Dutch History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 1,615

  • 1985-02-17 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • 1985-02-27 US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands)
  • 1985-05-11 Pope John Paul II arrival in Netherlands marred by violent protest
  • 1985-06-06 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • 1985-07-09 South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong

Sinking ShipThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-07-10 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
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The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
  • 1985-07-20 The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles
  • 1985-11-01 Netherlands decides definitive sites for cruise missiles
  • 1986-01-06 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • 1986-01-07 Netherlands Bank issues 250 guilder notes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-01-19 Israeli Premier Shimon Peres visits Netherlands

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1986-02-16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • 1986-04-17 Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1986-05-14 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1986-06-22 Pirate Radio Euro Weekend (Holland) begins transmitting
  • 1986-06-28 West European leaders, meeting in the Netherlands, delay indefinitely imposing economic sanctions against South Africa

  • 1986-07-08 Zimbabwe beats Netherlands by 25 runs to win ICC Trophy
  • 1987-05-13 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • 1987-06-27 In South Africa, the Afrikaans Protestant Church, a breakaway faction of Dutch Reformed Church, is formed
  • 1987-09-07 Netherlands sends 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-09-07 South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young
  • 1987-10-23 Dutch government gives Fokker's Aircraft Ÿ212 million credit
  • 1987-11-15 Carla Beurskens runs Dutch female record marathon (2:26:34)
  • 1988-03-02 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • 1988-05-01 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more
  • 1988-05-11 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg
  • 1988-06-01 Train crash kills two in Zeeland, Netherlands
  • 1988-06-25 UEFA European Championship Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Ruud Gullet & Marco van Basten score as the Netherlands beats Soviet Union, 2-0
  • 1988-11-15 The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands.
  • 1989-02-25 Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
  • 1989-02-26 Lowest barometric pressure in Netherlands (95.5 hPa)
  • 1989-02-27 German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • 1989-05-23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe
  • 1990-02-28 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • 1990-04-28 Last issue of Dutch communist daily De Waarheid (The Truth)
  • 1990-06-12 Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite the Netherlands 1-1 in World Cup game

  • 1990-06-23 Zimbabwe beat the Netherlands by 6 wickets to win ICC Trophy
  • 1990-08-15 Phils Terry Mulholland no-hits Giants 6-0 (8th no hitter of 1990)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-09-24 Iraq invades the French and Dutch missions in Kuwait; French President Mitterrand called the action a violation of international law; a U.S. warship boards an Iraqi-flagged tanker bound for the port of Basrah

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1991-01-05 Edwin Jongejans of Netherlands wins 1-metre springboard diving title
  • 1991-01-27 Dutch Pacifist Socialistic Party disbands
  • 1991-02-16 Dutch PPR, Political Party Radicals, disbands
  • 1991-03-30 Last issue of Dutch Newspaper "Vr˜e Folk" (Free People)
  • 1991-04-21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • 1991-09-22 ABN & AMRO Dutch banks merge
  • 1991-11-01 New Dutch Regulations Traffic rules & Traffic signs enforced
  • 1991-11-13 Bomb destroys Dutch Labour party politician Aad Kosto's house in a failed assassination attempt, he survives and in a famous image finds and cuddles his cat
  • 1992-01-01 Curacao becomes 1st in Dutch Antilles to have compulsory education
  • 1992-02-11 F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo, Netherlands (No deaths)
  • 1992-02-20 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands
  • 1992-04-13 Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Netherlands
  • 1992-10-10 Floriade (Flower Show) closes at Hague, Netherlands
  • 1992-12-21 Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die
  • 1993-05-12 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands
  • 1993-05-13 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands
  • 1993-05-13 CBS' soap opera "Knots Landing" ends 14 year-run with 334th show in Netherlands and US
  • 1993-06-24 Arab terrorist group planning bombing of Holland and Lincoln Tunnels caught
  • 1993-06-28 NCRV shows last "Cheers" in Netherlands
  • 1993-10-28 Dutch Antilles government of Liberia-Peters resigns
  • 1993-11-19 Curacaose vote to remain part of Dutch Antilles
  • 1993-11-25 Dutch Antilles government of Liberia-Peters falls
  • 1993-12-28 Dutch Antilles government of Yandi Paula forms
  • 1994-01-15 Hague motorist with .51% alcohol in blood, breaks Dutch record (.47%)
  • 1994-03-19 2,500 kilograms of cocaine intercepted in Zeewolde, Netherlands
  • 1994-03-22 Dutch Ambassador to US christens a new tulip (the Hillary Clinton)
  • 1994-05-03 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • 1994-07-31 Netherlands' warmest July since 1783 - average 21.4°C
  • 1994-08-22 Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands
  • 1994-11-03 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
  • 1994-11-15 Nepal Communist party Dutch Communist Party-UML wins election
  • 1994-12-29 Last Dutch electro-magnetic telephone exchange shuts down
  • 1994-12-31 Anti Apartheid Group of Netherlands (AABN) disbands
  • 1995-03-07 US dollar worth record 1.5330 Dutch guilders
  • 1995-03-08 Dutch Liberal Party wins Provincial-National elections
  • 1995-03-17 British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
  • 1995-06-27 Holland's debut in English domestic comp (v Northants, NatWest)
  • 1995-10-10 Most Dutch telephone numbers increase to 10 digits
  • 1996-02-17 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
  • 1996-04-30 Dutch Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
  • 1996-07-15 A Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying the Royal Netherlands Army marching band crashes on landing at Eindhoven Airport
  • 1996-09-14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • 1996-11-06 LA Dodger Todd Hollandsworth wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1997-10-05 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Den Bosch, Netherlands: Sandrine Testud wins both her singles to lead France to 4-1 win over the Netherlands; France's first title
  • 1998-01-29 Thick Fog causes highway carnage in Belgium and Netherlands, 6 die
  • 1998-08-24 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 1999-04-05 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
  • 1999-09-16 1st ever season of "Big Brother" reality show begins on the Veronica channel in The Netherlands
  • 2000-05-02 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.
  • 2000-05-13 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage
  • 2000-09-12 Holland (the Netherlands) passes law allowing same-gender marriage, adoption and divorce.
  • 2001-01-31 In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
  • 2001-04-01 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal
  • 2002-04-01 The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
  • 2002-05-06 Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist
  • 2002-05-11 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.
  • 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
  • 2005-06-01 The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection
  • 2009-02-13 The Dutch Statistics agency confirms the Netherlands are in recession
  • 2009-04-30 Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured
  • 2009-11-13 The Netherlands officially exits the recession after experiencing 0.4% growth in the third quarter, but recovery for the Netherlands still remains fragile as the country is highly dependent on exports to maintain the recovery

