Belgian History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 486 of 486

  • 1974-04-25 Leo Tindemans forms Belgium government
  • 1974-07-21 61st Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1976-01-26 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals
  • 1976-07-18 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium
  • 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
  • 1978-01-23 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • 1978-03-07 Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
  • 1978-06-15 Belgian government resigns
  • 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
  • 1980-06-22 UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Belgium 2-1 in Rome
  • 1980-06-23 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • 1980-08-09 Belgian constitution revised
  • 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
  • 1981-04-06 Belgian government of Mark Eyskens forms
  • 1981-07-30 Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • 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
  • 1982-05-12 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Liège of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • 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
  • 1986-05-03 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
  • 1986-06-25 Former Belgium premier Vanden Boeynants sentenced for fraud
  • 1987-03-06 Belgium ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" sinks; 192 die
  • 1987-09-01 Smoking forbidden in public buildings in Belgium
  • 1987-09-21 3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf
  • 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
  • 1988-05-11 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg
  • 1988-10-09 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • 1989-01-14 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped
  • 1989-02-13 Kidnapped Belgian Premier Vanden Boeynants freed
  • 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
  • 1990-05-09 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg
  • 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
  • 1992-05-12 1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest
  • 1993-03-23 Belgian government of Dehaene, resigns
  • 1993-05-12 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London
  • 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 conscription
  • 1996-07-15 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport.
  • 1997-08-28 Belgian amusement park riders were stuck upside down for 90 minutes
  • 1998-01-29 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium & Netherlands, 6 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-02-04 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 1999-03-24 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • 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.
  • 2004-03-03 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world's largest brewer.
  • 2006-03-01 Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium
  • 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
  • 2015-11-29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 683

  • 1937-04-12 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player
  • 1937-05-08 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • 1937-08-08 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer
  • 1937-09-11 Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Italian princess/queen of Belgium (1993- )
  • 1937-11-13 Tabu Ley Rochereau, African musician, born in Bagata, Bandundu, Belgian Congo (d. 2013)
  • 1938-11-24 Willy Claes, Belgian politician
  • 1938-12-06 Patrick Bauchau, Belgian actor
  • 1939-02-04 Jacques Charlier, Belgian sculptor
  • 1939-10-09 Pierre Mertens, French/Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines)
  • 1940-08-07 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France, (d. 2014)
  • 1940-08-25 Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1940-09-27 Benoni Beheyt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1940-11-07 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian
  • 1941-03-21 Dirk D Frimout, Belgium, cosmonaut
  • 1941-06-07 Jaime Laredo, Bolivia, violinist (Qn Elisabeth of Belgium prize 1959)
  • 1941-08-28 Sybille de Selys Longchamps, Belgian aristocrat
  • 1941-09-27 Roger J J Claessen, Belgian soccer star
  • 1941-12-23 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (d. 1975)
  • 1942-03-18 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1942-05-02 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president
  • 1942-07-18 Alexander EHAML, prince of the Belgians/son of Leopold III
  • 1942-07-26 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver
  • 1943-07-02 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • 1944-04-04 Magda Aelvoet, Belgian politician
  • 1944-04-28 Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, Belgian politician
  • 1944-06-27 Patrick Sercu, Belgium, 1K time trial (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1944-10-03 Pierre Deligne, Belgian mathematician
  • 1945-01-01 Jacques Ickx, Belgium, Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)
  • 1945-05-04 Monika van Paemel, Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers)
  • 1945-06-17 Eddy Merckx, Belgium, cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)
  • 1945-09-13 Noël Godin, Belgian humorist
  • 1945-11-16 Martine van Hamel, ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1946-05-19 Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights
  • 1946-07-18 Leo Madder, Belgian actor
  • 1946-10-20 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1946-11-21 Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946-12-31 Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg
  • 1947-07-07 Felix Standaert, Belgian diplomat
  • 1947-08-24 Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
  • 1947-10-18 Luc Journet, Belgian physician (Order of Zonnetempel)
  • 1947-12-27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • 1948-03-31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
  • 1949-03-08 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1949-05-21 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • 1949-06-14 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, born Kasai region, Belgian Congo (d. 2016)
  • 1949-08-27 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist
  • 1949-10-13 Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver
  • 1950-02-14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist/actor (Brussels by Night)
  • 1950-04-19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1950-06-06 Chantal Akerman, actor/director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1950-10-28 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1950-11-22 Art Sullivan, Belgian singer
  • 1951-02-06 Maria Christina, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III
  • 1951-07-18 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian politician
  • 1951-12-05 Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian artist
  • 1952-02-13 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1952-06-13 Jean-Marie Dedecker, Belgian politician and former judoka
  • 1952-09-19 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver
  • 1953-04-11 Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium
  • 1954-02-15 Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
  • 1954-02-21 Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1954-05-07 Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • 1954-05-20 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • 1955-02-14 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • 1955-08-29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist
  • 1955-09-25 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1955-12-12 Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
  • 1955-12-16 Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1956-06-22 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956-08-16 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956-09-30 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels
  • 1956-10-19 Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • 1957-01-17 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • 1957-04-09 Martin Margiela, Belgian fashion designer
  • 1958-02-24 Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer
  • 1958-03-23 Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
  • 1958-08-26 Jan Nevens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1958-08-27 Tom Lanoye, Belgian author
  • 1958-12-15 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • 1959-03-23 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (d. 2005)
  • 1959-05-30 Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician
  • 1959-08-16 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • 1960-04-15 Philippe of Belgium, King of the Belgians (2013-), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1960-10-07 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960-10-18 Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat), born in Brussels, Belgium

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths