British Pathé and the Reuters historical collection https://www.britishpathe.com/blog British Pathé and Reuters archives - newsreels, videos, films, footage, stills Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:57:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-Untitled-32x32.png British Pathé and the Reuters historical collection https://www.britishpathe.com/blog 32 32 Dad’s Army, Battle of the River Plate and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/dads-army-battle-of-the-river-plate-and-more/ Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:48:41 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14207 Read 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 PickBritish Royal Family
With the British Royal Family in the media spotlight, British Pathé remains the home of royal footage, with Collections covering the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and other members of the royal family across the years 1896-1984.
 
 
Archive PickNATO Annual Summit
With NATO holding its annual summit on 3 & 4 December, where the organisation’s 70th birthday from earlier this year (4 April) will be celebrated, take a look back at these films showing its formation. NATO originally had 12 member states, though has since expanded to include 29.
 
 
Archive PickDad’s Army
3 December marks the 75th Anniversary of the British Home Guard being formally stood down. It had been composed of 1.5 million local volunteers who had been ineligible for military service, designed to act as a secondary defence force in case of invasion by Nazi Germany.
 
 
Archive PickHMS Nelson Strikes a Mine
4 December marks 80 Years since HMS Nelson struck a German mine at the entrance of Loch Ewe in Scotland, during WW2. The sister ship to HMS Rodney, HMS Nelson was one of two British battleships to carry 16-inch naval guns, all carried forward of the bridge, given limitations surrounding warship construction in the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty.
 
Archive PickThe Wal Wal Incident
5 December marks the 85th Anniversary of the Wal Wal Incident, a border skirmish between Italian and Ethiopian troops which precipitated the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. The resulting international crisis, the Abyssinia Crisis, caused Italy to quit the League of Nations, discrediting it and moving Fascist Italy closer to an alliance with Nazi Germany. These films look back at the crisis.
 
Archive PickThe 21st Amendment
On 5 December 1933, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified in the United States. It repealed the 18th Amendment, which had enacted the Prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition had been in effect for approximately 13 years. These films look back at the Prohibition era.
 
 
Archive PickThe Attack on Pearl Harbor
On 7 December 1941, Japanese forces attacked the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor. It prompted America to declare war against Japan, and enter WW2 on 8 December 1941. These films look back at the attack, its aftermath, and America’s entry into the war.
 
 
Archive PickSmallpox Eradicated
9 December marks the 40th Anniversary of smallpox being declared eradicated. Edward Jenner had discovered in 1798 that vaccination could prevent the disease, and in 1967, the World Health Organisation intensified efforts to eliminate it. These films look back at the worldwide inoculation campaign.
 
 
Archive PickZimbabwe-Rhodesia Reverts to British Control
12 December marks the 40th Anniversary of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia reverting to British control. Following the Lancaster House Agreement on 21 December 1979, Christopher Soames was its Governor-General, overseeing an interim government until the country would achieve independence on 18 April 1980.
 
 
Archive PickThe Battle of the River Plate
13 December marks the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate, the first naval battle of WW2. Three British cruisers, HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achillies, found and engaged the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee off the coast of Uruguay.
 
 
Archive PickThe USSR Expelled From the League of Nations
14 December marks 80 Years since the USSR were expelled from the League of Nations, following the invasion of Finland during the Russo-Finnish War, or ‘Winter War’ during WW2. These films look back at the conflict, in which soldiers fought in temperatures as low as −43°C.
 
 
Archive PickThe Battle of the Bulge
16 December marks 75 Years since the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during WW2. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region, with German forces intending to encircle and destroy four Allied armies. Though the offensive was a complete surprise attack, it was unsuccessful.
 
 

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Armistice Day, Apollo 12, Suez Canal and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/armistice-day-apollo-12-suez-canal-and-more/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:39:03 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14167 Read 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 PickMidway
With the release of the film Midway on 8 November, take a look back at the real events in our archive here. Between the 4 June and 7 June 1942, the U.S. and Japanese navies fought in what historian Craig Symonds called ‘one of the most consequential naval engagements in world history’, during WW2.
 
 
Archive PickPlutonium First Produced
6 November marks the 75th Anniversary of Plutonium being produced for the first time at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the USA. The radioactive element was used less than a year later in the Fat Man atomic bomb, which was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during WW2. These films look behind the scenes at the site.
 
Archive PickFranklin D. Roosevelt Secures an Unprecedented Fourth Term
7 November marks the 75th Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt being elected as President of the United States for an unprecedented fourth term. No other President has been elected for as many terms since, given the passage of the 22nd Amendment. These films look back on the 1944 election.
 
