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.
April 21st 1918 - Manfred von Richthofen dies
April 21st 1918: Manfred von Richthofen, historically known as the "Red Baron" and flying ace of World War I, is shot down during an air ...
April 21st 1945 - Red Army reaches the city limits of Berlin
April 21st 1945: The first units of the Soviet army reach the city limits of Berlin and start the encirclement of the city. By the end o ...
April 22nd 1946 - Founding of the SED
The Soviet occupation deliberately worked towards guaranteeing the supremacy of communist forces in their zone. Back in early May of 194 ...
April 22nd 1915 - First use of chlorine gas in World War I
April 22nd 1915: For the first time the German army uses chlorine gas as a deadly poisonous gas against its enemies near Ypres, Belgium. ...
April 23rd 1976 - The Palace of the Republic is inaugurated
On April 23rd 1976: The Palace of the Republic at the Schlossplatz, then Marx-Engels-Platz, in Berlin is inaugurated. The building becom ...
April 25th 1945 - Meeting of American and Soviet troops in Torgau
April 25th 1945: American and Soviet armed forces meet in Torgau on the banks of the Elbe, and celebrate their brotherhood for the camer ...
April 26th, 1986 - Chernobyl disaster - worst-case scenario (super MCA)
On April 26th, 1986 a turbine failure occurs in block 4 of the "Lenin" - Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Six seconds after the emergency ...
April 26th 1925 - Paul von Hindenburg becomes President of the Reich
April 26th 1925. Paul von Hindenburg, Field Marshal and hero of World War I, is elected the new President of Germany. He is a controvers ...
April 28th 1969 - President Charles de Gaulle resigns
During the night of April 28th 1969 the French President Charles de Gaulle resigns. The student protests and general strike of 1968 sti ...
April 29th 1945 - Liberation of the concentration camp Dachau
April 29th 1945: Dachau is liberated by the Americans. The U.S. Army moves against the city nearby Munich and the infamous concentration ...
April 30th, 1975 – The end of the Vietnam War and Fall of Saigon
On April 30th, 1975, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces capture Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. Panic breaks out. Many escape t ...
April 30th 1945 - Liberation of Munich by U.S. troops
April 30th 1945: The day after the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, U.S. troops advance into the Bavarian capital of Munich. ...
May 1st 1929 - "Blood May"
May 1st 1929. In Berlin, the Social Democratic Chief of police Karl Zörgiebel imposes a ban on demonstrations for fear of unrest. The K ...
May 2nd1969 - Franz von Papen dies
Franz von Papen died on May 2nd 1969. In 1925 von Papen, against the will of his party, the “Center”, supports the election of Paul ...
May 3rd 1968 - May riots in Paris
On May 3rd 1968 student riots in Paris escalate and spread into the province. The revolt had begun in March when several hundred studen ...
May 4th 1980 - Tito dies
On May 4th 1980 Josip Broz Tito dies. During the 2nd World War, Tito gains a reputation as a legendary partisan leader. From 1942 on hi ...
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. ...