German History (Part 19)

Historical Events

Events 1801 - 1,900 of 2,188

  • 1972-08-30 Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events
  • 1972-08-31 American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-02 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • 1972-09-02 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-02 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • 1972-09-03 American women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Melissa Belote, Cathy Carr, Deena Deardurff & Sandy Neilson swim world record 4:20.75 to beat East Germany for gold at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-03 Great Britain's Mary Peters sets a new world record of 4801 points to win the Munich Olympics pentathlon gold by just 10 points from Heide Rosendahl of West Germany
  • 1972-09-04 16 year old Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany with a world record equalling 1.92m, wins the women's high jump gold medal at the Munich Olympics; youngest winner of individual athletics event in Olympic history
  • 1972-09-06 Summer Olympics resume in Munich, Germany after massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation
  • 1972-09-07 East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-08 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • 1972-09-09 West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich
  • 1972-09-10 East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal
  • 1972-09-10 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • 1972-09-11 XX Summer Olympic Games close in Munich, German FR
  • 1972-09-14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1972-11-19 Willy Brandt's SPD wins West German election

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 1972-12-21 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
  • 1972-12-26 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins award for best European football player ahead of tied fellow German duo of Gerd Müller and Günter Netzer
  • 1972-12-27 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • 1972-12-29 "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski premieres in West Germany
  • 1973-01-05 Netherlands recognizes German DR
  • 1973-04-17 German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded.
  • 1973-05-18 Soviet party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany
  • 1973-06-25 Udo Beyer of East Germany puts the shot a record 20.47 m
  • 1973-09-18 German FR & German DR admitted to UN
  • 1973-10-01 USSR-West Germany gas tunnel opens
  • 1973-10-03 Willi Stoph succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German party leader
  • 1973-12-11 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czechoslovakia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-02-13 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1974-04-25 Günter Guillaume, an aide to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, is exposed as a Stasi spy (East German secret service)
  • 1974-05-06 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns amidst controversy over his aide Günter Guillaume's ties with the Stasi (East German secret service)
  • 1974-05-08 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1974-05-15 Walter Scheel succeeds Gustav Heinemann as West German President
  • 1974-05-16 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • 1974-07-07 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beats the Netherlands, 2-1

  • 1974-09-03 US & German Democratic Republic establish diplomatic relations
  • 1974-10-07 German Democratic Republic amends constitution
  • 1974-12-10 Helios 1 launched by US and Germany; later makes closest flyby of the Sun
  • 1975-04-21 79th Boston Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins men's section in race record 2:09:55; Liane Winter of West Germany women's champion in 2:42:24 (female world record)
  • 1975-04-25 West German embassy blown up in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1975-06-08 2 passenger trains collided near Munich, Germany killing 35

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-07-08 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin visits West Germany

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1975-08-03 Poland and West Germany reach accord about returning ethnic Germans
  • 1976-01-15 US-German Helios B solar probe launched into solar orbit
  • 1976-06-20 UEFA European Championship Final, Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Yugoslavia: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany, 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw a.e.t
  • 1976-06-24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • 1976-06-27 Air France Airbus hijacked in Germany to Uganda
  • 1976-06-27 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers members Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • 1976-07-31 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal
  • 1976-08-01 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
  • 1976-10-03 Helmuth Kohl's CDU wins German parliament election
  • 1976-11-01 W German Generals Krupinski and Franke admit to having been Nazis
  • 1976-11-26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship
  • 1976-11-26 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is elected chairman of the Socialist International (1976-92)
  • 1976-12-22 German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
  • 1977-04-07 German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
  • 1977-04-28 Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1977-05-25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released
  • 1977-07-01 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.88) in Dresden, Germany
  • 1977-08-23 Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR
  • 1977-09-01 Tracy Austin at age 14 years, 8 months, 20 days, becomes the youngest female to play in the US Open, beating German Heidi Eisterlehner 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a 1st round match
  • 1977-09-05 Red Army Faction kidnaps and subsequently murders West German business executive Hanns Martin Schleyer
  • 1977-09-22 West German Red Army Faction terrorist kills policeman in Utrecht
  • 1977-10-17 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers
  • 1977-10-18 West German commandos liberate Boeing 737 with 86 hostages at Mogadishu
  • 1977-10-19 Corpse of kidnapped West German, H M Schleyer, found

