British de Havilland Comet Mark 3 prototype rolled out on wet tarmack at the Company's Hatfield Airfield in Hertfordshire, England. It's identifier, G-ALNO and the Union Jack are painted on the tail.
First de Havilland Comet jetliner to be delivered to British Overseas Airways Company, departs de Havilland's Hatfield airfield. Chief test pilot John Cunningham is see boarding. the aircraft starts, taxis and tekes off.
de Havilland employees gather to watch the event.
Division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam as Indochina war ends up in Vietnam. Aerial view of cratered battle ground, with smoke rising, at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, in March, 1954. A French A-26 Invader aircraft flying above some clouds and pilot in cockpit using radio. French paratroops, dropping from C-47 aircraft, and landing, to reinforce troops dug in at Dien Bien Phu. French artillery firing and rounds exploding in the distance. French troops moving through brush, and carrying wounded back out. Citizens on streets of Hanoi, North Vietnam, scrounging for scraps to eat. An old woman hunkered down in a doorway. A mother with a young boy. French troops crossing a bridge as they surrender following the siege at Dien Bien Phu. North Vietnamese troops entering Hanoi. Delegates at the Geneva conference of 1954, in the Palais des Nations, including representatives of the Soviet Union, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the People’s Republic of China, among others. Closeup of Soviet delegation, with Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, second from left. View of the North Vietnamese delegation, and delegate Ta Quang Buu, Vice Minister of Defense of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), and Head of their Military Delegation, signing the accords. Closeup of one treaty page, with his signature, as Minister of Defense, and that of Henri, Deltiel, Brigadier General, who signed for the Commander in Chief of all French Forces in Indochina. OUtdoors. After the conference, Soviet Foreign Minister, Molotov shakes hands with Chou En-lai, Chinese Foreign Minister. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, wearing a hat, is standing behind Molotov. A long line of refugees fleeing to the South, from North Vietnam. A 1954 map showing the division of North and South Vietnam at the 19th parallel. Mist settled among mountain tops. South Vietnamese people engaged in agricultural pursuits and building new dwellings. South Vietnamese placing ballots in boxes during elections. Brief glimpse of the glamorous Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, defacto First Lady of South Vietnam, dressed in ao dai and wearing dark glasses, as she leaves a polling place. Farmers dressed in traditional conical hats (non la) working in grain fields, and reaping and carrying cut grain on poles in the South. Beautiful view of fishermen and boats silhouetted against sky, with tall limestone islands in background, at Ha Long Bay, North Vietnam (incorrectly implying it shows South Vietnamese in peaceful pursuits). South Vietnamese at work building structures with concrete blocks. A car with bullet holes in the windshield, draws attention on busy street in South Vietnam. Closeup of murdered man inside on floor of car. Scenes of vandalism at a house. Viet Minh guerillas moving through jungles and setting fires to straw roofed houses. Remains of a destroyed dwelling. Bodies of South Vietnamese killed, according to the narrator, by "Viet Cong pursuasion squads." A framed picture of Ho Chi Minh, over a North Vietnamese star flag.
Crowd gathered outside Empire theater in Leicester Square, London. The occasion is a Royal Command Performance of the film "Beau Brummell." Actresses Jane Russell and Shelley Winters, arriving. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret enter the foyer of the theater. The Queen is greeted by Reginald Bromhead, President of the Cinematography Trade Benevolent Fund, who escorts her along a line of film moguls and stars. The Queen speaks with Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons. Jane Russell conversing with Princess Margaret. Queen Elizabeth chatting with Shelley Winters. A young boy presents flowers to the Queen, and bows.
April 22, 1954. First open session of Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations in response to charges filed by the U.S. Army on April 13, 1954, concerning improper actions by Senator McCarthy and staff to obtain special treatment for Private G. David Schine, U.S. Army. Seen before start of session are Army Generals Lucius Clay and Alfred Gruenther. Senator Karl Mundt presiding, calls the session to order. Among those seen are Senator Edward Dirksen, second person to the Chairman's right, and Senator Charles E. Potter to Dirksen's right. Senator John L. McClelland sits to Chairman Mundt's left. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his counsel, Roy Cohn, are at the end of the table. At end of clip McCarthy states for the record that "there is no contest between Senator McCarthy and the Department of the Army, and that all that Senator McCarthy has been trying to do is to expose the Communists who have infiltrated the Department of the Army -- a very small percentage."
Footage of baseball's 1954 All-Star Game at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Views of the nearly 70,000 in attendance, many in white shirts. Baseball commissioner Ford Frick smokes a cigarette. American League president Will Harridge nods to the camera. American League manager Casey Stengel (L) shakes hands with National League manager Walter Alston before the game. National League players stand on top step of dugout. Good closeups of four NL stars: Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella. American League players stand on top step of their dugout. Good closeups of three AL stars: Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Yogi Berra. More views of crowd. Closeup of Cleveland Indians third baseman Al Rosen. Rosen (#7) hits home run, scoring himself and Berra. The Cincinnati Reds' Gus Bell (#25) counters with a home run for the National League, scoring himself and Mays. Fans scramble for the ball. Red Schoendist of the St. Louis Cardinals tries to steal home but is called out by the umpire. National League coach Leo Durocher vehemently argues the call to no avail. Later, Nellie Fox of the Chicago White Sox (#2) gets hit to drive in two runs. American League would win the game 11-9.