Ghent in History

Belgium: Antwerp - Brussels - Charleroi - Liège

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


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

  • 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 Ghent

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

Treaty 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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)

Charles 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)

  • 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)

Maurice Maeterlinck

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

Leo Baekeland

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

  • 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 sports administrator, (8th President International Olympic Committee 2001-13), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • 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