Dutch History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,629 of 1,629

  • 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
  • 2010-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg, South Africa for 1st WC title)
  • 2010-10-10 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved
  • 2011-04-09 Gunman murders five people, injures eleven, and commits suicide in a mall in the Netherlands
  • 2012-04-21 Two trains in Sloterdijk, Netherlands, injure 117 people in a head on collision
  • 2012-04-23 Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, tenders resignation, paving the way for early elections

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012-05-06 François Hollande elected 24th President of France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • 2012-06-15 Five Dutch banks, including ING, receive credit rating downgrades of one or two notches
  • 2012-09-25 Anouchka van Miltenburg is elected President of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands
  • 2013-01-21 Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Netherlands’ Minister of Finance, becomes the President of the Euro Group

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013-04-30 Willem-Alexander becomes the first male Monarch of Netherlands in 123 years, following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix

King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander
King of the Netherlands
  • 2015-11-16 French President François Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament
  • 2016-12-01 French President Francois Hollande announces he will not seek a 2nd term - 1st modern French leader not to do so
  • 2017-03-15 Dutch elections; Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD party win 33 seats vs against 20 for right wing Geert Wilder's Party of Freedom
  • 2017-05-28 Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia in Milan, 1st Dutchman to win

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017-06-28 "Spider-man: Homecoming" directed by Jon Watts starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. premieres in Los Angeles

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,592

  • 1928-05-11 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • 1928-05-14 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • 1928-05-30 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch Harpsichordist, organist and conductor
  • 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
  • 1928-08-17 Willem Duys, Dutch radio/TV host
  • 1928-09-29 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author/poet
  • 1928-10-28 Wim van Heumen, coach of Dutch field hockey team
  • 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
  • 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 minister for Social Affairs (ARP)
  • 1929-12-19 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • 1929-12-30 Bob Bouma, Dutch TV host (For a Postcard in the Front Row)
  • 1929-12-31 Mies Bouman, Dutch TV hostess (Open the Village)
  • 1930-01-26 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist and composer, born in Curaçao
  • 1930-02-22 JPS van Neerven, Dutch economist/editor (Limbourg Daily)
  • 1930-03-02 Jan van Noor, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1930-03-09 Harry Aarts, Dutch politician and 2nd chamber member (CDA), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • 1930-03-27 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and writer (Bird Watching), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1930-04-12 Louw de Graaf, Dutch Assistant Secretary of Social Affairs (VDA)
  • 1930-05-11 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)
  • 1930-05-19 Hans Kox, Dutch composer, born in Arnhem
  • 1930-05-22 Dieuwke Y W de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior
  • 1930-06-12 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1930-07-01 Andreas JAI Bruggeman, Dutch mayor (Schipluiden/Leiderdorp)
  • 1930-08-29 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1930-09-03 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1930-11-12 Tonke Dragt, Dutch children book author (Towers of February)
  • 1930-11-13 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1931-01-01 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • 1931-02-02 Dries van Agt, Dutch Prime Minister (CDA, 1977-82), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • 1931-02-12 Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch author
  • 1931-03-03 Henk Knol, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1931-03-03 Piet [van] Bambergen, Dutch cabaretier (Mounties, Sherlock Jones)
  • 1931-03-04 Han Jansen, Dutch painter
  • 1931-04-16 Piet de Visser, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1931-04-22 Henk Gortzak, Dutch carpenter, communist leader, and politician (CPN/PSP)
  • 1931-04-22 Simon "Siem" Vroom, Dutch actor (The Lift, Bridge Too Far, Mysteries), born in Beemster, Noord-Holland (d. 1985)
  • 1931-05-07 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1931-05-12 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
  • 1931-05-15 F Korthals Altes, Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
  • 1931-06-22 Henk Vonhoff, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • 1931-06-30 Johannes Gruijters, Dutch mayor (D66-Lelystad)
  • 1931-07-11 Herman de Vries, Dutch sculptor
  • 1931-07-25 Cornelis P van Dijk, Dutch minister of the Interior
  • 1931-08-18 Henricus AFMO "Hans" van Mierlo, Dutch minister of Defense (D66)
  • 1931-09-02 Pierre Huyskens, Dutch radio host
  • 1931-10-18 Catharina I "Ien" Dales, Dutch Internal minister (1989-94)
  • 1931-11-15 Jan Terlouw, Dutch politician (D-66) and author (Winters in Wartime)
  • 1931-12-03 Ellen Blazer [Esther Clara Blazer], Dutch TV director (Sonja), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1931-12-17 Yvonne Keuls, [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
  • 1931-12-21 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • 1931-12-28 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932-01-01 Arnfried G D P, Dutch manufacturer (breadcrumbs)/drugs dealer
  • 1932-01-12 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer
  • 1932-01-31 Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1932-02-08 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)
  • 1932-02-27 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter
  • 1932-03-04 Hessel Rienks, economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1932-03-09 Simon Heere Heeresma, Dutch writer and poet (Han de Wit goes in development aid), born in Amsterdam (d. 2011)
  • 1932-04-17 Han J A Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!)
  • 1932-04-24 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • 1932-05-02 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1932-06-01 Philo [Rolf] Bregstein, Dutch writer (Dingen die niet Voorbijgaan)
  • 1932-08-07 Maria M L "Marijke" Bakker, Dutch actress (Mammaloe-Pipo the Clown)
  • 1932-11-07 Harry Lammertink, [Yrrah], Dutch cartoonist (Vrij Netherland)
  • 1932-11-14 Henk Mochel, Dutch TV host (Rondom tien)
  • 1932-11-26 Marten Beinema, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 1932-12-03 Corry Brokken, Dutch singer (1957 Eurovision)
  • 1932-12-07 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son)
  • 1933-02-08 Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo)
  • 1933-02-18 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1933-02-20 Hannes Postma, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1933-03-06 Heiko Wierenga, Dutch soc-dem mayor of Enschede (1977-94)
  • 1933-03-23 Norman Bailey, British bass-baritone (Flying Dutchman)
  • 1933-04-04 Frits Bolkestein, Dutch politician (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy), born in Amsterdam
  • 1933-05-23 Gerrit J M Braks, Dutch minister of agriculture & land & fishing (CDA)
  • 1933-06-07 Henk Koning, Dutch State Secretary of Finances (VVD), born in Beilen, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1933-07-18 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer and political scientist, born in Sliedrecht, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1933-07-31 Cees Nooteboom, Dutch writer and journalist (Rituelen), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1933-08-01 Erwin Nypels, Dutch economist/minister of Housing (D66)
  • 1933-08-03 The Tjong King, Dutch illustrator of children books (Miep Diekman)
  • 1933-08-04 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds)
  • 1933-08-27 Joke Smit, Dutch feminist

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Famous Deaths