 
Archive PickThe Fall of the Berlin Wall
9 November marks the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The wall had stood for 28 years, dividing the Soviet and Western occupied sectors of Berlin. The fall of the wall paved the way for German Reunification on 3 October 1990. These films look back at the construction, history and fall of the barrier which divided Germany’s capital.
 
Archive PickArmistice Day
On 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed at Compiègne in France, ending WW1. Armistice Day has been commemorated on the same day in many countries since, with respects and tributes being paid to the fallen.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Tirpitz is Sunk
12 November marks the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the German Battleship Tirpitz. The sister ship to the infamous Bismarck, the Tirpitz was the heaviest battleship ever built by a European Navy. These dramatic films show the Allied attack on the ship, and its sinking.
 
 
Archive PickThe My Lai Story Breaks
12 November also marks the 50th Anniversary of journalist Seymour Hersh breaking the story of the My Lai Massacre, during the Vietnam War. Hersh had held extensive interviews with Lieutenant William Calley Jr., who would later be convicted for the massacre, where between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were killed by the U.S. army on 16 March 1968.
 
Archive PickThe Iranian Hostage Crisis Deepens
In response to the hostage crisis which had developed at the American Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979, on 12 November 1979 President Jimmy Carter ordered the halt of all petroleum imports from Iran. On 14 November 1979, Executive Order 12170 was issued, freezing all Iranian assets in the USA.
 
Archive PickApollo 12
14 November marks the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon. These films look back at the mission and its crew- the astronauts Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad, Alan L. Bean and Richard F. Gordon.
 
 
Archive PickGandhi’s Assassins Executed
15 November marks the 70th Anniversary of the execution of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassins, Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte. Gandhi had been assassinated on 30 January 1948, when Godse shot him three times in the chest, with a gun purchased by Apte. These films look back at their trial and Gandhi’s funeral.
 
 
Archive PickCornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial is Laid
15 November also marks the 80th Anniversary of the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial being laid in Washington D.C. by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These films look back the ceremony and the iconic landmark, dedicated to the Third President of the U.S. and the principal author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
 
Archive PickThe Suez Canal Opens
17 November marks the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal. It connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, allowing for a more direct shipping route between the North Atlantic and northern Indian oceans, avoiding the Cape of Good Hope. These earlier films examine the canal.
 
 

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Wall St Crash, Suez Crisis and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/wall-st-crash-suez-crisis-and-more/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:06:07 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14144 Read 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 PickFrancisco Franco’s Remains
The remains of the former Spanish Dictator will be removed from the Valley of the Fallen monument and reinterred with those of his widow in the family mausoleum in Madrid.
 
 
Archive PickThe Second Battle of El Alamein
On 23 October 1941, the Second Battle of El Alamein began. Resulting in an Allied victory, the battle was a turning point in the Desert Campaign, eliminating the Axis threat to Egypt, the Suez Canal and the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields. It greatly revived Allied morale.
 
Archive PickThe Hungarian Revolution
On 23 October 1956, a nationwide revolution 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, ending the revolution by 10 November.
 
Archive PickUnited Nations Day
On 24 October, United Nations Day is celebrated. It has been celebrated on this day since 1948, commemorating the UN Charter becoming enforced on the same day in 1945. These films look back at the early history of the UN, and its headquarters in New York, USA.
 
Archive PickThe Wall Street Crash
24 October also marks the 90th Anniversary of the beginning of the Wall Street Crash. 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 the 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
28 October marks the 100th Anniversary of the Volstead Act becoming law, enforcing the 18th Amendment, which banned the production, importation, transport 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 M1 Motorway Opens
2 November marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the first section of the M1 Motorway in the UK. 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 ‘Cash & Carry’ Bill Signed
4 November marks the 80th Anniversary of the signing of the ‘Cash & Carry’ bill in the USA. The bill preserved the neutrality of the USA during World War Two, though allowed belligerents to purchase military goods from them, provided they paid immediately in cash and transported them via their own ships.
 
Archive PickThe Iranian Hostage Crisis
4 November also marks the 40th Anniversary of the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days, after a group of Iranian college students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, a group which supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
 
 

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Second Boer War, HMS Royal Oak Sunk and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/14117-2/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:34:59 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14117 Read 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 PickStephenson’s ‘Rocket’ Wins at the Rainhill Trials
8 October marks the 190th Anniversary of George Stephenson’s locomotive ‘Rocket’ winning at the Rainhill Trials.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Second Boer War
11 October marks the 120th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Second Boer War. These remarkable early films capture the conflict, alongside others which look to later remembrance events and ceremonies.
 
