German History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,181

  • 1983-07-24 21st Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Germany in Zurich Switzerland (2-1)
  • 1983-07-27 104°F (40.3°C) in Garmersdorf (German record)
  • 1984-01-28 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled in Fuerth, West Germany
  • 1984-06-09 Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts
  • 1984-06-09 Polygram's Hanover Germany plant produces its 10 millionth CD
  • 1984-07-20 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m
  • 1984-07-21 Marita Koch of East Germany sets world women's mark for 200m, 21.71s
  • 1984-08-03 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • 1984-10-25 West German Chancellor Rainer Barzel resigns due to corruption
  • 1985-03-09 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1985-04-14 49th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bernhard Langer wins by 2 strokes from Seve Ballesteros, Curtis Strange & Raymond Floyd; first German champion

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1985-04-25 West German Parliament rules it is illegal to deny the Holocaust
  • 1985-06-21 American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
  • 1985-08-23 West German top counter espionage Hans Tiedge moves to German DR
  • 1985-10-06 Marita Koch of E Germany sets 400m woman's record (47.6) in Australia
  • 1985-12-22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-01-21 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1986-02-09 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)
  • 1986-06-21 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
  • 1986-06-29 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Argentina beats West Germany, 3-2 in front of 114,600
  • 1986-08-29 Heike Drechsler of East Germany ties world women's 200 m mark (21.71s)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-11-02 German tennis star Boris Becker wins his third tournament in 3 weeks in different continents; beats Sergio Casal of Spain 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Paris Open after victories in Japan and Australia

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1987-01-13 West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-03-23 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns as chairman of the Social Democratic Party

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-04-27 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II

4th Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim
4th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Kurt Waldheim
  • 1987-05-13 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • 1987-05-14 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • 1987-05-28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR

Sport awardFederation Cup

1987-08-02 Federation Cup Tennis Final: Steffi Graf & Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat Chris Evert & Pam Shriver in the doubles as Germany beats US 2-1 in Vancouver, Canada

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1987-09-02 Trial begins in Moscow for West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Finland to Moscow, USSR

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1987-09-13 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova retains her title; beats Steffi Graf of Germany 7-6, 6-1

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1987-11-23 German tennis star Steffi Graf claims her first WTA Tour Championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 win over Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1988-06-09 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • 1988-07-02 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Germany's Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of her Golden Slam
  • 1988-08-28 70 killed in crash of three Italian air force fighters at air show at Ramstein, Germany
  • 1988-09-10 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins her first US title and completes the Grand Slam; beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

  • 1988-09-19 US women's all-round gymnastics team is controversially penalised 0.5 after compulsory round at the Seoul Olympics; substitute an alternate athlete on uneven bars medal podium; Americans finish 4th just 0.3 behind East Germany
  • 1988-09-21 East German swimmer Silke Hörner sets world record 2:26.71 to win the 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; first of 2 gold (4 x 100m medley relay)
  • 1988-09-23 East German swimmer Uwe Dassler sets world record 3:46.95 to win 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; edges Australian Duncan Armstrong by 0.2s
  • 1988-09-24 American heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets new world record 7,291 points to win the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; East Germans Sabine John & Anke Behmer take the minor medals
  • 1988-09-24 East German cyclist Christa Luding-Rothenburger wins silver medal in the women's track sprint at the Seoul Olympics; first athlete to win medals at Summer & Winter Games in same year; won speed skating gold in Calgary
  • 1988-09-24 Swimmer Silke Hörner wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics as part of the victorious East German 4 x 100m medley relay team
  • 1988-09-24 West German swimmer Michael Gross wins 200m butterfly in Olympic record 1:56.94 at the Seoul Games; third career gold medal
  • 1988-09-25 East German swimmer Kristin Otto swims Olympic record 25.49 to win the 50m freestyle gold at the Seoul Olympics; her 6th gold medal of the Games
  • 1988-09-27 East German cyclist Olaf Ludwig wins the men's road race in 4:32:22 at the Seoul Olympics; beats West German pair Bernd Gröne & Christian Henn
  • 1988-09-29 East German athlete Christian Schenk beats countryman Torsten Voss by 89 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; Canadian Dave Steen is another 71 points back in third place
  • 1988-10-19 3 Americans win Nobel in physics; 3 W Germans win chemistry Nobel
  • 1988-11-25 German politician Rita Süssmuth becomes president of the Bundestag.
  • 1988-12-17 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • 1988-12-19 Unexploded WW II bomb found in Frankfurt, Germany-5,000 evacuated
  • 1989-01-27 German war criminals Fischer & Aus der Funten freed
  • 1989-02-27 German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • 1989-07-09 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden's Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title
  • 1989-09-10 East Germans begin their flight to west (via Hungary and Czechoslovakia)
  • 1989-09-10 US Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his only US title; beats Czech Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6
  • 1989-09-30 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague

  • 1989-10-01 Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany
  • 1989-10-18 East German state/party leader Erich Honecker resigns
  • 1989-11-10 Germans begin demolishing the Berlin Wall
  • 1989-11-19 German tennis No. 1 Steffi Graf regains the WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 7–5, 2–6, 6–2
  • 1989-12-01 East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
  • 1989-12-17 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
  • 1990-02-13 US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify
  • 1990-03-18 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • 1990-04-12 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for the Holocaust and asks for forgiveness
  • 1990-04-24 West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1st
  • 1990-05-18 East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty
  • 1990-06-21 Parliaments of W & E Germany recognize Oder-Neissegrens
  • 1990-06-30 East and West Germany merge their economies
  • 1990-07-01 German Democratic Republic accepts Deutsche Mark as its currency
  • 1990-07-08 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany, 1-0 win over Argentina
  • 1990-08-23 East & West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3
  • 1990-08-29 C-5 transport plane crashes at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, killing 13
  • 1990-08-31 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
  • 1990-09-12 US, United Kingdom, France, USSR, East & West Germanys sign agreements allowing 2 Germanys to merge
  • 1990-09-20 Both East and West Germany ratify reunification

  • 1990-09-24 East Germany leaves Warsaw Pact
  • 1990-09-24 West German President Richard von Weizsaecker signs reunification treaty
  • 1990-10-02 WW2 Allied nations cede any remaining rights as occupiers of Germany
  • 1990-10-02 Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by Doors
  • 1990-10-03 Reunification of East and West Germany. West German flag is raised above the Brandenburg Gate on the stroke of midnight.
  • 1990-10-04 Regional elections held in East Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-11-18 Andre Agassi claims his first and only season-ending ATP Tour World Championship tennis title with a 5–7, 7–6, 7–5, 6–2 win over defending champion Stefan Edberg in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-11-20 Saddam Hussein announces plans to release German hostages

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1990-12-02 First parliamentary election in newly reunified Germany
  • 1991-02-13 Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel
  • 1991-06-20 The Bundestag (German parliament) decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin
  • 1991-07-07 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first ever all-German final Michael Stich beats Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6, 6-4
  • 1991-09-19 Ötzi the Iceman, 3,300 BCE old mummy discovered by German tourists in Italian alps

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-11-17 In an all-American final Pete Sampras wins his first of 5 ATP Tour World Championship tennis titles with a 3–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–4 victory over Jim Courier in Frankfurt, Germany

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1992-02-09 Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 sec by Thomas School of Germany
  • 1992-04-12 Earthquake rocks Germany
  • 1992-05-06 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon
  • 1992-06-26 UEFA European Championship Final, Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden: In a huge upset Denmark beats Germany, 2-0
  • 1992-07-19 30th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats Spain in Frankfurt Germany (2-1)
  • 1992-07-19 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Germany wins 2nd title with 2-1 win over Spain; Steffi Graf clinches final 6-4, 6-2 against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 1992-08-07 Taking advantage of 6 months training on home town Terrassa pitch, Spain wins their first hockey gold medal beating Germany 2-1 in the women's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-08-08 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-08-09 Future 6-weight boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya of the US beats German Marco Rudolph on points to win the lightweight gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992-11-20 Home crowd favourite Boris Becker claims his 2nd ATP Tour World Championship tennis title beating American Jim Courier 6–4, 6–3, 7–5 in the final in Frankfurt, Germany

