A time-line of the Holy Roman Empire

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350: the Roman empire allows the Franks to settle in Belgium
406: as Vandals invade Gaul, the Franks expand in southern Belgium
407: Gebicca becomes leader of the Burgundians
413: the Burgundians settle on the left bank of the Rhine as "foederati" with capital in Worms
435: the Burgundians led by Gundahar invade Belgium
436: the Romans and the Huns attack the Burgundians and kill Gundahar
443: the Romans settle the Burgundians in Savoy
447: Merovech (Meerwig) establishes the Merovingian dynasty among the Franks
457: the Burgundi seize Lyons
480: Frank king Childeric dies and the Frank capital is in Rheims
481: Clovis becomes king of the Franks
486: Franks led by Clovis I (Chlodovech) conquer northern Gaul from the Romans and the Visigoths
496: Clovis converts the Franks to catholicism
507: Clovis defeats the Visigoths, kills their king Alaric II, and takes their French lands, including Aquitaine
510: Clovis moves the Frankish capital to Paris
511: Clovis dies and his kingdom is divided among his four sons, thus creating the kingdoms of Austrasia (eastern France and southwestern Germany) and Neustria (Paris and northern France)
531: the Franks conquer the Thuringians
534: the Franks conquer the Burgundians
536: the Franks conquer Provence from the Ostrogoths
555: the Franks conquer the Bavarians
628: count Pepin I becomes the Austrasian "major domi" (mayor of the palace)
638: the Merovingian king Dagobert is the first king to be buried at the monastery of Saint-Denis, which then becomes the royal abbey church
687: Pepin's son Pepin II becomes the Austrasian mayor of the palace and conquers Neustria, reuniting the two kingdoms
711: A Berber army under Tariq ibn Ziyad conquers southern Spain from the Visigoths in the name of Islam and Cordoba becomes the residence of the Arab governor
714: Pepin II dies and Pepin's son, Charles Martel, becomes mayor of the palace
718: Pelayo unites with the Visigothic leaders who have been defeated by Tariq, and creates the kingdom of Asturias in northwestern Spain, thus creating the kingdom of Leon
720: the Arabs capture Narbonne
725: the Arabs capture Carcassonne
732: the Muslim invasion of Europe is stopped by Charles Martel at the battle of Tours
735: The Franks conquer Aquitaine
737: the Arabs capture Provence
741: Charles Martel dies and his kingdom is divided between his sons Carloman (Austrasia) and Pippin (the rest), while Bavaria and Aquitaine are de facto independent
743: Pepin and Carloman elect Childeric III to king of the Franks
747: Carloman becomes a Montecassino monk and Pepin III becomes the sole ruler of the Franks
751: The Carolingian mayor Pepin III deposes Childeric III and appoints himself king of the Franks, thus ending the Merovingian dynasty and uniting Neustria, Austrasia and Burgundy
752: Pepin expels the Arabs from Provence
754: pope Stephen II anoints Pepin III king of the Franks
756: Pepin III defeats the Lombards and conquers Ravenna but leaves the conquered territories to the Pope, thereby founding the Papal State and establishing a temporal power for the Pope
759: the Muslim army is expelled from France
768: Pepin III dies and Charlemagne becomes king of the Franks, with capital in Aachen
774: the Franks under Charlemagne annex the Lombards
777: Charlemagne builds a palace at Aix-la-Chapelle
778: Charlemagne attacks the Muslims and invades northeastern Spain
778: Charlemagne attacks the Muslims and invades northeastern Spain but is defeated (Roland is defeated at Roncesvalles)
781: Charlemagne places his son Louis on the throne of Aquitaine
785: Charlemagne conquers the pagan Saxons in Germany and the Elbe river becomes the frontier between Germans and Slavs
788: Charlemagne conquers Bavaria
796: Charlemagne conquers the Avars (Pannonia) and establishes the East March (Ostmark or Osterreich) that gets colonized by Germans from Bavaria
800: the Pope crowns Charles emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
801: Charlemagne's son Louis captures Barcelona from the Arabs, creating the Spanish March along the Pyrenees (Aragonia and Catalonia)
812: a peace treaty between Charlemagne and the Eastern Roman Empire surrenders Venezia to the Eastern empire but grants Venezia the right to trade with the Holy Roman Empire
814: Charlemagne dies and his only surviving son, Louis, becomes king of the Franks and holy Roman emperor
830: Louis is attacked by his sons, allied with pope Gregory IV: Lothar (king of most of France and northern Italy), Pepin (king of Aquitaine), Louis II (king of Bavaria)
840: the holy Roman emperor Louis I dies and civil war erupts among Lothar (the new emperor), Charles le Chauve (who succeeded his father Pepin) and Louis II
843: at the Treaty of Verdun the Holy Roman Empire is divided among Charles II le Chauve (western France), Lothair (Netherlands, eastern France, renamed Lotharingia/Lorraine, and northern Italy) and Louis/Ludwig II (western Germany)
855: Lothair dies and his kingdom is split between his sons (Lotharingia to Lothar II and Burgundy to Charles) while Louis II becomes emperor and inherits northern Italy
860: Semen Garcia unites the dukedoms of Pamplona and Navarra and gains independence from the Franks
875: Louis II dies and Charles II le Chauve invades Italy and becomes emperor
877: Charles II dies
879: south Burgundy becomes de facto independent
881: Charles III inherits most of Charlemagne's old empire
888: Charles III is deposed by the nobles and the Frankish Empire is divided between East (Germany and northern Italy), ruled by Arnulf, and West (France), ruled by Odo Capet
888: north Burgundy declares its independence
888: north Italy declares its independence under Berengar I
890: Barcelona's count Wilfrid the Hairy declares his independence from the Franks
898: Odo dies and a Carolingian is again elected to the throne, Charles le Simple
910: Garcia, king of Leon, expands the kingdom and builds castles along the upper rio Ebro, thus creating Castilla
911: the duchy of Normandy is established by the Carolingian king Charles III in order to settle the Vikings of Rollo
911: Ludwig das Kind, last of the Carolingian rulers in the East, dies and the stem dukes elect Konrad I, duke of Franconia, as king of Germany
915: Berengar I dies and no emperor is appointed ("interregnum")
918: Konrad I dies and the stem dukes elect the Saxon duke Heinrich I, first of the Ottonen
922: the Viking ruler Dirk I founds the Egmont Benedictine monastery in Haarlem (Holland)
929: King Heinrich I defeats a massive coalition of Slavs at the battle of Lenzen
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930: Burgos' count Fernan González secedes from Leon and gains independence for Castilla
933: South and north Burgundy are united in the kingdom of Burgundy
933: Heinrich I defeats the Magyars/Hungarians
936: Otto I ascends to the throne of the East
954: Otto I crushes the invasion of the Magyars
961: the Pope asks Otto I for protection against Berengar II
962: Otto I invades Italy and is crowned emperor by the Pope in Rome
970: Sancho becomes king of Navarra
981: Castilla declares its independence from the Franks
983: Otto III ascends to the throne and, being a child, is tutored by French Benedectine monk Gerbert d'Aurillac
987: Hugh Capet is elected emperor of the West
996: the French king Hugh Capet dies and is succeeded by another Capet, Robert II the Pious
999: Otto III appoints Gerbert d'Aurillac pope (Sylvester II)
1000: Otto III absorbs Poland and Hungary within his sphere of control
1000: 7 million people live in France, 7 million in Iberia, 5 million in Italy, 4 million in Germany, 2 million in Britain
1001: Sancho unifies Castilla and Navarra
1004: Sancho, the ruler of Castilla, is made a king by the Holy Roman Emperor and founds the Sanchez dynasty
1018: Dirk III is appointed first count of Holland
1024: Konrad II becomes German emperor, thus establishing the Salian dynasty
1031: the French king Robert II the Pious dies and Henri I succeeds him
1035: Sancho of Castilla dies and is succeeded by Fernando I as king of Castilla, by Ramiro as king of Aragonia, by Garcia as king of Navarra, and by Gonzalo.
1037: Fernando I of Castilla conquers Leon
1037: German emperor Konrad II signs a feudal edict that grants legal rights to the Lombards
1039: German emperor Konrad II dies and his son Heinrich III becomes emperor of Germany
1039: under the protection of German emperor Heinrich III, Cluny's abbot Odilo turns his monastery into the head of a monastic feudal system whose influence spread all over Europe
1049: the Norman warlord Robert Guiscard conquers Puglia from Byzantium
1050: farmers in the Utrecht district (Holland) build dykes to gain land from the sea
1050: the catapult is re-discovered (the "Trebuchet catapult")
1056: Heinrich III dies and is succeeded by Heinrich IV
1066: William of Normandy defeats the English king Harold, ends the Anglo-Saxon rule of England and unites England and Normandy
1070: the Hospital of Saint John is founded in Jerusalem by Amalfi merchants
1071: Normans led by Robert Guiscard conquer southern Italy from Byzantium
1072: the Normans conquer Sicily, Calabria and Napoli, and establish a kingdom over southern Italy
1075: Pope Gregory VII demands that the German emperor Heinrich IV abandons the habit of "lay investiture" (the emperor appoints the bishops)
1076: Heinrich IV refuses and Gregory VII excommunicates and deposes him, but then forgives him at Canossa (abbot Hugh of Cluny acts as mediator)
1085: Alfonso VI of Castilla defeats the Arabs at Toledo
1085: Heinrich IV invades Italy and drives Pope Gregory VII out of Rome, and the Pope dies in exile
1086: The Almoravids of Morocco begin the conquest of southern Spain
1091: the Normans defeat the Arabs and extend the Kingdom of Sicily over most of Italy
1093: Alfonso VI of Castilla appoints Henri of Burgundy count of Portugal
1095: Pope Urban II, responding to an appeal from the Byzantine emperor Alexios Komnenos, calls for a Crusade against the Muslims
1099: Crusaders under Godfrey of Bouillon capture Jerusalem
1106: Heinrich IV dies and is succeeded by Heinrich V
1112: Afonso Henriques inherits Portugal, a vassal state of Castilla
1113: the Pope recognizes the Hospital of Saint John as separate monastic order (the Hospitallers) with headquarters in Acre
1118: Arabs import gunpowder from China (a mixture of potassium nitrate, sulfur and charcoal) and arms and artillery are invented
1122: Pope Calixtus II and German emperor Heinrich V sign the Concordat of Worms that resolves the "investiture controversy" by granting the emperor veto power over the German Church
1125: Heinrich V dies, the power of the German empire dissolves and the German emperor becomes a figurehead
1137: France and Aquitaine are united after Eleanor of Aquitaine marries French king Louis VII
1137: Benedictine monk Suger builds the cathedral of Saint-Denis in a new style, the gothic style
1137: Aragonia and the Catalan counties are united by marriage under Barcelona's count Ramon Berenguer IV, who becomes king of Aragonia
1139: the county of Portugal under Afonso Henriques declares its independence from the Kingdom of Leon
1141: the philospher Pierre Abelard is condemned as heretic and is books are burned for his views on the Trinity and his love for Heloise
1143: Afonso Henriques is made king by the Pope and declares Portugal independent
1147: the Pope authorizes a German crusade against the pagan Slavs
1147: Portugal retakes Lisbon from the Muslims
1150: the Almohads conquer Spain
1152: Friedrich I Hohenstaufen, "Barbarossa", is elected German emperor
1152: Henry II Plantagenet of Anjou marries Eleanor of Aquitaine (the former wife of Louis VII of France), who protects troubadours and poets of amour courtois at her court, while Henry II acquires Aquitaine and Gascony
1153: Henry II Plantagenet, still a vassal of the French king Louis VII, invades England and secures his right to the succession to the English throne
1154: Henry II Plantagenet is crowned king of England
1156: Friedrich I "Barbarossa" rediscovers Justinian law, granting the emperor absolute powers
1156: Osterreich (Austria) becomes a duchy
1158: Friedrich I "Barbarossa" issues a decree promoting universities independent of the political or clerical power ("Costitutio Habita")
1158: duke Heinrich the Lion of Saxony founds the cities of Munich and Luebeck and pushes the border east of the Elbe
1158: German emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa elevates duke Vladislav II of Bohemia to king
1159: French theologian John of Salisbury publishes the "Policraticus", first doctrine of the separation of church and state but with the state subordinate to the church
1160: Alexander III excommunicates Friedrich I "Barbarossa"
1162: Friedrich I "Barbarossa" raids Rome and Milan
1163: Paris bishop Maurice de Sully begins work at the church of Notre Dame
1172: The Almohads conquer Andalucia from the Almoravids and move the capital to Sevilla
1176: the Italian communes defeat Friedrich Barbarossa at the battle of Legnano
1177: Barbarossa recognizes Alexander III as Pope and is forgiven
1180: Barbarossa invades Luebeck and deposes duke Heinrich the Lion
1180: Philippe Auguste II becomes kind of France
1183: the peace of Constance grants northern Italy autonomy within Barbarossa's Holy Roman Empire
1189: the third Crusade is led by King Richard the Lion-Hearted of England, king Philippe Auguste II of France, and emperor Frederick Barbarossa
1189: The Crusaders use the Trebuchet catapult
1190: Friedrich I Barbarossa dies and is succeeded by Heinrich VI as German emperor
1190: the Teutonic Knights are founded by German lords to fight in the crusade, establish their capital at Acre, and adopt the Templars' white mantle and the Hospitallers' rule
1194: the German emperor Heinrich VI conquers southern Italy and Sicily from the Normans, despite the pope's opposition
1194: King Richard the Lion-Hearted of England, taken prisoner upon the return from the Crusades, ackowledges hiself king Philippe Auguste II's vassal, thus losing all French possessions of the Plantagenets except Aquitaine
1195: Alfonso VIII of Castilla is defeated by the Almohads at Alarcos
1197: German emperor Heinrich VI dies and the electors prefer Otto IV over Heinrich's son Friedrich II
1203: Philippe Auguste II of France conquers Normandy and expels the English
1204: the Crusaders sack Byzantium and set up a Latin kingdom
1205: the lord of Amstel founds a castle (Amsterdam)
1208: pope Innocent III recognizes Friedrich II as legitimate ruler of Germany over emperor Otto IV
1208: pope Innocent III launches a crusade against the Catharist/Albigensian (northern nobles of France against southern nobles of France) and the Waldensian heretics
1209: The citizens of the Catharist/Albigensian town Beziers are massacred
1212: the Christian kings of Iberia defeat the Almohads at the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa
1214: pope Innocent III, the claimant German emperor Friedrich II and French king Philippe Auguste defeat German emperor Otto IV and English king John at the battle of Bouvines
1215: Friedrich II ascends to the throne of Germany
1217: Emperor Friederich II grants lands to the Teutonic Knights in Sicily
1226: Emperor Friederich II grants the Teutonic Knights authority to restore order in Prussia
1226: Louis VIII establishes the first leper colony in France
1229: The king of France ends the war against the Catharist/Albigensian with the Treaty of Paris that disposses southern nobles of their fiefs, and the Inquisition was established to root out the remaining heretics
1230: Castilla and Leon are united under Ferdinand III of Castilla
1230: German emperor Friederich II proclaims himself king of Jerusalem, having wed the heiress to that throne and negotiated a deal with the Arabs
1234: the last Sanchez dies and Navarra is inherited by the French noble Thibault de Champagne
1236: Castilla takes Cordoba from the Almohads
1237: the Teutonic Knights merge with the Livonian Brothers (Latvia) and begins a campaign of forced conversion of the Baltic people and colonization by German monks, peasants and merchants
1238: king Jaime of Aragonia conquers Valencia from the Muslims
1241: Hamburg and Luebeck sign a treaty of mutual defense (Hanseatic League)
1242: Pope Gregory IX excommunicates Friederich II
1244: Hundreds of Cathars are burned at Montsegur
1245: the Synod of Lyons called by Innocent IV deposes Friederich II of Germany
1248: Castilla king Fernando III captures Sevilla from the Arabs
1249: the Mamlukes defeat the French in Egypt and capture the king of France
1249: Afonso III captures all of Portugal from the Muslims
1250: German emperor Friederich II dies and is succeeded by his son Konrad IV
