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.
Black Tot Day
On 31 July 1970, the last officially sanctioned rum ration was distributed by the Royal Navy, on Black Tot Day. This collection of films examines this tradition, which traces its roots back to 1740.
The Weimar Constitution is Adopted
31 July also marks the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the Weimar Constitution by Germany. It declared the country to be a democratic parliamentary republic. This collection looks back at the Republic through its first President, Friedrich Ebert.
Hitler Becomes Fuhrer
2 August marks 85 Years since Adolf Hitler became the Fuhrer of Germany. He merged the office of President and Chancellor on the death of the previous President, Paul von Hindenburg, assuming ultimate executive power in Germany.
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
4 August marks the 55th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, an international confrontation between North Vietnamese and US naval forces. It was used as a pretext for Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on 7 August, which expanded US military involvement in Vietnam.
The Atomic Bombings
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities, were bombed with atomic weapons during WW2 on 6 August and 9 August respectively. Japan later surrendered on 2 September 1945. The bombings are the only use of atomic weapons in war to date.
The Anglo-Afghan Treaty
8 August marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Afghan Treaty. It established peaceful relations between the UK and Afghanistan, confirmed the Durand Line at the Afghan/Pakistani border, and ended subsidies being paid by the UK. These early films show Afghanistan during that decade.
8 August also marks the 90th Anniversary of the Graf Zeppelin airship beginning its circumnavigation of the world. It took the craft 21 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes to complete the journey, covering 33,234 km/20,651 mi.
Gerald Ford Becomes President
9 August marks the 45th Anniversary of Gerald Ford becoming the US President. He is the only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the US without being elected to either office by the Electoral College.
Sharon Tate Murdered
9 August also marks 50 Years since the murder of Sharon Tate by members of the ‘Manson Family’, a cult surrounding Charles Manson. These films look at the case, and include coverage of her wedding to Roman Polanski in 1968.
Alcatraz Prison Becomes Operational
11 August marks the 85th Anniversary of Alcatraz Prison becoming operational. Infamous criminals such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud and Whitey Bulger would serve time as inmates there. These films look back at the famous prison’s history.
This month marks 50 Years since the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned Moon landing. The mission launched on 16 July, landing on the Moon on the 20 July. The astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin safely returned to Earth on 24 July. The astronauts were released from containment following their flight on 11 August.
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