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(1618-1648) Thirty Years' War (Germany)
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1701 - King of Prussia crowned
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1740 - Frederick the Great crowned King of Prussia
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(1740-42) The Silesian War (Germany)
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(1756-63) The Seven Years' War
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Invention 1818 - The bicycle is invented (Baron Karl de Drais de Sauerbrun, Germany)

News 1849 - April 2 – April 2 - Revolutions of 1848 in the German states end in failure.
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April 2, 1849

News 1857 - The Kiss as an Elevator
In a German tale, published some time since, is a description of 'The First Kiss' in the following sensation style -

'Am I really dear to you, Sophia?' I whispered, and pressed my burning lips to her rosy mouth. She did not say yes; she did not say no; but she returned my kiss, an the earth went from under my feet; my soul was no longer in the body; I touched the starts; I knew the happiness of the seraphim!'
Pittsfield Sun
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
June 4, 1857

News "German Toast" - An 1858 Breakfast Treat!
Two eggs, one pint of milk, and flour enough to make a thick batter; cut wheat bread into very thin slices, and soak them in sweetened water; cover each side successively with the batter, and fry brown in lard. Eat while hot, with butter and white powdered or brown sugar.
Pittsfield Sun
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
January 21, 1858

1866 - Prussian-Austrian War
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News 1867 - Why Do German Women Make Good Wives
The culinary art forms a part of the education of women in Germany. The well-to-do tradesman, like the mechanic, takes pride in seeing his daughters good housekeepers. - To effect this, the girl on leaving school, which she does when about fourteen years of age, goes through the ceremony of confirmation, and then is placed by her parents with a country gentleman, or in a large family where she remains one or two years, filling what may also be termed the post of a servant and doing the work of o... Read MORE...

News 1868 - It is said more books are now published in Germany than in any other country.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 18, 1868

(1870-71) Franco-Prussian War
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News 1870 - Twenty four thousand emigrants left Germany during the first four months of the present year.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 4, 1870

News 1871 - Preserving the Flavor of Butter
The German Agriculturalist says that a great portion of the fine flavor of fresh butter is destroyed by the usual mode of washing and he recommends a thorough kneading for the removal of the buttermilk, and a subsequent pressing in a linen cloth. Butter thus prepared, according to our authority, is pre-eminent for its sweetness of taste and flavor, qualities which are retained a long time. To improve manufactured butter we are advised by the same authority to work it thoroughly with fresh cold m... Read MORE...

1871 - Wilhelm I crowned Prussian King
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1871 - Treaty of Frankfurt ends Franco-Prussian War; German Empire recognized and France loses Alsace-Lorraine

News 1886 - January 29 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen (built in 1885).
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January 29, 1886

News 1888 - Fire on the 29th at Huenfield, Germany, destroyed two hundred houses and made fifteen hundred persons homeless and destitute.
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 3, 1888

1888 - Frederick III was on the 12th formally proclaimed Emperor of Germany, and he issued a proclamation to the people in which he declared that the policy of the dead ruler should be continued.
A fortune of three hundred million marks in cash was left by the late Emperor William, of Germany.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 17, 1888

Invention 1889 - The automobile is invented (Gottlieb Daimler, Germany)

News 1891 - January 1 - January 1 – Paying of old age pensions begins in Germany.
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January 1, 1891

News 1895 - March 30 – Rudolf Diesel patents the Diesel engine in Germany.
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March 30, 1895

Invention 1897 - Aspirin is invented (Felix Hoffmann (Bayer), Germany)

News 1899 - March 6 – Felix Hoffmann patents aspirin and Bayer registers its name as a trademark.
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March 6, 1899

News 1900 - July 2 - The first zeppelin flight is carried out over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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July 2, 1900

News 1910 - Germany Enjoys a "Fat" Christmas
Year of Immense Prosperity Ending, and People are Spending Lavishly.


April-Like Drizzle in Berlin and Hardly a Flake of Snow in All the Empire - Bad for Hotels.
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
BERLIN, Dec. 24. - Germany is celebrating a "fat" Christmas. The Fatherland has rounded out another year of very great prosperity, and the Yuletide is characterized by corresponding generosity and good cheer.

The Christmas shopping has taken place on an extraordinari... Read MORE...

World History 1914 - August 1 - World War I begins: Germany declares war on Russia and France and invades Belgium
August 1, 1914 - Germany declares war on Russia. France and Belgium begin full mobilization.

August 3, 1914 - Germany declares war on France, and invades neutral Belgium. Britain then sends an ultimatum, rejected by the Germans, to withdraw from Belgium.

August 4, 1914 - Great Britain declares war on Germany. The declaration is binding on all Dominions within the British Empire including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

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World History 1919 - June 28 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed, blaming Germany for World War I and creating a League of Nations
World War I (1914-1918) was finally over. This first global conflict had claimed from 9 million to 13 million lives and caused unprecedented damage. Germany had formally surrendered on November 11, 1918, and all nations had agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated. On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Nations (including Britain, France, Italy and Russia) signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the war. The United States did not sign the treaty, however, becau... Read MORE...

1923 - Adolf Hitlers Nazis unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the German government in the Beer Hall Putsch

News 1926 - Germany is admitted to the League of Nations

News 1934 - Adolph Hitler succeeds Hindenburg as leader of Germany

1935 - Nuremburg Racial Laws limiting Jewish rights announced at Nazi Party Rally (Germany)

World History 1939 - September 1 - World War II begins: Germany invades Poland
September 1, 1939

World History 1961 - East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall

World History 1989 - In response to massive protests, the East German government allows East Berliners to cross into West Berlin. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall begins shortly after.

World History 1990 - German reunification officially completed according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Died Here

Germany  Johann Georg Philipp Gemlich (18 November 1840, Germany (German States) (German Empire) - 25 May 1842, Germany (German States) (German Empire))

America/USA  Robert Mott Hessler (15 November 1920, Tonawanda, Erie, New York, USA - 11 April 1945, Germany (German States) (German Empire))

Germany  Magdeleine Kienfen (, Germany (German States) (German Empire) - , Germany (German States) (German Empire))

Germany  Frideriqua Ohl (1814, Germany (German States) (German Empire) - 25 February 1842, Germany (German States) (German Empire))

Germany  Conrad White (abt. 1815, Germany (German States) (German Empire) - 1867, Germany (German States) (German Empire))

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Christian Stephens (abt. 1839 - aft. 1872) & Paulina Wagner (May 1834 - aft. 1904)
Johann Carl Theunert (bef. 1841 - ) & Amalie Glaubitz (bef. 1841 - )
Johann Carl August Feige (bef. 1825 - ) & Christiane Rosine Schiebler (bef. 1825 - )

William Reinhardt (abt. 1800 - 13 September 1878) & Rachel Henriette Fredericka Henkell (abt. 1821 - 13 November 1899)
married abt. 1834

(Georg) Jacob Gimlich (Gemlich) (21 October 1814 - 2 October 1862) & Frideriqua Ohl (1814 - 25 February 1842)
married 31 March 1836

(Georg) Jacob Gimlich (Gemlich) (21 October 1814 - 2 October 1862) & Mary (Anna Maria) Lange Greiber (Ledig) (26 December 1816 - 7 February 1905)
married 10 July 1842

Jacob Jesse (Jassey) (July 1839 - 26 January 1905) & Dorytha Kemitz (Kemintz) (August 1837 - aft. 1900)
married abt. 1865

Franz J. Wagner (18 April 1841 - aft. 1920) & Louisa E Kummel (3 December 1845 - 4 January 1917)
married 8 April 1866

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