Belgian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 513

  • 1057-08-02 Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X]
  • 1302-07-11 Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch) near Kortrijk, Belgium. Flemish coalition defeat French army
  • 1357-06-03 Peace of Ath signed (in modern Belgium), settles Brabant succession
  • 1370-05-22 Jews are expelled and massacred in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1488-02-05 Roman catholic German emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • 1549-07-17 Jews are expelled from Ghent, Belgium
  • 1566-08-20 Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1567-08-08 Duke of Alva's army enters Brussels, Belgium
  • 1574-05-30 Sea battle at Lillo Belgium (Adolf Van Haemstede vs Louis de Boisot)
  • 1584-07-10 Spanish army leader Richebourg conquers Liefkenshoek, Belgium
  • 1786-09-05 Montplaisir Ceramic factory opens in Schaarbeek Belgium
  • 1790-01-11 Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium
  • 1795-10-01 Belgium is conquered by France.
  • 1814-08-01 Belgian King Willem I accepts blame in Southern defeat
  • 1814-08-08 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1815-03-16 Willem I proclaimed King of the Netherlands, including Belgium

  • 1830-08-25 Belgium revolts against Netherlands and begins the Belgian Revolution
  • 1830-10-04 Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands
  • 1830-10-26 Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp
  • 1830-10-27 Major-General Baron D Chasse bombs Antwerp (Belgium revolution)
  • 1830-12-20 Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium
  • 1831-02-07 Belgium adopts its Constitution
  • 1831-06-04 National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium
  • 1831-07-21 Belgium gains independence from Netherlands, Leopold I made king
  • 1831-08-02 Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
  • 1831-08-08 Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgians
  • 1831-08-12 Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty
  • 1832-11-23 French take Antwerp in liberation of Belgium
  • 1833-11-18 Netherlands & Belgium sign Treaty of Zonhoven
  • 1834-05-01 Belgian parliament accepts railway laws
  • 1834-05-08 Prussia, Austria and Russia sign classified accord about Belgium
  • 1839-04-19 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
  • 1842-11-08 Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
  • 1846-06-14 Belgian Liberal Party forms
  • 1865-07-26 Patrick Francis Healy is 1st African American awarded PhD (from University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • 1870-07-02 Jules Joseph d'Anethan is elected the tenth Prime Minister of Belgium

  • 1871-01-01 Belgium disbands salt tax
  • 1876-09-26 1st Belgian parachute jump (Glorieux)
  • 1882-09-12 Belgian King Leopold II receives Pierre de Brazza
  • 1884-04-10 US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo
  • 1885-02-05 King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal colonial possession
  • 1885-02-26 Berlin Conference gives Congo to Belgium and Nigeria to Great Britain
  • 1885-05-02 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
  • 1888-09-19 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium
  • 1888-12-30 Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star
  • 1889-12-13 Belgium rules on women and child labor law
  • 1890-07-03 King Leopold II gives Congo, previously a private possession, to Belgium
  • 1892-11-23 Battle of Lomani Congo: Belgian unit beats Arabs, 1000-3000 killed
  • 1894-04-12 British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central Africa
  • 1894-12-09 Roman Catholics win Parliamentary election in Belgium
  • 1895-08-30 Belgium begins compulsory Roman Catholic education
  • 1896-11-11 Jules Vandenpeereboom becomes Belgium's minister of War
  • 1897-10-15 King Leopold II takes Belgian crown
  • 1898-07-22 Crew of Belgium RV Belgica see 1st sunrise in 1600 hrs - 1st expedition to endure Antarctic winter
  • 1899-01-24 Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms
  • 1900-05-28 In China, rioters provoked by Boxers burn the Fengtai Railway Station, where many Belgians work
  • 1901-10-18 Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights
  • 1902-04-08 Demonstration organised by socialists in Belgium as people demand better education, living conditions, the right to strike and universal male suffrage result in a riot and some deaths
  • 1902-11-15 Leopold II, King of Belgium almost assassinated by Italian anarchist
  • 1903-05-20 Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State
  • 1903-06-29 British government protests against abuses in Belgian Congo
  • 1903-09-19 King Leopold II denies Belgian cruelty in Congo
  • 1903-12-12 Roger Casement completes report about abuses in Belgian Congo
  • 1904-04-26 Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms
  • 1904-07-04 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)
  • 1905-04-30 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
  • 1906-04-19 Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
  • 1906-06-03 Belgian King Leopold II claims Congo as his private possession
  • 1906-10-28 Belgian-British "Union Minière du Haut Katanga" mining company created in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 1906-12-09 NY American reports Belgian King Leopold II bribed US Senate commission on the Congo
  • 1907-04-12 Belgium government of De Stain de Naeyer resigns
  • 1907-05-01 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
  • 1907-05-02 Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government
  • 1908-01-09 Frans Schollaert succeeds De Trooz as premier of Belgium
  • 1908-05-24 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
  • 1908-05-31 Miss Pottelsberghe de la Pottery is 1st airplane passenger (Belgium)
  • 1908-08-20 Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
  • 1908-10-18 Belgium annexes Congo Free State
  • 1908-10-20 King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium
  • 1909-05-01 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
  • 1909-06-27 Etten-Leur 1st airplane flight in Neth (Belgium count De Lambert)
  • 1909-12-17 Leopold II, king of Belgium, died in Laeken after a reign of exactly 44 years
  • 1909-12-23 Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians
  • 1910-04-27 Belgian parliament rejects socialist motion for general voting rights
  • 1911-01-01 Belgian Mining law introduces 9½ hour work day
  • 1911-06-08 Belgium government of Schollaert falls
  • 1911-06-17 Belgium government of De Broqueville forms
  • 1912-07-28 10th Tour de France won by Odile Defraye of Belgium
  • 1913-04-14 Belgium begins general strike for voting rights
  • 1913-07-27 11th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1914-01-26 Vatican puts Belgian Nobel winner Maeterlinck's works in their index
  • 1914-07-26 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1914-08-02 Belgian government receives German ultimatum
  • 1914-08-03 Belgium rejects demand to allow free crossing for German Army leading to their invasion hours later
  • 1914-08-03 Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I
  • 1914-08-04 WWI: German army shoots Belgian priests and burns down village of Battice
  • 1914-08-04 WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany
  • 1914-08-04 WWI: King Albert I becomes Supreme Commander of Belgian army after German declaration of war

BattleBattle of Interest

1914-08-05 Battle of Liège: first battle of WWI, massive German assault on forts around Belgium city of Liège led by Erich Ludendorff

German WWI General Erich Ludendorff
German WWI General
Erich Ludendorff
  • 1914-08-05 Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 881

  • 0686-08-23 Charles Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne, born in Herstal, Belgium (d. 741)
  • 1340-07-18 Philip van Artevelde, Flemish leader and wine salesman, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1382)
  • 1480-01-10 Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, born in City of Brussels, Belgium (d. 1530)
  • 1495-12-05 Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish grammarian, born in Diest, Belgium (d. 1542)
  • 1507-11-25 Joost de Damhoudere, Flemish lawyer (Praxis rerum criminalium), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1581)
  • 1512-03-05 Gerardus Mercator, Rupelmonde (Belgium), geographer/mapmaker
  • 1513-07-09 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1584)
  • 1514-12-31 Andreas Vesalius [Andries van Wesel], Flemish-Netherlandish physician and anatomist (De humani corporis fabrica), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1564)
  • 1527-04-14 Abraham Ortelius, Flemish cartographer and dealer in maps, books, and antiquities (Theatrum orbis terrarum), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1598)
  • 1550-06-28 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, born in Oudenarde, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1616)
  • 1561-08-25 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1632)
  • 1571-07-16 Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1633)
  • 1573-10-03 Entonius Walaeus, Dutch Calvinist theologist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1639)
  • 1573-10-11 Jacob Boonen, South Netherlands clergyman and lawyer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1655)
  • 1574-01-23 Lucas Franchoys the Elder, Belgian painter, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1643)
  • 1577-05-01 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1654)
  • 1580-06-06 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer, the crater Vendelinus on the Moon is named after him, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium (d. 1667)
  • 1596-09-28 Vredius [Olivier de Wree], Flemish historian and mayor of Brugge, born in Brugge, Belgium (d. 1652)
  • 1597-03-01 Jean-Charles de la Faille, Belgian mathematician (d. 1652)
  • 1602-05-26 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1612-06-23 André Tacquet, Belgian mathematician (d. 1660)
  • 1615-03-06 Jan Zoet, Dutch actor, author, playwright and poet (Parnasssus aan 't Y), born in Flanders, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1619-08-15 Hubertus Quellinus, Flemish cartoonist and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1687)
  • 1623-03-14 Adam-Nicolas Gascon, composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1668)
  • 1626-01-16 Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish landscape painter (Wooded Landscape), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1699)
  • 1638-07-10 David Teniers III, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1685)
  • 1660-02-15 Frans Anneessens, Belgian merchant/dean of artisans
  • 1674-06-22 Jean Philippe Eugène de Mérode, Belgian marquis of Westerloo, born in Brussels (d. 1732)
  • 1679-11-13 Thomas Philip Wallrad de Hénin-Liétard d'Alsace, Cardinal- Archbishop of Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
  • 1690-09-12 Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1775)
  • 1694-11-10 Jean-Laurent Krafft, composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1768)
  • 1700-06-04 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
  • 1705-09-19 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1786)
  • 1710-04-15 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, born in Brussels, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1770)
  • 1711-07-18 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, born in Soignies, Belgium (d. 1765)
  • 1720-12-04 Jean-Jacques Robson, Flemish composer, born in Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1785)
  • 1722-07-22 Jean-Noel/Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian
  • 1727-04-03 Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter and engraver, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1801)
  • 1733-10-03 François Krafft, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1734-01-17 Francois-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs, Mirza)
  • 1735-05-23 Charles Joseph, 7th Prince the Ligne, Belgian fieldmarshal and author, born in Brussels (d. 1814)
  • 1736-06-05 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1737-07-15 Louise of Orléans, Daughter of King Louis XV and Queen of Belgium, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1787)
  • 1748-04-20 Guillaume Albert Teniers, Flemish composer, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1820)
  • 1755-10-31 Jean Louis van Aelbroeck, Flemish agronomist, born in Zottergem, Belgium (d. 1846)
  • 1758-11-07 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, South Netherland banker and politician, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1837)
  • 1760-11-09 Henri-Philippe Gerard, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1848)
  • 1762-09-16 Charles de Merode, Earl of Merode, Mayor of Brussels and French senator, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1830)
  • 1767-12-29 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, Belgian-born French composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1768-08-27 Anne François Mellinet, French-Belgian general (Maastricht), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, France (d. 1852)
  • 1772-10-25 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1849)
  • 1775-05-01 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1836)
  • 1776-05-13 Charles Ots, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1845)
  • 1777-05-04 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • 1779-10-10 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, born in Brussels (d. 1841)
  • 1780-01-14 Francois-Joseph Dizi, Belgian composer, born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1840)
  • 1782-08-15 Henri de Mérode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1847)
  • 1787-08-24 James Weddell, British sailor and Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1834)
  • 1789-10-14 Constant van Crombrugghe, Flemish monastery founder, born in Geraardsbergen, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • 1790-04-30 John Cockerill, English-Belgian industrialist (founded iron, steel, and manufacturing company - John Cockerill & Company), born in Haslingden, Lancs, England (d. 1840)
  • 1790-12-16 Leopold I, King of Belgium (1831-65), born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1865)
  • 1791-02-01 Charles J Sax, Belgian music instrument builder
  • 1791-04-13 Félix de Mérode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War and Finance, born in Maastricht, Belgium (d. 1857)
  • 1792-02-12 Ferdinand de Braekeleer, Belgian painter
  • 1792-06-09 Frederic de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian revolutionary, born in Maastricht (d. 1830)
  • 1793-07-30 Joseph-François Snel, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1861)
  • 1794-04-12 Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry), born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • 1795-02-15 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general (10 day campaign)
  • 1795-08-28 Joannes Paredis, Belgian Bishop of Roermond, born in Bree, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • 1796-02-22 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • 1797-04-17 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer and conductor, born in Hanzinne, Belgium (d. 1869)
  • 1800-03-12 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian
  • 1801-10-14 Joseph Plateau, Belgian physicist (Plateau's Law), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1883)
  • 1802-01-19 [Jean] Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgium min of Foreign affairs (1831)
  • 1802-02-20 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer
  • 1802-07-12 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1803-04-23 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1888)
  • 1803-10-25 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), born in Diksmuide, Belgium (d. 1884)
  • 1804-04-23 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), born in Amsterdam (d. 1869)
  • 1804-05-05 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • 1804-07-04 Désiré de Haerne, Belgian Catholic priest and Congressional leader, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1804-10-28 Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1849)
  • 1806-01-05 André Henri Constant van Hasselt, Belgian poet (La Belgium), born in Maastricht, Meuse-Inférieure (d. 1874)
  • 1807-01-12 Jan T Beelen, Dutch/Belgian bible expert
  • 1807-06-06 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1808-01-11 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
  • 1809-02-15 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1857)
  • 1810-01-05 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1889)
  • 1810-07-11 Eugène Simonis, Belgian sculptor, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1882)
  • 1811-09-06 Johanna D Courtmans-Berchmans, Flemish author (Rozeken Pot), born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1811-11-10 Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, born in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1812-03-10 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice
  • 1812-04-03 Louisa Maria, Queen of Belgium (1832-50), Wife of Leopold I), born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1850)
  • 1813-08-21 Jean Stas, Belgian chemist, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • 1813-12-29 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1814-01-30 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French-Belgian glass painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • 1814-05-30 Eugène Charles Catalan, French-Belgian mathematician (worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1894)
  • 1814-11-06 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1894)
  • 1816-07-11 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1867)
  • 1817-02-19 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90) until 2013, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1890)

