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FIRE DESTROYS CRYSTAL PALACE

FIRE DESTROYS CRYSTAL PALACE

On 30 November 1936 a small office fire at Crystal Palace in South London developed in to a catastrophic fire, the glow of which could be seen across 8 counties. 100,000 people turned up to watch the blaze, amongst whom was Winston Churhill who said "this is the end of an age".

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Crime of the Century

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2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.
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Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
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Erection Of The Berlin Wall

Erection Of The Berlin Wall

In August 1961, The Berlin Wall was erected

Earthquake In Chile

Earthquake In Chile

1939 Chillán earthquake caused 28,000 deaths.

N Virginia

N Virginia

1950. President Truman announces development of the H bomb.

Queen Victoria's Funeral

Queen Victoria's Funeral

Footage of Queen Victoria's funeral from 1901.

South Africa: What Now?

South Africa: What Now?

A look at the trouble caused by apartheid in Cape Town 1960.

Race Problem

Race Problem

1955 Newsreel: South African Apartheid enrages both black and white.

Wonderful Shell Shock Recovery

Wonderful Shell Shock Recovery

Incredible WWI footage of shell shock victims and their subsequent recovery.

Battle Of The Somme

Battle Of The Somme

This was one of the bloodiest battles in history.

IRA Bombs British Cabinet At Brighton

IRA Bombs British Cabinet At Brighton

October 1984, the IRA bombed a Brighton hotel in an attempt to assassinate Margaret Thatcher.

French Singer Edith Piaf Is Dead

French Singer Edith Piaf Is Dead

It is 50 years since the death of legendary French singer Edith Piaf.

The Royal Christening

The Royal Christening

The 1948 Royal Christening of Prince Charles.

Bob Hope Talks About David Frost

Bob Hope Talks About David Frost

Bob Hope pays tribute to Sir David Frost. Filmed in the 1970s.

Great Train Robbers - Inside Story

Great Train Robbers - Inside Story

On 8th August 1963, The great train robbery took place. The gang got away with £2.6million (£46m in today's money).

Barriers Shock West

Barriers Shock West

On 13 August 1961, barriers were erected that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin.

Hiroshima - Date With History  - Reels 1 And 2

Hiroshima - Date With History - Reels 1 And 2

On 6 August 1945, an American B29 Bomber plane, Enola Gay, dropped a gravity bomb on the city of Hiroshima.

Death Of Marilyn Monroe

Death Of Marilyn Monroe

On 5th August 1962, the world was shocked to learn of the death of Marilyn Monroe.

Are You A Leo?

Are You A Leo?

1932 astrologer gives some advice for happiness and relationships to all those Leos out there.

Kennedy In Berlin

Kennedy In Berlin

26th June 1963, President Kennedy was in Berlin and made his famous 'Ich bin ein Berliner' (I'm a jelly doughnut) speech.

Is Your Phone Tapped

Is Your Phone Tapped

It may be topical now but 60 years ago the same concerns were raised about Big Brother tapping phones.

The End Of Sweet Rationing AKA Sweets Off Ration

The End Of Sweet Rationing AKA Sweets Off Ration

Sweet rationing first came to an end in 1949. Unfortunately, supplies were so low that it quickly began again, before ending for the last time in 1953.

The Master Of The King's Musick Sic

The Master Of The King's Musick Sic

Edward Elgar conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in 1931. Two of his lost works have been performed for the first time this month.

Evacuation Of Dunkirk

Evacuation Of Dunkirk

The Miracle of Dunkirk. From 27 May-4 June 1940, allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk were evacuated. Great footage.

Were You Born A Gemini?

Were You Born A Gemini?

Wonderful 1931 film for those who were born a Gemini.

As Modest As Brave!

As Modest As Brave!

On 20th May 1932, after a flight lasting 14 hours, 56 minutes, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic.

