Hans, Peter, Balthasar, et al, Fillbrunn probably
weren’t aware of much going on in the world other than what happened
in the Odenwalds where they lived.
Even Johann Peter, John and Peter may have known little of events
outside the United States. To
get some feeling of what those distant times were like – and to remind
you of some 19th and 20th Century events - here
is a casual (and irreverent) table of goings-on in the world at significant
periods during the past five centuries of Fillbrunn/Filbrun Family History.
– Hans Fillbrunn Born (?)
Earl of Gloucester becomes King Richard
III after allegedly doing in his young nephew, Edward V, in the
Tower of London.
Martin Luther is born; Catholicism’s
hold on Germany begins to weaken as Middle
King John II of Portugal refuses to finance
Columbus’ voyage to “The New World”.
(Spain comes through for Chris twelve years later.)
Leonardo DaVinci invents parachute (an
invention four centuries before its time.)
1535 – Peter Fillbrunn Born (circa)
Portuguese and Spanish Inquisitions begin;
bonfires of unrecanting heretics light early Renaissance Era skies.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s uncensored “Canterbury
Tales” are published.
John Calvin expelled from Catholic Church
for heresy; religious revolts escalate.
King Henry VIII starts his marry-‘em,
1610 – Hans Jakob Fillbrunn Born
V succeeds his father in the family business as Palatine Elector.
writes “A Winter’s Tale”, one of last of his 40 plays.
newspaper in Europe printed at Strasbourg, Germany, but readership
limited to the literate few.
King James Authorized
Version of the Bible is first published.
1679 – Alexander Mack (Son of Christina Filbrun Mack) Born
his earliest known cello, now worth millions.
Penny post mail
first established in London (junk mail for ha’penny?).
– Part I” by John Bunyan is first published.
Louisiana Territory for France.
1719 – Balthasar Fillbrunn Born
moved from Heidelberg to Mannheim.
writes “Robinson Crusoe” (or “T.G.I. Friday”.)
Governor of New
York authorizes trade with Indians; trinket business booms.
bring first rifles to America as carry-on luggage.
1797 – Johann Peter Fillbrunn (Peter Fillbrun) Born
Napoleon marries Josephine; assumes command
of French forces.
George Washington refuses to accept 3rd
term as President; dies soon afterwards.
Ludwig van Beethoven starts his string
of hits by composing Symphony No. 1.
Rosetta Stone discovered in Egypt making
the deciphering of hieroglyphics possible.
1826 – John Henry Filbrun Born
dies at Monticello, age 83.
Cooper writes “The Last of the Mohicans”.
Unter der Linden
in Berlin is first German street to be lit by gas.
publishes first American dictionary.
1840 – Peter Filbrun Born
Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
organizes first baseball game in Cooperstown, New York.
U. S. population
reachs 17 million; still lags behind Great Britain’s 18.5 million.
1886 – Edward Charles Filbrun Born
invents dynamite; earnings later fund “Nobel Peace Prize”(!)
Alaska to U.S. for $7.2 million; cost considered exorbitant by Congress.
Amendment to the Constitution abolishes slavery 21 years after Civil
writes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland".
1912 – Robert Kenneth Filbrun Born
wins U.S. Presidential election.
Kasimir Funk coins term “vitamine”, unleashing health food stores
on the world.
sinks on maiden voyage drowning 1,513 (1,514 if you count Leonardo
Theory of psychoanalysis
is published by C. G. Jung.
1941 – Norman Dean Filburn (sic) Born
attacked; U.S. declares war on Japan, German and Italy.
movie, “Citizen Kane”, opens to acclaim of all except W. R.
horse racing Triple Crown.
Bonds and Stamps go on sale to help finance World War II.
1964 – William Andrew Filbrun Born
divorces Eddie Fisher; 10 days later she marries Richard Burton
for the first time.
finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.
The Watusi, Frug,
Monkey, Funky Chicken, and other varieties of the Twist drive many
to new dance halls called “discotheques”.
escalate war with attacks on North Vietnam bases.