A Year To Remember

The classic series that recalls the definitive events of the 20th century, year by year, as they were reported at the time. From British Pathé TV's History Collection.

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A Year To Remember - 1930



In this episode: Stock market crash - Britain's second Labour government - Gandhi becomes national figure -
Pathé sport - the birth of motor racing - World's winter sports - Grand Prix de Paris

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A Year To Remember - 1931




In this episode: Charlie Chaplin becomes a celebrity - America's Great Depression - World speed record broken at Daytona Beach -
Gangster warfare in the USA - The George Washington Bridge opened - Longest telephone call in the world

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A Year To Remember - 1932




In this episode: FDR's New Deal - Amelia Earhart hailed as world's foremost aviator - Hindenburg re-elected as president of Germany -
Washington hunger marches - Germany: Adolf Hitler, with growing support on the streets, waits in the wings - Glendale, US aviation's latest wonder.

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A Year To Remember - 1933




In this episode: The Reichstag burns - Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor - Benito Mussolini tightens his iron
grip on the Italian dictatorship - Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president of the USA - Widespread flooding - England wins the Ashes

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A Year To Remember - 1934




In this episode: The consolidation of the fascist heart of Europe - Hitler takes the title of Fuhrer -
Night of the Long Knives - Aviation's latest plane, "The Umbrella", makes successful test flight -
France: The government faces riots and strikes - Europe begins to take the fascists seriously

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A Year To Remember - 1935




In this episode: Mussolini puts his imperial ambitions into practice - USA: Depression effects are still felt -
USA: The infamous dust bowl scars the land - India: An earthquake kills 20,000 people - The San Francisco Bay
Bridge opens which will be the largest in the world - Europe’s fragile stability begins to crumble

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A Year To Remember - 1936




In this episode: Spain: Civil war breaks out - Germany: Hitler hosts the Olympic games - Politically, Germany begins
to strain against its borders - British attention firmly focused on a new King - Edward VIII succeeds George V,
who died at the beginning of the year - Edward, when Prince of Wales, has met and fallen in love with Wallis Simpson.

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A Year To Remember - 1937




In this episode: The tragedy of the Spanish Civil War intensifies - The year of Guernica - Japan and
China are at war - USA: Franklin D. Roosevelt begins his second term as president - Edward VIII has resolved
to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson - Prince Albert, father of Elizabeth and Margaret, becomes king.

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A Year To Remember - 1938




In this episode: The threat of war - Spain: A bloody civil war rages between a left wing republican government
and fascist nationalists led by Franco - Far East: Imperialist Japan fights to conquer China - Europe: Hitler's aim of
enlarging Germany's borders - Neville Chamberlain resolves to negotiate with Hitler - German troops march into Austria.

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A Year To Remember - 1939




In this episode: WW2 seems inevitable and yet unreal - Spain: The civil war ends -
Hitler parades in Prague amid the jeers and tears of the beaten Czech nation - Hitler
surprises the world by signing a non-aggression pact with Russia - The coronation of Pope Pius XII - New York's World Fair opens

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A Year To Remember - 1940




In this episode: Finland: Stalin's Red Army has been fighting a dogged
opposition - The progress of the Germans pushes British forces back to the sea - A massive
evacuation operation is mounted - Coventry is bombed - The King receives a decoration - First woman naval doctor.

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A Year To Remember - 1941




In this episode: The Germans widen their operations - Hitler orders the bombing
of Dublin and other Irish towns - Mussolini's army suffers a string of setbacks - Roosevelt secures a record 3rd term as
president and introduces the lend-lease scheme - Hitler throws Panzer divisions against Russia - Pearl Harbor is
bombed and the USA enters the war.

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A Year To Remember - 1942




In this episode: USA joining the Allied forces marks a turning point
in the war - A significant victory prompts Churchill to make one of his most famous speeches - The Battle of
the Coral Sea - Hitler's troops fight the vicious Battle of Stalingrad - The Germans formulate their plans
to rid Europe of its 11 million Jews.

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A Year To Remember - 1943




In this episode: The year in which the Allies made steady progress against
the Nazis - In Russia, the bloody siege of Stalingrad comes to an end with the surrender of German forces - In Northern Africa,
the forces unleashed by the Allies sees success - The Allies take 110,000 prisoners of war - Regular meetings between
Roosevelt and Churchill take place.

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A Year To Remember - 1944




In this episode: The Normandy landings, the world's biggest combined land, sea and
air operation - The Allies take complete control of Normandy - Paris is liberated after courageous work by the
French underground resistance - Those around Hitler begin to doubt his claims - The first German
city falls into Allied hands.

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A Year To Remember - 1945




In this episode: Hitler shoots himself at news of the Russian advance on Berlin - American
and Russian troops shake hands across the ruins of Germany and the war is over - FDR tragically dies within
sight of victory and Harry S Truman, his vice president, takes over - The post-war order is born

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A Year To Remember - 1946




In this episode: Nations turn their attention to reconstruction and the prospects for
the future - Winston Churchill makes his famous speech in which he describes an iron curtain falling across
Europe - The first verbal battles of the Cold War are fought - In China, civil war rages between Mao Zedong's
communist forces and the Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-shek

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A Year To Remember - 1947




In this episode: Hopes for new improvements in Anglo Russian relations fly high - Truman declares
war on Soviet Russia - The invention of the press button car park - Al Capone dies - Palestine problem
handed to the U.N. - Australia's 20,000,000 pounds for Britain.

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A Year To Remember - 1948




In this episode: Jamaicans arrive in Britain - The drama of Palestine - Mahatma Gandhi
dies - General Eisenhower retires - Berlin in crisis - The silver wedding in Britain.