Dutch Royal Family

Dutch Royal Family

Willem-Alexander has become king of the Netherlands following the abdication of Queen Beatrix. Great footage of the family from the '60s.

Duke And Duchess Of York - Honeymoon

Duke And Duchess Of York - Honeymoon

On 26th April it will have been 90 years since the Queen’s parents wed at a service in Westminster Abbey.

Veteran Wins Boston Marathon

Veteran Wins Boston Marathon

The much loved Boston Marathon has been running since 1897. Pathe's earliest footage of the marathon is from 1938.

Texas Tragedy - Explosion Wrecks School

Texas Tragedy - Explosion Wrecks School

A natural gas leak in 1937 caused a school in Texas to explode killing more than 295 people.

IRA Bombs British Cabinet At Brighton

IRA Bombs British Cabinet At Brighton

An IRA bomb explodes at the Grand Hotel in Brighton narrowly missing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

World In Remembrance

World In Remembrance

State funeral of Winston Churchill which took place in 1965.

Thatcher Falls From Power

Thatcher Falls From Power

After 11 years as Prime Minister, Thatcher loses the confidence of her party and is forced from power.

The Grand National

The Grand National

The thrilling 1956 Grand National when Devon Loch (Queen Mother's horse) falls just before the finishing line.

"His Ain Folk"

80 years ago, Lord Clydesdale was chief pilot on the first flight over Mount Everest in 1933, flying a Westland PV-3 biplane.

Sir Winston Resigns

Sir Winston Resigns

On 5th April 1955, Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the UK amid indications of failing health.

America - Luther King Killed

America - Luther King Killed

Martin Luther King was assassinated on the 4th April 1968.

Stalin Dead

Stalin Dead

60 years ago on 5th March, Stalin died.

Baby 'lindy' Kidnapped!

Baby 'lindy' Kidnapped!

The son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, is kidnapped on March 1st 1932.

The Dave Clark Five - Technicolor

The Dave Clark Five - Technicolor

Dave Clark Five bassist Rick Huxley died on 11 Feb 2013. This is excellent footage of the Dave Clark Five pop-rock group.

The Horsemeat Scandal

The Horsemeat Scandal

Don't think the horse meat scandal is a new phenomenon. In fact it's an old trick to pass off horsemeat as beef and other meats.

Funeral Of Queen Victoria

Funeral Of Queen Victoria

112 years ago Queen Victoria's funeral took place.

Manchester United Tragedy

Manchester United Tragedy

The Munich Air Crash happened on 6 February 1958. On board were the affectionately known 'Busby Babes' - the Manchester United football team.

Attempted Assassination Of Mr Roosevelt

Attempted Assassination Of Mr Roosevelt

On 15th February 1933, shots were fired on President-elect Franklin Roosevelt. Although he was unhurt, three others were wounded and one was killed.

Thomas Hardy Funeral

Thomas Hardy Funeral

It is 85 years since the literary great Thomas Hardy died. Amazingly British Pathe has footage of his funeral from January 1928.

Campbell Killed - Pathe News Special

Campbell Killed - Pathe News Special

On Jan 4th 1967, Donald Campbell is killed making an attempt to break the world water speed record in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Hillary Reaches Pole

Hillary Reaches Pole

On 4th Jan 1958, Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to reach the South Pole.

Wright Brothers' Flight

Wright Brothers' Flight

14th Dec 1903, The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Fbi Cracks Sinatra Kidnapping Case

Fbi Cracks Sinatra Kidnapping Case

Dec 1963: Frank Sinatra's Son Kidnapped.

Pearl Harbour Attacked

Pearl Harbour Attacked

7th Dec 1941: Japan launched a surprise attack on the American Pacific naval base Pearl Harbour

Irish Free State Treaty Signed

Irish Free State Treaty Signed

90 years since the Irish Free State treaty is signed. Watch here.

Sex Change Gi Back In USA

Sex Change Gi Back In USA

Footage of first ever transexual.

