Beep… Beepbeep. Beeeep! The sound of distance when backing up with your car was invented by Rudy Beckers in 1987.
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.
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 .
On 1 June 2003, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
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.
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).
She acquired world fame in 1963 as Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile) when she scored a hit with the her French-language song “Dominique”.
In 1907, Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite by mixing Carbolic Acid with Formaldehyde. It is considered the first plastic.
Fallen Astronaut is an 8.5 cm (slightly over 3″) aluminium sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit, which commemorates astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. It is at Hadley Rille on the Moon, placed there by the crew of Apollo 15 on August 1, 1971.
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.
Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir was a Belgian engineer who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Prior designs for such engines were patented as early as 1807, but none were commercially successful. Lenoir’s engine was commercialized in sufficient quantities to be considered a success, a first for the internal combustion engine.
In 1981, struggling with a drug addiction, Marvin Gaye moved to Ostend, Belgium where he wrote “Sexual Healing”.
Professor Edward J. de Smedt invented modern road asphalt in 1870 at Columbia University in New York City after emigrating from Belgium.
The first natural color picture in National Geographic was of a flower garden in Gent, Belgium in 1914
This image of a flower garden in Ghent, Belgium, published in 1914, was National Geographic Magazine’s first natural (not hand-tinted) color photograph.
The Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival) is a music and theatre festival in the city of Ghent, Belgium, receiving over one million visitors over ten days.
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.
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.
‘De Snorkels’ is a strip series conceived by Nicola Broca in 1982. Hanna-Barbera licensed it as ‘The Snorks‘ in 1984.
On February 17 of 2011, the country hit 249 days without a government, breaking a record set past November by Iraq.
The Smurfs was first created and first introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958.
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”).
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.
Stefan Everts (born 25 November 1972 in Bree) is a motocross racer from Belgium, who retired in 2006 after securing his record 10th World Title. He also holds several other motocross records.