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Brussels
Brussels , officially the Brussels Region or Brussels-Capital Region , is the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union...
Timeline of Events
1835
5.5.1835
In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen.
1867
2.13.1867
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards.
1906
2.18.1906
Edouard de Laveleye forms the Belgian Olympic Committee in Brussels.
1914
8.20.1914
World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
1940
5.17.1940
World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.
1967
5.22.1967
The ''L'Innovation'' department store in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, burns down. It is the most devastating fire in Belgian history, resulting in 323 dead and missing and 150 injured.
1970
5.28.1970
The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
1979
8.28.1979
An IRA bomb explodes on the Grand Place in Brussels.
1985
5.29.1985
Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels, Belgium, 39 football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breach a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.
1998
5.2.1998
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.