Utrecht in History

Historical Events

  • 0918-03-01 Balderik becomes bishop of Utrecht
  • 0949-06-30 Otto I the Great gives away bishopdpric of Utrecht "foreestrecht"
  • 0953-04-21 Otto I the Great gives Utrecht fishing rights
  • 1040-05-21 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency
  • 1046-08-23 King Henry III gives money to Utrecht Deventer diocese
  • 1048-05-01 Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht Neth

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1064-04-30 German King Henry IV gives away Utrecht county of West Friesland

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1077-10-30 Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV gives the district of Stavoren to the bishop of Utrecht (Conrad, his former tutor)
  • 1100-05-30 Burchard becomes bishop of Utrecht
  • 1140-07-02 Hartbert becomes bishop of Utrecht

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1165-11-25 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) visits Utrecht

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick Barbarossa
  • 1230-08-31 Bishop Willebrand of Utrecht grants Swells state justice
  • 1248-08-25 The Dutch city of Ommen receives city rights and fortification rights from Otto III, the Archbishop of Utrecht.
  • 1253-04-28 -May 7th) Utrecht destroyed by fire
  • 1317-11-21 Frederik of Sierck/Zyrick becomes bishop of Utrecht
  • 1322-11-08 Pope John XXII names John van Diest as Bishop of Utrecht
  • 1342-11-20 Pope Clemens VI names John IV of Arkel as bishop of Utrecht
  • 1346-11-22 Street fights in Utrecht, Hollandsgezinde Gunterlingen statements
  • 1364-04-24 Pope Urban V names John V van Virneburg as Bishop of Utrecht
  • 1371-06-30 Arnold II of Horne chosen bishop of Utrecht
  • 1371-07-09 Pope Gregory XI names Arnold II of Horne as bishop of Utrecht
  • 1395-08-14 Utrecht bishop Frederik of Blankenheim occupies Coevorden
  • 1418-11-02 Utrecht conquers Ijsselstein
  • 1448-12-20 Pope Nicholas V appoints Rudolf of Diepholt, Bishop of Utrecht, as cardinal
  • 1481-12-26 Battle at Westbroek: Dutch army beats Utrecht
  • 1483-09-03 Utrecht surrenders to Habsburg army
  • 1517-05-19 Philip van Bourgondie installed as bishop of Utrecht
  • 1522-07-13 Hunger appeal by women of Utrecht
  • 1528-03-05 Utrecht governor Maarten van Rossum plunders The Hague
  • 1528-06-30 Burgundian army occupies Utrecht
  • 1534-02-26 Pope Paul II affirms George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht

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1534-10-26 Charles V names Joris of Egmont as Bishop of Utrecht

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1559-08-09 Willem of Orange becomes viceroy of Holland/Zealand/Utrecht

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1560-09-25 Spanish king Philip II names Frederik Schenck of Toutenburg as 1st archbishop of Utrecht

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1566-08-25 Iconoclastic fury begins in Dutch province Utrecht
  • 1572-07-18 Willem of Orange recognized as viceroy of Holland/Friesland/Utrecht
  • 1579-01-23 Union of Utrecht signed, forming protestant Dutch Republic
  • 1579-01-25 Treaty of Utrecht signed, marks beginning of Dutch Republic
  • 1579-03-05 Betuwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 1579-03-06 Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 1579-03-23 Friesland joins Union of Utrecht
  • 1579-04-11 Venlo joins Union of Utrecht
  • 1579-07-29 Antwerp request union with Utrecht
  • 1579-09-13 Breda forms Union of Utrecht
  • 1580-04-11 Drenthe joins Union of Utrecht
  • 1580-06-18 States of Utrecht forbid catholic worship
  • 1590-04-02 States-General appoints earl Mauritius, viceroy of Utrecht
  • 1618-07-30 Prince Maurits' troops pull into Utrecht
  • 1636-03-26 University of Utrecht opening ceremony

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1672-06-21 French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Utrecht

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1700-11-30 Utrecht/Overijssel/Buren/Leerdam/IJsselstein go on Gregoria calendar
  • 1700-12-12 Utrecht/Overijssel/Buren/Leerdam/Ijsselstein adopt Gregorian calendar
  • 1712-10-04 Utrecht banishes poor Jews
  • 1713-03-27 Spain loses Menorca and Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht
  • 1713-04-11 Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain - English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty
  • 1723-04-23 Cornelis Steenoven elected archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1747-05-03 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
  • 1786-08-02 Utrechtse Vroedschap flees
  • 1787-09-15 -16] Utrecht patriots flee to Amsterdam
  • 1795-01-16 French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht, Netherlands

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1811-10-06 French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte visits Utrecht

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1813-11-28 Cossacks occupy Utrecht
  • 1822-12-06 Veterinary school in Utrecht opens
  • 1838-09-05 Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands
  • 1843-12-06 Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens
  • 1845-05-14 Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens
  • 1855-07-20 1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands
  • 1863-07-16 Utrecht-Swells railway opens
  • 1871-10-01 General Dutch Werkliedenverbond (ANWV), forms in Utrecht
  • 1883-03-31 Utrecht begins water pipe system
  • 1883-07-01 ANWB forms in Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 1902-09-10 Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
  • 1902-10-10 South Africa's President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Utrecht
  • 1906-04-18 Calvinist Reformed Union in Neth Church forms in Utrecht
  • 1917-02-26 1st Annual fair at Utrecht Harbor (Netherlands)
  • 1917-09-03 Utrecht soccer team Holland forms
  • 1928-12-01 Railroad museum opens in Utrecht Neth
  • 1931-12-14 1st assembly of Anton Musserts NSB in Utrecht
  • 1938-12-17 Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire
  • 1941-02-26 Utrecht & Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
  • 1944-10-07 Riots in Amersfoort/Utrecht/Strugle
  • 1944-12-05 German troops steal all the silver coin in Utrecht
  • 1945-05-07 WWII: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1945-12-22 Utrecht: Catholic People's party (KVP) established
  • 1951-05-28 Bernardus J Alfrink appointed bishop's asst of Utrecht
  • 1954-04-01 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
  • 1955-10-31 Mgr Alfrink appointed archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1955-11-03 Bernardus J Alfrink installed as archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1955-12-04 Mgr Alfrink installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1970-07-01 FC Utrecht soccer team forms in Utrecht
  • 1975-12-20 Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1976-02-21 Cardinal Willebrands installed as Archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1977-09-22 West German Red Army Faction terrorist kills policeman in Utrecht
  • 1979-01-26 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • 1988-03-11 Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire

Famous Birthdays

  • 1487-02-14 Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht/Worms/Freising
  • 1504-06-02 George/Joris van Egmont, bishop of Utrecht

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1584-01-29 Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel (1625-47), born in Delft, Dutch Republic (d. 1647)

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1599-01-12 Adrian van Utrecht, Flemish painter
  • 1695-04-12 Caspar Burman, historian/mayor (Utrecht Neth)
  • 1720-01-11 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Utrechts regent
  • 1740-10-20 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Three Women), born at Castle Zuylen near Utrecht (d. 1805)
  • 1794-08-28 Johannes Zwijsen, archbishop (Utrecht Netherlands)
  • 1815-09-04 Andreas I Schaepman, archbishop of Utrecht 1868-82
  • 1824-06-18 Johannes Heykamp, Catholic archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1850-11-26 Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929)
  • 1871-03-28 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d.
  • 1882-08-16 Pierre H Ritter Jr, Dutch literary/head (Utrecht Newspaper)
  • 1883-01-04 Johanna Westerdijk, botanist/Neth 1st female prof (Utrecht, 1917-52)
  • 1885-09-10 Johannes de Jong, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht (Handbook)
  • 1889-02-18 Sybold van Ravesteyn, architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)
  • 1900-07-05 Bernardus J Cardinal Alfrink, cardinal of Utrecht Netherlands
  • 1918-11-19 Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Utrecht the Netherlands, Dutch astronomer who correctly predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyper-fine line of neutral atomic hydrogen in interstellar space
  • 1922-11-19 Stanley K Runcorn, British geophysicist (Doctor of Utrecht)
  • 1931-11-26 Adrianus J "Cardinal" Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1957-07-16 Wlodi Smolarek, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1963-04-13 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV)
  • 1963-07-06 Edwin Gorter, soccer player (Lommel/FC Utrecht)
  • 1964-03-26 Ab Plugboer, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1964-10-14 Pieter Axe, soccer player (FC Utrecht/SC Heerenveen)
  • 1964-12-24 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1966-02-28 Erik van Kessel, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1966-03-16 David Nascimento, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Utrecht)
  • 1966-12-17 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • 1967-01-28 Peter Hofstede, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, FC Utrecht), born in Oosterbeek, Gelderland
  • 1967-07-07 Erik van der More, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1968-12-13 Carlos Hasselbaink, Dutch soccer player (VVV/FC Utrecht/Haarlem)
  • 1970-01-13 Anne-Marie Goddard, Utrechtum Netherlands, playmate (Jan, 94)
  • 1970-01-30 Edwin de Kruyf/Kruijff, soccer player (FC Utrecht, FC Groningen)
  • 1970-02-02 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • 1970-10-17 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1970-10-30 Suvat Karadag, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971-05-27 Ferdino Hernandez, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971-09-27 Erik Smit, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971-10-21 René Ponk, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971-11-20 Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1972-06-12 Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC)
  • 1973-04-01 Ferdy Vierklau, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1975-02-19 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1976-01-18 Vincent Polvliet, soccer player (FC Utrecht)

