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.
Operation Market Garden Ends
25 September marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of Operation Market Garden during WW2. Allied forces planned to utilize airborne forces to capture a series of nine bridges in the Netherlands, which would have created a foothold across the river Rhine, however the operation ended in failure.
27 September marks the 80th Anniversary of the surrender of Poland during WW2. The Polish government went into exile in France, and the Polish armed forces were reconstituted and continued to fight alongside the Western Allies for the remainder of the war. These films look back at the Invasion of Poland.
The Report of the Warren Commission Released
27 September also marks the 55th Anniversary of the release of the report by the Warren Commission, the official inquiry into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It concluded that gunman Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.
The First Patrols of the Metropolitan Police
29 September marks the 190th Anniversary of the first patrols by the Metropolitan Police in London. These films look back at Police recruitment, training and patrols in the UK across the 20th century.
The Berlin Airlift Ends
30 September marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift. Between 26 June 1948 and 30 September 1949, up to 12,941 tons of supplies were flown into the city per day, to counteract a blockade by the USSR.
The Munich Agreement
On 30 September 1938, Nazi Germany and Britain signed the Munich Agreement. Stating that it was ‘peace for our time’, Neville Chamberlain and the British government hoped that accepting the German annexation of the Sudetenland would prevent war.
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen
1 October marks the 55th Anniversary of the opening of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, the first Japanese ‘bullet train’ service. It ran between Tokyo and Osaka, reducing the journey time between the two cities from 6 hours and 40 minutes to 4 hours, given its running speed of 130 mph.
Concorde Breaks the Sound Barrier
1 October also marks the 50th Anniversary of Concorde breaking the sound barrier. The aircraft had a top speed of Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph), and is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially- the other being the Tupolev Tu-144.
China National Day
1 October also marks the 70th National Day in China. The public holiday is held every year, and commemorates the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. These films look back at celebrations in years past.
On 3 October 1952, the first UK atomic device was successfully tested during Operation Hurricane. Britain became the third power to possess the technology behind ‘the bomb’ after America and the Soviet Union.
Pope John Paul II Visits the White House
6 October marks the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II becoming the first Pontiff to visit the White House, during his tour of America. These films look back at his American tour in 1969.
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