President Assassinated

President Assassinated

On 22nd November 1963, President John F Kennedy was assassinated whilst on a politcal trip to Texas.

The Princess Weds

The Princess Weds

On November 20th 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

HMS Barham Explodes And Sinks

HMS Barham Explodes And Sinks

HMS Barham explodes and sinks in one of the most dramatic events caught on camera.

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

Unique footage of legendary English rock band The Rolling Stones.

Windsor Castle Damaged By Fire

Windsor Castle Damaged By Fire

The fire at Windsor Castle contributed to the Queen's 'Annus Horribilis' of 1992.

British Royal Family In Crisis

British Royal Family In Crisis

The British Royal Family's 'annus horribilis' of 1992.

Wonderful Shell Shock Recovery

Wonderful Shell Shock Recovery

Extraordinary footage shot during WWI showing victims of shell shock followed by treatment and then recovery.

Trench Warfare

Trench Warfare

Unique pictures actually taken under fire in the Argonne.

Battle Of The Somme

Battle Of The Somme

One of the largest battles of WWI and one of the bloodiest military operations in history. Over a 5 month period, there were over a million casualties.

1914 - 1918 War Scenes

1914 - 1918 War Scenes

Footage taken during World War One.

Time To Remember - Your Country Needs You 1915 - Reel 1

Time To Remember - Your Country Needs You 1915 - Reel 1

Excellent documentary about the start of WW1.

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

Third deadliest storm in US history.

Hundreds Die In Hurricane Audrey

Hundreds Die In Hurricane Audrey

Footage of the 7th deadliest US Hurricane.

Seabiscuit Wins Race At Baltimore

Seabiscuit Wins Race At Baltimore

Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in race at Baltimore

Cuban Missile Crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis

Watch 'A Day that Shook the World' on the Cuban Missile crisis. It is 50 years since this 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and Cuba and the United States took place during the cold war.

Death Jump - Eiffel Tower

Death Jump - Eiffel Tower

Before Felix Baumgartner, there was Franz Reichelt who parachuted to his death from the Eiffel tower in 1912.

This Is Tragedy

This Is Tragedy

Aberfan slag heap disaster where 116 children and 28 adults were killed in 1966.

Seeing By Wireless

Seeing By Wireless

The invention of the television.

Le Mans Disaster

Le Mans Disaster

Le Mans Disaster.

Al Capone's

Al Capone's "Killer" Car

Al Capone's killer car

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley Documentary.

Elvis Presley Weds

Elvis Presley Weds

35 years since the King of Rock n Roll passed.

Tokyo Prepares For 1964 Olympics

Tokyo Prepares For 1964 Olympics

A great video looking at Japan in the 1960s at they prepare to host The Olympics.

The Olympic Games 1948

The Olympic Games 1948

The grand 1948 Oympics opening ceremony with King George VI

Our Olympic Diving Team

Our Olympic Diving Team

British Olympics divers practice in Hampstead pond!

London Awarded 2012 Olympics

London Awarded 2012 Olympics

Video of the gripping moment that the 2012 Olympics bid winner was announced - London

Wimbledon Finals - Battle Of Two Helens

Wimbledon Finals - Battle Of Two Helens

Watch Bunny Austin in 1938 Wimbledon Final.

Fred Perry Wins Wimbledon

Fred Perry Wins Wimbledon

Watch Fred Perry Win Wimbledon. The last British man to win.

Fred Perry Interview

Fred Perry Interview

Great video of Britain's best ever tennis star Fred Perry.

Italy V England

Italy V England

Fantastic 4-0 victory for England in 1948.

England V Sweden

England V Sweden

England victory with a great Bobby Charlton goal.

Diamond Jubilee Of Queen Victoria

Diamond Jubilee Of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee parade in 1897! Incredibly early video footage!

Royal Tour Of New Zealand - 1

Royal Tour Of New Zealand - 1

The Queen visits one of her favourite nations, New Zealand.

