German History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 1,916 of 1,916

  • 2014-11-09 Celebrations held in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; white balloons marking a stretch of the wall symbolize its disappearance
  • 2015-03-24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • 2015-04-29 German Measles is declared eradicated from North and South America - 1st world region to do so
  • 2015-08-17 Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict
  • 2015-08-21 Oldest "message in a bottle" - more than 108 years after put in sea by UK Marine Biological Association announced found on beach in Amrum, Germany
  • 2015-08-21 European Refugee Crisis: Germany makes it easier for Syrian refugees to claim asylum by suspending their Dublin Regulations
  • 2015-09-06 German police confirm more than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Southern Germany in last 2 days fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
  • 2015-09-13 EU Migrant Crisis: Germany introduces temporary border controls to cope with huge migrant numbers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-10-21 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says German view of Holocaust will not change, after Benjamin Netanyahu says idea came from Mufti of Jerusalem

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 2015-12-09 German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, for her handling of debt and refugee crises
  • 2016-02-09 Two German passenger trains collide near Bad Aibling, Bavaria, killing 10 and seriously injuring 18
  • 2016-06-03 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve
  • 2017-06-30 Germany votes to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote
  • 2017-07-02 FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany defeats Chile 1-0 to win for the 1st time at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2017-07-03 Bus crash in traffic jam and resulting fire kills 18 near Muenchberg, Germany
  • 2017-07-07 G-20 summit of world leaders begins in Hamburg, Germany amid violent protests

