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Rau, Johannes

Born: 1931 AD
Died: 2006 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Politician

1931 – Born in Barmen Wuppertalv on the 16th of January.

1949 – Rau left school and worked as a journalist and publisher, especially with the Protestant Youth Publishing House.

1958 – He and his political mentor Gustav Heinemann joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

1964 – He served as deputy chairman of the SDP party of Wuppertal, and was elected later on to the City Council.

         – He served as chairman of the SDP Group.

1967 – He became chairman of the SPD fraction in the Landtag.

1969 – Lord mayor of Wuppertal.

1970  – Minister of Science and Education in the cabinet of Minister President Heinz Kühn.

1977 – Rau became Chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalia SPD.

1978 – Minister President of the state.

1987 – Rau tried to become chancellor of Germany for the SPD.

1994 – Rau tried for the first time to become Federal President, but lost to Roman Herzog.

1998 – Rau stepped down from his positions as SPD Chairman and Minister President.

1999 – On the 23rd of May, was elected Federal President by the Federal Assembly of Germany to succeed Roman Herzog.

2000 – Rau was the first German head of state since the Holocaust to address the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in German.

2006 – Died on the 27th of January in Berlin.

On July 1, 2004, he was succeeded by Horst Köhler.