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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…

Pierre Cardin’s 100th Birthday (* July 2, 1922)

The visionary fashion designer Pierre Cardin would have turned 100 years old on July 2, 20222. The son of Italian immigrants began his career with an apprenticeship as a tailor in Saint-Etienne, France before moving to Paris after the liberation of… mehr…

60th Anniversary of the DFB Decision to Launch the Bundesliga Soccer League

July 28, 1962, heralded a new era in the history of German soccer. On this day, the delegates gathered at the DFB national convention in Dortmund and decided to create a nationwide, single-league top division. Starting in the 1963/64 season,… mehr…

Margot Werner’s 10th Death Anniversary († July 1, 2012)

As a ballet dancer, chanson singer and entertainer, Margot Werner captivated audiences for decades. Born in Salzburg in 1937 as the daughter of a merchant and a pianist, she began taking ballet lessons at the age of three. At the age of 17 she was… mehr…

Helmut Kohl’s 5th Anniversary of Death († June 16, 2017)

Having shaped the fate of the German Christian Democrats like no other, he will always be remembered as the "Chancellor of Unity" and a pioneer of European unification - Helmut Kohl. Born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein on April 3, 1930, as the third child… mehr…

60th Anniversary First World Boxing Championship Fight on German Soil (June 23, 1962)

It was a sensation in the boxing world of the young Federal Republic of Germany when, on June 23, 1962, the first world championship fight took place on German soil. The German boxer Gustav "Bubi" Scholz took on the defending light heavyweight… mehr…

Carl Diem’s 140th Birthday (* June 24, 1882)

Carl Diem is one of the most outstanding personalities in German sports history. As a functionary, journalist, educator and scientist he played a key role in shaping the development of organized sports from the German Empire to the Federal Republic.… mehr…
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