Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

Liselotte Pulver’s 90th Birthday (* October 11, 1929)

In the 1950s the actress Liselotte Pulver captures the hearts of the audiences with her happy-go-lucky laughter. It is especially her comedic performance in films such as “I often think of Piroschka”“ or “The Spessart Inn” that make her one of the… mehr…

Founding of the GDR (October 7, 1949)

On October 7, 1949 the Provisional Volkskammer meets in the Ballroom of the former Reich’s Aeronautics Ministry and votes on the „constitution of the German Democratic Republic“, thus implementing the founding of the GDR. It is the SED (Socialist… mehr…

The Berlin TV Tower Turns 50 (October 3, 1969)

Coming in at a height of 368 m (1,207 ft) it is Germany’s tallest structure and at the same time the landmark in Germany’s capital: the Berlin TV tower. Its inauguration by Walter Ulbricht and a number of high-ranking officials takes place on… mehr…

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…
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