Paragraph 175 (known formally as §175 StGB) was a provision of the
German Criminal Code from May 15, 1871 to March 10, 1994, which made
male homosexuality a crime. The statute was amended numerous times.
Nazi Germany greatly exacerbated its severity in 1935. East Germany
reverted to the old version of the law in 1950, limited its effect to
sex with youths under 18 in 1968, and abolished it entirely in 1988.
West Germany retained the Nazi-era statute until 1969, when it was
limited to "qualified cases"; it was further attenuated in 1973 and
finally revoked entirely after German reunification in 1994. In some
of its forms, the law also addressed bestiality.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
First YMCA in North America established in Montreal, Quebec
Herman Hollerith installed his computing device at the United States
First Intifada began in the Gaza Strip and West Bank
Lech Wałęsa became the first directly elected president of Poland.
Wikiquote of the day:
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one; I hope some day
you'll join us, and the world will live as one." -- John Lennon