1896 – Born on the 11th of December in Perpignan, France.
1908 – The family moved to Stuttgart where Schmid attended the prestigious humanist Karlsgymnasium
1914 – He passed his Abitur.
1918 – Schmid fought in the German army.
1921 – He studied law at the University of Tübingen after which he successfully sat the first.
1923 – He completed a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the renowned legal scholar Hugo Sinzheimer
1924 – Second Legal State Exam.
1927 – After working as a lawyer for a short time he was made a justice of Württemberg state.
1928 – He worked as a research assistant for the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut for foreign public law.
1929 – Schmid completed his Habilitation with a thesis on the jurisprudence of the Permanent Court of International Justice.
1930 – He worked as a Privatdozent at the University of Tübingen.
1940 – He was made legal counsel of the ‘Oberfeldkommandantur’ of the German occupation forces in Lille.
1946 – He was granted tenure as professor of public law at Tübingen.
– He acted as chairman of the SPD in Württemberg-Hohenzollern from.
1947 – He was member of the SPD board.
– Schmid was elected as representative in the Landtag of Württemberg-Hohenzollern.
1948 – Schmid was a member of the Parlamentarischer Rat, acting as leader of the SPD faction and chair of the Chief Committee, playing a pivotal role in the drawing up of the German Basic Law.
1949 – He was a member of the Federal Diet.
– He also served as vice-president of the Federal Diet.
1953 – He relinquished this position for a chair in Political Science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main.
1958 – He was also a member of the Presidium of the SPD and acted as a catalyst for party reform.
1961 – He was part of Willy Brandt’s shadow cabinet as shadow foreign minister.
1979 – Born on the 11th of December in Bonn.