1250: Portugal conquers all the land west of the Guadiana river from the Almohads
1252: Alfonso X becomes king of Castilla, moves the capital to Sevilla and turns the Alcazar into the Reales Alcazares
1254: German emperor Konrad IV dies
1254: Friedrich's illegitimate son Manfred seizes southern Italy
1252: Bruges joins the Hanseatic League
1257: German princes establish an electoral college to elect the Holy Roman Emperor
1264: Charles of Anjou, brother of Louis IX, defeats Manfred and is crowned king of Sicily, thus ending German rule, causing the decline of the German empire and asserting French supremacy over Europe
1270: Louis IX dies and is succeeded by Philippe III
1273: Rudolf I von Habsburg is elected German emperor after a long interregnum from the death of Friedrich II
1274: the Capetian kings promote French as the national language
1276: Felipe the Fair gains Navarra by marriage
1276: Pedro III becomes king of Aragonia
1282: a popular uprising in Sicily removes the Anjou and installs Aragonia king Pedro III as king of Sicily ("Sicilian Vespers"), who moves the capital to Napoli
1282: the Habsburgs (originally from Switzerland) become dukes of Osterreich/Austria
1285: Aragonia king Pedro III dies and is succeeded in Aragonia by his son Alfonso III and in Sicily by his son Jaime II, despite opposition by the pope who recognizes the Anjou's claim on Sicily
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1285: Philippe IV of France reforms the government and annexes the Champagne
1290: the Teutonic Knights conquer all of Prussia
1291: defeated by the Muslims at Acre, Hospitallers and Templars move their headquarters from Acre to Cyprus and Teutonic Knights move their headquarters from Acre to Venice
1291: the Swiss cantons form a confederation under a republican form of government ("League Of Upper Germany")
1291: Aragonia's king Alfonso III dies and his brother Jaime II becomes king of Aragonia
1291: Three valleys in Central Switzerland unite against the counts of Habsburg
1297: A regular maritime connection is established between Genova in Italy and Bruges in the Flanders
1302: The first Estates-General of France (including the third estate)
1303: the French king Philippe IV kidnaps pope Boniface VIII over the right to tax the French clergy
1306: Philippe IV expels the Jews from France
1307: Philippe IV persecutes the Knights Templars, who have become the bankers of France
1309: French pope Clement V moves to Avignon
1309: the Hospitallers conquer the island of Rhodes and move their capital there, establishing an ecclesiastical principality under the eastern Roman empire
1309: the Teutonic Knights move their capital from Venice to Prussia and establishes a theocratic state
1312: the Hospitallers are awarded the Templars' possessions in western Europe, Cyprus, and Greece (kingdom of Achaia)
1314: Jacques de Molay, the grand master of the Templars, is burned at the stake in Paris
1315: The Swiss confederation defeats the Habsburg army at Morgarten
1322: Ludwig IV of Bavaria defeats the pretender to emperor and becomes the new Holy Roman emperor
1324: The pope John XXII excommunicates German emperor Ludwig IV
1327: German emperor Ludwig IV invades Italy and appoints Nicholas V as the antipope to pope John XXII
1328: Charles IV, the last Capetian king of France dies, his daughter Jeanne is disqualified from occupying the French throne, and Edward III of England claims the French throne, whereas the French nobility chooses Philippe of Valois, the first Valois king
1328: Navarra declares its independence from France
1332: Luzerne joins the Swiss confederation
1335: the Habsburgs add Carinthia and Slovenia to their duchy of Austria
1336: Lanzarote Malocello discovers the Canary Islands
1337: Philippe VI of France and Edward III of England go to war over France ("Hundred Years' War")
1340: guns are fired from ships for the first time at the battle of Sluys
1343: the Hanseatic League is formalized in Cologne
1346: The German electors depose Ludwig IV and appoint Karl IV, ruler of Bohemia, the new Holy Roman emperor, who moves the imperial capital to Prague
1347: the plague ("Black Death"), carried by Genoese merchants from Crimea, spreads throughout Europe and kills 25 million people, one third of the European population
1350: Philippe VI Valois dies and his son Jean II becomes king of France
1351: Zurich joins the Swiss confederation
1353: Bern jions the Swiss confederation
1353: the German monk Berthold Schwarz invents the cannon, and the catapult becomes rapidly obsolete
1356: England captures the French king Jean II and one third of France at the battle of Poitiers
1356: German emperor Karl IV issues the "Golden Bull" to codify the election of German emperors by seven electors (the archbishops of Trier, Mainz and Cologne, the king of Bohemia, the count Palatine of the Rhine, the duke of Saxony and the margrave of Brandenburg)
1357: Jean II of France's journey by sea from Bordeaux to London takes 12 days
1358: Etienne Marcel stages an insurrection in France but is killed
1360: by the peace treaty of Bretigny, England obtains French territories and a ransom to release Jean II
1363: Jean II grants the duchy of Burgundy to his fourth son Philippe le Hardi
1364: Charles V succeeds his father Jean II and defeats the rebel Charles II of Navarre
1365: the university of Wien is founded in Austria
1367: Edward, the "Black Prince" of England and ruler of Aquitaine, defeats the French and the Spanish and occupies Gascoigne
1369: Amsterdam joins the Hanseatic League
1369: Burgundy's duke Philippe marries Marguerite Dampierre, daughter and heiress of the count of Flanders
1369: the marriage of the duke of Burgundy and the heiress to the Flanders brings the Flanders under Burgundian control
1370: the Hanseatic League defeats Waldemar IV of Denmark, thus gaining the monopoly of trade in Scandinavia
1373: Portugal allies with England
1374: Charles V recovers all French territories lost to England (except Aquitaine)
1376: Philippe le Hardi's wife Marguerite inherits the Flanders that are annexed to the duchy of Burgundy
1380: Charles VI Valois succeeds at the throne of France but goes mad and the throne is contended by his brother Louis I de Valois, duke of Orleans, and the duke of Burgundy
1385: the university of Heidelberg is founded in Germany
1385: Joao I of Portugal defeats Castilla
1391: Pogroms in many towns of Castilla to force Jews to convert
1396: The Ottomans defeat an army of crusaders led by Hungary's king Sigismund at Nicopolis and thousands of French knights who fight alongside Hungary are massacred by the Ottomans (the last crusade)
1404: Jean sans Peur becomes duke of Burgundy after his father Philippe le Hardi's death and confronts a faction led by the Armagnacs who are faithful to the de Orleans
1410: the Teutonic Knights are defeated by Jagiello's Polish-Lithuanian army at the battle of Tannenberg
1413: the duke of Burgundy supports riots in Paris led by Simon Caboche against the government of the Armagnacs
1415: Henry V of England allies with Burgundy's duke Jean Sans Peur, defeats the French at the battle of Agincourt (10,000 French nobles die), takes prisoner the duke of Orleans and proceeds to reconquer Normandy from France
1415: prince Henrique the Navigator of Portugal seizes Ceuta from the Muslims
1418: Armagnacs are massacred in Paris
1419: England completes its conquest of northern France (Normandy)
1419: Followers of Jan Hus stage an anti-German revolt in Bohemia
1419: Jean sans Peur of Burgundy is assassinated and is succeeded by his son Philippe le Bon
1421: by the treaty of Troyes, England's king Henry V marries the daughter of French king Charles VI and becomes the new heir to the French throne
1422: After both England's king Henry V and France's king Charles VI die, Henry VI of England is recognized as king of France by England-occupied Normandy and England's ally Burgundy while the rest of France recognizes Charles VII Valois
1424: Charles VII's army is massacred by the English at the battle of Verneuil
1424: prince Henrique the Navigator of Portugal sends the first expedition to Africa
1429: the French army, led by Jeanne d'Arc, triumphs at Orleans against the English and their allies, and Charles VII is finally crowned king of France
1430: Portugal trades slaves within Africa
1431: the English burn Jeanne d'Arc at the stakes
1431: Henry VI of England is crowned king of France in Paris
1434: Portuguese explorer Gil Eanes reaches the Cape and explores the western coast of Africa on behalf of prince Henrique the Navigator of Portugal
1435: Charles VII signs a peace treaty with the duke of Burgundy that ends the civil war, but also grants de facto independence to Burgundy
1436: Charles VII reconquers Paris from the English
1436: Afonso de Baldaya reaches Rio de Oro on behalf of prince Henrique the Navigator of Portugal
1436: Bohemia' revolt is quelled by the German emperor after 17 years
1438: Albrecht V Habsburg is elected Holy Roman Emperor, the first of a long series of Habsburg emperors
1439: The king of Portugal grants the right to settle in the Azores
1441: the Hanseatic League is defeated by the Dutch
1442: Napoli and Sicily are won by Alfonso V of Aragon
1444: the first public sale of African slaves by Europeans takes place at Lagos, Portugal
1450: Charles VII reconquers Normandy from the English
1452: Henry VI of England goes mad
1453: France completes the expulsion of the English (end of the "Hundred Years' War" with French victory)
1453: the Turks use a cannon built by Bombard that can hurl a 270 kg ball over 1.5 kms
1456: Gutenberg invents the printing press and prints the Bible
1460: Louis XI annexes Burgundy
1464: France establishes a postal system
1464: The barons revolt against the king of France ("Ligue du bien public")
1465: Philippe le Bon of Burgundy de facto abdicates in favor of his son Charles le Temeraire
1466: Kazimierz IV's Polish army defeats the Teutonic Knights and annexes western Prussia to Poland
1467: France establishes the postal system
1469: Aragonia and Castilla are united through the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragonia and Isabella of Castilla
1471: Portugal seizes Tangiers from Morocco
1474: The Swiss confederation declares war on Burgundy
1474: Henrique IV dies and a war of succession erupts between Isabella and Juana for the throne of Castilla
1476: The Swiss confederation defeats Burgundy at Morat
1477: French king Louis XI, emperor Maximilian I and the Swiss army defeat Burgundy (battle of Nancy) and kill the Burgundy's duke Charles, and France annexes Burgundy while Charles' daughter Marie rules the independent Flanders
1477: German king Maximilian I Habsburg inherits parts of Germany, Italy and Spain, and marries Marie of the Flanders
1477: Marie of Burgundy, who still rules over the Flanders, marries the archduke Maximilian of Austria, a Habsburg
1478: The Spanish Inquisition is inaugurated and Jews are given the choice to convert or leave Spain
1479: Isabella's party wins the civil war in Castilla and Juana is locked in a convent
1480: Jews are restricted to special neighborhoods in Castilla
1481: Provence is bequeathed to the French monarchy
Feb 1481: The Spanish Inquisition burns six men and a woman, its first executions
1482: Portugal founds the first European trading post in Africa (Elmina, Gold Coast)
1482: Anjou and the last rebellious barons revert to the French monarchy
1482: Marie of the Flanders dies and her husband Maximilian of Austria becomes the new ruler
1483: Charles VII dies and his daughter Anne de Beaujeu becomes the reget for the 13-year old Charles VIII
1483: The pope appoints Tomas de Torquemada inquisitor general of Spain
1485: The French monarchy defeats another revolt by the barons (the "Foolish War")
1486: Bernardus de Breydenbach's "Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam" is the first "travel guide"
1487: Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias rounds the Cape of Good Hope in Africa and thus proves that the Atlantic is connected to the Indian Ocean
1490: More than two thousand "heretics" have been burned in ten years by the Inquisition in Spain
1491: French regent Anne de Beaujeu cedes power to her brother Charles VIII, who acquires the duchy of Brittany by marriage
Jan 1492: Ferdinand the Catholic conquers Granada, the last Muslim state and unite all of Spain while about 200 thousand Muslims leave for Africa (40% of the Muslim population)
Mar 1492: Jews and Muslims are expelled from Spain
Mar 1492: Castilla orders Jews to convert or leave and most of them leave for Italy and Turkey
Oct 1492: the Italian explorer Cristoforo Colombo lands in America on behalf of Spain, thinking he has reached Asia
1493: the first recorded case of syphilis in Europe (imported from America)
1494: Spanish king Felipe the Fair inherits the "Low Countries" (Holland) when Maximilian I is made Holy Roman Emperor
1494: Charles VIII of France invades Firenze, Rome, Napoli
1494: Pope Alexander VI brokers an agreement dividing the Americas between Spain and Portugal ("Treaty of Tordesillas")
1495: Manuel I becomes king of Portugal
1495: Francisco de Cisneros becomes primate of Spain and reforms the Catholic Church creating a new class of devout and educated missionaries
1495: A league of Milan, Venezia, emperor Maximilian, pope Alexander VI and Ferdinando of Aragonia, led by Francesco Gonzaga, forces the French king Charles VIII to retreat from Italy
1496: Jews and Muslims are expelled from Portugal
1496: Spain completes the conquest of the Canary Islands
1497: Portugal orders Jews to convert or leave
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sails from Portugal to India
1498: French king Charles VIII dies with no male heirs, and his nephew the duke of Orleans becomes king Louis XII and marries Charles's widow Anne de Beaujeu
1499: Switzerland gains independence from the German empire
1499: France invades Milano
1499: Madeira has 20,000 people, up from 800 in 1455
1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral sails across the Atlantic Ocean and discovers Brazil
1501: the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci sails to Brazil on behalf of Portugal and realizes that he is exploring a new continent
1501: Basel becomes part of Switzerland
1502: The first Portuguese colons settle in Brazil
Feb 1502: Muslims in Spain are given ten weeks to convert to Christianity or leave the country
1504: Spain wins the Italian war against France
1504: The Spanish Inquisition has burned 2,000 people since inception
1505: Francisco de Almeida sets up a trade outpost for Portugal in India
1507: Portugal conquers Socotra in the Gulf of Aden
1508: Portugal conquers Hormuz on the Persian Gulf, thereby controlling the naval trade route from India and Persia to the West, bypassing the Mamluks/Arabs
1509: the sultan of Egypt attacks the Portuguese navy in the Indian Ocean near Diu and is defeated, thus turning Portugal into the dominating power in India
1509: the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus publishes "The Praise of Folie", which advocates a return to the moral values of early Christianity
1510: Portugal conquers the Ottoman outpost of Goa in India
1510: Peter Henlein of Nuremberg invents the pocket watch
1511: Portuguese captures Malacca in Malaysia, an outpost to trade spices with China
1512: Ferdinand the Catholic conquers most of Navarra
1512: at the Congress of Mantova France is all but expelled from Italy
1513: Vasco Nunez de Balboa reaches the Pacific Ocean via the strait of Panama
1514: French queen Anne dies
1515: France has 16 million people and Spain 7 million, and Paris is the second largest city in Europe after Istanbul
1515: French king Louis XII marries Mary Tudor, the 16-year old sister of English king Henry VIII, but dies a few months later, and his son-in-law Francis I becomes king of France, invades Italy and reconquers Milano
1516: Ferdinando the Catholic dies and Carlos I, son of Felipe the Fair, of the Hapsburg family, born in the Flanders, inherits Spain (first ruler of a unified Spain), the "Low Countries", the American colonies and Napoli
1516: Italy is divided into two spheres of influence, French in the north and Spanish in the south ("Peace of Noyon")
1517: the Protestant Reformation begins at Wittenberg when Martin Luther publishes his "95 Theses" against the Catholic practice of selling indulgences
1519: Maximilian I dies and his grandson Carlos I of Spain inherits the Holy Roman Empire of Germany, changing name to Karl V Habsburg, thus unifying Spain and Austria
1520: Spanish citizens revolt against Carlos I/ Karl V ("Comunero revolt")
1521: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes conquers the Aztec empire in Mexico
1521: Manuel I of Portugal dies, having extended Portugal's dominions over four continents
1521: the Ottomans capture Beograde
