Arnhem in History

Historical Events

  • 1233-07-01 Earl Otto II van Gelre grants Arnhem state justice
  • 1845-05-14 Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens
  • 1856-10-20 Arnhem-Oberhausen railway in Netherlands opens
  • 1892-05-14 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • 1944-02-22 US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die
  • 1944-05-11 Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison
  • 1944-06-11 KP gang surprise attack on Dome Arnhem jail
  • 1944-09-17 Operation Market Garden: British airborne division lands Arnhem Neth
  • 1944-09-21 Last British paratroopers at bridge of Arnhem surrender
  • 1944-09-26 British & Polish paratroopers evacuate Oosterbeek (Arnhem)
  • 1944-09-28 Battle of Arnhem, Germans defeat British airborne in Netherlands
  • 1945-04-14 Arnhem, Zwolle freed from Nazis
  • 1967-09-04 Train crash at Arnhem, Netherlands, kills 5
  • 1971-02-27 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati
  • 1984-06-15 Vitesse soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • 1995-03-10 Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem

Famous Birthdays

  • 1550-08-16 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1606)
  • 1878-06-27 Jean Fran├žois van Royen, Dutch bibliophile, secretary-general of PTT, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1894-07-18 Bernard Wagenaar, Arnhem Holland, composer (3 Songs for Chinese)
  • 1901-09-16 CFH "Freddie" Gough, British major scout (WW II, Arnhem)
  • 1910-08-02 Truus van Aalten [Geertruida van Aalten], Flemish actress (Girl in Blue Hat), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1916-08-30 Kornelis M R van der Beek, reformed vicar (Arnhem)
  • 1920-09-05 Margaretha D Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Anna & her Father), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Overton, British glider pilot (Arnhem 1944)
  • 1930-05-19 Hans Kox, Dutch composer, born in Arnhem
  • 1941-09-06 Willibrord Frequin, Dutch TV reporter, born in Arnhem, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-09-17 Friedrich Kussin, German Major-General and commander in Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, dies in battle at 49
  • 1944-09-18 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer/captain, killed in Arnhem
  • 1944-09-18 Peter Waddy, British major 1st Para Brigade, dies in battle in Arnhem
  • 1944-09-19 John AC Fitch, British lt-colonel, dies in battle in Arnhem
  • 1944-09-20 John Grayburn, English (Victoria Cross), dies in battle in Arnhem
  • 1967-01-06 Arnhem "Tata" Joseph Weiss, "the Zigeunerbaron," buried
  • 1982-03-26 Agathe "Henriette" de Beaufort, writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91