Antwerp in History

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Historical Events

  • 1502-06-19 Emperor Maximilian I and 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
  • 1905-04-30 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
  • 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 (WWI)
  • 1914-10-09 German troops take Antwerp in World War I
  • 1914-10-10 German forces rout Belgians in Antwerp, Belgium (WWI)
  • 1919-04-05 Antwerp is officially declared the host city for the Games of the 7th Olympiad to be conducted in 1920; first post WWI Olympics

  • 1920-04-25 Magda Julin of Sweden beats team mate Svea Norén for the gold medal in women's singles figure skating at the Antwerp Olympics
  • 1920-04-26 Husband and wife team Ludowika & Walter Jakobsson representing Finland, win the pairs skating gold medal at the Antwerp Olympics; Ludowika is the only German-born athlete at the Games
  • 1920-04-26 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada's 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match
  • 1920-04-27 Sweden takes the figure skating double at the Antwerp Olympics when Gillis Grafström wins his first of 3 consecutive men's gold medals; Magda Julin earlier wins the women's singles event
  • 1920-08-14 VII Summer Olympic Games open in Antwerp, Belgium; first time Olympic Oath voiced, doves released to symbolise peace, and Olympic Flag flown
  • 1920-08-23 American swimmer Warren Kealoha wins first of 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke, beating team mate Ray Kegeris at the Antwerp Games
  • 1920-08-25 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his first of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics in dominating men's 1,500m freestyle; also wins 400m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920-08-25 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 100m freestyle with a world record swim of 1:13.6
  • 1920-08-25 Swedish divers sweep the medals in the men's plain high diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Arvid Wallman wins gold ahead of team mates Nils Skoglund & John Jansson
  • 1920-08-27 American diver Louis Kuehn leads a US medal sweep in the men's 3m springboard event at the Antwerp Olympics; team mates Clarence Pinkston & Louis Balbach take the minor medals
  • 1920-08-28 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics; beats team mate Ludwig Langer in the men's 400m freestyle; also wins 1,500m and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • 1920-08-28 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 300m freestyle with a world record swim of 4:34.0
  • 1920-08-29 An American sweep of the medals in the men's 100m freestyle at the Antwerp Olympics; Duke Kahanamoku sets world record 1:00.4 in defending his 1912 gold medal
  • 1920-08-29 Swedish swimmer Håkan Malmrot completes the breaststroke double at the Antwerp Olympics beating team mate Thor Henning in the 200m; also beats Henning for gold in the 400m
  • 1920-08-29 Ethelda Bleibtrey wins her 3rd gold medal of the Antwerp Olympics; teams with Irene Guest, Frances Schroth & Margaret Woodbridge in American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team; swims world record 5:11.6
  • 1920-08-29 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Aileen Riggin wins gold ahead of team mates Helen Wainwright & Thelma Payne
  • 1920-09-12 VII Summer Olympic Games close in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1924-04-27 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • 1928-02-19 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal at St. Moritz; one of only 2 athletes to win gold at both Winter & Summer Games (won figure skating Antwerp 1920)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932-02-15 As a member of gold medal winning US 4-man bobsleigh team at Lake Placid, Eddie Eagan (boxing gold Antwerp 1920) becomes only Olympian to win gold medals at both summer & winter Games in different sports

