Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

Plane Crash of the Manchester United Football Team (February 6, 1958)

It would be the final trip of the legendary „Busby Babes“, as the young and aspiring team around coach Matt Busby was called. One day earlier they had qualified for the Europe Cup semi-finals, after beating Red Star Belgrade. Having already won two… mehr…
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Founding of the Max-Planck-Society (February 26, 1948)

The “Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Sciences” is considered one of the most prestigious and most successful research institutes in the world—it has produced 19 Nobel Laureates since its inception. It currently consists of 84 institutes… mehr…
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Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (February 9, 1918)

On February 9, 1918 the first peace treaty of World War I is signed in Brest-Litovsk. It is a separate treaty between the newly established Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Central Powers. The treaty provides the newly independent Ukraine with… mehr…
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Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th Death Anniversary (January 30, 1948)

On January 30, 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi— the incarnation of non-violence—is shot and killed by a fanatic Hindu nationalist during a public prayer in Delhi. Only half a year earlier India had achieved the independence. The man with the… mehr…
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Gamal Abdel Nasser’s 100th Birthday (* January 15, 1918)

To his contemporaries Gamal Abdel Nasser was an Egyptian national hero, one of the greatest statesmen in the Arab world, and an idol to the entire third world—he makes his admirers believe that heteronomy, colonialism and backwardness can be… mehr…
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Former Queen Beatrix Turns 80 (* January 31, 1938)

She wielded the sceptre of the House of Orange-Nassau for more than three decades. Thanks to her prudence and her sense of duty and professionalism she overcomes the resistance of the populace and wins their respect: Beatrix, former Queen of the… mehr…
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Heinrich Böll’s 100th Birthday (* December 21, 1917)

Born in Cologne on December 21, 1917 the author Heinrich Böll was a bold champion for peace and tolerance who left his mark on German postwar literature. He draws from his own experiences to write about the abyss of national socialism, war and… mehr…
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End of the Auschwitz Trial in Krakow (December 22, 1947)

The first big trial against the staff of the concentration and extermination camps in Auschwitz-Birkenau begins in November of 1947. Among the 40 defendants are Arthur Liebehenschel, who was the temporary commander of the main camp, Maria Mandl,… mehr…
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King Constantine II of Greece Flees to Italy (December 14, 1967)

After years of political turbulences Constantine II of Greece and his wife Anne-Marie flee to Italy on December 14, 1967. He had acceded to the throne only three years earlier, at the age of 24. The young monarch quickly clashed with the… mehr…
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The First Launch of Saturn V (November 9, 1967)

When Saturn V lifts off from earth from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 9, 1967 for the first time, it rattles windows miles away. The rocket, which was supposed to take the Apollo program to the moon, was the biggest and strongest… mehr…
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100th Anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s Birth (* 19. November 1917)

While some view her as the “mother of India,” others consider her an ice-cold power politician and dictator: Indira Gandhi, who governed the world’s largest democracy for a total of 16 years. As the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, who served as… mehr…
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100 Year Anniversary of the October Revolution (November 7th/8th, 1917)

On November 7th—or October 5th, according to the Julian calendar, which was enforced at the time—a political coup d’état begins in Russia. Its movers and shakers glorify it as the „great socialist October revolution.“ History books describe it as… mehr…
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