Updated: 5 September 2016.
History & Timeline of Belgium
Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country; 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 Founded
Pope Martin V founds University by issuing papal bull.
Declares Independence from Netherlands
Benelux Economic Union Formed
Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Grants Independence to Democratic Republic of the Congo
Grants Independence to Ruanda-Urundi
Ruanda-Urundi becomes the two nations Rwanda and Burundi.
Ratified Maastricht Treaty on EU
Belgian Begins Using Euro
Franc replaced by euro currency.
Governmental Woes, Part I
Belgian goes without government for 100 days.
Governmental Woes, Part II
And again: 541 days without a government.