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Rau, Johannes

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Born: 1931 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 75 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Politician

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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.








   

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