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70 Year Anniversary of Hannover Messe (August 18, 1947)

On August 18, 1947, the first „export trade fair“ opens its doors in Hannover. It is held by order of the British Military Government, which wants to get the devastated German economy back on its feet by boosting exports. Their search for an… 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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100th Birthday of Yehudi Menuhin (*22nd April 1916)

Yehudi Menuhin is counted amongst the great violin virtuosi of the 20th century. As child genius in the 1920s he played his way into the hearts of the people and in the following decades he gave guest performances on all great stages of the world.… mehr…
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Cultural Revolution in China (from May 1966)

In 1966 the Chinese party head Máo Zédōng began his ambitious campaign against the so-called revisionist powers amongst the party elite, supposedly responsible for the weakening of the proletariat due to their contra-revolutionary and capitalist… mehr…
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75th Death Anniversary of Wilhelm II. († 4th June 1941)

On 4th June 1941 the last German Emperor died at the age of 82 at his estate nearby Utrecht. At the end of the First World War Queen Wilhelmina granted him asylum in the then neutral Netherlands. In their armistice terms the victorious Allies… mehr…
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100th Birthday of Robert McNamara (* 9th June 1916)

Robert S. McNamara served as US defense secretary in the years from 1961 to 1968 and as such was one of the main people responsible for the Vietnam War, despite never harbouring ambitions to become a politician. In 1960 McNamara became the general… mehr…
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100th Anniversary of Edward Heath (* July 9, 1916)

To this day Edward Heath is considered the most dedicated pro-Europe advocate in British politics. As soon as the Tory politician entered the House of Commons in 1950 he pleaded for European unity and Great Britain’s participation in the European… mehr…
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