Düsseldorf in History

Northrhine-Westfalia: Cologne - Dortmund - Essen - Köln

Historical Events

Music History

1836-05-22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Düsseldorf, Germany

Music Premiere

1851-02-06 Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Dusseldorf

Historic Event

1911-05-16 Zeppelin "Deutscheland" wrecked at Dusseldorf

  • 1919-03-30 Belgian Army occupies Düsseldorf
  • 1926-04-18 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1942-09-10 British RAF drops 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1951-08-31 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf
  • 1965-09-02 Treblinka trial in Dusseldorf ends
  • 1979-05-16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 1981-05-13 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st European Cup Winner's Cup against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in Düsseldorf
  • 1993-12-05 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • 2011-05-14 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf
  • 2015-03-24 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board

Boxing Title Fight

2015-11-28 British boxer Tyson Fury beats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Düsseldorf, Germany; ends Klitschko's 9 year reign as champion

  • 2019-03-25 British Airways flight from London mistakenly flies to Edinburgh, Scotland instead of Düsseldorf, Germany when wrong flight plan submitted

Famous Birthdays

Anne of ClevesAnne of Cleves (1515-1557)

1515-09-22 Queen of England (1539-40), 4th wife of Henry VIII, born in Dusseldorf, Holy Roman Empire

  • 1655-01-06 Eleonore-Magdalena of Neuburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1720)
  • 1658-04-19 Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1690-1716), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1716)
  • 1666-08-06 Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Queen of Portugal as the wife of King Peter II from 1687-99), born in Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf (d. 1699)
  • 1797-12-13 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1798-04-19 Heinrich Maria von Hess, German historical painter, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1863)
  • 1810-02-08 Norbert Burgmüller, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1836)
  • 1824-06-13 Julius Eichberg, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1838-07-30 Eugen Richter, German politician (Liberal), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1906)
  • 1849-04-25 Felix Klein, German mathematician (Evanston Colloquium), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1925)
  • 1855-04-29 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1891-06-26 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, born in Solingen, Dusseldorf, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1898-03-30 Heinz Risse, German writer, born in Dusseldorf (d. 1989)
  • 1899-12-22 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1963)

Luise RainerLuise Rainer (1910-2014)

1910-01-12 German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), born in Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1910-03-16 Norman Wooland, British character actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1910-10-13 Otto Joachim, German-Canadian composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1918-11-11 Jürg Baur, German composer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2010)
  • 1926-09-25 John Ericson, German actor (Sam Bolt-Honey West, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), born in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1929-06-18 Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist and philosopher (Frankfurter Schule), born in Düsseldorf
  • 1935-12-31 Rolf Haufs, German writer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2013)
  • 1945-08-14 Wim Wenders, German filmmaker (American Friend, Hammett), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1948-07-03 Peter Ruzicka, German composer and conductor, born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1954-05-21 Marina Langner, German beauty queen, Miss World runner-up (1975), born in Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1956-12-05 Klaus Allofs, German soccer striker (56 caps West Germany; Fortuna Düsseldorf, 1. FC Köln, Marseille, Bordeaux, Werder Bremen) and manager (Fortuna Düsseldorf; GM Werder Bremen 1999-2012),), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1984-12-28 Martin Kaymer, German golfer (PGA C'ship 2010, US Open 2014), born in Düsseldorf, Germany