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Mar 01, 2016 2016-03-01

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Explore Good and Bad Times in History

British Pathé was one of the leading producers of newsreels and documentaries during the 20th century. The company, now an archive, is turning over its entire collection—more than 85,000 historical films—to YouTube. The archive, which spans from 1896 to 1976, is a goldmine of footage, containing movies of some of the most important moments of the last 100 years. Pathé’s playlist “A Day That Shook the World,” which traces an Anglo-centric history of the 20th century, includes clips of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, the bombing of Hiroshima, and Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, alongside footage of Queen Victoria’s funeral and Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile. There’s footage of the dramatic Hindenburg crash and Lindbergh’s daring cross-Atlantic flight, as well as King Edward VII abdicating the throne in 1936, Hitler’s first speech upon becoming the German Chancellor in 1933, and the eventual Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. However, the really intriguing part of the archive is seeing all the ephemera from the 20th century—the hairstyles, the way a city street looked, the casual sexism and racism. Each month a range of new uploads and playlists will tell the story of a particular topic through archival footage. A new playlist is added every Thursday at 5 p.m. UK time. Special videos are uploaded on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

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