Stalin and Mao born, Apollo 8, Christmas 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 PickJoseph Stalin Born
The 18 December marks the 140th Anniversary of the birth of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union between 1924-1953. Take a look back at his life with this archive collection.
Archive PickThe Battle of Verdun
On 18 December 1916, the Battle of Verdun ended in a French (Allied) victory. It had been the longest and largest battle on the Western Front during World War One, lasting 9 months, 3 weeks and 6 days.
Archive PickApollo 8
The 21 December marks the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Apollo 8, the first manned spaceflight to orbit the moon. The mission was a success, with the astronauts arriving safely back on Earth on 27 December 1968.
Archive PickThe Christmas Truce
On 24 December 1914, a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires occurred along the Western Front during World War One, with troops crossing into no man’s land to mingle, exchange food, and play football with one another. Take a look back at Christmas in the trenches here. 
Archive PickChristmas
British Pathé would like to wish you a Merry Christmas on 25 December. Get in the festive spirit with this archive collection, focusing on everything to do with Christmas- including the nativity, carol singers, and turkey!
Archive PickMao Zedong Born
The 26 December marks the 125th Anniversary of the birth of Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, 1943-1976. Take a look back at his life with this archive collection.
Archive PickChurchill Addresses Congress
On 26 December 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British Prime Minister to address the U.S. Congress. Take a look back at his speech here. 
Archive PickFirst Female MP Elected
On 28 December 1918, Constance Markievicz became the first woman to be elected as an MP to the British House of Commons. Though she refused to take her seat, her election was a landmark for women in British politics.
Archive PickThe Second Great Fire of London
On 29 December 1940, the’Second Great Fire of London’ occurred, as the German Luftwaffe dropped over 100,000 firebombs on the city during World War Two. Take a look back at our dramatic footage of the Blitz here.
Archive PickSpain Adopts a New Constitution
The 29 December marks the 40th Anniversary of Spain’s Constitution coming into effect. It marked the return of democratic rule in Spain, after nearly 40 years of the country being governed by fascist dictatorship.
Archive PickThe USSR is Established
On 30 December 1922, the USSR was established. Take a look back at the Russian Revolution and Civil War in this definitive archive collection.
Archive PickThe Marshall Plan
On 31 December 1951, the Marshall Plan expired, after delivering more than $13.3 billion in foreign aid to help rebuild post-war Western Europe. This coincided with the birthday of George Marshall, the plan’s architect, who was born on 31 December 1880.

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