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Hans Scharoun’s 50th Death Anniversary († November 25, 1972)

He is one of the great German architects of the 20th century and one of the most important representatives of organic building: Hans Scharoun. Born in Bremen on September 20, 1893, and raised in Bremerhaven, he went to study architecture at the… mehr…

Boris Becker’s 55th Birthday (* November 22, 1967)

He is one of the all-time superstars of German sports and one of the greatest tennis players of all time: Boris Becker. Like few other people, he still riles up people's emotions. When the native of Leimen became the first unseeded and youngest… mehr…

Gerhart Hauptmann’s 160th Birthday (* 15.11.1862)

Gerhart Hauptmann was one of the most important German playwrights on the threshold of the 20th century and one of the most important representatives of naturalism. Born in Obersalzbrunn (now Szczawno-Zdrój) in Silesia on November 15, 1962, the son… mehr…

30th anniversary of the first energy-self-sufficient solar house (October 30, 1992)

30 years ago, Germany's first energy self-sufficient solar house was inaugurated in Freiburg im Breisgau. The model project of the local Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) wanted to test the viability of such a concept in Central… mehr…

Peter Stein’s 85th Birthday (* 01.10.1937)

Peter Stein is a living legend. His name is inseparably linked with the Berlin Schaubühne, which revolutionized German theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. With his productions, in which he has always seen himself as the author's interpreter and sought a… mehr…

60th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 1962)

For two weeks in the fall of 1962, billions of people around the world held their breath in fear of a nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the USA. The crisis was triggered in mid-October, when U.S. intelligence services confirmed that… mehr…

50th Anniversary of Ulrike Meyfarth Winning Olympic Gold in High Jump (September 4, 1972)

On the 9th day of competition Ulrike Meyfarth was one of the biggest surprises of the 20th Olympic games in Munich. That evening the 16-year-old schoolgirl competed in the high jump final in front of a stadium packed with 80,000 spectators. Her name… mehr…

Charles Wilp’s 90th Birthday (* 15.09.1932)

He was one of the most radiant and versatile figures in the German creative industry: photographer, lyricist, musician, filmmaker and visual artist Charles Wilp. He conceived of advertising as a Gesamtkunstwerk and in this spirit he created some of… mehr…

Wolfgang Schäuble’s 80th Birthday (* September 18, 2022)

He is a Christian Democratic veteran and a politician of superlatives: Wolfgang Schäuble. Not only has he been a member of the CDU for almost six decades, but he has also been a member of the Bundestag without interruption for half a century, making… mehr…

50th anniversary of the mass production of compact discs (August 17, 1982)

On August 17, 1982, the first compact disc goes off the production line at the Philips subsidiary Polygram's plant in Langenhagen near Hanover. This marks both the start of a revolution in the music industry and the turnaround from analogue to… mehr…

125 Years of Aspirin (August 10, 1897)

August 10, 1897 marks the „birth“ of the world's best-known drug: chemist Felix Hoffmann was the first to successfully synthesize acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in a chemically pure and stable form in Bayer's laboratories in Wuppertal. Although the… mehr…

Fela Kuti’s 25th Death Anniversary († August 2, 1997)

Fela Kuti was one of the most important musicians on the African continent as well as one of its most important political voices in the 1970s. With his band "Afrika 70" he invented Afrobeat, in which the multi-instrumentalist and singer combined… mehr…
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