Frankfurt in History

Historical Events

  • 0794-06-01 Charles the Great opens general synod in Frankfurt
  • 1241-05-25 1st attack on Jewish community of Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1486-02-16 Maximilian I is elected King of the Romans at Frankfurt
  • 1489-07-22 Treaty of Frankfurt signed between Maximilian of Austria and King Charles VIII of France
  • 1597-02-24 Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main
  • 1614-08-22 Trades people under Vincent Fettmilch chase & plunder Jews out of ghetto in Frankfurt
  • 1614-09-01 Vincent Fettmich expels Jews from Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany
  • 1775-09-13 Gotthold Lessing's "Die Juden," premieres in Frankfurt-am-Main
  • 1830-04-11 Robert Schumann hears the violinist Paganini play in Frankfurt
  • 1848-05-18 Opening of the first German National Assembly (Nationalversammlung) in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1871-05-10 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France & Germany ends Franco-Prussian war
  • 1896-11-27 "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spake Zarathustra) debuts in Frankfurt

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1912-01-06 Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.

Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist Alfred Wegener
Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist
Alfred Wegener
  • 1920-04-06 To force German evacuation of the Ruhr area, the French occupy Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Hanau
  • 1930-02-01 Arnold Schönbergs opera, Von heute auf Morgen premieres in Frankfurt
  • 1935-07-20 Switzerland: A Royal Dutch Airlines plane en route from Milan to Frankfurt crashes into a Swiss mountain, killing thirteen.
  • 1952-03-22 Dutch DC-6 crashes near Frankfurt, killing 44
  • 1953-10-14 Belgian Convair crashes at Frankfurt, 44 die
  • 1957-03-03 2nd Eurovision Song Contest: Corry Brokken for Netherlands wins singing "Net als toen" in Frankfurt
  • 1960-05-18 5th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Frankfurt 7-3 at Glasgow
  • 1963-06-25 JFK speaks at Pauls Church in Frankfurt

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1974-02-13 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1988-12-19 Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany-5,000 evacuated
  • 1991-03-23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1991-04-06 NY-NJ Knights 1st home game (Giant Stad) lose to Frankfurt 27-17
  • 1992-07-19 30th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats Spain in Frankfurt Germany (2-1)
  • 1993-07-25 31st Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats Australia in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)
  • 1994-07-24 32nd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)
  • 2007-09-05 Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1734-02-23 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Frankfurt, founder (House of Rothschild)

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1749-08-28 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German social philosopher (Faust), born in Frankfurt (d. 1832)

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Social Philosopher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • 1786-05-06 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1837)
  • 1794-07-03 Eberhard F Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt)
  • 1873-06-03 Otto Loewi, Frankfurt am Main Germany, physician (Nobel-1936)
  • 1900-03-23 Erich Fromm, Frankfurt Germany, psychologist (Sane Society)
  • 1902-06-15 Erik Erikson, Frankfurt Germany, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis"
  • 1920-08-22 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1989)

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1929-06-12 Anne Frank, Dutch diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1945)

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1930-09-25 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1999)
  • 1937-05-13 Judith Somogi, conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-02-27 Klaus Köste, Frankfurt, Germany, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), (d. 2012)
  • 1947-07-20 Gerd Binnig, Frankfurt, physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986)
  • 1948-09-07 Susan Blakely, Frankfurt Germany, actress (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1951-10-24 Todd Crespi, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Magician)
  • 1953-02-11 Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut
  • 1956-05-04 Ulrike Meyfarth, Frankfurt West Germany, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1958-02-14 Perry Stephens, Frankfurt Germany, actor (Loving, All My Children)
  • 1959-05-19 Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson (murdered), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1959-12-11 Tina Gayle, Frankfurt GFR, Cowboy cheerleader/actress (Kathy-Chips)
  • 1961-04-10 Olivia Brown, Frankfurt GFR, actress (Det Trudy Joplin-Miami Vice)

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1965-04-16 Martin Lawrence, American comedian (Martin), born in Frankfurt, Germany

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence
  • 1965-09-05 Barbara Lufthansa Herzog, born during Lufthansa Frankfurt-NY flight

Famous Deaths

  • 1872-10-02 Eberhard F Walcker, organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt A/M), dies