Historic CommunicationVolkswagen Beetle

1978-01-19 The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
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The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle
The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle
  • 1978-03-09 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Pötzsch (East Germany)
  • 1978-05-04 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
  • 1978-08-26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • 1978-09-20 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • 1979-05-16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 1979-05-23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • 1979-06-25 Failed attack on NATO commander Alexander Haig Jr. in Obourg, Belgium by German terrorist Rolf Klemens Wagner, a former member of the Red Army Faction
  • 1979-09-16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • 1979-10-11 German DR frees dissidents Rudolf Bahro & Nico Hubner
  • 1980-03-14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • 1980-05-26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • 1980-06-22 UEFA European Championship Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: Horst Hrubesch scores a double as Germany beats Belgium, 2-1
  • 1980-06-23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • 1980-06-30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow
  • 1980-08-01 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • 1980-08-01 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • 1980-11-13 Gabriella Brum, 18, of West Germany crowned 30th Miss World; she resigns the next day because she wants to marry her 52 year old boyfriend

BeatificationPapal Visit

1980-11-15 Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1980-12-30 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international team mate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Michel Platini
  • 1981-04-22 Almost 1 million West German metal workers go on strike
  • 1981-05-13 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st European Cup Winner's Cup against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in Düsseldorf
  • 1981-06-13 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany
  • 1982-04-19 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-04-24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1982-04-24 27th Eurovision Song Contest: Nicole for Germany wins singing "Ein bißchen Frieden" in Harrogate
  • 1982-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain: Italy beats West Germany, 3-1 in front of 90,000
  • 1982-07-25 20th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Germany in Santa Clara USA (3-0)
  • 1982-07-31 Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria and France form American European Football Federation (AEFF)
  • 1982-08-01 East German swimmer Petra Schneider breaks her own 400m medley world record by 0:19 (4:36.10) at the World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1982-08-17 First Compact Discs (CDs) released to the public in Germany
  • 1982-08-29 The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-10-01 West Germany's Christian Democrat Union ousts Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor, replacing him with Helmut Kohl

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 3,455

  • 1888-08-06 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, born in Braubach (d. 1952)
  • 1888-08-09 Hans Oster, German major general, spy and "July 20th" plotter, born in Dresden, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1888-09-04 Oskar Schlemmer, German painter, sculptor and choreographer (Triadisches Ballett), born in Stuttgart, German Empire (d. 1943)
  • 1888-09-23 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semitic theologist (Die Oden Salomons)
  • 1888-10-06 Max Butting, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1976)
  • 1888-11-24 Rudolf Klein-Rogge, German actor and prototype for silent films master criminal (Metropolis, Spies), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1888-11-26 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, born in Nysa (d. 1963)
  • 1888-12-23 Friedrich Wolf, German writer and diplomat, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1953)
  • 1888-12-27 Thea von Harbou, German author and actress (Metropolis), born in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1889-04-19 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (Reich Minister of Justice 1942-45), born in Wurzen, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire (d. 1946)

Person of interestAdolf Hitler

1889-04-20 Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born German dictator and Führer of Nazi Germany (1936-45), born in Gasthof zum Pommer, Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1889-04-22 Ludwig Renn, German writer, born in Dresden (d. 1979)
  • 1889-04-22 Richard Glücks, German SS officer and concentration camp administrator, born in Odenkirchen, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1889-05-23 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (d. 1967)

Person of interestAnte Pavelić

1889-07-14 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, born in Bradina, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • 1889-07-29 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, born in Oberkrüchten (d. 1963)
  • 1889-08-01 Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect), born in Biebrich, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1889-08-23 Alfred Lichtenstein, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)

Person of interestMartin Heidegger

1889-09-26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Being & Time), born in Meeskirch, Germany (d. 1976)

Philosopher Martin Heidegger
Philosopher
Martin Heidegger
  • 1889-10-03 Carl von Ossietzky, German journalist and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), born in Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1938)
  • 1889-11-03 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter and wood carver, born in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (d. 1957)
  • 1889-12-30 Georg von der Vring, German painter and writer (Soldier Suhren), born in Brake, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1890-01-07 Henny Porten, silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1890-01-09 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panther Tiger & Co)
  • 1890-01-31 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
  • 1890-02-11 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, born in Amsterdam (d. 1964)
  • 1890-03-08 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist and philosopher, born in Trier, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1890-03-13 Fritz Busch, German conductor, born in Siegen, Province of Westphalia (d. 1951)
  • 1890-05-03 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)

Person of interestAlfred Jodl

1890-05-10 Alfred Jodl, German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), born in Würzburg, German Empire (d. 1946)

Nazi Leader Alfred Jodl
Nazi Leader
Alfred Jodl
  • 1890-05-26 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1890-06-15 Georg Wüst, Posen, German Oceanographer who provided the first complete understanding of the temperature, salinity and deep-current structure of the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1890-06-25 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, born in Scharley, Upper Silesia (d. 1965)
  • 1890-07-08 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer, born in Aachen (d. 1940)
  • 1890-08-04 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1953)
  • 1890-08-18 Walther Funk, German economist and Nazi politician, born in Danzkehmen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1890-08-24 Franz Philipp, German composer, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1890-09-06 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1973)

Person of interestFriedrich Paulus

1890-09-23 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, born in Guxhagen, Germany (d. 1957)

