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Belgium - Historical Events
Date Event
1057-08-02

Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X]

1302-07-11

Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch) near Kortrijk, Belgium. Flemish coalition defeat French army

1370-05-22

Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels, Belgium

1488-02-05

Roman catholic German emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium

1549-07-17

Jews are expelled from Ghent Belgium

1566-08-20

Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp, Belgium

1567-08-08

Duke of Alva's army enters Brussels, Belgium

1574-05-30

Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot)

1584-07-10

Spanish army leader Richebourg conquerors Liefkenshoek, Belgium

1786-09-05

Montplaisir Ceramic factory opens in Schaarbeek Belgium

1790-01-11

Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium

1795-10-01

Belgium is conquered by France.

1814-08-08

Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium

1815-03-16

Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium

1830-08-25

Belgium revolts against Netherlands and begins the Belgian Revolution

1830-10-04

Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands

1830-10-27

Major-General Baron D Chasse bombs Antwerp (Belgium revolution)

1830-12-20

Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium

1831-02-07

Belgium adopts its Constitution

1831-06-04

National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium

1831-07-21

Belgium gains independence from Netherlands, Leopold I made king

1831-08-02

Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium

1831-08-12

Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty

1832-11-23

French take Antwerp in liberation of Belgium

1833-11-18

Netherlands & Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven

1834-05-08

Prussia, Austria & Russia sign classified accord about Belgium

1839-04-19

Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy

1842-11-08

Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)

1865-07-26

Patrick Francis Healy is 1st African American awarded PhD (from University of Leuven, Belgium)

1870-07-02

Jules Joseph d'Anethan is elected the tenth Prime Minister of Belgium.

1871-01-01

Belgium disbands salt tax

1885-02-05

King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession

1885-02-26

Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain

1885-05-02

Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium

1888-08-19

1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins

1888-09-19

World's 1st beauty contest (Spa Belgium)

1888-12-30

Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star

1889-12-13

Belgium rules on women/child labor law

1890-07-03

King Leopold II gives Congo, previously a private possession, to Belgium

1894-12-09

Roman Catholics win Parliamentary election in Belgium

1895-08-30

Belgium begins compulsory Roman Catholic education

1896-11-11

Jules Vandenpeereboom becomes Belgium's minister of War

1898-07-22

Crew of Belgium RV Belgica see 1st sunrise in 1600 hrs - 1st expedition to endure Antarctic winter

1899-01-24

Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms

1901-04-28

1st soccer game between Belgium (8) & Netherlands (0)

1901-10-18

Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights

1902-11-15

Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist

1903-05-20

Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State

1904-04-26

Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms

1904-07-05

4th Davis Cup: British Isles beats Belgium in Wimbledon (5-0)

1905-04-30

1st official soccer game between Belgium-Netherlands (1-4)

1905-05-14

2nd official international soccer match, Netherlands beats Belgium 4-0

1907-04-12

Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer, resigns

1907-05-01

Belgium government of De Trooz forms

1907-05-02

Belgium Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government

1908-01-09

Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium

1908-05-24

Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election

1908-05-31

Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)

1908-10-18

Belgium annexes Congo Free State

1908-10-20

King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium

1909-05-01

Netherlands begins unity with Belgium

1909-06-27

Etten-Leur 1st airplane flight in Neth (Belgium count De Lambert)

1909-12-17

Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels

1911-06-08

Belgium government of Schollaert falls

1911-06-17

Belgium government of De Broqueville forms

1913-04-14

Belgium begins general strike for voting rights

1914-08-03

Belgium rejects demand to allow free crossing for German army

1914-08-03

Germany invades Belgium & declares war on France in WW I

1914-08-04

WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany

1914-08-05

Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium

1914-08-06

WWI: French cavalry enters Belgium

1914-08-07

French government awards King Albert of Belgium the Great Cross

1914-08-07

German army occupies city of Liege, Belgium

1914-08-12

Cavalry battle at Halen, Belgium ("Battle of the Silver Helmets")

1914-08-15

Dinant Belgium destroyed by German bombs

1914-08-21

Belgium: German troops occupy Tamines

1914-08-22

1st encounter between British & German troops (in Belgium)

