Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

Luigi Colani’s 90th Birthday (* August 2, 1928)

Chair, toothbrush, coffin, lamp, eyeglasses or ballpointpen—there are hardly any objects of utility that haven’t been reshaped by the „god of the curved line“. His bimorph and aerodynamic designs make the German designer Luigi Colani world-famous.… mehr…
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The End of „Prague Spring“ (August 21, 1968)

In the night from August 20th to August 21, 1968 the troops of the Warsaw Pact march into Czechoslovakia to put a sudden and violent end to the “Prague Spring.” Ever since the beginning of the year, when Alexander Dubček was elected General… mehr…
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Parliamentary Council meets in Bonn (August 13, 1948)

On August 13, 1948, eleven West German minister-presidents decide on Bonn as the conference site for the parliamentary council. In a survey done over the phone they vote 8:3 for the city on the Rhine river. A month earlier the three military… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of Death of Käthe Kruse († July 19, 1968)

toys. Her little creatures are quite different from the ever so popular porcelain dolls. Childlike and lifelike, they are soft and flexible and reflect the pedagogical reforms at the time. Kruse was born in 1883 in Breslau as the illegitimate… mehr…
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1958 Lebanon Crisis

In the year 1958 an almost forgotten civil war erupts in Lebanon. The fragile power structure of this multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country is thrown into turmoil. Ever since Lebanon gained independence in 1943 a “national pact” provided the… mehr…
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BASF Explosion Disaster (July 28, 1948)

The worst chemical accident in post-war Germany occurs on July 28, 1948. A tank car filled with dimethyl ether explodes on the premises of BASG in Ludwigshafen that afternoon. The highly flammable liquid gas had been sitting in the hot sun since the… mehr…
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The Berlin-Blockade Begins (June 24, 1948)

The Berlin Blockade beginning on June 24, 1948 marks the „first battle of the Cold War“. It is early morning when the Soviet military administration cuts off all connections between West Berlin and West Germany, from railways to roads to waterways.… mehr…
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Jürgen Sparwasser Turns 70 (* June 4, 1948)

The player who scores the most legendary goal in the history of German-German football is none other than Jürgen Sparwasser. In what would be the first and last 1974 world cup game between the two German national teams he shoots the decisive 1:0 for… mehr…
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Robert Kennedy Assassination (June 5, 1968)

In the night of June 5th Robert F. Kennedy is critically injured during an assassination in Los Angeles. Only a few hours earlier the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate had won the primaries in California. Kennedy celebrates his victory at… mehr…
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70 Years of Israel (May 14, 1948)

To some it is a dream come true, others consider it „Nakba“ („catastrophe“), the beginning of flight and displacement. On the afternoon of May 14, 1968, Ben Gurion proclaims the founding of the state of Israel. It is a few hours before Great… mehr…
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Approval of the Emergency Acts (May 30, 1968)

On May 30, 1968 the German Bundestag passes the Emergency Acts, which are considered some of the most controversial bills in the history of the German Federal Republic. The „seventeenth law to amend the Grundgesetz“, or basic law, determines which… mehr…
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Paris, May 1968 (starting on May 3, 1968)

In May of 1968 Paris appears to be on the brink of revolution. Protests at the University of Nanterre first spread to Paris, then to the entire republic. Student occupations are met with violence. Hundreds of arrests and injuries turn into street… mehr…
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