Luxembourg in History

Historical Events

  • 1346-07-11 Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • 1357-01-04 Flemish earl Louis & Luxembourg Duke Wenceslaus sign peace treaty
  • 1504-09-22 Settled engagement of Karel of Luxembourg & Claudia the Beaujeu
  • 1505-04-20 Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
  • 1543-07-07 French troops invade Luxembourg
  • 1807-06-26 Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die
  • 1839-04-19 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
  • 1867-05-11 Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg
  • 1867-09-09 Luxembourg gains independence
  • 1868-10-17 Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect
  • 1909-08-01 7th Tour de France won by Francois Faber of Luxembourg
  • 1912-02-25 Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
  • 1914-08-01 Trois Vierges: German 69th infantry regiment enters Luxembourg on outbreak of WWI
  • 1914-08-02 German troops overthrows Luxembourg
  • 1920-05-01 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
  • 1921-05-17 Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union
  • 1926-09-30 German/French/Belgian/Luxembourg steel cartel closes
  • 1927-07-17 21st Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • 1928-07-15 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • 1932-07-18 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign Ouchy Convention, a customs treaty
  • 1940-05-10 Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg
  • 1942-08-30 Nazi-Germany annexes Luxembourg
  • 1944-09-05 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign customs Unity treaty
  • 1944-09-09 Allied forces liberate Luxembourg
  • 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
  • 1958-07-19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
  • 1958-12-02 Benelux treaty signed by Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg
  • 1961-03-18 6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins "Nous les amoureux" in Cannes
  • 1962-03-18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • 1964-11-12 Jean becomes Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 1965-03-20 10th Eurovision Song Contest: Serge Gainsbourg for Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" in Naples
  • 1965-05-19 Patricia R Harris named 1st US black female ambassador (Luxembourg)
  • 1966-03-05 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • 1972-03-25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • 1973-04-07 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg
  • 1973-10-09 1st general striking in Luxembourg since 1942
  • 1974-06-18 Gaston Thorn forms Luxembourg government
  • 1977-04-03 Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • 1983-04-23 28th Eurovision Song Contest: Corinne Hermes for Luxembourg wins singing "Si la vie est cadeau" in Munich
  • 1984-05-05 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg
  • 1991-03-10 Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg clinches his 4th slalom World Cup
  • 1995-01-19 Jean-Claude Juncker (28) sworn in as premier of Luxembourg
  • 2006-09-01 Luxembourg becomes the 1st country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting
  • 2010-07-25 97th Tour de France won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg

Famous Birthdays

  • 1296-08-10 John the Blind, King of Bohemia/Count of Luxembourg
  • 1315-05-20 Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
  • 1451-05-17 Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz/viceroy of Luxembourg
  • 1772-08-24 William I Frederick, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and King of the Netherlands (1814-40)
  • 1817-07-24 Adolf WAKF, grand duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905)
  • 1852-04-22 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (d. 1912)
  • 1861-11-03 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian/archaeologist
  • 1878-03-22 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • 1887-01-26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
  • 1894-06-14 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (d. 1924)
  • 1896-01-23 Charlotte A E M W, grand duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • 1899-11-04 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (d. 1985)
  • 1920-11-17 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1921-01-05 Jean BMRLAAM d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • 1921-06-23 Jean [Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1964-2000), born in Berg Castle, Luxembourg
  • 1927-04-24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1935-05-23 Juliet Campbell, British ambassador (to Luxembourg)
  • 1955-04-16 Henri, Heir Apparent Prince of Luxembourg
  • 1965-01-14 Desiree Nosbusch, Luxembourg, actress (The Fan)
  • 1976-01-04 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist
  • 1980-04-15 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • 1981-11-11 Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • 1983-05-09 Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
  • 1992-04-16 Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, Prince of Luxembourg

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-09-29 Prince Louis of Luxembourg (20) weds Tessy Antony (26) at a parish church in Gilsdorf, Luxembourg
  • 2012-10-19 Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg Prince Guillaume (30) weds Countess of Belgium Stephanie de Lannoy (28) in a civil ceremony at the Hotel De Ville in Luxembourg

Famous Deaths

  • 1288-06-05 Hendrik VI, earl of Luxembourg/Laroche (1281-88), dies in battle
  • 1349-09-11 Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (b. 1315)
  • 1695-01-04 Duke of Luxembourg, Luxembourg/French marshal, dies
  • 1905-11-17 Adolf WAKF, duke of Nassau/grand duke of Luxembourg, dies at 88
  • 1905-11-17 Adolphe of Luxembourg, (b. 1817)
  • 1912-02-25 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1852)
  • 1915-05-09 François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1924-01-24 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1894)
  • 1941-02-04 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian, dies at 79
  • 1967-08-19 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born editor and publisher (b. 1884)
  • 1967-12-09 Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer and President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1898)
  • 1985-07-09 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • 1985-11-08 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1899)
  • 2002-06-24 Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-10 Joséphine-Charlotte, Grandduchess of Luxembourg (b. 1927)
  • 2005-07-16 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • 2005-12-06 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2007-08-26 Gaston Thorn, Luxembourger politician (b. 1928)