Netherlands Antilles in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-07-01 Slavery abolished in Suriname and Dutch Antilles
  • 1940-06-05 Governor of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1954-12-15 Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
  • 1954-12-29 Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands & Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being
  • 1976-01-08 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
  • 1985-07-20 The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles
  • 2010-10-10 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-10-05 Charles Maduro, Antillean composer, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1947)
  • 1896-12-05 Willem Frederik Meinhardt Lampe, Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles, born in Netherlands Antilles (d. 1973)
  • 1902-05-04 Cola Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Kralendijk, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 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)
  • 1927-07-12 Gualberto T. Hernandez, Minister for Health and Environmental Hygiene of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Curaçao
  • 1930-01-26 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist and composer, born in Curaçao
  • 1951-01-18 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1982)
  • 1955-04-15 Enith Salle Brigitha, Dutch 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

Famous Deaths

  • 1964-01-08 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • 1977-12-01 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), dies at 70
  • 1981-12-02 Cola, Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, dies at 79