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,505

  • 1923-10-18 Suzanne Perlman, Hungarian/Dutch Antilian painter
  • 1923-11-25 Jaap van Meekren, Dutch TV host (AVRO/RTL4)
  • 1923-12-13 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2017)
  • 1923-12-14 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), born in Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1923-12-18 Lotti [Charlotte] van der Gaag, Dutch sculptor/painter
  • 1924-02-12 Hans Berghuis, Dutch author/poet (3 Women, Adam)
  • 1924-03-02 Albert TLCA Vogel, Dutch elocutionist
  • 1924-03-29 Jules de Corte, blind Dutch ballad singer and songwriter, born in Deurne, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1924-04-05 Mart Kempers, Dutch graphic artist and sculptor, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1924-04-20 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1924-05-02 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924-05-09 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • 1924-06-17 Henk Hoekstra, Dutch politician (Dutch Communist Party), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1924-06-19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), born in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924-06-28 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist and VARA radio host, born in Hamburg (d. 1989)
  • 1924-07-20 Hans Lodeizen, [Johannes A Frederik], Dutch poet (Inner Self)
  • 1924-08-03 Max van der Stoel, Dutch politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs (PvdA), born in Voorschoten, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1924-09-15 Lucebert, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist (Boozz, PC Hooft prize 1967)
  • 1924-11-11 Piet van der Sanden, Dutch journalist and politician (CDA), born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1924-11-16 Joep de Boer, Dutch naval officer and politician (CDA), born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1924-11-28 Kees [Gerrit C] Otten, Dutch flutist
  • 1924-12-21 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1924-12-24 Willem Drees, Dutch statesman (Prime Minister 1948–1958), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1924-12-27 Wouter Eijkelemboom, Dutch architect (Holy-hospital, Vlaardingen)
  • 1925-01-17 Annie Delorie, Dutch opera singer (Scenes & Arias)
  • 1925-01-18 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52), born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1925-02-03 Joop C Swart, Dutch publisher/founder (World Press Photo)
  • 1925-02-07 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • 1925-02-13 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author
  • 1925-02-17 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)
  • 1925-02-27 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer
  • 1925-03-08 Petrus Steenkamp, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA)
  • 1925-03-10 M J J A [Sef] Imkamp, Dutch politician (D66)
  • 1925-04-04 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • 1925-04-29 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1925-07-06 Huub Jacobse, Dutch politician and member of Dutch 2nd chamber (Liberal), born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1925-08-05 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1925-09-14 Mauk de Braauw, Dutch minister (DS'70) and Minister of Wetenschapsbeleid, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • 1925-10-12 Fons Jansen, Dutch news reader and cabaretier, born in Bussum, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1925-10-18 Wim van Gennep, Dutch singer/keyboardist (Heikrekels)
  • 1925-10-26 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1925-10-31 Lee Grant [Lyova Haskell Rosenthal], American actress (Shampoo, Mulholland Drive), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925-11-13 Inez van Dullemen, Dutch author, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1925-11-15 Jurriaan Andriessen, [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer
  • 1925-12-17 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1926-02-21 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1926-03-09 Gerrit A. Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa), born in Kedichem, The Netherlands
  • 1926-04-07 Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)
  • 1926-06-10 Willem Oltmans, Dutch journalist (Outlawed, Free as a Bird)
  • 1926-07-05 Haya van Someren-Downer, Dutch politician (2nd Member of parliament (Dutch Lib Party)), born in Amsterdam (d. 1980)
  • 1926-08-09 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • 1926-09-06 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, born in Hitzacker, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1926-10-22 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • 1926-11-05 Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1926-11-16 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1927-02-13 Harry Wich, Dutch set designer
  • 1927-03-13 Charles Sickman Corsen, Dutch Antillean poet, born in Curacao, Costa Rica (d. 1994)
  • 1927-03-14 Joop F Wolff, Dutch editor (Truth)/Dutch politician (CPN)
  • 1927-05-27 Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People's Newspaper)
  • 1927-05-29 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1987)
  • 1927-06-28 Theo van Tijn, Dutch marxist/social-historian
  • 1927-07-06 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1927-07-12 Gualberto T. Hernandez, Minister for Health and Environmental Hygiene of the Netherlands Antilles, born in Curaçao
  • 1927-07-13 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor
  • 1927-08-11 Len Rempt-Halmmans de Jongh, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • 1927-08-23 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), born in Utrecht (d. 2017)
  • 1927-09-12 Ina Muller-van Ast, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1927-12-14 Koss Rietkerk, Dutch internal minister (VVD) (1982-86), born in Boskoop, Netherlands (d. 1986)
  • 1928-01-23 Kees Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), born in De Lier, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928-01-29 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician
  • 1928-02-09 Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1928-04-01 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • 1928-04-23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928-05-11 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • 1928-05-14 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • 1928-05-30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1928-06-11 Gerard van Leijenhorst, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (CDA), born in Ede, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1928-07-18 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1928-08-14 Laurens van Deenen, Dutch biochemist, born in Maastricht, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1928-08-17 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet
  • 1928-11-09 Wim Bosboom, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Gelselaar, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1928-11-12 Johan B W Polak, Dutch publisher/publicist (Bloom of Decadence)
  • 1929-02-10 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • 1929-03-13 Will Eisma, Dutch composer and violinist, born in Sungailiat, Indonesia
  • 1929-03-23 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch song writer and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding, I See a Star), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1929-03-25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1929-04-02 Frans Andriessen, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1929-05-03 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • 1929-05-08 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • 1929-05-18 Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)

Person of interestAnne Frank

1929-06-12 Anne Frank, Dutch Diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1945)

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1929-06-20 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1929-07-28 Remco [Wouter] Campert, Dutch literary/poet/son of Jan Campert
  • 1929-10-28 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1929-11-05 Ottmar MA Fraai, Curacaos/Dutch tenor
  • 1929-11-17 Pieter A H Bos, Dutch lawyer/attorney general on Aruba
  • 1929-11-25 Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (Sei Studii)
  • 1929-12-02 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1929-12-19 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)

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