Chronography of Austria

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2/11/2020, A major terror attack took place in Vienna. 4 people were killed and 23 injured, several seriously, when an Islamist radicalised Austrian-North Macedonian man went on the rampage with a gun and a knife.

15/10/2017, Elections in Austria produced gains for the far-right party, over issues of immigration.

22/5/2016, In Austrian Presidential elections, Mr Norbert Hofer of the far-Right lost to Mr Alexander Van der Bellen of the Greens by the narrow margin of 0.6%. The result was connected to rising concern about migration into Europe from Asia and Africa.

26/4/2008, Police arrested Josef Fritzl in Amstetten, Austria, after he held women and children for years in a dungeon below his home. He was jailed for life in March 2009.

14/6/2007, Kurt Waldheim, President of Austria from 1985, also UN Secretary General 1972-82, died (born 21/12/1918).

20/2/2006, British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison by an Austrian court for Holocaust denial.

11/11/2000, A fire on a funicular railway in the Austrian ski resort of Kaprun killed 155 holidaymakers.

3/10/2000, In Austrian Parliamentary elections, the radical Right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) became the second-largest Party.

5/2/2000, Jorg Haider�s extreme Right wing Freedom Party joined the Austrian coalition Government. There was international condemnation.

8/7/1992, Thomas Klestil became President of Austria

24/9/1991, A mummified 5,000 year old corpse was found in the Austrian Alps. It was named �Otzi�, and revealed much about Bronze Age life in Europe.

21/1/1987, In Austria, a coalition government under Dr Franz Ranitzky took office.

8/6/1986, Kurt Waldheim was elected president of Austria, amid controversy over his alleged collaboration with the Nazis in World War Two.He was inaugurated on 8/7/1986.

18/11/1977, Kurt von Schuschnigg, Austrian politician, died.

21/12/1975, Left wing terrorists, including Carlos The Jackal, kidnapped delegates of an OPEC conference in Vienna. They killed three hostages, extorted US$ 3 million, and vanished into the Middle East.

1/3/1970, Socialists won an unexpected victory in Austrian general elections.

22/6/1956, In Austria, following the general election of 13/5/1956, Julius Raab formed a coalition government of the People�s Party and the Socialists.

26/10/1955, Last foreign troops left Austria.

15/5/1955. Austria became de jure an independent state within its 1937 borders under the Austrian State Treaty, signed by the USA, USSR, France, and Britain (see 7/1/1946). All the four-power occupation forces were withdrawn by 26/10/1955. On 5/11/1955 Austria declared itself constitutionally to be permanently neutral.

30/12/1954, Archduke Eugen, Austrian Field Marshal, died aged 91.

30/10/1953, Demonstrations in Austria against continued Allied occupation.

1950, An attempted Communist coup in Austria failed.

7/1/1946. Austria was established as a de facto independent state, divided into four zones of military occupation, as was Germany. See 15/5/1955. Vienna was also divided into four zones, apart from the Innere Stadt district which was occupied jointly by all four powers (Britain, France, the USA, and the USSR).

For more events of World War Two in Europe see World War Two

11/8/1939, The Axis Conference opened at Salzburg.

For Austrian referendum 1939 on joining Germany, see France-Germany

22/4/1937. The Austrian Chancellor, Schuschnigg, met Mussolini.

21/5/1936, In Austria, Kurt Schusnigg was made leader of the Fatherland Front, the only permitted Party.

1/4/1936. Austria introduced conscription.

4/7/1935, Austria, encouraged by Mussolini, abolished anti-Hapsburg laws and restored some imperial property.

14/3/1935, Anton Rintelen was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the July Putsch.

30/4/1934, Chancellor Dollfuss became dictator of Austria.

28/3/1934, Austria banned jokes about the small size of Chancellor Dolfuss.

17/2/1934. A Socialist revolt in Austria was brutally crushed.

30/1/1934. All Austrian political parties were banned except the 'Fatherland Front'.

10/11/1933. Dollfuss declared martial law in Austria.

