Berlin in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 212

  • 1936-08-14 1st Olympic basketball game (Berlin)
  • 1936-08-16 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
  • 1937-09-25 "il duce" visits Berlin/named "the Fuhrer" to corporal 1st class
  • 1939-05-07 Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • 1939-09-19 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) becomes radio host of Reichsrundfunk Berlin

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1939-09-21 Reinhard Heydrich meets in Berlin to discuss final solution of Jews

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
  • 1940-08-25 First British night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • 1941-02-04 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-03-03 Netherlands NSB-leader Mussert visits Hermann Goering in Berlin

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1941-05-12 Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin
  • 1941-11-07 British air attacks on Berlin, Mannheim & Ruhrgebied
  • 1942-01-20 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin to organise the "final solution", the extermination of Europe's Jews
  • 1943-01-30 6 British Mosquitos bomb Berlin in daylight
  • 1943-02-27 The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin
  • 1943-05-19 Berlin is declared "Judenrien" (free of Jews)
  • 1943-11-18 444 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1943-11-22 RAF begins air bombing of Berlin
  • 1944-01-20 RAF drops 2,300 ton of bombs on Berlin
  • 1944-01-28 683 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-02-15 891 British bombers attack Berlin in the largest raid by the RAF against the city
  • 1944-02-19 823 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-03-04 1st US bombing of Berlin
  • 1944-03-06 USAAF begins daylight bombing of Berlin
  • 1944-03-08 US resumes bombing Berlin
  • 1944-03-22 600+ 8th Air Force bombers attack Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-03-22 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

  • 1944-03-24 811 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-06-21 Very heavy bombing on Berlin
  • 1944-07-18 RAF Mosquitos attack Cologne and Berlin
  • 1944-07-19 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg visits RC church in Berlin-Dahlem
  • 1944-08-07 July 20th Plot trial under Roland Freis in Berlin begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-10-07 Field Marshal Erwin Rommel ordered to return to Berlin

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-01-16 Adolf Hitler moves into the Fuhrerbunker, his underground bunker in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1945-01-31 Soviet troops reach the Oder River, less that 50 miles from Berlin
  • 1945-02-03 Almost 1,000 Flying Fortresses drop 3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin
  • 1945-02-26 Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force
  • 1945-03-18 1,250 US bombers attacks Berlin
  • 1945-04-20 Soviet artillery begins shelling Berlin
  • 1945-04-21 Soviet army arrives at outskirts of Berlin
  • 1945-04-25 Soviet forces complete their encirclement of Berlin, cutting off all access points west of the German capital
  • 1945-04-30 Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
  • 1945-04-30 Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his new wife Eva Braun in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin as the Red Army captures the city
  • 1945-05-02 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders

Victory in battleNazi Germany Surrenders

1945-05-08 German General Wilhelm Keitel formally surrenders to the Allies represented by the United States, the UK, France and the Soviet Union in Berlin
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  • 1947-06-17 Earnest Reuter becomes mayor of Berlin
  • 1948-06-26 US begin airlift “Operation Vittles” to West Berlin
  • 1948-06-28 British begin airlift “Operation Plainfare” to West Berlin
  • 1948-07-17 US Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen encounters children in at Templehof Airport in Berlin during the Berlin Blockade, giving him the idea to drop candy in 'Operation Little Vittles'
  • 1948-11-30 Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin

  • 1949-07-29 Moscow ends the blockade of West Berlin
  • 1950-09-01 West Berlin granted a constitution
  • 1951-08-22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1957-10-03 German statesman Willy Brandt is elected mayor of West Berlin (1957-1966)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959-09-28 Edward Franklin Albee's "Zoo Story" premieres in Berlin

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 1960-08-30 East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961-07-25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1961-08-01 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • 1961-08-13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961-08-19 US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1961-08-23 East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin
  • 1962-08-17 E German border guards shot & kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector
  • 1962-09-23 Martin Walser's "Esche und Angora" premieres in Berlin
  • 1963-03-23 Rolf Hochhuth's "Der Stellvertreter" premieres in Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-06-28 Nikita Khrushchev visits East Berlin

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1963-12-17 West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules
  • 1964-04-19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1964-09-20 Günter Grass' play "Die Plebejern proben den Aufstand," premieres in Berlin

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 1967-10-07 Rolf Hochhuth's "Soldaten" premieres in West Berlin
  • 1968-02-02 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • 1968-02-18 Thousands of people in West Berlin demonstrate against US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • 1968-02-21 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin
  • 1968-04-11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • 1968-05-14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin
  • 1969-02-27 President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • 1969-04-30 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-05-14 Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
  • 1972-06-01 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-12-28 Martin Bormann's skeleton is found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
  • 1975-02-27 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
  • 1981-01-23 Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin
  • 1984-09-26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
  • 1985-08-23 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
  • 1985-12-14 US Foreign Minister George P Shultz arrives in West Berlin
  • 1986-04-05 US soldier & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing
  • 1986-04-15 US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-10-23 Artist Keith Haring commissioned to paint a mural on the Berlin wall by Checkpoint Charlie Museum 300 metres long

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 1986-12-12 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-06-12 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin wall