1521: Karl V of Germany (Carlos I of Spain) reconquers Milano from Francis I of France
1522: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's expedition circumnavigates the globe on behalf of Spain
1522: The Ottomans capture Rhodes from the Hospitallers
1525: all residents of Spain are forced to convert to Catholicism
1525: the grand master of the Teutonic Knights is appointed duke of Prussia
1525: Karl V/Carlos I defeats the invading French army led by Francis I in person at the battle of Pavia, and Francis I is imprisoned in Spain
1526: the Ottomans defeat the Magyars/Hungarians at the battle of Mohacs and Ferdinand I Habsburg is elected king of the lands not conquered by the Ottomans, i.e. western Hungary (Croatia, Slesia), Bohemia/Moravia and Slovakia
1527: Karl V's imperial troops sack Rome
1528: the Spanish government issues "asientos" (contracts) to private companies for the trade of African slaves
1528: Cortez brings chocolate from Mexico to Spain
1528: Andrea Doria seizes power in Genoa and switches alliance from France to Spain
1529: The peace of Cambrai between France and Germany, pieced together by Louise of Savoy (Francis I's mother) and Margaret of Austria (Karl V's aunt), assigns Burgundy to France and Italy to Karl V Habsburg/Carlos I, while Francis has to marry Karl V's sister Eleonora
1530: defeated at Rhodes by the Turks, the Hospitallers move to Malta under the king of Spain
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1530: Youstol Dispage dies
1530: the Medici family is overthrown and Firenze becomes an archduchy of the German empire
1530: the Protestan princes of Germany form the Protestant League of Schmalkalden against the Catholic emperor Karl V
1532: the Inca emperor Atahualpa is captured by Pizarro and the Inca empire collapses
1532: a group of Spanish conquistadores led by Francisco Pizarro defeats the Inca army led by Atahuallpa
1532: Vasco de Quiroga founds the first "hospital" for Indios in Ciudad de Mexico
1533: Caterina de Medici marries the future Henri II at the age of 14
1534: the first book fair is held in Frankfurt
1534: Ignacio de Loyola founds the Jesuit Order
1535: German emperor Karl V frees 10,000 Christian slaves held by the sultan of Tunis
1535: emperor Karl V/Carlos I conquers Tunis
1535: The Ottomans sign a "Capitulation" agreement with France that opens its market to French merchants and makes France its main Western ally
1536: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro conquers the Inca empire of Peru
1536: The Franciscans have converted five million Indios
1536: the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus publishes the "Great Surgery Book"
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1541: the French theologian Johannes Calvinus establishes the first Reformed church (in Geneve)
1547: emperor Karl V/Carlos I defeats Lutheran princes of Germany
1547: Henri II become king of France and Caterina de Medici the queen
1549: Portugal establishes Brazil's capital at Sao Salvador da Baia
1553: prince Filipe of Spain marries Mary Tudor
1555: Karl V grants Lutheranism and Catholicism equal rights in Germany ("Peace of Augsburg")
1556: Karl V Habsburg abdicates to retire to a Spanish monastery and his empire is divided between his son Felipe II (Spain, southern Italy and the Low Countries) and his brother Ferdinand I (Germany), who already rules over HUngary and Bohemia
1557: Portugal establishes a trading post in Macao (first European settlement in the Far East)
1557: The Spanish government is bankrupt
1557: the French crown declares bankruptcy
1558: Ferdinand I is elected emperor
1559: Spain and France sign a peace treaty after 60 years of wars, and Felipe II marries the daughter of Henry II
1559: Henry II of France dies and is succeeded by Francis II who falls under the influence of the Catholic duke of Guise
1560: Huguenots conspire against the king of France but are defeated, and at the end of the year Francis II dies leaving Caterina de Medici regent for the young Charles IX
1561: Felipe II moves the Spanish capital to Madrid
1562: Catholics led by the Duke of Guide massacre Protestants (Massacre of Vassy) and the Protestants led by the Bourbons start a civil war in France (the "Wars of Religion"), de facto a proxy war between the Catholic Felipe II of Spain and the Protestant Elizabeth I of England
1563: the Duke of Guide is assassinated by a Huguenot
1564: Spain begins colonizing the Philippines
1568: Williams of Orange leads an uprising against Spain in the "Low Countries" ("Eighty Years' War")
1568: a Muslim uprising leads to the mass expulsion of Muslims (Moriscos) from Spain
1571: in the battle of Lepanto an army formed by the Pope, Spain, Venezia and Genova destroys the Ottoman navy, thus halting Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean
1572: About 10,000 protestants are massacred in Paris ("St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre")
1574: Charles IX dies and his brother Henry of Anjou is crowned Henry III of France
1575: The Spanish government is bankrupt again
1578: king Sebastiao of Portugal is defeated by a Muslim army at Alcazarquivir/ Alcacer Quibir in Morocco
1579: the northern provinces of the "Low Countries" (Holland) break away from Spanish rule and problaim a Calvinist union ("Union of Utrecht"), while the southern provinces accept the Catholic rule of Felipe II ("Union of Arras")
1580: Felipe II of Spain invades Portugal, thus uniting the Iberian peninsula under the rule of a single king
1580: the Ottomans and Felipe II of Spain sign a treaty dividing spheres of influence in the Mediterranean
1581: the Low Countries unite in the Republic of United Provinces
1582: the Gregorian calendar is adopted in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal
1584: Spain recaptures Antwerp and the Netherlands move their main port to Amsterdam
1585: Henry III bans the Protestant religion from France but the Protestants intensify the civil war
1587: Francis Drake destroys the Spanish fleet at Cadiz
1588: Felipe II of Spain declares war against Elizabeth I of England to protect Spanish possessions in America from English buccaneers, but the Spanish Armada (130 warships, 2400 guns, 26000 sailors) is defeated by the English fleet of Francis Drake
1588: afraid of a Catholic coup, Henri III of France has the duke of Guise assassinated
1589: Henry III is assassinated by a Catholic monk, opening a war of succession between the Protestant claimant Henri IV of Navarra, supported by England, and the Catholics led by the duke of Guise, supported by Spain
1593: Henri IV of Navarra converts to Catholicism and is accepted as king of France
1595: Jan-Huygen van Linschoten published detailed instructions for navigating to the East Indies
1595: The first Dutch expedition reaches the East Indies, commanded by Cornelis de Houtman (the trip takes 14 months and costs the lives of 100 sailors)
1595: Henri IV of Navarra declares war on Spain that had supported his enemies
1596: Dutch colonization of Indonesia begins
1596: The Spanish government is bankrupt for the third time in 40 years
1596: Bubonic plague kills 500 thousand people in Spain
1597: The first Dutch expedition returns from the East Indies (two years and four months later after leaving, and with only 89 of the original 249 men)
1597: the Dutch found the colony of Batavia in Java
1598: Jacob Van Neck leads a Dutch expedition that reaches Indonesia in "only" six months
1598: Henri IV expels the Spanish from France, grants religious freedom to the Protestants ("Edict of Nantes"), unifies the country and brings an end to the Wars of Religion,
1598: Felipe II dies and is succeeded by Felipe III
1602: the Dutch East India Company (VOC) is established in Holland
1608: France founds the colony of Quebec in Canada
1608: German states form the Evangelical Union
1609: German states form the Catholic League
1609: The first regular newspaper is launched in Augsburg, Germany, "Avisa Relation oder Zeitung"
1609: the German astronomer Johannes Kepler publishes "The New Astromomy"
1609: Spain expels all remaining Muslims
1610: French king Henry IV is assassinated by a Chatolic fanatic and succeeded by his son Louis XIII
1612: Matthias becomes German emperor
1617: Louis XIII becomes king of France
1617: Jan-Pieterszoon Coen is appointed governor of the VOC
1618: the "Defenestration of Prague" (the Habsburg remove Frederick of the Palatinate and install Matthias' cousing Ferdinand on the throne of Bohemia) begins the "Thirty Years' War" pitting the Habsburg empire and Spain against France, England, Sweden, the first war fought more by artillery than by men
1618: the Brandenburg branch of the Hohenzollern dynasty inherits the duchy of Prussia
1619: the German astronomer Johannes Kepler publishes his third law of planetary motion in the "De Cometis and Harmoniae Mundi"
1621: Felipe III dies and is succeeded by Felipe IV
1621: Holland forms the Dutch West India Company to invade the Spanish and Portuguese colonies
1624: Cardinal Richelieu (Armand du Plessis) becomes prime minister of France
1625: Dutch colons found a trading post in America, Nieuwe Amsterdam (New York)
1628: The West India Company seizes 170 thousand kgs of silver from Spanish ships at Cape Matanza in Cuba
1632: Vincent de Paul reorganizes the old lazar house of Saint-Lazare
1635: the Academie Francaise is founded in Paris
1637: the French philosopher Rene` Descartes publishes the "Discours sur la Methode" and founds modern science
1640: Frederick Wilhelm becomes duke of Brandenburg (Prussia) under Poland
1640: Portugal declares its independence from Spain
1641: Holland seizes Malacca from Portugal
1642: Pascal invents a mechanical calculator
1642: Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers New Zealand
1642: Richelieu dies
1643: Louis XIV becomes king of France and the Italian-born Jules Mazarin prime minister
1648: the "Peace of Westphalia" ends the Thirty Years' War, reducing the Germanic empire to a loose confederation of hundreds of independent entities, and replacing Spanish supremacy with French supremacy
1648: after 80 years of war, Spain recognizes the independence of the republic of the United Seven Provinces (Holland) but retains the southern Netherlands (Belgium)
1648: at the end of the Thirty Years' War the population of Europe has declined from 30 to 20 million
1648: cardinal Mazarin founds the Academie Francaise to promote literature
1648: Riots erupt in Paris against Mazarin's decision to increase taxes (the first "Fronde")
1650: the Jews are expelled from Wien (Vienna)
1650: The aristocracy of France revolts against the king (second "Fronde")
1650: there are about 2,000 states in Germany
1652: the Dutch found a colony in the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) as a supply base for the Dutch East India Company (Cape Colony)
1653: The French king finally quells the "Fronde"
1655: Sweden invades Poland-Lithuania ("First Northern War"), causing the death of millions, while Russia, Denmark, and the Empireside with Poland-Lithuania
1655: Britain conquers Jamaica from Spain
1656: Spain declares war against Britain and France joins Britain
1656: the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens invents the pendulum clock
1656: France establishes the Hospital General in Paris
1656: Holland seizes Ceylon/Sri Lanka from Portugal
1659: England and France defeat Spain, and Maria Teresa, daughter of Felipe IV, is forced to marry Louis XIV of France (treaty of the Pyrenees)
1661: Mazarin dies and Louis XIV refuses to appoint a new prime minister
1663: "Erbauliche Monaths-Unterredungen" is the first magazine
1664: Britain capture Nieuwe Amsterdam and rename it New York
1664: France forms its East India company
1665: New war between England and the Netherlands
1666: Louis XIV of France founds the Academie Royale des Sciences at Paris
1666: Founding of the French Academy of Science
1667: Louis XIV of France attacks the Netherlands
1667: England surrenders Surinam to Holland in return for New Amsterdam (in New York)
1668: "Triple Alliance" of England, Sweden and the Netherlands against France
1672: France and England ally against the Netherlands
1673: Leibniz invents a mechanical calculator
1677: William III of Orange, king of the Netherlands, marries Mary, heir to the English throne
1678: France and the Netherlands sign a peace treaty
1681: Pierre Paul Riquet's Canal du Midi links the Atlantic and the Mediterranean through France
1682: the king of France moves from Paris to Versailles
1685: French king Louis XIV de facto expels Protestants from France by revoking their religious rights
1688: British protestants send for William III of Orange, who invades England and deposes James II ("Glorious Revolution")
1688: Frederick Wilhelm of having turned Prussia into a European power
1689: France invades Germany's League of Augsburg and starts the Eight-year War (England, Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Savoy ally with Germany)
1691: the Habsburg empire acquires Transylvania from the Ottomans
1692: France tries to invade England but is defeated at La Hougue by a combined British and Dutch fleet
1697: the treaty of Ryswick ends the Eight-year war (no winner)
1699: the Ottomans lose Hungary to the Habsburgs ("Treaty of Carlowitz")
1700: Carlos II dies and his nephew Felipe V, a Bourbon, becomes king of Spain, thus ending the Spanish branch of the Habsburgs
1700: Gottfried Leibniz founds the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
1701: Frederick William I, son of Frederick William, succeeds to his father and Brandenburg is renamed the Kingdom of Prussia
1702: English king William III forms an alliance between England, the Netherlands and Austria against Spain and France ("War of the Spanish Succession") to defend the archduke Karl of Austria's claim of the Spanish throne against king Felipe V of Spain
1704: England captures Gibraltar from Spain
1706: Austria captures Milano from Spain
1712: the first public synagogue in inaugurated in Berlin
1713: England and France sign a peace treaty ("Treaty of Utrecht") that hands most of Canada to England and leaves England as the dominant force in north America, while Spain surrenders the Spanish Netherlands (Belgium), Milano and southern Italy (Napoli) to Austria and Sicily to Piedmont, and Gibraltar to England, and Felipe V (a Bourbon) is recognized as king of Spain; the treaty also grants Britain the monopoloy of the Atlantic slave trade.
1714: The Opera-Comique opens in Paris
1715: Louis XIV dies and is succeeded by the five-year old Louis XV, with Philippe d'Orleans being the regent
1717: Portugal burns 27 Jews to the stakes
1717: Prussia makes primary education compulsory
1718: Spain invades southern Italy
1720: the Quadruple Alliance (Britain, France, Austria and Savoy) defeats Spain
1723: Louis XV comes of age and ascends to the throne of France
1724: the German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit invents the mercury thermometer
1725: The Academie des Beaux-Arts organizes the first art exhibition "Salon de Paris" open to the general public
1734: Carlos, son of Spain's king Felipe V, a Bourbon, conquers Napoli and Sicily from Austria and founds the independent Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
1736: the last Medici dies and Tuscany is inherited by Austria's Franz I Hasburg
1739: Britain and Spain go to war in the Americas
1740: Frederick II "the Great" succeeds to the throne of Prussia
1740: Karl VI dies and Maria Theresa succeeds at the Habsburg throne, but her succession is not recognized by Prussia ("War of the Austrian Succession")
1745: Maria Theresa's incapacitated husband Franz I Hasburg of Austria becomes German emperor
1748: the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the "War of the Austrian Succession" with Prussia annexing Slesia
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1750: there are about 300 states in Germany
1750: Marques de Pombal becomes prime minister of Portugal and launches economic reforms
1755: Pascal Paoli leads an insurrection in Corsica against France and proclaims a republic
1756: Friederich II of Prussia invades Saxony, starting the Seven Years' War, pitting France, Austria, Russia, Saxony, Sweden and Spain against Prussia and Britain (the war spreads to India and North America)
1759: Britain seizes Quebec from France
Sep 1759: Portugal expels all Jesuits from its colonies
1761: Rousseau publishes the "Contrat Social"
1761: Portugal abolishes slavery in Portugal but maintains it in the colonies
1762: Elizabeta dies and Russia switches alliance, joining Prussia
1763: the treaty of Paris ends the Seven Years' War assigning Louisiana to Spain, all of Canada to Britain (British North America) and Silesia to Prussia
1763: Mandatory primary education in Prussia
1763: Meyer Rothschild founds the Rothschild's financial empire
