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1963

Germany reconciles with France. The Franco-German Treaty of amity and collaboration in economic and cultural affairs is signed in Paris. It marks a milestone in the bilateral relations of the two states.

“Ich bin ein Berliner” is U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s famous message addressed to hundreds of thousands of Berliners during his visit to the city in June. His visit underlines the intention of the Western Allies not to abandon Berlin. Kennedy is assassinated the following November.

The film “Nackt unter Wölfen“ (“Naked Among Wolves“) is highly acclaimed in the GDR. Albeit exploited by the GDR for propaganda purposes, it is the first movie to depict the horrors of life in a concentration camp. On West German TV, the weekly sports programme “Sportschau“ goes on air, it’s highlight being the matches of the newly formed German Football League.

What else happened?

The “Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen“ (ZDF), the second public-service TV channel in Germany,  begins broadcasting.

23 days after a mine accident in Lengede, eleven miners are recovered alive. Their rescue goes down in history as the “Miracle of Lengede“.

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