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.
With the release of the film Midway on 8 November, take a look back at the real events in our archive here. Between the 4 June and 7 June 1942, the U.S. and Japanese navies fought in what historian Craig Symonds called ‘one of the most consequential naval engagements in world history’, during WW2.
Plutonium First Produced
6 November marks the 75th Anniversary of Plutonium being produced for the first time at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the USA. The radioactive element was used less than a year later in the Fat Man atomic bomb, which was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during WW2. These films look behind the scenes at the site.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Secures an Unprecedented Fourth Term
7 November marks the 75th Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt being elected as President of the United States for an unprecedented fourth term. No other President has been elected for as many terms since, given the passage of the 22nd Amendment. These films look back on the 1944 election.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
9 November marks the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The wall had stood for 28 years, dividing the Soviet and Western occupied sectors of Berlin. The fall of the wall paved the way for German Reunification on 3 October 1990. These films look back at the construction, history and fall of the barrier which divided Germany’s capital.
On 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed at Compiègne in France, ending WW1. Armistice Day has been commemorated on the same day in many countries since, with respects and tributes being paid to the fallen.
The Tirpitz is Sunk
12 November marks the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the German Battleship Tirpitz. The sister ship to the infamous Bismarck, the Tirpitz was the heaviest battleship ever built by a European Navy. These dramatic films show the Allied attack on the ship, and its sinking.
The My Lai Story Breaks
12 November also marks the 50th Anniversary of journalist Seymour Hersh breaking the story of the My Lai Massacre, during the Vietnam War. Hersh had held extensive interviews with Lieutenant William Calley Jr., who would later be convicted for the massacre, where between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were killed by the U.S. army on 16 March 1968.
The Iranian Hostage Crisis Deepens
In response to the hostage crisis which had developed at the American Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979, on 12 November 1979 President Jimmy Carter ordered the halt of all petroleum imports from Iran. On 14 November 1979, Executive Order 12170 was issued, freezing all Iranian assets in the USA.
14 November marks the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon. These films look back at the mission and its crew- the astronauts Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad, Alan L. Bean and Richard F. Gordon.
Gandhi’s Assassins Executed
15 November marks the 70th Anniversary of the execution of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassins, Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte. Gandhi had been assassinated on 30 January 1948, when Godse shot him three times in the chest, with a gun purchased by Apte. These films look back at their trial and Gandhi’s funeral.
Cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial is Laid
15 November also marks the 80th Anniversary of the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial being laid in Washington D.C. by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These films look back the ceremony and the iconic landmark, dedicated to the Third President of the U.S. and the principal author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
The Suez Canal Opens
17 November marks the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal. It connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, allowing for a more direct shipping route between the North Atlantic and northern Indian oceans, avoiding the Cape of Good Hope. These earlier films examine the canal.
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