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.
October 3rd 1990 - Reunification
On October 3rd 1990 the GDR joined the Federal Republic of Germany, reuniting the divided country. Since then, October 3rd is a National ...
October 4th 1958 - Creation of the Fifth French Republic
Charles de Gaulle, again elected prime minister after a break from politics for several years, starts a campaign in the summer of 1958 t ...
October 5th, 1937 - USA announces an isolationist policy
While in Europe the signs point towards war, the majority of the U.S. population are pacifists and want the U.S. to take on a neutral po ...
October 6th, 1945 - Konrad Adenauer dismissed as mayor of Cologne
In 1933, the Nazis stripped Konrad Adenauer of his mayoral duties in Cologne, Germany. He had survived in so called "inner emigration". ...
October 7th 1989 - 40th Anniversary of the GDR
October 7th 1989: In the presence of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the GDR leadership celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the German ...
October 8th, 1992 - Willy Brandt dies
On October 8th 1992 Willy Brandt dies. His political dream, the reunification of Germany, came true during his lifetime. He had fought ...
October 9th 1989 - Monday demonstration in Leipzig peace pact with the government
A highlight of the so called “Monday demonstrations” in East Germany, was the demonstration of 70,000 people on October 9th 1989 in ...
October 10th, 1962 - The Spiegel-affair
October 10th, 1962 marks the beginning of the Spiegel-affair in Germany. Publisher Rudolf Augstein and other editors are said to have di ...
October 11th 1949 - Wilhelm Pieck becomes the first President of East Germany
On October 11th 1949: Wilhelm Pieck becomes the first president of the German Democratic Republic. Pieck is an icon of the German Commu ...
October 12th 1960 - Khrushchev shoe banging incident before the UN
After the shooting down of a U.S. spy plane over the Soviet Union had led to a deterioration in relations between the superpowers in May ...
October 13th, 1949 - Founding of the German Trade Union Federation
On October 13th, 1949 the Founding Congress of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) elects Hans Böckler as its first chairman. Due t ...
October 15th 1924 - Landing of the Zeppelin LZ 126 in Lakehurst
October 15th 1924: After 81 hours and after having covered over 8000 km of flight route, the airship pioneer Hugo Eckener lands with Zep ...
October 16th 1944 - Invasion of Soviet troops into Eastern Prussia
October 16th 1944: An unprecedented exodus of the local German population begins in Eastern Prussia with the arrival of Soviet troops. T ...
October 16th 1925 - Treaty of Locarno
October 16th 1925: In Locarno, Switzerland, the most important international conference on European security issues after the First Worl ...
October 17th 1917 - Hindenburg tells people to endure during the First World War
(O-Ton) All the exhortations to hold out by the German High Command, could not bring about a victory in 1917 – the volunteer Adolf Hi ...
October 18th, 1977 – The GSG9 frees hostage in Mogadishu
October 18th, 1977: At the airport of Mogadishu, all hostages of the Lufthansa airliner "Landshut", who were kidnapped by a commando of ...
October 18th 1944 - Funeral of Erwin Rommel
October 18th 1944: In an act of state, General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is laid to rest in Ulm, Germany.. Rommel, one of the most impo ...
October 19th 1945 - Declaration of Guilt in Stuttgart
On October 18th and 19th of 1945 ecumenical representatives meet in war-torn Stuttgart. They asses the Churchs involvement in the terror ...
October 20th 1944 - Red Army captures Belgrade
October 20th 1944: Liberation of Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia, by the Red Army. It was the climax of the so-called Belgrade opera ...