1765: Maria Theresa's son Joseph II becomes German emperor
1769: France defeats Pascal Paoli's Corsican republic
1770: Austro-French alliance via the wedding of the future Louis XVI with Marie-Antoinette of Austria (end of the age-old Bourbon-Habsburg rivalry)
1771: Georg Friedrich Grotefend deciphers the cuneiform script of Mesopotamia
1772: a Polish rebellion is crushed by Russia that partitions one fourth of Poland with Prussia and Austria
1774: Louis XVI becomes king of France
1774: Mandatory primary education in Austrian empire
1777: banker Jacques Necker is appointed finance minister of France
1777: Marques de Pombal's tenure as prime minister of Portugal ends
1778: Austrian physician Anton Mesmer performs hypnosis in Paris
1780: War erupts between Holland and Britain
1780: Maria Theresa of Austria dies
1781: Jacques Necker resigns after balancing the budget of France
1781: the "Patriot" movement in the Netherlands demands democracy from William V of Orange, married to the daughter of the Prussian king
1782: Holy emperor Joseph II orders that all Jews adopt German names and attend German schools ("Toleranzpatent")
1783: Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier debut a hot air balloon at Annonay in France
1783: Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois d'Arlandes become the first men to fly (in a Montgolfier)
1784: The treaty of Paris grants Britain the rights to trade in Indonesia
1785: The Duc de Chartres turns the Palais-Royal into a venue for shows that cater to both aristocracy and general public
1786: Friedrich II "the Great" of Prussia dies and is succeeded by Friedrich Wilhelm II
1787: Prussia invades the Netherlands to put down the insurrections of the "Patriots"
1788: As the financial situation of France gets desperate, Jacques Necker is appointed again finance minister
1789: The union of the Estates-General assumes the title of the French National Assembly (june 17)
1789: Antoine Lavoisier founds chemistry
1789: The king fires Necker (july 11)
1789: France's main markets are Spain, America and the Ottoman Empire
1789: a popular uprising in Paris starts the French Revolution by storming the Bastille prison (july 14)
1789: the National Assembly issues the "Declaration Of The Rights of Man and Citizen" which guarantees the rights of liberty, equality, security, and property (august 27)
1790: the French National Assembly issues the "Declaration of Peace" to the world (march 22)
1790: the French National Assembly declares church lands to be public property (july 12)
1790: the French Academy led by Lagrange invents the "metric" system, a "meter" being one ten millionth the distance from the Equator to the North Pole along the meridian of Paris
1790: French vessels export 40,000 African slaves to the island of St Domingue
1791: the French king Louis XVI tries to escape but is captured (june 20)
1791: the French king Louis XVI ratifies the constitution that abolished the aristocracy and grant voting rights to all non-Jewish male citizens (sep 13)
1791: The slave Toussaint L'Ouverture leads a rebellion in Haiti against France
1791: the French National Assembly dissolves (sep 30) and the Legislative Assembly takes its place (mainly middle class)
1791: The Declaration of the Rights of Man grants full civil rights to all citizens, including Jews
1792: France declares war on Austria (april 20) and Prussia, and Spain enter the conflict on Austria's side
1792: The guillotine is first used in an execution (april 25)
1792: the French National Convention abolishes the monarchy (september 21)
1792: about 1,000 people are executed in French in the sole month of september (mainly at the Abbaye prison)
Nov 1792: France adopts the metric system
1793: French king Louis XVI and queen Marie Antoinette are beheaded (january 21)
1793: mass executions of Girondists in France (october 31)
1793: France declares war on Britain, the Netherlands and Spain
1794: peak of Robespierre's terror in France (march-june, 17,000 people executed of which 85% commoners)
1794: Robespierre is overthrown and the Reign of Terror ends (july)
1795: France signs peace with Prussia and Spain
1795: a new French constitution established a Directory (august 22)
1795: the metric system is adopted in France
1795: Napoleon invades the republic of The United Seven Provinces (Holland)
1796: After France invades Holland, Holland surrenders Melaka/Malacca, Sri Lanka and the Cape of Good Hope to Britain
1797: Napoleon defeats the Austrian army and conquers northern Italy
1797: France and Austria sign the treaty of Campoformio that ends their war, and Belgium is assigned to France
1797: Frederick William III succeeds to the throne of Prussia
1798: Napoleon defeats the Mamelukes of Egypt at the battle of the Pyramids
1798: admiral Horatio Nelson defeats the French navy at Aboukir Bay in Egypt
1799: Napoleon assumes power in France
1800: Napoleon defeats Austria in Italy
1800: Paris' population is 550,000
1800: the metric system is officially adopted by France
1802: Britain and France sign the peace of Amiens, recognizing Britain's conquest of French, Dutch and Spanish colonies
1802: Anquetil Duperron translates Dara Shukoh's Persian version of the Upanishads into Latin
1803: Britain declares war on Napoleon
1804: Napoleon names himself emperor
1804: Haiti declares independence from France, the second colony after the USA to become independent in America, and the first black slave revolt to triumph against the white masters, and Jean-Jacques Dessalines becomes its "emperor", but France does not recognize it and imposes trade sanctions
1804: Karageorge leads an uprising that frees Beograde from the Ottoman Empire
1804: Haiti declares independence from France, the second colony after the USA to become independent in America
1805: the "Third Coalition" is formed by Britain, Austria, Russia and Sweden to fight Napoleon's France
Oct 1805: British admiral Horace Nelson destroys the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar, the last major naval battle fought by wooden sailing ships
1805: Napoleon defeats the Austrian army at the battle of Ulm and conquers Wien (Vienna)
1805: Napoleon defeats Russians and Austrians at the battle of Austerlitz (december)
1806: Napoleon defeats the Prussian army at the battle of Jena (october) and conquers Berlin
1806: the principalities of southern Germany form the Confederation of the Rhine (Rheinbund), a protectorate of France, German emperor Franz II abdicates and the Holy Roman Empire is dissolved
Nov 1807: Napoleon invades Portugal while the British ship Portugal's king to Brazil
1808: Napoleon's France occupies Spain and Portugal, triggering independence movements in Latin America
1808: Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, de facto deposes the Bourbon monarchy and is named king of Spain, defended by France and opposed by Britain that instead recognizes Ferdinand VII ("War of Independence") and opposed by Spanish patriots
1809: Napoleon destroys the Cluny abbey
1810: the Berlin University is founded
Sep 1810: Spanish patriots fighting France open Spain's first parliament in the liberated city of Cadiz
1811: Venezuela, led by Simon Bolivar, proclaims its independence from Spain
1812: Argentina proclaims its independence from Spain
1812: Napoleon invades Russia and conquers Moscow (september), but is soon expelled
1812: Jose de San Martin leads the independence movement in Hispanic America
1812: Spain proclaims a republican constitution
1813: the kingdom of Nederlanden (Netherlands) under king William VI of Orange declares its independence from France, with capital in Amsterdam
1813: Spanish patriots with help from Britain expel France from Spain
Oct 1813: Napoleon is defeated at Leipzig by the combined forces of Austria, Prussia and Russia
1813: Ferdinand VII is restored king of Spain by British intervention and abrogates the constitution
1814: Paris falls to the "Third Coalition" (march) and Napoleon abdicates and goes into exile, and Louis XVIII is restored king with a bicameral constitution
1814: Britain purchases the Cape Colony in South Africa from Holland
1814: Ferdinando VII is restored as king of Spain
Jan 1815: France's Talleyrand, Austria's Metternich and Britain's Castlereagh sign a secret treaty to protect each other against Prussia and Russia
Jun 1815: The Congress of Wien (Vienna), attended by Austria's Klemens von Metternich, Russia's Alexander I, Prussia's Hardenberg and Britain's Castlereagh, restores continental Europe as it was before Napoleon with small border changes: Russia obtains Poland and Finland; Prussia obtains half of Saxony, Swedish Pomerania and the Rhineland, becoming the biggest German state and extending its border to France; a German Confederation is created under Austria (reducing the number of the Holy Roman Empire states from 360 to 38) but without Prussia; Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg are united; Austria obtains Lombardy (Milano) and Venezia/Venice and control over Tuscany (Firenze/ Florence), with only Piedmont being independent in the north; southern Italy remains under Spain, Central Italy remains split into small states plus the Papal State
Jun 1815: The Congress of Wien recognizes the German Confederation (Deutscher Bund) of 39 monarchical states headed by Austria instead of the 300+ that used to be part of the Holy Roman Empire, and Prussia receives the industrial Rhineland
Jun 1815: The Congress of Wien mandates a union of the Netherlands and Belgium
Jun 1815: The Congress of Wien assigns half of Saxony, Danzig and the Rhineland/Westphalia to Prussia which therefore comes to border on France and the Netherlands
1815: Napoleon returns to France (march) and rules for the "Hundred Days"
1815: Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo (june)
1818: Chile proclaims its independence from Spain
1818: Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
1819: Colombia proclaims its independence from Spain
1820: Ferdinand VII of Spain is forced by an insurrection to restore the constitution
Nov 1820: The military forces king Joao of Portugal to adopt a constitution
1820: Paris adopts gas street lighting
1821: Napoleon dies in exile
1821: Mexico proclaims its independence from Spain
1821: Peru proclaims its independence from Spain
1822: Brazil proclaims its independence from Portugal
1823: Ferdinand VII is restored king of Spain by the Holy Alliance (Austria, Prussia, Russia, France) and abrogates the constitution again
1824: The reactionary Charles X becomes king of France
1824: Bolivar definitely crushes the Spanish army
1825: Bolivia proclaims its independence from Argentina
1825: Le Figaro is founded in France
1828: Civil war in Portugal
Jul 1830: Louis Philippe becomes king of France after the revolution that toppled Charles X, the last Bourbon king of France, and France becomes a constitutional monarchy
1830: Belgium (comprising Flanders and Wallonia) declares its independence from the Netherlands
1831: Switzerland approves a liberal constitution
1831: Belgium chooses a German prince, Leopold, as its first king but also enacts a bicameral constitution
Jun 1832: Republicans fail to overthrow the monarchy in France
1833: Isabella II ascends to the throne of Spain
1833: Gauss and Wilhelm Weber invent the telegraph
1834: France annexes Algeria
1834: End of the Portuguese civil war
1834: France recognizes the independence of Haiti
1835: French politician Alexis Tocqueville publishes "Democracy in America"
1839: Louis Daguerre invents the "daguerrotype", a precursor of the photographic camera
1840: Frederick William III of Prussia dies
1841: Russia, Britain, France, Austria and Prussia at the Straits Convention agree to ban all warships from the Ottoman straits, thus confining the southern Russian fleet to the Black Sea
1846: Alois Vaucansson invents the pistol
1847: Marx publishes the Communist Manifesto
1847: Werner Von Siemens founds a company to exploit the telegraph
1848: Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I's nephew, is elected president of France
1848: France abolishes slavery
1848: Universal male suffrage is instituted in France
1848: Austria with help from Russia crushes the Hungarian revolution of Louis Kossuth, which was aiming for democracy and equality
1848: Austria abolishes serfdom
1848: Karl Marx publishes the "Communist Manifesto"
1848: Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, wins the first direct presidential elections ever held in France with 74% percent of the votes
1849: Richard Wagner formulates the idea of "gesamtkunstwerk" or total art
1851: Louis Napoleon (Napoleon's nephew) proclaims himself emperor Napoleon III of France
1851: 75% of the French population lives in the countryside
1851: the German Confederation is formed by a number of German states
1852: Antonio Francisco Silva Porto explores Angola
1852: Henri Giffard flies the first dirigible
1853: In the Crimean war Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire fight Russia
1856: The skull of an ancient hominid is discovered in Neander Thal, Germany
1858: France invades Vietnam for the first time
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1859: The Dutch cede East Timor to Portugal
1860: Spain invades Morocco
1860: British and French troops loot Beijing
1860: There are two thousand Jews in Vienna
1861: William I succeeds to the throne of Prussia
1862: Prussian king Wilhelm I appoints Otto von Bismarck as chancellor
1863: Cambodia becomes a protectorate of France
1863: the Red Cross is founded of the Swiss philanthropist Jean Henri Dunant
1864: all the major powers agree at the Geneva convention on rules for the treatment of prisoners of war
1864: Pasteur discovers the existence of micro-organisms
1864: Karl Marx creates the First International in London, a coalition of socialist parties from all over the world
1866: Bismark's Prussia defeats Austria at Sadowa/ Koniggratz ("Seven Weeks' War") and expels Austria from the German Confederation and Austria loses Venezia/Venice to Italy
1866: the first practical dynamo is developed by Siemens
1867: Bismark creates the North German Confederation under Prussian control
1867: Habsburg emperor Franz Josef declares the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary
1868: the first Cro-Magnon men are discovered in a cave in France
1868: Isabella II of Spain is deposed by an insurrection
1869: The music-hall "Folies Bergere" opens in Paris
1869: Ferdinand de Lesseps, funded by the Egyptian government, builds the Suez Canal
1870: Bismark provokes (and wins) the Franco-Prussian War against Napoleon III and obtains the alliance of the southern German states (Baden, Wurttemberg, Bavaria)
1870: Napoleon III grants and loses free elections, the empire is dissolved and a parliamentary republic (the "third republic") is proclaimed in France, led by president Adolphe Thiers
1871: Bismark unites the northern and southern German states under Prussia, Prussian king Wilhelm I Hohenzollern is proclaimed German emperor, a constitution creates a parliament (Reichstag) but most powers are still in the hands of the emperor, and universal male suffrage is introduced
1871: Prussia introduces universal male suffrage
1871: The German states adopt the gold standard
1871: Berlin's population is 865 thousand
1871: Jews control about 40% of German banks
1871: the socialists of Paris establish a "commune", but the French government soon retakes Paris (20,000 communards are killed)
1872: France pays an indemnity and German troops leave France
1873: Friedrich von Harbou of Prussia invents the dirigible
1873: Germany enacts the "May Laws" to curb the influence of the Catholic Church
1873: German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovers the treasure of Priam in Greece
1873: the German stock market crashes
1874: the first Impressionist exhibit is held in Paris
1874: A financial crash sends 61 German banks bankrupt
1874: German archeologist Ernst Curtius discovers the temple of Zeus at Olympia in Greece
1875: A republican constitution is approved in France by one vote (end of the monarchy)
1875: Isabella II's second is appointed king Alfonso XII of Spain after the failure of the republic
1876: Nikolaus Otto invents the internal combustion engine
1878: Russia defeats the Ottomans, but is stopped by Britain to protect its route to Indiaand to prevent uprisings by Indian Muslims, and the Congress of Berlin hands Cyprus to Britain and Bosnia to Austria, grants Montenegro, Serbia, and Romania independence and creates an autonomous Christian principality of Bulgaria within the Ottoman Empire
1878: electricity is used in Paris to light up streets at night
1879: German engineer Werner Siemens demonstrates the first electric locomotive
1879: Germany and Austro-Hungarian empire sign a treaty of alliance
1881: the Chat Noir cabaret opens in Paris
