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50th Anniversary of the First Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) (August 27-September 5, 1971)

On August 27, 1971, the First International Radio Exhibition opened in Berlin, returning to its place of origin. In 1924, it had been founded there as the Great German Radio Exhibition and held in the Haus der Funkindustrie, built specifically for… mehr…
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60th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall (August 13, 1961)

On Sunday, August 13, 1961, GDR security forces sealed off the sector border in Berlin on the orders of Walter Ulbricht, Chairman of the Council of State. Early in the morning, stone blockades and barbed wire entanglements were erected, which… mehr…
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Inga Rumpf turns 75 (* August 2, 1946)

As the first woman to wear leather pants and play the electric guitar, she caused a sensation on the 1970s German music scene. Rolling Stone later called her "Germany's only world-class rock, soul and gospel singer" - Inga Rumpf. The Hamburg-born… mehr…
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Mireille Mathieu turns 75 (*July 22, 1946)

The fairy-tale career of Mireille Mathieu is like a modern version of Cinderella. The little girl from a poor home in provincial France has one passion: singing. She dreams of becoming a singer – just like her great role model Edith Piaf. At the age… mehr…
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75th Anniversary of the Independence of the Philippines (July 4, 1946)

On July 4, 1946, the Philippines are officially granted independence, thus becoming the first Pacific country to break free from colonization. Its struggle against foreign domination goes back to its beginnings in 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan took… mehr…
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John Glenn 100th Birthday Celebration (* July 18, 1921)

John Glenn goes down in the history of space travel as the first American to orbit the globe. Born in 1921 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of a plumber, he gained his first flying experience at college as part of a program for up-and-coming pilots. When… mehr…
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75th Anniversary of the USA’s First Atomic Detonation on Bikini Atoll (June 30, 1946)

Operation Crossroads is a series of nuclear weapons tests in Bikini Atoll that begin in the summer of 1946. On June 30 at 10 p.m. (universal time, +12 hours local time), a bomb dropped from an airplane is detonated at an altitude of 160 meters under… mehr…
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70th Anniversary of the first Berlin International Film Festival (June 6, 1951 – June 18, 1951)

The first Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, takes place in June 1951. The festival goes back to an initiative of the film officer of the military government of the United States, Oscar Martay. The idea behind such a festival was to… mehr…
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80th Birthday Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell (* June 7, 1941)

  His family name is almost synonymous with pencils and colouring pencils. He has been at the helm of the established family business for almost four decades, now in the eighth generation: Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell. Born in Bamberg in… mehr…
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The German High Speed Train ICE Turns 30 (May 29, 1991)

Thirty years ago, a new era of train travel begins in Germany, with the introduction of the Intercity Express. On May 29, 1991, a rally of the first five ICEs to Kassel inaugurates high-speed rail service in the Federal Republic of Germany and the… mehr…
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70th Anniversary Accession of Germany to the Council of Europe (May 2, 1951)

On May 2, 1951, the Federal Republic of Germany became a full member of the Council of Europe. It had already been granted associate status a year earlier, on July 13, 1950. Ten states - Great Britain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,… mehr…
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Udo Lindenberg’s 75th Birthday (*May 17, 1946)

Udo Lindenberg’s unmistakable trademarks are his hat, sunglasses and cigar, but above all his voice and his brash style of singing. Born in Gronau, he began his career as a musician in the 1960s as a drummer for various jazz formations. Soon he also… mehr…
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