Map shows Zuider Zee, and towns of Marken and Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Animated map shows where the 18-mile dam, the so-called "afsluitdijk", across Zuider Zee was completed in 1932. Areas that are being reclaimed in the resulting body of water (Ijsselmeer) are shown. Colorful scenes of docked fishing boats. Man with a box full of eels, which are the only fish still obtainable since the waters in Ijsselmeer are too shallow to support other fish. To promote tourism, Dutch people are seen wearing traditional costumes. Children in the native costume.
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.
Princess Margriet Francisca of the Netherlands to wed Commoner Pieter van Vollenhoven, Jr in Netherlands. The Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, Netherlands. Princess Margriet seated with Vollenhoven on a sofa along with her family. Queen of the Netherlands Juliana speaks to them. Princess Margriet and Commoner Pieter van. Princess Beatrix with her husband. A sculpture of the four princesses. The press photographers walk up to the palace. The Princess and Commoner come out of the palace. Men takes a picture. Princess Margriet and Commoner Pieter van stand together in a garden.
NATO assists Netherlands in flood relief operations. Netherlands troops work on dikes. View from inside a U.S. Air Force C-119 aircraft dropping relief supplies, including inflated rafts, over flood threatened areas of Netherlands. Netherlands troops dump material from a truck to reinforce dike. Troops and civilians work on dikes.
Anti-communist protestors riot in support of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, and against Soviet efforts to stop the Hungarian revolution. The crowds demonstrate holding torch light and banners in West Berlin. People set a structure on fire during the demonstration in Paris, France. People outside the Communist Party Headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands demonstrate. The angry crowd throws objects at the Felix Meritis building, located at 324 Keizersgracht, Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, site of the offices of the Communist Party of the Netherlands. Broken glass in a window outside the headquarters offices of the Communist Party of the Netherlands.. The protestors seen people outside the Felix Meritis building.
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.