 
Archive PickThe Brighton Hotel Bombing
12 October marks the 35th Anniversary of the Brighton Hotel Bombing, an attempt by the IRA to kill Margaret Thatcher. Though she narrowly escaped the blast, five people were killed. These films look back at the attack and its aftermath.
 
Archive PickHMS Royal Oak is Sunk
14 October marks the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Royal Oak, during World War Two. Its loss had a negative impact on British morale, as the German Navy was seen as capable of bringing the war to British home waters, where its ports had been considered safe.
 
Archive PickVietnam Moratorium Day
15 October marks the 50th Anniversary of the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, or Vietnam Moratorium Day, a massive demonstration and teach-in held to protest against the Vietnam War. A second protest occurred on 15 November, 1969.
 
Archive PickThe First Luftwaffe Raid on Britain
16 October marks the 80th Anniversary of the first Luftwaffe raid on Britain, during World War Two. RAF Squadron 603 was scrambled to intercept, becoming the first to pilot Spitfires against a German air raid, and shooting down a bomber in the Firth of Forth.
 
Archive PickMother Teresa is Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
17 October marks the 40th Anniversary of Mother Teresa being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for her work directed towards ending human suffering. These films look back at her receipt of the award and her life.
 
 
Archive PickThe British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is Founded
On 18 October 1922, the British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) – the BBC – was founded by a consortium. These films look back at BBC Television Centre across the last century.
 
 
Archive PickUS Forces Land in the Philippines
20 October marks the 75th Anniversary of US Forces landing on the island of Leyte in the Philippines, beginning the Philippines Campaign during World War Two. The US successfully defeated and expelled the Japanese Army from the islands, who had occupied them during the first half of 1942.
 
Archive PickAachen Falls to the Allies
21 October marks the 75th Anniversary of the German city of Aachen falling to Allied forces, during World War Two. It was the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. Take a look back at the battle for the city here.
 
 
Archive PickEdison Applies for a Patent for the Light Bulb
21 October also marks the 140th Anniversary of Thomas Edison applying for a patent for his design of an incandescent light bulb. This collection looks back at his life, and includes some of the earliest content in our archive!
 
 

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Poland Surrenders, The Munich Agreement and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/poland-surrenders-the-munich-agreement-and-more/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:15:18 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14095 Read 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 PickOperation Market Garden Ends
25 September marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of Operation Market Garden during WW2. Allied forces planned to utilize airborne forces to capture a series of nine bridges in the Netherlands, which would have created a foothold across the river Rhine, however the operation ended in failure.
 
Archive PickPoland Surrenders
27 September marks the 80th Anniversary of the surrender of Poland during WW2. The Polish government went into exile in France, and the Polish armed forces were reconstituted and continued to fight alongside the Western Allies for the remainder of the war. These films look back at the Invasion of Poland.
 
Archive PickThe Report of the Warren Commission Released
27 September also marks the 55th Anniversary of the release of the report by the Warren Commission, the official inquiry into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It concluded that gunman Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.
 
Archive PickThe First Patrols of the Metropolitan Police
29 September marks the 190th Anniversary of the first patrols by the Metropolitan Police in London. These films look back at Police recruitment, training and patrols in the UK across the 20th century.
 
 
Archive PickThe Berlin Airlift Ends
30 September marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift. Between 26 June 1948 and 30 September 1949, up to 12,941 tons of supplies were flown into the city per day, to counteract a blockade by the USSR.
 
 
Archive PickThe Munich Agreement
On 30 September 1938, Nazi Germany and Britain signed the Munich Agreement. Stating that it was ‘peace for our time’, Neville Chamberlain and the British government hoped that accepting the German annexation of the Sudetenland would prevent war.
 
Archive PickThe Tōkaidō Shinkansen
1 October marks the 55th Anniversary of the opening of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, the first Japanese ‘bullet train’ service. It ran between Tokyo and Osaka, reducing the journey time between the two cities from 6 hours and 40 minutes to 4 hours, given its running speed of 130 mph.
 
Archive PickConcorde Breaks the Sound Barrier
1 October also marks the 50th Anniversary of Concorde breaking the sound barrier. The aircraft had a top speed of Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph), and is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially- the other being the Tupolev Tu-144.
 
