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The soldier Elvis Presley arrives in Germany (October 1, 1958)

The most famous G.I. to complete his military service in Germany after the end of World War II is evidently Elvis Presley, who arrives aboard the USS „General Randall“ in Bremerhaven on October 1, 1958. He continues on to Hessen via a special… mehr…
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Reinhard "Stan" Libuda’s 75th Birthday (* October 10, 1943)

The right winger Reinhard Libuda was a football legend. „Nobody can pass God—except for Libuda,” they still say about the former Schalke player. The opposing defenders fear his agility and dribble talents. He is master of the so-called… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of Lise Meitner’s Death († October 27, 1968)

As a pioneer of new physics Lise Meitner makes major contributions to the discovery of the physical sensation of the early 20th century—nuclear fission. However, it would take a long time until the female Austrian scientist was recognized for her… mehr…
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Romy Schneider’s 80th Birthday (* September 23, 1938)

The actress Romy Schneider was already a legend during her lifetime. Her allure remains unabated: there are her beauty, her passionate and intense style of acting, as well as her personal instability and inner turmoil. Born Rosemarie Magdalene… mehr…
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Lech Walesa’s 75th Birthday (* September 29, 1943)

No one symbolizes political awakening in Poland more than Lech Walesa. Born in Popowo in 1943 he starts working as an electrician on the Lenin Shipyard in Danzig in 1967. Early on he speaks out on behalf of workers’ rights. After an increase in meat… mehr…
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80th Anniversary – Munich Agreement (September 29, 1938)

In the night from September 29 to September 30, 1939 representatives from Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy sign the Munich Agreement. It states that Czechoslovakia, which had not been invited to the negotiations— much like the Soviet… mehr…
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The End of „Prague Spring“ (August 21, 1968)

In the night from August 20th to August 21, 1968 the troops of the Warsaw Pact march into Czechoslovakia to put a sudden and violent end to the “Prague Spring.” Ever since the beginning of the year, when Alexander Dubček was elected General… mehr…
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Luigi Colani’s 90th Birthday (* August 2, 1928)

Chair, toothbrush, coffin, lamp, eyeglasses or ballpointpen—there are hardly any objects of utility that haven’t been reshaped by the „god of the curved line“. His bimorph and aerodynamic designs make the German designer Luigi Colani world-famous.… mehr…
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Parliamentary Council meets in Bonn (August 13, 1948)

On August 13, 1948, eleven West German minister-presidents decide on Bonn as the conference site for the parliamentary council. In a survey done over the phone they vote 8:3 for the city on the Rhine river. A month earlier the three military… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of Death of Käthe Kruse († July 19, 1968)

toys. Her little creatures are quite different from the ever so popular porcelain dolls. Childlike and lifelike, they are soft and flexible and reflect the pedagogical reforms at the time. Kruse was born in 1883 in Breslau as the illegitimate… mehr…
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1958 Lebanon Crisis

In the year 1958 an almost forgotten civil war erupts in Lebanon. The fragile power structure of this multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country is thrown into turmoil. Ever since Lebanon gained independence in 1943 a “national pact” provided the… mehr…
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BASF Explosion Disaster (July 28, 1948)

The worst chemical accident in post-war Germany occurs on July 28, 1948. A tank car filled with dimethyl ether explodes on the premises of BASG in Ludwigshafen that afternoon. The highly flammable liquid gas had been sitting in the hot sun since the… mehr…
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