Heysel Stadium disaster

May 29, 1985 Brussels, Belgium A riot between fans preceding the 1985 European Cup Final results in the deaths of 39 and the injuries of over 600 The riots began as fans from the Juventus and Liverpool football clubs threw rocks at each other. Eventually, some Liverpool fans started climbing a fence into a “no-man’s…

Brussels massacre of 1370

May 22, 1370 Brussels, Belgium Between 6 and 20 Jews are executed at the stake while the remainder are banished after allegedly desecrating hosts The actual motive behind the attack is disputed, depending on the source. The Christians of the area alleged a group of Jews desecrated hosts during the Holy Eucharist, a ceremony commemorating…

Charles the Good, assassinated while praying

March 2, 1127 Bruges, County of Flanders (modern-day Belgium and northern France) Charles the Good is assassinated Charles was the Duke of Flanders. Two years prior to his death had tried to overcome a famine in his lands, choosing to expel the Jews from the area, claiming they were the cause. Aside from resorting to…