Groningen in History

Historical Events

  • 1568-05-23 Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed
  • 1583-02-21 Groningen, Netherlands, begins using Gregorian calendar
  • 1587-11-27 Dutch county of Groningen flooded by failure of dyke
  • 1594-05-22 Earl Mauritius & Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen
  • 1594-07-23 Groningen surrenders to Count Mauritius/Willem Louis
  • 1614-08-23 University of Groningen opens
  • 1625-08-06 Earl Earnest Casimir appointed as viceroy of Groningen
  • 1632-10-05 Henry Casimir I appointed viceroy of Groningen
  • 1700-12-31 Frisia and Groningen adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 1/12/1701
  • 1701-01-12 Frisia & Groningen (Netherlands) begin use of Gregorian calendar
  • 1708-02-24 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
  • 1710-02-20 Johan Willem Friso becomes Viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1729-09-16 Willem KH Friso installed as viceroy of Groningen
  • 1793-04-29 Cornerstone laid for Groningen's new town hall
  • 1813-11-15 Allied troops occupies Groningen
  • 1845-03-14 -5.3°F (-20.7°C) in Groningen
  • 1887-04-10 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
  • 1918-04-30 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen
  • 1921-01-26 Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Neth forms
  • 1929-05-01 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
  • 1945-04-16 German troops in Groningen surrender
  • 1959-07-22 Natural gas found at Slochteren, Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1960-10-14 Belgian sen Victor Leemans reveals huge gas field in Groningen
  • 1962-02-21 Minister De Pous confirms natural gas reserves in Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1971-06-16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen

Famous Birthdays

  • 1573-12-22 Ernst Casimir, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia/Groningen
  • 1849-12-26 Samuel "Sam" van Beem, Flemish actor (Fanfan la Tulipe), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1853-09-21 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1926)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1873-10-19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1888-02-17 Henrietta "Hetty" Beck, Dutch hearing actress (Bouwmeester Award), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1903-02-17 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • 1931-01-01 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • 1961-09-20 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1963-02-10 Harris Huizingh, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1963-12-25 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1966-03-03 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • 1967-02-13 Bas Roorda, soccer player (FC Groningen) [or Feb 21]
  • 1967-02-19 Roel Liefden, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1967-02-21 Bas Roorda, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, NEC) [or Feb 13]
  • 1967-02-21 Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1968-10-22 Warry van Wattum, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1969-01-28 John Veenhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1969-09-22 Marian Chlad, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1970-01-30 Edwin de Kruyf/Kruijff, soccer player (FC Utrecht, FC Groningen)
  • 1971-06-09 Romano Sion, soccer player (Dordrecht '90/FC Groningen)
  • 1971-08-02 Dick Schreuder, Dutch soccer player (PSV/FC Groningen/RKC)
  • 1971-09-23 Marcel Boudesteyn, soccer player (Excelsior/FC Groningen)
  • 1972-02-14 Raymond Beerens, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1972-11-10 Dick Kooijman, Dutch soccer player (Heracles, FC Groningen, Az)
  • 1973-01-09 Ronald Hamming, soccer player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard)
  • 1973-08-18 Alex Pijper, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1974-01-08 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1974-01-31 Bob Mulder, soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
  • 1974-09-11 Lucian Sahetapy, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1974-12-06 Arjan Ebbinge, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1975-10-13 Arafath Hill, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1977-06-09 Zephnad Wattimury, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)

Famous Deaths

  • 1540-02-02 George Schenck van Toutenburg, gov/viceroy of Frisia/Groningen
  • 1580-03-03 Jacob Hillebrand, Dutch mayor of Groningen, dies
  • 1600-09-10 John Bruhesius, [Bruhesen], bishop of Groningen, dies