Life is overshadowed by the terrorist activities of the Red Army Faction. RAF terrorists kill the Attorney General of Germany, Siegfried Buback, and the Chairman of the Dresdner Bank, Jürgen Ponto. Hanns-Martin Schleyer, the President of the Confederation of German Employers‘ Associations, is kidnapped and later killed. Several policemen and chauffeurs lose their lives.
Even when a Lufthansa aircraft is hijacked, Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt remains unflinching in the negotiations with the terrorists. In a spectacular rescue operation at Mogadishu airport carried out by the German elite counter terrorism unit GSG9, the passengers are freed.
Coffee becomes scarce in the GDR. Head of state Erich Honecker gives the “coffee crisis“ top priority. Much to the anger of the population, a coffee substitute is put on the market which not only tastes bad, but causes coffee machines to explode.
What else happened?
Günter Wallraf publishes his book “Der Aufmacher“ (“Lead Story“) which exposes the journalistic malpractice of the West German tabloid newspaper “Bild“.
The actor and singer Manfred Krug leaves the GDR.