Archive PickChina National Day
1 October also marks the 70th National Day in China. The public holiday is held every year, and commemorates the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. These films look back at celebrations in years past.
 
 
Archive PickOperation Hurricane
On 3 October 1952, the first UK atomic device was successfully tested during Operation Hurricane. Britain became the third power to possess the technology behind ‘the bomb’ after America and the Soviet Union.
 
 
Archive PickPope John Paul II Visits the White House
6 October marks the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II becoming the first Pontiff to visit the White House, during his tour of America. These films look back at his American tour in 1969.
 
 

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U.S. Constitution Signed, PRC Proclaimed and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/ww2-and-the-blitz-begin-the-neutrality-acts-and-more-2/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:33:53 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14074 Read 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 Second Quebec Conference
12 September marks the 75th Anniversary of the Second Quebec Conference, held during WW2. Roosevelt and Churchill met to discuss the Mongenthau Plan to demilitarize Germany, the role of the Royal Navy in the war against Japan, and the continuation of U.S. Lend-Lease aid to Britain.
 
Archive PickHaile Selassie Deposed
12 September also marks the 45th Anniversary of Haile Selassie being deposed as the Emperor of Ethiopia by the Derg, a committee of military officers. These films look back at the coup and its immediate aftermath.
 
 
Archive PickMaastricht Liberated
14 September marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Maastricht during WW2. It was the first Dutch city to be liberated by the Allies.
 
 
 
Archive PickNikita Khrushchev Becomes Soviet Premier
15 September marks the 60th Anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev becoming the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the USSR, and backed the early Soviet space program.
 
Archive PickThe U.S. Constitution is Signed
On 17 September 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. It is the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. This film from 1951 shows conservationists working to preserve the original parchment document.
 
 
Archive PickThe Sinking of the HMS Courageous
17 September also marks the 80th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Courageous during WW2. She was the first British warship to be sunk by Germany during the war. Originally built as a battlecruiser in 1916, she was converted into an aircraft carrier in 1928.
 
Archive PickOperation Market Garden
17 September also marks the 75th Anniversary of the launch of Operation Market Garden during WW2. Allied forces planned to utilize airborne forces to capture a series of nine bridges in the Netherlands, which would have created a foothold across the river Rhine. The operation however was a failure.
 
Archive PickBlackpool Illuminations
18 September marks the 140th Anniversary of the Blackpool Illuminations being switched on for the first time. They run 5.2 miles along the seafront, stretching from the Promenade to the Starr Gate. There are over one million bulbs!
 
 
Archive PickThe Royal Opera House Opens
18 September also marks the 210th Anniversary of the opening of the Royal Opera House in London. It is the third largest auditorium in the city. Take a look back at the acts and performances it has seen over the years in this archive collection.
 
Archive PickThe People’s Republic of China is Proclaimed
21 September marks the 70th Anniversary of the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China. A national demonstration followed on 1 October, which has since become the National Day of China. These films show the reaction of the West on the fall of Nanking and Shanghai to Chinese Red Army forces.
 
Archive PickFDR’s ‘Fala’ Speech
23 September marks the 75th Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘Fala’ Speech. It was one of FDR’s lighter, humourous speeches, in which he objected to Republican attacks against his dog, Fala, and indicated that a rumour that Fala had been retrieved by a US Navy destroyer after being left on the Aleutian Islands was false.
 
 

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WW2 and The Blitz begin, The Neutrality Acts and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/ww2-and-the-blitz-begin-the-neutrality-acts-and-more/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:24:17 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14030 Read 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 Soviet Union Explodes the Atomic Bomb
29 August marks the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet Union successfully exploding its own atomic bomb. Take a look back at the reaction of the Western world in these films.
 
 
Archive PickThe Maiden Flight of the Space Shuttle ‘Discovery’
30 August marks the 35th Anniversary of the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle ‘Discovery’. These films look back at the development of the space shuttle.
 
 
 
Archive PickThe Neutrality Acts
On 31 August 1935, the US passed the first of the Neutrality Acts, placing an embargo on the trade of arms and war materials to countries engaged in conflict. These films show the acts in effect.
 
 
Archive PickWorld War Two Begins
1 September marks the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of WW2, with the German invasion of Poland. The UK, France, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany on 3 September, forming the Allies.
 
 
Archive PickThe al-Fateh Revolution
1 September marks the 50th Anniversary of the al-Fateh Revolution in Libya, in which Muammar Gaddafi and the Free Officers Movement overthrew King Idris I. These films look back at the first year of the new government, and Gaddafi’s involvement in the Pan-Arab movement.
 
