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.
An all girls baseball match in Oakland, California. Teams of young women from Niles and Oakland play a baseball game in Oakland, California. Niles defeats Oakland 27-4.
A house creeps downside in Oakland, California. People look on the house. House slips down to street below. A small board reads "Emergency No Parking". Owner of the house takes his possessions out of the house. Scene of broken steps of the house.
Images of destruction of Black Panter Party National Headquarters Office in 1968, by Oakland, California, police. Black American male image seen through broken window and another through window with gun shot hole in it. "Black Panthers" printed on signs in background. Scenes accompanied by drum beats. Huey P. Newton, one of the Black Panther Party founders speaks about police brutality in Oakland, California, United States. He is speaking from an anteroom adjacent to Oakland Police headquarters. Police officers can be seen in their offices, through windows in the room.
Amelia Earhart takes off from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Oakland, California in her Lockheed Electra aircraft, to begin her round-the-world flight. The runway and ramp contain small puddles of water from a recent rain shower. Aerial views from another airplane of the Lockheed Electra as it flies over the Oakland area of California. View of Oakland Bay Bridge.(These were probably shot on March 13th during their checkout flight.) In separate scenes, prior to departure, on the ground, Amelia talks with her husband, George P. Putnam.
Sewers in the back yards of a residential area in Oakland, California. Police car drives by. Congressman Ron Dellums speaks in his office about police brutality on black Americans during 1960s. Panther Party's demonstration outside the Alameda County Court House during 1960s. Oakland Police Department's chief Charles gain speaks in his office. Meeting between Oakland Police Department and civilians. Deputy Chief Thomas Donohue speaks.