1914-08-22

German troops execute 384 inhabitants of Tamines Belgium

1914-08-23

-24] German troops plunder Belgium

1914-08-23

Gen von Hausen executes 612 inhabitants of Dinant Belgium

1914-08-24

German troops occupy Namur, Belgium

1914-08-25

Belgium: German army begins 6 week plundering of Leuven, Belgium

1914-08-25

German Zeppelins bomb Antwerp, Belgium, 10 die

1914-09-05

Gr Britain/France/Belgium/Russia sign pact of London

1914-09-28

German forces move into Antwerp Belgium (WW I)

1914-10-10

German forces route Belgians in Antwerp Belgium (WW I)

1914-10-30

Allied offensive at Ypres (Belgium), aka 'Wipers', begins

1914-11-22

Ypres, Belgium, burned by German bombing

1915-03-10

British Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle

1915-10-11

Despite international protest, Edith Cavell, and English nurse in Belgium, is executed by the Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners

1916-03-20

Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium

1916-11-13

British offensive at Ancre, Belgium

1917-08-05

British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium

1918-11-21

2 German ammunition trains explode in Hamont Belgium, 1,750 die

1920-04-20

7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium

1920-05-01

Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens

1920-08-31

Belgium starts paying old age pensions

1920-09-12

7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium

1920-09-29

Belgium annexes Eupen/Malmö dy

1921-04-24

1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium

1921-07-24

Belgium's Leon Scieur wins Tour de France

1921-07-29

New rules of language assumed (equal rights Flemings/Walen Belgium)

1921-09-03

KPB, Communist Party of Belgium forms

1921-10-17

Belgium's public library law goes into force

1923-02-18

Belgium: Borinage-mine workers strike for higher wages

1923-05-23

Launch of Belgium's SABENA airline: first flight from Brussels to Lympne, England

1923-06-15

Belgium's Theunis government falls because of mine, post & railroad strike

1923-08-31

League of Nations gives Belgium mandate of Ruanda-Urundi (was German)

1923-11-24

Radio Belgium's 1st transmission

1924-02-27

Belgium's Theunis government falls

1924-03-11

3rd term of Belgium Theunis government begins

1924-04-15

Flemish-Walloon riots in Louvain, Belgium, 1 dead

1924-04-27

Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1

1924-10-19

General Christian Worker's union demands 8 hr work day in Belgium

1924-11-30

French/Belgium troops completely withdrawn from the Rurh

1925-03-06

Belgium annexes Eupen, Malmö dy & Sankt Vith

1925-04-03

Netherlands & Belgium sign accord of Westerschelde

1925-08-30

6th Iron pilgrim at Diksmuide Belgium

1926-03-12

Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines Belgium

1926-03-15

Belgium's "black monday", franc falls

1926-10-26

Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")

1927-05-01

Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam

1927-05-11

Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer

1928-03-11

Netherlands & Belgium tie 1-1 (soccer match in Amsterdam)

1928-09-30

Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium cycles record 76 mi 604 yds in 1 hr

1928-10-01

Leon Vanderstuyft of Belgium bicycled 76 miles 504 yards in 1 hour

1929-07-29

Belgium Maurice Dewaele wins Tour de France

1930-05-31

Building begins on Albert Canal in Belgium

1930-08-04

Child labor laws established in Belgium

1930-12-03

Airborn chemicals combine with fog to kill 60 (Meuse Valley, Belgium)

1931-06-05

Jules Renkin becomes premier of Belgium

1932-07-18

Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign Unity treaty

1932-10-18

Belgium government of Renkin falls

1932-10-22

Charles de Broqueville becomes premier of Belgium

1934-02-23

Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium

1934-03-11

Netherlands beats Belgium 9-3, in soccer

1934-03-29

Bank of Travail in Belgium, socialist workers' movement bankrupt

1935-03-25

1st Belgium government of Van Zealand resigns

1935-07-12

Belgium recognizes Soviet Union

1935-07-28

Belgium's Romain Maes wins Tour de France

1936-03-06

Belgium ends Locarno pact

1936-05-26

1st government of Zealand in Belgium ends

1938-05-15

Paul-Henri Spak forms red coalition of Belgium

1938-06-11

Earthquake in Belgium

1939-07-30

Belgium Sylvere Maes wins 33rd Tour de France

1939-08-26

Belgium mobilizes

1939-09-04

Netherlands & Belgium declare neutrality

1940-01-09

2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium

1940-04-21

Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer

1940-05-10

Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg

1940-05-17

Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium & begins invasion of France

