History - The city of Berlin was the capital
of Germany from 1871 to 1945. After this time, it
was the capital of Prussia, and it wasn’t until
the reunification of Germany on October 3rd 1990 that
Berlin once again became the capital city of Germany.
Between 1949 and 1990, it was divided into East Berlin,
the capital of the German Democratic Republic, and
West Berlin. From 1961 to 1989, the infamous Berlin
Wall carved this into a city of two halves,
dividing not only friends, but families and lovers
Berlin is a city that has seen many unstable times.
Below, is a list of the major events that have shaped
this magnificent city at its very beginnings:
1350 – The Black Death. Jews
get the blame. Some Jews were attacked and some were
1358 - Stralau acquired, former fishing
village Stalauer Fischzug.
1376 – A major fire burns throughout
1380 – Another fire devastates
the majority of the city, along with the records of
this early period.
1401-1410 – The period of the
1411 - The Holy Roman Emperor gave
Brandenburg to a member of the southern family, the
Hohenzollerns. This was Friedrich, a descendant of
the Margrave of Nünberg (Nuremberg).
1415 - Friedrich was sworn in as
Margrave of Brandenburg.
1432 - The two municipalities of
Berlin and Cölln were combined.
1440 - Friedrich II becomes Margrave
1442 – The combined municipalities
of Berlin and Cölln are countermanded.
1443 - The Berliner Unwille happens
in opposition to Friedrich II. But Friedrich manages
to subdue the town, and a castle was built in Cölln.
1447 – The Berliners try to
1485 – Berlin becomes the Official
Residence of the Hohenzollerns.
More recent events such as the Second World War,
the Reich, and political upheaval continue to make
Berlin one of the most historically chaotic cities