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1989-08-18 Arturo Barrios of Mexico sets 10K record (27:08.23) in Berlin
  • 1989-11-09 East Berlin opens its borders
  • 1989-11-10 Germans begin demolishing the Berlin Wall
  • 1990-04-29 Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-07-21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1990-10-02 Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by Doors
  • 1991-06-20 The Bundestag (German parliament) decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin
  • 1992-06-15 1st Berlin Air Show in 60 years
  • 1992-08-09 Record temperature in Berlin-Dahlem 99.3°F (37.4°C)
  • 1992-11-08 300,000 demonstrate against racism in Berlin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 178 of 178

  • 1912-06-18 Henry Brandon [Heinrich von Kleinbach], German-American actor (The Searchers, Assault on Precinct 13, Drums of Fu Manchu), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1912-09-19 Kurt Sanderling, Arys Germany, conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77)
  • 1914-06-22 Lilo Hardel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1999)
  • 1916-07-06 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 1917-04-16 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1917-09-09 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (Spoiling the Game, S.A.-Mann Brand), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1918-04-06 Karen [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1920-10-13 Albert Hague [Marcuse], German-American actor, singer and composer (Fame, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1920-10-31 Helmut Newton, German photographer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1921-02-05 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1921-05-04 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1921-11-09 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • 1922-08-15 Lukas Foss, [Fuchs], composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1922-12-08 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1924-03-28 Peter Baer, artost and printmaker, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • 1924-04-24 Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1925-03-22 Gerard Hoffnung, British artist/humorist/musician, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1925-04-26 Frank Hahn, British economist (Hahn's Problem), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symph), born in Berlin, Germany

Person of interestJoachim Fest

1926-12-08 Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (Hitler biography, Speer: The Final Verdict), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2006)

Historian and Journalist Joachim Fest
Historian and Journalist
Joachim Fest
  • 1928-02-01 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1928-03-16 Christa Ludwig, soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928-03-28 Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician, born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-12 Hardy Krüger, German actor (The Flight of the Phoenix), born in Wedding, Berlin, Germany
  • 1928-07-03 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1977)
  • 1928-11-20 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1929-01-23 John Polanyi, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1929-04-06 Andre Previn, conductor (London Symphony)/pianist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1929-06-10 Harald Juhnke, actor (Guitars of Love), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1929-10-17 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • 1929-12-06 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1930-04-07 Andrew Sachs, German-born British actor (Manuel in Fawlty Towers), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1930-07-03 Carlos Kleiber, conductor (Bavarian State Orch 1968), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1930-09-27 Igor Kipnis, harpsichordist/professor (Fairfield), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1931-03-13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, German actor, director and writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1931-11-06 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1931-11-30 Gunther Herbig, Usti-nad-Labem Czech, conductor (East Berlin Orchestra)
  • 1932-09-29 Rainer Weiss, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, LIGO), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1933-12-04 Horst Buchholz, actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1934-03-29 Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, German composer, born in Berlin
  • 1934-10-26 Ulrich Plenzdorf, German writer (Die neuen Leiden des jungen W.), born in Berlin (d. 2007)
  • 1934-10-26 Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster, Harmonia), born in Berlin
  • 1936-04-05 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-04-08 Klaus Lowitsch, actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1936-06-28 Gisela Kraft, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2010)
  • 1937-01-09 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2001)

Person of interestPeter Max

1937-10-19 Peter Max, American psychadelic artist (Dynamite Chicken), born in Berlin, Germany

Psychedelic Artist Peter Max
Psychedelic Artist
Peter Max
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1940-03-07 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • 1940-11-05 Elke Sommer, [Elke Schletz], actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1941-11-13 Eberhard Diepgen, German politician, born in Pankow, Berlin
  • 1942-02-21 Margarethe Von Trotta, actress/director (Marianne), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1944-07-06 Byron Berline, American fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas
  • 1945-04-25 Michael Kogel, German musician, born in Berlin
  • 1945-07-26 Linda Harrison, American actress (Bracken's World, Planet of Apes), born in Berlin, Maryland
  • 1950-04-26 Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
  • 1953-02-20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orchestra), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1955-03-11 [Kater]Nina Hagen, German actress (Blue Angel), born in East Berlin, German DR
  • 1956-01-21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956-08-20 Rick Olsen, rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1958-04-15 Matt Reid, rock keyboardist (Berlin-Takes Your Breathe Away)
  • 1959-07-03 Andreas Wisniewski, Berlin German FR, actor (Living Daylights)
  • 1960-01-17 John Crawford, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1961-01-24 Nastassja Kinski, actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1961-06-26 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin-Take My Breath Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963-06-29 Anne-Sophie Mutter, Rheinfeldin Germany, violinist (Berlin Phil)
  • 1966-09-01 Katja Bienert, actress (Praxis Bulowbogen), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1966-11-16 Christian Lorenz, German keyboardist (Rammstein), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • 1969-07-31 Rudolf Martin, German actor (Anton-All My Children), born in Berlin, Germany

Person of interestAudra McDonald

1970-07-03 Audra McDonald, American actress (Private Practice) and singer (6x Tony award winner), born in West Berlin

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
  • 1971-02-23 Torsten Kienass, German hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Berlin, East Germany
  • 1971-04-07 Victor Kraatz, Canadian ice dancer (1995 World Champs-4th), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • 1976-12-08 Dominic Monaghan, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Lost), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • 1977-02-07 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1982-04-03 Fler [Patrick Losensky], German rapper, born in Berlin
  • 1982-06-14 Lang Lang, Chinese concert pianist (The Painted Veil, Berlin Philharmonic), born in Shenyang, China
  • 1984-08-18 Robert Huth, German footballer, born in Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany

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