1940-05-28

Belgium surrenders to Germany, King Leopold III gives himself up

1940-05-29

In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France

1942-04-27

Belgium Jews are forced to wear stars

1942-05-26

Belgium Jews are required by Nazis to wear a Jewish star

1942-08-04

1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz

1942-08-11

999 Jews are taken from Mechelen transit camp in Belgium

1942-09-12

Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes

1943-03-22

Obligatory work for woman ends in Belgium

1944-09-02

Belgium's Emissie bank closes

1944-09-02

US leaders meet in Belgium

1944-09-05

Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign unity treaty

1944-09-07

SS-general Kurt Meyer takes Durnal, Belgium

1944-12-16

Ardennes campaign ('Battle of the Bulge') begins in Belgium

1944-12-22

Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium

1944-12-28

Eisenhower & Montgomery meet in Hasselt Belgium

1945-01-12

German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of Bulge

1947-10-29

Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands form Benelux Union

1949-01-29

Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel

1950-01-16

Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel

1950-03-12

Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III

1950-05-11

Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die

1950-07-22

King Leopold returns to Belgium after 6 years in exile

1950-08-01

King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King

1950-08-11

King Boudouin I takes oath as royal prince of Belgium

1950-08-18

Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.

1950-10-21

Death penalty abolished in Belgium

1951-01-30

Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio

1951-03-06

Belgium extends conscription to 24 months

1951-07-16

King Leopold III, of Belgium, abdicates

1951-07-17

King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates in favour of his son Boudouin I

1952-06-17

2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium

1952-08-09

General strike against overtime conscription in Belgium

1953-01-13

Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14

1953-10-25

Coal mine in Seraing Belgium explodes, 26 die

1953-10-31

TV broadcasting begins in Belgium

1954-01-30

Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR

1954-05-14

Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months

1955-04-03

Fire in cinema in Sclessin, Belgium, kills 39

1955-05-16

King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo

1955-07-09

Strike in Belgium for 5 day work week

1955-10-29

Belgium signs accord for 5 day work week (45 hours)

1956-02-08

Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die

1956-08-08

Fire & explosion kill 263 miners at Marcinelle, Belgium

1958-04-17

Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens

1958-06-26

Gaston Eyskens becomes premier of Belgium

1958-10-12

CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium

1958-11-06

Belgium government of Eyskens & Lilar forms

1958-12-02

Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg

1959-08-20

Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months

1959-10-04

Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1

1960-04-03

Earthquake at Havre, Belgium

1960-06-25

Earthquake in NE Belgium

1960-06-30

Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo) declares independence from Belgium

1960-07-10

Belgium sends troops to Congo

1960-11-14

Belgium threatens to leave UN due to criticism on its policy on Congo

1960-12-05

Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium

1961-03-27

Belgium government of Eyskens resigns

1961-05-06

Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party

1961-08-23

Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi

1961-10-22

75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium

1961-12-08

Antwerp Belgium diocese forms

1961-12-27

Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations

1962-01-01

Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium

1962-07-01

Burundi & Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days)

1963-04-19

67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58

1963-09-01

Language laws in Belgium goes into effect causing a riot

1964-04-06

Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations

1964-04-18

Artisans strike in Belgium ends

1964-04-20

68th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59

1964-05-21

Fire in Belgium resort kills 19

1965-06-26

Wallon party forms in Belgium

1965-07-27

Pierre Harmel forms Belgium government

1965-09-24

Belgium Victor Leemans elected chairman of European Parliament

1966-02-10

Harmel government in Belgium resigns

1966-03-19

Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants begins

1966-04-17

100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)

1966-04-25

Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse Belgium

1966-10-28

Belgium's Gaston Roelants runs 12-4/5 miles in 1 hour

1966-12-06

Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium

1967-05-22

Fire at L'Innovation dept store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)

