10 mei 1940 - GERMAN ATTACK ON THE NETHERLANDS

region - German paratroopers are dropped in several places in Holland, near The Hague, Rotterdam and Dordrecht. In this way they want to get to The Hague with the main force as soon as possible. In some places, as in Rotterdam and Dordrecht, there is fierce fighting.

RTV Rijnmond made in 2015 a reconstruction of how the radio news of those days would have sounded.

10 mei 1978 - SHIP RAMT "DE HEF"; TRAFFIC TRAFFIC LONG DISREGARDED

Rotterdam – A brand new seagoing vessel rams the middle section of De Hef. A heavy loading boom hits the turned up middle part of the bridge. As a result, one of the most important railway routes in the Netherlands was immediately blocked. It takes days for the bridge to be repaired.


Damaged section of the Koningshaven Bridge in Rotterdam 4 big goats removed and placed on a large barge. Foto: National Archives / Anefo – Rob Bogaerts

10 mei 1981 - "MEMBERS KILLED AGAINST COUNTERPARTY AT STATEGREEP"

The Hague - The members Tedje van Es and F. Jacobse commit a coup at the Binnenhof. They both die. The two figures are not real by the way, they are Van Kooten and De Bie. They have founded a fictitious party: the Counterparty. It is a parody of right-wing populist parties. But the two are hugely popular, and in polls they can even count on seats. With the fake coup, the two "Free Boys" disappear from view.

10 mei 1997 - DELTA WORKS COMPLETELY FINISHED WITH DELIVERY MAESLANTKERING

Hoek van Holland - The last part of the Delta Works will be completed: the Maeslant barrier. This fully automatic, movable barrier should the hinterland (Rotterdam, Dordrecht) protect against high water. The barrier will close automatically when the water level rises in Rotterdam 3 meters above sea level (or in Dordrecht 2,9 meters above sea level). Op 10 In May the barrier will be closed by Queen Beatrix. Then it is closed once, op 8 november 2007.

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