Battle of the Bulge, Canadian Caper and more

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.


Archive PickThe Taal Volcano
With the Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines, beginning to spew lava, authorities fear a ‘hazardous eruption’ is possible soon. The volcano has 34 recorded historical eruptions, some of which can be seen in our archive here.
Archive PickBrexit
With the UK due to leave the European Union on 31 January, take a look back at the history of the European Union, and its forerunner, the European Economic Community (EEC), here. British Pathé also has footage relating to the previous EU Referendum, in 1975.
Archive Pick‘1917’ Released
Sam Mendes’s new film, ‘1917’, was released in UK cinemas on 10 January. Telling the story of two soldiers hurrying to deliver a message on the Western Front during World War One (1914-1918), you can look back at the real events of the conflict here.
Archive PickThe First MiG-17 Prototype Flight
14 January marks the 70th Anniversary of the maiden flight of the first MiG-17 prototype. A more advanced version of the
Cold War’s iconic MiG-15, the aircraft was effective in threatening more modern supersonic American fighters during Vietnam.
Archive PickThe First Assembly of the League of Nations
16 January marks the 100th Anniversary of the first assembly of the Council of the League of Nations. It was ultimately incapable of preventing aggression by the Axis powers in the 1930s.
Archive PickFDR Sworn in for Historic Fourth term as US President
20 January marks the 75th Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt being sworn in for a historic fourth term as US President. No other President has served for as many terms, and now cannot due to the 22nd Amendment.
Archive PickAlger Hiss Convicted of Perjury
21 January marks the 70th Anniversary of Alger Hiss being convicted of perjury, following his trial over allegations that he had spied for the Soviet Union in 1948. He received two concurrent five-year sentences, of which he eventually served three and a half years.
Archive PickFirst Commercial Service of the Boeing 747
22 January marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the first commercial service of the Boeing 747 aircraft, with its maiden flight from John F. Kennedy Airport to London Heathrow Airport. The ‘Jumbo Jet’ held the passenger capacity record for 37 years.
Archive PickThe Battle of the Bulge Ends
25 January marks 75 Years since the end of the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during WW2.
Archive PickRepublic Day in India
26 January marks the 70th Anniversary of the Indian Constitution coming into effect, making the country an independent republic, rather than a British Dominion. These films look back at the first Republic Day, which is celebrated annually in the country.
Archive PickHolocaust Memorial Day
27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorated annually to remember the victims of the Holocaust. This year marks 75 Years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Russian forces.
Archive PickArgo
27 January also marks 40 Years since six American diplomats escaped from Iran in the culmination of the ‘Canadian Caper’ as featured in the film ‘Argo’.

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