29/3/1933, Austrian Nazis staged a large demonstration, in defiance of Chancellor Dollfuss. Meanwhile Germany instituted a punitive 1,000 Mark tourist tax on any German visiting Austria, which severely damaged the Austrian tourist industry.

7/3/1933. Chancellor Dollfuss suspended the Austrian Parliament.

4/11/1932, Thomas Klestil, 10th President of Austria, was born in Vienna (died 2004).

27/7/1932, Archduchess Gisela of Austria died, aged 76.

20/5/1932, Engelbert Dolfuss, Austrian Chancellor, formed a coalition government of Christian Socialists and Agrarians.

13/9/1931, In Austria, an attempted Fascist coup by the Heimwehr under Dr Pfrimer failed.

9/11/1930. Social Democrats won elections to the Austrian Parliament.

26/9/1929, John Schrober became chancellor of Austria.

30/4/1929, Ernst Streeruwitz was appointed Chancellor of Austria.

5/12/1928, Wilhelm Miklas was elected President of Austria, succeeding Michael Hainish.

15/7/1927. Vienna faced a General Strike as Socialists rioted. The left wing was upset that Austrian courts were much more lenient on offences committed by right-wing offenders, even up to murder.

15/10/1926, Ignaz Seipel formed a Christian Socialist Government in Austria, replacing Rudolf Ramek.

15/7/1926, In Vienna, 2 Right-wing militia men were acquitted of murder., this led to riots between Socialist and Right wing groups in which 85 protestors and 4 policemen died.

9/12/1920, Michael Hainish elected first President of Austria.

10/9/1919, The Treaty of St Germain was signed by the Allies with Austria at the Paris Peace Conference. Austria had to pay large reparations to the Allies, and recognise the independence of Yugoslavia, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

10/6/1919, Austria protested against the terms of the Paris Peace Conference.

11/5/1919, The population of Vorarlberg, the westernmost province of Austria, voted for union with Switzerland by a large majority.However this transfer was not supported by the Allies or the Swiss Government, and Vorarlberg became one of the nine Austrian Bundeslander.

21/12/1918, Kurt Waldheim, President of Austria from 1985, also UN Secretary General 1972-82, was born (died 14/6/2007).

12/11/1918, The Republic of Austria was declared, ending the Hapsburg Dynasty, as Emperor Charles abdicated.

10/4/1918, A congress of Austrian-subject peoples was held in Rome.

For main European events of World War One see France-Germany

21/11/1916. Emperor Franz Josef, ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire since 1848, died. He was succeeded by his 29-year old grandson, Charles I.

23/7/1914. Austria determined that the government of Serbia was involved in the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on 28/6/1914, and sent an ultimatum to the President of Serbia, Narodna Odbrana, drafted so as to prepare for war with Serbia. The terms were designed to be too humiliating for Serbia to accept. In fact Serbia accepted most of the terms, but insisted that an Austro-Serbian judicial enquiry into the assassination would be subject to Serbian law, and Austria rejected this condition. See 28/7/1914. Austria�s real issue with Serbia was that it blocked potential Austrian territorial expansion southwards into the Balkans, to give Austria domination of the Aegean Sea.

5/12/1912, Italy, Germany and Austria renewed their Triple alliance for a further six years.

15/11/1908. Austria sent troops to the Serbian frontier.

7/10/1908. Austria annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina, taking advantage of instability within the Ottoman Empire. Though formally part of the Ottoman Empire, its Serb-Croat population favoured union with Serbia. Other European countries were shocked at Austria�s move. Serbia was especially angry that Serbs in the region had not got autonomy. However Russia agreed with Austria not to oppose this annexation in return for Austria supporting the opening of the Dardanelles to Russian warships. Turkey accepted cash compensation for the loss of Bosnia and Hercegovina on 12/1/1909. See 1/12/1908.

7/7/1907, Germany, Austro-Hungary and Italy renewed their Triple Alliance for another 6 years.

10/1/1907, Austria passed a Bill giving the vote to all males aged 24 and over.

11/3/1904, The Army Bill was passed in Hungary (see 16/9/1903), despite Magyar obstruction, using the guillotine. See 16/9/1903.