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1933-06-30 50,000 demonstrate in Antwerp against fascism/war
  • 1933-09-11 Antwerps Sportpaleis, the largest indoor arena in Europe opens; renovated 2010-13
  • 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 Australian Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium; record disputed (short course)
  • 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 and 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, born in Antwerp, Buchy of Brabant (d. 1368)
  • 1513-07-20 Gaspar Schetz, Dutch treasurer-general, born in Antwerp (d. 1580)
  • 1527-04-14 Abraham Ortelius, Flemish cartographer and dealer in maps, books, and antiquities (Theatrum orbis terrarum), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1598)
  • 1535-09-06 Emanuel van Meteren, Flemish merchant and historian, born in Antwerp (d. 1612)
  • 1551-05-17 Martin Delrio, Flemish theologian and occultist, born in Antwerp (d. 1608)
  • 1560-12-03 Jan Gruter, Flemish-born Dutch critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1627)
  • 1571-07-16 Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1633)
  • 1573-10-11 Jacob Boonen, South Netherlands clergyman and lawyer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1655)
  • 1576-05-17 Ferdinand van Apshoven the Older, Flemish painter, baptized in Antwerp
  • 1579-11-11 Frans Snyders, Flemish painter of animals, born in Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1657)
  • 1580-09-17 Charlotte Brabantia, countess of Nassau and daughter of Willem of Orange, born in Antwerp (d. 1631)
  • 1581-05-06 Frans Francken the Younger, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1642)
  • 1581-12-09 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, 6th and youngest daughter of Willem of Orange, born in Antwerp (d. 1657)
  • 1584-11-18 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1669)
  • 1587-01-16 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter known for his still-lifes of fish and game pieces, born in Antwerp (d. 1661)
  • 1595-10-02 Jacob Louys, Flemish engraver, born in Antwerp (d. 1668)
  • 1599-03-22 Anthony Van Dyck, Flemish painter (Charles I of England), born in Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1606-11-22 Pieter de Jode II, Flemish engraver and publisher, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1607-11-19 Erasmus Quellinus II, Flemish painter and etcher, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1678)
  • 1609-08-30 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), born in Antwerp (d. 1668)
  • 1610-12-15 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish court painter (Theatrum Pictorium), born in Antwerp (d. 1690)
  • 1619-08-15 Hubertus Quellinus, Flemish cartoonist and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1687)
  • 1620-05-23 Pieter Neefs, the Younger, Flemish painter, baptized in Antwerp
  • 1620-10-30 Michael de Ronghe, composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1696)
  • 1622-11-30 Thomas of Apshoven, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp
  • 1624-01-30 Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher (About Virtue), born in Antwerp (d. 1669)
  • 1626-04-05 Jan van Kessel, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1679)
  • 1638-07-10 David Teniers III, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1685)
  • 1669-07-04 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor, born in Antwerp (d. 1759)
  • 1682-04-22 Willem Ignatius Kerricx, Flemish architect, sculptor and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1745)
  • 1690-09-12 Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1775)
  • 1705-09-19 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1786)
  • 1717-04-30 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Lier, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1789)
  • 1736-06-05 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1775-05-01 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1836)
  • 1804-05-05 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • 1816-07-11 French-Andries Durlet, Belgian sculptor and architect, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1867)
  • 1818-08-03 Joseph Schadde, Flemish architect (New Stock exchange Antwerp), born in Antwerp (d. 1894)
  • 1821-07-08 Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1865)
  • 1824-11-24 Charles Verlat, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1890)
  • 1827-04-17 Frans Baeckelmans, Flemish architect (St Amanduskerk, Antwerp), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1896)
  • 1840-06-11 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1888)
  • 1842-08-28 Willem Linnig The Younger, Flemish painter and graphic artist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1847-05-25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1922)
  • 1849-06-08 Julien Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1904)
  • 1851-01-25 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride, Princess of Herberg), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1853-02-14 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist and Mayor of Antwerp, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1906)
  • 1853-03-08 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvels, Flemish composer (Parisina), born in Antwerp (d. 1916)
  • 1854-05-27 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Jeune Belgium), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1927)
  • 1857-08-18 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate and the fourth vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Hawaiian Islands, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1926)
  • 1859-08-19 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian and hagiographer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1941)
  • 1862-05-05 Max Elskamp, Belgian author and poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1931)
  • 1863-04-03 Henry Van de Velde, Flemish painter and architect (Art Nouveau), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1957)
  • 1868-02-05 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1868-07-28 George Morren, Flemish painter and sculptor, born in Antwerp (d. 1941)
  • 1868-11-09 Emmanuel de Bom, Flemish author (Wrakken), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • 1871-01-14 Pauline Beersmans, Flemish actress (Hofslachter), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1942)
  • 1875-04-27 André Baillon, Belgian-French author (Un homme si simple), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1932)
  • 1875-12-12 Desideer Stracke, Flemish jesuit and literature historian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1970)
  • 1876-09-12 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1879-11-07 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish etcher and glass painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1879-11-19 Karel van den Oever, Flemish author and poet (Geuzenstad), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1926)
  • 1880-01-10 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister & mayor of Antwerp, born in Roosdaal, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • 1882-01-03 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor and director (Pygmalion), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1882-03-03 Floris H L Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp
  • 1882-04-23 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1882-05-07 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1960)
  • 1883-05-14 Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer (Antwerp Devil)
  • 1883-09-20 Maria Baers, Flemish social worker and founder of the Christian Workers' Women's Movement (KAV), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1884-04-18 Magda Janssens, Belgian-Dutch actress and acting teacher (Maria Stuart), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1884-11-10 Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet and author (Bird Phoenix), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1886-05-08 Jef van Hoof, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1886-07-31 Constant Permeke, Flemish painter and statues artist (Sow), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1887-09-21 Lodewijk de Vocht, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1977)
  • 1889-06-14 Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist and paleontologist, born in Antwerp (d. 1964)
  • 1889-06-25 Margriet Baers, Flemish philosopher and social worker, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1922)
  • 1891-04-09 John Gobau, Flemish actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights, The Cross-Patch), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1892-08-03 Oscar van Hemel, Belgian-Dutch composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1981)
  • 1894-01-23 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Met den helm geboren, Patriot, Idiot), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • 1894-05-25 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1895-06-05 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Coriolanus), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1897-12-16 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1898-07-24 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1899-09-21 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), born in Antwerp (d. 1962)
  • 1900-07-09 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1957)
  • 1901-04-16 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1901-06-13 Lode Zielens, Flemish author and journalist (Obscure Blood), born in Antwerp (d. 1944)
  • 1901-06-29 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1901-09-23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, born in Antwerp (d. 1987)
  • 1903-01-04 Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World, Haagsche Comedy), born in Antwerpen, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1903-12-25 Corry Lievens [Isabella MJ Adriaens], Flemish actress (Blue Bird), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • 1905-04-05 Jef Maes, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • 1905-11-27 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer (Mater Dolorosa), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1908-07-06 Léonce Grass, Flemish singer and conductor, born in Borgerhout, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1909-05-04 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, born in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1909-06-28 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, born in Borsbeek, Antwerp
  • 1909-11-13 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Between Doubt & Tears), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1909-12-12 Armand Boni, Flemish poet and writer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991)
  • 1910-09-24 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Le Plaisir, Every Man is My Enemy), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1976)

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, dies at 29
  • 1568-09-24 Antoon van Stralen, Flemish mayor of Antwerp, beheaded at about 47
  • 1657-09-28 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, 6th and youngest daughter of Willem of Orange, dies at 75
  • 1798-08-21 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • 1852-07-19 Anne François Mellinet, French-Belgian general (Antwerp), dies at 83
  • 1894-12-03 Joseph Schadde, Flemish architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76
  • 1906-09-23 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist and Mayor of Antwerp, dies at 53
  • 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