1792 France invades the Austrian Netherlands (present day Belgium), beginning the French Revolutionary War.
1795 Belgium is conquered by France.
1830 Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands.
1839 The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom.
1934 Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
1944 World War II: The city of Ypres, Belgium is liberated by allied forces.
1960 Congo gains independence from Belgium.
1960 Belgium defends its intervention in the Congo to the United Nations Security Council while the government of the Congo appeals to the Soviet Union to send troops to push back the Belgians. The governments of the United States and France and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization warn the Soviets to stay out of the dispute.
1985 Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels, Belgium, 39 football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breach a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.