1927 – Born on March 21st in Reideburg, near Halle, Germany. German diplomat.
1949 – Settled in what became East Germany, studying law and economics at the universities in Halle and Leipzig and becoming a junior barrister.
1952 – Fled to West Germany and soon joined the Free Democratic Party, rising quickly in its official ranks in Bremen.
1969 – Free Democrats gave their support to the dominant Social Democrats in a coalition government, and Genscher became minister of the interior.
1974-1985 – Chairman of the West German Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei; FDP).
– Foreign minister in both Social Democratic Party and Christian Democratic Union–Christian Social Union ministries, before and after German unification.
1989–1990 – Worked vigorously for German reunification and became the first foreign minister of the unified Germany.
1992-1998 – He resigned from the cabinet but remained a member of the Bundestag until his retirement.