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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, published 90 years ago

The Good Earth, a historical fiction novel about China by American author Pearl S. Buck (1892 -1973) was first published on March 2nd, 1931 by the specialized...

Olof Palme, Sweden’s tragic political figure

Sweden’s best-known politician, Social Democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated under mysterious circumstances on February 28th, 1986 in his home town of Stockholm. It’s...

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Commander-in-Chief, President and Emperor

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, from 1966 to 1976 second president of the Central African Republic (CAR) and self-styled ruler Bokassa I of the Central African Empire from...

40 years ago, tanks were rolling through Valencia

On February 23rd 1981, an attempted coup d'état against the nascent democracy, popularly known as 23-F and headed by Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina (born 1932), took...

The forgotten Indian mutiny of 1946

A short, but critical event that hastened the end of British colonial rule on the Indian subcontinent took place on February 18th, 1946: the...

Helmut Schmidt’s mighty German Hair Force

Before Social Democratic politician and World War II Air Force veteran Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015) became Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), he served as...

Impressions from Taiwan in the 1970s

Today I watched a short documentary about Taiwan from the 1970s with a quite charming selection of what could be called Asian elevator music,...

Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer

Li Cunxin, widely considered the best dancer China has ever produced, was born on January 26th, 1961 in a village near Tsingtao, the Chinese...

Hungary commemorates the expulsion of its former German compatriots

On January 19th, 2021, the 75th anniversary of the day when the expulsion of ethnic Germans from Soviet-occupied Hungary began, there was a little...

150 years of German history and nothing to celebrate?

On January 18th, 2021, what was left of Germany after World War II and finally reunited on October 3rd, 1990, could and should have...

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