7 in German History
October 7, 1794
Birth of Wilhelm Müller in Dessau,
Germany. Müller was a lyric poet who focused on Greek
October 7, 1822
Birth of Rudolf Leuckart in Helmstedt,
Germany. Leuckart pioneered the science of parasitology. He
was a professor of biology at the Universities of Göttingen,
Giessen and Leipzig.
October 7, 1900
Birth of Heinrich Himmler in Munich.
Himmler was one of the inner circle of the Nazi party. He was
involved with Hitler at the Munich Putsch of 1923. He was
involved in the building of the SS and the Gestapo. He took
poison when he was captured in 1945.
October 7, 1919
Death of Lassa Francis Lawrence Oppenheim
in Cambridge, England (born in Windecken, Germany).
Oppenheim, a jurist, immigrated to London in 1895 to teach at
the London School of Economics. In 1908 he became a professor
at Cambridge University. He specialized in international law.
He based his concept of international law on adherence to
specific agreements and customs between nations. His most
significant book is International Law: A Treatise (2
October 7, 1926
Death of Emil Kraepelin in Munich, Germany.
A psychiatrist at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich,
Kraepelin organized psychiatric disorders into a system
usable by psychiatrists. The first publication of his Compendium
der Psychiatrie was in 1883. His system was the starting
point for contemporary classifications. He was the first to
distinguish between schizophrenia and manic-depressive
October 7, 1938
Starting on this date all passports of
German Jews must be stamped with a "J".
October 7, 1949
Establishment of East Germany. October 7
was the national holiday of the GDR until it ceased to exist
October 7, 1989
Despite the mass exits of East Germans and
the mass protests, East Germany continues to try to celebrate
its 40th anniversary. On October 7 Soviet president
Gorbatschov is a featured speaker in Berlin, but rather than
encourage the Honecker government he says,"Whoever comes
too late will be punished by events."
October 7, 2001
Pope John-Paul II beatifies two Germans,
Nikolaus Groß and Maria Euthymia Üffing.
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