Category: Biography

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

I’m Not There

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 March   Bob Dylan releases first album, 1962 Today in 1962, having dropped out of the University of Minnesota and relocated to New York City to visit the dying Woody Guthrie and break into

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Adrien Brody as Wladislaw Szpilman in The Piano

The Pianist

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 March   Roman Polanski charged with rape, 1977 On this day in 1977, the film director Roman Polanski was arrested on a charge of rape by use of drug. He was also charged with

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Oprah and Forest Whitaker

The Butler

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     7 March   Police attack Alabama marchers, 1965 On this day in 1965, a day that subsequently became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers attacked civil rights demonstrators outside the town of Selma, Alabama. Between

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Diana Vreeland, resplendent

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 February     Hitler secretly meets industrialists, 1933 On this day in 1933, less than a month before the elections of 5 March, a meeting was held between Adolf Hitler and a large group

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Snowtown, starring Daniel Henshall and Lucas Pittaway

The Snowtown Murders

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 February     Jeffrey Dahmer sentenced, 1992 On this day in 1992, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, aka the Milwaukee Cannibal, was sentenced for the murder of 15 men and boys. Dahmer had pleaded guilty at

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Robert Shaw and Paul Scofield

A Man for All Seasons

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 February     Jane Boleyn executed, 1542 On this day in 1542, Jane Boleyn was executed. Not to be confused with her sister-in-law, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, Jane went to

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Brendan Gleeson plays Martin Cahill in The General

The General

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 February     Art thieves steal Munch’s The Scream, 1994 On this day in 1994, thieves broke into the National Gallery, Oslo, and stole the Edvard Munch painting The Scream. It is actually one

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Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen

The Queen

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 February     Elizabeth II proclaimed queen of UK, 1952 On this day in 1952, Elizabeth II was proclaimed queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She had actually become queen two days

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Gene Sharp and his book, From Dictatorship to Democracy in How to Start a Revolution

How to Start a Revolution

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     25 January     Police Day, Egypt Today is Police Day in Egypt. It is held annually to commemorate the day when 50 police officers were killed, more wounded, after a spat between local Egyptian

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner in The Aviator

The Aviator

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 January     Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record, 1937 On this day in 1937 Howard Hughes set a new world record for flying across the continent of America. Flying a H-Racer with extra

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