Newsreel titled 'Sit down strikers routed by dawn tear gas barrage' shows policemen fire tear gas gun on strikers at Fansteel Company plant in Waukegan,Illinois. Strikers escape from the back door as police get into the plant and search thoroughly.
Damage caused due to flood in Ohio Valley , United States. Newspaper headlines read: '80000 desert homes as Midwest streams rage to higher levels'. People engaged in the rescue and relief work. Men aboard small boats as they carry on rescue work in the steets of downtown Louisville Kentucky. Buildings along the flooded area. Flooded buildings in Evansville Indiana and Paducah Kentucky. Flooded farms and fields washed away. Marooned livestock atop a levy. A dog atop a car. A cat perched in a 2nd story window just atop flood waters. Aerial views of the flooded Ohio Valley heading toward the Mississippi River. View of the blasting of the so called "fuse plug" in the levy below Cairo Illinois (on the Missouri Side at the junction of the Ohio River and Mississippi River) to prevent the flood waters from destroying Cairo. An army of workmen building extensions on top of the levees near Cairo Illinois to protect it from the flood. Water lapping at the wall built by the workers.
Approximately a thousand striking steel workers (and members of their families) are seen assembled on an open field, intent on picketing the Republic Steel Mill in South Chicago, where they are organizing a union. Many hold picket signs. A line of armed Chicago policemen extends across the area, blocking their way. Police officials stand near a paddy wagon. View of strikers standing toe-to-toe arguing with policemen. The next scene shows gunfire erupting and the strikers running away from the police. Gunfire continues as the crowd disperses in panic. Policemen follow the fleeing crowd and continue firing their weapons and beating strikers with night sticks. Several Plumes of tear gas can be seen rising from the ground. Several injured strikers are seen on the ground. One appears to be dead. Dust and fumes obscure much of the scene. As the air clears, police can be seen continuing to pursue the retreating group of strikers. They arrest a black striker. Dead and injured strikers are seen on the ground. Police arrest strikers, some of whom are injured, and place them in paddy wagons. Police drag the body of one fallen striker from behind a wagon. Several strikers gather around the body. Police continue to arrest people, including a woman. Policemen watch as strikers place body of fallen striker into back seat of a car.
Opening scene shows U.S. President Ronald Reagan holding a little girl, and then standing with officials and Secret Service agents, as he prepares to enter a car. Closeup of him smiling. Closeup of President Reagan signing his autograph for spectators in a crowd. Next, Reagan and his wife Nancy are seen on November 4, 1980 waving to supporters at the Century Plaza Hotel, celebrating his election victory as the 40th U.S. President. The President elect says a few words of thanks to them. Views of the crowd cheering. Adopted son, Michael Reagan holds his son Cameron as he and his wife, Colleen Reagan, join Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the stage, followed by daughter Patricia Reagan and son Ron Reagan. The crowd cheers the President elect and his family. At this point the film begins showing images about Ronald Regan's life, starting with baby pictures; his parents; Tampico, Illinois, where he was born; Dixon, where he is seen in a school picture and with boyhood friends. A photograph of "Dutch" Reagan President of his High School Class. Reagan in photo with other members of the Eureka College football team, in Eureka, Illinois. The seal of the college. Pictures of Reagan with college classmates and teammates. Reagan posing in bathing suit when he was swimming team coach. Young Reagan, after graduation, as a sports announcer, sitting at a microphone labeled: "WHO" in Davenport, Iowa. The broadcasting tower of that radio station. A Track and field event taking place. Reagan posing with a pipe in his mouth, at the WHO radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. A baseball game in progress before a full stadium of spectators. In 1937, a Chicago baseball team is seen boarding a ship to a Spring training camp in California. (Narrator states Reagan accompanied them.) Aerial view of buildings at the First National Studios (home of Warner Brothers) in Hollywood. Ronald and Nancy Reagan, circa 1952, being applauded at a gathering when he was President of the Screen Actors Guild. Views of Reagan in U.S. Army uniform. A U.S. Army C-47 aircraft taking off from a field under attack, with fires burning and smoke rising (possibly during Japanese December 7, 1941 attack on installations in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii). U.S. Airmen standing on a ramp next to a Douglas C-47B-1-DL transport aircraft (tail number: 43-16145). What appears to be a ViP version of a B-50 aircraft parked on a ramp with an honor guard at the stairway. Ronald Reagan, in uniform, signing up for active duty. Later, Captain Reagan, U.S. Army Air Forces, is seen with other uniformed men at a gathering in Warner Brothers studios. The entrance of Paramount Pictures studios in Hollywood. A large group of studio employees walking between buildings. Reagan speaking, as President, of the Screen Actors Guild, at an outdoor gathering. Actor Robert Young and film industry executives stand nearby. Reagan, as Chairman of the Motion Picture Industry Council, addresses a dinner gathering of that organization. He is also seen testifying before he House Committee on Un-American activities Committee (HUAC) on October 23, 1947.
Joe Louis wins the world heavyweight boxing championship in Chicago, Illinois. A large crowd and a large number of vehicles are on the road in front of Comiskey Park. Police gathered at the stadium for the bout. Stadium sign : 'Comiskey Park, Home of the White Sox'. Spectators enter into Comiskey Park. View of enthusiastic celebration among a throng of people in Harlem on news that Joe Louis, AKA the Brown Bomber, had defeated James Braddock. Pan view from feet to head of Joseph Louis Barrow (Joe Louis), the heavyweight boxing champion of America, after winning the world championship crown on June 22, 1937 against James J. Braddock (opponent) in round 8 in Chicago. View of James Braddock (nicknamed "Cinderella Man") seated with his family in an interview after he defeated Max Baer for the title, but before the fight with Louis. Braddock asks his son, "Now that Daddy is champ, what do you want him to get for you." His son replies that he'd like a bike. Braddock answers, "A big bicycle" and his son says yes. View of Braddock alone, with a bandage on his left ear. (Audio present at end of clip only during Braddock interview.)
Woman explorer, Ruth McCombs Harkness, (widow of explorer, William Harkness) brought the first live panda (named Su-Lin) into the United States, when she returned from an expedition, on December 18, 1936. Here she is seen in the Brookfield Zoo, in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois, where she is playing with a second baby panda (named Mei Mei) that she acquired in 1937. A large group of children, enjoy the antics as she plays with the baby panda. At one point, Mrs. Harkness lifts Mei Mei up close to the chilren. Next, she holds Mei Mei close to Su-Lin, as zookeeper Sam Parratt holds the larger panda. The two pandas nuzzle one another.