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1988

The annual airshow at the U.S. American Air Base at Ramstein turns into a catastrophe. More than 300.000 onlookers witness the collision of three Italian jets from two formations. The resulting fireball tumbles into the spectator area killing 70 people and injuring more than 1000.

After a failed bank hold-up in Gladbeck, two robbers take hostages and flee the scene. What follows is a major media spectactle as journalists interfere and become the mouthpiece of the kidnappers. It is not until a 16 year-old boy is killed by the kidnappers, that the hostage crisis is ended in a gunfight leading to the death of another hostage.

On the occasion of the GDR’s official demonstration in memory of the German socialists Rosa Luxemburg und Karl Liebknecht, civil rights activists protest for freedom of speech. Of the 120 protesters arrested, several are later deported to West Germany.

What else happened?

The President of the Bundestag Philipp Jenninger resigns after delivering a highly controversial speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The first 1-mbit microchip is produced in the GDR. In West Germany, the 4-mbit chip is already in the works.

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