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02 June 1967

2 June: The death of the student Benno Ohnesorg

When a ‘grand coalition’ from the CDU and SPD formed government, the ‘Extra-Parliamentary Opposition’ (APO) emerged. Students and intellectuals gathered under its banner to protest against societal issues. The murder of Benno Ohnesorg at a demonstration against the state visit of the Shah of Iran led to the radicalisation of the APO. The shooter, Police Inspector Kurras, had previously been an informant for many years for the GDR ‘Ministry for State Security’ (Stasi).

03 May 1966

3 May: festive observance of the millennial anniversary of Poland’s baptism

27 June 1967

Beginning of the Prague Spring and renewal process (1960-1968)