Our Calendar of Historical Anniversaries in English: A videoclip for each day of the year presenting an historical event. Licensing for all media and channels.
December 18th 1878 - Josef Stalin is born
December 18th 1878: Birth of Josef Stalin. Shown here at an already advanced age, the Soviet dictator shaped the era of the Cold War lik ...
December 19th, 1965 -Re-election of French President de Gaulle
December 19th, 1965: In France, General Charles de Gaulle, seen here at a press conference in 1958, is re-elected French president with ...
December 20th, 1963 - Auschwitz Trial
On December 20th, 1963, the first Auschwitz trial begins in Frankfurt am Main. More than 18 years after the end of World War II the West ...
December 21st 1958 - De Gaulle becomes President of France
On December 21st 1958, Charles de Gaulle, with 75 percent of the vote, becomes the first President of the 5th Republic of France. Due to ...
December 22nd, 1942 - Execution of key members of the resistance group “Rote Kapelle” (Red Orchestra)
On December 22nd, 1942 key members of the resistance group “Rote Kapelle” (Red Orchestra) are executed in Plötzensee. At the helm o ...
December 23rd, 1918 – Helmut Schmidt is born
On December 23rd, 1918 Helmut Schmidt is born. By 1962 the German Social Democrat is Hamburg’s minister of the interior, and during th ...
December 24th 1979 – Assassination attempt on Rudi Dutschke
December 24th 1979: Rudi Dutschke, seen here during a rally, dies due to the late effects of an assassination attempt in Aarhus, Denma ...
December 25th 1926 -Japanese imperial coronation
December 25th 1926: After the death of Emperor Taishos, Crown Prince Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan. As the first Japanese crown prin ...
December 26th, 2004 - Tsunami disaster
On December 26th, 2004 a sea-quake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale, shook the seabed off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The result ...
December 26th, 1893 - Mao is born
On December 26th, 1893 Mao Zedong, the future leader of China, was born as the eldest son to a peasant family in the central Chinese pro ...
December 27th, 1934 – Persia renamed Iran
On December 27th, 1934, the ruling Shah Reza Pahlavi announces the renaming of the country from "Persia" to "Iran." The term "Persia" i ...
December 28th, 1925 – Hildegard Knef is born
Hildegard Knef is born on December 28th, 1925. Immediately following the end of World War II her career takes off at DEFA and in 1946 s ...
December 29th, 1991 - “Stasi Files Act” comes into effect
Nearly two years after the people stormed the Stasi headquarters in East Germany, the “Stasi Documents and Files Act” comes into eff ...
December 30th, 1922 – Foundation of the USSR
After the October Revolution and the takeover by the Bolsheviks in Russia, a civil war with the deposed nobility and its followers, brok ...
December 31st 1948 - Landing of the 100,000th aircraft of the Berlin Air-Bridge
December 31st 1948: The 100,000th aircraft of the allied airlift lands in Berlin. For the Western part of the city, blocked off by the ...
January 1st 1947 - Establishment of the Bi-Zone
In December 1946, one of the coldest winter breaks out over post-war Germany, which lay in ruins. Traffic almost reaches a complete stan ...
January 2nd 1945 - Bombing of Nuremberg
On January 2nd 1945 a heavy bombing raid occurs on Nuremberg. Here images from the summer of 1945 after the occupation by U.S. troops. ...
January 3rd 1876 - Wilhelm Pieck is born
January 3rd 1876 is the birthday of Wilhelm Pieck. Pieck, a Communist icon of the German resistance against the Nazi dictatorship, seen ...
January 4th 1933- Meeting of Papen-Hitler
Franz von Papen. In 1946, he is on trial before the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. The charge: Papen was Hitlers "lapdog". The former ch ...