St. Valentine's Day Massacre suspect Fred Burke in custody of police. Burke, a main suspect of the Gangland massacre, is seen arrested for the murder of Saint Joseph Police Officer Charles Skalay (sometimes mistakenly spelled as Skelly). Cars parked in the street outside the Berrien County Sheriff Department in Saint Joseph. Several men gathered at the site. Police officers sit in a group in the Berrien County Sheriff's Department. The captured suspect, Fred "Killer" Burke (Fred R. Burke), smokes a cigar while seated at a small table.
View from location high above Red Square in Moscow, Soviet Union, where more than 50 YaG-10 trucks with 76mm antiaircraft guns (1931 model 3K) are moving in formation. Notable buildings around the square are clearly seen, including: Saint Basil's Cathedral; Spasskaya Tower; and rear of the Historic Museum. Smoky industrial sites and smoke stacks are seen in background. Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, stands on portico at the Kremlin, overlooking the parade. Next to him is Klimenty (Klementi) Y Voroshilov, People's Commissar for Defense. Closeup of Stalin smiling and waving. Glimpse of Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars behind Stalin's left shoulder. The person, to Stalin's right and behind, appears to be Sergei Mironovich Kirov, who was assassinated in December, 1934. Huge formations of Soviet troops maneuver in the square. Closeup of the Yag-10 trucks with antiaircraft guns. Change of scene to Stalin sitting next to Mikhail I Kalinin, Chairman of the Soviet Central Executive Committee.
The start of the 1931 Ford Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour at the Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan, on Sunday July 4th 1931. Opening footage at forefront right shows the Gee Bee model E Sportster flown by Lowell Bayles to a fourth place finish. Forefront center-left is the Great Lakes biplane flown by Joeseph Meehan. A number of various aircraft are parked on the airfield, including an autogyro. Visitors on the airport ramp look at airplanes on display. The museum clock tower and other buildings at Greenfield Village are visible in the background. View looking outward from inside a hanger. A squadron of U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing P-12 pursuit airplanes parked in rows, with propellers all set horizontally. A light high wing monoplane takes off followed, successively, by two Ford trimotor passenger aircraft equipped with wheel pants. View of a biplane landing. A crowd standing in front of a hangar and several officials standing in the grass. People posing on the ramp with airport building in background.
Animated opening sequence with view of Ford Automobile factory in Dearborn, Michigan. A 1931 Ford Model A races toward foreground of screen with its Ford Emblem completing the on-screen phrase, "The twenty millionth Ford". An announcer bows and steps behind a microphone (that hides his face) and speaks. Scene shifts to the original Ford workshop at the back of his home, 58 Bagley Avenue,Detroit, Michigan. His first automobile, a two cylinder machine (Quadricycle) made in 1896 is seen near the small brick building. It is viewed from several angles and shown with its engine running. Snow is on the ground.
Archbishop of New York and Cardinal Priest Patrick Joseph Hayes dies at the age of seventy in Saint Joseph, New York. Cardinal Hayes with children in a room. Young children sit in groups on chairs. Several nuns in the room. The Cardinal gives a speech.
Crash of Gee Bee Z Super Sportster airplane at the Wayne County airport in Detroit, Michigan, on Dec. 5th 1931, during attempt to break the world landplane speed record. Ground crew and one of the Granville brothers, who built the airplane, roll the Gee Bee out of a hangar. The aircraft displays tail number NR 77Y and has large numeral 4 painted on fuselage. City of Springfield is painted on front of the airplane. Pilot, Lowell Bayles, climbs into the cockpit and starts the engine. Crew chief places canopy over the pilot's cockpit. The aircraft takes off with modest rate of climb and makes slow banking turn to the left. Camera next shows the Gee Bee descending rapidly as Bayles dives the race plane at high speed into the officially timed sea level course. Camera captures view of wing breaking off and aircraft rolling and crashing in flames. Witnesses rush to the crash site and emergency equipment responds. Views of smoldering wreckage. (According to some sources, the accident began when the gas cap loosened in the slipstream and blew through the pilots canopy hitting pilot Bayles in the face, either stunning or killing him.) His reaction on the controls pitches the plane up sharply causing a catastrophic structural failure of the right wing. The plane then snap rolled into the ground and explodes into a blaze alongside railroad tracks bordering the airport. Bayles' body was thrown 300 ft. as the huge radial engine broke loose and was hurled hundreds more feet. (Recent experiments with a reproduction of the aircraft also indicate that wing flutter would develop at speeds above 240 mph on the Gee Bee Z Super Sportster.)
Part of the building shown at 1:52 still exists today in the far northeast corner of the airport near all the rental car companies. The railroad tracks still exist as well. The plane appears to start to break apart over what is now the intersection of Middlebelt & Wick Roads (1/4 mile south of I-94) in Romulus, MI.