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,896

  • 1913-05-27 Wolfgang Schulze, [Wols], German cartoonist/painter
  • 1913-06-02 Walter Andreas Schwarz, German singer and author (d. 1992)
  • 1913-06-28 Walter Oesau, German pilot (d. 1944)
  • 1913-07-02 Edith Heerdegen, Dresden Germany, actress (Serpent's Egg, Monpti)
  • 1913-07-14 Fritz Erler, German politician (SDP)
  • 1913-07-16 Peter Van Eyck, Steinwehr Germany, actor (Brain, Wages of Fear)
  • 1913-09-15 Hans Filbinger, German politician (CDU)
  • 1913-09-26 Ernst Schnabel, German sailor/dramatist (Anne Frank)
  • 1913-10-02 Karl Miller, German footballer (d. 1967)
  • 1913-10-22 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (d. 2008)
  • 1913-11-11 German Leont'yevich Zhukovsky, composer
  • 1913-11-24 Gisela Mauermeyer, Germany, discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-12-18 Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971) born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1992)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 1914-01-18 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1914-02-04 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • 1914-04-22 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, born in Amberg, Bavaria (d. 1988)
  • 1914-04-22 Michael Wittman, German soldier and tank ace (d. 1944)
  • 1914-05-24 Lilli Palmer, [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger), born in Pozen (d. 1986)
  • 1914-06-08 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, born in Garnsdorf (d. 1967)
  • 1914-06-22 Lilo Hardel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1999)
  • 1914-07-01 Cristyl Cranz, Germany, slalom (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1914-07-09 Willi Stoph, president German DR
  • 1914-08-12 Gerd Buchdahl, German philosopher (d. 2001)
  • 1914-09-04 Rudolf Leiding, German auto executive, third postwar chairman of Volkswagen (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-21 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1914-12-05 Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (d. 1989)
  • 1914-12-14 Karl Carstens, German (CDU)/pres Germany (1979-84)
  • 1914-12-26 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (d. 2006)
  • 1915-01-20 C W Ceram, [Kurt W Marek], German/US writer (March of Archaeology)
  • 1915-01-30 Joachim Peiper, German SS officer (d. 1976, by assassination)
  • 1915-02-23 Heinrich Schirmbeck, German author (Das Spiegellabyrinth)
  • 1915-03-11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • 1915-03-17 Hans Namuth, German/US photographer (Todos Santos, Guatemala)
  • 1915-05-29 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (d. 1990)
  • 1915-08-25 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1915-09-04 Rudolf Schock, German opera/operette singer
  • 1915-09-06 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1915-09-19 Germán Valdés, Mexican actor, singer and comedian (d. 1973)
  • 1915-12-13 Curd Jürgens, German-born Austrian actor (d. 1982)
  • 1916-02-25 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • 1916-03-08 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1916-07-02 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII (d. 1982)
  • 1916-07-06 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 1916-08-20 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (d. 1984)
  • 1916-11-08 Peter Weiss, Germany, Swedish author/dramatist/novelist (Marat/Sade)
  • 1916-12-09 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)
  • 1916-12-27 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)
  • 1917-01-02 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1917-01-05 Wieland Wagner, German opera director
  • 1917-04-16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1917-06-02 Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • 1917-09-06 Philipp von Boeselager, German Wehrmacht officer, failed assassin of Adolf Hitler, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1917-09-09 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (d. 1942)
  • 1917-09-17 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, born in Sancheong, Korea (d. 1995)
  • 1917-10-08 Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
  • 1917-11-27 Tiny Rowland, [Roland Fuhrop], German/British owner (Observer)
  • 1918-01-02 Willi Graf, German anti-Nazi activist (d. 1943)
  • 1918-02-06 Lothar-Günther Buchheim, German author (d. 2007)
  • 1918-03-03 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • 1918-03-10 Günther Rall, German ace fighter pilot
  • 1918-03-20 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (Soldiers)
  • 1918-04-06 Karen Verne, actress (Madame X), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1918-06-13 Helmut Lent, German night fighter pilot (d. 1944)
  • 1918-09-10 Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog (d. 1932)
  • 1918-09-22 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose)
  • 1918-10-20 Anton Diffring, Koblenz Germany, actor (Assignment Vienna)
  • 1918-10-20 Robert Lochner, German journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1918-11-08 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer ( Palatino and Optima), born in Nuremberg (d. 2015)
  • 1918-11-10 Ernst Fischer, German chemist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1918-11-11 Jürg Baur, German composer, born in Düsseldorf (2010)
  • 1918-11-20 Dora Ratjen, Germany, man possing as woman high jumper (Oly-4th-1936)
  • 1918-12-23 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), born in Hamburg (d. 2015)
  • 1919-06-12 Uta Hagen, Germany, actress (Boys From Brazil)/teaches acting
  • 1919-07-01 Hans Bender, German poet
  • 1919-07-08 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, born in Solingen (d. 2016)
  • 1919-11-14 Lisa Otto, German soprano
  • 1919-12-13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1919-12-31 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, born in Tumlingen, Baden-Württemberg (d. 2016)
  • 1920-01-27 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (d. 2002)
  • 1920-03-22 Werner Klemperer, actor (Col Klink in Hogan's Heroes), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1920-04-15 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), born in Stuttgart
  • 1920-04-21 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1920-06-05 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist (Klimbim)
  • 1920-08-16 Charles Bukowski, Andernach Germany, US writer (Hollywood: A Novel)
  • 1920-08-22 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1989)
  • 1920-10-07 Georg Leber, German politician (SPD), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-10-08 Maxie Herber, Germany, figure skater pairs (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1920-10-13 Albert Hague, actor (Mr Shorofsky-Fame), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1920-10-31 Helmut Newton, German photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1920-10-31 Fritz Walter, German footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1920-11-23 Paul Celan, [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1920-12-18 Rita Streich, German singer
  • 1921-01-14 Charles Gaupp, German/Dutch painter
  • 1921-01-20 Bernt Engelmann, Germany, writer
  • 1921-02-05 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-03-25 Simone Signoret, French actress (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1985)

  • 1921-05-09 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1921-05-11 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • 1921-05-12 Joseph Beuys, Germany, avant-garde painter/politician
  • 1921-05-20 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1947)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,002

