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.
Tory Leadership Elections
With elections ongoing within the Conservative Party to select a new leader, who will become the next British Prime Minister after
Theresa May, take a look at this film of a previous contentious leadership election, won by Margaret Thatcher.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed
On 19 June 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed, after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were the only civilians to be executed for espionage-related activity during the Cold War.
The Second Compiegne Armistice
On 22 June 1940, delegations from France and Nazi Germany signed an Armistice at Compiegne, during World War Two (1939-1945). Hitler deliberately chose the site to humiliate France, as it had been where Germany had signed the Armistice of 1918.
On 22 June 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union by enacting Operation Barbarossa. The invasion force was the largest in the history of warfare, with 3,000,000 personnel operating along a 1,800 mile front, and an important turning point during WW2.
Arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush
On 22 June 1948, the ship HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury, U.K., carrying 802 West Indian immigrants. They were the first of the ‘Windrush Generation’ to arrive to the U.K., seeking employment and resettlement in the ‘mother country’, after the passage of the British Nationality Act (1948).
The Battle of Okinawa Ends
On 22 June 1945, the Battle of Okinawa ended. It was the bloodiest battle of World War Two in the Pacific theatre, and historians argue that the heavy American losses sustained forced the U.S. to consider the atomic bombing of Japan as an alternative to invasion.
Klaus Fuchs Released From Prison
23 June marks the 60th Anniversary of the release of Klaus Fuchs from prison. Fuchs had been convicted of supplying information from the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union, though was released following good behaviour in prison after serving nine years and four months of his sentence.
The Korean War Begins
On 25 June 1950, the Korean War began, when North Korea invaded South Korea. Though an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, no peace treaty has been concluded, with the two nations still having technically been at war since the conflict began.
The Treaty of Versailles Signed
28 June marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War One. It was signed on the anniversary of the same day as the ‘trigger’ for the conflict, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which had occurred on 28 June 1914.
Isabel Perón Becomes the President of Argentina
29 June marks the 45th Anniversary of Isabel Perón becoming the President of Argentina, and the first woman to hold the office. These films examine her life and political career.
The Battle of Cherbourg Ends
30 June marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of Cherbourg, part of the Normandy Campaign following the Allied Invasion at D-Day on 6 June. These films look back at the battle.
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