1881: Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer performed the first modern Caesarean section
1881: A wave of anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia causes mass migrations of eastern European Jews
1881: France occupies Tunisia offending Italy that was about to do the same thing
1881: Siemens demonstrates the first electric tram system in Lichterfelde near Berlin
1882: Italy enters the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria
1883: Vietnam and Laos become French colonies
1885: Portuguese explorers cross Africa from Angola to Mozambique
1885: an international conference at Berlin awards Congo to the king of Belgium, Mozambique and Angola to Portugal, Namibia and Tanzania to Germany, Somalia to Italy, most of western Africa to France, and Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana to Britain
1885: German engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invent the motorcycle
1886: Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo Free State and enacts a policy of forced labor and ethnic cleansing that would reduce the population from 20 million to 8 million by 1908 because of disease, torture or executions
1886: German engineer Karl Benz builds a gasoline-powered car
1886: Edouard Drumont's book "Jewish France" begins the era of modern anti-Semitism
1887: Heinrich Herz discovers radio waves
1887: Heinrich Hertz invents the radar
1888: kaiser Wilhelm II becomes king of Germany and launches the expansionistic "weltpolitik" and a militarization of Germany, proclaiming the coming of the "German century"
1889: Paris holds the universal exposition and inaugurates the Eiffel Tower
1889: Germany enacts the first pension plan in the world
1889: socialist parties from all over the world unite in the Second International during a convention in Paris
1889: Germany begins work on the Baghdad railway, meant to link Berlin to the Gulf via Istanbul
1890: Bismark loses the election and resigns
1890: Rene Panhard and Emile Levassor build the first commercial car using a Daimler engine
1890: The German state of Prussia has 30 million people, Bavaria only 5.5
1890: The Royal Dutch Company is founded in the Netherlands for oil exploration
1890: AEG develops the AC motor and generator (first power plants) and alternating current makes it easy to transmit electricity over long distances
1891: Bicycle manufacturer Armand Peugeot builds the first French car
1891: Eugene Dubois discovers the skull of an ancient hominid ("Pithecantropus Erectus") in Java
1892: Rudolf Diesel invents the internal combustion engine
1893: German engineer Wilhelm Maybach invents the carburetor
1894: Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for high treason, the most famous victim of anti-semitism in France
1894: France and Russia sign an alliance
1894: French president Marie-Francois Sadi-Carnot is assassinated by an anarchist
1895: Auguste and Louis Lumiere hold the "Cinematographe", the first public film show, at the "Salon du Grand Cafe'" (28 December 1895) in Paris
1895: the German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovers X rays
1896: the French philanthropist Pierre Decoubertin revives the Olympic Games
1896: the French physicist Antoine Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity
1896: Antoine Henri Becquerel, Pierre Curie and Marie Curie observe the radioactive decay of atomic nuclei
1896: Theodor Herzl publishes "Der Judenstaat", the manifesto of Zionism
1897: German chemist Felix Hoffmann invents aspirin
1897: Germany seizes the port of Kiaochow in China
1897: anarchists assassinate the empress Elizabeth of Austria and the Spanish prime minister Antonio Canovas
1897: "La Fronde" is the first ever feminist newspaper
1898: the US defeats Spain and gains Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines, while Cuba becomes independent but de facto a USA protectorate
1898: Emile Zola writes the open letter "J'accuse" to the French president denouncing the unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus
1898: Pierre and Marie Curie coin the term "radioactivity"
1898: German concern Siemens founds the Deutsche Grammophon record company
1899: count Alfred von Schlieffen submits a plan for a German preemptive strike via Belgium against France
1899: The anti-semitic and monarchical movement Action Francaise is founded in France
1900: Sigmund Freud publishes the "Interpretation of Dreams"
1900: Bernhard von Bulow becomes chancellor of Germany and launches "Weltpolitik"
1900: The Paris metro opens
1900: The population of France is 38.4 million, of Germany is 56.4 million
1900: Christians constitute 26% and Muslims constitute 12% of the world's population
1900: Max Planck invents Quantum Theory
1900: Mendel's theory of genes is rediscovered
1901: Austrian physician Karl Landsteiner discovers blood groups
1903: Marie Curie becomes the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize
1903: A report by British diplomat Roger Casement reveals Belgian atrocities in Congo
1903: the first Tour de France of cyclism
1904: Phan Boi Chau founds the Vietnamese Reformation Society and leads protests against the French
1904: France enacts a law forbidding people under 18 to work more than ten hours a day
1904: German troops massacre 65,000 members of the Herero tribe in Namibia
1904: German general Lothar von Trotha issues an order of extermination for the Hereros of South-west Africa (60,000 die of starvation or are killed)
Apr 1904: France and Britain agree to spheres of influence of their respective empires
1905: Einstein publishes the "Special Theory of Relativity"
1905: Berlin's population is two million
1905: Germany supports Morocco's claim to independence from France
1905: Friedrich Ebert became secretary-general of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)
Dec 1905: France enacts a law separating church and state
1906: 43% of French work in agriculture
1906: The Confederation Generale du Travail begins a series of strikes in France
1907: Austria increases the number of males who can vote
1907: Britain, France and Russia create the "Triple Entente" against Prussia's expansionism under Wilhelm II
1908: the first "zeppelin", created by Ferdinand von Zeppelin, lands in a Germany city
1908: Britain and Germany engage in a "naval race"
1908: Austria annexes Bosnia, and Serbia threatens war
1908: the Swiss textile engineer Jacques Brandenberger invents cellophane
1909: Three quarters of the ice used in France (150,000 tons) is artificial
1909: Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg becomes chancellor of Germany
1910: a popular uprising forces the Portuguese king Manuel II to abdicate and Portugal becomes a republic
1910: There are 175 thousand Jews in Vienna
1910: Germany debuts its dreadnought-class battleship "Nassau"
1911: a German warship visits Morocco in defiance of French influence, the first time that Germany has deployed a warship far away from its own waters br>1911: The first world physics conference is held in Brussels ("Solvay Conference")
1912: Britain and France sign a naval treaty to fend off the threat of the German navy
1912: The Social Democratic Party is the largest party after parliamentary elections in Germany
1912: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel opens a boutique of fashion design
Dec 1912: A secret meeting chaired by the emperor in person prepares Germany's war against France and Russia
1913: German chemist Friedrich Bergius extracts liquid from coal
Oct 1913: Karl Friedrich Rapp establishes Rapp-Motorenwerke (later BMW), a factory of aircraft engines
1913: French general Ferdinand Foch declares that "airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value"
1914: Austrian archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the Austria-Hungarian throne, is assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia, by a Serbian nationalist
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1914: The Phillips Research Laboratories (Natuurkundig Laboratorium) is founded in Holland
Jul 1914: Austria declares war on Serbia and World War I breaks out, eventually pitting Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Serbia, USA and Japan against Austria, Germany and Turkey
Aug 1914: Germany invades neutral Belgium to attack France from the north
Aug 1914: Japan declares war on Germany and captures the German colonies in China
Aug 1914: Germany destroys the Russian army at the battle of Tannenberg
Sep 1914: France wins the battle of the Marne against Germany
1914: Because of the war, many countries suspend the gold standard
Apr 1915: British and French troops land in Gallipoli, Turkey
May 1915: German submarines sink the British passenger ship "Lusitania", killing almost 2000 people
May 1915: Italy declares war on Austria
Sep 1915: Bulgaria joins the war on the side of Germany and Austria against Serbia
Oct 1915: Britain and France send troops into neutral Greece
Jan 1916: Ottoman troops led by Mustafa Kemal defeat the British at Gallipoli/ Canakkale
1916: the Romanian poet Tristan Tzara founds "Dada", a nihilistic artistic movement in Zurich who exhibit at the "Cabaret Voltaire"
Aug 1916: Romania joins the war on the side of Britain and France against Austria in an attempt to seize Transylvania
1916: Dada performs at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich
1917: the engine manufacturer Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) is founded
Mar 1917: The tsar is overthrown in Russia
Apr 1917: German submarines sink a record 335 ships in just one month
1917: The Netherlands introduce universal male suffrage
Mar 1918: Germany launches a Western offensive that kills almost two million soldiers in three months
1918: World War I ends with the defeat of Germany (which has to cede several regions to France and Poland, and all the African colonies) and Austria (which has to cede regions to Italy and grant independence to Yugoslavia)
1918: the Bauhaus opens in Weimar
1918: An influenza pandemic kills 20 million people worldwide
Nov 1918: World War I ends
Nov 1918: The Kaiser abdicates and leaves Germany, Germany becomes a parliamentary republic, Friedrich Ebert of the Social Democrats becomes chancellor, and universal female suffrage is introduced
Nov 1918: The socialist activist Kurt Eisner proclaims Bavaria independent
Dec 1918: The "spartacists" (communists) stage an insurrection in Germany
Jan 1919: German communists stage an insurrection in Berlin but they are defeated and Rosa Luxemburg is killed
Feb 1919: Civil war erupts in Bavaria after the assassination of Eisner
Apr 1919: Austria, reduced to a small country of seven million people, bans aristocratic titles
1919: European socialists split into "Communists" and "Social Democrats"
1919: The Social Democrats win 38% of the vote in Germany
Apr 1919: The German army restores order in Bavaria
Apr 1919: Before hyperinflation kicks in, one dollar is worth 12 German marks
May 1919: The anarchist Gustav Landauer is stoned to death by German troopers in Munich
Jun 1919: Germany accepts the peace treaty that includes compensation to the winners
Aug 1919: A democratic constitution for Germany is finalized in Weimar
Nov 1919: The right-wing Bloc National wins elections in France
1919: Leon Blum, a Jew, is appointed chair of the French Socialist Party (SFIO)
1920: The nazist party is founded in Germany
1920: European countries control almost 90% of the Earth's surface
1920: Spanish prime minister Eduardo Dato is assassinated by anarchists
1921: An accident at an IG Farben factory at Oppau kills 565 people
1921: Citroen is the first European manufacturer to set up an assembly line (Ford has already built one in Britain)
Mar 1921: France occupies three German towns in retaliation for Germany's violation of the peace treaty
Jul 1921: Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist Party (Nazist Party)
1922: the Armenian mystic Georges Gurdjieff settles near Paris
1922: the cost of a newspaper in Germany rises from 0.30 marks (1921) to 70 million marks (1922)
1922: Germany and Russia sign the Rapallo Treaty
Jun 1922: Germany's foreign minister Walter Rathenau, the highest-placed Jew in the country, is assassinated by German nationalists
Feb 1922: Britain, the USA, France, Japan and Italy sign the Washington Naval Treaty to limit the size of their navies
1923: Cardinal Soldevila of Saragossa is assassinated by anarchists
1923: Miguel Primo de Rivera installs a dictatorship in Spain
Jan 1923: French troops occupy German-controller Ruhr, causing rampant hyper-inflation in Germany, where the mark goes down from 2000 DM for $1 to 4.2 trillion DM to $1
Nov 1923: A coup by the Nazist party fails in Germany and Hitler is arrested
Nov 1923: The German mark is worth only one-trillionth of what it had been worth back in 1914
1924: Louis DeBroglie discovers that matter is both particles and waves
1924: The Cartel de Gauches wins elections in France
1924: The Compagnie Francaise des Petroles is founded
1925: Hitler publishes "Mein Kampf"
1925: Leica introduces the miniature camera invented by Oskar Barnack in 1913
Oct 1925: Britain promotes the revision of German borders and France pledges to respect them at the Locarno Treaty
1925: Paul von Hindenburg becomes president of Germany
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1926: Daimler, Maybach and Benz merge their car manufacturing companies into Daimler-Benz (Mercedes)
1926: Walter Gropius opens the new Bauhaus in Dessau
Jul 1926: Raymond Poincare restores France's financial health
1927: Werner Heisenberg discovers the uncertainty principle
1928: Achmad Sukarno founds the Nationalist Party with the mission to gain independence for Indonesia from Holland
1928: Fritz Pfleumer invents magnetic tape for audio recording
1928: following an increase in votes, the socialists join the government of Germany
1929: Stocks crash around the world
1929: unemployment in Germany hits 1 million
1930: Vietnamese intellectual Ho Chi Minh founds the Indochinese Communist Party and organizes anti-French riots in Vietnam
1930: Britain, Japan, France, Italy and the USA sign the London Naval Treaty, an agreement to reduce naval warfare
Sep 1930: The Nazi's party share of the vote in Germany jumps from 2.5 to 18.3%
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1930: the first World Cup of football is held in Uruguay
1931: Miguel Primo de Rivera resigns and Alfonso XIII abdicates, turning Spain into a republic
1931: Kurt Godel publishes its incompleteness theorem
1932: Antonio Salazar becomes prime minister of Portugal and turns Portugal into a dictatorship
1932: Germany's unemployment peaks at 30%
Nov 1932: The Social Democrats win 20% of the vote and the Communists 17% in Germany's national elections
1932: Albert Lebrun is elected president of France
1932: Germany's National Socialist Party wins 14 million votes in the July elections and obtains 230 of the 600 seats in the German parliament
Jul 1932: Hitler's Nazist party wins national elections and becomes the largest party in parliament but is excluded from government
1932: Six million people are unemployed in Germany
1932: the Nazist party wins 37% of the votes and becomes the largest party in Germany
Jan 1933: Hitler, leader of the Nazist party, is appointed chancellor of Germany, suspends civil liberties and promotes anti-Jewish activism
1933: More than 9 million Jews live in Europe, 1.7% of the total European population, more than 60% of the world's Jewish population: 3 million in Poland (9.5% of the population), 2.5 million in the Soviet Union, 756,000 in Romania, 500,000 in Germany (0.75% of the total German population), 445,000 in Hungary, 357,000 in Czechoslovakia, 300,000 in Britain, 250,000 in France, 191,000 in Austria, 156,000 in the Netherlands.
Feb 1933: A madman sets the German Parliament on fire and the government suspends political rights
1933: students of the University of Berlin burn thousands of books by Jewish authors
1933: Heinrich Himmler sets up the first Nazi concentration camp in Dachau that, by the end of the year, holds 30 thousand people, mostly communists
1934: the luxurious gigantic ocean liner "Normandie" travels from Le Havre to New York
Jul 1934: Nazi conspirators kill the Austrian prime minister and try to seize power
Feb 1934: Fascists and Action Francaise riots in Paris and 18 people are killed
Jun 1934: Hitler's rivals including the head of the stormtroopers Ernst Rohm are assassinated ("Night of the Long Knives")
Aug 1934: German president Hindenburg dies and Hitler assumes the titles of both president and chancellor, or simply Fuhrer
1935: Mussolini's Italy invades Ethiopia
Mar 1935: Hitler violates the treaty of Versailles by instituting compulsory military service in Germany
1935: AEG demonstrates the world's first tape recorder, the K1
