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The animated cartoon “Maya the Bee“ premieres on German TV, causing outrage among pedagogues who consider the series to be a children’s television programme without any particular educational value. This, however, has no effect on the cartoon‘s popularity with the viewing public.

Hoping that socialism will provide a path to freedom, the mildly critical singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann is expatriated by the East German government – a step causing Erich Honecker, leader of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED), to lose his reputation as a hesitant reformer.

What else happened?

The Palace of the Republic is inaugurated in East Berlin.

Compulsory front seat belt wearing is introduced in West Germany.

In the elections to the Bundestag, Social Democat Helmut Schmidt defeats his conservative counterpart Helmut Kohl.

The new Federal Chancellery is inaugurated in Bonn.

Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist Ulrike Meinhof commits suicide.

To protest the repression of religion, East German Lutheran pastor Oskar Brüsewitz commits self-immolation.

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