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Mao Zedong’s 125th Birthday (* December 26, 1893)

In the history of the 20th century Mao Zedong is remembered in a number of controversial ways—as China’s great innovator and visionary revolutionary, ruthless mass murderer and power hungry dictator, figure head of the student movement and icon of… mehr…
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First Manned Moon Mission (December 21-27, 1968)

On the morning of December 21, 1968 the „Apollo 8“ is the first manned flight to head towards the moon. A „Saturn V rocket“ carries the three astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida into space.… mehr…
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40th Anniversary of Golda Meir’s Death († December 8, 1978)

40 years after her death Golda Meir is considered one of the most significant as well as one of the most controversial figures in the history of Israel. Some consider her the charismatic and determined leader of the Zionist state, the caring mother… mehr…
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The second Berlin crisis begins (November 27, 1958)

On November 10, 1958 the Soviet Premier and head of the Communist Party Nikita Khrushchev delivered a speech at the Moscow Sports Palace in which he renounced the Four Power Agreement of Berlin. His reasoning behind this move was that the Western… mehr…
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Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday (* November 14, 1948)

He is the “perpetual heir apparent” of the British royal family: His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester, Duke of Rothesay, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland—just to name a few… mehr…
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Proclamation of the German Republic (November 9, 1918)

On November 9, 1918, in the early afternoon, Philipp Scheidemann stands on a balcony of the Berlin Reichstag and proclaims the end of the German Empire and the birth of the first German republic. Just a few hours earlier chancellor Max von Baden had… mehr…
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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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