Cuban Revolution, Siege of Sidney St, The Ruhr Occupation 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 European Union
 
The 1 January marks a number of anniversaries relating to the European Union. The EEC, the EU’s forerunner, was established in 1958, which the U.K. joined on the same day in 1973. It is also the 20th Anniversary of the introduction of the Euro as currency, in a majority of European member states.
 
 
Archive PickAlcatraz
 
The 1 January marks the 85th Anniversary of Alcatraz Island becoming a U.S. Federal Prison. It was operational between 1934-1963. Famous inmates included Al Capone and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Take a look back at the famous prison here.
 
 
Archive PickThe Cuban Revolution
 
The 1 January marks the 60th Anniversary of the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista during the Cuban Revolution. Take a look back at the Revolution in Cuba with this archive collection.
 
 
 
Archive PickAlaska Becomes the 49th U.S. State
 
The 3 January marks the 60th Anniversary of Alaska being admitted to the Union, becoming the 49th and largest U.S. State. Take a look at its admission here. 
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Siege of Sidney Street
 
On 3 January 1911, the Siege of Sidney Street occurred. It was the first police siege to be caught on camera in Britain, by British Pathé (then Pathé News). Winston Churchill served as Home Secretary during the siege, and was filmed at the scene. He was later criticized for his level of operational involvement!
 
 
Archive PickThe Prague Spring
 
On 5 January 1968, the Prague Spring began. In a revolt against communist rule, a number of democratizing measures were enacted in Czechoslovakia, with the loosening of restrictions on the media, speech and travel. Warsaw Pact troops were dispatched to suppress the revolt on 20 August 1968.
 
 
Archive PickThe German Workers’ Party
 
The 5 January 1919 marks the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of the German Workers’ Party, which eventually became the Socialist German Workers’s Party, or Nazi Party. Take a look at this wartime documentary detailing the rise of the Nazis.
 
 
Archive PickTheodore Roosevelt Dies
 
The 6 January marks the 100th Anniversary of the death of Theodore Roosevelt. Take a look back at his life with this archive collection of early films.
 
 
 
 
Archive PickShackleton’s Nimrod Expedition
 
The 9 January marks the 110th Anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition planting the British flag 180 kilometres/112 miles from the South Pole, the closest anyone had got to reaching the pole at the time.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Metropolitan Railway
 
On 10 January 1863, the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s oldest underground railway, opened between Farringdon and Paddington in London, marking the beginning of the London Underground. Take a look at the history of ‘the tube’ with these archive films.
 
 
Archive PickThe Grand Canyon
 
On 11 January 1908, Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon in the U.S.A. a national monument. Take a look at the site throughout time in this archive collection.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Occupation of the Ruhr
 
On 11 January 1923, French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr Valley in order to force Germany to comply with the payment of war reparations under the Treaty of Versailles. Take a look back at the occupation with these archive films.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Casablanca Conference
 
On 14 January 1943, the Casablanca Conference began, with Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt meeting to discuss Allied strategy during World War Two. FDR also became the first U.S. President to travel by plane on official business, flying to the conference.
 

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