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1850s
The First Kindergarten in the U.S. established by Mrs. Karl Schurz in Wisconsin.
1852
The Studebaker company became the world's largest producer of wagons. It later produced automobiles.
1860
Carl Schurz won the German-American vte for Lincoln by going on a 21,000 mile speaking tour which took hime from the middle west to the Pennsylvania Germans.
1860-1965
516,000 German-Americans fight for the Union. 500 officers in the Union army were born in Germany;of the 2,213,363 soldiers in the Union army, over 23% were German-Americans.
1871
Thomas Nast, the first great American Caricaturist, was intrumental in the destructin of Boss Tweed ring in New York City.
1874
Alfalfa introduced to the U.S. by Wendelin Grimm.
1877
Carl Schurz named Secretary of the Interior by President Hayes; first German-American to belong to the Cabinet. Alsp, the "original conservationist" because of efforts to prevent destruction of forests.
1884
The Brooklym Bridge, desigend by Johann A. Roebling, was built.
1886
Ottmar Mergenthaler invents the linotype machine which revolutionized the printing industry.
1892-1893
German-American slected as governors of Kentucy and Illinios.
1898
Admiral Windfield Schley destroyed the Spanish fleet at Santiago, Cuba during the Spanish-American war.
1917
General John Persing, A German-American, commanded the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
1928
Herbert Hoover becomes frst president of German descent.
1929
Some of the greatest stars of baseball history were German-Americans: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, and Frank Frisch, to mention afew.
1941-1945
One-third of the eleven million soldiers in the U.S. armed forces in world War II were of German descent. Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania-German descent. Other German-Americans were General Carl Spaatz and Admiral Chester Nimitz, cammander-in-cheif of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. 700 admirals and generals were German-Americans
1950
Wernher von Braun became head of the U.S. Army Ordinance Guided Missile Center and paved the way for the U.S. space program.
1958
Formation of the German-american National Congress in Chicago.
1968
Society for German-american Studies established in Youngstown, Ohio.
1974
Association for German Language Authors in america formed to further German-american Literature.
1980
52 million Americans are of German descent, according to the to the 1980 U. S. census.
1983
The German-American Tricentenniel celebrates the 300th anniversary of the founding of Germantown, the first German-American settlement.
1987
German-American Day was proclaimed; has been celebrated nationally ever since.
2008
The German-American Quadricentennial will celebrate the 400th annniversary of the arrival of the first Germans in America at Jamestown, Virginia.