  • 2005-06-05 Susi Nicoletti, German actress (b. 1918)
  • 2005-07-06 Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2005-07-25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • 2005-08-08 Ilse Werner, German actress (b. 1921)
  • 2005-08-25 Peter Glotz, German politician (b. 1939)
  • 2005-10-28 Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • 2005-12-26 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 2006-01-11 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • 2006-01-27 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • 2006-02-16 Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)
  • 2006-02-22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2006-04-02 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • 2006-06-09 Drafi Deutscher, German Schlager singer (b. 1946)
  • 2006-06-30 Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • 2006-08-26 Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • 2006-09-11 Joachim Fest, German journalist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2006-10-04 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer, dies at 78
  • 2006-11-09 Markus Wolf, East German Intelligence Director (b. 1923)
  • 2007-01-11 Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • 2007-02-27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • 2007-04-28 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist and philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2007-06-22 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, German artist, worked collaboratively with Hilla Becher his wife, dies at 75
  • 2007-07-22 Ulrich Mühe, German actor (b. 1953)
  • 2007-07-25 Bernd Jakubowski, German goalkeeper (b. 1952)
  • 2007-08-06 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 2007-09-02 Franz-Benno Delonge, German game designer (b. 1957)
  • 2007-10-05 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • 2007-10-26 Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (b. 1943)
  • 2007-11-04 Peter Viertel, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2007-12-05 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (b. 1928)
  • 2008-01-03 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • 2008-02-06 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 2008-02-07 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • 2008-03-05 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • 2008-03-20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • 2008-07-27 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • 2008-09-22 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • 2008-12-17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • 2009-06-17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2009-06-30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer (b. 1940)
  • 2009-07-22 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • 2009-07-30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)
  • 2009-09-19 Eduard Zimmermann, German broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2009-10-04 Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)
  • 2009-10-11 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)
  • 2009-11-10 Robert Enke, German football goalkeeper, dies at 32
  • 2010-01-05 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • 2010-01-14 Petra Schürmann, German model and TV announcer, Miss World 1956 (b. 1935)
  • 2010-01-31 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • 2010-03-21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • 2010-03-30 Martin Sandberger, German military officer (b. 1911)
  • 2010-05-24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010-08-11 Markus Liebherr, German born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
  • 2010-11-30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • 2010-12-12 Peter Pagel, German footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2011-01-05 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • 2011-01-24 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)
  • 2011-03-21 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • 2011-05-11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2011-07-20 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), dies at 88
  • 2011-07-24 Frank Dietrich, German politician (b. 1966)
  • 2011-10-12 Heinz Bennent, German actor (b. 1921)
  • 2011-12-01 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • 2012-02-08 Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • 2012-04-05 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer (Porsche 911), dies at 76
  • 2012-05-18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone, dies at 86
  • 2012-08-21 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • 2012-10-13 Helmut Haller, German footballer, dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 73
  • 2012-12-14 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • 2013-02-22 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor and pianist dies aged 89
  • 2013-02-27 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • 2013-03-06 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer, dies at 54
  • 2013-04-03 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-born British and American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2013-07-19 Bert Trautmann, German footballer, dies from heart failure at 89
  • 2013-07-26 Rolf Haufs, German writer , dies at 77
  • 2013-11-13 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, dies at 83
  • 2014-06-09 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 2014-07-05 Rosemary Murphy, German-born American actress, dies from esophageal cancer at 89
  • 2014-11-19 Mike Nichols[Peschowsky], German-born American director, dies from cardiac arrest at 83
  • 2014-12-17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2014-12-30 Luise Rainer, German and American actress, - 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (1936, 1937), dies at 104

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • 2015-01-20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • 2015-01-31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2015-04-13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 2015-06-04 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • 2015-06-09 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, dies at 86
  • 2015-06-22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • 2015-08-20 Egon Bahr, German journalist and politician (Ostpolitik policy), dies at 93
  • 2015-10-10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • 2015-11-10 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), dies at 96
  • 2015-12-19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • 2015-12-28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • 2016-01-27 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96
  • 2016-03-31 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89
  • 2016-05-04 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • 2016-08-23 Reinhard Selten, German economist, (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • 2016-08-24 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • 2016-11-23 Andrew Sachs, German-born British actor (Manuel In Fawlty Towers), dies at 86
  • 2017-02-22 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • 2017-03-05 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78