Investiture Of The Prince Of Wales

Investiture Of The Prince Of Wales

The Queen conducts the Investiture of Prince Charles in Wales.

Royal Tour Of India - Reel 1

Royal Tour Of India - Reel 1

Watch Queen Elizabeth II touring India in 1961

Elizabeth Is Queen - Reel 1

Elizabeth Is Queen - Reel 1

Watch The Queens Coronation in colour! This magical series of original British Pathe reels show the Coronation exactly how the public saw it when it was broadcast in 1953.

Vidal Sassoon Shows Skills

Vidal Sassoon Shows Skills

Good footage of Vidal Sassoon who died on 9th May 2012.

Death Of King George VI : Britain Mourns

Death Of King George VI : Britain Mourns

Tribute to George VI on the 60th Anniversary of his death

World In Remembrance

World In Remembrance

ON THIS DAY: The anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's death, aged 90 in 1965. Watch the state funeral here.

General Election Night

General Election Night

ON THIS DAY: Ramsay Macdonald elected Britain's first Labour PM on 23rd January 1924.

Titanic Disaster Documentary

Titanic Disaster Documentary

Great footage and Interviews with Survivors of the Titanic Disaster.

The Death Of His Majesty King George V

The Death Of His Majesty King George V

On 20th January 1936, King George V died.

Roman Polanski Weds Sharon Tate

Roman Polanski Weds Sharon Tate

On 20th January 1968, film director Roman Polanski and actress Sharon Tate wed in London. Watch the party they had afterwards at the Playboy Club.

Will It Ever Happen Here? The Prohibition - Zion City U.S.A.

Will It Ever Happen Here? The Prohibition - Zion City U.S.A.

ON THIS DAY: America introduce Prohibition, criminalising alcohol, throwing Britons into panic!

Queen Mary Dies

Queen Mary Dies

Queen Mary Dies

Queen Victoria's Funeral

Queen Victoria's Funeral

Queen Victoria Funeral

Hallowe'en Aka Halloween

Hallowe'en Aka Halloween

Spooky Halloween Party from 1930

Royalty Attend Gold Cup Aka Cheltenham Gold Cup

Royalty Attend Gold Cup Aka Cheltenham Gold Cup

Amazing Halloween Clip

Robot Art

Robot Art

Mayfair London Kaplan Gallery Jean Tinguely Meta-Matics inventions artists Ewan Phillips modern art quirky

Rock Artists

Rock Artists

The Beatles absolutely fantastic!

School Open Air Theatre

School Open Air Theatre

Grimsby Lincolnshire Chelmsford Avenue Secondary Modern School Colin Laycock fencing William Shakespeare Julius Caesar schools amphitheatres Roman open air theares

Castle Elkhounds

Castle Elkhounds

Downton Castle Ludlow Shropshire Elkhound Alsatians dogs Janice Wilkins Heather Hornell Mrs Kincaid Lennox

British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
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Following on from '10 Tragedies Caught on Film', we bring you part 2 and ten more tragedies that were captured when the reels were recording.
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The death penalty has been carried out in almost all societies and although these images from WWI and WWII are unsettling, they still provide a raw account of events from a certain time.
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Life before health and safety laws; men worked at huge heights, balancing on girders and cranes all in order to help build the world's tallest skyscrapers.
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Are you guilty of perpetuating a story regardless of its truth? Here are some classic urban myths which you may not know are false.
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In this gallery of The Queen's hats we take you on a journey of millinery wisdom that we hope offers insight into Her Majesty's enviable knack for sporting a good hat!
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Adrenaline seekers from the past have left an indelible mark on the Pathe archive. Some were so dangerous they even lost their lives. Here are 10 top daredevils.
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There are some people who saw their mortality as really rather funny. Here are 12 of the best epitaphs.
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She may never have given a press interview but she is still one of the most famous women in the world. Here are 13 surprising facts you may not know about Queen Elizabeth II.
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