1967-08-21

Liquid gas tanker explodes in Martelange Belgium, 22 killed

1968-02-07

Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls

1968-06-17

Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms

1969-11-03

Congo president Mobutu visits Belgium

1971-09-24

Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament

1971-10-25

Belgium & China PR establish diplomatic relations

1972-07-23

Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France

1972-09-05

Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium

1972-10-25

Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr

1972-11-22

Belgium government of Eyskens resigns

1972-12-27

Belgium recognizes German DR

1973-01-26

Belgium government of Leburton forms

1973-04-06

Harbor strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium

1974-01-19

Belgium government of Leburton falls

1974-03-10

Christian Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election

1974-04-25

Leo Tindemans forms Belgium government

1976-01-26

Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals

1977-01-01

Belgium reapportions 2,359 communities into 596

1977-01-17

Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium

1977-04-03

Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time

1977-04-17

Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election

1977-06-03

Belgium government of Tindemans forms

1978-10-11

Belgium government of Tindemans resigns

1978-10-20

Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government

1979-04-03

Belgium's Martens government forms

1979-04-16

Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium

1979-06-25

Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium

1980-01-13

Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium

1980-03-09

Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured

1980-04-09

Belgium's Marten's government resigns

1980-05-18

Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms

1980-06-23

West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)

1980-10-07

Belgium 3rd government of Martens resigns

1980-10-22

4th government of Martens forms in Belgium

1981-04-02

Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns

1981-04-07

Belgium Eyskens government forms

1981-10-20

Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured

1981-11-08

Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election

1981-12-22

Belgium's 5th government of Martens forms

1982-07-13

Train crash at Aalter Belgium, 5 killed

1982-09-30

National railroad strike in Belgium

1983-02-04

Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium

1983-02-09

Belgium buys 44 F-16s

1983-12-31

Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium

1985-05-16

Pope John Paul II arrives in Belgium

1985-10-13

Belgium premier Martens CVP wins parliamentary election

1985-11-09

Surprise attack on Belgium supermarket in Aalst, 8 killed

1985-11-28

6th Belgium government of Martens forms

1986-03-17

Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF

1986-04-12

20,000 mine workers protest closing of Hasselt Belgium mines

1986-06-25

Former Belgium premier Vanden Boeynants sentenced for fraud

1987-03-06

Belgium ferry boat "Herald of Free Enterprise" capsizes/sinks; 192 die

1987-09-01

Smoking forbidden in public buildings in Belgium

1987-10-15

6th Belgium government of Martens falls

1987-10-21

7th Belgium government of Martens forms

1987-12-13

Belgium Christian Democrats (CVP) loses parliamentary election

1988-03-31

Last East Limburg coal mine closes in Gent Belgium

1988-05-09

Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms

1988-10-09

17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium

1989-07-04

Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)

1989-09-08

Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium

1991-08-16

Belgium census is 10,000,963 inhabitants

1992-03-24

1st Belgium in the space, Dirk Frimout on Atlantis Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space

1993-08-09

King Albert II of Belgium, crowned

1994-04-28

Freddy Thielemans sworn in as mayor of Brussels Belgium

1995-01-30

Belgium's TV channel 2 in Flanders goes on the air

1995-02-01

Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air

1995-03-01

Belgium ends military conscript

1998-01-29

Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die

1998-02-04

Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

2003-01-30

Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.

2003-02-10

France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.

2009-01-23

Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.

2009-05-15

Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009

2010-10-31

Belgium leaves the recession with 0.5% growth in the third quarter

2013-02-18

$50 million worth of diamond is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium

2013-10-19

11 people are killed after a plane crashes in Namur, Belgium

2016-07-02

Wales Stuns Belgium 3-1 at European Championship

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Belgium - Notable Birthdays

Maurice MaeterlinckAug 29, 1862

Liz ClaiborneMar 31, 1929

Belgium - Birthdays
Date Event
1512-03-05

Gerardus Mercator, Rupelmonde (Belgium), geographer/mapmaker

1514-12-31

Andreas Vesalius, Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica)

1599-02-22

Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp Belgium, painter

1728-01-02

Louis Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian count/diplomat in Belgium

1779-10-10

Antoine PFGdV Celles, Belgium/Dutch/French MP

1790-12-16

King Léopold I of Belgium (d. 1865)

1796-02-22

Adolphe Quetelet, Belgium, mathematician/astronomer/statistician

1801-10-14

Joseph AF Plateau, Belgium, physicist (blinded-stared at Sun 25 secs)

1802-01-19

[Jean] Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgium min of Foreign affairs (1831)

1804-04-23

Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium)

1804-10-28

Pierre F Verhulst, Belgium, mathematician (logistic curve)

1806-01-05

Andre H C van Hasselt, Belgian poet (La Belgium)

