up in Tempe, Arizona. (Maricopa County Maximum Security Correctional Facility for Men, - Raising Arizona)

Friday 30th November: A Pink Floyd album called The Wall is released. (The Squid and the Whale)

December: Kal-El is born on Krypton. He is sent to Earth as Krypton is destroyed. (Man of Steel)

Monday 3rd December: Sean Parker is born. (The Social Network)

Thursday 6th December: Joe Morelli is born. (Trenton, New Jersey - One for the Money)

Monday 17th December: Kramer vs. Kramer is released. It is this film that makes George Madison's mother want to leave his father Charles. (How Do You Know)

Monday 31st December: At Jack Horner's party, cameraman Scotty J makes a failed pass at porn-star Dirk Diggler; Little Bill kills his wife and her lover. (Boogie Nights)

1980

Ray Finkle graduates with honors from Stetson University holding 2 NCAA Div I kicking records, one for most points in a season & the other for distance. (Deland, Fl - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)

Air passengers are trapped after the pilot, co-pilot and navigator pass out due to poisoned food. (Airplane)

Lillian Hobson becomes Arthur Bach's nanny around this time. (Arthur)

Camden Brady writes a story called Rainbow Land. (The Campaign)

Cal Tjader wins a Grammy. (The Campaign)

Ten year-old Alyssa Jones falls on a fence-post, breaking her hymen. (Chasing Amy)

During summer, Mark Ratner buys $40 worth of film from a girl at the photo mech and never talks to her again. (Ridgemont, CA - Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

USS Nimitz disappears through a temporal vortex, manifesting itself as a storm. (The Final Countdown)

Tommy Cavanaugh moves from Texas and beats up Lenny Feder. (Connecticut - Grown Ups 2)

Michael Myers is born. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween)

Uncle Derek, a sergeant from Met, gives his nephew Nicholas Angel a police pedal car. (England - Hot Fuzz)

Facing financial troubles, Jane, Elaine, and Louise steal money from the Valley River Center shopping mall. (Oregon - How to Beat the High Co$t of Living)

Sarah Willis dies. (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer)

Anthony Cortino marries Diane, and arranges a lot of deaths on the same day. (Jane Austen's Mafia!)

A future simulation is based on what Crystal Lake was like during this year. (Jason X)

Kal-El arrives on Earth to be raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent. They name him Clark Kent. (Smallville, Kansas - Man of Steel)

Bill Django gives the New Earth Army Presentation. (Fort Bragg, North Carolina - The Men Who Stare at Goats)

Tom no longer needs to stand on "tippy-toes" to reach the radio. (New York City - Mr. Popper's Penguins)

Don Emerson meets his future wife Sally. They go out on their first date. (Houston, Texas - Paper Heart)

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