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 3,448

  • 1893-05-27 Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentarian, born in Essen, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1893-06-30 Walter Ulbricht, German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), born in Leipzig, Saxony, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1893-07-21 Hans Fallada [Rudolf Wilhelm Friedrich Ditzen], German writer, born in Greifswald (d. 1947)
  • 1893-07-26 George Grosz, German cartoonist and painter (Gott mit uns), born in Berlin (d. 1959)
  • 1893-09-20 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1893-10-09 Heinrich George [Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz], German actor (Hitlerjunge Quex), born in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1893-10-10 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), born in Konitz, West Prussia (d. 1988)
  • 1893-10-17 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1893-10-30 Roland Freisler, German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case) and politician, born in Celle, Lower Saxony, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1893-11-24 Fern Andra [Vernal Edna Andrews], German-American actress (Eyes of the World), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1893-12-01 Ernst Toller, German playwright, President of Bavarian Soviet Republic (1919), born in Samotschin (d. 1939)
  • 1893-12-03 Julius Bissier, German painter, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (d. 1965)
  • 1893-12-10 Walter Rein, German composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1955)
  • 1893-12-17 Erwin Piscator, German stage director (Der Stellvertreter)
  • 1894-02-08 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher
  • 1894-02-25 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • 1894-03-09 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, born in Vienna (d. 1976)
  • 1894-03-14 Josef Schelb, German composer, born in Bad Krozingen, Germany (d. 1977)

Person of interestRudolf Hess

1894-04-26 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1987)

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • 1894-06-25 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), born in Hermannstadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1894-07-22 Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, born in Berg, Bavaria (d. 1967)
  • 1894-09-27 Lothar von Richthofen, German pilot, born in Kleinburg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • 1894-10-03 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, born in Osnabrück, Hanover, Prussia, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1894-10-27 Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General of Labor, born in Hassfurt, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1894-11-02 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1894-11-13 Arthur Nebe, German SS officer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1894-12-10 Earnest Haenchen, German new testament expert, born in Czarnków, Poland (d. 1975)
  • 1894-12-10 Gertrud Kolmar, German lyric poet and writer, born in Berlin (d. 1943)
  • 1894-12-19 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1895-01-13 Anton Betzner, German writer, born in Cologne (d. 1976)
  • 1895-01-24 Eugen Roth, German poet, born in Munich (d. 1976)
  • 1895-02-04 [Johann Baptist] Hanns Albin Rauter, German SS and Police leader in the occupied Netherlands, born in Klagenfurt, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1949)
  • 1895-02-09 Hermann Brill, German politician (d. 1959)
  • 1895-02-14 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher & sociologist (Studies in prejudice), born in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1895-03-05 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Eternal Struggle)
  • 1895-03-20 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1895-03-25 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (d. 1954)
  • 1895-03-29 Ernst Jünger, German author and entomologist (Storm of Steel), born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1895-05-02 Alfred Kurella, German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in East Germany, born in Brieg, Silesia (d. 1975)
  • 1895-05-03 Ernst Kantorowicz, German-American historian (Laudes regiae), born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1963)
  • 1895-07-04 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter and illustrator, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1895-07-10 Carl Orff, German composer (Carmina Burana; Mozart Prize 1969), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1895-09-01 Edit Angold, German actress (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1895-09-26 Jürgen Stroop, SS General during World War II and commander of Nazi forces during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, born in Detmold, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1895-10-02 Fritz Eberhard, West German lawyer and resistor (Law), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1895-10-04 Richard Sorge, German spy for the Soviet Union in Tokyo during World War II, born in Baku, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1895-10-10 Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, German field marshal (German Air Force-WW II), born in Barzdorf, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1895-10-13 Kurt Schumacher, German political chairman (SPD), born in Kulm, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1895-10-15 Alfred Neumann, German playwright (Devil), born in Lautenburg, Germany (now in Poland) (d. 1952)
  • 1895-10-30 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), born in Lagow, Brandenburg (d. 1964)
  • 1895-11-05 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1956)
  • 1895-11-08 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, born in Bunzlau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1981)

Person of interestPaul Hindemith

1895-11-16 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Mathis der Maler), born in Hanau (d. 1963)

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1895-11-25 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1895-12-21 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1895-12-27 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1896-02-04 Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • 1896-03-01 Moriz Seeler, German writer and producer (d. 1942)
  • 1896-03-07 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1896-03-26 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur who founded sportswear company Puma, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1896-04-26 Ernst Udet, German WWI pilot and notable flying ace who helped develop the Luftwaffe under the Nazi Party, born in Frankfurt am Main, German Empire (d. 1941)
  • 1896-05-01 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture), born in Batumi, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1896-05-03 Karl Allmenröder, German World War I flying Ace, born in Wald, Rhine Province, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1896-05-23 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (d. 1966)
  • 1896-07-16 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, born in Wildeck, German Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1896-07-24 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1896-08-09 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1896-09-09 Fritz Reutter, German composer (d. 1963)
  • 1896-12-27 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright
  • 1897-01-05 Theo Mackeben, German pianist & composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami), born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1897-01-09 Karl Löwith, German philosopher, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1897-01-11 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (d. 1979)
  • 1897-01-14 Hasso von Manteuffel, German WWII general (5th Panzer Army) and politician, born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1897-02-04 Ludwig Erhard, chancellor of Germany (CDU)
  • 1897-03-27 Carlo Mierendorff, German politician and anti-fascist, born in Grossenhain, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1897-03-28 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1897-04-07 Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I, born in Province of Silesia, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1897-04-08 Herbert Eimert, German composer and musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1897-04-11 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1897-04-13 Werner Voss, German World War I flying ace, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1897-04-14 Olga Chekhova, Russian-German actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children), born in Aleksandropol, Erivan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1897-04-23 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, born in Marietta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1897-04-26 Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1897-05-06 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1979)
  • 1897-06-16 Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1897-06-20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1897-06-23 Winifred Wagner-William, German organizer (Wagner Festival)
  • 1897-06-25 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1956)
  • 1897-06-29 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), born in Braunfels, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1897-07-05 Paul Ben-Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1984)
  • 1897-07-10 Karl Plagge, German officer and Nazi Party member who during World War II used his position as a staff officer in the German Army to employ and protect some 1,240 Jews, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1957)
  • 1897-07-24 Karl von Mechow, German writer (Auf Dem Wege, Vorsommer), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1960)
  • 1897-07-25 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1983)
  • 1897-08-02 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1897-08-07 Franz J Weinrich [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • 1897-08-12 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • 1897-08-31 Marianne Bruns, German writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1897-09-10 Hilde Hildebrand [Emma Minna Hildebrand], German actress (Port of Freedom), born in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1897-09-26 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1970)

Person of interestJoseph Goebbels

1897-10-29 Joseph Goebbels, German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany (1933-45), born in Rheydt, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1901 - 2,000 of 2,534

  • 1970-08-06 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • 1970-08-10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • 1970-09-11 Ernst May, German architect and city planner (New Frankfurt), dies at 84
  • 1970-09-14 Rudolph Carnap, German philosopher and mathematician, dies at 79
  • 1970-09-25 Erich Maria Remarque, German novelist (All Quiet on the Western Front), dies at 72
  • 1970-10-01 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1970-10-19 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
  • 1970-11-28 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1970-11-29 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1970-12-14 Franz Schlegelberger, German Nazi politician, dies at 94
  • 1971-01-13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, German SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • 1971-03-23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • 1971-05-06 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • 1971-05-29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1971-06-03 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • 1971-07-06 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • 1971-08-02 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1971-08-14 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • 1971-08-17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal during WWII, convicted of war crimes, dies at 91
  • 1971-10-04 Edit Angold, German actress (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • 1971-10-31 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70
  • 1971-11-01 Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer (The Eternal Woman), dies at 95
  • 1971-11-29 Heinz Tiessen, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1972-01-25 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • 1972-01-27 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician, dies at 84
  • 1972-02-20 Maria Goeppert-Mayer, American-German atomic physicist (Nobel 1963), dies at 65
  • 1972-04-02 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • 1972-04-04 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • 1972-04-12 C W Ceram [Kurt Marek], German/American writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • 1972-04-15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader (Industrial Union of Metalworkers), dies at 64
  • 1972-04-19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • 1972-06-02 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1972-08-09 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), dies at 69
  • 1972-08-29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • 1972-10-01 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87
  • 1972-10-22 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies at 82
  • 1972-11-25 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • 1972-12-02 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • 1972-12-15 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • 1972-12-24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • 1973-02-11 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65
  • 1973-02-20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1973-04-23 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • 1973-04-29 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1973-05-14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67
  • 1973-05-28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • 1973-06-09 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)
  • 1973-06-29 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • 1973-07-02 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, dies at 81
  • 1973-07-06 Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
  • 1973-07-07 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher and sociologist (Studies in prejudice), dies at 78
  • 1973-07-13 Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1973-07-30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1973-08-01 Walter Ulbricht, German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), dies at 80

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

1973-08-12 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1973-09-07 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • 1973-09-26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • 1973-10-18 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, dies at 74
  • 1974-01-26 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
  • 1974-01-27 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • 1974-02-08 Fern Andra [Vernal Andrews], American actress who worked in German silent cinema, dies at 80
  • 1974-04-12 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), dies at 72
  • 1974-04-20 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, dies at 81
  • 1974-05-17 Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and archaeologist, dies at 75
  • 1974-07-29 Erich Kästner, German author (b. 1899)
  • 1974-08-08 Baldur von Schirach, German author/nazi politician, dies at 67
  • 1974-09-23 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1974-10-27 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur who founded sportswear company Puma, dies at 76
  • 1974-11-16 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner Effect), dies at 91
  • 1975-01-11 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • 1975-01-21 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1975-01-24 Erich Kempka, German chauffeur to Adolf Hitler, dies at 64
  • 1975-01-30 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • 1975-03-02 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1975-03-13 Ruth Schaumann, German author, painter and sculptor (Rose, Black King), dies at 75
  • 1975-03-22 Paul Verhoeven, German actor and director (Das kleine Hofkonzert), dies at 73
  • 1975-06-12 Alfred Kurella, German author and functionary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in East Germany, dies at 80
  • 1975-06-21 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1975-07-06 Otto Skorzeny, German/Austrian SS (Mussolini/Ardennen), dies
  • 1975-07-11 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, dies at 89
  • 1975-07-25 Eugen Fink, German philosopher, dies at 69
  • 1975-08-17 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • 1975-09-14 Walter Herbert, German conductor and impresario (b. 1902)
  • 1975-09-28 Agnes Windeck, German actress (A Time to Love and a Time to Die), dies at 87
  • 1975-10-30 Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1975-11-09 Luwig Turek, German writer, dies at 77
  • 1975-11-14 Max Ackermann, German "entartet" painter, dies at 88

Person of interestHannah Arendt

1975-12-04 Hannah Arendt, German-American political theorist and historian (Origins of Totalitarianism), dies of a heart attack at 69

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
  • 1976-02-01 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • 1976-02-11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, dies at 81
  • 1976-02-11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • 1976-03-04 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • 1976-03-07 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • 1976-03-26 Josef Albers, German artist, dies at 88
  • 1976-04-01 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
  • 1976-04-28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1976-04-29 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1976-05-08 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies

Person of interestMartin Heidegger

1976-05-26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Being & Time), dies at 86

Philosopher Martin Heidegger
Martin Heidegger
  • 1976-07-01 Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)