Berlin in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 266 of 266

  • 1956-08-03 American sprinter Willie Williams sets 100m world record at 10.1 in Berlin, Germany

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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1959-09-28 Edward Franklin Albee's play "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 East German border guards shot and 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 play "Der Stellvertreter" (The Representative) 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 play "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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-05-14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

Red Army Faction Leader Andreas Baader
Red Army Faction Leader
Andreas Baader
  • 1969-02-27 President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • 1969-04-30 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-05-14 Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1972-06-01 Dmitri Shostakovich'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
  • 1983-06-08 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.81) in Berlin, Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-09-26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1985-08-23 Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-14 US Secretary of State George P. Shultz arrives in West Berlin

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz
US Secretary of State
George P. Shultz
  • 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
  • 1994-08-01 99.9°F (37.7°C) in Berlin-Dahlem: record
  • 1994-09-08 Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin
  • 1997-08-25 Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill Berlin Wall policy.
  • 1997-10-10 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74
  • 1999-04-19 The German Bundestag returns to Berlin.
  • 2000-04-01 American boxer Chris Byrd wins WBO Heavyweight title when Ukrainian champion Vitali Klitschko retires with a shoulder injury at the end of the 9th round in Berlin, Germany
  • 2002-08-20 A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
  • 2006-07-09 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany: Italy beats France, 5-3 on penalties; 1-1 after extra time
  • 2009-08-15 12th Athletics World Championships open at Berlin, Germany

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2009-08-16 Usain Bolt of Jamaica edges American Tyson Gay to win 100m in world record 9.58s at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 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
  • 2015-06-06 UEFA Champions League Final, Berlin: FC Barcelona beats Juventus, 3-1 for 5th title and second treble (Spanish La Liga & Cup champions)

Film release premierFilm Premier

2015-11-02 "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth premieres in Berlin

Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
Actress and Director Elizabeth Banks
Actress and Director
Elizabeth Banks
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-04-18 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palais am Funkturm, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Sernea Williams; Team: New Zealand Men's National Rugby Union team

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2016-12-19 Truck driven into a Christmas market in Berlin kills 12, injures 48
  • 2018-08-29 Germany hands back human remains of Namibian Herero and Nama people murdered during 1904-08 genocide at church service in Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-08-21 German Chancellor challenges British PM Boris Johnson to find a solution to a no-deal Brexit in 30 days at their meeting in Berlin

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020-02-17 Laureus World Sports Awards, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton & Lionel Messi; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: South Africa National Rugby Union team

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
Gymnast Simone Biles
Simone Biles

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 298 of 298

  • 1925-04-26 Frank Hahn, British economist (Hahn's Problem), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1963-77; Bangor Symphony, 1981-92), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1926-08-06 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)

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
  • 1927-06-17 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, born in Berlin (d. 2019)
  • 1928-03-16 Christa Ludwig, German soprano (Vienna State Opera, 1955-94; Metropolitan Opera, 1959-93), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 1928-04-29 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1928-07-01 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor and composer (Sinfonia Notturna), born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • 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 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929-06-10 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1929-09-08 Christoph von Dohnányi, German conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1984-2002), born in Berlin
  • 1929-10-17 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • 1929-11-16 Renate Rubinstein, German-Dutch author and columnist (Tamar), born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 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)
  • 1930-06-08 Dana Wynter, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1930-07-03 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra 1968-97), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1930-09-27 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educator, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1930-11-07 Rudy Boschwitz, American politician (U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1978-91), born in Berlin, Weimar Germany
  • 1931-01-08 Bill Graham, German-American impresario & rock concert promoter (Fillmore), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 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
  • 1933-06-20 Peter T. Kirstein, British computer scientist 'European father of the internet' (Internet Protocol,), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1933-12-04 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7, Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 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
  • 1935-06-12 Christoph Meckel, German writer, born in Berlin
  • 1936-04-05 John White, English composer and musical performer (systems music), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-04-08 Klaus Lowitsch, German 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, Germany
  • 1936-06-28 Gisela Kraft, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2010)
  • 1937-01-09 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1937-05-29 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin, Germany

Person of interestPeter Max

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

Psychedelic Artist Peter Max
Psychedelic Artist
Peter Max
  • 1937-11-20 René Kollo, German tenor, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann - "Mighty Quinn"; John Lennon; George Harrison; Harry Nilsson; Carly Simon), and album cover artist (Beatles - Revolver; Ringo Starr - Ringo), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938-07-23 Götz George, German actor (Tatort), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1939-02-13 Beate Klarsfeld, Franco-German journalist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1939-09-08 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Berlin
  • 1940-03-07 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader (Glasnost Berlin)
  • 1940-04-17 Anja Silja, German soprano, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1940-11-05 Elke Sommer [Elke Schletz], German actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1941-05-24 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, born in Berlin (2014)
  • 1941-11-13 Eberhard Diepgen, German politician, born in Pankow, Berlin
  • 1942-02-21 Margarethe Von Trotta, actress/director (Marianne), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1942-12-21 Reinhard Mey, German singer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943-05-22 Gesine Schwan, German politician (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and professor, born in Berlin
  • 1944-07-06 Byron Berline, American world premier 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
  • 1950-01-09 Rio Reiser, German rock musician & singer (Ton Steine Scherben), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1950-04-26 Peter Schaufuss, Danish dancer and director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1953-02-20 Riccardo Chailly, conductor (West Berlin Symphony), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1954-01-19 Katharina Thalbach, German actress & film director, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1955-03-11 Catharina "Nina" Hagen, German punk rock singer, and actress (The Go-Blue Girl), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • 1956-01-21 Bob Brill, American drummer (Berlin - "You Take My Breath Away"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956-04-13 Michael Nikolay, German gymnast (Olympics silver 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1956-08-20 Rick Olsen, American rock guitarist (Berlin-Take My Breath Away)
  • 1958-04-15 Matt Reid, American rock keyboardist (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away")
  • 1959-01-12 Blixa Bargeld, German singer & musician (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in West Berlin
  • 1959-07-03 Andreas Wisniewski, German actor (The Living Daylights), born in Berlin
  • 1960-01-17 John Crawford, American bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1960-04-16 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer and manager, born in West Berlin, West Germany
  • 1961-01-24 Nastassja Kinski, German 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, German violinist (Berlin Phil), born in Rheinfelden, West Germany
  • 1964-10-10 Maxi Gnauck, German uneven parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1964-12-09 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein), born in Berlin
  • 1965-09-07 Andreas Thom, German footballer (Dynamo Berlin), born in Rüdersdorf, East Germany
  • 1965-10-11 Alexander Hacke, German musician (Einstürzende Neubauten), born in Berlin
  • 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
  • 1969-08-29 Me'Shell Ndegéocello [Michelle Johnson], American singer-songwriter (If That's Your Boyfriend...), 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
  • 1970-07-07 Erik Zabel, German cyclist, born in East Berlin
  • 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
  • 1972-01-17 Benno Fürmann, German actor, born in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
  • 1972-02-01 Christian Ziege, German soccer left wing-back (72 caps; Bayern Munich) and manager (Germany U18, U19, FC Pinzgau), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1973-12-21 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer, born in West Berlin
  • 1976-11-12 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, 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)
  • 1979-08-28 Robert Hoyzer, German football referee, born in Berlin
  • 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
  • 1990-09-07 Tanja Kolbe, German ice dancer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1991-06-01 Zazie Beetz, German actress (Atlanta, Deadpool 2), born in Berlin, Germany

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