France and Germany may be known for castles, but there are more castles in Belgium per square mile than any other country in the World.
Jacques Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter who was widely considered a master of the modern chanson.
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.
He got the inspiration for this story with his adopted son George Llewelyn Davies, who grew up in a loving family with lots of kids, but lost his parents at early age.
Because Barry and the kids of the family were so tight, he decided to adopt them.
Daily, they played role playing games about faeries, heroes, pirates and Indians, and Barrie decided to write a book about this. Peter Pan was born.
Ten years later, George Davies was summoned to fight alongside the British army in the first world war. During a briefing for an attack, Davies was hit by a sniper bullet.
He’s still buried at the military burial site Enclosure no. 3 in Voormezele.
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.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) lived in exile in Brussels in 1851-52, 1861 and again from 1866 to 1870.
During the 1670s, Verbiest designed what some claim to be the first ever self-propelled vehicle – many claim this as the world’s first automobile, in spite of its small size and the lack of evidence that it was actually built.
Winston Churchill made the Victory-sign famous during the Second World War. But he didn’t invent it, Victor de Lavaleye did.
In 1981, struggling with a drug addiction, Marvin Gaye moved to Ostend, Belgium where he wrote “Sexual Healing”.
The compulsory school age in Belgium is 6-18 years, though there is an opportunity for 16+ pupils to study part-time.
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”).
Adreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.
He was an inventor, noted for the invention of inline skates in 1760.
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.
Dr. Evil, villain, antagonist, bad guy and arch nemesis of Austin Powers, was raised in Belgium.
Each year, over 800 tons of chocolate is sold over the counters of shops at Brussels Airport.
Brian Molko (born 10 December 1972 in Brussels, Belgium) is a Luxembourgian songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the band Placebo.
A generation ago, the three main drinks in a household were water, coffee and table beer.
Galecki, most known for the role of Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory, was born in Bree, Belgium on April 30, 1975.
The typical world map we all know from school and is used in nautical navigation was invented by the Flemish Gerardus Mercator in 1569.
Belgian comics are a distinct subgroup in the comics history, and played a major role in the development of European comics, alongside France with whom they share a long common history.
Gotye, a pseudonym for Wouter De Backer, was born in Bruges, Belgium and immigrated to Australia when he was two years old.
These breweries produce over 800 kinds of beer. Belgians consume in average 150 liters of beer per person per year.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4 May 1929 in Elsene, a municipality in Brussels, Belgium.
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.