Archive Picks – 30 January to 12 February 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.
 

 
 
Ingvar Kamprad
 
Ikea founder and pioneer of flat-pack furniture died at the age of 91 on Sunday. This clip shows some Ikea-style Swedish furniture being assembled.
 
 
 
Gandhi Assassinated
 
70 years ago on 30 January. Here is our archive material on the iconic figure.
 
 
 
 
Tet Offensive Begins
 
30 January will mark 50 years since the Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, began. Take a look at our footage on the Vietnam War here.
 
 
Hitler Becomes German Chancellor
 
85 years ago on 30 January. The following newsreels document Hitler’s rise to power.
 
 
 
RAF Launches Massive Daytime Raid on Berlin
 
30 January will mark 75 years since the raid. Watch members of the RAF telling their stories of the attack.
 
 
 
Fall of Stalingrad
 
Stalingrad fell 75 years ago on 31 January, with the Germans surrendering two days later. Look back on the events of Stalingrad with these archive clips.
 
 
 
Princess Beatrix
 
Will be celebrating her 80th birthday on 31 January. Our collection on the former Queen of the Netherlands can be viewed here.
 
 
 
Six Nations
 
Will begin on 3 February. Delve back in time to when it used to be 5 nations that competed in the tournament.
 
 
 
Ceylon Gains Independence
 
Now known as Sri Lanka, Ceylon became independent from the UK on 4 February, 75 years ago, becoming the dominion of Ceylon. Check out these twentieth-century clips of the island.
 
 
Tuscania is Torpedoed
 
The US steamship Tuscania was torpedoed and sunk 100 years ago on 5 February. This clip shows the survivors of the wreck.
 
 
 
Sweet Rationing Ends in Britain
 
5 February will mark 65 years since sweet rationing officially came to an end. The rationing of sweets began to draw to a close in 1949, which these films illustrate.
 
 
Munich Air Disaster
 
6 February will mark 60 years since the tragic event. 7 of the 24 passengers killed were in the Manchester United team. These newsreels report on the events.
 
 
Winter Olympics
 
Will commence on 9 February in South Korea. Watch our vintage Olympic collection here.
 
 

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