1812-04-02

Louise-Marie of France, queen of Belgium (d. 1850)

1814-11-06

Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician/inventor (saxophone)

1820-02-17

Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)

1837-03-24

Philips, Count of Flanders Belgium

1840-01-03

Father Joseph Damien de Veuster, Belgium, helped lepers in Hawaii

1840-06-07

Carlota of Mexico, Brussels, Belgium, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67)

1843-03-18

Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899)

1844-01-30

Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing, German gen/gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17)

1846-11-19

Emile C Wauters, Belgium, painter (Van der Goes in the Red Monastery)

1851-01-25

Jan Blockx, Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg)

1854-04-22

Henri-Marie Lafontaine, Belgium, international lawyer (Nobel 1913)

1854-05-27

Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Jeune Belgium)

1857-02-21

Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium (1907)

1858-02-18

Louise M A, princess of Belgium

1862-08-29

Maurice Maeterlinck, Ghent Belgium, poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), (d. 1949)

1862-12-23

Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)

1864-05-21

Princess Stephanie of Belgium (d. 1945)

1869-06-04

Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Vlaanderen

1870-07-28

Henri Jaspar, premier of Belgium (1927-31)

1872-07-30

Clementine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte

1872-10-18

Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun

1875-04-08

Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34)

1876-11-17

Baron Joseph van de Meulebroeck, mayor (Brussels, Belgium)

1878-02-14

Julius Nieuwland, Hansbeke Belgium, Belgian-American Chemist (inventor of neoprene)

1882-04-23

Max [G M J] Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)

1884-06-07

Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/daily newspaper publisher (Last News)

1885-11-17

Henry de Man, Belgium, sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)

1887-11-05

Oscar Bossaert, Belgium, chocolate manufacturer/min of Middenstand

1888-08-05

Victor Francen, Belgium, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio)

1894-05-11

Florimond Cornellie, Belgium, yachting (Olympic-gold-1920)

1898-07-01

Andre-Marie Charue, bishop of Namen Belgium

1898-08-24

Albert Claude, Belgium, biologist/physician (Nobel 1974)

1899-01-02

Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgium, premier/sec-gen of NATO (1957-61)

1900-04-10

Jean Duvieusart, premier (Belgium 1950)

1900-11-27

Leon Barzin, Brussels Belgium, conductor (NY City Ballet 1948-58)

1902-07-15

Jean Rey, Belgium, pres of European Commission (1967-70)

1903-02-13

Georges Simenon, Belgium, mystery writer (Snow Was Black)

1903-07-04

Flor Peeters, Antwerp Belgium, organist/composer (Lied Symphony)

1904-07-16

Leo Joseph Suenens, Cardinal (Belgium)

1905-04-01

Gaston Eyskens, PM of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72)

1905-11-16

Astrid SLT Bernadotte, Queen of Belgium/Princess of Sweden

1906-06-08

Charles Janssens, Belgium, actor (Mira, Malpertuis)

1907-03-17

Jan M J van Houtte, premier Belgium (1952-54)

1910-01-23

Django Reinhardt, Belgium, Gypsy jazz guitarist

1910-02-10

Dominique Pire, Belgium, educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)

1910-09-24

Jean Servais, Angers Belgium, actor (Every Man is My Enemy)

1914-01-16

Roger Aubert, Belgium, church historian (Le Pontificat de Pie IX)

1916-08-27

David Shaw, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

1919-05-22

Paul Vanden Boeynants, premier Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79)

1919-12-01

Anne Cox Chambers, Dayton Ohio, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81)

1921-07-30

Jacques Vander Schueren, Belgium, minister of Economic Affairs

1922-10-22

John Weidner, Brussels, Belgium, war hero

1922-11-23

Suzy Falk, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

1925-06-30

Micheline Lannoy, Belgium, figure skating pairs (Olympic-gold-1948)

1925-07-23

Pierre Baugniet, Belgium, pairs ice skater (Olympic-gold-1948)

1926-03-21

Andre Delvaux, Heverie Belgium, director/writer (Benvenuta)

1927-08-01

Andre Cools, Belgium, minister of Budget/vice-premier

1927-10-11

Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium (d. 2005)

1928-04-12

Brooklyn Supreme, Belgium, stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)

1928-06-11

Fabiola de Mora y Aragon, Spanish Queen of Belgium

1928-06-25

Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Brussels, Belgium, cartoonist (The Smurfs, Johan et Pirlouit)

1929-01-19

Ulu Grosbard, Belgium, actor (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love)

1929-03-31

Liz Claiborne, Brussels Belgium, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc (d. 2007)

1929-04-08

Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)

1929-06-23

Henri Pousseur, Malmö dy Belgium, composer (Homo Habitis)

1930-04-26

Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)

1930-09-07

Baudouin I, king of Belgium (1951-93)

1932-05-08

Yvonne Delcour, Moscow, Belgium

1933-03-23

Monique van Vooren, Belgium, actress (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein)

1933-04-29

Mark Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium

1934-06-06

Albert II FHTCEM, king of Belgium (1993- )

1936-04-19

Wilfried Martens, premier (Belgium, 1979-81, 1981-92), (d. 2013)

1937-02-05

Gaston Roelants, Belgium, world cross-country champion

1937-09-11

Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Ital princess/queen of Belgium (1993- )

1940-08-25

Jose Van Dam, Brussels Belgium, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif)

1941-03-21

Dirk D Frimout, Belgium, cosmonaut

1941-06-07

Jaime Laredo, Bolivia, violinist (Qn Elisabeth of Belgium prize 1959)

1944-06-27

Patrick Sercu, Belgium, 1K time trial (Olympic-gold-1964)

1945-01-01

Jacques Ickx, Belgium, Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)

1945-06-17

Eddy Merckx, Belgium, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

1945-11-16

Martine van Hamel, Brussels Belgium, ballerina (NYC Ballet Co)

1949-04-25

Bob De Moor, Moscow, Belgium

1953-04-11

Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium

1954-02-21

Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)

1955-07-31

David Davidse, Belgium Twelve Points

1955-12-16

Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

1957-08-24

Marcel Vanthilt, Belgium Twelve Points

1960-04-15

Philippe of Belgium, Brussels, King of the Belgians (2013-)

1961-03-18

Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-capt (Biosphere 2)

1963-10-19

Prince Laurent of Belgium, Château de Belvédère, Laeken, son of King Albert II and Queen Paola

1963-12-01

Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Moscow, Belgium

1969-02-22

Marc Wilmots, Belgium - Algeria

1969-09-01

Florence Descampe, Brussels Belgium, LPGA golfer (1992 McCall)

1970-04-18

Christophe Van Rompaey, Moscow, Belgium

1970-08-20

Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen)

1972-03-15

Filip Dewulf, Belgium, tennis star

1972-04-28

Jan Benda, Reet Belgium, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)

1972-06-12

Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)

1973-05-03

Dominique Monami, Verviers Belgium, tennis star

1973-05-25

Maria Jose Gaidano, Buenos Aires Arg, tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles)

1973-06-28

Ingrid Seynhaeve, Brussels Belgium, model (Look of the Year 1991)

1974-01-18

Princess Claire of Belgium

1974-01-22

Stephanie Rottier, St Niklaas Belgium, tennis star (1995 semi Prague)

1974-04-26

Nathalie-Jane Krits, Blue Belgium

1975-02-28

Saar Vandendriessche, Blue Belgium

1975-04-30

Johnny Galecki, Bree Belgium, actor (American Dreamer, David-Roseanne)

1976-02-05

Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico)

1976-05-02

Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star

1977-04-03

Veronique De Kock, Miss Universe-Belgium (1996)

1977-12-20

Dries Phlypo, Moscow, Belgium

1978-02-04

Laurence Borremans, Miss Belgium Universe (1997)

1980-05-24

Griet van Damme, Moscow, Belgium

1985-11-14

Thomas Vermaelen, Belgium - Russia

1986-02-21

Amedeo, Belgium, son of princess Astrid/arch duke Lorenz

1988-08-26

Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

1992-05-11

Thibaut Courtois, Belgium - Algeria

2001-10-25

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

2003-08-20

Prince Gabriel of Belgium

2004-02-06

Princess Louise of Belgium

2005-10-04

Prince Emmanuel of Belgium

2005-12-13

Prince Aymeric of Belgium

2005-12-13

Prince Nicolas of Belgium

2008-04-16

Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Belgian princess

Belgium - Notable Weddings

Maximilian IJul 27, 1857

Aldous HuxleyJul 10, 1919

Jean-Claude Van DammeJun 25, 1999

Belgium - Weddings
Date Event
1477-08-16

Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium

1816-05-02

Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta

1832-08-09

King Leopold I of Belgium marries Louisa Maria

1857-07-27

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I (25) weds princess Charlotte of Belgium (17) in Brussels

