An uprising in Cuba. Tanks on the streets. Officials enter a building. Cuban President Fulgencio Batista greets dignitaries. 13 March 1957: Leader of the student movement, Jose Antonio Echeverria, organizes an attack on the Presidential Palace. Batista escapes and the student leaders are shot. The fighting spills on to the streets. Soldiers keep a vigil on the streets amidst the demonstrations and rioting. People and cars on the street. A policeman runs across a street. A man carries a wounded woman. Bullet holes. The police shoot down Jose Antonio Echeverria. A man and a woman grieve. Supplies including food, arms, ammunition and medical supplies reach the Sierra Maestra Mountains. A jeep driven on a dirt road in the jungle. A soldier drinks water. One checks another's blood pressure. A soldier patrols on a roof. 12 July 1957: Fidel Castro issues a manifesto. He talks to his soldiers and other revolutionaries. Havana: Buildings and high rises in the city. Anti-Batista opposition increases. Soldiers and officers. A man shows a bullet ridden car to an officer. Santiago De Cuba: People carry underground rebel Frank Pais' casket. A large crowd gathers to join In the procession. Women mourn his death and chant 'Vengeance'. A police officer and his soldiers inspect revolutionists' bodies lying on the sidewalk. A framer suspected of aiding Castro's men is hanged in the jungle. Men seated in a court as a woman testifies. A woman prays at a grave.
Cuban President Fulgenci Batista greets visiting officials as they enter the Presidential Palace in Havana. Armed soldiers guard the entrance way and an antiaircraft gun is seen on the sidewalk. Street scenes of armed conflict March 13, 1957, as a group of university students storms the Presidential Palace intent on executing dictator Fulgencio Batista. People scurrying for cover as armed police engage the attackers on downtown streets. Police armored personnel carrier sits in the street. A truck full of armed police reinforcements arrives. Ambulance drives on street. A policeman carries a wounded woman. Bullet holes in windows. A person killed in the conflict. Scene shifts to a rural area where a jeep drives along a dirt road past a revolutionary sentry. Several revolutionaries from Venuezela and other Latin American countries are seen along with Cubans, in the company of Fidel Castro, who converses with them. On July 30, 1957, a funeral is held in Santiago de Cuba, for revolutionary, Frank Pais, assassinated by police. People crowd the street as his coffin is carried out of the church.They shout "venganza," (revenge). Elsewhere, police stand over the bodies of killed revolutionaries. Scenes of people meeting and grieving. Revolutionaries in the bush country of Oriente province. They ride horses. Che Guevara seen with them working with arms and explosives. Burning building and damage resulting from attacks by Batista forces. Castro with revolutionaries organizing in Oriente. Che Guevera instructing in use of arms and explosives. Revolutionaries unleashing heavy gunfire at Bastista forces. A revolutionaries hospital treating a wounded member. Open fire fights between Bastista forces and Castro revolutionaries.
Stands are crowded with spectators at University of Oklahoma's Owen Field, in Norman, Oklahoma, for a game between the Oklahoma "Sooners" and "the fighting Irish" of Notre Dame, on November 16, 1957. Although Oklahoma came into the game with a 47 game winning streak,they lose this game to Notre Dame, 7 to zero.
In the telling play, Quarterback Bob Williams (number 9) throws to back, Dick Lynch (number 25) , who runs around the right end, untouched, for the only touchdown in this upset game. (Stickles, of Notre Dame kicked the extra point to make it a 7-0 ballgame.)
Scene shifts to presentation of the Heisman trophy to halfback, John David Crow, of Texas A&M on December 11, 1957.
Sequence shifts again, to football fans watching Canada's Grey Cup Classic,on November 30th, 1957. They see a long Winnipeg pass intercepted by Hamilton player, Ray Bawel, who runs it back for a sure touchdown, when he suddenly falls, having been tripped by Winnipeg fan, David Humphrey, who was standing on the sideline. Bawel gets up angrily, and goes back toward Humphrey, but is restrained by officials. Another unusual 1957 game is shown in which the players contend with rain and mud that makes play practically impossible.
The 42nd National Automobile Show at the New York Coliseum, December 8-16, 1956. A sign above an escalator at the entrance reads 'National Automobile Show'. A model wearing a swimsuit seated on the hood of a 1957 Desoto convertible. Two women seated in a 1957 Chrysler 300C. Aerial view of the Buick exhibit, with the 1957 Buick Roadmaster Convertible prominently displayed. An executive version of the 1957 Cadillac features a typewriter in the back seat and a record player in the front dash. Auto executives gathered at a display featuring a row of steering wheels. President of Chrysler L. L Colbert hails the future in a statement..
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.
Events leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. A helicopter lands on the White House lawn in Washington DC. Beach views in Cuba. A military parade. Desecration of a monument. A crowd of cheering Cuban people as Fidel Castro enters Havana, Cuba in 1959. United Nations building. Fidel Castro and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev embrace. Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union Anastas Mikoyan deplanes and is greeted by Fidel Castro in Havana. A trade agreement between Russia and Cuba signed by Fidel Castro. Russian cargo ships en route to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats. A map depicts proximity of Cuba to the U.S. U.S. surveillance aircraft heading for Cuba. A sign reads 'HQ. 4080 S W Intelligence Division'. Men examine reconnaissance photographs of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The photographs show transports and tents for fueling and maintenance. A sign reads 'Strategic Missile Facility GAM 77 Combined Systems'. U.S. rockets readied for any emergency. A U.S. Air Force aircraft takes off from an airfield. U.S. Navy ships in the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. submarine underway at sea.