The Wall Street Crash, The March on Rome 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 Hungarian Revolution
 
On 23 October 1956, a nationwide revolt against the communist Hungarian People’s Republic began. It was the first major challenge to Soviet control to occur within the Eastern Bloc. Soviet forces invaded the country on 4 November, crushing the revolt by 10 November
 
 
Archive PickWorld War Two
 
This fortnight contains a number of anniversaries relating to World War Two, including the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October 1942), and the Italian Invasion of Greece (30 October 1940). Look back at key wartime events here.
 
 
Archive PickThe Wall Street Crash
 
On 24 October 1929 the Wall Street Crash occurred. It was the most devastating stock market crash in American history, and signalled the beginning of the worldwide economic Great Depression. It would take until November 23, 1954, for the market to recover to its pre-crash levels.
 
 
Archive PickThe New York Subway
 
On 27 October 1904, the first underground New York Subway line was opened. The Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in Western Hemisphere and the Western World, delivering over 1.72 billion rides in 2017. Take a look back at its history here.
 
 
Archive PickProhibition in America
 
On 28 October 1919, the Volstead Act became law, enforcing the 18th Amendment, which banned the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic drinks in America. Prohibition in America lasted until the 21st Amendment was passed on 5 December 1933. 
 
 
Archive PickThe March on Rome
 
On 28 October 1922, Benito Mussolini and 30,000 Italian Blackshirts staged a march on Rome, demanding rule in Italy. The next day, Mussolini was invited to form a government, and was sworn in as President of Italy on 31 October 1922.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Suez Crisis
 
On 29 October 1956, Israeli forces invaded Egypt, beginning the Suez Crisis. Britain deployed paratroopers on 5 November, however it emerged that the invasion had been pre-planned so that Britain could retake the canal, which Egypt had nationalised.
 
 
Archive PickThe ‘Race of the Century’
 
The 1 November marks the 80th Anniversary of Horseracing’s ‘Race of the Century’, in which Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in the American Pimlico Special. The race was widely reported, and Seabiscuit became a symbol of hope to many Americans in the Great Depression.
 
 
Archive PickThe Vietnam War
 
On 1 November 1955, the Vietnam War began, with the formation of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG). Take a look at the war here.
 
 
 
 
Archive PickThe M1 Motorway
 
On 2 November 1959, the first section of the M1 Motorway opened in the U.K.. It was the first inter-urban motorway to be completed in the country. Take a look back at its opening with this archive collection.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe 33rd President of the United States
 
The 2 November marks the 70th Anniversary of the election of Harry Truman as President of the United States. Take a look back at the 1948 election with this archive collection. 
 
 
 
Archive PickGuy Fawkes Night
 
On 5 November, the U.K. celebrates Guy Fawkes Night, which commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up Parliament. Bonfires are lit across the country, and firework displays are held.
 
 

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