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As representative of an entire political system, former GDR leader Erich Honecker is put in the dock. In January, however, the trial is discontinued due to Honecker’s ill health. The 80 year-old man moves to Chile to live with his daughter.

In Dortmund, tens of thousands of steel workers plead for the preservation of their jobs. 30.000 jobs are at stake due to the merger of the steel producing companies Krupp and Hoesch. The picture in eastern Germany is similar: as the salt mine at the Thuringian municipality of Bischofferode faces shutdown, miners seize the mine and enter into a hunger strike.

What else happened?

Two women and three girls die in a right-wing arson attack on the house of a Turkish family in the city of Solingen.

An operation by the special operations unit GSG 9 against terrorists of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in the municipality of Bad Kleinen takes a bad turn. One terrorist and one police officer die in a shooting. The German Minister of the Interior, Rudolf Seiters (CDU), steps down.

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