The Hague in History

Historical Events

  • 1525-05-10 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague
  • 1525-07-11 Trial against "heretic" John Pistorius at The Hague
  • 1525-09-07 Trial against "heretic" John Pistorius ends in the Hague
  • 1528-03-05 Utrecht governor Maarten van Rossum plunders The Hague
  • 1619-02-20 Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague for alleged crimes against the federal government

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1629-11-03 Prince Frederick Henry festival in The Hague

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1659-05-31 Netherlands, England and France sign Treaty of The Hague
  • 1660-05-07 Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
  • 1661-08-06 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
  • 1672-08-20 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • 1691-01-18 English King William III travels to The Hague
  • 1699-12-03 Baron Jacob Hop appointed treasurer-general of the Hague

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1782-04-19 John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • 1796-03-01 1st National Meeting in the Hague
  • 1804-04-30 The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • 1864-06-25 Horse tramway at the Hague, opens
  • 1900-09-15 A Boer delegation issues an appeal at the Hague, Netherlands, that the major powers intervene in the war in South Africa

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1902-05-22 US President Theodore Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1904-02-22 The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy
  • 1908-10-01 1st Dutch electric railway in use (Rotterdam-The Hague)
  • 1910-09-07 In the Hague, the International Court arbitrates a fishing-rights dispute between the US and Newfoundland (still separate from Canada)
  • 1912-01-23 The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague
  • 1913-08-28 Queen Wilhelmina opens Peace Palace in The Hague
  • 1920-12-13 League of nations establishes International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • 1921-04-16 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
  • 1923-03-03 US Senate rejects membership of the International Court of Justice, The Hague
  • 1925-10-15 Willem Landre's opera "Beatrice" premieres in The Hague
  • 1926-03-24 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • 1940-05-29 Arthur Seyss-Inquart installed as Reich commissar of The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1941-02-24 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
  • 1941-03-04 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague
  • 1942-07-19 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and The Hague
  • 1944-04-11 RAF bombs census bureau in The Hague
  • 1944-04-29 Raid by Dutch Resistance on the National Printing Office in The Hague to procure 10,000 Dutch identity cards.
  • 1945-03-03 RAF bombing error hits The Hague killing 511
  • 1945-03-05 Allies bombs The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1945-05-07 Princess Irene Brigade moves into The Hague, Netherlands

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1945-10-06 US General Eisenhower welcomed in The Hague (on Hitler's train)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1948-04-18 International Court of Justice opens at The Hague Netherlands
  • 1948-05-04 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)

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1948-05-10 Winston Churchill visits The Hague

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1968-03-03 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague
  • 1975-12-04 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
  • 1976-04-03 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • 1977-04-23 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
  • 1980-04-19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • 1991-02-11 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1992-04-10 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at The Hague, Netherlands

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1999-05-27 The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2002-02-12 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • 2003-02-27 Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
  • 2003-03-11 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.

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2017-06-03 Largest-ever exhibition of works by Piet Mondrian opens at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands to mark centenary of De Stijl movement

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian

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2017-11-22 Ratko Mladic the "Butcher of Bosnia" is convicted of genocide and other atrocities during the Bosnian war and jailed for life in The Hague

Serbian General Ratko Mladić
Serbian General
Ratko Mladić
  • 2017-11-29 Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak commits suicide by poison in court at The Hague after 20 year prison term read out