16/9/1903, Franz Joseph of Austria proposed to bring Hungarian Army regiments in under a unified military command. This provoked opposition from the Magyars. However see 11/3/1904.

13/7/1903, Benjamin von Kallay, Austro-Hungarian statesman, died (born 22/12/1839).

23/6/1902, Germany, Austro-Hungary, and Italy renewed the Triple Alliance.

8/8/1900, Czech members of the Austrian Reichsrat disrupted the sitting for 7 hours with noisy cymbals and trumpets.

30/1/1889, Archduke Rudolph of Austria was found deat at his hunting lodge at Mayerling outside Vienna. He had shot his 17-year-old mistress Baroness Marie Vetser and then himself. He left no direct heir, so his 25-year-old nephew Franz Ferdinand became heir-apparent.

10/9/1898, Elizabeth, consort of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, was stabbed to death by anarchist Luigi Luccheni.

14/12/1897, Kurt Schusnigg, Austrian politician, was born.

30/7/1897, Alfred Arneth, Austrian historian, died (born 10/7/1819).

18/2/1895, Friedrich Albert, Austrian Field Marshal, died (born 3/8/1817 in Vienna).

4/10/1892, Engelbert Dolfuss, Austrian dictator, was born.

6/5/1891, The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria, and Italy was renewed.

2/12/1889, Aloys Karolyi, Austro-Hungarian diplomat, died (born 8/8/1825).

24/10/1886, Friedrich Beust, Austrian statesman, died near Vienna (born in Dresden 13/1/1809).

20/5/1882, Austria formed a Triple Alliance with Germany and Italy; this threatened Russia.

27/4/1881, Ludwig Benedek, Austrian General, died in Graz ( born in Odenburg, Hungary 14/7/1804).

20/2/1887, The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria and Italy was renewed for a further 5 years.

8/7/1876, The Austrian and Russian foreign Ministers, Andrassy and Gorchakov, met at the Reichstadt in Bohemia to discuss the future of the Balkans on the conclusion of the current conflict.

29/6/1875, Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, died (born 19/4/1793).


Dual Austro-Hungarian administration established, 1867

15/3/1867, Austria and Hungary buried their differences and agreed to joint rule, sharing defence, foreign, and financial matters but with separate parliaments. However the Czechs, annoyed by the minor role they were given in this arrangement, walked out of the Parliament on 22/8/1868.

8/2/1867, As Prussia became increasingly powerful under Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck and King Wilhelm I, political differences between Germany and the Hapsburgs of Austria, who had ruled Austria since 1278, increased. This weakened Austria to the point where Hungary threatened to break away. To save the unity of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was forced (the �ausgliech� or �compromise�) to agree to a Dual Monarchy, where each State had a separate government and a convoluted system of joint Ministers to oversee the Empire. However this in turn alienated ethnic minorities within Austro-Hungary, ultimately sparking off demands for Serbian independence and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that led to World War One.


3/10/1866, A peace treaty was concluded between Austria and Italy.Austria surrendered Venetia to Italy.

23/8/1866. The Treaty of Prague was signed, ending the war between Austria and Prussia. Austria agreed to withdraw from the German Confederation, renounced its claim on Schleswig-Holstein, and ceded Venetia to Italy.

26/7/1866, The preliminary Peace Treaty of Nikolsburg was signed between Austria and Prussia.

24/6/1866, The Italians fighting the Austrians were defeated at Custozza.

14/6/1866, The brief Austro-Prussian War began, over a dispute between Prussia and Austria over the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. For more details see Germany 1866


Austro-Piedmont War 1859, for more details see Italy

10/11/1859, A peace treaty signed at Zurich ended the war between France, allied to Piedmont, and Austria. The effects of the treaty were crucial in the unification of Italy. Under its terms, Lombardy passed from Austria to Piedmont, with the exception of the Quadrilateral forts (see 24/6/1859) which were retained by Austria. Piedmont compensated France 60 million lire for the cost of the war with Austria. Plebiscites were held in various territories to determine which State they would join.

