British Pathé captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck. From a B24 Bomber being shot down to the assassination of King Alexander 1 of Yugoslavia, here are 10 more tragedies caught on film.
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1. B24 Bomber Shot Down –
2. Penrith Speedway Tragedy –
3. Indianapolis 500 Race –
4. Marquis of Pinedo Plane Crash –
5. Paratrooper Parachute Failed –
6. Paul Mantz, movie stunt pilot –
7. Cameraman killed by bomb –
8. John Cobb Dies in Speedboat –
9. SS Morro Castle Fire –
10. King Alexander 1 of Yugoslavia Assassinated –
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BRITISH PATHÉ’S STORY Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. Over the course of a century, it documented everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary people. If it happened, British Pathé filmed it.
Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.
British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.