The Hague in History

Historical Events

  • 1525-05-10 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague
  • 1525-07-11 Trial against "heretic" John Pistorius at The Hague
  • 1525-09-07 Trial against "heretic" John Pistorius ends in the Hague
  • 1528-03-05 Utrecht governor Maarten van Rossum plunders The Hague
  • 1619-02-20 Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague for alleged crimes against the federal government

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1629-11-03 Prince Frederick Henry festival in The Hague

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1659-05-31 Netherlands, England & France sign Treaty of The Hague
  • 1660-05-07 Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
  • 1661-08-06 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
  • 1672-08-20 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • 1691-01-18 English King William III travels to The Hague
  • 1699-12-03 Baron Jacob Hop appointed treasurer-general of the Hague

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1782-04-19 John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • 1796-03-01 1st National Meeting in the Hague
  • 1804-04-30 The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • 1864-06-25 Horse tramway at the Hague, opens
  • 1900-09-15 A Boer delegation issues an appeal at the Hague, Netherlands, that the major powers intervene in the war in South Africa

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1902-05-22 US President Theodore Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1904-02-22 The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy
  • 1908-10-01 1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague)
  • 1910-09-07 In the Hague, the International Court arbitrates a fishing-rights dispute between the US and Newfoundland (still separate from Canada)
  • 1912-01-23 The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague
  • 1913-08-28 Queen Wilhelmina opens Peace Palace in The Hague
  • 1920-12-13 League of nations establishes International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • 1921-04-16 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
  • 1923-03-03 US Senate rejects membership of the International Court of Justice, The Hague
  • 1925-10-15 Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1926-03-24 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • 1940-05-29 Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1941-02-24 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
  • 1941-03-04 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
  • 1944-04-11 RAF bombs census bureau in The Hague
  • 1944-04-29 Raid by Dutch Resistance on the National Printing Office in The Hague to procure 10,000 Dutch identity cards.
  • 1945-03-03 RAF bombing error hits The Hague killing 511
  • 1945-03-05 Allies bombs The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1945-05-07 Princess Irene Brigade moves into the Hague Neth
  • 1948-05-04 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)

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1948-05-10 Winston Churchill visits The Hague

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1968-03-03 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague
  • 1975-12-04 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
  • 1976-04-03 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • 1977-04-23 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
  • 1980-04-19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague

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1999-05-27 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2002-02-12 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • 2003-02-27 Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
  • 2003-03-11 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1650-11-14 William III, William of Orange, King of England (1689-1702) and Stadtholder, born in The Hague (d. 1702)
  • 1905-02-24 Guillaume Landre, The Hague, Dutch composer
  • 1953-01-26 Andrée van Es [Andrée Christine of Es], Dutch politician (PSP), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1961-03-13 Cor Lems, soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90)
  • 1967-02-14 Mark Rutte, Dutch politician, Prime Minister (2010-), born in The Hague
  • 1967-07-27 Emiel van Eijkeren, soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
  • 1975-01-14 Marcel Koning, soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
  • 1975-04-08 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague

Famous Weddings

  • 1418-03-08 Jacqueline, Countess of Haintaut marries her cousin John IV Duke of Brabant in The Hague

Famous Deaths

  • 1872-12-13 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1872-12-13 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1979-03-22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland