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40 Years of European Parliamentary Elections (June 7-10, 1979)

In June of 1979 the citizens the European Union—consisting of nine member states at the time—had the chance to directly elect their representatives to the European Parliament for the very first time. Up until then the representatives had been… mehr…

Steffi Graf Turns 50 (*June 14, 1969)

Steffi Graf is one of the most successful female players in the history of tennis. Having won 107 singes titles she ranks third on the WTA’s all time list. She also holds the all time record of being the “white sport’s” number one player for 377… mehr…

Mikhail Gorbachev’s Official State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany (June 12-15, 1989)

On June 12, 1988 the Soviet state and party leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raissa arrive in the Federal Republic of Germany for a memorable state visit, one that unleashes a veritable „Gorbymania“. Upon his arrival in Bonn a chorus… mehr…

70 Years of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (May 24, 1949)

On May 24, 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany’s Basic Law goes into effect. It had been approved by the Parliamentary Council and sanctioned by the Allies two weeks earlier. Over the course of nine months representatives of the newly reinstated… mehr…

100th Birthday of Eva "Evita" Perón (* May 7, 1919)

Many Argentineans still consider her a luminous figure-- Eva Perón, known all over the world as „Evita“. She manages the greatest social climb since Cinderella, as depicted in the eponymous musical by Andrew Llyod Webber and Tim Rice. Born in the… mehr…

100 Years of Observing May 1st as a Holiday (May 1, 1919)

Today countries all over the world observe May First as an official holiday (“Labour Day” or “International Workers Day”). It all goes back to events that occurred in the year 1886. Dozens of people were killed in Chicago while they were peacefully… mehr…

Nikita Khrushchev’s 125th Birthday (* April 17, 1894)

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-1964) and Premier of the USSR (1958-1964) is remembered mostly for his impulsive performances. His outburst of rage in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations in… mehr…

Patent of the Mechanical Calculator „CURTA“ turns 80 (April 13, 1939)

„What the watch is among the chronometers, the compact camera among cameras, that’s CURTA among mechanical calculators: a full-featured precision instrument for all four types of calculation, portable anywhere“, this is how the manufacturer promoted… mehr…

100 Years of Bauhaus (April 1919)

Bauhaus is one of the best-known and most efficacious art schools in the world, even today. Despite its short-lived existence of barely fourteen years it has fundamentally altered creative and artistic thinking and doing. Founded by Walter Gropius… mehr…

50th Anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed in (March 26-31, 1969)

On March 25, 1969 Yoko Ono and John Lennon embark on their legendary “bed-in.” Their wedding had taken place 5 days earlier and the couple wanted to take advantage of the media frenzy and take a stance for peace in accordance with the mantra “Make… mehr…

1959 Tibetan Uprising and the Dalai Lama’s Flight to India (March 10-21, 1959)

The Chinese had occupied Tibet for almost a decade when a rebellion erupts in the Central Asian country in March of 1959. When the People’s Republic was founded at the end of the Chinese civil war Mao Zedong decided to tackle “Tibet’s return to the… mehr…

Barbie is 60! (March 9, 1959)

Barbie is the world’s most famous and best-selling doll. More than 1 billion dolls have been sold since the first Barbie was introduced at the New York Toy Convention on March 9, 1959. Throughout the decades the dress-up doll went through an… mehr…
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