Ghent in History

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Historical Events

  • 1338-01-03 Jacob of Arteveld elected mayor of Ghent
  • 1345-05-02 "Quaden Maendach" in Ghent: battles between fullers & weavers
  • 1382-05-03 Battle of Beverhoutsveld near Bruges in modern-day Belgium - the army of Ghent beats a drunken Bruges militia
  • 1385-12-18 Peace of Tournai (Dutch - Doornik) signed between the Burgundian Duke Philip II and the rebellious city of Ghent

BattleExecution

1540-02-14 Emperor Charles V enters Ghent without resistance, executes rebels

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1540-04-29 Emperor Charles declares all privileges of Ghent ended
  • 1549-07-17 Jews are expelled from Ghent, Belgium
  • 1576-11-08 Eighty Years' War: Pacification of Ghent - 17 Dutch provinces sign anti-Spanish covenant
  • 1578-10-10 Count Johan Casimir occupies Ghent with 500 horsemen
  • 1814-08-08 Peace negotiations begin in Ghent, Belgium

Treaty of InterestTreaty of Ghent

1814-12-24 Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies

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The signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve
The signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve
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AgreementTreaty of Interest

1815-02-17 Treaty of Ghent ratified by the US Senate and signed by President James Madison ending War of 1812, over a month after it was signed in Europe

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1815-07-09 King Louis XVIII leaves Ghent for France

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII
  • 1914-10-11 German troops occupy Ghent
  • 1916-03-15 University of Ghent taken under Dutch control
  • 1922-11-05 Demonstration for a Dutch University in Ghent
  • 1922-11-19 Demonstration for a French Language University in Ghent
  • 1922-12-22 Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent
  • 1923-01-28 Demonstration against a Dutch University in Ghent
  • 1923-03-20 Belgian Senate rejects Dutch University in Ghent
  • 1923-07-31 Belgian Chamber discusses bilinguality at Ghent University
  • 1926-04-11 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
  • 2015-11-29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936

Famous Birthdays

  • 1340-03-06 John of Gaunt, English son of King Edward III, 1st Duke of Lancaster, founder of the English royal House of Lancaster, born in Ghent (d. 1399)
  • 1340-07-18 Philip van Artevelde, Flemish leader and wine salesman, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1382)

Person of interestCharles V

1500-02-24 Charles V, King of Spain (1516-56) and Holy Roman Emperor (1519-56), born in Ghent, Flanders, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1558)

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1513-07-09 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1584)
  • 1518-12-21 Mark van Vaernewijck, Habsburg historian, born in Ghent, County of Flanders, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1569)
  • 1561-08-25 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1632)
  • 1573-10-03 Entonius Walaeus, Dutch Calvinist theologist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1639)
  • 1727-04-03 Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter and engraver, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1801)
  • 1777-05-04 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • 1796-02-22 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • 1802-07-12 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1823-08-14 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), born in Ghent (d. 1889)
  • 1833-02-25 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress and mother of Theodoor Verstraete, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1903)
  • 1842-08-20 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1935)
  • 1843-12-06 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter and etcher, born in Ghent, belgium (d. 1900)
  • 1845-10-26 Hendrik Waelput, Flemish composer and conductor (Forest, Stella), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1885)
  • 1850-01-05 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter & etcher, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1852-08-31 Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1925)
  • 1856-07-06 Edward Anseele, Belgian socialist politician, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1938)

Person of interestMaurice Maeterlinck

1862-08-29 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1949)

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck

Person of interestLeo Baekeland

1863-11-14 Leo Baekeland, Belgian-American chemist and inventor (bakelite plastics), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1944)

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Chemist
Leo Baekeland
  • 1866-08-30 Georges Minne, Belgian sculptor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1941)
  • 1870-12-10 Pierre Louÿs, French novelist and poet (Aphrodite, Woman & Puppet), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1925)
  • 1875-08-21 Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1877-12-14 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Leiecyclys), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1884-08-31 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1885-11-06 Emiel Poetou, Flemish sculptor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1886-06-19 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1891-07-26 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1972)
  • 1891-10-14 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist and folklorist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1892-03-28 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist (Nobel 1938), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • 1893-10-10 August Balthazar, Belgian politician, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1895-12-19 Maurice Roelants, Flemish novelist and poet (Komen en gaan, Prayer for a Good End), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1902-06-12 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), born in Machelen, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1907-12-11 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1920-08-02 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • 1931-06-26 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1942-05-02 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1950-07-30 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • 1955-08-29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1968-02-15 Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1972-09-11 Matthew Gilmore, Belgian-Australian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1979-03-13 Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1979-10-08 Kristanna Loken, American actress (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Ghent, New York
  • 1980-04-28 Bradley Wiggins, British cyclist (Olympic gold 2004, 2008 Tour de France 2012), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1982-12-21 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium

Famous Weddings

  • 1477-08-16 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, weds Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy in Ghent, Belgium

Famous Deaths

  • 1387-07-22 French Ackerman, Ghent rebel/leader of Reisers, murdered at about 57
  • 1399-02-03 John of Ghent, English prince, Duke of Lancaster, founder of the royal House of Lancaster, dies at 58
  • 1635-03-03 Philips de l'Espinoy, historian/mayor of Ghent, dies
  • 1770-07-14 David 't Kindt, Flemish architect (Mammelokker, Ghent), dies at 71
  • 1821-07-21 Maurice J M prince de Broglie, bishop of Ghent, dies at about 55
  • 1973-02-02 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), dies at 70