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Congo Celebrates 60 Years of Independence (June 30, 1960)

On June 30, 1960 the Republic of the Congo officially gains independence. King Badouin I of Belgium travels all the way to the capital Léopoldville (today Kinshasa) to attend he ceremony.  In his speech he praises the great merits of his… mehr…
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70th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Korean War (June 25, 1950)

The Korean War is the Cold War’s first proxy war. It is also one of its bloodiest. It begins on June 25, 1950, when the North Korean People’s Army crosses the border of the divided peninsula. Two years earlier the Soviet occupation zone in the north… mehr…
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75 Years of Berlin’s „Trümmerfrauen“ (June 1, 1945)

When World War II was over Berlin lay in ashes. A high percentage of living space and production facilities had been completely or partially destroyed by the more than 350 air strikes since 1940. Out of the originally 4.3 million residents just over… mehr…
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30-Year Anniversary of Signing the State Treaty Establishing a Monetary, Economic and Social Union between the GDR and the FRG (May 18, 1990)

On May 18, 1990 the Finance Secretaries Theo Waigel (FRG) and Walter Romberg (GDR) sign the state treaty regarding the monetary, economic and social union. It goes into force on July 1. This implements a decisive step toward a German union. The… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl Taking Off On Ra II (May 17, 1970)

The legendary Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl undertakes a spectacular endeavour at the end of the 1960s: he wants to travel from Africa to Central America in a papyrus reed boat. More than two decades earlier he had gone on his… mehr…
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Suspension of Ration Stamps in the FRG (May 1, 1950)

On May 1, 1950 the disbursement of ration stamps in the Federal Republic of Germany is abolished after one decade. The rationing of food products had been introduced as early as the beginning of World War II, and over the years the measures… mehr…
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40th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s Death († April 29, 1980)

Alfred Hitchcock is the undisputed “Master of Suspense”, even today. He steers his audience’s emotions, plays with their fears and desires like no other director. Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds, Dial M for Murder - each… mehr…
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Brasilia Celebrates its 60th Anniversary as Capital of Brazil (April 21, 1960)

On April 21, 1960 Brasilia superceded Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s capital. Socialist President Juscelino Kubitschek led the inauguration festivities. His and everyone’s hopes were that Brasilia would become a city of the future. On the president’s… mehr…
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75th Anniversary of Käthe Kollwitz’ Death († April 22, 1945)

The graphic artist and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz is one of the best known female German artists, owing much to her socio-critical and political work. She is born in 1867 in Königsberg. Her liberal parents encourage her artistic gift from an early age… mehr…
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The first and final free elections in the GDR (March 18, 1990)

On March 18, 1990 the final elections to the GDR’s Volkskammer (People’s Chamber) take place. For the first time in the history of the GDR 12.2 million eligible voters have the opportunity to elect their parliamentary representatives. The voter… mehr…
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100-Year Anniversary of the Kapp-Lütwitz-Putsch (March 13, 1920)

In March 1920 right wing forces launch their first attack on the Weimar Republic’s infant democracy. It’s in retaliation to the recently enforced Treaty of Versailles, which many view as a „dictated peace.“ The treaty includes the massive reduction… mehr…
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Günther Uecker Turns 90 (* March13, 1930)

The painter and sculptor Günther Uecker is a world famous artist, thanks to his nail paintings. Uecker is born in Mecklenburg in 1930, where his father is an engineer. After finishing school he takes up an apprenticeship as a painter and advertising… mehr…
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