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50th anniversary of the mass production of compact discs (August 17, 1982)

On August 17, 1982, the first compact disc goes off the production line at the Philips subsidiary Polygram's plant in Langenhagen near Hanover. This marks both the start of a revolution in the music industry and the turnaround from analogue to… mehr…
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125 Years of Aspirin (August 10, 1897)

August 10, 1897 marks the „birth“ of the world's best-known drug: chemist Felix Hoffmann was the first to successfully synthesize acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in a chemically pure and stable form in Bayer's laboratories in Wuppertal. Although the… mehr…
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Fela Kuti’s 25th Death Anniversary († August 2, 1997)

Fela Kuti was one of the most important musicians on the African continent as well as one of its most important political voices in the 1970s. With his band "Afrika 70" he invented Afrobeat, in which the multi-instrumentalist and singer combined… mehr…
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Pierre Cardin’s 100th Birthday (* July 2, 1922)

The visionary fashion designer Pierre Cardin would have turned 100 years old on July 2, 20222. The son of Italian immigrants began his career with an apprenticeship as a tailor in Saint-Etienne, France before moving to Paris after the liberation of… mehr…
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60th Anniversary of the DFB Decision to Launch the Bundesliga Soccer League

July 28, 1962, heralded a new era in the history of German soccer. On this day, the delegates gathered at the DFB national convention in Dortmund and decided to create a nationwide, single-league top division. Starting in the 1963/64 season,… mehr…
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Margot Werner’s 10th Death Anniversary († July 1, 2012)

As a ballet dancer, chanson singer and entertainer, Margot Werner captivated audiences for decades. Born in Salzburg in 1937 as the daughter of a merchant and a pianist, she began taking ballet lessons at the age of three. At the age of 17 she was… mehr…
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Helmut Kohl’s 5th Anniversary of Death († June 16, 2017)

Having shaped the fate of the German Christian Democrats like no other, he will always be remembered as the "Chancellor of Unity" and a pioneer of European unification - Helmut Kohl. Born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein on April 3, 1930, as the third child… mehr…
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60th Anniversary First World Boxing Championship Fight on German Soil (June 23, 1962)

It was a sensation in the boxing world of the young Federal Republic of Germany when, on June 23, 1962, the first world championship fight took place on German soil. The German boxer Gustav "Bubi" Scholz took on the defending light heavyweight… mehr…
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Carl Diem’s 140th Birthday (* June 24, 1882)

Carl Diem is one of the most outstanding personalities in German sports history. As a functionary, journalist, educator and scientist he played a key role in shaping the development of organized sports from the German Empire to the Federal Republic.… mehr…
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Marlene Dietrich’s 30th Death Anniversary († May 6, 1992)

Marlene Dietrich is still considered one of the greatest stars of classic Hollywood cinema. Born in Berlin in 1901, she starts her career in the Golden Twenties with appearances in revues and silent films. Her role as the frivolous Lola in "The Blue… mehr…
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J. Edgar Hoover’s 50th Death Anniversary († May 2, 1972)

Revered by some to be the mastermind of the fight against crime, but also regarded by others as the sinister godfather of the modern surveillance state - J. Edgar Hoover. His name is inextricably linked with the FBI; after all, he headed the Federal… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of the Bomb attack on Springer building (May 19, 1972)

On the afternoon of May 19, 1972, the headquarters of the Axel Springer publishing house in Hamburg is rocked by a violent detonation. Two four-kilo pipe bombs explode on two floors of the high-rise building, injuring 36 people and causing great… mehr…
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