On google maps, in Bruges Belgium one can see a street named '18 Oktoberstraat'. What is the significance of this date?

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    Belgium was liberated on October 18, 1944. – CGCampbell Feb 1 '15 at 4:51
  • That explains it. – Faraz Masroor Feb 1 '15 at 5:15
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    In Mexico there are many streets with dates for names. – hippietrail Feb 1 '15 at 6:24
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    Occurs all over Latin America. Seems a lot happened in the month of May, or Mayo, so I kept seeing my name everywhere on street signs :D – Mark Mayo Feb 1 '15 at 8:21
  • This is a very common practice in Egypt as well, many streets have names of important dates (usually victory dates). – Nean Der Thal Feb 1 '15 at 11:42

There's actually a page online confirming what's in the comments:

18 Oktoberstraat

(translating what Google claims is Dutch, but may well be Flemish, we get:)

18th October Street

18 October Street or XVIII October Street is a reference to the time when the territory from the hands of the Germans fell in 1918.

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  • Shamelessly converting someone else's comment into an answer... :P – JoErNanO Feb 1 '15 at 20:54
  • @JoErNanO well with some actual research and a translation, to be fair ;) – Mark Mayo Feb 3 '15 at 5:50

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