August 11th 1919: Weimar Constitution adopted
On this day in 1919, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was officially adopted. The Republic was formed to govern Germany following World War One, and was intended to be a democratic federal republic with a parliament and president. The first president, Friedrich Ebert, signed the Constitution onto law on this day. The constitution was technically still valid during the Third Reich under Adolf Hitler, but he essentially ignored its provisions.
"The power of the state emanates from the people"
- First article of the constitution