Charles De Gaulle steps from a car and walks through crowd of reporters. (In the wake of political upheaval, De Gaulle was named Premier-designate by President Coty on May 31, and confirmed Premier by the National Assembly on June 1.) He makes his way to a podium and speaks. According to narrator, he declares a "vacation" from politics in France, while he prepares a new Constitution. He leaves the podium and hall. View of numerous reporters and photographers in the hall. Enthusiastic French people outside the hall, wave as De Gaulle passes standing in an open car. The sidewalks are mobbed with spectators as his motorcade passes. Citizens hold banners, including some referring to the Algerian problems. Confetti is thrown from overlooking apartment buildings
Several cars arrive at residence of President of French National Assembly (Hotel de Lassay). French political leaders enter the residence. Cameramen take photographs. Members of press interview the men. At a different entrance, a spokesman mentions French President Rene Coty, dissolution of the National Assembly and a new Constitution. A man walks out smoking a cigarette and carrying a newspaper. Reporters and photographers accost French President Rene Coty,as he leaves, dressed in coat and hat, wearing glasses, and carrying a cigarette in his right hand .
Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.
America's first satellite, the Explorer I. It is seen on the launch pad atop the Redstone Juno I rocket that will carry it into orbit on January 31, 1958. The rocket engine fires and the Juno I speeds upward. Next an American Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile is seen being launched 0n 18 December 1958, to steer itself into orbit as a satellite, orbiting the Earth.
A huge gathering present for the 1958 Orange Bowl parade associated with the January 1, 1958 Orange Bowl game between the University of Oklahoma "Sooners" and the Duke University "Blue Devils" college football teams. Dancers and band of the Oklahoma Sooners perform at the parade. Girls dancing, instrumentalists pass by, a clown on a canoe with wheels and another clown on snow skis with wheels. Police motorcyclists perform a drill. Girls in dresses (Orange Bowl queen and court) ride by on a parade float.
Part of Newsreels about events in 1958. Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat Nixon wave as they step from their U.S. Air Force aircraft upon arrival in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 13, 1958, during a Good Will Tour of Latin America. Reporters and photographers crowd around the foot of the stairs from the airplane. Next, the car carrying the Nixons is seen being attacked by assailants wielding clubs and pipes. Closeup of smashed windows of the car (now abandoned). View from inside the severely damaged car.