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1969 marks the beginning of a new era both worldwide as well as in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. On 20 July 20, the first human sets foot on the moon. The whole country watches the event on TV.

Willy Brandt is elected the first Social Democratic Chancellor of post-war Germany. “We want to take a chance on more democracy,“ he declares after winning the federal elections. German leftists and young people look up to Brandt, but also politicians across Eastern Europe attach great hopes to him as they expect more recognition and rapprochement.

What else happened?

The Kingdom of Cambodia recognises the 20 year-old GDR as a state. The Southeast Asian country is, however, not the first Socialist state to take up diplomatic relations with the GDR.

The “Fernsehturm“ (“Television Tower“) is inaugurated in East Berlin.

Colour TV is introduced in the GDR.

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