Wernher von Braun

German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect (1912–1977)

Wernher von Braun was born in Prussia, Germany.
Family moved to Berlin, Brandenburg.
Treaty of Versailles signed, no mention of rocketry.
Attended boarding school at Ettersburg Castle.
Changed schools to Hermann-Lietz-Internat on Spiekeroog island.
Fritz von Opel initiates Rocket Rumble fad, inspiring teenage von Braun.
von Braun attended Technische Hochschule Berlin, joined Spaceflight Society.
Von Braun expresses desire to travel to Moon
Von Braun attends ETH Zürich in Switzerland and assists in writing a book about liquid-propellant rockets
von Braun graduated with a diploma in mechanical engineering.
Von Braun receives Mechanical Engineering degree from Technical University of Berlin
German Army connects with von Braun for missile research
Nazi Party comes to power in Germany
Von Braun joined SS horseback riding school.
von Braun graduated with a doctorate in physics from Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Berlin.
Von Braun's classified thesis on A2 rocket completed.
Von Braun receives doctorate in physics from Berlin University.
Von Braun joined the Nazi Party
Officially demanded to join National Socialist Party.
Von Braun signs affidavit for U.S. Army
Magnus Freiherr von Braun passed away.
Hermann Oberth's contributions to astronautics recognized
Von Braun influenced by Oberth.
von Braun's error in ascertaining a year deliberate or not
Von Braun's membership in Nazi Party, Karlshagen group
Von Braun's complex attitude towards Nazi regime.
FBI examines von Braun's background; no derogatory info found.
von Braun appointed technical advisor at Peenemünde Army Research Center
Von Braun joined SS as Untersturmführer.
SS-Colonel Müller visits author about joining SS
Meeting with Dr. Dornberger regarding SS involvement
First successful launch of A-4 rocket
von Braun promoted to SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Von Braun works on guided missiles, meets Hitler
Von Braun's team tests rockets in aircraft
Goddard's work used by von Braun in Nazi V-2 rockets.
V-2 rocket crashed in Sweden; parts sent to Annapolis lab.
Wernher von Braun designed the V2 rocket
Aircraft flown with rocket power alone by Warsitz
Arthur Rudolph endorsed using concentration camp prisoners in V-2 rocket program.
Von Braun conditionally released for V-2 program
Heinrich Himmler meets von Braun at Feldkommandostelle Hochwald HQ.
Von Braun and colleagues express regret over war
von Braun detained; held in Gestapo cell.
V-2 crosses Kármán line; first object in space.
First combat A-4 (V-2) launched toward England
Soviet Army approached Peenemünde, von Braun planned surrender
Von Braun and team resumed work in Bleicherode and surrounding towns
U.S. Army recovered 14 tons of V-2 documents from British Occupation Zone
Von Braun and Peenemünde team sign US Army contract
FBI found no record of Von Braun's arrest.
French resistance fighter testifies about von Braun's brutal treatment
Annual General Meeting of the Company.
Company-wide Performance Review Initiated.
Product Launch Event for New Innovation.
Provided solutions to aerospace engineering problems
Hitler orders production of A-4 vengeance weapon.
Von Braun presents A-4 launch movie to Hitler.
von Braun's religious conversion after WWII
RAF Bomber Command's Operation Hydra raids on Peenemünde
Development of V-2 rockets using slave labor
Experiments with Walter's hydrogen peroxide rockets for aircraft.
Walter firm commissioned to build rocket engine for He-112.
Former Buchenwald inmate accuses von Braun of picking slave laborers
Prof. Wernher von Braun witnessed cruelty, corpses near the ambulance shed.
Von Braun aware of prisoner treatment in WWII
Von Braun suffers a complicated fracture in a car accident.
Von Braun hospitalized again to realign fractured bones.
Allied forces capture Oberammergau, seizing engineering team.
Von Braun fled with rocket developers to mountains
Von Braun's team surrenders to the U.S. 44th Infantry Division
Decision to entrust new warfare means to a nation.
U.S. Army evacuates von Braun and chiefs by Jeep
Soviet attempt to kidnap von Braun using English uniforms foiled by Americans
Herman Potočnik introduces rotating space station concept.
Von Braun detained and interrogated at Kransberg Castle.
Transfer of von Braun to U.S. approved
First seven technicians arrive in the US
Transfer of von Braun announced to public
Article exposes von Braun's team in US, criticized by Einstein & Dingell
Military personnel trained in rockets at Fort Bliss.
V-2 missiles refurbished, assembled, and launched at White Sands.
Future potential of rockets studied for military and research.
Religious conversion to Evangelical Christianity in El Paso, Texas.
Von Braun transferred to Huntsville, Alabama
Von Braun led Army's rocket development team at Redstone Arsenal
Dr. von Braun says rocket flights possible to moon.
Von Braun published space station concept in Collier's Weekly
Von Braun published The Mars Project outlining human mission.
Von Braun became Chief of Guided Missiles Development Division
Launch of Explorer 1, America's first satellite.
Visited a church in Fort Bliss, Texas
Astronauts establish lunar base in Sinus Roris
First broadcast of 'Man in Space' TV film.
von Braun publishes booklet on lunar landing concept.
W. Albert Wilson spoke of von Braun's conversion at a Gideons conference.
Publication of Von Braun's novel 'Project Mars: A Technical Tale'
Joined an Episcopal congregation, became increasingly religious.
Publicly spoke and wrote about the complementarity of science and religion.
Stated belief in the afterlife of the soul and in God.
Interviewed by Assemblies of God pastor C. M. Ward.
Met privately with evangelist Billy Graham and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Von Braun develops space station concept for US space superiority
Commissioned in the military, entry backdated to 1934
Launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union.
NASA established by law
50th Redstone rocket launched from Johnston Atoll
Von Braun became the director of Marshall Space Flight Center
Failed 4 inch mission due to power plug issue
Successful Mercury-Redstone 2 mission
Successful test mission with Redstone and boilerplate capsule
Alan Shepard launched into space in Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7)
Apollo 11 launched for historic Moon mission
Von Braun ended his directorship at Marshall Space Flight Center
Instrumental in developing U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.
Guided America's entry into the Space Race from a displayed desk.
Instrumental in launching the Applications Technology Satellite.
Traveled to India to bring educational TV project for the poorest.
von Braun's Antarctica field trip with NASA
von Braun engaged to Dorothee Brill
von Braun had an affair with a French woman
Marries Maria Luise von Quistorp in Germany
Returns to Manhattan with wife, father, and mother
Von Braun confirms staying as center director for Apollo Applications Program.
Von Braun relocated to Washington, D.C. for NASA post
Von Braun retired from NASA due to budget constraints
Von Braun developed the idea of Space Camp.
First daughter, Iris Careen, is born at Fort Bliss
von Braun becomes naturalized citizen of the US
Von Braun becomes VP at Fairchild Industries
Von Braun diagnosed with kidney cancer
Established and promoted National Space Institute
Became scientific consultant to Lutz Kayser and Daimler-Benz director
Retired from Fairchild due to deteriorating health
Awarded 1975 National Medal of Science while hospitalized
Von Braun seen with two girlfriends in the evenings