Belgian History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 486

  • 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
  • 1951-12-23 Last Belgian communities get electricity
  • 1952-01-09 Belgian Pholien government resigns
  • 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
  • 1953-10-14 Belgian Convair crashes at Frankfurt, 44 die
  • 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
  • 1954-04-12 Belgian Van Houtte government resigns
  • 1954-04-22 Achiel van Acker forms Belgian government
  • 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
  • 1957-07-07 Heavy storm ravages Belgian coast
  • 1958-04-17 Brussells (Belgium) World Fair opens
  • 1958-06-01 Belgian christian-democrats win parliamentary election
  • 1958-06-26 Gaston Eyskens becomes Premier of Belgium
  • 1958-10-12 CVP wins municipal elections in Belgium
  • 1958-11-04 Belgian minority government of Gaston Eyskens resigns
  • 1958-11-06 Belgium government of Eyskens & Lilar forms
  • 1958-12-02 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • 1959-01-13 King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence
  • 1959-08-20 Belgium shortens military conscription to 12 months
  • 1959-10-04 Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1
  • 1959-11-01 Patrice Lumumba arrested in Belgian Congo
  • 1960-01-20 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
  • 1960-04-03 Earthquake at Havre, Belgium
  • 1960-05-19 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
  • 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
  • 1960-10-14 Belgian sen Victor Leemans reveals huge gas field in Groningen
  • 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
  • 1961-02-15 Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
  • 1961-04-25 Belgium government of Gaston Eyskens falls over the Unitary Law
  • 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)
  • 1962-10-25 1st Belgian nuclear reactor begins operation
  • 1963-04-19 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58
  • 1963-07-25 Belgian Senate accept Law on language regulations
  • 1963-09-01 Language laws in Belgium goes into effect causing a riot
  • 1963-09-23 Georgette Ciselet is 1st woman on Belgian Council of State
  • 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 Belgian resort kills 19
  • 1964-10-24 Belgian paratroops liberate 1,000 white hostages in Stanleyville
  • 1964-10-27 Congo rebel leader Christopher Gbenye holds 60 Americans & 800 Belgians
  • 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
  • 1965-12-22 Belgian government shuts 6 coal mines
  • 1966-01-31 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • 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)
  • 1967-07-05 Congo uprising under Belgian mercenary Jean Schramme
  • 1967-08-14 Belgian embassy in Kinshasa, Congo, plundered
  • 1967-08-21 Liquid gas tanker explodes in Martelange Belgium, 22 killed
  • 1968-02-07 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • 1968-04-19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • 1968-06-17 Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
  • 1969-07-20 56th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1969-11-03 Congo president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • 1970-01-05 23,000 Belgian mine workers strike
  • 1970-02-10 Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel at Val d'Isere, France, killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths
  • 1970-07-19 57th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1971-07-18 58th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1971-09-24 Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament
  • 1971-10-25 Belgium & China PR establish diplomatic relations
  • 1972-01-21 Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
  • 1972-07-22 59th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 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
  • 1973-02-18 Belgian Emiel Puttemans runs 3,000m indoor record 7:39.2
  • 1973-04-06 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1974-01-19 Belgium government of Leburton falls
  • 1974-03-10 Christian Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 684

