Millowitsch, Willy b. January 8, 1909 d. September 20, 1999 German folk actor of theatre and television. Founder and owner of the "Volksbyhne" ("Volksbuhne" or "Volksbuehne") in Cologne. Honorary citizen of Cologne. His funeral was broadcast on German television and the service was celebrated in the "Klner Dom", Germany's biggest cathedral, a privilege usually granted only to the Archbishops of Cologne. Cause of death: Heart failure Melatenfriedhof, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Schulte, Cardinal. Karl Joseph b. September 14, 1871 d. March 11, 1941 Religious Leader. Archbishop of Cologne and Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in Valbert, he studied at the Seminary of Essen before being ordained on March 22, 1895. From 1895 to 1909, he did pastoral work in the diocese of Paderborn and was a faculty member of its seminary. He was elected bishop of Paderborn by its chapter, on November 30, 1909 and confirmed by the pope, on February 7, 1910. Ten years later, on March 8, 1920, he was promoted to the metropolitan see of Cologne. Pope Benedict XV...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Hohe Domkirche Sankt Peter und Maria, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Stockhausen, Karlheinz b. August 22, 1928 d. December 5, 2007 Composer. Considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Born in Mödrath, Germany, Stockhausen studied at the Cologne Musikhochschule and in 1950 was admitted to the class of Swiss composer Frank Martin. He then worked with composer Karel Goeyvaerts in Paris, where he lived for several years. His breakthrough came in 1956, with the release of "Gesang der Junglinge" (Song of the Youths), which blended electronic sounds with the human voice. Four years later, he released...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Kürten Friedhof, Kurten, Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Svensson (Sveinsson), Jón Stefán b. November 16, 1857 d. October 16, 1944 Author. Best known in Germany as well as the rest of Europe as the author of the "Nonni" children's books, about his happy childhood in Iceland and later world travels. Sadly, his father died when he was 12 and he then traveled to Amiens, France, via Denmark, as he had been awarded a scholarship. He converted to Catholicism and became a member of the Jesuit order. Ordained to the priesthood in Liverpool in 1890, he was the first Icelandic priest since the Reformation. He began to write the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Melatenfriedhof, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Theophano Sklerina of Byzantium b. 956 d. June 15, 991 German Monarch, Roman Empress. On April 14. 972 she married in Rome Otto II., son and co-regent of emperor Otto I. and empress Adelheid, and was crowned empress herself. While the relationship toward her husband was destined by love, the relationship with her mother in law was very tense. The situation became unbearable when Otto I. died in May 973. Adelheid had to leave the court and went as regent for her son to Italy. She gave birth to one son and three daughters. On December 24. 983 her son...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Saint Pantaleon Church, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Three Wise Men (Dreikonigsschrein) The three wise men from The Bible that came bearing gifts for Jesus on the night of his birth. The relics of the Three Wise Men were given to archbishop Reinald von Dassel in 1165 by Emperor Barbarossa, who had taken them from Milan as spoils of war after he conquered the city. The archbishop took them to Cologne and had a shrine built for them, most of which was crafted by Nikolaus von Verdun. The shrine became the destination of countless pilgrimages since then. Hohe Domkirche Sankt Peter und Maria*, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Van Nes Ziegler, John 'Big John' b. May 20, 1921 d. November 14, 2006 Politician and Lawyer. Mayor of Cologne. He began his political career during his law school days, as leader of the Socialist German Student Society (the student organization of the SDP Party) from 1948 to 1951, as the successor to future German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. In 1953 he became a member of the state parliament of Nordrhein-Westfalen and also became part of the city council of Cologne in 1956. He was president of the state parliament from 1966 to 1970 and again from 1980 to 1985. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Melatenfriedhof, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Von Mevissen, Gustav b. May 20, 1815 d. August 13, 1899 German Businessman, Banker, and Politician. Born Gustav Mevissen in Dülken, in the Krefeld region of the Rhineland, to a merchant family, he became a major businessman and banker in Cologne. He founded many companies, organizations, and banks, including the Rheinische Railway Company, the Agrippina Insurance Group (now part of Zurich Financial Services), the Darmstaeter Bank (now part of the Dresdener Bank), and the Rheinische Zeitung (newspaper), which he used to popularize his liberal...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Melatenfriedhof, Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany