1917 – Böll was born in Cologne, Germany on the 21st of December.
1930- He successfully resisted joining the Hitler Youth.
1945 – He served in France, Romania, Hungary and the Soviet Union, and was wounded four times before he was captured by Americans in April and sent to a POW camp.
1949 – Böll became a full-time writer at the age of 30. His first novel, Der Zug war pünktlich (The Train Was on Time), was published in 1949.
1954 – He wrote "The Unguarded House".
1955 – He wrote "The Bread of our Early Years".
1972 – He received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1975 – He wrote "The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum".
1976 – He demonstratively left the Catholic church, “without falling off” the faith.
1985 – Heinrich Böll died on the 16th of July at the age of 67.