1905 – born on the 19th of September in Elz an der Lahn.
1949 – He was a member of the German Bundestag.
1950 – He lead the "Office Blank", officially responsible for affairs relating to the Allied occupying troops, but in reality mainly charged by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer with covertly preparing the re-establishment of a German armed force.
1954 – Opponents of the rearmament prevented him from speaking to public assemblies by yelling and shouting, and lightly wounded him in one instance.
1955-1956 – He served as the first postwar Defence Minister of Germany.
1957 – Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
1965-1969 – As deputy chief of CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion.
1972 – Died on the 14th of May in Bonn.