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  • Holy Roman Empire
    Wednesday Nov 5, 1530

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    St. Felix's Flood

    Holy Roman Empire
    Wednesday Nov 5, 1530

    The St. Felix's flood (in Dutch Sint-Felixvloed) happened on Saturday, 5 November 1530, the name day of St. Felix. This day was later known as Evil Saturday (kwade zaterdag). Large parts of Flanders and Zeeland were washed away, including the Verdronken Land van Reimerswaal. According to Audrey M. Lambert, "all the Oost Wetering of Zuid-Beveland was lost, save only the town of Reimerswaal." More than 100,000 were killed in Netherlands by the St. Felix's flood.




  • Waterloo (Present Day Waterloo, Belgium)
    Sunday Jun 18, 1815

    Napoleon

    Battle of Waterloo

    Waterloo (Present Day Waterloo, Belgium)
    Sunday Jun 18, 1815

    Napoleon's forces fought two Coalition armies, commanded by the British Duke of Wellington and the Prussian Prince Blücher, at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. Wellington's army withstood repeated attacks by the French and drove them from the field while the Prussians arrived in force and broke through Napoleon's right flank.




  • Dinant, Belgium
    Saturday Aug 15, 1914

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle was involved in fierce fighting in the First World War

    Dinant, Belgium
    Saturday Aug 15, 1914

    De Gaulle was involved in fierce fighting from the outset As a platoon commander, He received his baptism of fire on 15 August and was among the first to be wounded, receiving a bullet in the knee at the Battle of Dinant.




  • Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
    Saturday May 4, 1929

    Audrey Hepburn

    Birth

    Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
    Saturday May 4, 1929

    Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston or, later, Hepburn-Ruston on 4 May 1929 at number 48 Rue Keyenveld in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She was known to her family as Adriaantje.




  • Brussels, Belgium
    Monday Mar 24, 1952

    NATO Establishment

    Establishing The post of Secretary General of NATO

    Brussels, Belgium
    Monday Mar 24, 1952

    In 1952 the post of Secretary General of NATO was established as the organization's chief civilian. That year also saw the first major NATO maritime exercises, Exercise Mainbrace and the accession of Greece and Turkey to the organization.




  • Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Jul 15, 1953

    Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

    Churchill arranged for Townsend's assignment as air attaché in Brussels

    Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Jul 15, 1953

    Churchill arranged for Townsend's assignment as air attaché at the British Embassy in Brussels; he was sent on 15 July 1953, before Margaret's return from Rhodesia on 30 July. The assignment was so sudden that the British ambassador learned about it from a newspaper. Although the princess and Townsend knew about his new job, they had reportedly been promised a few days together before his departure.




  • Brussels, Belgium
    Thursday Apr 8, 1965

    Brexit

    The Merger Treaty

    Brussels, Belgium
    Thursday Apr 8, 1965

    In 1967, these became known as the European Communities (EC). The Merger Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Brussels, was a European treaty that unified the executive institutions of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Economic Community (EEC). The treaty was signed in Brussels on 8 April 1965 and came into force on 1 July 1967. It set out that the Commission of the EEC and the Council of the EEC should replace the Commission and Council of Euratom and the High Authority and Council of the ECSC. Although each Community remained legally independent, they shared common institutions (prior to this treaty, they already shared a Parliamentary Assembly and Court of Justice) and were together known as the European Communities. This treaty is regarded by some as the real beginning of the modern European Union.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Monday Jan 1, 1973

    Brexit

    UK joined Denmark and Ireland in becoming a member

    Brussels, Belgium
    Monday Jan 1, 1973

    Parliament passed the European Communities Act later that year and the UK joined Denmark and Ireland in becoming a member on 1 January 1973.


  • Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday May 29, 1985

    Heysel Stadium Events

    1985 European Cup Final

    Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday May 29, 1985

    In May 1985, Liverpool were the defending European Champions' Cup winners, having won the competition after defeating Roma in the penalty shootout in the final of the previous season. Again they would face Italian opposition, Juventus, who had won, unbeaten, the 1983–84 Cup Winners' Cup. Juventus had a team consisting of many of Italy's 1982 FIFA World Cup winning team — who played for Juventus for many years — and their playmaker Michel Platini was considered the best footballer in Europe, being named Footballer of The Year by France Football magazine for the second year in a row in December 1984. Both teams were placed in the two first positions in the UEFA club ranking at the end of the last season and were regarded by the specialist press as the best two sides on the continent at the time. Both teams had contested the 1984 European Super Cup four months before, finishing with victory for the Italian side by 2–0.


  • Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday May 29, 1985
    05 PM

    Heysel Stadium Events

    The trouble started

    Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday May 29, 1985
    05 PM

    At approximately 7 p.m. local time, an hour before kick-off, the trouble started. The Liverpool and Juventus supporters in sections X and Z stood merely yards apart. The boundary between the two was marked by temporary chain link fencing and a central thinly policed no-man's land. Hooligans began to throw stones across the divide, which they were able to pick up from the crumbling terraces beneath them. As kick-off approached, the throwing became more intense. Several groups of Liverpool hooligans broke through the boundary between section X and Z, overpowered the police, and charged at the Juventus fans. The fans began to flee toward the perimeter wall of section Z. The wall could not withstand the force of the fleeing Juventus supporters and a lower portion collapsed. Contrary to reports at the time, and what is still assumed by many, the collapse of the wall did not cause the 39 deaths. Instead, the collapse relieved pressure and allowed fans to escape. Most died of suffocation after tripping or being crushed against the wall before the collapse. A further 600 fans were also injured. Bodies were carried out from the stadium on sections of iron fencing and laid outside, covered with giant football flags. As police and medical helicopters flew in, the down-draught blew away the modest coverings. In retaliation for the events in section Z, many Juventus fans rioted at their end of the stadium. They advanced down the stadium running track to help other Juventus supporters, but police intervention stopped the advance. A large group of Juventus fans fought the police with rocks, bottles, and stones for two hours. One Juventus fan was also seen firing a starting gun at Belgian police.


  • Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday May 29, 1985

    Heysel Stadium Events

    The Result

    Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday May 29, 1985

    Despite the scale of the disaster, UEFA officials, Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, Brussels Mayor Hervé Brouhon, and the city's police force felt that abandoning the match would have risked inciting further trouble and violence, and the match eventually kicked off after the captains of both sides spoke to the crowd and appealed for calm. Juventus won the match 1–0 thanks to a penalty scored by Michel Platini, awarded by Swiss referee Daina for a foul against Zbigniew Boniek.


  • Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Sunday Aug 27, 1995

    Heysel Stadium Events

    New Stadium

    Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
    Sunday Aug 27, 1995

    On 28 August 1995 the new stadium welcomed the return of football to Heysel in the form of a friendly match between Belgium and Germany.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

    Microsoft

    EU Imposed Fine

    Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Feb 27, 2008

    The European Union imposed another fine of €899 million ($1.4 billion) for Microsoft's lack of compliance with the March 2004 judgment on February 27, 2008, saying that the company charged rivals unreasonable prices for key information about its workgroup and backoffice servers. Microsoft stated that it was in compliance and that "these fines are about the past issues that have been resolved".


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Friday Jun 24, 2011

    Qasem Soleimani

    Official Journal of the European Union

    Brussels, Belgium
    Friday Jun 24, 2011

    On 24 June 2011, the Official Journal of the European Union said the three Iranian Revolutionary Guard members now subject to sanctions had been "providing equipment and support to help the Syrian government suppress protests in Syria".


  • Genk, Belgium
    Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

    Ford

    Closing in Genk

    Genk, Belgium
    Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

    On October 24, 2012, Ford announced that it would be closing its Genk assembly plant in eastern Belgium by the end of 2014.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Sunday Mar 9, 2014

    OnePlus

    Expanding to the European Union

    Brussels, Belgium
    Sunday Mar 9, 2014

    On 9 March 2014, the company expanded its operations to the European Union.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Thursday Mar 21, 2019

    Brexit

    May presented her case to a European Council summit meeting

    Brussels, Belgium
    Thursday Mar 21, 2019

    On 21 March 2019, May presented her case to a European Council summit meeting in Brussels. After May left the meeting, a discussion amongst the remaining EU leaders resulted in the rejection of 30 June date and offered instead a choice of two new alternative Brexit dates.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Apr 10, 2019

    Brexit

    Late-night talks in Brussels

    Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Apr 10, 2019

    On 10 April 2019, late-night talks in Brussels resulted in a further extension, to 31 October 2019; Theresa May had again requested an extension only until 30 June.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Tuesday Sep 17, 2019

    Christine Lagarde

    European Parliament voted via secret ballot to recommend her to the position

    Brussels, Belgium
    Tuesday Sep 17, 2019

    On 17 September 2019, the European Parliament voted via secret ballot to recommend her to the position, with 394 in favor, 206 opposed, and 49 abstentions. Confirmed by the European Council in its October summit, Lagarde became the first woman to serve as ECB President.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Monday Oct 28, 2019

    Brexit

    The third extension was agreed to by the EU

    Brussels, Belgium
    Monday Oct 28, 2019

    On 28 October 2019, the third extension was agreed to by the EU, with a new withdrawal deadline of 31 January 2020.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Thursday Jan 23, 2020

    Brexit

    The withdrawal agreement received the backing of the constitutional committee in the European Parliament

    Brussels, Belgium
    Thursday Jan 23, 2020

    The withdrawal agreement received the backing of the constitutional committee in the European Parliament on 23 January, setting expectation that the entire parliament would approved it in a later vote.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Friday Jan 24, 2020

    Brexit

    Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel signed the withdrawal agreement in Brussels

    Brussels, Belgium
    Friday Jan 24, 2020

    On the following day, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel signed the withdrawal agreement in Brussels, and it was sent to London where Boris Johnson signed it.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Jan 29, 2020

    Brexit

    The European Parliament gave its consent to ratification

    Brussels, Belgium
    Wednesday Jan 29, 2020

    The European Parliament gave its consent to ratification on 29 January by the votes 621 to 49. Immediately after voting approval, members of the European Parliament joined hands and sang Auld Lang Syne. The Council of the European Union concluded EU ratification the following day.


  • European Union
    Thursday Jun 11, 2020

    Amazon

    European Union announced that it will be pressing charges against Amazon over its treatment of third-party e-commerce sellers

    European Union
    Thursday Jun 11, 2020

    On June 11, 2020, the European Union announced that it will be pressing charges against Amazon over its treatment of third-party e-commerce sellers.


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