Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.
Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ Wins at the Rainhill Trials
8 October marks the 190th Anniversary of George Stephenson’s locomotive ‘Rocket’ winning at the Rainhill Trials.
The Second Boer War
11 October marks the 120th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Second Boer War. These remarkable early films capture the conflict, alongside others which look to later remembrance events and ceremonies.
The Brighton Hotel Bombing
12 October marks the 35th Anniversary of the Brighton Hotel Bombing, an attempt by the IRA to kill Margaret Thatcher. Though she narrowly escaped the blast, five people were killed. These films look back at the attack and its aftermath.
HMS Royal Oak is Sunk
14 October marks the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak, during World War Two. Its loss had a negative impact on British morale, as the German Navy was seen as capable of bringing the war to British home waters, where its ports had been considered safe.
Vietnam Moratorium Day
15 October marks the 50th Anniversary of the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, or Vietnam Moratorium Day, a massive demonstration and teach-in held to protest against the Vietnam War. A second protest occurred on 15 November, 1969.
The First Luftwaffe Raid on Britain
16 October marks the 80th Anniversary of the first Luftwaffe raid on Britain, during World War Two. RAF Squadron 603 was scrambled to intercept, becoming the first to pilot Spitfires against a German air raid, and shooting down a bomber in the Firth of Forth.
Mother Teresa is Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
17 October marks the 40th Anniversary of Mother Teresa being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for her work directed towards ending human suffering. These films look back at her receipt of the award and her life.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is Founded
On 18 October 1922, the British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) – the BBC – was founded by a consortium. These films look back at BBC Television Centre across the last century.
US Forces Land in the Philippines
20 October marks the 75th Anniversary of US Forces landing on the island of Leyte in the Philippines, beginning the Philippines Campaign during World War Two. The US successfully defeated and expelled the Japanese Army from the islands, who had occupied them during the first half of 1942.
Aachen Falls to the Allies
21 October marks the 75th Anniversary of the German city of Aachen falling to Allied forces, during World War Two. It was the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. Take a look back at the battle for the city here.
Edison Applies for a Patent for the Light Bulb
21 October also marks the 140th Anniversary of Thomas Edison applying for a patent for his design of an incandescent light bulb. This collection looks back at his life, and includes some of the earliest content in our archive!
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