Famous Weddings

  • 1477-08-16 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1816-05-02 Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta
  • 1832-08-09 King Leopold I of Belgium marries Louisa Maria

LoveWedding of Interest

1857-07-27 Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I (25) weds princess Charlotte of Belgium (17) in Brussels

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I
Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian I
  • 1875-02-04 Princess Louise of Belgium marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium
  • 1894-05-28 Belgium Princess Josephine marries Prince Karl von Hohenzollern
  • 1900-10-02 Belgium crown prince Albert von Saksen-Coburg weds Elisabeth of Bayern

LoveWedding of Interest

1919-07-10 Author Aldous Huxley (25) weds epidemiologist Maria Nys in Bellem, Belgium

  • 1926-11-10 Belgium crown prince Leopold weds princess Astrid Bernadotte of Sweden
  • 1930-01-08 Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
  • 1941-09-11 Belgium King Leopold secretly marries Lilian Baels
  • 1941-12-06 King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels
  • 1959-07-02 Belgian Albert, Prince of Liège marries Dona Paola, Princess Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels
  • 1960-12-15 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

LoveWedding of Interest

1999-06-25 "Sudden Death" action star Jean-Claude Van Damme (38) weds Gladys Portugues in Knokke-Heist, Belgium

LoveWedding of Interest

1999-12-04 Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium (38) and heir apparent to Belgium throne weds Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz (25) in Brussels, Belgium

King of Belgium Philippe of Belgium
King of Belgium
Philippe of Belgium
  • 2003-04-12 Prince Laurent of Belgium (39) weds land surveyor Claire Coombs (29) in Brussels, Belgium
  • 2006-11-07 NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon (38) weds Belgian model and actress Ingrid Vandebosch (36) at the Hacienda de San Antonio Resort in Colima, Mexico
  • 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
  • 2016-06-18 Daughter of the Prince Michel de Ligne, Princess Alix de Ligne of Belgium (31) weds Earl Guillaume de Dampierre (31) at St Peter's Church in Belgium