1936: Heinrich Focke flies the first helicopter
March 1936: Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland (border with France) in violation of the Versailles treaty
1936: Hitler and Mussolini form the "Axis"
Jul 1936: General Franco's troops, helped by Germany and Italy, start a civil war against the Spanish Republicans, helped by the Soviet Union
Feb 1936: Socialist leader Leonard Blum is almost killed by French fascists
Jun 1936: The Popular Front (Socialists, Radicals and Communists) wins national elections and Leonard Blum, a Jew, becomes prime minister of France while strikes rage all over France
Nov 1936: Germany and Japan form the anti-Cominterm Pact to protect against communism
Mar 1937: Communists and fascists riot in Paris
Jun 1937: French prime minister Blum resigns
Mar 1938: Germany annexes Austria
Sep 1938: France, Britain and Italy agree to cede a piece of Czech territory to Germany at the Munich conference
1938: German scientists split the uranium atom
1938: synagogues and Jewish shops are destroyed by Nazist mobs in Germany ("Kristallnacht")
1938: Volkswagen introduces the "Beetle"
1938: British unemployment is 9.3% compared with Germany's 2.1%
Jan 1939: In a speech at the German parliament Hitler threatens to exterminate all Jews if the West went to war against Germany
1939: Half of Germany's Jews (280 thousand) have emigrated
Mar 1939: Francisco Franco becomes dictator of Spain after a civil war that killed 600,000 people out of a population of 25 million (of which 75000 murdered by the Nationalists, 55000 by the Republicans, 90000 Nationalist soldiers and 110000 Republican soldiers)
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Mar 1939: Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
Apr 1939: Italy invades Albania
1939: Stalin and Hitler sign a non-aggression pact including the partition of Poland
1939: World War II begins with the invasion of Poland by Germany
1940: Germany invades Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Romania and begins bombing Britain
1940: Swiss-born Protestant theologian Roger Schutz starts the Taize movement in France, a monastic order focused on meditation and prayer
1940: French national hero Henri Petain is appointed prime minister and negotiates the creation of an independent French republic with capital in Vichy, that allies with Hitler
1940: Italy, Germany and Japan sign the pact of the "axis"
1941: Hitler exterminates 100,00 mentally ill and elderly people in Germany
1941: Konrad Zuse designs the Z3, the first programmable computer
1941: Germany invades Yugoslavia, Greece, and the Soviet Union
1941: Germany declares war to the USA
1941: the Birkenau camp is inaugurated for the mass extermination of Jews, Gypsies, Poles and Russians
1942: Jews are exterminated in gas chambers in German extermination camps
1942: Hitler envisions a "final solution" for the Jews and extermination camps are set up ("Holocaust")
1942: the Auschwitz and Treblinka extermination camps begin operating
1942: the first missile enters outer space, a German V2 designed by Wernher von Braun (october 1942)
1944: Germany occupies Hungary
1944: Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the resistance, returns to France
1945: the Soviet Union enters Berlin, Hitler commits suicide and Germany surrenders
1945: At the Yalta conference the Soviet Union, Britain and the USA partition Europe in spheres of influence
1945: Germany and Berlin are divided in four sectors, soon to be come "western" and "easter" (Russian) sectors
1945: several thousand Algerians are killed during pro-independence riots in Constantine
1945: the United Nations Organization is founded in New York
1946: France attacks the Viet Minh at Haiphong killing 6,000 civilians
1946: Louis Reard invents the "bikini"
1946: Christian Dior opens a boutique of fashion design in Paris
1946: George Marshall envisions a plan to promote the economic recovery of European democracies
1947: Curt Herzstark presents the first pocket calculator, the "Curta", that he invented in a concentration camp
1947: French mime Marcel Marceau creates the character of "Bip" the clown
1947: Industrial output in West Germany is only one-third its 1938 level
1948: West German director of economics, Ludwig Erhard, abolishes the Reichsmark and introduces a new currency, the Deutsche Mark, laying the foundations for West Germany's "Wirtschaftswunder" ("Economic Miracle")
1948: West Germans are forced to convert their cash into the deutsche marks at a rate of more than 10 reichsmarks to the D-mark
1948: The winners of World Way II write off 93% of the Nazi-era debt and postpone collection of new debt for half a century thus reducing Germany's debt load from 675% in 1939 to 12% in 1950 (lower than the winner's)
Apr 1949: NATO, a military alliance, is formed by the western European countries and the USA
1949: Holland recognises Indonesian independence
May 1949: West Germany adopts a democratic constitution
Sep 1949: Konrad Adenauer is appointed by parliament to become the first chancellor of West Germany
Oct 1949: East Germany proclaims the German Democratic Republic and the occupying Soviet Union surrenders the functions of government
1950: France has 150,000 troops in Vietnam
1950: West Germany's GDP between 1950 and 1955 grows at an average annual rate of 9.1% (the "Economic Miracle")
1950: France uses napalm against the Viet Mihn at Tien Yen
1950: the first World Championship for drivers ("Formula One") is held, the first race being the British grand prix on the Silverstone circuit
1951: the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) is founded in Paris, following a proposal by France's foreign minister Robert Schuman to avoid further wars between France and Germany
1952: Britain becomes a nuclear power
1952: Turkey and Greece become members of NATO
1953: the USA obtains air and naval bases in Spain and the Vatican signs a concordat with Spain, two events that legitimize Francos' dictatorship
1953: Charles DeGaulle retires
June 1953: Workers protest in East Germany
1954: after the Viet Minh defeat France at Dieu Bieu Phu (thousands die on both sides), the Viet Minh and France sign a peace treaty dividing Vietnam into North and South, and scheduling a general election for 1956 (76,000 French soldiers have died)
Oct 1954: West Germany is admitted into NATO
1954: European countries found CERN (Centre Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire) to halt the exodus of nuclear physicists to the USA
1954: France is defeated by Vietnam at the battle of Dien Bien Phu and withdraws
1954: Algerian exiles in Egypt create the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) and start the civil war against France
May 1955: the Soviet Union withdraws from Austria, which becomes a neutral country
1955: After the Algerian FNL (National Front of Liberation) kills French civilians at Philippeville, France retaliates by killing more than 1,273 civilians
May 1955: West Germany becomes independent after the formal end of occupation by Britain, France and the USA
1956: Algerian freedom fighter Ben Bella is arrested by French police
1956: The first world congress of Human Genetics is held in Copenhagen
1956: Real Madrid of Spain wins the first Champion's League of football
1956: France withdraws from Morocco and Tunisia
1956: French prime minister Guy Mollet confers special powers to general Jacques Massu fighting in Algeria
1957: Italy, West Germany, France and others found the European Economic Community
1957: French general Jacques Massu wins the "battle of Algiers" using nazi-style methods against the Algerian rebels
1958: Charles De Gaulle returns to power in France after the constitution is changed to grant him strong powers over the parties
1958: Yves St Laurent changes the way French women dress
1959: DeGaulle grants Algeria the right to vote on independence
1959: the ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna) is founded by Basque separatists to conduct terrorism against Spain
1959: Charles de Gaulle launches France's atomic energy programme
1960: Congo declares its independence from Belgium
1960: Denmark, Ireland, Norway and Britain apply to join the European Economic Community but France vetoes their entry
1960: France becomes a nuclear power
Apr 1961: the Soviet Union builds a wall to isolate West Berlin and discourage people from fleeing East Germany
1961: France studies "the physiological and psychological effects of nuclear arms on man" (i.e. it exposes soldiers to radiation) in its fourth nuclear test "Gerboise Verte" in the Algerian Sahara
1961: Yves Saint Laurent opens a boutique of fashion design in Paris
Jun 1961: A bomb by militants opposed to Algerian independence (Organisation de l'Armee Secrete) kills 28 people in France
Oct 1961: About 200 Algerian protesters are killed during riots in Paris by police commanded by former Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon
1961: India annexes the Portuguese colonies (Goa)
1961: former French officers led by general Raoul Salan form the Organisation de l'Armee Secrete (OAS) to fight Arabs in Algeria, killing 12,000 Arab civilians in one year
1961: Anti-Portuguese riots and guerrilla in Angola by the Movimento Popular de Libertacao de Angola (MPLA), sponsored by the communists, and the Uniao Nacional paraa a Independencia Total de Angola (UNITA), sponsored by South Africa
Jun 1962: The Frente de Libertacao do Mocambique (Frelimo), led by Eduardo Mondlane, starts a liberation war against Portugal in Mozambique
1962: There are 13,000 Turkish immigrants in West Germany
1962: French nationalists opposed to Algeria's independence unleash a terrorist campaign under the moniker OAS (Organisation de l'Armee Secrete)
1962: After the deaths of about 100,000 French and about 1,000,000 Algerians, Algeria is declared independent
1963: Porsche introduces the roadster 911
1965: Dutch anarchists found the countercultural movement "Provo"
1966: Charles de Gaulle pulls France out of NATO's integrated military command
1967: Rudi Dutschke leads student riots in West Berlin
1967: military coup in Greece
1968: Student riots in France escalate into a national uprising, soon followed by similar protests in West Germany and Italy
1969: Willy Brandt forms a social-democratic government in West Germany and inaugurates "ostpolitik" (opening to Eastern Europe)
1969: following student demonstrations, DeGaulle resigns and Georges Pompidou is elected president of France
1971: European business leaders, the "World Economic Forum", meets in the Swiss mountain village of Davos
1972: Volkswagen's "Beetle" becomes the most produced car of all times
1972: Denmark, Ireland and Britain are finally accepted into the European Economic Community
Apr 1974: Tired of the colonial wars in Africa, a military junta deposes the Caetano regime
1974: There are 800,000 Turkish immigrants in West Germany
1974: first free election in Greece
1974: European countries found the European Space Agency (ESA)
1974: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins his fifth Tour and his fifth Giro, an all-time record
1974: Pompidou dies and Giscard d'Estaing wins the elections against socialist Francois Mitterrand, appointing Jacques Chirac prime minister
1975: France, under prime minister Chirac, sells nuclear technology to both Iran and Iraq
1975: The Group of Six (France, West Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, USA) meets in Paris (later G7 with Canada), representing more than 60% of the world's GDP
Jan 1975: Portugal grants independence to its African colonies (Mozambique, Angola, etc)
1975: The Baader-Meinhof terrorizes Germany
1975: The Helsinki Conference on Security and Cooperation defines human rights in the Cold War
1975: Surinam declares its independence from Holland
1975: Spanish dictator Franco dies and king Juan Carlos forces the adoption of democracy
1975: Portugal grants East Timor independence
1976: The supersonic airplane Concorde, built by France and Britain, begins service
Sep 1976: Belgian scientist Peter Piot discovers an epidemics near the Ebola river in the Congolese rainforest
1976: the G6 is created to bring the leaders of the biggest national economies together (USA, Canada, Britain, Germany, Japan, France)
Apr 1976: The first democratic elections in Portugal are won by the socialists, and Mario Soares becomes prime minister
Nov 1976: The fascist dictatorship of Spain is dissolved
1977: an execution is carried out in France, the last execution in Western Europe
1977: Jacques Chirac becomes mayor of Paris
Jun 1977: In the first democratic elections, center-right candidate Adolfo Suarez is elected prime minister of Spain
1978: Spain adopts a parliamentary monarchy and joins NATO
1978: France introduces the Videotex service Minitel
1978: France attacks the Polisario to defend Mauritania's president
1979: There are 2.5 million Turkish immigrants in West Germany
1979: the Green Party is founded in Germany with an environmentalist platform
april 1979: Israeli agents blow up a factory in France that builds components for Iraq's nuclear facility at Osirak
1979: Jean-Francois Lyotard's treatise "The Postmodern Condition" is published
1979: the first direct elections of the European Parliament are held in all the nine member states of the European Economic Community
1980: 118 people are killed by ETA terrorist attacks in Spain
1980: Christians constitute 30% and Muslims constitute 18% of the world's population
June 1980: Israeli agents assassinate in France an Egyptian engineer working for Iraq's Osirak nuclear facility
1981: Francois Mitterrand, a socialist, is elected president of France
1981: Juan Carlos becomes the first Spanish king to visit the Americas
1981: Greece joins the European Economic Community
1981: France abolishes the death penalty
1981: The TGV, the first high-speed train in Europe, begins operations in France
1981: Youstol Dispage dies
1982: after a failed military coup, the socialist party wins the elections in Spain and Felipe Gonzalez becomes prime minister
1982: Hezbollah suicide commandos organized by Iran blow up the US and French barracks in Lebanon killing 241 marines and 58 French soldiers
1983: The European Union launches the program ESPRIT (European Strategic Program on Research in Information Technology) to foster multinational high-tech projects
1983: Nicolas Hayek debuts a Swiss-made plastic watch, the Swatch
1984: Helmut Kohl is elected chancellor of Germany
1986: Spain and Portugal join the European Economic Community
1986: Jacques Chirac becomes prime minister of France for the second time
1986: Syria sponsors a string of bombs in Paris
1987: Turkey applies for membership in the European Economic Community but its application is stalled by strong opposition
1987: Jeanne Calment dies at 122, setting the new world record of longevity
1987: the Montreal Protocol limits the use of substances that damage the ozone layer
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1989: Berlin holds the first "Love Parade", a festival of electronic dance music (one million people)
1989: the government of Paris mayor Jacques Chirac awards contracts to companies that pay bribes
1989: Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat is arrested in Italy at the request of the USA for selling thousands of tons of chemicals that Saddam Hussein's Iraq used to build chemical weapons
1989: Tim Berners-Lee invents the World-wide Web at CERN for the exchange of internal documents
Oct 1989: Honecker's government in East Germany resigns
Nov 1989: The Berlin Wall is destroyed by millions of ecstatic Germans
1989: terrorists blow up a French UTA airliner over Niger, probably on behalf of Libya
1990: East and West Germany are reunited under chancellor Kohl
1991: the world-wide web (invented by Tim Berners-Lee in Geneve) debuts on the Internet
1992: record of refugees in Western Europe (400.000 in Germany alone), mainly from Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe, Africa.
1992: The treaty of Maastricht creates the European Union out of the European Economic Community
1992: A canal is completed to link the Danube and the Rhine, the North Sea and the Black Sea
1993: Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, the son of the French president, and interior minister Charles Pasqua accept bribes from Israeli-Russian billionaire Arkady Gaydamak and French billionaire Pierre Falcone to facilitate illegal arms sales to Angola
1994: Sweden, Austria and Finland join the European Union
1994: Algerian terrorists of the GIA hijack an Air France plane and try to crash it into the Tour Eiffel
1995: Jacques Chirac is elected president of France
1995: Algerian terrorists of the GIA kill eight people in the Paris metro
1995: despite worldwide protests, France conducts a nuclear test at the Polynesian atoll of Muroroa
