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.
August 14th, 1949 - Elections for the first German Bundestag
On August 14th, 1949 elections to the first German Bundestag were held. A large number of parties as well as independents competed to be ...
August 15th, 1969 - Woodstock festival
August 15th, 1969: From all directions people flock to the fields of farmer Max Yasgur in White Lake near Bethel in the State of New Yor ...
August 15th 1945 - Hirohito announces surrender
On August 15th 1945 most of the people of Japan hear the voice of their emperor for the very first time: Hirohito announces the surrend ...
August 16th, 1977 - Elvis Presley dies of heart failure
August 16th, 1977: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock is dead. The Rock n' roll singer dies at 42 of heart failure. Fans quickly gather in ...
August 16th 1809 - Founding of the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Berlin
August 16th 1809: The Friedrich-Wilhelms-University is founded in Berlin. The university, seen here on the occasion of its 100th anniver ...
August 17th 1987 - Rudolf Hess commits suicide
On August 17th, 1987 Rudolf Hess committed suicide. Rudolf Hess was a member of the NSDAP since 1920. In 1923 he took part in the Hitle ...
August 18th 1944 - Assassination of Thalmann
On August 18th, 1944 Ernst Thalmann is shot at the concentration camp Buchenwald. The body was immediately burned in the crematorium. Th ...
August 19th 1936 - Moscow show trials
On August 19th 1936: The first of three large show trials begins at the House of Trade Unions in Moscow. Communist Party leader Joseph ...
August 20th 1942 - Freisler is appointed as President of the Peoples Court by Adolf Hitler.
On August 20th 1942: Roland Freisler is appointed as President of the Peoples Court by Adolf Hitler. Freisler joined the Nazi party in ...
August 21st, 1944 – Preparations for the founding of the United Nations
In preparation for the founding of the United Nations – here images of the founding in 1945 – a meeting was held on August 21st, 194 ...
August 22nd 1902 - Riefenstahl is born
On 22 August 1902: Leni Riefenstahl is born. The dancer, actress and director, became famous as well as infamous for her collaboration w ...
August 23rd 1939 - The non-aggression act between the Soviet-Union and Germany
August 23rd 1939 - Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop arrives in Moscow to sign the German-Soviet non-aggression pact. It is a ...
August 24th 1961 - First casualties at the Berlin Wall
Since August 13th 1961 the barriers of the inner-German border and around West Berlin were being expanded with concrete, barbed wire, mi ...
August 25th 1944 - Allies liberate Paris
August 25th 1944: After bitter fighting between the Resistance and the German occupying power, Paris is liberated by the Allies. For the ...
August 26th, 1921 - Murder of Erzberger
On August 26th 1921 the German center politician Matthias Erzberger was downright executed by right wing radicals. He was the target of ...
August 27th, 1937 - Japanese conduct air attack on Nanking
August 27th, 1937: Japans air force conducts a major attack on the Chinese capital of Nanking. The attack which killed about 500 people ...
August 28th, 1963 - Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech
On August 28th, 1963 the citizens movement against racism and apartheid in the U.S. reached one of its milestones: 250000 people led b ...
August 29th 1962 - CIA discovers rocket launchers
On August 29th 1962 air reconnaissance of the U.S. provides the first photographs of the construction of Soviet missile launchers in Cub ...
August 30th 1945 – Allied Control Council adopts first proclamation
August 30th 1945: In Berlin the Allied Control Council adopts its first proclamation, according to which the governmental power in Germa ...