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 449

  • 0659-03-17 Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess, patron saint of travellers, dies at about 32
  • 1058-03-29 Stephen IX, [Frederik van Lotharingen], 1st Belgium Pope (1057-58), dies
  • 1192-11-24 Albert I van Leuven/Luik, Belgian bishop of Luik/saint, dies at 27
  • 1260-02-19 Boniface, of Lausanne, Belgian bishop/saint, dies
  • 1472-04-06 Pieter Bladelin, Belgian land owner (Middelburg castle), dies
  • 1544-05-29 Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson], Belgian inquisitor, dies at about 68
  • 1567-05-31 Guido de Bres, Belgian theologian (b. 1522)
  • 1589-07-01 Christophe Plantin, French/Belgian book publisher, dies
  • 1643-09-16 Lucas Franchoys the Elder, Belgian painter, dies at 69
  • 1648-04-22 Catharina Belgian van Nassau, daughter of Willem, dies at 69
  • 1719-09-19 Frans Anneessens, Belgian merchant/lord of the manor, executed at 59
  • 1732-09-12 Jean Philippe Eugène de Mérode, Belgian marquis of Westerloo, dies at 58
  • 1759-01-05 Thomas Philip Wallrad de Hénin-Liétard d'Alsace, Cardinal- Archbishop of Mechelen, Belgium, dies at 79
  • 1770-04-28 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, dies at 60
  • 1781-10-27 Herman-Francois Delange, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1803-06-08 Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian, dies at 80
  • 1812-04-02 Louise of Orléans, Daughter of King Louis XV and Queen of Belgium, dies at 38
  • 1814-12-13 Charles Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal and author, dies at 79
  • 1820-09-17 Henri Hamal, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1828-09-04 Cornelis Stevens, Belgian RC foreman/polemist, dies at 80
  • 1830-11-04 Frederic de Merode, Belgian revolutionary, dies in battle at 37
  • 1840-06-19 John Cockerill, English-Belgian industrialist (founded iron, steel, and manufacturing company - John Cockerill & Company), dies at 50
  • 1841-11-01 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, dies at 61
  • 1847-02-15 Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry), dies at 52
  • 1847-09-23 Henri de Mérode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs), dies at 65)
  • 1848-04-24 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • 1848-09-11 Henri-Philippe Gerard, Belgian composer, dies at 87
  • 1849-02-15 Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44
  • 1850-10-11 Louisa Maria, Queen of Belgium (1832-50), Wife of Leopold I, dies at 38
  • 1852-05-06 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 1852-07-19 Anne François Mellinet, French-Belgian general (Antwerp), dies at 83
  • 1857-02-07 Félix de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister of War and Finance, dies at 65
  • 1857-02-28 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, dies at 48
  • 1859-01-08 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • 1861-03-10 Joseph-François Snel, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1865-04-26 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74
  • 1865-12-10 Leopold I, King of Belgium (1831-65), dies at 74
  • 1866-11-26 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, dies at 59
  • 1867-03-02 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, dies at 50
  • 1869-03-19 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), dies at 64
  • 1869-10-23 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72
  • 1870-04-08 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1871-02-26 Charles Niellon, Belgian brigade general, dies at 76
  • 1871-04-08 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • 1873-03-20 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1874-02-17 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), dies at 77
  • 1874-07-11 Xavier de Mérode, Belgium minister to the Pope in Rome, dies at 54
  • 1876-01-10 Charles EH de Coussemaker, Belgian musicologist/historian, dies at 70
  • 1880-05-20 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
  • 1881-06-06 Henry Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer, dies at 61
  • 1882-03-02 Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, dies at 70
  • 1882-07-11 Eugène Simonis, Belgian sculptor, dies on 72nd birthday
  • 1883-09-15 Joseph Plateau, Belgian physicist (Plateau's Law), dies at 81
  • 1884-03-31 Jan T Beelen, Neth/Belgian catholic bible expert, dies at 77
  • 1885-12-24 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85
  • 1886-06-18 Joannes Paredis, Belgian Bishop of Roermond, dies at 90
  • 1887-11-20 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • 1888-10-08 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies at 85
  • 1889-04-15 Father Damien, Belgian missionary, dies at 49
  • 1889-10-03 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), dies at 66
  • 1890-03-22 Désiré de Haerne, Belgian Catholic priest and Congressional leader, dies at 85
  • 1890-06-28 Edouard Gregoir, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1890-11-08 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • 1890-11-16 Johann A H Scheler, Belgian man of letters/librarian, dies at 71
  • 1891-01-23 Prince Baudouin of Belgium, Count of Flaanders, dies at 21
  • 1891-07-31 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French-Belgian glass painter, dies at 77
  • 1891-12-17 Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
  • 1891-12-17 Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
  • 1892-06-16 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice, dies at 80
  • 1892-10-04 Guillaume Van Kerckhoven, Belgian captain, dies at 39
  • 1892-12-01 Joseph Lippens, Belgian lieutenant in Congo, murdered
  • 1894-02-04 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1894-02-14 Eugène Charles Catalan, French-Belgian mathematician (worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics), dies at 79
  • 1895-05-24 Joseph Quinaux, Belgian painter (landscape paintings), dies at 73
  • 1895-09-17 Auguste Toulet, Belgian balloonist, dies
  • 1895-11-25 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1896-06-26 Louis CPR of Orleans, French duke (chosen king of Belgian), dies at 81
  • 1897-07-12 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1898-05-01 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian and archivist (Brussels), dies at 81
  • 1898-09-11 Adolphe-Abraham Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1899-11-19 [Maria] Catharina Beersmans, Belgian actress (Medea), dies at 55
  • 1900-08-19 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1901-01-20 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (Gramme dynamo), dies at 74
  • 1901-05-30 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician, dies at 60
  • 1902-01-09 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian lawyer/Interior minister, dies at 66
  • 1902-09-19 Maria Hendrika, Queen of the Belgians, dies
  • 1902-10-31 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1903-07-09 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist, dies at 60
  • 1904-06-12 Camille de Renesse, Belgian nobleman and entrepreneur, dies at 67
  • 1905-02-18 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International), dies at 75
  • 1905-04-04 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 73
  • 1906-01-25 Pierre-Lambert Goossens, Belgian archbishop of Mechelen and Cardinal Primate of Belgium, dies at 78
  • 1906-08-24 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter, dies
  • 1906-11-09 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor of Ukkel, dies at 64
  • 1907-06-14 A Adolf Daens, Belgian priest/politician (CVP), dies
  • 1907-12-31 Jules de Trooz, Belgium PM, dies at 63
  • 1908-12-24 François-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), dies at 80
  • 1909-07-23 Ernest F Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st Congo railway), dies at 65
  • 1909-12-14 Leopold II, King of Belgium, dies at 74
  • 1909-12-17 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), dies at 74