10/7/1859, The Treaty of Villafranca was signed between France and Austria.

24/6/1859, At the Battle of Solferino, Lombardy, Italy, the French under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians.

4/6/1859, The Battle of Magenta. France defeated Austrian forces and captured Milan.

30/5/1859, Battle of Palestro; Austria defeated by Piedmont.

20/5/1859, Italian Wars of independence, Austria defeated by Piedmont.

See Italy for War of Italian Independence against Austria

For more on Austro-Piedmont War 1859 see Italy

3/5/1859. France declared war on Austria.


11/6/1859, Clemens Metternich, Austrian statesman, died.

5/1/1858, Joseph Radedtsky, Austrian Field-Marshal and national hero, died in Milan aged 91.

2/12/1854, Austria formed a strategic alliance with Britain and France.

24/4/1854, Elizabeth married Archduke Ferdinand, Emperor of Austria.

14/3/1853, Julius Haynau, Austrian general, died (born 1786).

24/6/1852, Viktor Adler, Austrian politician (died 12/11/1918) was born.

25/3/1849, Agenor Goluchowski, Austrian statesman, was born.


Demands for Austrian constitutional reform, ultimately watered down, 1848-49

4/3/1849, A final new constitution was introduced in Austria, with watered-down reforms including limited siuffrage, a reformed judiciary and the abolition of feudalism and serfdom. The population was coereced into accepting this by the invitation to Russian troops (issued 5/1849) to �protect� Austro-Hungasry.

2/12/1848, Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria abdicated in favour of his nephew, Francis Joseph. The Reichstag was moved out to Moravia, then dismissed entirely.

6/10/1848, Renewed popular uprising in Vienna, as reforms stalled. It was harshly suppressed three days later.

8/4/1848, A new Austrian constitution, the Pillersdorf Constitution, was prepared. This proposed a constitutional monarchy and universal suffrage. However the Austrian Prime Minister attempted to block its implementatoion by dissolving trhe Reichstag and arresting reformers. The entire reforming process then stalled because Austria was facing regional problems.

15/3/1848, Emperor Ferdinand of Austria made concessions to the agitants, promising a liberal conasitution amnd freedom of the press.

13/8/1848, Peaceful demonstrationa in central Vienna demanding political reform turned violent and spread to the suburbs. The Austrian Metternich Government was frightened.


30/4/1847, Charles, Archduke of Austria, died (born 5/9/1771).

6/11/1846, Following uprisings in March 1846, the small republic of Cracow was annexed to Austrian-controlled Galicia, losing its independence.

22/12/1839, Benjamin von Kallay, Austro-Hungarian statesman, was born (died 23/7/1903).

24/12/1837, Elizabeth, consort of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, was born.

2/3/1835, Francis II, last Holy Roman Emperor, died. He was succeeded, as Emperor of Austria only, by his 4-year-old son, Ferdinand I.

29/12/1832, Gustav Kalnocky, Austro-Hungarian statesman, was born (died 13/2/1898).

18/8/1830, Birth of Franz-Joseph I, Emperor of Austria who invaded Serbia, ultimately starting World War One.

22/10/1828, Karl Mack von Leiberich, Austrian soldier, died (born 25/8/1752).

8/8/1825, Aloys Karolyi, Austro0Hungarian diplomat, was born (died 2/12/1889).

3/8/1817, Friedrich Albert, Austrian Field Marshal, was born in Vienna (died 18/2/1895).

10/7/1819, Alfred Arneth, Austrian historian, was born in Vienna (died 1897).

15/3/1811, The Austrian state was bankrupt, due to inflation caused by soaring military expenditure.

20/2/1810, Andreas Hofer, Austrian patriot, died (born 22/11/1767).

8/10/1809, Metternich was appointed Austrian Foreign Minister.

13/1/1809, Friedrich Beust, Austrian statesman, was born Dresden (died near Vienna 24/10/1886).


Austria and the Napoleonic Wars, 1805-09

14/10/1809. Austria signed the Peace of Schonbrunn, ceding its Illyrian provinces to France.Austria lost Galicia, Salzburg, and Istria.

12/7/1806, The ruler of Austria, then Francis II, dropped the title Holy Roman Emperor, at Napoleon�s insistence, after 1,000 years of possessing this title.

26/12/1805, Austria abandoned the Third Coalition by signing the Peace of Pressburg with France.Austria was forced to surrender Venetia to the Kingdom of Italy, newly founded by Napoleon.Austria also surrendered Tyrol to Bavaria and its remaining Swabian lands to Wurttemberg and Baden.

See France-Germany for more events of Napoleonic Wars

20/10/1805, The outnumbered French army of Napoleon defeated an Austrian army at Ulm. Napoleon had already realised he cold not gain control of the English Channel, or overcome British naval supremacy, so before the Battle of Trafalgar he had directed his forces eastwards, against Austria. Austria had to submit to the Treaty of Pressburg, by which Venetia was ceded to the French Kingdom of Italy and the States of the Lower Rhine were forced into the Confederation of the Rhine, a French dependency. The Electors of Bavaria and Wurttemberg became Kings independent of Austria, and Austria had to pay Napoleon a war contribution of 40 million francs.


14/7/1804, Ludwig Benedek, Austrian General, was born in Odenburg, Hungary (died in Graz 27/4/1881).

24/11/1801, Franz Lacy, Austrian Field Marshal, died (born 21/10/1725).

27/6/1794, Wenzel Kaunitz-Rietburg, Austrian statesman, died (born 2/2/1711).

19/4/1793, Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria, was born (died 29/6/1875).

20/2/1790, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, died. His reforms had provoked rebellion in Belgium and Hungary. He was succeeded by his brother, Archduke Leopold, the Grand Duke of Tuscany; in July 1790 he was elected Holy Roman Emperor as Leopold II.

13/10/1781, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II gramted a patent of religious tolerance within the empire, along with freedom of the press.

29/11/1780, Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria, wife of Emperor Francis I (1745-65) died in Vienna. Her son, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, became sole ruler of the Hapsburg lands.

13/5/1779, At the Peace of Teschen, Austria made peace with Frederick of Prussia.Austria received a small part of Bavaria, the Innvertiel, and renounced all claims to the Bavarian inheritance.

5/9/1771, Charles, Archduke of Austria, was born (died 30/4/1847).

6/5/1769, Ferdinand III, Archduke of Austria, was born (died 6/1824).

22/11/1767, Andreas Hofer, Austrian patriot, was born (died 20/2/1810).

2/11/1766, Joseph Radetsky, Austrian Field Marshal, was born in Trebnitz, near Tabor.

5/2/1766, Leopold Daun, Austrian Field Marshal, died (born 24/9/1705).


Seven Years War1756-63

15/2/1763, Austria, seeing hope for a decisive victory over Prussia recede with peace between Russia and Prussia, made peace with Prussia at Hubertusberg this day.Frederick evacuated Saxony but retained Silesia.Austria had failed to destroy Prussia before Prussian power was consolidated.

10/2/1763, The end of the Seven Years War. France ceded Canada to Britain at the Treaty of Paris. See 26/7/1758 and 13/9/1759. The same treaty gave Florida to Britain in exchange for Britain returning Cuba, which it had invaded on 12/8/1762, to Spain; Spain also regained Louisiana and the Philippines. Britain gained all of America east of the Mississippi. Britain also gained Minorca, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Tobago, St Vincent, Grenada, Dominica, and Senegal, as well as becoming pre-eminent in India; Britain therefore became the world�s major colonising power. Frederick of Prussia retained Silesia, which set Prussia on the road to also becoming a major European power.

29/10/1762, The Austrians were defeated at the Battle of Freiburg.The war was making Austria bankrupt and Austria was questioning whether the war was worth it for the recovery of one province.Austria and Prussia agreed on an armistice on 24/11/1762for the winter of 1762/3.

See also France-Germany for Seven Years War

9/10/1762, The Austrians under Daun were defeated by Prussia at Schweidnitz.

