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.
On 24 April 1916, the Easter Rising began in Ireland. Irish Republicans attempted to establish an independent Irish Republic, outside of British rule, whilst the U.K. was heavily engaged in the First World War (1914-1918). It was suppressed by 29 April, with Republican forces surrendering.
On 25 April 1915, during World War One (1914-1918), the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed at Anzac Cove during the Gallipoli Campaign. Since the first anniversary of these landings in 1916, ANZAC Day has been commemorated, with Australia and New Zealand remembering the sacrifices made by their military personnel.
On 25 April 1960, the nuclear submarine USS Triton completed the first fully submerged circumnavigation of the globe. The submarine completed the journey of 30,752 miles in 60 days and 21 hours.
The 25 April marks the 45th Anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal. The Estada Novo regime was overthrown by a military coup in Lisbon, ending 48 years of authoritarian rule in Portugal and establishing democratic government.
The 26 April marks the 65th Anniversary of the beginning of the Geneva Conference. The conference aimed to resolve outstanding issues from the Korean and First Indochina Wars, and led to the partition of Vietnam into North and South, and the creation of Laos and Cambodia.
The Surrender of Caserta
On 29 April 1945, during World War Two (1939-1945), the Surrender of Caserta was signed by German forces in Italy. The treaty became effective on 2 May 1945, ending the Italian Campaign.
The 1939 New York World’s Fair
The 30 April marks the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the New York World’s Fair. It was the second most expensive American World’s Fair of all time, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on the future, with the slogan of “Dawn of a New Day”.
Maiden Voyage of the QEII
The 2 May marks the 50th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Queen Elizabeth II, the flagship of the Cunard Line, 1969-2004. Cunard are the only shipping company to operate a scheduled passenger service between Europe and North America, and the QE2 was the last oil-fired steamship to cross the Atlantic operating this service.
The Panama Canal
The 4 May marks the 115th Anniversary of construction beginning on the Panama Canal. It was opened on August 15, 1914, and during that year 1,000 ships passed through it. By 2012, more than 815,000 ships had passed through it!
Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister
The 4 May also marks the 40th Anniversary of Margaret Thatcher becoming the U.K. Prime Minister. She was the first female Prime Minister of the country, though her legacy is still hotly debated.
The Superga Air Disaster
The 4 May also marks the 70th Anniversary of the Superga Air Disaster, a plane crash in which the entire Torino football team were killed, including their coach, former Manchester United player Leslie Lievesley.
The Four Minute Mile
The 6 May marks the 65th Anniversary of Roger Bannister becoming the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. The record has since been broken by over 1,400 male athletes, and the current record is 3 minutes, 43 seconds, 13 milliseconds-17 seconds faster than Bannister’s run!