Japan Surrenders, The Blitz Begins, Vietnam Independence 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‘I have a Dream’
The 28 August marks the 55th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Take a look back at the speech and the life of Dr. King with this archive collection.

Archive PickThe Soviet Atomic Project
On 29 August 1949, the U.S.S.R. successfully detonated its first atomic bomb. Take a look back at the reaction of the Western world here.
Archive PickThe Invasion of Poland
On 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. The invasion caused many nations of the world to declare war on one another, beginning World War Two.
Archive PickVietnam Declares Independence
On 2 September 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent nation from French colonial control. The declaration marked the beginning of a struggle for nationhood that led to the Vietnam War.
Archive PickThe Surrender of Japan
Delegates from Japan also signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945. The signing of the formal surrender marked the end of World War Two.
Archive PickQueen Wilhemina Abdicates
The 4 September 1948 marks the 70th Anniversary of the abdication of Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands, the longest reigning Dutch monarch. Take a look back at her life with these archive films.
Archive PickThe Munich Massacre
On 5 September 1972, at the Munich Olympic Games, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Archive PickThe Blitz Begins
On 7 September 1940, German bombers began to systematically target London on bombing raids, beginning the Blitz. The capital was bombed for 56 out of the next 57 nights.
Archive PickFord Pardons Nixon
On 8 September 1974, President Gerald Ford controversially granted a full and unconditional pardon to former President Richard Nixon. Take a look at his comments on Nixon and the Watergate scandal here.
Archive PickNorth Korea Established
The 9 September marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of North Korea as a sovereign country in 1948. Kim Il Sung was the nation’s first leader.
Archive PickThe King of Rock and Roll
On 9 September 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Take a look back at our archive films of the King of Rock and Roll here.

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