1925 – The Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected president of the first German Republic, dies on February 28th at the age of 54.
1925 – On March 2nd the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is founded. Its purpose is, in the spirit of Friedrich Ebert, to further the political education of all Germans, regardless of their class, toward democracy, to support financially talented young students, and to promote a better understanding between Germany and other countries.
1933 – Prohibited by the National Socialists.
1946 – The FES is refunded.
1956 – The FES’s first adult political education center with boarding facilities is opened.
1963 – The development cooperation program is launched, financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
1969 – The Archive of Social Democracy and the FES Library are opened in Bonn
1990 – FES offices in the new German states and in the states of Middle and Eastern Europe are established.
1999 – A new conference center is opened in Berlin.Today – The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – the first political foundation in Germany – is a private non-profit cultural institution committed to the ideals and values of Social Democracy.