1952: Fulgencio Batista seizes power in Cuba. Batista and his men enter Camp Columbia and win over the garrison. The soldiers pick up arms. The convoy leaves for the Presidential Palace in Havana. A pilot climbs into the cockpit of an airplane. Rafael Salas Canizares, the new Chief of Police, directs his men in his office. He goes into a building and talks to his radio operator. Obsolete ships of the Cuban Navy in the bay. Officers converse before a map on the wall. Cars and tanks on their way to the Presidential Palace. President Carlos Prio Socarras takes sanctuary in the Mexican Embassy. The Republic of Cuba flag, and the Democratic constitution suspended. Ousted President Carlos Prio Socarras leaves for Mexico with his family. The Presidential Palace in Havana. Batista during a meeting with his Cabinet. University of Havana students carry out a mock funeral of the Cuban constitution. Police officers and officials inside the Fifth National Police Station. Leader of the student movement, Jose Antonio Echeverria, encourages his fellow students to act. A pro-Batista faction smears the statue of a student hero with red paint. Students gather and demonstrate on the streets. The police try to control the demonstration. Explosions during the demonstrations. A wounded student leader taken to a hospital, where he dies. Students carry his casket down the steps of a building. Student demonstrators hang Batista in effigie. Police arrests students in the University campus. The students are defended by a former Senator in court. Newspaper headlines about the various shootings. A man killed during a police raid. Rafael Salas Canizares is made Brigadier. Proceedings underway in the Department of Investigation. The Minister of Interior meets with radio executives and publishers and orders censorship. People around a car with the words 'Censored' and 'Censorship' painted on it.
A film based on the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Long Island, New York which is dedicated to study of foreign animal diseases. Animated map of the United States of America depicts the New England region of the U.S. affected with foot and mouth disease of animals during year 1870 and Mexico and Canada affected by epizootics in 1946 and 1952 respectively. A technician stores animal foot and mouth disease virus in a laboratory freezer.
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.
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.
Adolfo Ruiz Cortines takes the oath of office as Mexico's next President. Attending the inaugural are retiring Ambassador O'Dwyer and Vice-President Nixon. Crowd greets the new President. Soldiers march in respect of the President. Officials watch from balcony of building.
Aero-Medical Field Laboratory tests at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, United States. A section of a rocket with various compartments and recording instruments placed horizontally on the ground. A monkey secured inside the rocket compartment. Another monkey placed in the other compartment. Recording instruments fastened to the monkeys. A group of personnel inspects the tip of the rocket. A man holds a parachute. A monkey placed in the rocket chamber.