The film is based on newsreels telling about the development of science, technology, society in different countries in the 20th century. France, Paris. Portrait of the engineer A. Eiffel. Eiffel Tower. Demonstration of Parisian fashions. Moulin rouge. World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Demonstration of electricity, cars, airplanes, X-ray apparatus, Louis Lumiere's cinema camera. Pavilion of Russia. A. F. Mozhaisky's plane, A. S. Popov's radio. Trade partnerships, companies that are suppliers of the royal court. The Curies at work. Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont takes off in his plane, makes a circle over Paris. Louis Bleriot flies from France to England across the English Channel. Russia. PN Rybkin tells (synchronously) about the first experience of receiving a radio signal by A. Popov's radio receiver. Portrait, works of V.I. Lenin. Portrait, periodic table of D. I. Mendeleev. Artist Ilya Repin is walking along the seashore. Physiologist I.P. Pavlov is the first Nobel Prize winner in Russia. Russian breeder I. V. Michurin in the garden. Scientist K. E. Tsiolkovsky rides a bicycle (Kaluga). Rocket K. E. Tsiolkovsky. The writer Leo Tolstoy leaves the house in the Yasnaya Polyana estate (near the city of Tula), gives alms to the poor, walks along the platform of the station. Aircraft designer A. N. Tupolev. Pilots VP Chkalov, MM Gromov, who flew to the United States through the North Pole. Pilot P. Nesterov, who performed the "loop" ("Nesterov's Loop"). Arctic explorer Georgy Sedov aboard the Svyatoi Foka ship. Moscow city. Celebration of the 300th anniversary of the House of Romanov (1913). The city of Petersburg. Red Army soldiers are leaving the Winter Palace. V. I. Lenin on the podium. A salvo of the cruiser "Aurora" (1917). The first aircraft of TsAGI (Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after N. Ye. Zhukovsky). Soviet scientists: S. A. Chaplygin, A. P. Karpinsky, A. F. Ioffe, A. N. Bach, I. P. Pavlov, S. I. Vavilov, P. A. Cherenkov, I. E. Tamm , I. M. Frank, P. L. Kapitsa, I. V. Kurchatov, A. I. Leipunsky, D. V. Skobeltsyn, G. N. Flerov, N. N. Semenov, A. N. Nesmeyanov, D. I. Blokhintsev, V. I. Veksler, V. A. Ambartsumyan. Celebration of the 220th anniversary of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1945). Industrial plants, power plants, tractors in the field, aircraft in the air, rocket launches. The city of Dubna. Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Atomic reactor, synchrocyclotron, synchrophasotron. Exhibits of the Soviet pavilion at the World Exhibition in Brussels (1958): an electronic machine, machine tools, cars, an artificial Earth satellite. USA. The Statue of Liberty. Skyscrapers of New York City. Automobile transport. Oil rigs. The Wright brothers' plane (1903) takes off. The landing of American troops in Mexico. Physicist A. Einstein. The economic crisis in America in 1929-1933. Milk is poured out, the owners are destroying their businesses. President T. Roosevelt drives up by car to the White House. Germany. Military parade. German Emperor Wilhelm II on the hunt. The inventor of the machine gun H. S. Maxim. Cannon Krupp. Count F. Zeppelin. Newsreel of the 1st World War. Revolution of 1919 in Germany. Workers with banners are passing by. Detachments of fascists. Chronicle of the 2nd World War. The signing of the Munich Treaty. O. Chamberlain speaking. The Germans are on the city of Paris, the Champs Elysees. Chronicle of the Great Patriotic War: the destroyed Hermitage, the destroyed city of Pulkovo, Leningrad. England. Houses of Parliament. India is a colony of England. The English king in India. Elephants dressed up in honor of King George V. British colonialists in Egypt. A general strike of workers in England in 1926. Dockers and miners are on strike.