02 januari 1981 – POISON IN WATER WESTLAND

Monster – In the water supply network of the Westland has been detected, the pesticides Methyl bromide. Zo’n 1300 families Wateringen, Naaldwijk, De Lier, Monster, 'S Gravenzande and Maasland may have accumulated within the agent, "Even if only to a few thousandths of a milligram per liter of drinking water '. The government bottled water available. Methyl bromide is a soil fumigant. A few days later, the agent is prohibited.

Methyl bromide in Westland. Foto: Marcel Antonisse, National Archives / Anefo

02 januari 1980 – ELEVEN DEAD IN FIRE IN ROTTERDAM

Rotterdam – In a short fierce fire in Rotterdam Oleanderstraat (Bloemhof) Eleven people are killed. Among the victims were seven children. “Three minutes after the report, we were already on the spot, but the fire hit all the house”, says the fire in the Reformed Daily of 2 januari 1980.

It is the largest house fire in Rotterdam since WWII, if you look at the number of victims.

read more: Family is killed in blaze in Rotterdam Bloemhof

02 januari 2002 - SALMON MINISTER GIVES FIRST EURO FROM SHOP IN THE HAGUE

Den Haag – In a lamp shop on the Grote Markt in The Hague Minister Zalm of Finance shows symbolically the first euro. That's no coincidence, want in 1989 did then Minister Ruding it even with the ECU. In 1998 bank president Wellink did the first payment with a Eurocheque. The general public could issue the euro since New Year's Eve and pins.


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