In 1981, struggling with a drug addiction, Marvin Gaye moved to Ostend, Belgium where he wrote “Sexual Healing”.
Although the principle behind the phenakistoscope had been recognized by the Greek mathematician Euclid and later in experiments by Newton, it was not until 1829 that this idea became firmly established by Belgian Joseph Plateau.
Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comic book writer and artist, best known for his The Adventures of Tintin series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983.
Tomorrowland, in Boom, Belgium, is the largest electronic dance music festival in the world.
Dr. Evil, villain, antagonist, bad guy and arch nemesis of Austin Powers, was raised in Belgium.
Gotye, a pseudonym for Wouter De Backer, was born in Bruges, Belgium and immigrated to Australia when he was two years old.
Herman Achille Van Rompuy, born 31 October 1947 in Etterbeek, Brussels, is the first full-time President of the European Council.
The Sand Sculpture Festival in Blankenberge, Belgium, is the largest in the world, with over 150 carefully crafted creations on display.
The saxophone (also referred to informally as the sax, or the saxomaphone by Homer) is a conical-bore woodwind musical instrument, invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1846.
Jacques Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter who was widely considered a master of the modern chanson.
The tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who measured 210.19 cm (20 hands 2.75 in, 82.75 in), without shoes, at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA.
Commonly referred to as French Fries, these yummy, crispy potato sticks originate from Belgium.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) lived in exile in Brussels in 1851-52, 1861 and again from 1866 to 1870.
Eddy Merckx, a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer, is considered to be the greatest pro-cyclist ever
Merckx, who turned professional in 1965, won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, and the Vuelta a España once. He also won all of professional cycling’s classic “monument” races at least twice each (with 19 Classics victories in all).
Karl Marx was exiled and lived in Brussels from January 1845 to February 1848. The book was published in London in 1848.
2 Unlimited is a Dutch Eurodance group formed in 1991, the project is the brainchild of Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde, fronted by a Dutch duo, rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4 May 1929 in Elsene, a municipality in Brussels, Belgium.
In 1907, Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite by mixing Carbolic Acid with Formaldehyde. It is considered the first plastic.
With 137980 sold tickets, the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels is the third most visited concert venue (in the category Club Venues – 2000 people max) in the world.
Belgium produces 220,000 tonnes of chocolate per year. This amounts to 22 kg of chocolate per inhabitant annually, i.e. 61 grammes per day in average.
The typical world map we all know from school and is used in nautical navigation was invented by the Flemish Gerardus Mercator in 1569.
At 68 km (42 miles) in length, the Coast Tram, or Kusttram in Dutch, it is the longest tram line in the world.
On the 29th of April 1899 in Yvelines near Paris, France, a car driven by Camille Jenatzy set a new world land speed record, reaching a little more than 100 km/h .
The car was named Jamais Contente (translated as “The Never Satisfied”).
Oil painting was invented around 1410 by the brothers van Eyck.