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1890-10-05 Kasimir Edschmid, German writer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1890-10-21 Gerrit Engelke, German writer/poet (Love Letters)
  • 1890-10-29 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)
  • 1890-11-04 Klabund, [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Bracke, Borgia), born in Crossen, Germany (d. 1928)
  • 1890-12-05 Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American filmmaker and screenwriter (Metropolis), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • 1890-12-06 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer, born in Calw, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1891-01-08 Walter Bothe, German subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1891-01-17 Walter Eucken, German economist
  • 1891-01-24 Walter Model, German field marshal
  • 1891-02-05 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • 1891-02-16 Hans F. K. Günther, German eugenicist (d. 1967)
  • 1891-03-28 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), born in Hatten, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1891-03-29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • 1891-03-29 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), born in Neutitschein, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • 1891-04-02 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), born in Brühl, German Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1891-05-13 Fritz Rasp, Bayreuth Germany, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl)
  • 1891-05-18 Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
  • 1891-05-19 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • 1891-05-22 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, born in Munich (d. 1958)
  • 1891-06-21 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1891-06-26 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, born in Solingen, Dusseldorf, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1891-07-29 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist
  • 1891-08-08 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • 1891-09-16 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German princess by her marriage to the diplomat Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and spy, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1972)

Person of interestKarl Dönitz

1891-09-16 Karl Dönitz, German naval leader, born in Grünau, German Empire (d. 1980)

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1891-10-12 Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), born in Breslau (Silesia), Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1891-10-22 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, born in Josefsthal, Austria-Hungary (d. 1968)

Person of interestErwin Rommel

1891-11-15 Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WWII - African campaign), born in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany (d. 1944)

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

Person of interestNelly Sachs

1891-12-10 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German Swedish poet and Playwright (O the Chimneys - Nobel Prize for Literature 1966), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1970)

  • 1892-01-06 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), born in Mainz (d. 1969)
  • 1892-01-14 Martin Niemöller, German theologian & Lutheran clergyman, born in Lippstadt, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1892-01-18 Paul Rostock, German surgeon, born in Kręcko, Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1892-01-29 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1947)
  • 1892-02-08 Fritz Todt, German Reichs minister (Organization Todt)
  • 1892-02-17 Theodor Plievier, German writer (Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad)
  • 1892-03-02 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), born in Eydtkuhnen, East Prussia, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1892-03-30 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian
  • 1892-03-30 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (d. 1972)
  • 1892-04-10 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (classified human into races), born in Jeseritz, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1892-04-13 Arthur Harris, British RAF Commanding Chief known as "Bomber/Butcher Harris" for commanding the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 1984)
  • 1892-04-15 Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot, born in Düren, Rhine Province, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1975)
  • 1892-04-23 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, born in Frankenau, Hessen-Nassau (d. 1974)

Person of interestThe Red Baron

1892-05-02 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • 1892-05-31 Gregor Strasser, German political activist and NSDAP-Reich organization leader, born in Geisenfeld, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1892-06-12 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1892-06-22 Robert Ritter von Greim, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1892-06-30 Oswald Pohl, German Nazi leader, born in Duisburg-Ruhrort, Prussia, German Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1892-07-03 Wilhelm Rettich, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1892-07-15 Walter Benjamin, German literature critic/writer
  • 1892-07-15 Henry Johnson, American soldier of 369th regiment (aka Harlem Hell Fighters), 1st US WWI soldier to receive the Croix de guerre after fighting a German raid in hand-to-hand combat to rescue a fellow soldier (posthumous Medal of Honour, 2015), born in Tallahassee, Florida, (d. 1929)
  • 1892-07-21 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, born in Rieneck, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1892-09-22 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1960)
  • 1892-10-24 Kurt Huber, German philosopher and resistance fighter, born in Chur, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1892-10-28 Ludwig Strauss, German-Israeli writer (Night Watch), born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1953)
  • 1892-12-06 Lina Carstens, German actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1893-01-02 Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • 1893-01-05 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik), born in Schlüchtern, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1893-01-12 Alfred Rosenberg, German Nazi official (d. 1946)
  • 1893-01-22 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1893-03-27 Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (Ideology & Utopia), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1947)

Person of interestJoachim von Ribbentrop

1893-04-30 Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister and war criminal, born in Wesel, Rhine Province, German Empire (d. 1946)

