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January 1, 329
Kontantinus (Konstantin's Son) becomes Caesar of the Western Roman Empire.
His capital is Trier.
January 1, 1076
The Holy Roman Emperor, Heinrich IV, persuades 26 bishops to refuse obedience
to the Pope.
January 1, 1484
Ulrich Zwingli is born in Wildhaus, Switzerland. Zwingli was the most
influential church reformer in the development of Swiss Protestantism.
He studied at the Universities of Vienna and Basel. He was ordained a
priest in 1506. In his early years Zwingli criticized some of the abuses
of the church of those times and in a minor way was involved in the questioning
of the practice of indulgences. By 1522, however, his views had developed
sufficiently to lead to controversy in the church. He questioned fasting
and the celibacy of priests. In 1523 he published his 67 Artikel.
Progressively his leadership led to the removal of images from churches,
the removal of organs and the replacement of the mass with a communion
service. In 1529 the Zuricher Bibel was completed. He married Anna
Reinhard on April 2, 1542. He fell into disagreement with Martin Luther
on the question of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Ultimately
the Swiss reforms led to the Second War of Kappel in which Zwingli was
killed on October 11, 1531 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
January 1, 1720
Death of Francis Daniel Pastorius in Germantown, Pennsylvania (born in
Sommerhausen, Germany). He was a German lawyer who first traveled to America
as the agent of a German Pietest organization interested in purchasing
land in the New World. He purchased land from William Penn and founded
the city of Germantown, Pennsylvania. He remained as a teacher in Germantown.
He is the author of A New Primer or Methodical Directions to Attain
the True Spelling, Reading, and Writing of English, 1698.
January 1, 1782
Death of Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) in London (born in Leipzig, Germany).
The eleventh and youngest son of J. S. Bach, he became a composer at the King's Theater in London
in 1762 and composed in London until his death in 1782. He is sometimes referred to as 'the London Bach' or 'the English Bach', due to his time spent living in the British capital, where he came to be known as John Bach. He is noted for influencing the concerto style of Mozart.
January 1, 1819
Birth of Philip Schaff in Chur, Switzerland. Schaff, an early proponent
of Protestant/Catholic ecumenicism, was educated at the Universities of
Tubingen, Halle, and Berlin. He was a lecturer at Berlin until he immigrated
to the United States in 1844 and was appointed professor of church history
at the theological seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He expressed
the view that the principles of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism would
one day be blended in a new kind of ecumenical, evangelical Catholicism.
The view was very controversial for the times and broadly attacked. These
ideas were developed and expanded into the equally controversial "Mercersburg
January 1, 1834
German Customs Union comes into force.
January 1, 1876
Founding of the Reichsbank and the Mark becomes the German currency.
January 1, 1887
Birth of Wilhelm Canaris (1887-1945) in Aplerbeck, Germany. Canaris was appointed
to head the Abwehr (military intelligence) in 1935. He oversaw German
military aid to Spain's general Franco during the Spanish Civil War. By
1944 he was opposed to Hitler and participated in the attempted assassination
of Hitler. He was arrested, sent to the Flossenburg concentration camp
and executed there.
January 1, 1894
Death of Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894) in Bonn, Germany. Hertz, a physicist in Karlsruhe,
discovered how to produce, send and receive radio waves. The radio frequency
measurement "hertz" is named for him.
January 1, 1922
Edith Stein (Sr. Teresia Benedicta a Cruce) is baptized in the Catholic
January 1, 1934
Death of Jakob Wassermann in Altausee, Austria (born in Furth, Germany).
A novelist, Wassermann is noted for his Die Juden von Zirndorf (1897),
Caspar Hauser (1908), Christian Wahnschaffe (1919) and his
autobiography Mein Weg als Deutscher und Jude (1921).
January 1, 1947
The British and American occupation zones in Germany are combined into
one occupation area.
January 1, 1957
Saarland becomes a German state.
January 1, 1958
Starting date of the European Economic Community (EEC) (France, Germany,
Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands).
January 1, 1973
Denmark, Ireland, Great Britain enter the EEC.
January 1, 1979
The European Currency System (EWS, Europaische Wahrungssystem) comes
into force. The ECU is created. The name ECU was later changed to the
January 1, 1981
Greece enters the European Community.
January 1, 1986
Spain and Portugal enter the European Community.
January 1, 1995
Austria, Finland and Sweden enter the European Union.
January 1, 1995
The "Solidaritätszuschlag" (a special tax for rebuilding
the East) is introduced and applies to income taxes and corporate taxes.
January 1, 1999
The Euro begins to be introduced as the common currency of Belgium, Germany,
France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Austria, Portugal, Spain and
January 1, 2002
The Euro is distributed to the population at large and becomes the official
European currency. (Until this time it had existed as a book money rather
than a physical currency.) National currencies will become invalid by
the end of February, 2002.
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