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A Year To Remember - 1949




In this episode: A year in which Europe's regeneration gathers pace - The creation of the
Federal Republic of Germany - Russia's blockade of Berlin - Anti-communist hysteria
sweeps America - China becomes a communist state.

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A Year To Remember - 1950




In this episode: In America, anti-communist hysteria gathers pace - Stalin and the new Chinese leader
sign a pact of friendship - USA decides to build the Hydrogen Bomb - Prince Rainier III ascends the throne
of Monaco, Europe's tiniest state - Communist forces attack the Republic of Korea - Korea: No chance for
reconciliation in the first major military conflict of the Cold War.

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A Year To Remember - 1951




In this episode: The Korean War unfolds against the backdrop of growing nuclear
tension - USA test its first H-bombs, a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb - Iran snubs
the British by nationalising the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

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A Year To Remember - 1952




In this episode: USA's first H-bomb test and Britain's first atom bomb - Korean war continues:
fears that China might intervene in the Asian conflict - Britain's presence in Egypt and around
the Suez Canal questioned - Churchill visits President Truman in America - The funeral of Eva
Peron - John Cobbs, the fastest man on water, dies.

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A Year To Remember - 1953




In this episode: Queen Elizabeth's coronation - Britain's Le Mans triumph - President Eisenhower warns
the world that the Soviet Union is out for global domination - Yugoslavia's war hero Tito elected president - Britain
deals with the last outpost of its fading empire - Russia mourns as Stalin dies.

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A Year To Remember - 1954




In this episode: The conflict continues in Indochina between the Communist rebels lead
by Ho Chi Minh and the French resistance - A treaty that officially divides the country into North and South
Vietnam - Senator Joe McCarthy's career of purging the country of supposed communists comes to a sordid end - Suez terms agreed

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A Year To Remember - 1955




In this episode: The emergence of a rival to NATO - The signing of the Warsaw Pact - Nationalist
South African party continues to put legal bite behind its policy of apartheid - Colonial unrest in Cyprus and
Algeria - Further clashes between Egyptian and Israeli forces in Gaza - Sir Alexander Fleming dies - Sir Winston
Churchill resigns - Donald Campbell sets land speed record.

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A Year To Remember - 1956




In this episode: The invasion of Hungary by Soviet forces - Khrushchev denounces
Stalin - President Eisenhower on holiday in Georgia - George Orwell's "1984" film
premiere - Liberace's tour of Britain - Britain wins Monte Carlo rally.

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A Year To Remember - 1957




In this episode: Eden resigns: Harold Macmillan becomes the leader of the Tory Party and the
Government - New styles in furniture - Egypt digs up their own history - The technological
frontier and "Space Race" - Russians launch their first successful Sputnik satellite - The Monaco Grand Prix

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A Year To Remember - 1958




In this episode: The first world exhibition since 1939 opens in Brussels - UN: Eisenhower outlines
peace plan - Rome hails new pope - Manchester United tragedy - The Queen opens Gatwick Airport - The age of
the teenager - The world's first gas turbine car

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A Year To Remember - 1959




In this episode: Paris: De Gaulle moves in - Hong Kong: Refugee problem nears crisis - USA: Biggest
carrier goes to sea - "Titan" rocket is fired - London: Stars fight cinema tax - Buckingham Palace: Guards retreat.

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A Year To Remember - 1960




In this episode: Agadir: A city dies - Eisenhower visits South America - India welcomes
Nasser - The Royal Wedding - Florida: Submarine Polaris fired - The Moscow Powers Trial

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A Year To Remember - 1961




In this episode: JFK inaugurated as the 35th President of the USA - The grandeur of India - The first man
in space - France in turmoil - Berlin: The Wall of Shame - Wimbledon.

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A Year To Remember - 1962




In this episode: Haiti voodoo festival - Uganda wins independence - JFK triumphs - Prince
Charles begins new school - Dr Charlie Chaplin - TV from space

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A Year To Remember - 1963




In this episode: Alcatraz: Everybody out! - Moscow: The girl from space - Vatican City: Pope
Paul is crowned - JFK is assassinated - Monaco: Hill wins Grand Prix - London: Let's all be Beatles!

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A Year To Remember - 1964




In this episode: Panama crisis - The Beatles conquer America - Get your
spring hat - Royal wedding in Athens - The bullet train - Xmas around the world.

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A Year To Remember - 1965




In this episode: The death of Churchill - Undersea hunt for oil - "My Fair Lady" comes
to town - Royal visit to Africa - Selma: Marchers demand civil rights - Famine follows drought.

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A Year To Remember - 1966




In this episode: India: Gandhi chosen for president - Vietnam War - England wins World Cup - Ronald Reagan's
presidential race - The Swinging Sixties - Britain's first nuclear-powered Polaris submarine.

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A Year To Remember - 1967




In this episode: The Concorde prototype - The Boston Strangler escapes - Cassius Clay
refuses to join Army - Elvis marries Priscilla - Russian space tragedy - Crown Jewels rehoused - Monkees
arrive at Heathrow - Detroit race riots - Rolling Stones cleared.

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A Year To Remember - 1968




In this episode: Roman Polanski marries Sharon Tate - Immigrants protest - The Beatles meditate -
Anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Trafalgar Square - Martin Luther King assassinated - Robert Kennedy
assassinated - Mexico Olympics get under way.

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A Year To Remember - 1969




In this episode: Man on the moon - Israel attacks Beirut Airport - The world's first
supersonic - Nixon becomes president - Concorde takes to the air - Lulu marries a Bee Gee.

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