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Great Events of the 20th Century

Alternative title
Greatest Events of the 20th Century, The
Synopsis
A collection of newsfilm covering 101 newsworthy events of the 20th century. Items are: 1) Opening credits; 2) Queen Victoria’s funeral; 3) Wright brothers’ first flight; 4) Suffragette dies under King’s horse; 5) Battle of the Somme begins; 6) Abdication of the Czar; 7) Irish Free State treaty signed; 8) Suzanne Lenglen breaks Wimbledon record; 9) Start of UK General Strike; 10) Charles Lindbergh flies the Atlantic solo; 11) American golfer Bobby Jones wins Grand Slam; 12) Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor; 13) Edward VIII abdicates; 14) The Hindenburg disaster; 15) Hitler annexes Austria - Anschluss declared; 16) Germay invades Poland; 17) Evacuation of Dunkirk; 18) London Blitz begins; 19) Bombing of Pearl Harbor; 20) Battle of El Alamein begins; 21) The fall of Stalingrad - German Army surrenders; 22) D-Day landings; 23) The liberation of Paris; 24) the ‘Big Three’ at Yalta carve up post-war world; 25) Germans surrender to Montgomery.
26) Victory in Europe day; 27) First atomic bomb test in New Mexico; 28) Labour’s landslide election victory; 29) Atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima; 30) India gains independence; 31) Airlift in Berlin begins; 32) Mao’s communists take over China; 33) Korean War starts; 34) Britain explodes first bomb; 35) First nuclear powered submarine; 36) Roger Bannister breaks four-minute mile; 37) French surrender at Dien Bien Phu; 38) Le Mans race disaster; 39) Khruschev denounces Stalin; 40) First nuclear power station; 41) Soviets crush Hungarian revolution; 42) Suez crisis; 43) Manchester United players die in Munich air disaster; 44) Pele thrills crowds at the World Cup; 45) World’s first hovercraft takes off; 46) Kennedy inauguration; 47) Gagarin becomes the first man in space; 48) Berlin Wall goes up; 49) Cuban missile crisis; 50) Martin Luther King civil rights march.
51) Kennedy assassinated; 52) Beatles return from US in triumph; 53) Aberfan slag heap buries school; 54) Donald Campbell dies in Bluebird crash; 55) Six-day war begins; 56) Grosvenor Square anti-Vietnam riots; 57) Paris riots; 58) Soviets put down ‘Prague Spring’; 49) Concorde flies for the first time; 60) Astronaut Armstrong sets foot on the moon; 61: ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Northern Ireland; 62) Nixon - first US president to resign; 3) Khomini returns from exile; 64) Mountbatten assassinated by IRA; 65) British SAS storm Iranian Embassy; 66) British Task Force to sail for the Falklands; 56) HMS Sheffield sunk in Falklands was; 68) IRA bombs British Cabinet at Brighton; 69) Ethiopian famine - BBC report; 70) Heysel football stadium disaster; 71) Challenger spacecraft explodes; 72) US attacks Libya; 73) First film of Chernobyl nuclear power station; 74) Zeebrugge ferry disaster; 75) Exxon Valdes oil spill.
76) Hillsborough football stadium disaster; 77) Tiananmen Square massacre; 78) Berlin Wall falls; 79) Official end of Cold War; 80) Overthrow of Ceaucescu; 81) Nelson Mandela released; 82) Iraq invades Kuwait; 83) Thatcher falls from power; 84) Desert Storm - start of the Gulf War; 85) Soviet coup foiled; 86) Treaty of Maastricht - agreement reaction; 87) Los Angeles race riots; 88) British Royal Family crisis; 89) Windsor Castle damaged by fire; 90) Prince and Princess of Wales separate; 91) Arab Israeli peace agreement; 92) Yeltsin crushes parliamentary rebels; 93) Sarajevo mortar attack; 94) Britain’s oldest bank collapses; 95) Terrorist bomb kills 167 in Oklahoma; 96) Dolly the sheep - first clone of an adult animal; 97) Princess of Wales dies in Paris car crash; 98) Mother Theresa dies of a heart attack; 99) Millions watch funeral of Princess of Wales; 100) Hurricane Mitch devastates Central America; 101) President Clinton faces impeachment; 102) Nato planes bomb Yugoslavia.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; DVD (Region 2). col. 256 min. Videocassette. VHS. col. 212 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 2000 sale: £19.99 (inclusive) video 2000 sale: £29.99 (inclusive) DVD
Subjects
History
Keywords
history of the 20th century; newsreel films

Credits

Writer
Gordon Carr
Cast
John Humphreys 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD

Production Company

Name

Ace Editing

Name

BBC Worldwide

Name

British Pathe plc

Email
pathe@britishpathe.com
Web
http://www.britishpathe.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7424 3636
Fax
020 7424 3637
Address
New Pathe House
57 Jamestown Road
London NW1 7DB

Distributor

Name

Carlton Visual Entertainment

Web
http://www.carlton.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7486 6688
Fax
020 7486 1132
Address
5th Floor
35-38 Portman Square
London
W1H 0NU
 

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