June 5 in German History
June 5, 755
St. Boniface is martyred. St. Boniface
(Wynfrith) was an English monk who was appointed by the Pope
as Bishop in 722 and sent to christianize Germany. In 745 his
diocese was established in Mainz. He was killed by a pagan
mob on June 5, 754.
June 5, 755
St. Adalar is martyred. St. Adalar was an
associate of St. Boniface. He was born in England and came to
Germany to assist in the missionary effort. He was with St.
Boniface on the morning of June 5, 754 and was killed by
Friesian pagans along with St. Boniface. He is said to have
been the first Bishop of Erfurt, a diocese founded in 741.
His feast day is June 5. He is entombed in the cathedral in
June 5, 1772
Death of Johann Kuhnau in Leipzig, Germany.
Kuhnau was a composer and the cantor at the Church of St.
Thomas in Leipzig from 1701 to 1722. He was succeeded in his
position by Johann Sebastian Bach.
June 5, 1826
Death of Carl Maria von Weber in London
(born in Eutin, Germany). The composer is known primarily for
his operas Der Freischütz (1821), Euryanthe (1823)
and Oberon (1826). The title "von" seems to
have been an invention of his father rather than a genuine
June 5, 1906
Death of Eduard von Hartmann in Groß
Lichterfelde, Germany. Hartmann was a philosopher noted for
his concern with the human will and uncontrolled unconscious
drives. His most noted work was Die Philosophie des
Unbewussten (1870). He was influenced by Schopenhauer but
rose above Shopenhauer's pessimism as did his contemporary,
June 5, 1947
Announcement of the Marshall Plan by George
Marshall in a talk at Harvard University.
June 5, 1997
German chancellor Helmut Kohl receives
the George C. Marshall Foundation award on the 50th
anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Kohl was the first recipient of the award.
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