1996: Marc Dutroux is arrested in Belgium for the kidnapping, raping and murder of six girls
1996: "Manifesta 1", the first European biennale of contemporary art, opens in the Netherlands
1996: Jose Maria Aznar becomes prime minister
1997: Most countries of the world agree on reducing the level of greenhouse-gas emissions in order to avoid climate changes such as global warming, (Kyoto Protocol)
1997: Jeanne Louise Calment dies at the age of 122, the oldest recorded age ever
Apr 1997: Iranian intelligence agents murder four Iranian Kurds in Germany
1997: The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by Frank Gehry opens
1997: Jeanne Calment dies at 122, the oldest person ever recorded
1998: socialdemocrat leader Gerard Schroeder becomes chancellor of Germany and Joschka Fischer's Green Party joins the government coalition
1998: 38 million vehicles sold worldwide (4.5 million workers and revenues of 1.5 billion dollars)
1998: the German Peoples Union (DVU) wins 12.9% in state elections in Saxony Anhalt, the best result for a neo-fascist party since Hitler
Jul 1998: 120 countries of the world agree to establish an international criminal court, opposed only by the USA, mainland China, Israel and a few Arab dictatorships
1999: NATO bombs Serbia to stop repression against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo
1999: a common currency, the euro (worth $1.1591) is introduced in 11 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Portugal and Spain)
Dec 1999: Portugal returns Macau to China
2000: the supersonic jet Concorde crashes in Paris
2000: More than 500 billion dollars have been spent worldwide to prepare computers for the year 2000 (Y2K)
2001: Pia Kjaersgaard's right-wing party wins 12% of the votes in Denmark's elections
2001: Thierry Desmarest of Total creates the world's fourth largest oil group after acquiring Petrofina in 1999 and Elf in 2001
2001: there are ten million Muslims in western Europe (four million in France, three million in Germany, 1.5 million in Britain, more than one million in Italy)
2002: euro coins and notes are distributed to the citizens of the eurozone
2002: France sends "peacekeeping" troops to Ivory Coast
2002: Jacques Chirac is reelected president of France but right-wing leader Jean-Marie le Pen wins 17% of the votes
2002: Holland's right-wing party List Pim Fortuyn wins 26 seats out of 150 in elections following the murder of its leader Pim Fortuyn
2002: Joerg Haider's right-wing party wins 10% of the votes in Austrian elections
2002: two right-wing parties, Alleanza Nazionale and Lega Nord, win about 16% of votes in Italian elections
2003: Spain, Holland, Denmark and Italy support the USA/UK invasion of Iraq, while France and Germany strongly oppose it
2003: Airbus passes Boeing as the world's largest civilians aircraft manufacturer
2003: Germany enters the second recession in 3 years and unemployment reaches 11%
2003: both France and British retire the supersonic jet Concorde
2003: millions of western Europeans march in the streets to protest USA plans to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq
2003: France and Germany oppose the USA and British invasion of Iraq, the first such major split in the Atlantic alliance (Britain, Italy, Holland, Poland, Spain and others send troops to support the USA in Iraq)
2003: a heatwave kills 15,000 people in France, at least 6,000 in Spain, 7,000 in Germany, 2,000 in Britain and 20,000 in Italy
2003: a mosque is built in Spain for the first time since the reconquista of 1492
2003: the Muslim population of Europe is 25 million (except Russia), of which 6 million in France and 3 million in Germany
2004: the World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 million people are killed every year in car accidents
2004: Michael Schumaker wins his seventh Formula One championship, a world record
2004: the French government bans Islamic scarves from schools
2004: 202 people are killed by synchronized bombs planted on trains near Madrid, Spain, by Islamic terrorists (led by Sarhane ben Abdelmajid Fakhet), and, two days later, their target, prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, is defeated by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the first time that Islamic terrorists decide the outcome of a European election
2004: Gerhard Schroeder resigns from leader of the SPD
2004: ten new members (mostly former communist countries) join the European Union, greatly expanding its eastern border, and increasing its population to 455 million in 25 states, its area to 738,573 sq km, and its gross domestic product to 9.613 trillion euros (more than 10 trillion dollars)
2004: in France, serial killer Michel Fourniret is arrested
2004: director Theo Van Gogh, an outspoken critic of Islam, is killed by a Muslim extremist in Holland
2004: France detroys the entire airforce of Ivory Coast, guilty of accidentally killing a few of its soldiers
2005: France inaugurates the tallest bridge in the world, the Millau bridge over the river Tarn
2005: the Kyoto protocol (to reduce the level of greenhouse-gas emissions in order to avoid climate changes such as global warming) is adopted by 141 countries of the world but not the USA, China, India and Australia
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2005: the unemployment rate in Germany reaches its highest level since 1933, with Schroeder's approval rating plunging to about 29%
2005: the unemployment rate in France rises to its highest level since 1999 and Chirac's approval rating plummets to 24%
2005: the new European Union constitution is not ratified because the French reject it in a referendum
2005: Germany is the country that has the lowest opinion of the USA in the West (Pew Center poll)
2005: The European Union, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea and China partner in the Iter (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project based in southern France to develop a nuclear fusion reactor
2005: Lance Armstrong, an American, wins a seventh tour de France, an all-time record
2005: the price of oil jumps from $35 at the beginning of the year to an all-time record of $67 a barrel
2005: Angela Merkel, a woman born in East Germany, becomes chancellor of Germany
2005: Chirac replaces prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin with Dominique de Villepin
2005: riots in Paris' poor Muslim suburbs
2005: Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat is jailed for selling thousands of tons of chemicals that Saddam Hussein's Iraq used to build chemical weapons
2006: massive strikes and marches force the Villepin government to withdraw a labor law meant to fight unemployment
2006: anti-Islamic activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is forced to resign from the parliament of the Netherlands and moves to the USA
2006: A political party with a paedophile agenda is founded in Holland
2006: Al Qaeda strikes an alliance with the Algerian terrorists of the Groupe Salafiste pour la Predication et le Combat (GSPC) and declares war against France
2006: the price of oil reaches an all-time record of $83 a barrel
2006: The Sudanese government funds its war in Darfur via the French bank BNP Paribas
2007: Nicolas Sarkozy of a center-right party wins presidential elections in France against the Socialists, replacing Jacques Chirac after his 12 years in power
2007: crash of the stock markets worldwide, triggered by the crisis of USA sub-prime mortgage lenders
2007: strikes and riots in Paris as Sarkozy begins his term as president
2007: There are 16 million Muslims in the European Union, out of a population of 495 million
jan 2008: the USA stock market collapses, triggering similar collapses around the world
jan 2008: a rogue trader, Jerome Kerviel, loses five billion euros of Societe Generale
mar 2008: the price of gold hits $1,000 for the first time ever and oil passes $110 a barrel, while the dollar sets another all-time low against the euro (1.56) and the Eurozone overtakes the USA as the world's largest economy
mar 2008: The Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, is inaugurated at CERN
may 2008: protests spread around Europe following a 300% increase in diesel over a five-year period
2007: Spain's per-capita income passes Italy's
june 2008: oil prices pass $140 a barrel
july 2008: European inflation hits a 16 year High
sep 2008: Crash of the stock markets worldwide, triggered by the collapse of USA banks
oct 2008: Stock markets in the eurozone are 40-50% down from a year earlier
Dec 2008: the price of oil plunges to $34 per barrel amid the world recession
Dec 2008: The Frankfurt stock market loses 40% in 2008, the Paris stock market loses 42%
Dec 2008: Most Western European countries enter a recession
Dec 2008: Spain's unemployment skyrockets to 14.4%, the highest in the European Union
2008: More than 10,000 people die of heroin overdose in the NATO countries in just one year, a number higher than all casualties from all NATO wars since 2001
2008: Russia supplies 28% of Europe's natural gas
2008: Rwanda publishes a report accusing France of complicity in the 1994 genocide
Mar 2009: A teenage gunman kills 16 people in Germany
Mar 2009: Sarkozy restores France to NATO's integrated military command
Mar 2009: Josef Fritzl, an Austrian man, admits imprisoning his daughter and fathering her seven children
Apr 2009: Germany's exports decline 28% over the previous year
May 2009: Spain's unemployment rate hits 17.4% (36.2% among young people under 25)
Aug 2009: France's and Germany's recession ends
Dec 2009: Unemployment among people younger than 25 is 20.7% in the European Union, with a peak of 43% in Spain, and the average unemployment rate in the 16 countries of the eurozone reaches 10% (19.4% in Spain)
2009: 2009 is the first year in recorded history when no person is executed in the whole of Europe (the death penalty is still legal in Belarus and Russia)
Apr 2010: Eurozone countries bail out Greece that is unable to pay off its debt
Jul 2010: Catalonia, a region of Spain, bans bullfighting
Jul 2010: Dominique Cottrez in France confesses to killing eight newborns
Jul 2010: 21 people are killed in a stampede at the Love Parade dance festival in Duisburg, Germany
Sep 2010: France bans the Muslim clothes for women that cover the face
2010: The European Union becomes mainland China's biggest export market, while the USA remains the European Union's biggest export market
2010: Germany posts GDP growth of 3.7%, the post-unification record
2010: The USA exports over $400 billion of goods to the European Union, and its firms own $1 trillion of direct investment in the European Union
2010: Germany's unit labor cost in the 2000s has declined by 3% while the unit labor cost in France, Greece, and Spain went up by over 20% and in Italy by over 40%
Apr 2011: NATO bombs Libya to help the anti-Qaddafi rebels
Apr 2011: A gunman goes on a rampage in a shopping mall in Amsterdam killing six people
Apr 2011: France arrests women wearing the Islamic veil
Apr 2011: Eurozone countries bail out Portugal that is unable to pay off its debt
May 2011: The United Nations estimates that opiate use increased 35% worldwide from 1998 to 2008, cocaine by 27%, and cannabis by 8.5%.
2011: The USA has 413 billionaires, China has 115 billionaires, Russia 101, India 55, Germany 52, Britain 32, Brazil 30, and Japan 26
Aug 2011: World stock markets crash for fear of the national debt of Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Ireland
Aug 2011: Anti-Qaddafi rebels helped by NATO reach Tripoli, end Qaddafi's dictatorship over Libya and install Mahmoud Jibril as head of the transitional government
Sep 2011: Germany announces that it will abandon nuclear energy and switch to renewable energy sources
Oct 2011: Protests against the financial world spread from the USA to Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Athens, Berlin, Rome and London
Oct 2011: The world's population is 7 billion up from 1 billion in 1850 and less than 3 billion in 1950.
Oct 2011: ETA in Spain gives up violence after having killed 800 people in 50 years
Dec 2011: The conservative party of Mariano Rajoy wins elections in Spain while unemployment hits a euro-era high of 21.5%
Dec 2011: Germany's unemployment falls to 5.5% while unemployment is rising in most of the eurozone
Dec 2011: 26 countries of the European Union, led by Germany, agree on a treaty to enforce fiscal and financial discipline on countries that adopt the euro, leaving Britain out
Dec 2011: Former French president Chirac is convicted of corruption
Dec 2011: Nordine Amrani stages a gun and grenade attack in the Belgian city of Liege that kills five people
Dec 2011: The unemployment rate in the eurozone hits a record high of 10.4%
Mar 2012: Mohammed Merah, a French citizen trained by Al Qaeda, kills three soldiers and four Jews in France
May 2012: Francois Hollande is elected president of France, while the far-right National Front wins almost 20% of the vote, its best result ever
May 2012: NATO activates a missile defence system in Europe despite strong Russian opposition, and in response Russia launches a program of rearmament
Jun 2012: Spanish unemployment reaches 24%
Aug 2012: Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of doping
Nov 2012: The eurozone enters a second recession in 3 years
2012: Public spending in France reaches 57% of GDP and the public debt passes 90% of GDP
Jan 2013: France attacks the Islamists that rule northern Mali
Mar 2013: France kills the leader of Mali's Islamists, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid
Mar 2013: The rate of unemployment in the eurozone hit a record 12%
Mar 2013: Spain's unemployment rate peaks at 27.2% and more than 50% for people under 25
Apr 2013: The unemployment rate in the eurozone reaches a new record high of 12.2%
Jul 2013: Croatia joins the European Union
Jul 2013: Newspapers reveal that Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy and other top politicians of the Popular Party (PP) received illicit payments from construction magnates
Jul 2013: A passenger train crash in northwestern Spain kills more than 80 people
Nov 2013: Killings escalate in Central African Republic between (mainly Muslim) Seleka militia and (mainly Christian) "anti-Balaka" militia and France sends troops to restore order
2013: Germany's unemployment hits a 20-year low
Jan 2014: Latvia joins the eurozone
May 2014: France's far-right National Front wins a nationwide election for the first time
May 2014: A French Muslim, Mehdi Nemmouche, who fought in Syria's civil war kills four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels
Jun 2014: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova (former Soviet republics) sign partnership agreements with the European Union
Sep 2014: The Alternative for Germany, founded in 2013 by Frauke Petry on an anti-euro platform, wins almost 10% of the votes in Saxony's parliamentary elections
Oct 2014: For the first time a Western European is infected with ebola (in Spain)
Nov 2014: The European robot probe Philae lands on a comet
Dec 2014: France's unemployment hits 9.9%
Dec 2014: The eurozone enters deflation
Jan 2015: Lithuania joins the euro
Jan 2015: Islamists of Al Qaeda kill 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, guilty of making fun of Islam's founder, and then 4 hostages in a Jewish supermarket, and a two-million people pro-democracy march takes place in Paris
Jan 2015: Belgium arrests more than 100 Muslims belonging to ISIS who were preparing terrorist attacks
Jan 2015: Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftist Syriza party opposed to austerity measures, wins elections and becomes Greece's new prime minister
Mar 2015: German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashes his passenger plane over France killing 150 people
Jun 2015: France bans the low-cost car-sharing service UberPOP after a day of nationwide protests by taxi drivers
Aug 2015: Oil prices fall below $40 a barrel for first time since 2009
Sep 2015: The civil war in Syria causes an exodus of thousands of people towards Europe
Nov 2015: Islamists organized by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, kill more than 128 people in Paris
2015: Molenbeek in Belgium has the highest concentration of foreign Islamic terrorist fighters in Europe
2015: A record one million refugees enter Europe by sea
Mar 2016: Belgium arrests Islamic terrorist Salah Abdeslam and Islamic terrorists kill 35 people at the Brussells airport and at a subway station
Jun 2016: The majority of British people (mostly in England) vote in a referendum to leave the European Union and Cameron resigns, stock markets plunge worldwide losing more than 2 trillion dollars in value and the British pound falls to its lowest level in 30 years
Jul 2016: A Tunisian kills 84 people in Nice driving a truck into a crowd

