Brussels in History (Part 2)

Belgium: Antwerp - Charleroi - Ghent - Liège

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-01-12 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1925-01-31 Micheline Lannoy, Belgian figure skating pairs (Olympic gold 1948), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1926-05-30 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1926-10-30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1927-01-20 Olivier Strebelle, Belgian sculptor, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2017)
  • 1927-03-10 Claude Laydu, Belgian-born Swiss actor (Diary of a Country Priest), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2011)
  • 1927-10-11 Joséphine-Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2005)
  • 1928-06-25 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs, Johan et Pirlouit), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1992)

Person of interestLiz Claiborne

1929-03-31 Liz Claiborne, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2007)

Fashion Designer Liz Claiborne
Fashion Designer
Liz Claiborne
  • 1929-04-08 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)

Person of interestAudrey Hepburn

1929-05-04 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • 1930-09-06 Andre Beullens, Flemish painter, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1930-09-07 Baudouin I, King of Belgium (1951-93), born in Stuyvenberg Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)
  • 1930-10-15 FM-2030 [Fereidoun M. Esfandiary], Iranian-American author and transhumanist (Are You a Transhuman?), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2000)
  • 1930-11-06 Raymond Baervoets, Belgian composer (Metamorphoses), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • 1934-06-06 Albert II, King of Belgium (1993-2013), born in Stuyvenberg Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1936-09-25 Edward Jones, British Army officer (UK Military Representative to NATO in Brussels), born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England
  • 1938-12-06 Patrick Bauchau, Belgian actor (Scarpine-A View To Kill), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1939-10-09 Pierre Mertens, French-Belgian writer (Lettres Clandestines), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1940-08-25 Jose Van Dam, bass-baritone (Francois d'Assisif), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1942-07-18 Prince Alexandre of Belgium, Prince of the Belgians and son of Leopold III, born in Stuyvenberg Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1942-07-26 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1944-09-11 Freddy Thielemans, Belgian socialist politician (Mayor of Brussels), born in Laeken, Belgium
  • 1945-01-01 Jacky Ickx, Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1969, 75-77, 81-82; 8 x F1 wins; Dakar Rally 1983; Bathurst 1000 1977), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1945-11-16 Martine van Hamel, Dutch ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Brussels, Belgium

Person of interestDiane von Furstenberg

1946-12-31 Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg
  • 1950-02-14 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Belgian vocalist & actor (Brussels by Night)
  • 1950-06-06 Chantal Akerman, actor and director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1950-06-06 Chantal Akerman, Belgian feminist filmmaker (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1951-02-06 Maria Christina, Belgian princess & daughter of Leopold III, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1952-09-19 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1954-02-24 Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1954-05-07 Philippe Geluck, Belgian comedian and cartoonist, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1958-10-08 Ursula von der Leyen, German politician, 1st woman elected President of European Commission, born in Ixelles, Brussels

Person of interestPhilippe of Belgium

1960-04-15 Philippe of Belgium, King of the Belgians (2013-), born in Brussels, Belgium

King of Belgium Philippe of Belgium
King of Belgium
Philippe of Belgium

Person of interestJean-Claude Van Damme

1960-10-18 Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor (Double Impact, Kickboxer, No Retreat), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1965-09-19 Alexandra Vandernoot, Belgian actress (Highlander: The Series), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1973-06-28 Ingrid Seynhaeve, Belgian model (Look of the Year 1991), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1979-08-16 Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1981-01-06 Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1981-12-14 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1985-12-05 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1986-01-31 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Congolese football goalkeeper, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1986-02-21 Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1986-04-10 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer (Manchester City, Belgium National Team), born in Uccle, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2001-10-25 Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, heir apparent to the Belgian throne, born in Erasmus Hospital, Anderlecht, Brussels
  • 2003-08-20 Prince Gabriel of Belgium, second child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, born in Erasmus Hospital, Anderlecht, Brussels, Belgium

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths