August 18th in German History: Karl Jatho Claims to have flown For the First Time

While the Wright Brothers are generally thought to have the first powered heavier-than-air flight, there are several other claimants to that achievement. One such man was Karl Jatho, a German inventor. He claimed to have made a powered flight on August 18th of 1903. Jatho was born on February 3rd, 1873, and had a careerContinue reading “August 18th in German History: Karl Jatho Claims to have flown For the First Time”

August 17th in German History: The Grand Duchy of Baden Allies with Prussia

The unification of Germany into one nation was a long and complicated process. The final declaration in 1871 was the product of decades of political maneuvering and increased political and economic unity which broke down the barriers between the different German states. One important step was the treaty of alliance signed between Prussia and theContinue reading “August 17th in German History: The Grand Duchy of Baden Allies with Prussia”

August 16th in German History: The Death of Robert Bunsen

Many scientists are well-known. Names like Einstein and Newton are popular even in non-scientific contexts. However, few names are known almost entirely for a single invention. Robert Bunsen himself is, unfortunately, almost completely forgotten while his invention lives on. However, Bunsen did more than simply invent the burner that is a mainstay of high schoolContinue reading “August 16th in German History: The Death of Robert Bunsen”

August 15th in German History: The Great Phenol Plot is Uncovered

The First World War was a dark and horrible conflict which saw the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians. However, it was not fought by men in the trenches alone. Numerous instances of subterfuge were attempted by both sides in order to help swing the war in their favor. One such ploy was theContinue reading “August 15th in German History: The Great Phenol Plot is Uncovered”

August 14th in German History: The Cologne Cathedral is Completed

Yesterday, I discussed the start of construction on the Berlin Wall. On that day a symbol of oppression began to rise in Berlin, and when it fell the people of Germany rejoiced. Today is the anniversary of the completion of the construction of an entirely different symbol, the Cologne Cathedral. The Cathedral was completed onContinue reading “August 14th in German History: The Cologne Cathedral is Completed”

August 13th in German History: Construction on the Berlin Wall Begins

The Berlin Wall was the most visible symbol of communist oppression in Europe. For twenty-eight years it stood, holding the people of East Berlin captive under an oppressive government. On August 13th, 1961, the border between East and West Germany was officially closed and construction on the wall began. After the Second World War, GermanyContinue reading “August 13th in German History: Construction on the Berlin Wall Begins”

August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends

During the Second World War, Germany was responsible for uncountable massacres, atrocities and genocides. The reasons for these acts were many, but they often boiled down to a combination of racist hatred and a brutally practical desire to eliminate resistance. These motivations were behind the Wola Massacre, the killing of tens of thousands of PolesContinue reading “August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends”

August 11th in German History: The Death of Johann Tetzel

Martin Luther’s attacks on the Catholic Church and resulting protestant reformation shaped German and European History for centuries. Someone not often remembered is the man whose actions spurred Martin Luther to break with the church. That man was Johann Tetzel, who died on August 11th, 1519. Tetzel was born in the town of Pirna inContinue reading “August 11th in German History: The Death of Johann Tetzel”

August 10th in German History: The Battle of Narva

Although the Soviet Union largely held the initiative on the Eastern Front after the Battle of Kursk, the weakened German armies were still able to put up significant resistance throughout 1944. At the Battle of Narva, the Soviet assaults were held back by soldiers of the Wehrmacht and SS. Although Narva itself fell to theContinue reading “August 10th in German History: The Battle of Narva”

August 9th in German History: The Birth of Erich Huckel

The German people have made enormous contributions to all fields of science. Erich Huckel was one of the innumerable Germans whose work moved humanity forward and helped to further the scope of human knowledge. He was born on August 9th, 1896. Huckel was born in Berlin, in the affluent suburb of Charlottenburg. He studied atContinue reading “August 9th in German History: The Birth of Erich Huckel”