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Amsterdam squatter Hans Kok had a confrontation with the police during an eviction action. The circumstances of his death in a police cell on 25 October 1985 are still unclear. The event shocked the... [Item of the Day]
By order of the Dutch minister of Justice Dries van Agt, on May 18, 1976, the police raided the abortion clinic Bloemenhove, and tried to seal the surgeries. Abortion clinics do not have legal status... [Item of the Day]
The first photo in a Dutch newspaper appeared in the Amsterdamse Courant of 24 February 1890. It was a photo of the Amsterdam theatre that burnt down four days previously. Although the quality of the... [Item of the Day]
Esperanto, the artificial language created by dr Zamenhof,  was especially popular in the labour movement because it agreed with the ideals of international brotherhood. The railway workers already... [Item of the Day]
As one of the first Dutch entrepreneurs who also cared about the social welfare of his employees, Van Marken studied foreign examples of socially responsible housing. In 1882 he bought land behind... [Item of the Day]
During the last week of March 1975 there was intense fighting in the streets of Amsterdam. Inhabitants of the Nieuwmarkt district rebelled against demolition of their homes to build the new... [Item of the Day]
"12 March 1639 a nephew of Mr Adriaen van Witvelt, painter, presented me with 16 prints of all sorts of flowers and insects..."The grateful recipient who wrote these lines added the print to a... [Item of the Day]
The Amsterdam Realtors' Guild adopted new rules and prices on 8 January 1678. The Guild forbade its members from buying or producing goods themselves. Realtors had to remain intermediaries between... [Item of the Day]
On March 28, 1932, the Dutch Onafhankelijke Socialistische Partij (Independent Socialist Party) was established. It was a left wing split off from the social-democratic party. Meijer Bleekrode... [Item of the Day]
An ambitious student named Hendrick Swaen started a new arithmetic exercise book on 30 November 1694. On the front page Hendrick drew childlike sketches of swans around his name. His sums are... [Item of the Day]