16/8/1762, The Austrians under Daun were defeated by Prussia at Reichenbach.

21/7/1762, The Austrians under Daun were defeated by Prussia at Burkersdorf.

16/12/1761 The Russians under Pyotr Aleksandrovitch Rumyantsev captured the Prussian port and fort of Kolberg. It had been a bad year for Frederick of Prussia, with French forces making progress eastwards in south western Germany, and the Austrians under Laudon capturing Schweidnitz on 1/10/1761, ensuring they could over-winter in Silesia. Frederick had failed to prevent the Russian Army, 50,000 strong, joining up with the 72,000-strong Austrian Army on 23/8/1761. Frederick�s biggest concern was that since the change of monarch and the resignation of Pitt in Britain, he could no longer rely on British support. Without a major change of fortune, Prussia faced certain defeat in 1762.

3/11/1760 Frederick of Prussia won the Battle of Torgau against the Austrians but failed to follow up this success and achieve his objective of capturing Dresden.

26/7/1760, The Austrians under Laudon captured Glatz from Prussia.

23/6/1760, The Austrians under Laudon defeated the Prussians at Landshut.

14/9/1759, The Austrians under Daun took Dresden from the Prussians.

12/8/1759, Frederick, who had been unable to prevent the Austrians under Daun and the Russians under Saltykov joining forces, was heavily defeated by them at Kunersdorf. Frederick lost 18,000 men in six hours. The Russians did not capitalise on this victory, but Daun then marched on Dresden.

21/11/1758, Austrian forces under Daun surrounded a Prussian force under General Finck at Maxen, forcing its surrender.

14/10/1758, The Austrians under Daun launched an unexpected counter-attack against the Prussians at Hochkirk; Prussian losses were 9,500 against 7,500 for the Austrians. Daun began an advance on Dresden, but fell back to Pirna when he heard of Frederick�s march on Lusatia. However the Austrian victory at Hochkirk raised French morale; they had been inclined to abandon the war against Prussia.

25/8/1758, Frederick of Prussia moved around Fermor�s east flank and his 36,000 men attacked the Russians at Zorndorf (Sarbinowo). Prussian losses were 13,500, against Russian casualties of 42,000 (21,000 killed). Frederick now left Christoph von Dohna to pursue the defeated Russians; Frederick moved south to assist his brother, Prince Henry, against the Austrians under Daun at Dresden.

16/4/1758, Frederick of Prussia defeated the Austrians at Schweidnitz, Silesia.

5/12/1757, Frederick of Prussia, now confronted by an Austrian army which had invaded Silesia and seized Breslau, defeated them this day at Leuthen and recovered Breslau, capital of Silesia. Frederick�s 43,000 men attacked the 72,000 Austrians under Charles of Lorraine with a sudden cavalry charge followed by a heavy artillery bombardment. Frederick�s losses amounted to 6,000, against 22,000 lost by Charles, including 12,000 taken prisoner. Meanwhile the Swedes, who had invaded Prussian Pomerania in September 1757 (without Russian approval), were also forced back into Swedish Pomerania, where they held against the Prussians at Stralsund. With the Russians under Apraksin also having retreated (see 30/8/1757), the was began to turn in Prussia�s favour.

22/11/1757, In Silesia, Austria took Breslau (Wroclaw) from Prussia.

11/11/1757, In Silesia, Austria took Schweidnitz (Swidnica) from Prussia.

7/9/1757, Prussian forces under Fredrick Francis of Brunswick-Bevern were defeated at Moys (Zgorzelec) in Silesia by the Austrians.

26/6/1757, Maximillian Browne, Austrian Field-Marshal, died (born 23/10/1705).

18/6/1757, Frederick, ruler of Prussia, sought to turn back an advancing Austrian army, 50,000 strong under von Daun, but was heavily defeated at Kolin this day.Frederick had to give up Bohemia and raise the siege of Prague.

6/5/1757, The Battle of Prague. Frederick�s Prussian Army of 64,000 routed an Austrian Army of 66,000 under Browne and Prince Charles of Lorraine. This defeat came before the Austrians could be reinforced by more troops under Leopold Joseph, Graf von Daun. 14,000 Austrians were killed, 16,000 escaped to join von Daun, and the rest fled into Prague itself where they were besieged by Frederick.

