Couperus, Louis b. June 10, 1863 d. July 16, 1923 Writer. Born and raised in The Hague. Considered a formeost figure in Dutch Literature, he was a virtuoso at observing and uncovering the lives of his country's fin de siecle bourgeoisie. His literary efforts, in all some fifty books, range from novels and travel stories to poetry. His best known novels include "Eline Vere" (1888), "The Hidden Force" (1900), "The Books of the Small Souls" (1902), and "Of Old People and the Things That Pass" (1906). All have been adapted for Dutch...[Read More] (Bio by: Martin) Den Haag Oud Eik en Duinen, The Hague (Den Haag), Den Haag Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
de Coligny, Louise b. September 23, 1555 d. November 13, 1620 Princess of Orange. Born Louise de Coligny, the daughter of Gaspard II de Coligny, Comte de Coligny and Charlotte de Laval. She became the fourth wife of Willem I von Nassau-Dillenburg, Prince of Orange in April 1583 who was also known as Wilhelm 'the Silent'. Her husband was assassinated in July 1584 and their only son was born the following November. She remained the dowager for 36 years, and died at age 65. (Bio by: Iola) Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Doderer, Johan Heinrich 'Joop' b. August 28, 1921 d. September 22, 2005 Actor. Best known for his role as the tramp "Swiebertje" on television series, he acted in dozens of radio and television programs. He portrayed ‘Alfred Doolittle' in "My Fair Lady", acted in Dutch and English movies, and appeared on stage in comedies, musicals, cabaret and dramas. In 1979, he performed his most acclaimed film role as a a South African agent in "The Human Factor", a film by Otto Preminger that also starred Richard Attenborough, Derek Jacobi and John Gielgud. Doderer was a...[Read More] (Bio by: Ilonka) Amsterdam Begraafplaats Zorgvlied, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont b. August 2, 1858 d. March 20, 1934 Dutch royalty. Queen consort of King William III of the Netherlands. Born Princess Adelheid Emma Wilhelmina Theresia in Arolsen Castle, she was the fourth daughter of Prince George Victor of Waldeck and Pyrmont and his first wife, Princess Helena of Nassau. She married King William III of the Netherlands on 7 January 1879 in Arolsen. William's first wife, Queen Sophie, had died two years earlier. King William was 61, and had already been turned down by Emma's older sister Paulina and Princess...[Read More] (Bio by: Kristen Conrad) Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Delft, Delft Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Escher, M. (Maurits Cornelis) C. b. June 17, 1898 d. March 27, 1972 One of the world's greatest Artists, Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in 1898 in Leeuwarden, Holland. In his youth he enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. He developed a knack for graphic art, as he had shown his drawings and linoleum cuts to his graphic teacher Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, who encouraged him to continue with graphic arts. After finishing school, he settled in Rome, and for 11 years traveled extensively throughout Italy drawing and...[Read More] (Bio by: Soorus) Baarn Algemene Begraafplaats, Baarn, Baarn Municipality, Utrecht, Netherlands
Fokker, Anthony 'Tony' b. April 6, 1890 d. December 23, 1939 Anthony "Tony" Fokker was a player in the early aviation warfare. He began his own aircraft building company in 1912 named Fokker Aviatik. After WWI broke out, his company became a prominent builder of German combat airplanes. After WWI, Fokker moved from his native Holland to the United States. He continued his Fokker Aircraft company in the US which helped to develop American dominance in international aircraft construction. The Fokker Aircraft company continued after his death until it...[Read More] Cause of death: Complications from sinus surgery and pneumococcus meningitis Begraafplaats & Crematorium Westerveld, Driehuis, Velsen Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Fortuyn, Pim [memorial] b. February 19, 1948 d. May 6, 2002 Dutch Political Leader. The leader of the Party "Lijst Pim Fortuyn.", he tried to the change the political thinking of the Netherlands, and was known for the punch line "At Your Service". He was shot to death at Mediapark, Hilversum, Netherlands, after having an interview with Ruud de Wild. The 54-year-old gay founder of Leefbaar Nederland (Livable Netherlands) was blunt, outspoken and flamboyant. The former Marxist, sociology lecturer and newspaper columnist drove around in a car with blacked-...[Read More] (Bio by: RdS) Cause of death: Shot to death at Mediapark, Hilversum, Netherlands Begraafplaats & Crematorium Westerveld, Driehuis, Velsen Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Grayburn, John Hollington b. January 30, 1918 d. September 20, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Manora Island, India, he served as a Lieutenant in A Company, 2nd Parachute Battalion, British Army. On September 20, 1944, the Germans attempted to destroy the Arnhem Bridge, Netherlands. Lieutenant Grayburn led a charge, was wounded and forced the enemy to flee while Royal Engineers removed the fuses. With a bandage on his head and his arm in a sling, he continued to command a platoon when another attempt was made by the Germans to destroy the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Arnhem (Oosterbeek) War Cemetery, Arnhem, Arnhem Municipality, Gelderland, Netherlands Plot: 13.C.11.