Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country 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.
- University of Leuven Founded1425Pope Martin V founds University by issuing papal bull.
- Declares Independence from Netherlands1830
- Benelux Economic Union Formed1958Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
- Grants Independence to Democratic Republic of the Congo1960
- Grants Independence to Ruanda-Urundi1962Ruanda-Urundi becomes the two nations Rwanda and Burundi.
- Ratified Maastricht Treaty on EU1992
- Belgian Begins Using Euro2002Franc replaced by euro currency.
- Governmental Woes, Part I2007Belgian goes without government for 100 days.
- Governmental Woes, Part II2011And again: 541 days without a government.