1/5/1757, Austria and France signed the Second Treaty of Versailles, allying themselves for an offensive against Prussia. Under this Treaty, Austria would regain Silesia (from Prussia) but would cede the Austrian Netherlands (to be divided between King Louis XV of France and his Spanish Bourbon cousin Philip Duke of Parma). Philip�s Italian possessions would revert to Austrian rule. France would garrison 105,000 of its troops in Prussia, in addition to supplying 30,000 men to the Austrian Army (increased from an earlier figure of 24,000). France would provide an annual subsidy to Austria of 12,000,000 livres. Meanwhile on 11/1/1757 France had concluded a secret treaty with Russia whereby France agreed to help Russia in the event of any attack on Russia by Turkey (contravening a long-standing detente between France and Turkey). In return for this Russia would supply 80,000 men against Prussia. All parties swore not to make separate peaces with Prussia, which was to be partitioned between the Allies.

1/10/1756, The Battle of Lobositz (midway between Dresden and Prague).The Prussians defeated the Austrians. Russia would have marched to help Austria against Prussia, but this would entail Russian troops crossing Poland. Although France would nominally have welcomed this, as it would relieve the French from helping Austria, and Poland was allied to France, in secret the French would not welcome any Russian influence upon Poland.


25/8/1752, Karl Mack von Leiberich, Austrian soldier, was born (died 22/10/1828).


War of the Austrian Succession 1740-48

1748, Comclusion of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). On the sudden death of Emperor Charles VI, Bavaria, Saxony and Spain, backed by France, refused to recognise the Pragmatic Sanction and invaded Bohemia and Upper Austria. Prussia put in a claim, and then invaded Silesia (Second Silesian War ended 1745). Bavaria withdrew its claim, and under the 1748 Treaty of Aachen the Hapsburgs retained all their dominions, excepting Silesia.

25/12/1745, The Peace of Dresden concluded the Second Silesian War.Frederick of Prussia retained Silesia, and recognised Francis as ruler of Austria.

15/12/1745, Frederick invaded Bohemia, and occupied most of Saxony.On this day his chief general, Leopold of Anhalt-Dessau, defeated the Austrians and Saxons at Kesselsdorf, near Dresden.

4/6/1745, The Austrians attacked Silesia, allied with troops from Saxony,but were defeated by Prussia at Hohenfriedburg.

26/1/1744, Ludwig Khevenhuller, Austrian Field Marshal, died.

28/7/1742, Maria Theresa of Austria made peace with Prussia; ceding control of all of Silesia to Prussia.

11/6/1742, The Peace of Breslau concluded the First Silesian War.Austria ceded most of Silesia along with Glatz to Prussia, retaining only the principalities of Troppau and Teschen.In return Frederick promised his neutrality.

17/5/1742, The Prussian cavalry defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Chotusitz.

10/4/1741, The German Emperor crossed the Silesian frontier, advanced as far as Breslau, and this day defeated an Austrian Army near Mollwitz.This was during the War of the Austrian Succession.

8/2/1741. Neisse and Brieg still held out but the Prussians stormed and occupied Glogau on 9/3/1741. At the Battle of Mollwitz, 10/4/1741, the Prussians narrowly won the day. Europe realised that Prussia was now a major military power and France sent an envoy, Marshal Belleisle, to negotiate an alliance with Frederick.The �Silesian adventure� now became the War of the Austrian Succession. France supported the Elector of Bavaria. Sweden was supposed to stop Russia attacking Prussia but on 3/9/1742 the Swedes were heavily defeated by the Russians at Wilmanstrand, and Sweden capitulated in 1742 at Helsingfors, the Swedish capital. At the Peace of Dresden, 25/12/1745 Frederick recognised the Elector of Bavaria as ruler of Austria in return for his acquiring Silesia. The war of the Austrian Succession ended on 18/10/1748 with the Peace of Aachen (Aix la Chapelle).

