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75th Anniversary of the USA’s First Atomic Detonation on Bikini Atoll (June 30, 1946)

Operation Crossroads is a series of nuclear weapons tests in Bikini Atoll that begin in the summer of 1946. On June 30 at 10 p.m. (universal time, +12 hours local time), a bomb dropped from an airplane is detonated at an altitude of 160 meters under… mehr…
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70th Anniversary of the first Berlin International Film Festival (June 6, 1951 – June 18, 1951)

The first Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, takes place in June 1951. The festival goes back to an initiative of the film officer of the military government of the United States, Oscar Martay. The idea behind such a festival was to… mehr…
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80th Birthday Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell (* June 7, 1941)

  His family name is almost synonymous with pencils and colouring pencils. He has been at the helm of the established family business for almost four decades, now in the eighth generation: Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell. Born in Bamberg in… mehr…
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The German High Speed Train ICE Turns 30 (May 29, 1991)

Thirty years ago, a new era of train travel begins in Germany, with the introduction of the Intercity Express. On May 29, 1991, a rally of the first five ICEs to Kassel inaugurates high-speed rail service in the Federal Republic of Germany and the… mehr…
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70th Anniversary Accession of Germany to the Council of Europe (May 2, 1951)

On May 2, 1951, the Federal Republic of Germany became a full member of the Council of Europe. It had already been granted associate status a year earlier, on July 13, 1950. Ten states - Great Britain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,… mehr…
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Udo Lindenberg’s 75th Birthday (*May 17, 1946)

Udo Lindenberg’s unmistakable trademarks are his hat, sunglasses and cigar, but above all his voice and his brash style of singing. Born in Gronau, he began his career as a musician in the 1960s as a drummer for various jazz formations. Soon he also… mehr…
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75th Birthday of Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (* April 20, 1946)

The physician Sabine Bergmann-Pohl is the final head of state of the declining GDR. After passing her specialist examinations and earning her doctorate, she is initially put in charge of an outpatient clinic for lung diseases and tuberculosis in… mehr…
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70th Anniversary of the Opening of the First SOS Children's Village (April 15, 1951)

On April 15, 1951, the first SOS Children's Village opens in the Austrian village of Imst, initially providing 45 children with a new home in five houses. The foundation for the donation-based facility had been laid just two years earlier. The… mehr…
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60-Year Anniversary of the Beginning of the Eichmann Trial (April 11, 1961)

Sixty years ago, the sensational trial of Adolf Eichmann began in Jerusalem. As head of the "Judenreferat" IV B 4 in the "Reichssicherheitshauptamt" (Reich Security Main Office), Eichmann was responsible for handling the deportation of millions of… mehr…
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50th Years of New Traffic Regulations (March 1, 1971)

On March 1, 1971 Germany’s new traffic regulations become enforced, taking the place of the old 1937 rules which had seen their last update in 1956. On one hand the government was finally reacting to the fact that traffic had grown—which also meant… mehr…
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Gorbatchev’s 90th Birthday (* March 2, 1931)

Gorbatchev is only 54 years old when he takes over the leadership of the rather geriatric central committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His Glasnost and Perestroika policies make him famous the world over. By opening up… mehr…
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Rosa Luxemburg’s 150th Birthday (* March 5, 1871)

The revolutionary’s most famous quote is „Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently“. Many consider Rosa Luxemburg the greatest leftist politician of the 20th century—for her fundamental critique of capitalism, for… mehr…
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