Archive PickJapan Surrenders
On 2 September 1945, delegates from Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. It formally brought WW2 to a close, ending hostilities.
 
 
Archive PickLeefe Robinson Destroys German Airship
On 3 September 1916, Leefe Robinson destroyed the German airship Schutte-Lanz S11 over Cuffley, Hertfordshire, during WW1. It was the first German airship to be shot down on British soil. Robinson was awarded the Victoria Cross, and was the first to receive it for action in the UK.
 
Archive PickWilliam Calley Charged For My Lai
5 September marks the 50th Anniversary of William Calley being charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai Massacre. He was found guilty on 29 March 1971, and sentenced to life imprisonment on 31 March 1971.
 
Archive PickThe Blitz Begins
On 7 September 1940, German bombers began to systematically target London on bombing raids during WW2, beginning the Blitz. The capital was bombed for 56 out of the next 57 nights. These films examine life in the capital during the raids.
 
Archive PickThe Siege of Leningrad
On 8 September 1941, the Siege of Leningrad began, during WW2. It lasted 872 days, being one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in casualties suffered. These films look back at the beleaguered city.
 
Archive PickThe First V2 Rocket Attack
8 September also marks the 75th Anniversary of the first German V2 rocket attack on London, UK. It was the world’s first long-range, guided ballistic missile. Over 3,000 were launched over the course of WW2, killing approximately 9,000 civilians.
 
 

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19th Amendment, Fall of Falaise and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/19th-amendment-fall-of-falaise-and-more/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:02:11 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=14026 Read 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 PickOnce Upon a Time In Hollywood
With the release of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, take a look back at the real events surrounding the murder of
Sharon Tate by the ‘Manson Family’, a cult surrounding Charles Manson.
 
 
Archive PickTension in Kashmir
With India stripping Kashmir of special status, threatening conflict to be re-invigorated in the region, take a look back at this film from 1965, the year in which Pakistan and India last fought eachother over the
‘Kashmir Issue’.
 
Archive PickOperation Banner
14 August marks the 50th Anniversary of the start of Operation Banner, the deployment of the British Army in Northern Ireland. It was one of the longest continuous deployments in British military history, ending on 31 July 2007. This collection examines Northern Ireland’s troubled history.
 
Archive PickPakistan Gains Independence
On 14 August 1947, Pakistan gained independence, following the Pakistan Movement. Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as the 1st Governor-General of Pakistan. These films look back at the formation of the new nation.
 
 
Archive PickIndia Gains Independence
On 15 August 1947, India gained independence from Britain. Some parts of the country had been under British administration, control or influence for 190 years. These films look back at the transfer of power.
 
 
Archive PickThe Anglo-Afghan Treaty
On 15 August 1945, Japan’s surrender was announced, and Allied nations celebrated VJ day. Japan signed a peace treaty on 2nd September 1945, which officially ended WW2. These films explore Japan’s surrender and the celebrations.
 
Archive PickBalloon Across the Atlantic
The Double Eagle II, piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman, became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean on
17 August 1978. The crossing took 137 hours and 6 minutes. These films look back at the crossing.
 
Archive Pick‘The Hardest Day’
18 August is recognised as ‘The Hardest Day’ during the Battle of Britain, with the Luftwaffe and RAF losing more aircraft combined on this day than any other during the campaign. These films look back at the struggle for Britain’s skies during WW2.
 
Archive PickThe 19th Amendment
On 18 August 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by President Woodrow Wilson, prohibiting states from denying citizens the vote on the basis of sex. These films examine changing roles for women in the U.S. before 1920.
 
Archive PickThe Fall of Falaise
21 August marks the 75th Anniversary of the Allied capture of Falaise during WW2. These films look back at this important moment in the Normandy Campaign.
 
 
Archive PickHawaii Becomes the 50th U.S. State
21 August also marks the 60th Anniversary of Hawaii joining the Union, becoming the 50th U.S. State. These films look back at its entry into the Union and first elections.
 
 
Archive PickThe Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
23 August marks the 80th Anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop, or Nazi-Soviet Pact. It provided a written guarantee of peace between Germany and the USSR. The Pact was effective until the German invasion of the USSR, Operation Barbarossa, on 22 June 1941.
 
Archive PickParis Is Liberated
25 August marks the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris by the Allies during WW2. The country had been occupied by Nazi Germany since the Compiégne Armistice on 22 June 1940.
 
