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.
May 5th 1977 - Ludwig Erhard dies
On May 5th 1977 Ludwig Erhard dies. After the 2nd World War, the economic specialist first becomes adviser to the American military auth ...
May 6th, 1937 – Lakehurst disaster
May 6th, 1937: During a landing approach at Lakehurst, New Jersey near New York, the German zeppelin ‘LZ 129 Hindenburg’ burst into ...
May 7th to 9th 1945 - Surrender in Reims / Karl Horst
May 7th 1945: Meeting of the German Wehrmacht and the Allied High Command at General Eisenhowers headquarters in Reims. A historic day. ...
May 8th 1945 - Victory celebrations for the end of the war
May 8th 1945 - At Trafalgar Square in London, hundreds of thousands of Britons celebrate the end of World War II. The wide relief is und ...
9. May 1959 - Foundation stone laid for the Memorial Church
Largely destroyed by a bomb attack in 1943, the church ruin at Breitscheidplatz, was popularly known in the postwar years as "Hollow Too ...
May 10th 1940 - The beginning of Hitlers western campaign '
May 10th 1940: The beginning of Hitlers western campaign. After a successful blitzkrieg against Poland the invasion of Belgium Luxembour ...
May 11th, 1960 – Kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann
During the 1950’s reign of Juan and Evita Peron, Argentina becomes an important refuge for Nazi criminals in Latin America. This is no ...
May 12th 1940 -First Allied air raid on Germany
May 12th 1940: With a first, small air raid on Mönchengladbach by the British Royal Air Force, the almost five-year long nightmare for ...
May 13th 1943 - Surrender in Africa
May 13th 1943: The Allied forces triumph in Tunis. The German Africa Corps surrender. Thus, the African campaign and the Second World Wa ...
May 14th 1948 - Creation of the State of Israel
On May 14th 1949: Ben Gurion announces the State of Israel at the City Museum Tel Aviv. Thus, the Zionist vision of Jewish intellectuals ...
May 15th, 1974 - Walter Scheel is elected President
On May 15th, 1974 Walter Scheel is elected President in Germany. (original sound) The first to congratulate is the candidate of the op ...
May 16th 1974 - Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
May 16th 1974: The German Bundestag elects Helmut Schmid the chancellor of Germany. Schmidt, born 1918 in Hamburg, joined the SPD in 194 ...
May 17th, 1972 - Eastern Treaties ratification with Poland and the Soviet Union
On May 17th, 1972 the Bundestag voted in favor of the ratification of the Eastern treaties with Poland and the Soviet Union by majority ...
May 18th 1868 - Tsar Nicholas the II of Russia is born
May 18th 1868: Birthday of Tsar Nicholas the II of Russia. His reign was to shape the destiny of Russia decisively and to end the dyna ...
May 19th 1935 -Inauguration of the Autobahn section Frankfurt-Darmstadt
May 19th 1935: Inauguration by Adolf Hitler of the new section of the Autobahn between Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt. The dictator le ...
May 20th 1954 - Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Taiwan
On May 20th 1954 Chiang Kai-shek is elected President of Taiwan, by the island nations National Assembly. In 1949 the Chinese officer a ...
May 21st 1951 - Montan law of codetermination
May 21st 1951: The German Bundestag passes the law on employee codetermination in the mining, iron and steel industry. Previously on Ja ...
May 22nd 1939 - Pact of Steel
On May 22nd 1939 Germany and Italy conclude the "Pact of Steel". The name of the alliance agreement was to document the strong, unbreaka ...
May 23rd 1949 - Promulgation of Germanys Basic Law
On May 23rd 1949: Germanys Basic Law is ceremonially announced and signed in Bonn. The ceremony is preceded by months-long deliberations ...