Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

60 Years of Sputnik (October 4, 1957)

On October 4, 1957 the USSR creates an international sensation by launching the first artificial earth satellite into the orbit. With an enormous speed of eight km per second the 60 cm small „Sputnik“—Russian for fellow traveler—orbits the blue… mehr…
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Günter Grass 90th Birthday (* Oct 16, 1927 – April 13, 2015)

He is a literary superstar and one of the most important postwar novelists. A representative of “magic realism” his figurative language and narrative style exert great influence on writers such as John Irving and Salman Rushdie. Before Grass turns… mehr…
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Contergan (Thalomide) Hits the Market (October 1, 1957)

Contergan (German trade name for thalomide) was hyped as a miracle drug when drug company Grünenthal begins selling it: a sedative and sleeping pill without any side effects, even pregnant women can take it to counteract the effects of morning… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt (Sept 8, 1967)

On September 8, 2017 the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt celebrates its 50th anniversary. ESOC is in charge of overseeing the operation of all satellites of the European Space Agency (ESA). For this purpose it maintains a global… mehr…
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Opening of the Berlin Congress Center (Sept. 18, 1957)

On September 19, 1957 the US-American government presents the city of Berlin with the congress center, which had been built within just one year. The building is the USA’s contribution to the international building exhibition INTERBAU in 1957. Part… mehr…
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Erich Honecker Visits the Federal Republic of Germany (Sept. 7-11, 1987)

On September 7, 1987 Erich Honecker arrives in the Federal Republic for a visit. It is the first and last time that a head of state from the GDR would visit the other part of Germany. Though officially a „working visit“ Honecker is still received… mehr…
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Emil Nolde’s 150th Anniversary (August 7, 1867)

Emil Nolde is considered one of the most important expressionist painters. He is known for the intensive and high-contrast coloring of his watercolors and paintings. His flower and landscape paintings are still very popular today and achieve record… mehr…
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Verdict in the Nuremberg Doctor’s Trial (August 20, 1947)

On August 20, 1947 the verdict in the doctor’s trial is announced. It is the first of twelve subsequent war trials against responsible individuals of the German Reich during the rule of National Socialism. In the fall of 1946, 20 doctors and three… mehr…
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Founding of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (21st and 22nd April 1946)

On 21st and 22nd of April 1946 more than 1000 delegates from the KPD and SPD political parties assembled in the Admiralpalast in Berlin to unite the two only recently revived political parties in the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED). After 30… mehr…
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Reconstruction and development in post-war Germany

At the end of the Second World War Germany was a landscape of ruins. More than 3.5 million homes and nearly half the road infrastructure were destroyed. But within a few months after the bombardments had ceased millions of cubic meters of rubble… mehr…
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75th Birthday of Senta Berger (*13th May 1941)

As callous Mona in „Kir Royal" Senta Berger became an instant TV-star in the 1980s. Parts such as the sober-minded investigator Eva-Maria Prohacek in „Unter Verdacht", the true-to-principles clerk in „Frau Böhm sagt nein" or the pragmatic… mehr…
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70 years CARE-Package

The dispatch of the first CARE-packages in the spring of 1946 marked the beginning of an unprecedented relief operation which to this day symbolises international understanding and the readiness of individuals to help others. The initiative goes… mehr…
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