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January 24th in Brussels’ History: A Look at the Events that Shaped the City

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January 24th holds a significant place in Brussels’ history, as it marks the anniversary of several important events that have shaped the city. From political milestones to cultural events, this day has played a role in shaping the city’s identity and shaping the lives of its residents.

One of the most significant events that occurred on January 24th in Brussels’ history was the Battle of Brussels. On this day in 1695, the French army under the command of Marshal de Villeroy defeated the Allied army led by the Prince of Vaudemont, in a battle fought on the outskirts of Brussels. This battle marked an important moment in the War of the Grand Alliance, and it helped to secure French control over the Southern Netherlands.

Another important event that occurred on January 24th was the opening of the Brussels Stock Exchange. On this day in 1801, the first stock exchange in Brussels officially opened its doors. Today, the stock exchange is known as Euronext Brussels and it is one of the largest and most important stock exchanges in Europe.

On January 24th, 1831, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was elected as the first king of the Belgians. This event marked the beginning of a new era in the history of Belgium, which would see the country gain its independence from the Netherlands, and it continues to be celebrated as a national holiday in Belgium.

In the cultural realm, January 24th

marks the birthday of famous Belgian painter, Rene Magritte. He was born in Lessines, Belgium in 1898 and is best known for his surrealist paintings. Magritte’s works often explore the relationship between reality and illusion and his painting are considered masterpieces of surrealist art.

Another significant event that happened on January 24th in Brussels’ history was the signing of the Treaty of Brussels in 1948. This treaty was signed by Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom, and it established the Western European Union, a precursor to the current European Union. This treaty marked a significant step towards European integration and cooperation.

In conclusion, January 24th holds a significant place in Brussels’ history, marking the anniversary of several important events that have shaped the city and the lives of its residents. From political milestones to cultural events, this day has played a role in shaping Brussels’ identity and continues to be remembered and celebrated by its residents.

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