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

Election of Interest

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

Theater Premiere

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 1961-08-01 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • 1961-08-13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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
  • 1963-12-17 West & East Berlin sign accord about travel rules

Music Premiere

1964-04-19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin, Germany

Theater Premiere

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-05-14 Militant leftist Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed from prison after serving 2 years in West Berlin

Music Premiere

1972-06-01 Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin

Historic Event

1972-12-28 Nazi leader Martin Bormann's skeleton and remains are found in Berlin

  • 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

Music History

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

Historic Event

1985-12-14 US Secretary of State 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1986-12-12 Russian Tupolev-134 crashes in East Berlin, 70 killed
  • 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

Music Concert

1990-07-21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood; charity concert led by Roger Waters, with guests Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions,; Sinéad O'Connor, Bryan Adams, The Band, Van Morrison, The Hooters, and others

  • 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.

Boxing Title Fight

2000-04-01 American boxer Chris Byrd wins WBO Heavyweight title after 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

World 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

  • 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 Premiere

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

Laureus Awards

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Laureus Awards

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


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 297 of 297

  • 1926-03-30 Werner Torkanowsky, German 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)

Joachim FestJoachim Fest (1926-2006)

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

  • 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 [Karl] Carlos Kleiber, Austrian-Argentine 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 [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1931-03-13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, German actor, director and writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany

Mike NicholsMike Nichols (1931-2014)

1931-11-06 German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), born in Berlin, Germany

  • 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 Hans-Joachim Rödelius, German composer and musician (Cluster; Harmonia), born in Berlin
  • 1934-10-26 Ulrich Plenzdorf, German writer (Die neuen Leiden des jungen W.), born in Berlin (d. 2007)
  • 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

Peter MaxPeter Max (85 years old)

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

  • 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, German actress and 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 champion bluegrass fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2021) [1]
  • 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, Italian conductor (La Scala, 2017-present; Gewandhausorchester, 2005–16; Concertgebouw, 1988–2004), 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

Audra McDonaldAudra McDonald (52 years old)

1970-07-03 American Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning theatrical and operatic singer, and stage and screen actress (Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill; Sweeney Todd; Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Private Practice, The Good Wife), born in West Berlin, West Germany (now Berlin, Germany)

  • 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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