01/10 – Metropolis

On this day in 1927, the classic science fiction film Metropolis was released in German cinemas. Directed by Fritz Lang, the film - which depicts a futuristic mega-city bristling with exciting new technology - took over a year to film and cost over 5 million Reichsmarks (€18 million if adjusted for inflation). The plot centres…

01/03 – Benito Mussolini

Mussolini surrounded by armed guards in the 1920s, prior to embracing his infamous quasi-military outfit. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1925, Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini abruptly announced his transition from democratically-elected Prime Minister to cartoonish dictator. For his first years in power - after coming to prominence with his March on Rome in 1922…

11/08 – The Munich Beer Hall Putsch

NSDAP agitators in what we now consider "classic Nazi" attire during the failed uprising at the Marienplatz. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1923 members of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Worker's Party, or Nazis) staged the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. Inspired by Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini's successful march on Rome, Nazi leader…