17 december 1964 - REM ISLAND CLEARED BY POLICE

Noordwijk / Rozenburg - Employees of the National Police raid the installation of REM Island, just off the coast of Noordwijk. The first Dutch commercial television broadcasts are made on that island; an initiative of businessman Cornelis Verolme. It was against the sore leg of politics and an emergency law will be passed at the beginning of December, making the broadcasts illegal. The island can then be evacuated and the broadcast installation confiscated.

17 december 2004 - KILLS OF SPARTAN LEADS TO JURISDICTION

Rotterdam – During the match Sparta - Go Ahead Eagles (2-2) Sparta player Rachid Bouaouzan makes a flying tackle on Eagle player Niels Kokmeijer in the final phase.

The victim breaks his leg and then never plays football again. Bouaouzan is suspended by Sparta for the rest of the competition. In addition, the judiciary prosecuted the attacker for serious assault, which is the first time in Dutch professional football.

Bouaouzan receives community service 200 uur, which is dropped on appeal. He makes his comeback in the playoffs and scores the winning goal in the last game against Helmond Sport, with which he achieves promotion.

17 december 1998 - END OF HUNGER STRIKE IN AGNES CHURCH, HAGUE

Den Haag – After seventeen days, a group of "white illegal immigrants" ends their hunger strike in Agneskerk in The Hague. They did so after the parish administration asked them to leave the church. The group, many of whom have been in our country for more than ten years, are not eligible for a residence permit, because they cannot prove that they have been in our country continuously for more than six years. After Secretary of State Cohen has promised that the hunger strikers will not 1 February are evicted, the church no longer sees any reason to accommodate the people.

17 december 2010 - LARGEST MOSQUE IN THE NETHERLANDS OPEN IN ROTTERDAM

Rotterdam – Mayor Aboutaleb opens the Essalam mosque in the Feijenoord district, the largest mosque in the Netherlands. The dome is 25 meters high and the minarets stick out 50 meters above the ground. Construction took seven years and was halted several times. The mosque was designed by the Delft architect Wilfried van Winden.

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