1914 – He was born in Bremen on the 14th of December.
1933-1936 – Carstens studied law and political science at the universities of Frankfurt, Dijon, Munich, Königsberg, and Hamburg.
1940 – Carstens joined the NSDAP, reportedly to avoid detrimental treatment when he was a law clerk.
1949 – He received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Yale Law School.
1955 – He entered the CDU.
1960 – In July, Carstens entered government service as a secretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1966 – He first served as secretary of state in the Ministry of Defence.
1968 – He served as Director of the Chancellor’s Office.
1972 – Carstens was first elected into the Bundestag.
1973-1976 – He was the chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.
1979 – On the 23rd of May, Carstens was elected as the fifth President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
1983 – On the 7th of January, President Carstens nonetheless dissolved the Bundestag and called for new elections.
– In February, Carstens’ decision was approved by the Federal Constitutional Court so that general elections could take place.
1984 – He decided not to seek a second term on account of his age and left office on the 30th of June.
1992 – He died on the 30th of May.