20 april 1988 - HARD CONFRONTATION ACTIVATING SKIPERS AND MOBILE UNIT

Rotterdam - Inland skippers who are angry about new rules, where they can be passed, block the Rotterdam feed company Granaria. It comes to two hard confrontations with the police. In the morning, an agent is beaten. Later, the police return with a large platoon from the Mobile Unit. A small battle ensues, on top of two barges. It will take at least two months before the conflict with Minister Smit-Kroes is resolved.

A fragment of Radio Rijnmond from 20 april 1988:

The conflict over "Granaria’ would continue for months. In June things went wrong again at Gorinchem. Hundreds of inland skippers blocked the river there. You can read how it went here:

read more: Merwede blocked by hundreds of angry skippers

20 april 1903 - FIRST FEMALE LAWYER IN THE NETHERLANDS

Rotterdam – Adolphine Kok has been appointed as the first female lawyer in the Netherlands. The Rotterdam student received her doctorate three weeks ago from Leiden University. Together with her fiancé Jan van den Hoek, she starts a law firm on Korte Hoogstraat. In the early years she mainly has female clients and is involved in marriage law.

20 april 1985 - LITERATE MUSEUM OPENED IN THE HAGUE

Den Haag – Minister Brinkman and writer W.F. Hermans give a speech on the day that the Literary Museum is opened in The Hague. The museum was built in the 32 used as an archive the previous year, but since this day also has an exhibition space. This includes a retrospective exhibition on Dutch literature since 1750.

20 april 1985 - WORLD RECORD AT MARATHON ROTTERDAM

Rotterdam – The Rotterdam Marathon has received a hefty image boost, because the world record has been broken on the flat course in the port city. In the fifth edition, Olympic Champion Carlos Lopes manages to put down a time of 2:07:11. That was almost a minute faster than the previous record. His record time remains until in 1988. Then the Ethiopian Densamo ran a faster time on the same course.

20 april 2016 – ROTTERDAM FOR MILLIONS RAISED WITH WATERFRONT

Rotterdam – An operator and a contractor favor the municipality of Rotterdam 8 million ripped off, says Alderman Schneider. Bills for renovations that have never been carried out are paid by the municipality. Some are even submitted and paid multiple times. An official would also be involved in the plot.

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