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1801 - 1,900 of 2,540

  • 1963-10-07 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • 1963-12-05 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1963-12-14 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), dies at 62
  • 1963-12-18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • 1963-12-28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68
  • 1964-01-06 Edgar Maass, German/American author (Verdun), dies at 67
  • 1964-01-30 Berthold Altaner, German church historian, dies at 80
  • 1964-02-07 Hermann A J Kees, German egyptologist, dies at 77
  • 1964-02-13 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, dies at 61
  • 1964-04-24 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), dies at 68
  • 1964-05-21 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1964-07-23 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, dies at 74
  • 1964-09-02 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), dies at 76
  • 1964-09-16 Leo Weismantel, German writer (Das Totenliebespar), dies at 76
  • 1964-10-06 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), dies at 85
  • 1964-10-27 Willi Bredel, German writer, dies at 63
  • 1964-11-06 Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born Swedish biochemist who investigated the fermentation of sugar and enzymes (Nobel 1929), dies at 91
  • 1964-12-29 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • 1965-01-17 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • 1965-01-19 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), dies at 89
  • 1965-02-20 Fred Immler, German actor (Zapata's Gang, Madame DuBarry), dies at 85
  • 1965-05-01 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 1965-08-06 Peter Ronnefeld, German composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), dies at 30
  • 1965-08-27 Otto Reinhold, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1965-09-02 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, dies at 48
  • 1965-09-04 Albert Schweitzer, German/French missionary (Nobel 1954), dies at 90
  • 1965-10-22 Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Courage To Be), dies at 79
  • 1965-12-20 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (classified human into races), dies at 73
  • 1965-12-27 Edgar Ende, German painter (b. 1901)
  • 1966-01-10 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), dies at 69
  • 1966-01-16 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, dies at 91
  • 1966-01-29 Josef Winckler, German dentist and writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • 1966-02-17 Hans Hofmann, German/American painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • 1966-03-01 Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b. 1903)
  • 1966-03-15 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1966-03-30 Erwin Piscator, German director (Plebeians test rebellion), dies at 72
  • 1966-04-01 Karl Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • 1966-05-12 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • 1966-05-18 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • 1966-06-12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • 1966-07-18 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • 1966-07-31 Alex von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), dies at 87
  • 1966-08-15 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • 1966-08-15 Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), dies at 64
  • 1966-08-31 Kasimir Edschmid, German writer, dies at 75
  • 1966-09-10 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • 1966-09-17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • 1966-10-17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1966-11-08 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75
  • 1966-12-06 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1966-12-19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • 1967-01-07 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, dies at 86
  • 1967-01-31 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
  • 1967-02-14 Sig Ruman [Siegfried Albon Rumann], German-American actor (Schultz-Life With Luigi), dies at 82
  • 1967-02-22 Fritz Erler, German politician (SDP), dies at 53
  • 1967-02-24 Franz Waxman, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60
  • 1967-04-18 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53

Person of interestKonrad Adenauer

1967-04-19 Konrad Adenauer, West Germany chancellor (1949-63), dies at 91

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • 1967-05-27 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)
  • 1967-06-02 Benno Ohnesorg, German student (b. 1940)
  • 1967-06-29 Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, dies at 72
  • 1967-07-30 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, dies at 59
  • 1967-07-31 Richard Kuhn, Austrian-German biochemist (Nobel 1938-work on carotenoids and vitamins), dies at 66
  • 1967-11-12 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, dies at 53
  • 1967-12-03 Annette Kolb, German writer and pacifist, dies at 97
  • 1967-12-23 Karen Verne [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), dies from a heart ailment at 49
  • 1968-02-27 Johannes Tralow, German writer (Ottoman tetralogy), dies at 85
  • 1968-03-01 Georg von der Vring, German painter and writer (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • 1968-03-14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • 1968-04-07 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, world F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • 1968-04-12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • 1968-06-12 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, dies at 76
  • 1968-07-20 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies at 60
  • 1968-07-28 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), dies at 89
  • 1968-10-15 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, dies at 57
  • 1968-11-17 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, dies at 86
  • 1968-11-26 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist and author (Junge frau 1914), dies at 81
  • 1968-12-13 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, dies at 52
  • 1968-12-31 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85
  • 1969-01-15 Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • 1969-01-18 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 81
  • 1969-02-26 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1969-03-23 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer and philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • 1969-03-26 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, dies at 66
  • 1969-05-02 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • 1969-05-18 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1969-07-05 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • 1969-07-15 Peter Van Eyck [Götz von Eick], German actor (The Longest Day, The Wages of Fear), dies after long illness at 56
  • 1969-08-06 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65
  • 1969-08-08 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, dies at 73
  • 1969-08-17 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • 1969-08-18 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • 1969-08-27 Erika Mann, German-American author (Other Germany) and daughter of Thomas Mann, dies at 63
  • 1969-08-31 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), dies at 72
  • 1969-10-24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1969-12-03 Mathias Wieman, German actor (The Blue Light, Fear), dies at 67
  • 1970-01-05 Max Born, German physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • 1970-03-26 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist , dies at 76
  • 1970-03-30 Heinrich Brüning, German politican and Chancellor of Germany (1930-32), dies at 84
  • 1970-04-04 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, dies at 72