Volunteers provide education to the mentally retarded children in Connecticut, United States. A map hung on a wall. Narrator mentions that in 1959 the Connecticut Legislature created the State Office of Mental Retardation. Mr. Bert Schmikel, Head,of that office, points at the map and expresses his views about education for the mentally retarded children. Several children around a table. A woman helps them. A child tries to wear shoes. Another child wears a cap. A man helps as some mentally retarded children get off a car. A bespectacled boy with the American Flag. A mentally retarded girl and a black American boy. Two ladders placed horizontally on a table. The ladders are placed side by side in such a way that the rungs of the two ladders do not correspond to each other. A girl walks by placing her feet between the rungs of the ladders. A woman teaches needlework to a boy. A retarded girl fiddles with the zip of the hood of a boy's coat. A man stands nearby.
Documentary "One Week in October." Aerial views of Russian missiles in Cuba. Columbus day parade with marching bands, Boy Scouts, troops. Brief excerpt from 1962 World Series Baseball game with New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry delivering to Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants, who hits a ball to the deep left corner that is caught. March of Dimes annual poster girl. Jackie Kennedy with children of foreign diplomats. Fireworks in Uganda celebrating its independence. View of Vatican Palace and a candlelight vigil. President John Kennedy with Ahmed Ben Bella, Premier of Algeria. Ben Bella is then seen with Cuban leader Castro who receives him in Cuba. U.S. moon rocket launch. Scientists in America reviewing designs for fallout shelters and visiting banks, stores, and municipal buildings and garages to assess them for worthiness as bomb fallout shelters. Views of various types of fallout shelters. Food, water drums, medical and sanitation supplies bound for civic fallout shelters are seen rolling off of assembly lines and being boxed. Radiological monitoring equipment on an assembly line. A woman packages a geiger counter into a box. Then the fallout shelter supplies are seen transported by rail to defense department warehouses for distribution by local authorities to Community Fallout Shelters. View of moving train seen from above and from sideview. View of new fallout shelter signs being mounted at fallout shelters. Forklifts working at Naval Supply Center Oakland in California to arrange supplies for shelters. View of American Legion meeting where former President Harry Truman makes a speech. Former President Eisenhower gives a speech in Connecticut endorsing some candidates. Air Force helicopter flies overhead and then seen landing on White House lawn. Beaches of Cuba. Marches in Cuba. Historic view of soldiers marching beside monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Crane atop monument as a wing is cut off; scenes of destruction of monument to Battleship Maine in Havana. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara marching into Havana in 1959 with cheering throngs after succeeding in revolt against Batista. Fidel Castro and Soviet leader Khrushchev greeting one another at United Nations in 1961. Soviet deputy premier Anastas Mikoyin greeted by Castro and crowd at Havana airport in 1960. Trade agreement between Cuba and Havana signed. Soviet Russian cargo ships on way to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard. Views of military specialists examining films of aerial views of suspected missile installations in Cuba. U.S. military mobilization for possible war. Strategic Air Command begins dispersing aircraft to possible needed locations. B-52 Stratofortress aircraft takes off. Badge on plane: "Anywhere. Anytime." Destroyer USS Strong, DD-758, making way in heavy seas. An American Aircraft Carrier underway in the distance. Polaris submarine on surface. Officers of STRAC or Strategic Army Corps seen meeting after being assigned to the new command of U.S. Forces Atlantic. Alerted U.S Army units on training exercise to maintain combat readiness. American Army troops load into rear of transport plane . C-124 Globemaster taking off. Then a C-119 shortly after takeoff flying overhead. Then a MATS C-124 again is seen overhead. 1st Armored division tanks being loaded onto rail for transport from Fort Hood Texas to Fort Stewart Georgia.
Contestants line up for 7th annual barrel-jumping event at Grossinger's Resort in the Catskill Mountains, near the Village of Liberty, New York. They skate toward the camera. Spectators watch the event. Behind them is posted a contestant's name, "Coallier," and the mumber of barrels he will attempt to jump (14). Officials in striped shirts stand near a line of barrels as a skater Speeds toward them and clears all but the last and falls upon landing. Another skater tries, but lands in the midst of the barrels. Several more barrel jumpers are seen, most failing to clear all the barrels in their attempts. But even those who do, end up sliding across the ice into barriers designed to cushion their impact. Finally, the defending champ, Leo Lebel, of Hartford, Connecticut, who also won in 1956, clears 16 barrels to win the event. (Note: Leo Lebel went on to win this event in 1958 and 1959, as well.)
USS nuclear powered submarine 'Skate' returns back after visit to Arctic. Families and friends gather to receive the crew in Connecticut. They carry banners reading 'Welcome home, North Pole sitters'. Skate's Captain Commander Joames F Calvert and other members of the crew disembark. Cameramen take pictures.
Static test number 1044, of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on January 13, 1959,at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A camera kept on a platform. Engine in test stand.
Static test number 1045 of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on January 16, 1959, at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Engine in test stand.