Archive Picks – 19 December 2017 to 2 January 2018

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.

Elvis Drafted Into the US Army
20 December will mark 60 years since the legendary singer was drafted. Watch him being sent to Germany here.
Polaris Sold to the UK by the USA
55 years ago on 21 December. This provided Britain with its first submarine-based nuclear weapons system. The following clips show Polaris and how it was received in Britain.
Brest-Litovsk Talks Begin
Peace talks began between Germany and Russia during WW1 100 years ago on 2 December. Look back at our Russian Revolution and war collection here.
Admiral Jean Darlan Assassinated
The French admiral who served the Vichy regime before switching sides to the Allies was assassinated 75 years ago on 24 December. Watch the admiral here.
Ava Gardner
The famous Hollywood actress was born 95 years ago on 24 December. Have a look at our vintage newsreels of her here.
The most wonderful time of the year will soon be upon us. Get yourself ready with these vintage clips of all things Christmas!
Charlie Chaplin
The film icon died 40 years ago on 25 December. Delve into our newsreel collection on Chaplin.
Harry Truman
Passed away 45 years ago on 26 December. These archive clips take a look at the former American president.
Radio City Music Hall Opens
The famous entertainment venue opened its doors 85 years ago on 27 December. Why not have a look at our vintage videos of the building?
USSR Established
On 30 December, 95 years ago, the USSR was officially established. Take a look at the origins of the Soviet Union with this collection.
New Year’s Eve
Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 on 31 December. Get in the party spirit with these old-school New Year’s Eve celebrations.
UK Admitted Into European Community
With Brexit well underway, look at the early history of the European Union. 1 January will mark 45 years since the accession.
Restoration of Independent Czech State and Establishment of Slovak Republic
25 years ago on 1 January. Have a look at a history of Czechoslovakia in the twentieth century.
Don Bradman Defies English Bowlers at the Ashes
Winning the title for Australia, 85 years ago on 2 January. Watch his achievement here.

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