Current Events in the Rear-View Mirror

Assassination Attempt on Rudi Dutschke and Easter Riots (April 11-15, 1968)

Severe unrests occur in the young German Federal Republic during the Easter holidays in 1968, triggered by the assassination attempt on Rudi Dutschke on Holy Thursday in Berlin. The unskilled labourer Josef Bachmann—citing “political… mehr…
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The Marshall Plan Is Signed Into Law (April 3, 1948)

Harry S. Truman’s signature enforces the European Recovery Program (ERP), which is based on an initiative by the former secretary of state George C. Marshall. In his mind post-war Europe was doomed without outside help. The severe destruction from… mehr…
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50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King (April 4, 1968)

Martin Luther King is only 39 years old when he is shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. His stalwart struggle against racial segregation and discrimination of the black population in the USA has made him the target of reactionary… mehr…
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Marika Kilius’ 75th Birthday (* March 24, 1943)

The „Ice Princess“ is one of the first pop stars in the sports realm of the young German Federal Republic, a teen-idol and a show business darling. The daughter of a milliner was named after the film star Marika Rökk. She picks up roller skating at… mehr…
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Yuri Gagarin’s 50th Anniversary of Death († March 27, 1968)

Yuri Gagarin is on a routine training flight when his MiG-15 crashes near Moscow. Tens of thousands of mourners attend the state funeral two days later, when the ashes of the 34 year old are interned in the Kremlin Wall. Only seven year earlier he… mehr…
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Spring Offensive along the Western Front (beginning March 21, 1918)

In the hopes of turning the seemingly endless static trench warfare along the Western front, that had cost so many lives, into a victory after all, the Germans decide to pursue one last major effort in the spring of 1918. Their plan includes five… mehr…
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Plane Crash of the Manchester United Football Team (February 6, 1958)

It would be the final trip of the legendary „Busby Babes“, as the young and aspiring team around coach Matt Busby was called. One day earlier they had qualified for the Europe Cup semi-finals, after beating Red Star Belgrade. Having already won two… mehr…
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Founding of the Max-Planck-Society (February 26, 1948)

The “Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Sciences” is considered one of the most prestigious and most successful research institutes in the world—it has produced 19 Nobel Laureates since its inception. It currently consists of 84 institutes… mehr…
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Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (February 9, 1918)

On February 9, 1918 the first peace treaty of World War I is signed in Brest-Litovsk. It is a separate treaty between the newly established Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Central Powers. The treaty provides the newly independent Ukraine with… mehr…
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Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th Death Anniversary (January 30, 1948)

On January 30, 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi— the incarnation of non-violence—is shot and killed by a fanatic Hindu nationalist during a public prayer in Delhi. Only half a year earlier India had achieved the independence. The man with the… mehr…
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Gamal Abdel Nasser’s 100th Birthday (* January 15, 1918)

To his contemporaries Gamal Abdel Nasser was an Egyptian national hero, one of the greatest statesmen in the Arab world, and an idol to the entire third world—he makes his admirers believe that heteronomy, colonialism and backwardness can be… mehr…
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Former Queen Beatrix Turns 80 (* January 31, 1938)

She wielded the sceptre of the House of Orange-Nassau for more than three decades. Thanks to her prudence and her sense of duty and professionalism she overcomes the resistance of the populace and wins their respect: Beatrix, former Queen of the… mehr…
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