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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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Mao Zedong’s 125th Birthday (* December 26, 1893)

In the history of the 20th century Mao Zedong is remembered in a number of controversial ways—as China’s great innovator and visionary revolutionary, ruthless mass murderer and power hungry dictator, figure head of the student movement and icon of… mehr…
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First Manned Moon Mission (December 21-27, 1968)

On the morning of December 21, 1968 the „Apollo 8“ is the first manned flight to head towards the moon. A „Saturn V rocket“ carries the three astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida into space.… mehr…
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40th Anniversary of Golda Meir’s Death († December 8, 1978)

40 years after her death Golda Meir is considered one of the most significant as well as one of the most controversial figures in the history of Israel. Some consider her the charismatic and determined leader of the Zionist state, the caring mother… mehr…
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The second Berlin crisis begins (November 27, 1958)

On November 10, 1958 the Soviet Premier and head of the Communist Party Nikita Khrushchev delivered a speech at the Moscow Sports Palace in which he renounced the Four Power Agreement of Berlin. His reasoning behind this move was that the Western… mehr…
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Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday (* November 14, 1948)

He is the “perpetual heir apparent” of the British royal family: His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester, Duke of Rothesay, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland—just to name a few… mehr…
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Proclamation of the German Republic (November 9, 1918)

On November 9, 1918, in the early afternoon, Philipp Scheidemann stands on a balcony of the Berlin Reichstag and proclaims the end of the German Empire and the birth of the first German republic. Just a few hours earlier chancellor Max von Baden had… mehr…
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