Nijmegen in History

Historical Events

  • 1591-10-21 Nijmegen surrenders to Earl Mauritius van Nassau
  • 1678-08-10 Netherlands & France sign peace treaty in Nijmegen
  • 1678-09-17 France & Spain sign Treaties of Nijmegen
  • 1794-11-07 French troops conquer Nijmegen
  • 1900-11-15 Dutch soccer club NEC is established in Nijmegen
  • 1923-10-17 Catholic University of Nijmegen Neth opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927-10-27 Queen Wilhelmina opens Meuse-Waal Canal in Nijmegen

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • 1943-04-12 Dutch Catholic University Nijmegen closed
  • 1944-02-22 World War II: US Army Air Forces accidentally bomb Dutch town of Nijmegen, around 800 civilians die
  • 1944-09-20 Nijmegen is liberated from German occupation
  • 1945-03-15 Catholic University of Nijmegen reopens
  • 1979-08-28 Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die

Famous Birthdays

  • 1521-05-08 Saint Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit Catholic priest, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1597)
  • 1566-12-01 Philip, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, gov of Ft Gorinchem/Nijmegen
  • 1659-07-23 Antonius Schultingh [Schultingius], Dutch lawyer, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1734)
  • 1762-09-06 Theodorus F. van Capellen, Dutch vice-admiral (Algiers), born in Nijmegen, Dutch Republic (d. 1824)
  • 1762-10-12 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1838)
  • 1804-08-06 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer and minister of Justice (1856-58), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1863)
  • 1898-11-18 Joris Ivens, Dutch director (A Tale of the Wind, Rain), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1911-01-10 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1913-09-07 Wim van der Grinten, Dutch lawyer and KVP politician (State Secretary of Economic Affairs), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1913-09-12 Ben Polak, Dutch physician, communist and resistance fighter, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1924-04-12 Julius Moormann, Dutch student and resistance fighter (WWII), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1926-11-05 Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 2002)

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

1955-01-26 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 1958-07-25 Henk Wanders, Dutch bassist (Frank Boeijen Group), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1969-12-25 Bernhard Jr., Prince of Netherlands, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1972-10-13 Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi, third child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1972-10-13 Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno, daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 1975-04-10 Floris, Prince of Netherlands, son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • 1705-01-15 Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies