Nothing to report during the holidays? Impress with interesting facts! These special anniversaries are coming in the first months of the following year:

01 januari 2008 – Christmas tree explosion Vlaardingen (10 jaar geleden)

It started ten years ago 2008 unintentionally with a huge bang. The municipality of Vlaardingen tolerates a Christmas tree burn on the Broekweg. But due to the fog, the petrol vapors linger above the Christmas tree pile. When the fire is lit, everything explodes. At about a hundred houses, the windows have burst from the blow.

(Images from the explosion. Don't turn your sound on too loud!)

20 januari 1968 – The thud of Shell Pernis (50 jaar geleden)

Another explosion, but now at Shell Pernis. The blow is so great that there is almost no house in Pernis and Hoogvliet without glass damage. Two people don't die. Nearly a hundred people are injured.


09 februari 1968 – Rotterdam has a metro (50 jaar geleden)

You can expect a nice RET party in February. The Rotterdam carrier wants the 50you are don't let the anniversary of the metro pass by. Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus opened in 1968 de 5,9 kilometer-long line between the station and Zuidplein shopping center.

17 februari 1938 – Rotterdam has a Vermeer (80 jaar geleden)

The big news is in the Rotterdam council chamber: Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen has finally acquired a masterpiece by Vermeer. The hitherto unknown piece was found in Paris. But after the Second World War it turns out that the Emmaus goers are not at all by Vermeer, but was made by master forger Han van Meegeren. The piece is still in the museum.

17 maart 1988 – Poison scandal Alphen aan den Rijn (30 jaar geleden)

It appears that illegal industrial waste has been dumped for years on the landfill site of the Coupépolder near Alphen aan den Rijn. The bottom under the golf course is heavily polluted. Toxic gases are also released. The municipality is strongly criticized because the control of the landfill has not been too good.


27 maart 1988 – Evacuation for the "Belle Bomb" (30 jaar geleden)

Many thousands of houses are evacuated in Rotterdam because a heavy bomb from the Second World War must be dismantled in Bellevoystraat. It is a huge operation, the largest evacuation after the flood.

31 maart 1943 – The "forgotten bombing" (75 jaar geleden)

American bombers want to bomb the port of Rotterdam, but the bombs attack residential areas in Bospolder / Tussendijken and at the Schiedamseweg. Zo’n 13.000 people become homeless. Er vallen 326 doden. Because most attention to the bombing of 14 mei 1940 goes out, Rotterdammers often speak of the "forgotten bombing" at this event. = EG6r8VmGA7g


In the coming year, extensive attention will be paid to all the above stories on New historical stories will also be published about many other stories.

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