Zwolle in History

Historical Events

  • 1813-11-12 Allied troops occupy Zwolle Neth
  • 1910-06-12 Dutch soccer club PEC forms in Zwolle; re-named FC Zwolle in 1990 and back to PEC Zwolle in 2012
  • 1945-04-13 Canadian soldier Léo Major single-handedly liberates Dutch town of Zwolle by fooling Germans into thinking a raid had begun
  • 1945-04-16 World War II: Dutch town of Arnhem, site of failed Operation Market Garden, is freed by British and Canadian forces
  • 1982-07-01 PEC Zwolle '82 soccer club renamed when purchased by Dutch businessman Marten Eibrink

Famous Birthdays

  • 1644-07-12 Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar and linguist (David's holy saint graduals), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1711)
  • 1753-02-07 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle/Thirsa)
  • 1796-07-24 Herman van Sonsbeeck, Dutch lawyer and statesman, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1865)
  • 1798-01-14 Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, Premier of Netherlands (Lib-1849..72), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1872)
  • 1808-06-17 Everhardus Johannes Potgieter, Dutch writer and publisher (The Guide), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1875)
  • 1815-09-04 Andreas Ignatius Schaepman, Archbishop of Utrecht (1868-82), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1882)
  • 1845-06-17 Hendrik Peter Staal, Dutch reformed officer and politician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1920)
  • 1847-06-30 Jacob Theodoor Cremer, Dutch tobacco magnate and administrator for the Deli Company in Sumatra, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1923)
  • 1854-09-08 Willem Marinus van Rossum, Dutch cardinal and prefect of Propaganda File, born in Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • 1856-06-30 Gerrit Kalff, Dutch professor (history of Dutch writers), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1923)
  • 1856-12-29 Thomas J Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (Stieltjes integral), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1894)
  • 1865-01-30 Samuel Pierre l'Honoré Naber, Dutch rear-admiral and librarian, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1869-04-17 Johannes Marinus Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1895-12-02 Klaas Voskuil, Dutch journalist, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1910-08-25 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1920-09-12 Jan W. Schulte Nordholt, Dutch poet and historian (Blossoming Stone), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1924-12-21 Johan W "Jo" van Marle, KNVB-chairman (1980-93), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1944-10-02 Ton Koopman, Dutch conductor (Royal Conservatory of the Hague), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • 1946-11-05 Herman Brood, Dutch painter and pianist (Sleepin' Bird), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1947-01-01 Peter Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PPR), born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • 1966-03-03 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • 1971-12-03 Henk Timmer, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; Zwolle, Feyenoord), born in Hierden, Netherlands
  • 1973-02-01 Yuri Landman, Dutch instrument inventor & musician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • 1824-02-08 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle, Julia), dies at 71