Major events around the world in the year 1961, causing international tensions and crisis after crisis. A large crowd runs on roads during riots in Cairo caused by death of African anti-colonial leader Patrice Lumumba. Fidel Castro strengthens his regime in Cuba. Castro addresses a large crowd of his supporters. Warfare splits newly formed nation of Congo. A leader waves hands towards crowd of his supporters. Soldiers fire rifles and advance cautiously in grasslands of Laos and South Vietnam during Vietnam War. War between brothers in Algeria. Soldiers fight on streets of a town.
Demonstrations in the Republic of the Congo after the death of Premier Lumumba. Premier Patrice Lumumba with President Jospeph Kasavubu at Congo Independence Day celebration at an airport runway with other officials. King Baudouin of Belgium arrives in a formal military dress and descends down an airplane stairs. He shakes hands with the Premier and the President. Belgium troops march to the military plane. Premier Lumumba poses with other officials at the United Nations. Colonel Joseph Mobutu poses. Demonstrations following the death of Premier Lumumba. Student march outside Belgium Embassy in Moscow. Pickets outside the UN building in New York. People demonstrating demand the withdrawal of UN troops from Congo. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson speaks at the United Nations assembly during his first address. A fight breaks out in the UN gallery and people are thrown out. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson continues his speech and apologizes.
Riots and uneasy conditions in South Africa and Congo. South African natives demonstrate against apartheid. Policemen fire at peaceful demonstrators. Attempted assassination of Premier Verwoerd by a white farmer. A photographer takes photos as an aide holds Verwoerd. Riots in Congo, Africa after elections. Rioters dispersed by local police forces. The United Nations peace keeping forces arrive in Congo. Premiere Patrice Lumumba arrested and policeman ties his hands with ropes as Colonel Mobutu watches.
Crowd welcomes Moise Tshombe as he is freed from imprisonment in Congo. He stands in a car and waves. He agreed to bring his seceding province back to the government, but then repudiated.
Indian troops leaving for Congo to join United Nations Forces. Indian soldiers walk between camps and pack bags. Soldiers with rifles. Senior officer meets with a junior officer. Indian Defence Minister Krishna Menon addresses the soldiers gathered. Soldiers proceed to board plane of United Staes Air Force Transports and Krishna Menon meets each soldier.
United Nations troops in Congo during the Congo Crisis. A U.S. aircraft stationed at an airport. Troops carry crates. The crates kept at the airport. Troops arrive in Congo. Belgian troops patrol on street. The troops control the crowd. The troops at various places fire rifles. People on road. Troops under wing of a aircraft load ammunition. A truck parked near the aircraft.