Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country of Belgium and its people; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.
Timeline of Belgian History & Important Historical Events
1425 – University of Leuven Founded, Pope Martin V founds University by issuing papal bull.
1830 – Declares Independence from the Netherlands
1958 – Benelux Economic Union Formed, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
1960 – Grants Independence to Democratic Republic of the Congo
1962 – Grants Independence to Ruanda-Urundi, Ruanda-Urundi becomes the two nations Rwanda and Burundi.
1992 – Ratified Maastricht Treaty on EU
2002 – Belgium Begins Using Euro, Franc replaced by euro currency.
2007 – Governmental Woes, Part I, Belgium goes without government for 100 days.
2011 – Governmental Woes, Part II, And again: 541 days without a government.
For more on Belgium, check these posts out:
- Belgian Holidays: Important Events & Days Off for Belgium