Breda in History

Historical Events

  • 1567-04-11 Dutch prince William of Orange flees from Antwerp to Breda
  • 1579-09-13 Breda forms Union of Utrecht
  • 1590-02-26 Mauritius of Nassaus sails to Breda
  • 1590-03-04 Mauritius of Nassau's ship reaches Breda
  • 1590-03-06 Dutch and English army led by Maurice of Nassau captures heavily protected city of Breda using a small assault force hidden in a peat barge
  • 1625-06-05 Spanish troops under Spinola conquer Breda

Historic Event

1637-10-07 Prince Frederick Henry occupies Breda

Historic Event

1660-04-04 English King Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

  • 1667-07-31 Peace of Breda: 2nd English war-Suriname vs New-Netherlands ends
  • 1793-02-24 French troops conquer Breda
  • 1863-10-01 Dutch Breda-Tilburg railway opens
  • 1912-09-19 Soccer team NAC (Noad Advendo Combination) forms in Breda
  • 1940-05-13 British bomb factory at Breda, Netherlands
  • 1944-10-29 1st Polish Armoured Division liberates Breda, Netherlands
  • 1944-11-20 Dutch Prince Bernhard establishes staff in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1972-02-16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed

Famous Birthdays

  • 1451-05-17 Engelbert II, Earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz and viceroy of Luxembourg, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1504)
  • 1483-01-12 Count Henry III of Nassau-Breda, Stadholder of Holland and Zeeland 1515-1521 (d. 1538)
  • 1563-11-05 Anna van Nassau, daughter of William the Silent and his second wife, Anna of Saxony and wife of William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1588)
  • 1730-12-08 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-English physiologist (discovering photosynthesis) and personal physician of Maria Theresa, born in Breda, Staats-Brabant, Dutch Republic (d. 1799)
  • 1834-07-16 Peter Leyten, Bishop of Breda (1885-1914) (d. 1914)
  • 1865-08-22 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Eucharistic Crusade)
  • 1876-05-29 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Breda (d. 1951)
  • 1884-05-28 Theo van Reijn, Dutch sculptor and lithographer, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1901-12-10 Franz Fischer, German Gestapo official and war criminal (one of the Breda 4, last ex-Nazi held in Dutch prison) (d. 1989)
  • 1906-12-27 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1907-03-08 Charles Boost, Dutch film critic, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1909-06-26 Colonel Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1913-04-08 Hubertus Ernst, Dutch Roman Catholic bishop of Breda, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2017)
  • 1918-07-02 WiBo [Willem Boost], Dutch cartoonist, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1918-07-06 Bert Voeten, Dutch journalist and poet (Crossing), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1921-06-27 G. M. J. Veldkamp, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1922-10-28 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball player and coach, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1955-01-18 Hans van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1964-09-13 Peter Remie, Dutch soccer player (NAC), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1965-05-04 Adrie Bogers, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1965-06-15 Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
  • 1969-01-17 TiĆ«sto [Tijs Michiel Verwest], Dutch DJ and record producer considered the "Godfather of EDM", born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1972-11-02 Alfred Schreuder, Dutch soccer midfielder and manager (NAC Breda; manager: 1899 Hoffenheim), born in Barneveld, Netherlands
  • 1975-02-05 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1975-10-13 Leo Koswal, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1976-08-24 Nordin Wooter, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1977-06-08 Yvette Basting, Belgian professional tennis player, 1992-2002 (1994 Futures-Flensberg-GER), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1991-07-08 Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer (Liverpool FC, Netherlands national team captain), born in Breda, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • 1378-11-03 Jan II, ruler of Polanen, Leck and Breda, dies
  • 1672-06-07 Willem J van Gendt, admiral/governor of Breda, dies at about 37
  • 1914-05-17 Peter Leyten, Bishop of Breda (1885-1914), dies at 79
  • 1951-02-18 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Crusade), dies at 85
  • 1967-03-27 Gerardus H de Vet, the Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67), dies at 49
  • 1989-09-21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • 1992-10-24 Alexander V Van de Wall Bake, staff leader/gov KMA Breda, dies
  • 1993-04-08 Hubertus Earnest, bishop of Breda, dies at 100