16/12/1740. Without a declaration of war. Frederick II of Prussia invaded Silesia, an Austrian province. He occupied Silesia quite easily, besieging the few towns of Glogau, Breig, and Neisse still held by the Austrians. In February 1741 Austria prepared to reconquer Silesia.

See also events in Germany

20/10/1740, Emperor Charles VI died unexpectedly. Maria Theresa, aged 23, became ruler of Austria. Frederick II of Prussia, taking advantage of Austria having a young female ruler, prepared to invade the wealthy Austrian provoince of Silesia. Meanwhile Bavaria and Saxony also had claims on Austrian lands (their claims supported by France), and Spain wanted the Italian provinces of Austria. Hungary supported Austria.


21/10/1725, Franz Lacy, Austrian Field Marshal, was born (died 24/11/1801).

2/2/1717, Ernst Loudon, Austrian soldier, was born (died 14/7/1789).

13/5/1717, Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria, was born in Vienna.

Accession of Maria Theresa, aged 23.


Austria defeats Ottoman Turkey, saves Vienna, annexes Hungary

22/8/1717. Austrian forces took Belgrade from the Ottoman Turks.

30/4/1711, The Peace of Szatmar effected a reconciliation between the absolutist Hapsburg Austrian monarchy and the Hungarians.

2/2/1711, Wenzel Kaunitz-Rietburg, Austrian statesman, was born (died 27/6/1794).

1691, Austria took Transylvania from the Ottomans,

6/7/1686. The Austrians took Buda from the Ottoman Turks and annexed Hungary.

11/9/1683. The conquering armies of Islam under Vizier Kara Mustafa were defeated at the gates of Vienna. The Turks had been besieging Vienna since July 1683. Relief came under Poland�s King John III and Charles, Duke of Normandy. The Ottoman Sultan ordered Mustafa to commit suicide.


23/10/1705, Maximillian Browne, Austrian Field-Marshal, was born (died 26/6/1757).

16/10/1680, Raimondo Montecucculi, Austrian General, died.

17/9/1679, Don John the Younger of Austria died (born 1629).

18/10/1634, Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, Austrian statesman (born 1568) died at Laibach.

22/7/1634, Johann Aldringer, Austrian military commander, died at the defence of Landshut against the Swedes on the Danube.

18/9/1630, Melchior Klesl, Austrian statesman, died.

11/11/1606, The Treaty of Zsitvatorok ended the Long War between the Hapsburgs and the Ottoman Empire.

24/1/1595, Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria of Austria died.

1/10/1578, Don John of Austria died (born 24/2/1545).

24/2/1545, Don John of Austria was born (died 1/10/1578).

29/8/1526, The Battle of Mohacs.The Turkish army under Suleiman I defeated the Hungarians under King Loius II, who was killed whilst retreating.Suleiman took Buda, whilst Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and John Zapolya, Prince of Transylvania, disputed over the succession. As a result of this dispute, Dubrovnik achieved independence, although it recognised Turkish overlordship. The Hapsburgs now ruled Bohemia and Hungary.

3/10/1369, Margaret Maultasch, Countess of Tirol, died.

1/11/1339, Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria, was born.

25/8/1278, Ottokar II, King of Bohemia, was killed in the Battle of Durnkrut. Ottokar II had previously lost a battle with Rudolf I of Hapsburg (Habichtsburg, or Hawk�s castle, a town now in Switzerland) in 1276; refusing to accept this defeat, he prepared to attack again. However Rudolf launched a pre-emptive strike, with 2,000 horsemen, and the support of Ladislav of Hungary. This battle paved the way for the rise of the Hapsburg Dynasty.

17/9/1156, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa confirmed Austria as a Duchy by the Priveligium Miuns Decree.

1155, The Margravate of Austria was made a Duchy after 180 years of rule by the Babenberg family.

976, The start of modern-day Austria, as a Margravate on the Danube granted by Holy Roman Emperor Otto II to the Franconian Count Leopold (Luipold); Leopold�s Babenberg family ruled the Margravate until 1246.


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