• Short Summary

    More than 100,000 people had gathered in Brazil's new capital and others were on their way across 600 miles of country from cattail Rio de Janerio, Apr 20, as Brasilia - ultra-modern metropolis still in the throes of completion - embarked on a three-day ceremonial of elaborate inauguration festivities.

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    More than 100,000 people had gathered in Brazil's new capital and others were on their way across 600 miles of country from cattail Rio de Janerio, Apr 20, as Brasilia - ultra-modern metropolis still in the throes of completion - embarked on a three-day ceremonial of elaborate inauguration festivities.

    An early arrival, cheered by the waiting thousands, was Dr. Kubitschek - the man whom since taking office as President in 1956, has forged into reality Brazil's dream of a new capital in the virgin interior, which dates back beyond the turn of the century. President Kubitschek received the key to the city from the new Mayor, Israel Pinheiro of the NOVACAP company which built Brasilia from the Plans of Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer, with 40,000 men working double shifts around the clock.

    At 11 pm Dom Manuel Cerejeira, papal delegate and Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, marked the beginning of an open-air mass by the enthronement of Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Our Lady of Hope. This is the original image, ceded by Portugal for the occasion, which Admiral Pedro Alvares Cabral's flagship carried on the voyage during which he discovered Brazil in 1500.

    As midnight, tolled, every light in the new city was turned on and searchlights illuminated the Government buildings. Then the crowds stood in silence to hear a special message broadcast by Pope John XXIII over Vatican radio.

    The day's events of April 21 began with the hoisting by Dr. Nubitschek of the new Brazilian flag on Planalto Palace. The flag now shows an additional star, representing Rio which has become the country's State, Guanabara. Later, the authorities took official possession of the new seat of Government, Congress was convened by Vice-President Joao Goulart, the Supreme Court assembled and the Cabinet was formally installed. And after a splendid display of grand parades, the now "Brazilians" abandoned themselves to the general infections spirit of carnival.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LGKZA9UUXD4GHJKVBA562JQT
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LGKZA9UUXD4GHJKVBA562JQT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:46:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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