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50th Anniversary of Nina Ricci’s Death († November 29, 1970)

The fashion designer Nina Ricci makes her mark with her refined feminine Haute Couture made from luxurious fabrics and elaborate ornaments. Her high-end creations quickly become the epitome of the good taste of Paris.   Born as Maria Adélaide Nielli… mehr…

Allied Control Council Approves Plan to Relocate Germans (November 20th, 1945)

At the Potsdam Conference in the summer of 1945 the three main allies temporarily accept the borders in Eastern Europe including the westward shift of Poland. At the same time they decide the “orderly and humane transfer” of the Ethnic German… mehr…

125th Anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Discovering X-Rays

On November 8th 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovers the rays that would be named after him. The professor of theoretical physics was investigating diluted gas and electrical discharge when he made this groundbreaking discovery. He experimented… mehr…

Niki de Saint Phalle’s 90th Birthday (*October 29, 1930)

Her colourful, voluptuous sculptures of female bodies made the iconic feminist artist famous all over the world: Niki de Saint Phalle. The artist is born on October 29, 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine but mostly grows up in the USA. Her father was an… mehr…

30th Anniversary of the Attempted Assassination of Wolfgang Schäuble (October 12, 1990)

On October 12, 1990 CDU politician Wolfgang Schäuble becomes the target of an assassination attempt. Schäuble attends an election campaign event at the inn Brauerei Bruder in Oppenau in Baden Württemberg that evening. The small town is part of his… mehr…

75th Anniversary of the German Red Cross Tracing Service (October 18, 1945)

Millions of Germans are missing after the end of World War II. Flight and expulsion, bombings and evacuations have separated them from their families. Two Wehrmacht officers initiate the „Red Cross, Refugee Relief Organisation, Investigation… mehr…

75 Years of Transit Camp Friedland (September 20, 1945)

Friedland is known worldwide as the „gate to freedom.“ No other place in the Federal Republic of Germany is connected to refugees, expellees, displaced persons and returning soldiers like this municipality in Lower Saxony. More than four millions… mehr…

70th Anniversary of the First Census in the FRG (September 13, 1950)

On September 13, 1950 the first comprehensive census of the still young Federal Republic of Germany takes place. It is part of the world census that is conducted in all member states of the United Nations, where as many countries as possible are… mehr…

Susanne Erichsen Becomes the First Miss Germany of the Federal Republic of Germany (September 2, 1950)

Susanne Erichsen is one of the first German models to become an international top model. Her post-war storybook career almost seems like an allegory for Germany’s defeat and resurgence. Susanne Erichsen is born as Susanne Firle in Berlin in 1925.… mehr…

50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Moscow (August 12, 1970)

On August 12, 1970 Chancellor Willy Brandt, Premier Alexei Kosygin and the German and Soviet foreign secretaries sign the German-Soviet treaty. It is the first of the so-called Eastern Treaties and lays the foundation for „change through… mehr…

Les Humphries’ 80th Birthday (August 10, 1940-December 26, 2007)

Les Humphries’ career as a pop star in the early 1970s is unlike any other in the Federal Republic of Germany. He takes the charts by storm with The Les Humphries Singers and turns them into one of the most successful singing groups in the world… mehr…

Neil Armstrong’s 90th Birthday (August 5, 1930-August 25, 2012)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong became part of the collective memory as the first human to ever set foot on the moon. His proclamation „That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind“, is a well known quote all over the world. Born in Ohio on… mehr…
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