 

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Sharon Tate Murdered, the Atomic bombs and more https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/sharon-tate-murdered-the-atomic-bombs-and-more/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 10:54:23 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=13979 Read 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 PickBlack Tot Day
On 31 July 1970, the last officially sanctioned rum ration was distributed by the Royal Navy, on Black Tot Day. This collection of films examines this tradition, which traces its roots back to 1740.
 
 
Archive PickThe Weimar Constitution is Adopted
31 July also marks the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the Weimar Constitution by Germany. It declared the country to be a democratic parliamentary republic. This collection looks back at the Republic through its first President, Friedrich Ebert.
 
Archive PickHitler Becomes Fuhrer
2 August marks 85 Years since Adolf Hitler became the Fuhrer of Germany. He merged the office of President and Chancellor on the death of the previous President, Paul von Hindenburg, assuming ultimate executive power in Germany.
 
Archive PickThe Gulf of Tonkin Incident
4 August marks the 55th Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, an international confrontation between North Vietnamese and US naval forces. It was used as a pretext for Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on 7 August, which expanded US military involvement in Vietnam.
 
Archive PickThe Atomic Bombings
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cities, were bombed with atomic weapons during WW2 on 6 August and 9 August respectively. Japan later surrendered on 2 September 1945. The bombings are the only use of atomic weapons in war to date.
 
Archive PickThe Anglo-Afghan Treaty
8 August marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Afghan Treaty. It established peaceful relations between the UK and Afghanistan, confirmed the Durand Line at the Afghan/Pakistani border, and ended subsidies being paid by the UK. These early films show Afghanistan during that decade.
 
Archive PickThe Weltrundfahrt
8 August also marks the 90th Anniversary of the Graf Zeppelin airship beginning its circumnavigation of the world. It took the craft 21 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes to complete the journey, covering 33,234 km/20,651 mi.
 
 
Archive PickGerald Ford Becomes President
9 August marks the 45th Anniversary of Gerald Ford becoming the US President. He is the only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the US without being elected to either office by the Electoral College.
 
Archive PickSharon Tate Murdered
9 August also marks 50 Years since the murder of Sharon Tate by members of the ‘Manson Family’, a cult surrounding Charles Manson. These films look at the case, and include coverage of her wedding to Roman Polanski in 1968.
 
 
Archive PickAlcatraz Prison Becomes Operational
11 August marks the 85th Anniversary of Alcatraz Prison becoming operational. Infamous criminals such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud and Whitey Bulger would serve time as inmates there. These films look back at the famous prison’s history.
 
Archive PickApollo 11
This month marks 50 Years since the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned Moon landing. The mission launched on 16 July, landing on the Moon on the 20 July. The astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin safely returned to Earth on 24 July. The astronauts were released from containment following their flight on 11 August.
 
 

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British Pathé’s YouTube Success Earns It a Gold Creator Award https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/british-pathes-youtube-success-earns-it-a-gold-creator-award/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:03:09 +0000 https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/?p=13955 Read More]]>

British Pathé, one of the oldest media companies in the world, has proven that being 109 years old is no barrier to success on innovative platforms, winning a Gold Creator Award from YouTube.

When British Pathé released its entire historical newsreel archive of 82,000 films on YouTube in 2014, it was the largest single upload in the platform’s history. It made headlines at the time, and even featured as a segment on Have I Got News for You, but whether YouTube’s viewership would be interested in mostly black-and-white old news footage from a bygone era remained to be seen.

Five years on, British Pathé’s channel has over 1 million subscribers – that’s more than ITV, UKTV, Channel 5, and the Daily Mail combined. It has earned British Pathé’s team its third YouTube trophy, the Gold Creator Award.

What is more, British Pathé’s YouTube channel is a hit with millennials. 43% of its viewers are under the age of 35. Nearly 60% are under 45.

In its lifetime, the channel has earned 382 million views, with 669 million minutes of historical archive watched. Currently, British Pathé’s channel earns between 900,000 and 1 million minutes viewed every single day.

The largest audiences live in the United States and the United Kingdom, but 60% of viewers live elsewhere. In fact, India represents the third largest audience for British Pathé’s content.

Alastair White, CEO of British Pathé, had this to say about British Pathé’s YouTube success: “We’re delighted that so many people have shown such an interest in this historical resource. It’s a treasure trove of twentieth century life and culture and it is brilliant that new generations are discovering it online.”

You can explore British Pathé’s YouTube channel here.

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