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Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands

Historical Events

    1919:

    • Unabhängige Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (USPD) is founded because of the dissatification of several members with SPD's approving attitude towards World War I.
    • Friedrich Ebert is elected as first Reichspräsident (President of Germany) - Weimar Republic.

    Sep 24, 1922:

    • SPD is reunited with USPD.

    Jul 15, 1945:

    • SPD found its first central committee after World War II in Berlin.

    1946:

    • In the Soviet occupation zone SPD and Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) are united as Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschland (SED)

    May 11, 1946:

    • Kurt Schumacher becomes party chairman.

    Sep 27, 1952:

    • Erich Ollenhauer becomes party chairman.

    Feb 16, 1964:

    • Willy Brandt becomes party chairman.

    Dec 01, 1966:

    • SPD becomes junior partner under CDU's Kurt Georg Kiesinger in Germany's government.

    1969:

    • Gustav Heinemann becomes Bundespräsident (President of Germany).

    Oct 21, 1969:

    • Willy Brandt becomes Bundeskanzler (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany).

    May 16, 1974:

    • Helmut Schmidt becomes Bundeskanzler (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany).

    Jun 14, 1987:

    • Hans-Jochen Vogel becomes party chairman.

    May 29, 1991:

    • Björn Engholm becomes party chairman.

    Jun 25, 1993:

    • Rudolf Scharping becomes party chairman.

    Nov 16, 1995:

    • Oscar Lafontaine becomes party chairman.

    Oct 27, 1998:

    • Gerhard Schröder becomes Bundeskanzler (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany).

    1999:

    • Johannes Rau becomes Bundespräsident (President of Germany).

    Apr 12, 1999:

    • Gerhard Schröder becomes party chairman (provisional since 12.03.1999).

    Mar 21, 2004:

    • Franz Münterfering becomes party chairman.

    Jan 22, 2005:

    • Arbeit & soziale Gerechtigkeit – Die Wahlalternative (WASG) is founded because of the dissatisfaction of several members with SPD's social politics.

    Nov 15, 2005:

    • Matthias Platzeck becomes party chairman.

    Nov 22, 2005:

    • SPD becomes junior partner under CDU's Angela Merkel in Germany's government.

    May 14, 2006:

    • Kurt Beck becomes party chairman.

    Oct 18, 2008:

    • Franz Müntefering becomes party chairman.

    Nov 13, 2009:

    • Sigmar Gabriel becomes party chairman.
    Company history contributed by Patrick Bregger (108387)