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150th Anniversary of Continental AG (October 8th, 1871)

The legendary tire manufacturer Continental celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Founded on October 8, 1871 in Hannover as the "Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie," the main plant on Vahrenwalder Strasse initially produced a… mehr…

60th Anniversary of the Tank Confrontation at Checkpoint Charlie (October 27, 1961)

Only ten weeks after the construction of the Wall, another explosive situation occurred in the divided ciry of Berlin: US and Soviet tanks confronted each other at "Checkpoint Charlie". In the days preceding the confrontation, GDR police officers… mehr…

The Nuremberg Trials: 75th Anniversary of the Sentencing in the Main War Crimes Trial (September 30-October 1, 1946)

On September 30 and October 1, 1946-- after more than ten months-- the verdicts in the in the first of the Nuremberg Trials were announced. This major war criminals trial was held against the main German war criminals. Among those in the dock were… mehr…

50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Four-Power Agreement on Berlin (September 3,1971)

On September 3, 1971, the ambassadors of the four victorious powers - the USSR, the USA, France and Great Britain - signed the Four-Power Agreement on Berlin. After the end of World War II the four powers had jointly taken over Berlin’s… mehr…

Freddy Quinn’s 90th Birthday 90(* September 27, 1931)

Freddy Quinn is the epitome of the "singing sailor" and one of the most successful and versatile entertainers of the early Federal Republic. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has performed as a singer, actor, entertainer and circus… mehr…

Avus Turns 100 (September 19, 1921)

Avus is one of the most famous racetracks in the world. It was the first road ever to be exclusively used by motor vehicles and is therefore also considered the precursor of the autobahn. The construction of the "Automobile Traffic and Practice… mehr…

50th Anniversary of the First Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) (August 27-September 5, 1971)

On August 27, 1971, the First International Radio Exhibition opened in Berlin, returning to its place of origin. In 1924, it had been founded there as the Great German Radio Exhibition and held in the Haus der Funkindustrie, built specifically for… mehr…

60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall (August 13, 1961)

On Sunday, August 13, 1961, GDR security forces sealed off the sector border in Berlin on the orders of Walter Ulbricht, Chairman of the Council of State. Early in the morning, stone blockades and barbed wire entanglements were erected, which… mehr…

Inga Rumpf turns 75 (* August 2, 1946)

As the first woman to wear leather pants and play the electric guitar, she caused a sensation on the 1970s German music scene. Rolling Stone later called her "Germany's only world-class rock, soul and gospel singer" - Inga Rumpf. The Hamburg-born… mehr…

Mireille Mathieu turns 75 (*July 22, 1946)

The fairy-tale career of Mireille Mathieu is like a modern version of Cinderella. The little girl from a poor home in provincial France has one passion: singing. She dreams of becoming a singer – just like her great role model Edith Piaf. At the age… mehr…

75th Anniversary of the Independence of the Philippines (July 4, 1946)

On July 4, 1946, the Philippines are officially granted independence, thus becoming the first Pacific country to break free from colonization. Its struggle against foreign domination goes back to its beginnings in 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan took… mehr…

John Glenn 100th Birthday Celebration (* July 18, 1921)

John Glenn goes down in the history of space travel as the first American to orbit the globe. Born in 1921 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of a plumber, he gained his first flying experience at college as part of a program for up-and-coming pilots. When… mehr…
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