18 december 1964 – K AND W’ FULLY BRAND

Den Haag - In the center of The Hague is the Building of Arts and Sciences (shortly: K and W) completely burned. The auditorium was just a few months closed for renovation. The property is owned by the real estate broker Zwolsman.

Building of arts and sciences in The Hague after the fire. Photographer: Joop van Bilsen, National Archives / Anefo. License: Public Domain

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18 december 1962 - ROTTERDAM HARBOUR; MET 25.000 SHIPS WORLD LARGEST?

Rotterdam – Party in the port of Rotterdam as the 25,000th ship docks that year. Het is hét moment dat de Rotterdamse burgemeester Van Walsum toch wel met zekerheid durft te zeggen dat zijn Rotterdam de grootste haven van de wereld heeft. Of toch niet?

Het hele probleem zat hem in het feit dat je de ‘grootte’ van de haven op meerdere manieren kan berekenen; overslag, oppervlakte of het aantal schepen dat langskomt.

when on 18 december 1962 het 25.000ste schip van dat jaar binnen zou komen, was het voor burgemeester Van Walsum van Rotterdam om alle schroom van zich af te schudden. Rotterdam is de grootste. Het is groter dan New York, de oude koploper.

Tegelijkertijd zorgde het record van ’25.000ste schip in Rotterdam’ van dat jaar ook voor wat opmerkelijke problemen. Aan het einde van de middag, toen het magische getal dichter- en dichterbij kwam, lagen schepen buitengaats te wachten, om maar in aanmerking te komen voor de titel.

“Tussen drie en vier uur kwamen er maar drie meer, tussen vier en vijf maar twee. Er waren er toen nog twee ndoig en de laatste zou de 25.000ste zijn. Frappant toeval op dat oment: de loodsboot liet weten, he had only one pilot available and that the other ship, the 25,000th had to wait for a pilot of the new road being team. " (Het Vrije Volk, 19-12-1962)

A British freighter was tired of waiting, and then enter the port. one of 17:40.21 hour Swedish ore olietaker Tosterö passed the 25,000th ship that year, the official reporting station in Hoek van Holland. Captain Stig Ehrlander was put in the spotlight by the city council. his reaction: 'I'm happy, but I am now busy. Beautiful harbor incidentally '.

Captain Stig Ehrlander, the Swedish ore tanker Tosterö, state in the Citizens with a given to him Delftware board of the City of Rotterdam. Foto: Ary Groeneveld, Stadsarchief Rotterdam

Mayor Van Walsum Rotterdam may further stated that for years was a lot bigger than New York, if you look at it in a certain way. New York also charged with the handling of New Jersey, while the figures Rotterdam Schiedam, Vlaardingen and Dordrecht left aside.

The port of Rotterdam had in 1962 a transfer of 97 million tons. Today is 467 million tons.

 

18 december 1975 - SILVER CAMERA FOR VINCENT MENTZEL

Rotterdam – The working press photographer Vincent Mentzel in Rotterdam gets one of the main prizes for the photo-journalism: Silver Camera. He was awarded the prize for a striking photo of Prime Minister Den Uyl. Sitting during riots in Suriname hidden away behind a desk, but at the same time calling on the Netherlands to put out a small fire inside here. The prize is awarded in Rotterdam.

 

18 december 2002 - ROTTERDAM TERROR SUSPECTS ACQUITTED

Rotterdam – The Rotterdam court acquitted four suspects of involvement and preparing a terrorist attack. Three of the four were arrested in Rotterdam, two days after the attacks in New York. The aim of the attack would have been the American embassy in Paris. According to the court, there were no legitimate grounds to pick up the men and searching their homes.

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