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Explore this month’s featured events as we find archival gems from our vast range of historical stock footage—surfacing top-quality, timely inspiration for your marketing calendars, news, or documentary projects. Visit the Vietnam War Memorial, witness the Nuremberg trials, remember JFK and Winston Churchill, and then look at the evolution of Thanksgiving.
Vietnam War Memorial Dedicated
November 13, 1982
Veterans marched to the dedication of ‘The Wall’ in DC. Judges had selected design number 1026 from 1,421 competition entries—a V-shaped granite wall by architecture student Maya Lin. Visitors walk its length, taking in the 58,320 names of service members classified as dead, missing, or prisoner. They start at ground level, descend below it, and ascend back to where they began in a path symbolic of a “wound that is closed and healing.”
Ironically, while the monument marks the end of divisive conflict, opinions differ on its form. ‘Nihilistic’ to some and a ‘community of feelings’ to others, the structure prioritized stark reality over triumphant ornamentation, illustrated in the unconventional ordering of names according to death dates rather than rank. Explore the groundbreaking design in this Vietnam War curated media collection.
Nuremberg Trials Begin
November 20, 1945
Do you know where the phrase ‘crime against humanity’ originated? The Nuremberg trials. In a town where massive Nazi Party propaganda rallies had taken place, the Third Reich faced judgment for this grievous new category of transgression.
Over ten month proceedings, almost 200 German government, military, medical, and business leaders faced charges of war crimes, crimes against the peace, and, for the first time, crimes against humanity—which included murder, enslavement, or deportation of civilians or persecution on political, religious or racial grounds. On the first day, the International Military Tribunal tried 24 Nazi Party officials—including Rudolf Hess and Hermann Göring—for their actions during the Holocaust. On October 16, 1946, 10 were subject to their fate and hung. Witness the captivating event that set a new precedent for international conflict law in our Nuremberg Trials collection.
November 22, 1963
John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s life ended in Dallas, Texas. Shooter Lee Harvey Oswald hid on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building, waiting for the president’s open-top convertible before sending three bullets into the convoy below. His wife, Jackie Onassis, wore her blood-stained clothes as new president Lyndon Johnson was sworn in later that afternoon.
The assassination of the 35th president of the United States has gone down in history, but so has his extensive legacy. He was known for his natural charm and optimism and as a military hero who saved his crew from a sinking ship in WW2. His administration paved the way for the Civil Rights Act in 1964, established the Peace Corps in 1961, and successfully navigated the tense Cuban missile crisis leadership in 1962. Rediscover these aspects of his life and more in our professionally curated John F. Kennedy stock media collection.
Winston Churchill Born
November 30, 1874
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born to an esteemed military family in Oxfordshire, England. He served as a soldier in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, where he gained British hero status after escaping from a Boer prison. Later in WW1, failure in the WW1 Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns dimmed his shine. Still, his political career gained momentum after the outbreak of World War II in Europe when Churchill replaced Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
In his first year, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. He rallied the nation through their darkest hours of WW2, forming crucial alliances that eventually secured an Allied victory. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for his historical works and moving political orations. It is fitting to note his famous quote: “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” See his steely resolve, strategic moves, and nation-defining speeches in our Winston Churchill collection.
Modern Thanksgiving Established
November 26, 1941
Turkey, pumpkin pie, and stuffing: these celebration staples are on your plate courtesy of writer Sarah Josepha Hale. The ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ hit-maker found her inspiration in the original 1621 Plymouth 3-day feast and published these now-traditional recipes during her 30-year campaign for a national Thanksgiving holiday.
Her momentum reached a turning point when, in 1863, during the Civil War, Abe Lincoln announced the nation would celebrate every year on the final Thursday of November. It remained so until the depression-era 1939 when Roosevelt moved the holiday one week earlier to give struggling retailers more time to bring in pre-Christmas sales. This decision was met with criticism, and in 1941, he fixed Thanksgiving once again on the first Thursday of November. Explore a day of giving thanks and stretchy pants with our curated media collection.
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