Berlin, Friedrichswerda, Cölln, Friedrichstadt and Dorotheenstadt are merged. The Royal Residence and Capital Berlin is created.
The German Customs Union is constituted among 18 German states and serves as an economic unification of the individual federal states. It is the precursor of the German Empire.
German entrepreneur and founder of the Quelle mail order company Günter Schickedanz was born.
The BGB – Bürgeliches Gesetzbuch (German Civil Code) comes into force in the German Reich. It is applicable private law for all German countries.
The Saarland is incorporated into the FRG. It becomes the 10th state of the then Federal Republic of Germany.
The current age of majority in the FRG is lowered from 21 to 18.
Start of the Ludwigshafen cable television pilot project with broadcasting operations.
Introduction of Hartz IV as a huge labor market reform.
A minimum wage of 8.50Eur is introduced in Germany.