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Heidi Brühl’s 80th Birthday (* January 30, 1942)

The singer and actress Heidi Brühl rose up to become a teenage idol in West Germany in the 1950s, that success would later expand to the USA. After being discovered during ballet lessons at the age of 12, the Munich-born actress was cast in the film… mehr…
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Hitler photographer Hoffmann’s trial before the Spruchkammer Munich (January 31, 1947)

On January 31, 1947, the trial in the denazification proceedings against Hitler's "personal photographer" Heinrich Hoffmann took place in Munich. Hoffmann visited Hitler one last time in April 1945 and then absconded to Bavaria, where the US Army… mehr…
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Sinking of the SS „Flying Enterprise“ (January 10, 1952)

The world got to see a real thriller unfolded before their eyes at the turn of the year 1951/52, when the ship "Flying Enterprise" faced distress at sea. Carrying 1,300 tons of pig iron, 900 tons of coffee and 10 passengers, the freighter had left… mehr…
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Knut Kiesewetter’s 5th Death Anniversary († December 28, 2016)

Knut Kiesewetter was one of the most versatile players in the German musical landscape of the 1960s and 1970s: he was a trombonist and guitarist, singer and songwriter, composer and producer. Born in Stettin in 1941 and raised on the North Frisian… mehr…
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75th Anniversary of the Premiere of "The Devil's General" (December 14, 1946)

Carl Zuckmayer's "Des Teufels General" is one of the most important and most frequently performed plays of the immediate post-war period. The play is about the eponymous General Harras, who despised National Socialism. However, out of love for… mehr…
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80th Anniversary of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941)

On December 7, Japan unexpectedly attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, prompting the United States' entry into World War II. In the early morning hours, Japanese fighter-bombers staged a two-wave attack on the headquarters of the U.S.… mehr…
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175th anniversary of the founding of Carl Zeiss Jena (November 19, 1846)

The world-renowned optics group ZEISS, celebrates its 175th anniversary on November 19. It was on this day in 1846, that company founder Carl Zeiss received the license for his newly opened workshop for optical and precision instruments in Jena.… mehr…
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60 years ago Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt became the first female federal minister in Germany (November 14, 1961)

Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt’s appointment as federal minister in 1961 was a minor sensation. Not only was the CDU Member of Parliament the first woman to head a ministerial office, but her appointment was also preceded by a much-publicized action.… mehr…
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Uwe Seeler’s 85th Birthday (* November 5, 1936)

The German soccer icon Uwe Seeler is considered one of the best strikers of his time, even to this day. His spectacular goals, fighting spirit and down-to-earth attitude turned him a folk hero - especially in his hometown of Hamburg, where he played… mehr…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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