Dresden in History

Saxony: Leipzig

Historical Events

  • 1745-12-25 Prussia and Austria sign Treaty of Dresden giving much of Silesia to the Prussians
  • 1759-09-14 Austrian troops occupy Dresden

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1813-08-27 Battle of Dresden; Napoleon defeats Austrians

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1813-11-11 Dresden surrenders to allied armies
  • 1843-01-02 Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1845-10-19 Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser" premieres in Dresden

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • 1849-05-03 The May Uprising in Dresden begins - the last of the German revolutions of 1848.
  • 1882-09-10 1st international conference to promote anti-semitism meets Dresden Germany (Congress for Safeguarding of Non-Jewish Interests)
  • 1901-11-21 Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden
  • 1905-12-09 Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden
  • 1909-01-25 Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden
  • 1911-01-26 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden
  • 1915-03-14 German cruiser Dresden scuttled off Más a Tierra, Chile, having been pursued by the Royal Navy after the Battle of the Falkland Islands, with her engines worn out and virtually no coal.
  • 1928-11-26 Paul Claudel's "Lepdrehumily" premieres in Dresden
  • 1933-07-01 Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres in Dresden
  • 1945-02-13 Allied planes begin bombing Dresden, Germany; a firestorm results and over 22,000 die
  • 1945-02-14 Second day of the bombing of Dresden by Allies air forces
  • 1945-02-14 World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.
  • 1945-03-02 US 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
  • 1945-04-17 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
  • 1959-06-23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific career).
  • 2005-10-30 The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1666-03-15 George Bähr, German architect (Frauenkirche, Dresden) (d. 1738)
  • 1824-11-21 Hieronymus Theodor Richter, Dresden, German Mineralogist and co-discoverer of the element indium
  • 1876-01-29 Havergal Brian, Dresden Staffordshire, composer
  • 1889-04-22 Ludwig Renn, German writer, born in Dresden (d. 1979)
  • 1902-05-20 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer, born in Dresden (d. 1993)
  • 1906-04-09 Antal Dorati, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Dresden Opera 1928-29
  • 1913-07-02 Edith Heerdegen, Dresden Germany, actress (Serpent's Egg, Monpti)
  • 1935-07-29 Peter Schreier, Meissen Germany, tenor (Dresden State Opera 1961)
  • 1935-08-12 Karl Mickel, German writer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1939-05-07 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • 1943-07-29 Ingrid Kramer, Dresden Germany, diver (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1961-06-20 Karin Enke, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980, 84)
  • 1970-06-17 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee
  • 1976-04-30 Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)

Famous Deaths

  • 1738-03-16 George Bähr, German architect (Frauenkirche, Dresden), dies at 72