September 4, 1824
Birth of Anton Bruckner in Ansfelden, Austria. Bruckner composed nine symphonies and three masses. Although controversial in his early years, Bruckner gained recognition during his lifetime and is held in high esteem today.
September 4, 1853
Birth of Hermann von Wissmann in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. He was one of the German explorers who opened the way to the founding of German colonies in East Africa.
September 4, 1842
After a pause of 284 years work starts once again on the building of the Cologne Cathedral. Begun in 1248, the construction of this Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages and was not completed until 1880. Over seven centuries, successive builders were inspired by the same faith and a spirit of absolute fidelity to the original plans. Apart from its exceptional intrinsic value and the artistic masterpieces it contains, Cologne Cathedral testifies to the enduring strength of European Christianity.
September 4, 1882
Birth of Leonhard Frank in Würzburg, Germany. Frank was an Expressionist novelist and dramatist. His works include Die Räuberbande, Der Mensch ist gut, and Die Ursache.
September 4, 1906
Birth of Max Delbrück in Berlin. Delbrück won the Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine in 1969 for his work on bacteriophages (viruses which infect bacteria).
September 4, 1965