  • 1911-08-17 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
  • 1911-11-26 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs
  • 1912-01-18 Charles Moeller, Belgian theologist (Humanism et saintete)
  • 1912-04-27 Franz Weyergans, Belgian literary (Les Gens Heureux)
  • 1912-08-10 Romain Maes, Belgian bicylist (Tour de France 1935)
  • 1912-09-02 Johan Daisne, [Herman Thiery], Belgian writer (magic realism)
  • 1913-02-15 Willy Vandersteen, Belgian cartoonist (Suske & Wiske)
  • 1913-02-21 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1913-05-26 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician
  • 1913-11-15 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1914-01-16 Roger Aubert, Belgium, church historian (Le Pontificat de Pie IX)
  • 1914-04-01 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist
  • 1914-04-04 Gustave Camus, Belgian painter
  • 1915-02-27 Arthur Gilson, Belgian attorney/minister of Defense (1958-..)
  • 1915-07-06 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist/composer (Vague et Sillon)
  • 1916-08-11 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
  • 1916-11-28 Lilian Baels, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III
  • 1917-01-30 Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)
  • 1917-05-02 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • 1917-06-30 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician
  • 1917-12-22 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector (U of Leuven)
  • 1918-03-24 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter
  • 1918-09-14 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1918-10-06 André Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1919-05-22 Paul Vanden Boeynants, premier Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79)
  • 1919-09-07 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 1919-12-01 Anne Cox Chambers, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1919-12-06 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (d. 1983)
  • 1920-02-03 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • 1920-06-08 Bert Leysen, TV director (Belgian National TV)
  • 1920-07-23 Marcel Maeyer, [de Maeyer], Belgian sculptor/graphic artist
  • 1920-11-04 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game)
  • 1921-02-24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • 1921-03-21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • 1921-04-25 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet
  • 1921-07-30 Jacques Vander Schueren, Belgium, minister of Economic Affairs
  • 1922-02-05 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1922-04-16 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), born in Zwijndrecht,
  • 1922-04-26 Pol Bury, Belgian sculptor
  • 1922-04-29 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1922-07-15 Jef Houthuys, chairman Belgian labor union (ACV 1968-87)
  • 1922-10-22 John Weidner, war hero, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1923-04-05 Ernest Mandel, Belgian philosopher/economist
  • 1923-08-03 Roger Foulon, French/Belgian poet
  • 1923-12-01 Morris, Belgian cartoonist (Lucky Luke) (d. 2001)
  • 1924-09-09 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1924-12-12 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
  • 1925-04-11 Rik Kuijpers, Belgian director (Sea gulls die in the harbor)
  • 1925-05-16 Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian entertainer
  • 1925-06-30 Micheline Lannoy, Belgium, figure skating pairs (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1925-07-02 Patrice Emery Lumumba, Katakokombe region of the Kasai Province of Belgian Congo, first Prime Minister of an independent Congo,
  • 1925-07-23 Pierre Baugniet, Belgium, pairs ice skater (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1926-03-21 Andre Delvaux, Heverie Belgium, director/writer (Benvenuta)
  • 1926-05-30 Edouard Van Remoortel, conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symph), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1926-10-30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver
  • 1927-01-20 Olivier Strebelle, Belgian sculptor/ceramist
  • 1927-03-07 Henri Landwirth, Belgian-American hotel owner and philanthropist
  • 1927-06-07 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (d. 1953)
  • 1927-06-22 Ann Petersen, Belgian actress (d. 2003)
  • 1927-07-03 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik)
  • 1927-08-01 Andre Cools, Belgium, minister of Budget/vice-premier
  • 1927-10-11 Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium (d. 2005)
  • 1927-10-19 Pierre Alechinsky, Belgian painter/director (Cobra)
  • 1928-04-12 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgium, stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • 1928-05-01 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)
  • 1928-06-11 Fabiola de Mora y Aragon, Spanish Queen of Belgium
  • 1928-06-25 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], cartoonist (The Smurfs, Johan et Pirlouit), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1928-08-04 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (d. 2003)
  • 1928-09-26 Bob Van der Veken, Belgian actor
  • 1928-10-01 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969)
  • 1928-12-09 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver
  • 1929-01-19 Ulu Grosbard, Belgium, actor (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-03-31 Liz Claiborne, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2007)

Fashion Designer Liz Claiborne
Fashion Designer
Liz Claiborne
  • 1929-04-08 Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-05-04 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • 1929-06-23 Henri Pousseur, Malmö dy Belgium, composer (Homo Habitis)
  • 1929-07-07 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian
  • 1930-04-26 Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1930-07-06 Francoise Mallet-Joris, [F Lilar], Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders)
  • 1930-07-28 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (d. 2006)
  • 1930-08-12 Jacques Tits, Belgian mathematician
  • 1930-09-07 Baudouin I, king of Belgium (1951-93)
  • 1930-11-06 Raymond Baervoets, Belgian composer (Metamorphoses)
  • 1930-11-14 Charles De Sorgher, Belgian bobsledder
  • 1931-04-10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet
  • 1931-05-05 Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
  • 1931-06-28 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • 1931-11-29 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1932-02-16 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/TV-host
  • 1932-07-04 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian athlete
  • 1932-12-26 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter
  • 1933-02-28 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1933-03-23 Monique van Vooren, Belgium, actress (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein)
  • 1933-04-29 Mark Eyskens, Economist and Prime Minister of Belgium (1981), born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1933-10-17 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (d. 1985)
  • 1933-12-17 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet
  • 1933-12-20 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)
  • 1934-06-06 Albert II FHTCEM, king of Belgium (1993- )
  • 1934-11-10 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer
  • 1936-04-19 Wilfried Martens, premier (Belgium, 1979-81, 1981-92), (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 384 of 384

