1849 – He was born at Klein-Flottbeck, in Holstein on the 3rd of May.
1876 – He was appointed attaché to the German embassy in Paris, attended the Berlin Congress as a secretary, and became second secretary to the embassy.
1884 – He became first secretary to the embassy at St Petersburg, and acted as charge d’affaires.
1887 – He advocated ethnic cleansing of Poles from Polish territories of German Empire in future armed conflict.
1888 – He was appointed envoy at Bucharest.
1893 – To the post of German ambassador at Rome.
1897 – On the retirement of Adolf Marschall von Bieberstein, he was appointed state secretary for foreign affairs (the same office which his father had held) under Prince Hohenlohe, with a seat in the Prussian ministry.
1900 – On the resignation of Hohenlohe, he was chosen to succeed him as chancellor of the empire and Prime Minister of Prussia.
1905 – On the 6th of June, Count Bülow was raised to the rank of prince (Fürst), on the occasion of the marriage of the crown prince.
1906 – On the 5th of April, while attending a debate in the Reichstag, Prince Bülow was seized with illness, the result of overwork and an attack of influenza, and was carried unconscious from the hall.
1914-1915 – Bülow was ambassador to Italy, but failed to bring her onto the side of Germany, or even to persuade her to maintain her neutrality.
1929 – Prince von Bülow died on the 28th of October, a mere day before Black Tuesday.