Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

Brigitte Bardot’s 85th Birthday (* September 28, 1934)

Brigitte Bardot is the sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s — a time when such a label was still a compliment. On one hand her breathtaking beauty and lascivious grace are the perfect manifestation for men to project their fantasies onto. On the other… mehr…

50th Anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s Death († September 2, 1969)

His struggle for Vietnam’s independence made Ho Chi Minh a father figure of his native country, a role model to anti-colonialist liberation fighters all over the world and an icon of the international student movement. Ho Chi Minh was most likely… mehr…

60th Anniversary of the Nikita Khrushchev’s Visit to the United States (September 15 - 27, 1959)

In September 1959 Nikita Khrushchev follows an invitation by US President Eisenhower and is the first Soviet head of state to ever visit the United States of America. The two statesmen have high hopes for a rapprochement between the two enemy… mehr…

25th Anniversary of German President Roman Herzog’s Warsaw Speech (August 1, 1994)

In 1994 German President Roman Herzog follows an invitation by Polish president Lech Walesa to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising and travels to Warsaw. Fifty years earlier, on August 1, 1944, the Polish underground army had made one last attempt to… mehr…

50th Anniversary of the Escalation of the Northern Ireland Conflict through the Bogside Massacre (August 12-14, 1969)

Between August 12 and 14, 1969, severe street battles take place in Derry, Northern Ireland’s second largest city. The long smouldering conflicts between Protestants and Catholics finally escalate. Following the example of the US-civil rights… mehr…

Aid for Boatpeople from South East Asia (1979)

The fate of the south East Asian boatpeople is one of the biggest issues in 1979. Since the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam and the victory of the North Vietnamese communists 1.5 million people—primarily from Vietnam, but also from Laos and… mehr…

50th Anniversary of Alexandra’s Death († July 31, 1969)

On July 31, 1969 the singer Alexandra dies in car crash at the young age of 27. In the preceding two years she had shot to the top of the charts with hits such as “Zigeunerjunge” (“Gypsy Boy”) and “Sehnsucht” (“longing”). When the well-known… mehr…

OSRAM Works celebrate 100 Years in Berlin (July 1, 1919)

Since the early 20th century the name OSRAM has been synonymous for light and illumination. The German Gasglühlicht-Anstalt, AEG and Siemens & Halske join together to found the company on July 1, 1919. They decided to merge their incandescent light… mehr…

50th Anniversary—The First Man on the Moon (July 21, 1969)

“That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind” are Neil Armstrong’s famous words when he steps on the moon for the first time in human history. More than half a billion people watch the event live on their TV screens. Not only is the moon… mehr…

40 Years of European Parliamentary Elections (June 7-10, 1979)

In June of 1979 the citizens the European Union—consisting of nine member states at the time—had the chance to directly elect their representatives to the European Parliament for the very first time. Up until then the representatives had been… mehr…

Steffi Graf Turns 50 (*June 14, 1969)

Steffi Graf is one of the most successful female players in the history of tennis. Having won 107 singes titles she ranks third on the WTA’s all time list. She also holds the all time record of being the “white sport’s” number one player for 377… mehr…

Mikhail Gorbachev’s Official State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany (June 12-15, 1989)

On June 12, 1988 the Soviet state and party leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raissa arrive in the Federal Republic of Germany for a memorable state visit, one that unleashes a veritable „Gorbymania“. Upon his arrival in Bonn a chorus… mehr…
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