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The Purpose of Our Organization is
- To Keep Alive Our Belgian Heritage - To Promote Better Understanding and Appreciation of our Emigrant Forebears. - To Promote Cooperation Between Researchers. - To Bring Together Families Long Separated.
Belgian museum salutes Texas Aggies: Bastogne, Belgium | December 12, 2014 – August 31, 2016
“This is a great opportunity to honor those who paved the way for many of us to be where we are today. The Belgians have shared stories of how their lives were forever changed by the support of the Americans during the Battle of the Bulge and many of those leading the Americans were Texas Aggies. I am humbled and honored to be able to support this tribute.” –John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 31, 2016, in the Van Geluwe Building in Bastogne. After that, it will have a permanent home in College Station.
Today in Belgian History
1 Apr 1890 – An electric trolley car car was patented by Belgian inventor, Charles Van Depoele. He had designed the first commercial electric railway in the US (maybe the world) for the Scranton Suburban Electric Railway (30 Nov 1886), an intra-city line running a few miles between downtown Scranton, Pa. and Green Ridge. The line ran continuously (except for repairs and strikes) until 1954. Van Depoele received patents an electric railway (1883), an electric generator (1880), a carbon commutator brush (1888), an alternating-current electric reciprocating engine (1889), a telpher system for a car running suspended from cables (1890), a coal-mining machine (1891) and a gearless electric locomotive (1894).
2 Apr 1920 – The Senate accepts the principle of women’s vote.
2 Apr 1937 – the first Eugène Ysaye Violin Competition opens. David Oistrakh is the winner of this contest named after the famous violinist composer and which will later be renamed Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.
3 Apr 1925 - aviator Edmond Thieffry, WWI hero, links Brussels and Leopoldville, after a voyage of 51 days. It was the first Belgium-Congo flight. The regular line was opened on February 23, 1935 by Sabena Airlines, carrying 83 kilos of mail.
4 Apr 1826 -Birth of Zénobe-Théophile Gramme (4 Apr 1826-20 Jan 1901): Belgian-born French electrical engineer and inventor (1869) of the Gramme dynamo, a continuous-current electrical generator that gave principal impetus to the development of electric power.
9 Apr 1939 – Belgian cyclist Emile Masson wins the 40th “Paris-Roubaix”.
12 Apr 1974 – Death of Fud Candrix, jazz player. He played the cello, the clarinet, the tenor saxophone. He was also a composer and orchestra director. During the "Swinging Thirthies", he was among the Belgian leaders of the Big Band era. During the 50s, he creates the "Belgian All Stars".
13 Apr 1930 – The Belgian soccer team crushes the French 6 to 1
20 Apr 1860 – Death of Charles De Brouckère (64y old).He was one of Belgium’s founding fathers. This great defender of freedoms took part in drafting the Belgian Constitution. He later served as Defense Minister.He also taught Political Economy at the “Université Libre” and was among the founders of the Bank of Belgium.
20 Apr 1899 – The automobile driver Camille Jenatzy reaches the 100 km/h mark aboard an electrical propelled car named "Jamais contente" (Never content)!
26 Apr 1904 - Installation of the Bell Telephone Company in Antwerp.
27 Apr 1846 - Charles Joseph Van Depoele (27 Apr 1846-18 Mar 1892): U.S. Belgian-born American inventor who demonstrated the practicability of electrical traction (1874) and patented an electric railway (1883).
28 Apr 1892 – The law of 28 April 1892 set GMT (later known as UT or TU) as legal time. In 1946, one heure was added and, in 1977, after the oil crisis, two different times are adopted in Belgium, to contain energy consumption: Summer time, GMT +2 and Winter time: GMT +1
15th Wedding Anniversary
On Dec 4, 1999 Prince Phillip and Miss Mathilde were married. In honor of their 15th wedding anniversary the Royal Mint of Belgium presented a special medal bearing both King Phillip and Queen Mathilde’s effigy on one side and on the other the coats of arms of both their houses.