Sinking of Lusitania, Germany Surrenders, VE Day 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 PickHoover Becomes Head of the FBI
The 10 May marks the 95th Anniversary of J. Edgar Hoover becoming the 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He would remain in this post until his death in 1972, serving under eight presidents. In 1976, a law was passed limiting the FBI Director to a single term of no more than 10 years. 


Archive PickNelson Mandela Inaugurated
The 10 May also marks the 25th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as the President of South Africa. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Take a look back at his life here.


Archive PickThe Berlin Blockade is Lifted
The 12 May marks the 70th Anniversary of the lifting of the Berlin Blockade, which had been imposed by the USSR on 21 June 1948. Supplies were airlifted into the city by Allied planes from the 26 June, with up to 12,941 tons of necessities being flown in per day!


Archive PickThe Royal Flying Corps is Founded
On 13 May 1912, the Royal Flying Corps was founded. It was the forerunner to the RAF, later merging with the Royal Naval Air Service to form it on 1 April 1918. Take a look back at these early films showing pilots in action in this film collection.


Archive PickThe World Championship Formula One Race
On 13 May 1950 the first World Championship Formula One race was held at Silverstone Circuit. With the 70th World Championship underway this year, and the 1,000th Grand Prix race having taken place on 14 April, take a look back at some of the greatest F1 moments at Silverstone here in this classic motorsport film collection.


Archive PickThe Battle of Monte Cassino Ends
18 May marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of Monte Cassino, during WW2. Allied forces had mounted four costly assaults against the Axis winter line, in order to break through to Rome, capturing the Benedictine monastery atop the village of Cassino after 123 days of fighting.


Archive PickThe Turkish War of Independence
The 19 May marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence, with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk landing at Samsun. It culminated in the overthrow of the Ottoman Sultanate and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.


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