Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

70 Years of the „Flying Saucer“ (June 24, 1947)

In the summer of 1947 the US-American private pilot Kenneth Arnold makes headlines with a sensational observation. During a flight near Mount Rainier volcano on June 24 he supposedly spotted strange disc-shaped objects in the sky, which moved at… mehr…
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„Mister Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall!“—Ronald Reagan in Berlin (June 12, 1987)

On June 12, US President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan travel to Berlin for a visit. Mitterrand Reagan is one of the high ranking guests—in addition to Queen Elizabeth and François—to take part in the 750th anniversary celebrations of… mehr…
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Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967)

Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the Suez Crisis, in June of 1967 the Middle East conflict boils over into a third military confrontation between Israel and its neighboring Arab states. Egypt has been provoking Israel with threatening… mehr…
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I.G.-Farben Trial Indictment (May 3, 1947)

On May 3, 1947, an American military court opened its trial against 24 directors of IG Farben Industries. It was the sixth of twelve subsequent trials against members of the leadership of Nazi Germany called the Nuremberg Trials. The main charges of… mehr…
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Shah of Persia’s State Visit to Germany (May 27-June 4, 1967)

On May 27, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi followed an invitation by the German President Heinrich Lübke and traveled to Germany for a state visit. Together with his wife Farah, he completed a nine-day trip through the Federal Republic and West-Berlin.… mehr…
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John F. Kennedy’s 100th Anniversary (* May 29, 1917)

In 1961, John F. Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States. People had high hopes that the youngest US president ever—he was only 43 years old—would ring in a better, more just and more peaceful world. The Democrat actually got a… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of Konrad Adenauer’s Death († April 19, 1967)

No other politician left his mark on the German postwar  era like Konrad Adenauer. The staunch catholic was one of the co-founders of the CDU. As the president of the Parliamentary Council he contributed to the creation of the German Grundgesetz… mehr…
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100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald (* April 25, 1917)

Pianist Jimmy Rowles supposedly once said about Ella Fitzgerald, “She exudes music. When she walks down the street she doesn’t leave behind footprints but notes.” She is the undisputed “Queen of Jazz.” Her once in a lifetime voice (OR: out of this… mehr…
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First Conscription in Germany after World War II (April 1, 1957)

For the first time after World War II new conscripts moved into German barracks on April 1, 1957. Following the Wehrmacht’s unconditional surrender in May of 1945 the victorious allies had decided on the demilitarization of Germany. Most Germans… mehr…
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Reconstruction of St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt (March 17, 1947)

On March 17, 1947 the laying of the first stone for the reconstruction of St. Paul’s Church took place. Three years earlier it had burnt to the ground after Allied Air Forces had bombed the city. The centrally planned building made from red… mehr…
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Hans-Dietrich Genscher’s 90th Anniversary (* March 21, 1927)

The FDP (Free Democratic Party) politician Hans-Dietrich Genscher helped navigate the fate of West-German politics for more than two decades. His sense of humor, quick-wittedness and modesty helped him become a revered German statesman all over the… mehr…
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Valentina Tereshkova Turns 80 (* March 6, 1937)

Valentina Tereshkova came to fame in 1963, as the first woman to ever travel into outer space. The then 26-year old launched aboard the Vostok 6 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 16. After completing 48 orbits in three days she ejected from the… mehr…
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