Famous Deaths

  • 0739-11-07 Willibrord, [Clemens], 1st bishop of Utrecht/saint 695-739, dies at 81
  • 0754-06-05 Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered
  • 0784-11-14 Alberik I, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 0917-11-29 Radboud, bishop of Utrecht/Deventer (900-17)/saint, dies
  • 0975-12-27 Balderik, bishop of Utrecht (918-75), dies
  • 0995-05-10 Boudouin, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1010-05-03 Ansfried, 9th bishop of Utrecht (995-1010)/saint, dies at about 69
  • 1026-11-27 Adalbert II, bishop of Utrecht (1010-26), dies
  • 1054-07-19 Bernold[us] Benno/Bernulphus, bishop of Utrecht (1027-54)/saint, dies
  • 1076-04-27 Willem, bishop of Utrecht (1054-76), murderer of earl Floris I, dies
  • 1099-04-14 Conrad, bishop of Utrecht, stabbed to death
  • 1139-06-23 Andries van Kuik, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1150-11-11 Hartbert, bishop of Utrecht (1140-50), dies
  • 1156-01-30 Herman van Horn, bishop of Utrecht (1151/52-56), dies
  • 1178-05-27 Godfried van Rhenen, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1196-04-30 Boudouin II, bishop of Utrecht (1178-96), dies
  • 1212-12-05 Derek II of Are, Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212), dies
  • 1215-09-01 Otto van Gelre, son of Otto I/earl-elect of Utrecht
  • 1227-07-27 Otto II van Lippe, bishop of Utrecht (1216-27), dies
  • 1267-06-04 Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies
  • 1301-07-04 Willem II Berthout van Mechelen, bishop of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1307-01-13 Arnoud van Foreest, Dom deacon of Utrecht, dies
  • 1309-07-13 Jan I van Nassau, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1317-05-28 Guy van Avesnes/Henegouwen, bishop of Utrecht, dies at about 63
  • 1322-07-20 Frederik II van Sierck, bishop of Utrecht (1317-22), dies
  • 1340-06-01 Jan III van Diest, bishop of Utrecht (1322-40), dies
  • 1371-06-13 Jan V of Virneburg, bishop of Utrecht (Pledge Vollenhove), dies
  • 1378-07-01 Jan I V van Arkel, bishop of Utrecht/Luik, dies
  • 1382-06-09 Philip of Lead, lawyer of Utrecht, dies
  • 1393-04-04 Floris van Wevelinkhoven, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1423-10-09 Frederik III of Blankenheim, bishop of Straatsburg/Utrecht, dies
  • 1433-09-21 Zweder van Kuilenberg, bishop of Utrecht
  • 1455-03-24 Rudolf van Diepholt, bishop/cardinal of Utrecht (1448-55), dies
  • 1473-10-16 Reinoud II van Brederode, viscount of Utrecht, dies
  • 1496-04-16 David van Bourgondie, Bishop of Utrecht (1456-96), dies at about 69
  • 1517-09-24 Frederik IV, of Baden, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1524-04-07 Philip of Burgundy, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1534-07-19 Willem van Enkenvoirt, cardinal/bishop of Utrecht, dies at about 70
  • 1552-01-03 Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht (1524-29), dies at 64
  • 1574-03-05 Philip of Saint-Aldegonde, Flem viceroy Holland/Zealand/Utrecht, dies
  • 1580-08-25 Frederick Schenk van Toutenburg, last archbishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1581-04-03 Huibert Duifhuis, Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam/Utrecht), dies
  • 1589-10-18 Adolf van Nieuwenaar & Meurs, viceroy of Utrecht, dies in battle
  • 1590-08-31 Floris Thin, politician/land advocate of Utrecht, dies
  • 1618-09-28 Gilles van Ledenberg, sec of Utrecht States (1588-1618), suicide at 68

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1647-03-14 Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel (1625-47), dies at 63

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1755-08-22 Caspar Burman, historian/mayor (Utrecht), dies
  • 1788-02-20 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Dutch regent (Utrecht), dies at 68
  • 1877-10-16 John Zwijsen, archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 83
  • 1882-09-19 Andreas I Schaepman, archbishop of Utrecht (1868-82), dies at 67
  • 1892-01-08 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • 1929-11-18 Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop Utrecht (1895-1929), dies at 78
  • 1955-09-08 John de Young, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 69
  • 1987-12-17 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • 1991-12-05 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • 1992-09-21 Hans Rosenberg, astronomer/alderman of Utrecht, dies
  • 1995-03-11 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69