After he qualified as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 1974, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976.
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”).
Lambert Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), the Belgian mathematician, is famous world-wide for his ‘Body Mass Index’ (also called the ‘Quetelet Index’).
In the surroundings of Ieper (Ypres), the First World War soldier who was the direct source of inspiration for the character and story, was killed by a German sniper.
Tomorrowland, in Boom, Belgium, is the largest electronic dance music festival in the world.
Galecki, most known for the role of Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory, was born in Bree, Belgium on April 30, 1975.
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.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4 May 1929 in Elsene, a municipality in Brussels, Belgium.
80% of the world’s rough diamonds, 50% of the cut diamonds and 45% of industrial diamonds pass through the four block diamond district.
Drupal is an Open Source Content Management Framework (CMF), with a wide use base ranging from simple websites and blogs to whitehouse.gov, warnerbrosrecords.com, National Geographic, Twitter and many other big websites.
He was an inventor, noted for the invention of inline skates in 1760.
Belgium has one of the lowest proportion of McDonald’s restaurants per inhabitant in the developed world
Belgium only has 0.062 per 10,000 people, or 7x less than the USA, 4x less than Japan and twice less than France or Germany.
Belgium has the highest density of roads and railroads in the world. Because of the quantity of lights, the Belgian highway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night.
A generation ago, the three main drinks in a household were water, coffee and table beer.
On Saturday the 10th of October 2009, Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne took helm of the International Space Station (ISS), becoming the first European ever to command the $100 billion orbiting laboratory.
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.
In 1981, struggling with a drug addiction, Marvin Gaye moved to Ostend, Belgium where he wrote “Sexual Healing”.
Dr. Evil, villain, antagonist, bad guy and arch nemesis of Austin Powers, was raised in Belgium.
Adreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.
Winston Churchill made the Victory-sign famous during the Second World War. But he didn’t invent it, Victor de Lavaleye did.
‘De Snorkels’ is a strip series conceived by Nicola Broca in 1982. Hanna-Barbera licensed it as ‘The Snorks‘ in 1984.
Dance anthem “ Pump up the Jam ”, which reached No. 1 in the US and No. 2 in the UK in 1989 was by the Belgian band Technotronic .
Belgium Internet connections peaked at an average of 32.7 megabits per second.
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (born 29 April 1922, Brussels, Belgium), known as Toots Thielemans, is a Belgian jazz musician well known for his guitar and harmonica playing as well as his whistling. Thielemans is credited as one of the greatest harmonica players of the 20th century.