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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…

100th Anniversary of the Assassination of Kurt Eisner (February 21, 1919)

On February 21, 1919 the Bavarian premier Kurt Eisner is assassinated in Munich in the middle of the street. The 51-year old was on his way to the state parliament to hand in his resignation, following the electoral defeat of his party, the… mehr…

First Flight to Circle the World Nonstop (February 26 – March 2, 1949)

On February 26, 1949 a long-range bomber took off from Carswell Air Force Base in Texas with a very special mission: the first non-stop circumnavigation of the earth. A Boeing B50A Superfortress—the upgrade of the B-29 Superfortress, that had been… mehr…

Mary Quant Turns 85 (* February 11, 1934)

One of the most revolutionary British fashion designers—she shaped the look of the „Swinging Sixties“ like no other—Mary Quant, „Queen of the mini skirt“. But it’s not just her ultra short skirts and dresses, mixed with ribbed tight tops, bold hot… mehr…

Self-Immolation of the Student Jan Palach in Prague (January 16, 1969)

On January 16, 1969, in protest of the suppression of the Prague Spring the student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in the centre of the Czechoslovakian capital. As a “human torch” he wants to stir up the people, wake them up from their apathy and… mehr…

30th Anniversary of Emperor Hirohito’s Death († January 7, 1989)

He is the longest serving monarch in the history of Japan, at the same time he epitomizes his country’s varied fate throughout the 20th century: Emperor Hirohito, descendent of the sun goddess Amaterasu, worshipped like a god himself. Born in 1901… mehr…

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage at the German National Assembly (January 19, 1919)

The election of the German National Assembly takes place on January 19,1919. Following the November Revolution this election is held to form a democratically legitimate government and to provide the German Reich with a new constitution. For the… mehr…
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