Frankish Leaders


Merovee (?)
Pharamond (409 - 427)
Clodian VI (426 - 448)
Merovee (448 - 458)
Childeric I (458 - 496)

Merovingian Kings


Clovis I (456 - 511)
Clotaire I (511 - 560)
Chilperic I (561 - 584)
Clotaire II (584 - 629)
Dagobert I (630 - 638)
Clovis II (633 - 656)
Dagobert II (656)
Childebert (656 - 661)
Childeric II (662 - 675)
Clovis III (675 - 676)
Theuderich III (673 - 691)
Clovis IV (691 - 695)
Childebert III (695 - 711)
Dagobert III (711 - 715)
Chilperich II (715 - 721)
Chlothar IV (717 - 720)
Theuderich IV (721 - 737)

Carolingian Mayors


Pepin I (628 - 639)
Pepin II (687 - 714)
Charles Martel (714 - 741)
Carloman (741 - 747)
Pepin III (741 - 751)

Carolingian Emperors


Pepin III (751 - 768)
Charlemagne/ Karl der Große (768 - 814)
Louis/Ludwig I (814 - 840)
Lothar I (840 - 855)
Louis/ Ludwig II (855 - 875)
Charles/ Karl II (875 - 876)
Louis/ Ludwig III (876 - 882)
Charles/ Karl III (882 - 888)

Western Carolingian Emperors


Charles III (888 - 922)
Rudolf / Raoul (923 - 936)
Louis IV (936 - 954)
Lothair V (954 - 986)
Louis V (986 - 987)

Capetian Kings of France


Hugh Capet (987 - 996)
Robert II the Pious (996 - 1031)
Henri I (1031 - 1060)
Philippe I (1060 - 1108)
Louis VI (1108 - 1137)
Louis VII (1137 - 1180)
Philippe II (1180 - 1223)
Louis VIII (1223 - 1226)
Louis IX (1226 - 1270)
Philippe III (1270 - 1285)
Philippe IV (1285 - 1314)
Louis X (1314 - 1316)
John I (1316)
Philippe V (1316 - 1322)
Charles IV (1322 - 1328)

Valois Kings of France


Philippe VI (1328 - 1350)
Jean II (1350 - 1364)
Charles V (1364 - 1380)
Charles VI (1380 - 1422)
Charles VII (1422 - 1461)
Louis XI (1461 - 1483)
Charles VIII (1483 - 1498)
Louis XII (1498 - 1515)
Francis I (1515 - 1547)
Henri II (1547 - 1559)
Francis II (1559 - 1560)
Charles IX (1560 - 1574)
Henri III (1574 - 1589)

Bourbon Kings of France


Henri IV (1589 - 1610)
Louis XIII (1610 - 1643)
Dauphine (1643 - 1661)
Louis XIV (1661 - 1715)
Louis XV (1715 - 1774)
Louis XVI (1774 - 1792)
Robespierre (1792 - 1794)
Napoleon I (1803 - 1814)
Louis XVIII (1814 - 1824)
Charles X (1824 - 1830)
Louis Philippe (1830 - 1848)

Modern France


2nd Republic (1848 - 1852)
Napoleon III (1852 - 1871)
3rd Republic (1871 - 1940)
Vichy Republic (1940 - 1944)
Charles DeGaulle (1944 - 1969)
except 1953-58
Georges Pompidou (1969 - 1974)
Giscard d'Estaing (1974 - 1981)
Francois Mitterrand (1981 - 1995)
Jacques Chirac (1995-2007)
Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012)
Francois Hollande (2012-)

Eastern Emperors


Berengar (888 - 891)
Wido (891 - 894)
Lambert (894 - 896)
Arnulf (896 - 899)
Louis III (899 - 905)
Berengar I (905 - 922)
Rudolf II (922 - 933)
Hugh (933 - 947)
Lothair II (947 - 950)
Berengar II (950 - 961)

German Kings


Arnulf von Karnten (887-899)
Ludwig das Kind (900-911)
Konrad I (911-918)

Ottonen


Heinrich I (919-936)
Otto I (936-973)
Otto II (973-983)
Otto III (983-1002)
Heinrich II (1002-1024)

Salier


Konrad II (1024-1039)
Heinrich III (1039-1056)
Heinrich IV (1056-1106)
Heinrich V (1106-1125)
Lothar III (1125-1137)

Hohenstaufen


Konrad III (1138-1152)
Friedrich I, Barbarossa (1152-1190)
Heinrich VI (1190-1197)
Otto IV von Braunschweig (1198-1218)
Philip von Schwaben (1198-1208)
Friedrich II (1212-1250)
Konrad IV (1250-1254)

Interregnum


Wilhelm von Holland (1247-1256)
Alfons X von Kastilien (1257-1274)
Richard von Cornwall (1257-1272)

Habsburger


Rudolf I von Habsburg (1273-1291)
Adolf von Nassau (1292-1298)
Albrecht I von Habsburg (1298-1308)
Heinrich VII von Luxemburg (1308-1313)
Ludwig IV (1314-1347)
Friedrich (1314-1330)
Karl IV von Luxemburg (1346-1378)
Wenzel von Luxemburg (1378-1400)
Ruprecht (1400-1410)
Jobst von Mahren (1410-1411)
Sigismund von Luxemburg (1410-1437)
Albrecht II (1438-1439)
Friedrich III (1440-1493)
Maximilian I (1493-1519)
Karl V (1519-1556)
Ferdinand I (1556-1564)
Maximilian II (1564-1576)
Rudolf II (1576-1612)
Matthias (1612-1619)
Ferdinand II (1619-1637)
Ferdinand III (1637-1657)
Leopold I (1658-1705)
Joseph I (1705-1711)
Karl VI (1711-1740)
Maria Theresa (1740-1780)
Karl VII Albrecht (1742-1745)
Franz I Stephan (1745-1765)
Joseph II (1765-1790)
Leopold II (1790-1792)
Franz II (1792-1806)
Napoleon I (1806)

Hohenzollern


Wilhelm I (1871-1888)
Friedrich III (1888)
Wilhelm II (1888-1918)

Modern Germany


Otto von Bismarck (1871-1890)
Georg Leo Graf von Caprivi (1890-1894)
Chlodwig Fuerst (1894-1900)
Bernhard Fuerst (1900-1909)
Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg (1909-1917)
Friedrich Ebert (1919-1925)
Paul von Hindenburg (1925-1934)
Adolf Hitler (1934-1945)
Konrad Adenauer (1949-63)
Ludwig Erhard (1963-66)
Kurt Kiesinger (1966-69)
Willy Brandt (1969-74)
Helmut Schmidt (1974-82)
Helmut Kohl (1984-98)
Gerhard Schroeder (1998-2005)
Angela Merkel (2005)

Kings of Castilla


Fernando I el Grande (1029-1065)
Sancho II el fuerte (1065-1072)
Alfonso VI el valiente (1072-1109)
Urraca Alfonsez (1109-1126)
Alfonso VII (1126-1157)
Sancho III Alfonsez el deseado (1157-1158)
Fernando II (Leon, 1157-1188)
Alfonso VIII Sanchez el noble (1158-1214)
Alfonso IX (Leon, 1188-1230)
Enrique I Alfonsez (1214-1217)
Berenguela Alfonsez la grande (1217)
Fernando III Alfonsez (1217-1252)
Alfonso X el sabio (1252-1284)
Sancho IV Alfonsez el bravo (1284-1295)
Fernando IV Sanchez el emplazado (1295-1312)
Alfonso XI Fernández el justiciero (1312-1350)
Pedro I Alfonsez el cruel (1350-1369)
Enrique II (1369-1379)
Juan I (1379-1390)
Enrique III el doliente (1390-1406)
Juan II (1406-1454)
Enrique IV el impotente (1454-1474)
Isabel I la catolica (1474-1504)

Kings of Aragonia


Ramiro I (1035-1063)
Sancho Ramirez (1063-1094)
Pedro I (1094-1134)
Alfonso I (1104-1134)
Ramiro II el Monje (1134-1137)
Ramon Berenguer IV (1137-1162)
Alfonso II Ramon el Casto (1162-1196)
Pedro II el Catolico (1196-1213)
Jaime I el Conquistador (1213-1276)
Pedro III el Grande (1276-1285)
Alfonso III el Liberal (1285-1291)
Jaime II el Justo (1291-1327)
Alfonso IV el Benigno (1327-1336)
Pedro IV el Ceremonioso (1336-1387)
Juan I (1387-1395)
Martin el Humano (1395-1410)
Interregno (1410-1412)
Fernando I de Antequera (1412-1416)
Alfonso V el Magnanimo (1416-1458)
Juan II (1458-1479)
Fernando II el Católico (1479-1516)

Kings of Pamplona y Navarra


Inigo Arista (820-851)
Garcia I Iniguez (852-870)
Fortun Garces el Tuerto (870-905)
Sancho Garces I el Grande (905-925)
Garcia Sanchez I (925-970)
Sancho Garces II Abarca (970-994)
García Sanchez II (994-1005)
Sancho III el Mayor (1005-1035)
Garcia IV Ramírez (1134-1150)
Sancho VI el Sabio (1150-1194)
Sancho VII el Fuerte (1194-1234)
Teobaldo II el Trovador (1234-1253)
Teobaldo III el Joven (1253-1270)
Enrique I el Gordo (1270-1274)
Juana I (1274-1305)
Luis de Hutin (1305-1316)
Felipe el Largo (1316-1322)
Carlos I (1322-1328)
Juana II (1328-1349)
Carlos II el Malo (1349-1387)
Carlos III el Noble (1387-1425)
Blanca (1425-1441)
Juan II (1441-1464)
Leonor (1464-1479)
Francisco de Foix (1479-1483)
Catalina (1483-1512)

Kings of Spain


Carlos I (1516-1556)
Felipe II (1556-1598)
Felipe III (1598-1621)
Felipe IV (1621-1665)
Carlos II (1665-1700)
Felipe V (1701-1724)
Luis I (1724)
Felipe V (1724-1746)
Ferdinand VI (1746-1759)
Carlos III (1759-1788)
Carlos IV (1788-1808)
Ferdinand VII (1808)
Jose` (1808-1813)
Ferdinand VII (1813-1833)
Isabella II (1833-1868)
Amadeo (1870-1873)
Alfonso XII (1874-1885)
Alfonso XIII (1886-1931)

Modern Spain


Francisco Franco (1939-1975)
Adolfo Suarez (1975-1981)
Felipe Gonzalez (1983-1995)
Jose Maria Aznar (1996-2004)
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (2004-11)
Mariano Rajoy (2011)

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