The Reichstag Fire, Operation Meetinghouse 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 PickThe Grand Canyon
26 February marks the 100th Anniversary of Woodrow Wilson signing the Act of Congress which established the Grand Canyon as a national park. Explore this World Heritage Site in this collection.

Archive PickThe First Grand National
26 February also marks the 180th Anniversary of the first Grand National horse race. This year, the famous race will take place on 6th April, but you can look back at previous races here.
Archive PickThe Lucky Lady II
26 February also marks the 70th Anniversary of the first non-stop, around-the-world flight. The Lucky Lady II flew 23,452 miles, landing back at Carswell Air Base on 2 March.
Archive PickThe Reichstag Fire
On 27 February 1933, the Reichstag Fire occurred. It was used as a pretext for the Nazis to reduce or nullify the civil liberties of German citizens, allowing for Nazi opponents and detractors to be suppressed and censored. 
Archive PickConcorde’s Test Flight
2 March marks the 50th Anniversary of the test flight of the Concorde in Toulouse, France. Andre Turcat, the pilot, said on his return to the airport: “Finally the big bird flies, and I can say now that it flies pretty well.”
Archive PickGolda Meir Elected
7 March marks the 50th Anniversary of the election of Golda Meir as Israel’s first female Prime Minister. Take a look back at her entry into office in this archive collection.
Archive PickThe Remilitarization of the Rhineland
On 7 March 1936, German troops marched into the area which had been demilitarized under the Locarno and Versailles treaties. It is considered one of the first steps towards WW2.
Archive PickOperation Meetinghouse
On 9 March 1945, USAF conducted Operation Meetinghouse, regarded as the single most destructive bombing raid in history. 1,665 tons of bombs were dropped on Tokyo, destroying 25% of the city and causing 100,000+ deaths.
Archive PickYuri Gagarin Born
9 March also marks the 85th Anniversary of the birth of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel in outer space. Take a look back at his life with this archive collection.
Archive Pick‘Axis Sally’ Convicted of Treason
10 March marks the 70th Anniversary of the conviction of Mildred Gillars for treason. During WW2, Gillars had broadcast English-language propaganda for the Axis powers, earning her the nickname ‘Axis Sally’.
Archive PickThe Tibetan Uprising
10 March marks the 60th Anniversary of the abortive Tibetan Uprising. Fearing a plot to kidnap the Dalai Lama, 300,000 Tibetans surrounded Potala Palace. When the palace was shelled on 12 March, the Dalai Lama fled into exile.

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