Antwerp in History

Historical Events

  • 1502-06-19 Emperor Maximilian I & England sign treaty of Antwerp
  • 1544-11-10 Flemish painter Jan Matsys banished from Antwerp for religious beliefs
  • 1566-08-20 Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1567-04-11 Dutch prince William of Orange flees from Antwerp to Breda
  • 1570-05-22 1st atlas 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps
  • 1576-11-04 Eighty Years' War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp
  • 1579-07-29 Antwerp request union with Utrecht
  • 1582-03-18 Prince William of Orange injured in attack at Antwerp
  • 1582-07-22 Willem of Orange moves from Antwerp to Delft
  • 1585-08-17 Antwerp surrenders after 8 months siege by Duke of Parma
  • 1585-08-27 Duke of Parma's troops occupy Antwerp
  • 1586-12-15 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • 1619-09-30 Remonstrant Society forms in Antwerp
  • 1746-06-01 French troops conquer Antwerp
  • 1823-06-16 King Willem I opens shipyard at Rotterdam-Antwerp
  • 1830-10-26 Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp
  • 1830-10-27 Major-General Baron D Chasse bombs Antwerp (Belgium revolution)
  • 1831-02-05 Jan van Speijk blows up his gunboat in Antwerp, killing about 30
  • 1832-11-23 French take Antwerp in liberation of Belgium
  • 1832-12-04 French army begins bombing citadel of Antwerp
  • 1832-12-23 Dutch troops in Antwerp surrender
  • 1854-06-23 Antwerp-Roosendaal railway goes into use
  • 1855-05-03 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
  • 1904-04-26 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
  • 1905-08-12 King Leopold II opens Antwerp Central Station
  • 1908-01-25 John Blockx's opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
  • 1914-08-18 -20] Belgian army withdraws to Antwerp
  • 1914-08-20 German army captured Brussels as the Belgian army retreated to Antwerp
  • 1914-08-25 -26] Belgian offensive at Antwerp
  • 1914-08-25 German Zeppelins bomb Antwerp, Belgium, 10 die
  • 1914-09-09 -12] Belgian offensive from Antwerp
  • 1914-09-28 German forces move into Antwerp Belgium (WW I)
  • 1914-10-09 German troops take Antwerp in World War I
  • 1914-10-10 German forces rout Belgians in Antwerp, Belgium (WW I)
  • 1920-04-20 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1920-08-14 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • 1920-09-12 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1924-04-27 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • 1933-06-30 50,000 demonstrate in Antwerp against fascism/war
  • 1933-10-01 Antwerp Sports arena opens
  • 1940-06-23 Marcel Louette seeks opposition group "White Brigade" on Antwerp
  • 1944-09-04 British 11th Armoured Division frees Antwerp
  • 1944-09-08 1st V-2 rockets land in London & Antwerp
  • 1944-11-26 1st allied marines move onto Antwerp harbor
  • 1944-11-28 1st allied ship sails into Schelde Antwerp
  • 1944-12-16 German V-2 strikes Antwerp bioscope (638 kill)
  • 1961-12-08 Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
  • 1962-04-05 Mgr J Daems appointed bishop of Antwerp
  • 1964-05-15 Sporting Portugal win 4th European Cup Winner's Cup against MTK Budapest of Hungry 1-0 at Antwerp (replay)
  • 1967-10-03 King Boudouin inaugurates world's biggest floodgate (Antwerp)
  • 1969-05-30 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp
  • 1973-04-06 Dock strike in Gent/Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1979-07-06 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
  • 1980-07-27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • 1981-10-20 Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured
  • 1982-12-04 Police & racist demonstrators clash in Antwerp
  • 1989-04-16 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • 1993-05-12 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London

Famous Birthdays

  • 1338-11-29 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England (d. 1368)
  • 1581-12-09 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 1584-11-18 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp
  • 1599-02-22 Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp Belgium, painter
  • 1736-06-05 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp
  • 1818-08-03 HM Jozef Schadde, Flemish architect (New Stock exchange Antwerp)
  • 1827-04-17 French C Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp)
  • 1853-02-14 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist/mayor (Antwerp)
  • 1868-07-28 George Morren, Flemish painter/sculptor, born in Antwerp (d. 1941)
  • 1880-01-10 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp
  • 1882-03-03 Floris H L Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp
  • 1883-05-14 Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer (Antwerp Devil)
  • 1901-09-23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, born in Antwerp (d. 1987)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Antwerp Belgium, organist/composer (Lied Symphony)
  • 1970-08-20 Els Callens, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen)
  • 1976-02-05 Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico)
  • 1976-05-02 Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star

Famous Deaths

  • 1100-07-18 Godfried IV van Bouillon, count of Antwerp, dies
  • 1368-10-07 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England (b. 1338)
  • 1568-09-24 Antoon van Stralen, Flemish mayor of Antwerp, beheaded at about 47
  • 1657-09-28 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, daugher of Willem of Orange, dies at 75
  • 1798-08-21 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • 1852-07-19 Anne-Francois Mellinet, French/Belgian general (Antwerp), dies at 83
  • 1894-12-03 HM Jozef Schadde, Flem architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76
  • 1906-09-23 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist/mayor of Antwerp, dies
  • 1954-10-26 Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
  • 1961-05-17 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81