Famous Birthdays

  • 1210-08-24 Floris IV, Count of Holland, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1234)
  • 1596-09-04 Constantijn Huygens, Dutch diplomat and poet, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1687)
  • 1629-04-14 Christiaan Huygens, Dutch mathematician, astronomer and scientist (science of dynamics), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1695)
  • 1634-04-09 Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1696)
  • 1637-08-20 Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor of Suriname (1638-88), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1688)
  • 1650-11-14 William III, William of Orange, King of England (1689-1702) and Stadtholder, born in The Hague (d. 1702)
  • 1740-06-21 Hendrik van Wijn, Dutch histrorian and archivist (Algemeen Rijksarchief), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1831)
  • 1748-03-08 William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1806)
  • 1748-08-13 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1810)
  • 1753-04-09 Pieter Paulus, Dutch Patriot and President of the First National Assembly in The Hague, born in Axel, Netherlands (d. 1786)
  • 1771-06-05 Willem Frederik van Bylandt, Dutch military officer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1855)
  • 1772-08-24 William I Frederick, King of the Netherlands (1815-40) and Grand Duke of Luxembourg, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • 1789-10-24 Jean Chrétien Baud, Dutch gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1859)
  • 1798-09-25 Henri Scheffer, Dutch painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1862)
  • 1801-08-21 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch statesman and historian, born in Voorburg, Netherlands (d. 1876)
  • 1818-12-31 Maria Gartmann, Dutch actress, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1824-06-08 James Loudon, Dutch politician, Governor-General of Dutch East Indies (1872-75), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1900)
  • 1834-08-02 Isaac Capadose, clergyman in the Catholic Apostolic Church, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1920)
  • 1850-08-03 Paulus Adrianus Daum, Dutch writer, founder and editor (Batavian Newspaper), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1898)
  • 1850-09-06 Louis Apol, Dutch painter, etcher and literary, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1851-07-19 Hendrik Jut, Dutch murderer (Head of Jut), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1878)
  • 1851-08-25 Alexander, Prince of Orange, heir apparent to the Netherlands, born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1884)
  • 1855-11-13 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1857-04-20 Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken, Dutch painter and author (HW Knife Day), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1930)
  • 1860-07-11 Johannes van Laar, Dutch chemist (thermodynamics), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1866-12-29 Joseph Limburg, Dutch lawyer and politician, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1874-08-21 Herman Adriaan van Karnebeek, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1918-27), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1879-07-19 Hendrik Gerrit Cannegieter, meteorology/director (KNMI), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1880-08-31 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1890-1948), born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1962)
  • 1881-08-23 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • 1883-05-20 Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1887-07-30 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (gravity), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1889-09-07 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer and founder (KLM), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1894-04-20 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1895-10-13 Vera [Veronica] Bondam, Flemish actress (Een brief van de generaal), born in The Hague, Holland (d. 1982)
  • 1898-05-02 Jef Last, Dutch poet and writer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1899-09-12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1900-04-23 Ary Verhaar, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1900-08-02 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1900-08-03 Arnold Struycken, Dutch lawyer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • 1902-07-19 Gerard Rutten, Dutch film director (Miraculous Life of Willem Parel), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1903-04-12 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1905-02-24 Guillaume Landre, The Hague, Dutch composer
  • 1906-09-04 Han G. Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Ongerijmde life), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1909-07-11 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1910-03-09 Ed Hoornik, Dutch writer and poet (Survivor), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1915-06-08 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1917-03-22 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress and director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1918-01-07 Irene Vorrink, Dutch politician (Minister of health), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1921-05-04 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1923-07-21 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), born in the Hague, Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1924-07-12 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1925-04-29 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1925-09-14 Mauk de Braauw, Dutch minister (DS'70) and Minister of Wetenschapsbeleid, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • 1927-09-12 Ina Muller-van Ast, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1933-07-31 Cees Nooteboom, Dutch writer and journalist (Rituelen), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1936-06-25 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Eagle's Eye), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1937-11-06 Bas de Gaay Fortman, Dutch scholar and politician (PPR), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1938-07-12 Wieger Mensonides, Dutch swimmer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1940-11-13 Joan Haanappel, Dutch figure skater and sports reporter, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1944-10-02 Ton Koopman, Dutch conductor (Royal Conservatory of the Hague), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • 1945-04-03 Wim Deetman, Dutch politician, Minister of Education, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1946-12-03 Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch road cyclist (world champion 1985 - oldest), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1947-04-15 Bojoura [Raina van Melzen], Dutch singer and wife of Hans Cleuver, born in The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 1947-07-09 Jerney Kaagman, Dutch singer (Earth & Fire), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1952-01-09 Eva Leonie "Eveline" Herfkens, Dutch civil servant, diplomat, and politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1953-01-26 Andrée van Es [Andrée Christine of Es], Dutch politician (PSP), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1955-04-24 John de Mol Jr., Dutch media businessman, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1957-07-23 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1958-09-07 Nadieh, Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1961-03-13 Cor Lems, Dutch soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90), born in Rotterdam, Netherlansds
  • 1967-02-14 Mark Rutte, Dutch politician, Prime Minister (2010-), born in The Hague
  • 1967-07-27 Emiel van Eijkeren, Dutch soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1967-11-02 Marc van Roon, Dutch improvising musician, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1971-02-12 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1975-01-14 Marcel Koning, soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
  • 1975-04-08 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague
  • 1983-04-11 Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver (Euro Formula 3000), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1988-04-03 Tim Krul, Dutch football goalkeeper (Netherlands National Team), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2005-06-26 Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, second daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, born in HMC Bronovo, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2007-04-10 Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Dutch Princess, daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, born in The Hague, Netherlands

Famous Weddings

  • 1418-03-08 Jacqueline, Countess of Haintaut marries her cousin John IV Duke of Brabant in The Hague
  • 2001-05-17 Fourth line of succession to the Dutch throne Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (31) weds Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (35) in The Hague, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • 1796-03-17 Pieter Paulus, Dutch Patriot and President of the First National Assembly in The Hague, dies of a serious cold at 42
  • 1872-12-13 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1872-12-13 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1979-03-22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland