Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

The Berlin-Blockade Begins (June 24, 1948)

The Berlin Blockade beginning on June 24, 1948 marks the „first battle of the Cold War“. It is early morning when the Soviet military administration cuts off all connections between West Berlin and West Germany, from railways to roads to waterways.… mehr…
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Jürgen Sparwasser Turns 70 (* June 4, 1948)

The player who scores the most legendary goal in the history of German-German football is none other than Jürgen Sparwasser. In what would be the first and last 1974 world cup game between the two German national teams he shoots the decisive 1:0 for… mehr…
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Robert Kennedy Assassination (June 5, 1968)

In the night of June 5th Robert F. Kennedy is critically injured during an assassination in Los Angeles. Only a few hours earlier the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate had won the primaries in California. Kennedy celebrates his victory at… mehr…
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70 Years of Israel (May 14, 1948)

To some it is a dream come true, others consider it „Nakba“ („catastrophe“), the beginning of flight and displacement. On the afternoon of May 14, 1968, Ben Gurion proclaims the founding of the state of Israel. It is a few hours before Great… mehr…
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Approval of the Emergency Acts (May 30, 1968)

On May 30, 1968 the German Bundestag passes the Emergency Acts, which are considered some of the most controversial bills in the history of the German Federal Republic. The „seventeenth law to amend the Grundgesetz“, or basic law, determines which… mehr…
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Paris, May 1968 (starting on May 3, 1968)

In May of 1968 Paris appears to be on the brink of revolution. Protests at the University of Nanterre first spread to Paris, then to the entire republic. Student occupations are met with violence. Hundreds of arrests and injuries turn into street… mehr…
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Assassination Attempt on Rudi Dutschke and Easter Riots (April 11-15, 1968)

Severe unrests occur in the young German Federal Republic during the Easter holidays in 1968, triggered by the assassination attempt on Rudi Dutschke on Holy Thursday in Berlin. The unskilled labourer Josef Bachmann—citing “political… mehr…
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The Marshall Plan Is Signed Into Law (April 3, 1948)

Harry S. Truman’s signature enforces the European Recovery Program (ERP), which is based on an initiative by the former secretary of state George C. Marshall. In his mind post-war Europe was doomed without outside help. The severe destruction from… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King (April 4, 1968)

Martin Luther King is only 39 years old when he is shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. His stalwart struggle against racial segregation and discrimination of the black population in the USA has made him the target of reactionary… mehr…
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Marika Kilius’ 75th Birthday (* March 24, 1943)

The „Ice Princess“ is one of the first pop stars in the sports realm of the young German Federal Republic, a teen-idol and a show business darling. The daughter of a milliner was named after the film star Marika Rökk. She picks up roller skating at… mehr…
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Yuri Gagarin’s 50th Anniversary of Death († March 27, 1968)

Yuri Gagarin is on a routine training flight when his MiG-15 crashes near Moscow. Tens of thousands of mourners attend the state funeral two days later, when the ashes of the 34 year old are interned in the Kremlin Wall. Only seven year earlier he… mehr…
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Spring Offensive along the Western Front (beginning March 21, 1918)

In the hopes of turning the seemingly endless static trench warfare along the Western front, that had cost so many lives, into a victory after all, the Germans decide to pursue one last major effort in the spring of 1918. Their plan includes five… mehr…
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