Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

50th Anniversary of Konrad Adenauer’s Death († April 19, 1967)

No other politician left his mark on the German postwar  era like Konrad Adenauer. The staunch catholic was one of the co-founders of the CDU. As the president of the Parliamentary Council he contributed to the creation of the German Grundgesetz… mehr…
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100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald (* April 25, 1917)

Pianist Jimmy Rowles supposedly once said about Ella Fitzgerald, “She exudes music. When she walks down the street she doesn’t leave behind footprints but notes.” She is the undisputed “Queen of Jazz.” Her once in a lifetime voice (OR: out of this… mehr…
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First Conscription in Germany after World War II (April 1, 1957)

For the first time after World War II new conscripts moved into German barracks on April 1, 1957. Following the Wehrmacht’s unconditional surrender in May of 1945 the victorious allies had decided on the demilitarization of Germany. Most Germans… mehr…
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Reconstruction of St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt (March 17, 1947)

On March 17, 1947 the laying of the first stone for the reconstruction of St. Paul’s Church took place. Three years earlier it had burnt to the ground after Allied Air Forces had bombed the city. The centrally planned building made from red… mehr…
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Hans-Dietrich Genscher’s 90th Anniversary (* March 21, 1927)

The FDP (Free Democratic Party) politician Hans-Dietrich Genscher helped navigate the fate of West-German politics for more than two decades. His sense of humor, quick-wittedness and modesty helped him become a revered German statesman all over the… mehr…
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Valentina Tereshkova Turns 80 (* March 6, 1937)

Valentina Tereshkova came to fame in 1963, as the first woman to ever travel into outer space. The then 26-year old launched aboard the Vostok 6 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 16. After completing 48 orbits in three days she ejected from the… mehr…
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Heide Rosendahl turns 70 (* February 14, 1947)

The track and field athlete Heide Rosendahl was the face of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The two time gold medal and one time silver medal winner was one of the most successful athlete of the 1972 games and kept the audience in suspense with… mehr…
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Juliette Gréco turns 90 (* February 7, 1927)

Juliette Gréco, one of the „grandes dames“ of the chanson was also a muse to French existentialists. After the end of World War II Juliette Gréco hobnobbed with the Paris Bohème when, of all people, Jean-Paul Sartre discovered her talent in 1949. It… mehr…
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Rita Süssmuth turns 80 (* February 17, 1937)

In the 1980s Rita Süssmuth was one of the most committed politicians to fight on behalf of women’s rights and the rights of those on the margins of German society. The CDU politician became a member of the German federal cabinet in 1985. As the… mehr…
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Hans-Jürgen Bäumler’s 75th Birthday (* January 28, 1942)

The „prince on ice“ was one of the first pop stars of the athletic world in the young Federal Republic of Germany, he was a teen-idol and a darling of show business. At the age of 14 Bäumler participated in the German national ice-skating… mehr…
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The Hunger Winter of 1946/47

World Word II was barely over when the next catastrophe hit the people of central Europe. On top of the already critical supply situation in the years following the war an extremely long and harsh winter—in fact one of the worst of the 20th… mehr…
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The Incorporation of the Saar into West Germany (January 1, 1957)

The Saar’s coal deposits and its steel industry made it a hotly contested region between Germany and France in the aftermath of World War II, just like after 1918. Immediately after the war the German speaking border region was part of the French… mehr…
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