70 years ago, the submarine HMS Thunderbolt sank for the second time, with the loss of everyone aboard. It had sunk four years previously, raised, and renamed. British Pathé has footage of HMS Thunderbolt, its launch at Birkenhead, and the original sinking off North Wales. Click here to view the collection.
Cheltenham Gold Cup (15 March)
Tomorrow, the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup will take place. British Pathé has footage of the very first Gold Cup jump race, in 1924. Watch the film here.
Six Nations: England v Wales (16 March)
On Saturday, England will play Wales in a deciding game. England’s 1924 Grand Slam can be viewed here.
Marshal Tito visits London (16 March)
60 years ago, the leader of Yugoslavia came to Britain and met the Prime Minister in London and toured Cambridge. British Pathé newsreels covered the state visit. You can view them here.
50 years since the death of Sir William Beveridge (16 March)
British Pathé conducted interviews with Sir William on his welfare report and covered his wedding in 1942. Click here to view the films. He died on 16th March 1963.
In other news…
Nick Compton recently made his England Test cricket debut (November 2012) and is currently touring with the team in New Zealand. Nick is the grandson of cricketer and footballer Denis Compton, who features heavily in the British Pathé archive. A selection can be found here.
The British Pathé archive has a great deal of footage for the Twentieth Century popes from 1922 until 1972. A selection for each can be found via these links:
Benedict XV – died 1922
Pius XI – British Pathé filmed the election of Benedict XV’s successor, who served from 1922 until his own death in 1939.
Pius XII – Pope from 1939 until 1958.
John XXIII – Pope from 1958 until 1963.
Paul VI – Pope from 1963 until 1978.