Charleroi in History

Belgium: Antwerp - Brussels - Ghent - Liège

Historical Events

  • 1689-08-25 Battle at Charleroi: Spanish & English armies chase French
  • 1794-06-25 French troops occupy Charleroi
  • 1914-08-22 Battle at Charleroi begins: Gen von Bulows troops beat French
  • 1952-06-17 2 mine cave-ins at Charleroi, Belgium
  • 2006-09-17 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Charleroi, Belgium: Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium withdraws with an injured knee with decisive doubles match level at 1-set all; Italy wins first ever title, 3-2

Famous Birthdays

  • 1677-08-09 Jacob Campo Weyerman, Dutch painter and writer active during the Dutch Enlightenment, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1747)
  • 1894-07-17 Georges Lemaître, Belgian Catholic Priest, astronomer and physics professor, who initially proposed the universe expansion and big-bang theories, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1897-03-13 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1978-07-12 Mélanie De Biasio, Belgian jazz singer, composer and flute player (A Stomach Is Burning), born in Charleroi, Belgium