The Associated Press and British Movietone are uploading more than 550,000 clips to YouTube that feature news events dating back to 1895, becoming the largest collection of archival news content on the video sharing website.
Filmmakers, historians and curious individuals will all have access to freshly released footage while the two archival providers will gain a popular platform to promote licensing deals.
The archival footage is a visual record of the people and events that have shaped history, says Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive. “At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and the upload to YouTube means that, for the first time, the public can enjoy some of the oldest and most remarkable moments in history.”
The content is being added to two YouTube channels: AP Archive and British Movietone. Here are 10 of the notable clips containing milestone events, historical figures and cultural trends of the 20th century.
Berlin Wall Comes Down, 1989
The wall separating East and West Berlin during the height of the Cold War was taken down on Nov. 9, 1989. This clip shows the beginning stages of the demolition process.
Nelson Mandela released after 27 years in prison, 1990
After serving 27 years in prison, the South African apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was freed from prison. This clip shows him walking free and raising his fist triumphantly.
Hindenburg disaster, 1937
While flying above Lakehurst, New Jersey, German passenger airship The Hindenburg, caught fire midair killing 36 of the 97 people onboard. This clip shows flames engulf the Hindenburg and crash into the ground below.
Mount Vesuvius Erupts, 1938
The volcano, most known for destroying the city of Pompeii, erupted in 1938 and captured on video. The clip title proclaims the video to be the first pictures in sound of boiling lava within a crater of a Volcano.
Typhoon Disaster East Pakistan, 1970
One of the deadliest natural disasters struck East Pakistan in 1970, killing an estimated 500,000 people. The clip shows the tragic aftermath with dead bodies and starving survivors left behind.
World Cup, 1966
England and West Germany played against each in the World Cup Final in 1966, five years after Berlin Wall had been built. The clip shows the highlights of that match.
Babe Ruth Signs Contract, 1930
Babe Ruth, one of America’s sports icons, signed a baseball contract in 1930 for £16,000. The clip shows him signing that contract and hitting at batting practice.
Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Married, 1954
Actress Marilyn Monroe, married Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio in 1954. The clip shows them laughing and kissing each other, and then driving away as crowds wave.
Early Driverless Car, 1971
Scientists presented a driverless car in 1971 and said by 2000 everyone could be sitting back in these vehicles. The clip shows the car traveling along a road.
Crazy 1960s Hats
The clip shows women posing for cameras and wearing fancy vintage hats from the 1960s.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct the spelling of “Hindenburg.”