1875-02-04

Princess Louise of Belgium marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium

1894-05-28

Belgium Princess Josephine marries Prince Karl von Hohenzollern

1900-10-02

Belgium crown prince Albert von Saksen-Coburg weds Elisabeth of Bayern

1919-07-10

Author Aldous Huxley (25) weds epidemiologist Maria Nys in Bellem, Belgium

1926-11-10

Belgium crown prince Leopold weds princess Astrid Bernadotte of Sweden

1930-01-08

Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto

1941-09-11

Belgium King Leopold secretly marries Lilian Baels

1941-12-06

King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels

1960-12-15

King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

1999-06-25

"Sudden Death" action star Jean-Claude Van Damme (38) weds Gladys Portugues in Knokke-Heist, Belgium

1999-12-04

Philippe, Duke of Brabant and heir apparent to Belgium throne marries the honourable Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz

2003-04-12

Prince Laurent of Belgium (39)marries Claire Coombs (29) in Belgium

2012-10-19

Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg Prince Guillaume (30) weds Countess of Belgium Stephanie de Lannoy (28) on a civil ceremony at the Hotel De Ville in Luxembourg

Belgium - Deaths
Date Event
1058-03-29

Stephen IX, [Frederik van Lotharingen], 1st Belgium Pope (1057-58), dies

1472-04-06

Pieter Bladelin, Belgium, land owner (Middelburg castle), dies

1814-12-13

Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79

1841-11-01

Antoine PFGdV Celles, Belgium/Dutch/French MP, dies

1847-09-23

Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgium revolutionary (Souvenirs), dies at 65)

1850-10-11

Louisa Maria, queen of Belgium (1832-50)/wife of Leopold I, dies at 38

1865-04-26

Charles J Sax, Belgium musician and father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74

1865-12-10

King Léopold I of Belgium (b. 1790)

1874-02-17

[Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77

1874-07-11

Xavier FMG earl Merode, Belgium pontifical defense minister, dies at 54

1883-09-15

Joseph AF Plateau, Belgium physicist (Blue Moon), dies

1891-01-23

Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Flaanders, dies at 21

1907-12-31

Jules de Trooz, Belgium PM, dies at 63

1909-12-14

Leopold II, king of Belgium, dies

1915-10-12

Edith L Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)

1917-03-06

Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73

1917-04-18

Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing, gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), dies at 73

1919-02-21

Karl von Hohenzollern, Prince of Belgium, dies

1924-02-24

Edmond Picard, Fren/Belgium writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87

1924-03-01

Louise MA, princess of Belgium, dies at 66

1927-01-19

Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86

1929-04-10

Edmond Thieffry, Belgium, WW I pilot, dies at 36

1934-02-17

Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34), dies at 58

1935-08-29

Astrid S L T Bernadotte, Queen of Belgium/Princess of Sweden, dies

1939-02-15

Henri Jaspar, premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68

1954-02-01

Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69

1956-04-02

Albert MLA de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo, dies at 82

1958-01-06

Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85

1962-07-20

Andre Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51

1968-09-02

Ernest Claes, Belgium, author (The White), dies at 82

1971-11-03

Etienne Gailly, Belgium marathoner (Oly-bron-48), dies in accident at 48

1973-03-07

Andre de Meulemeester, Belgium WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78

1982-09-10

Max Winders Maximilien, brought Belgium gold reserve to England, dies

1983-06-07

Charles von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium prince, buried

1983-09-25

Leopold III, king of Belgium (1934-51), dies

1985-03-23

Singing Nun, commits suicide in Belgium at 52

1986-09-21

Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81

1988-01-03

Gaston Eyskens, PM of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82

1991-05-21

Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies

1993-07-31

Baudouin, king of Belgium (1951-93), dies at 62 from heart problems

1994-04-01

Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies

1994-05-22

Mitacq, [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies

2007-07-27

David Shaw, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

2016-04-26

Warsaw Ghetto author Martin Gray dies aged 93 in Belgium

2016-08-23

Jazz harmonica great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 in Belgium


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