Archive Picks – 27 March to 9 April 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.

Ravens at the Tower of London
Historic Royal Palaces have confirmed that the longest-serving raven at the Tower of London has passed away. Legend states that should the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the kingdom will fall…
Yuri Gagarin
The Soviet cosmonaut was killed in a jet crash 50 years ago on 27 March. His death has long been clouded in mystery. Here is our footage on Gagarin.
Khrushchev Becomes Soviet Premier
60 years ago on 27 March. He filled the position until 1964. Take a look at our collection on Khrushchev here.
Last US Troops Withdraw from Vietnam
Bringing an end to US involvement in the Vietnam War on 29 March, 45 years ago. These newsreels look at the Vietnam War.
Easter weekend begins on 30 March. Delve back in time with these clips of Easter eggs, Easter carnivals, and other Easter celebrations.
RAF Officially Formed
The RAF will be turning 100 on 1 April. This comprehensive collection has been put together looking back at the history of the RAF.
Soviets Stop US and British Military Trains in Germany
70 years ago on 1 April. Soviets demanded to be allowed to search trains passing through their occupation zone, which the British and US refused, as this film documents.
Marshall Plan is Signed into Law
3 April will mark 70 years since the event. The American initiative helped to rebuild Western European economies. Our material on the plan can be viewed here.
First Flight Over Mt. Everest
Was completed 85 years ago on 3 April. Watch the Marquis of Clysedale’s great welcome home as he arrives back from Everest.
Ferdinand Foch Becomes Supreme Allied Commander
The WW1 Allied Supreme War Council appointed Foch Commander in Chief of the Western Front 100 years ago on 3 April. The following clips show Marshall Foch.
Martin Luther King Assassinated
50 years ago on 4 April. Our collection on MLK can be viewed here, including newsreels reporting on his famous marches on Washington and Selma.
The Akron Crashes
73 people were killed when the US airship Akron crashed 85 years ago on 4 April. This newsreel reports on the disaster.
The Masters
Takes place this year on 5 April in Augusta. Why not check out our vintage Masters clips here.
Tito Becomes President of Yugoslavia for Life
55 years ago on 7 April. View our videos of Tito’s political life with this collection.
Jim Clark Killed
One of the greatest ever Formula One drivers died in a racing accident 50 years ago on 7 April. Pathé captured a lot of Clark’s racing career, which you can watch here.
Pablo Picasso
8 April will mark 45 years since one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century died. The following clips look at both Picasso and his works.
Kenyatta Jailed
Kenyatta was convicted by British rulers in Kenya for leading the Mau Mau Uprising, 65 years ago on 8 April. This video reports on the situation.

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