Bloody Sunday, The Battle of Stalingrad 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 Pick‘Bloody Sunday’
 
On 30 January 1972, ‘Bloody Sunday’ occurred in Derry, Ireland. British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest against the internment of suspected IRA members. It marked the highest number of people killed in a single shooting incident during ‘The Troubles’.
 
 
Archive PickThe Tet Offensive
 
On 30 January 1968, North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces launched the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. It involved a series of surprise attacks against military and civilian targets, and was the largest military operation conducted by either side up until that point in the war.
 
 
Archive PickLeon Trotsky Exiled
 
The 31 January marks the 90th Anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s exile from the USSR. Take a look back at this collection of films about his life, including a speech he made in exile denouncing Joseph Stalin.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Battle of Stalingrad
 
On 31 January 1943, Friedrich Paulus, commander of the German 6th Army, surrendered at Stalingrad. All fighting in the city ceased on 2 February, ending the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, and one of the key turning points of World War Two.
 
 
Archive PickThe Battle of George Square
 
The 31 January marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of George Square, Scotland’s largest strike since the Radical War of 1820. Between 20,000 – 60,000 workers went on strike in Glasgow, protesting against a 47-hour working week. Six Medium Mark C tanks were deployed to impose order.
 
 
Archive PickThe Iranian Revolution
 
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. On 1 February 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile, and on 11 February, was elected as the Supreme Leader of Iran under a new constitution.
 
 
 
Archive PickPatty Hearst Kidnapped
 
On 4 February 1974, Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left-wing terrorist group. Hearst was found nineteen months after her abduction, however was tried and jailed for her involvement in crimes committed by the SLA.
 
 
Archive PickThe Sinking of the SS Tuscania
 
On 5 February 1918, the SS Tuscania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, during World War One. The Tuscania had been the first ship carrying American troops to Europe to be sunk. 210 troops died, though a majority were rescued by British Navy destroyers- as these films show. 
 
 
Archive PickWomen’s Suffrage
 
On 9 February 1907, the ‘Mud March’ was held by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). It was the first peaceful mass demonstration for the campaign, and would be the first of many before the passage of the Representation of the People Act on 6 February 1918.
 
 
Archive PickThe Beatles Tour America
 
This year marks the 55th Anniversary of The Beatles’s American Tour. Arriving in New York on 7 February 1964, the ‘Fab Four’ would play on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time on 9 February. This performance is noted by many American musicians as personally and musically definitive.
 
 
Archive PickFriedrich Ebert Elected
 
The 11 February marks the 100th Anniversary of the election of Friedrich Ebert as the President of Germany. He was the first President and Chancellor of the Weimar Republic. Take a look back at this collection of early archive films.
 
 
 
Archive PickMargaret Thatcher Becomes Conservative Leader
 
On 11 February 1975, Margaret Thatcher defeated Edward Heath in a leadership election to become the leader of the Conservative Party. Take a look at films relating to her life in this archive collection.
 
 
 

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