  • 1986-06-17 Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • 1986-07-28 Charles Aubroeck, Belgian painter/sculptor (Iron Tower), dies at 91
  • 1986-08-09 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • 1986-08-23 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • 1986-09-21 Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
  • 1986-10-16 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • 1986-11-22 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • 1986-11-28 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 76
  • 1986-12-28 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • 1987-05-29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • 1987-12-17 Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  • 1988-01-03 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
  • 1988-06-12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron/composer, dies at 87
  • 1989-08-22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 1989-09-04 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • 1989-10-03 Joseph Wybran, Belgian physician/Jews foreman, murdered
  • 1990-03-01 Claude Spaak, Belgian dramatist, dies
  • 1990-03-03 Gérard Blitz, Belgian waterpoloist and entrepreneur (b. 1912)
  • 1990-12-11 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • 1990-12-17 Mieke Verstraete, Belgian/Neth actress (Pleasant Settled), dies at 79
  • 1991-03-05 August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
  • 1991-03-14 Jef Houthuys, Belgian union leader (ACV, 1968-87), dies at 68
  • 1991-04-04 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • 1991-05-21 Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • 1991-05-23 Jean van Houte, Belgian premier, dies
  • 1991-07-18 Andre Cools, Belgian budget minister, murdered at 63
  • 1991-08-17 Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 1991-11-09 Guido Claus, Belgian actor (Sacrament), dies
  • 1991-12-20 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • 1992-05-06 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1921)
  • 1992-05-27 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • 1992-07-02 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
  • 1992-07-13 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist, dies at 78
  • 1992-11-03 Jean Daskalides, Belgian chocolate factory, dies at 70
  • 1992-12-12 Suzanne Lilar, Belgian essayist, novelist and playwright (b. 1901)
  • 1992-12-24 Pierre Culliford [Peyo], Belgian cartoonist, dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1993-05-14 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • 1993-07-31 Baudouin, king of Belgium (1951-93), dies at 62 from heart problems
  • 1993-09-21 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian/French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • 1993-10-09 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • 1993-10-28 Carmino Baelen, Belgian sleder, dies at 22
  • 1994-04-01 Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies
  • 1994-05-22 Mitacq, [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies
  • 1994-06-25 Louis-Robert Casterman, Belgian publisher (Kuifje), dies at 74
  • 1994-07-14 Patrick Crommelynck, Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • 1994-07-14 Taeko Kuwata, Japanese/Belgian pianist, commits suicide
  • 1994-07-20 Paul Delvaux, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 96
  • 1994-08-28 Pieter de Cort, Belgian rock guitarist (Betty Goes Green), dies at 25
  • 1995-03-07 Jacques Lefebvre, Belgian air force gen, commits suicide at 64
  • 1995-09-17 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 1996-06-30 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 91
  • 1998-05-31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 1998-10-02 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 1999-10-29 Michel Regnier (Greg), Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon) (b. 1931)
  • 2000-02-18 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • 2001-07-16 Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • 2002-06-07 Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)
  • 2002-10-04 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2003-02-04 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 2003-02-26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 2003-08-01 Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • 2004-04-04 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • 2004-08-02 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)
  • 2004-12-06 Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • 2005-04-03 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 2005-04-13 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (b. 1959)
  • 2005-05-24 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (b. 1913)
  • 2005-10-02 Bert Eriksson, Belgian neo-Nazi (b. 1931)
  • 2006-06-14 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (b. 1930)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2007-06-26 Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (b. 1929)

Fashion Designer Liz Claiborne
Fashion Designer
Liz Claiborne
  • 2007-07-28 Karl Gotch, Belgian professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2008-02-23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2008-03-19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (b. 1929)
  • 2008-04-15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • 2008-05-08 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • 2008-06-16 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • 2008-09-26 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-10-12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian cyclist (b. 1974)
  • 2009-12-23 Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian Roman Catholic theologian (b. 1914)
  • 2011-05-09 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
  • 2013-10-09 Wilfried Martens, Belgian Prime Minister, dies from pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 2014-05-15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian politician, dies from a fall at 73
  • 2014-12-26 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92
  • 2015-10-05 Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65