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 Netherlands - The Church of St Lawrence. Rotterdam The pilgrims of the Rhine ([1834])

In 1656, Christiaan Huygens, of Netherlands, invented the pendulum clock.

Fun fact: The Dutch celebrate "crown years" with big presents on the ages 5, 10 , 15, 20 and 21.

In Scandinavian and other European countries, Father Christmas, or Saint Nicholas, comes into houses in the night and leaves gifts for the children. Saint Nicholas is represented as a kindly man with a red cloak and long white beard. He visited houses and left gifts, bringing people happiness in the coldest months of the year. Another character, the Norse God Odin, rode on a magical flying horse across the sky in the winter to reward people with gifts.

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Netherlands Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

The Church of St Lawrence. Rotterdam
The pilgrims of the Rhine ([1834])

The Church of St Lawrence. Rotterdam
The pilgrims of the Rhine ([1834])
The Royal Palace at the Hague
The Illustrated London News, 1849

The Royal Palace at the Hague
The Illustrated London News, 1849
Weeper's Tower, Amsterdam
Picturesque Europe : with illustrations on steel and wood by the most emi

Weeper's Tower, Amsterdam
Picturesque Europe : with illustrations on steel and wood by the most eminent artists ([1876-1879])
Van Houtens Cocoa
Best & Goes Farthest
Largest Sale in the World

Van Houtens Cocoa
Best & Goes Farthest
Largest Sale in the World


(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
Leiden, Stadhuis (1910)

Leiden, Stadhuis (1910)
Visit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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1656 - The pendulum clock is invented (Christiaan Huygens, Netherlands)
"In 1656 Dutch mathematician, astronomer, physicist and horologist Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum clock in 1656 and patented it in 1657. This technology reduced the loss of time by clocks from about 15 minutes to about 15 seconds per day."

"Christiann Huygens was born in Holland, April 14, 1629. His birthplace was probably Zulichem and this is often used for him almost as a second family name. In 1665 he was invited to Paris by Louis XIV to found a Royal Academy of Sciences. He returned to Holland in 1681 and died there in 1695. In 1657 he produced his first pendulum clock and in 1673 his work on the clock was published at Paris. He was not merely a clock maker but a great scientist, interested particularly in Mathematics and Physics."

Time & Timekeepers: Including the History, Construction, Care, and Accuracy of Clocks and Watches by Willis Isbister Milham,
Macmillan, 1923
1701 - England, Austria, Netherlands formed Alliance against France webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1717 - December 25 - Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed
December 25, 1717
1719 - February 12 - The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded
1734 - November 8 - Vincent la Chapelle, master cook to various nobility and royalty, forms Free Masons Lodge in Netherlands
1735 - November 30 - States of Holland forbid Free Masonry
1745 - England, Austria, Saxony, Netherlands formed alliance against Russia; French forces defeated Ango-Dutch army at Fontenoy webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1748 - Riot broke out in Amsterdam after public execution; over 200 killed webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
(1780 - 1783) Netherlands at war with England webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1784 - Peace of Versailles ended war between France, England, Holland; Holland banned orange clothes webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1793 - France declared war on Britain and Netherlands; French conquered Geertruidenberg, Netherlands webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1800 - Population of the Dutch Empire (French Republic) - 6,200,000

1825 - Dike breaks caused severe flooding, more than 800 died (Netherlands) webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1870 - Amstel Brewery opened (Netherlands) webimage/ countrys/ europe/ netherlands/ nltimeln.htm
1888 - Marriage by the Glove.
A marriage by proxy, or as it is called, "marriage by the glove," is prevalent in Holland, and is brought about by the fact that many of the eligible young men, after having finished their education, depart for Dutch India. A friend selects a willing young lady, generally one with a substantial dot and otherwise conforming closely to specifications of the letter. A photograph of the favored one is inclosed in the return epistle. After the lapse of a few months, a soiled left-hand glove, with a power of attorney, is received from the far-away bachelor. The friend in Holland marries the selected bride in exactly the same manner as if he were the actual groom, and the young wife departs in the next India mail steamer to bring happiness to the lonely one in the far East. A marriage of this description is as binding as if the bridegroom were present, and is never repudiated. If either party to the glove marriage should die before meeting in India the survivor would share the property of... Read MORE...

1895 - Netherlands / Holland
Netherlands, called also Hol’land, a maritime kingdom on the western border of continental Europe, lying be tween lat. 51° 10' and 53° 30' N. and lon. 3° 20' and 7° 20' E. On the W. and N. it is bounded by the North Sea, on the E. by Prussia, and on the S. by Belgium. The river Ems marks the boundary towards Hanover; but between the Netherlands and the Prussian provinces W. of the Rhine the line is fixed by conventions rather than by nature; on the S., also, the boundary towards Belgium from the left bank of the Meuse or Maas to the sea, though de fined accurately by the treaty of November, 1831, to which the chief powers of Europe were parties, is not marked by any natural features. The country thus marked out has an extent from N. to S. of 150 miles, with a breadth from W. to E. of 120 miles throughout; area, 12,680 square miles. The grand duchy of Luxemburg, though subject to the Dutch monarch as grand duke, forms no part of the kingdom proper...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - Population of Dutch East Indies (Netherlands) - 42,746,000

1919 - July 11 – The eight-hour day and free Sunday become law for workers in the Netherlands.
July 11, 1919
2023 - The Netherlands is a fantastic destination with a lot to offer. Here's a mix of iconic and off-the-beaten-path places to go and things to do:

Anne Frank House: Explore the powerful museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist.

Van Gogh Museum: Immerse yourself in the works of the famous Dutch artist.

Rijksmuseum: Discover an extensive collection of Dutch art and history.

Red Light District: Experience Amsterdam's famous nightlife district.

Keukenhof Gardens:

Visit in spring to witness the stunning tulip fields in bloom.

Zaanse Schans:

Experience traditional Dutch culture with historic windmills and wooden houses.


Take a boat tour through the picturesque canals of this charming village.


Climb the Dom Tower for panoramic views of the city.

Explore the vibrant cafes and boutiques in the city center.


Wander through the cobblestone streets and visit the Frans Hals Museum.


Marvel at modern architecture, including the Cube Houses and Erasmus Bridge.

Visit the Maritime Museum for a taste of the city's seafaring... Read MORE...

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