Major events of the year 1952. King George VI dies in London, England on February 6, 1952 as the British public mourns his death. The flag at half mast. Woman crying over death of King George VI. Elizabeth II becomes the Queen and salutes the Royal Guards lined up at a ceremony. British soldiers fight in the streets of Egypt over the issue of Suez Canal. Dead bodies lined up on the street. King Farouk I of Egypt with his wife and children after being sent to exile as a result of a revolution. Workers at Anglo-Iranian oil refineries in Iran after the government's decision to nationalize them causing a great set back to British interests. Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddeq arrives at the International Court in Hague for the settlement of the issue.
Riots and unrest in Egypt. The Marshall law follows in the area. The British stand fast to protect their rights to the Suez Canal. The Egyptians stand against the British troops. Dead body of an American nun. Destroyed vehicles on the street. Houses along the sides of street. King Farouk summons a new government to cope with riots and bloodshed.
Major catastophe events of the year 1952. Views of destruction on the ground in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after American Airlines flight 6780, a Convair 240, crashed into a house at Williamson and South Streets on January 22, 1952. Burned wreckage and devastation seen at the crash site in Elizabeth following the crash and subsequent explosions damaging or destroying multipole houses in the 600 block of Williamson Street. In the first few seconds of the clip, the Battin High School for Girls is seen in the background. The school was adjacent to the crash but not hit. Narrator also describes the crash of an Army transport plane in California which killed 86 soldiers, but no images of that crash are shown. Next scenes shift to England, on September 6, 1952, as a de Havilland DH.110 jet aircraft, piloted by John Derry, explodes in midair after achieving Mach 1 and then beginning a left bank and climb at 450 knots during the 1952 Farnborough Airshow. Spectators at the British air show are seen on the ground in the area below the explosion and where debris rained down on the crowd causing deaths and injuries. Engines from the blown-up DH.110 plane (prototype, ID WG236) are seen hurtling through the sky toward Observation Hill immediately after the mid-air explosion. Scenes show crowd working to tend to the wounded and shocked families and children crying.
Members of United Nations Security Council meet in New York to discuss on Chinese arms invasion on Taiwan and aggression against the Republic of Korea. Meetings agenda is put before the members and discussion takes place as members of various countries listen with their headphones on and take down notes. Representatives of Norway, United States, Britain, Egypt, Yugoslavia and other countries take part in the meeting
Major events of the year 1952. Narrator indicates that the British detonated their first atomic bomb in 1952. Aerial view of Enewetak Atoll area where United States testing took place. America tests its first hydrogen bomb and a massive explosion occurs during Test Ivy, at the Enewetak atoll, on November 1, 1952.
Major events of 1956. Ships underway in Suez Canal, Egypt. President, Abdul Nasser announces the seizure of the canal. Soldiers move up in Egypt and dead Egyptian soldiers as a result of Anglo French attack. Anglo French planes bomb the canal area. Airborne troops land in the canal area. Debris due to aerial bombings spread on the street. Matter discussed at the United Nations meeting leading to a cease fire in the area. The Secretary General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold arrives in Egypt for negotiations. The United Nations Emergency Police forces enter a city in Egypt. People give a warm welcome to the forces.