Greenland in History

Historical Events

  • 1576-07-11 Martin Frobisher sights Greenland.
  • 1924-07-10 Denmark takes Greenland as Norway ends claim
  • 1931-06-10 Norway occupies East Greenland
  • 1954-01-09 -87°F (-66°C), Northice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
  • 1968-01-21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • 1968-01-28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • 1979-05-01 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • 1989-03-07 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)
  • 2013-03-13 Aleqa Hammond’s Siumut party wins the Greenland parliamentary elections
  • 2016-08-11 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists

Famous Birthdays

  • 1820-02-03 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)
  • 1870-01-15 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer (Greenland)
  • 1923-04-23 James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)
  • 1968-11-22 Rasmus Lerdorf, Greenlandic computer programmer

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-11-03 Alfred Wegener, German polar researcher and meteorologist (continental shift), dies while on an expedition to Greenland (date is approximate)

Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist Alfred Wegener
Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist
Alfred Wegener
  • 2010-10-28 Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)