Norwegian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 158 of 158

  • 1962-06-13 Norway named ombudsman
  • 1967-07-24 Norway requests European Common Market membership
  • 1971-03-17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • 1972-09-25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • 1972-09-26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • 1975-01-14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m
  • 1975-08-14 Norwegian King Olav V opens Longyearbyen Airport on Spitsbergen
  • 1976-10-20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • 1980-03-27 The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
  • 1981-02-03 Gro Harlem Brundtland is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1983-08-07 Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 1985-05-04 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • 1986-04-21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • 1986-05-27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 1986-07-05 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 10K woman's record (30:13.74)
  • 1986-07-11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000 m in world record 30:13.74
  • 1986-08-05 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5km woman's record (14:37.33)
  • 1988-09-15 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1989-04-07 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • 1989-04-17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • 1989-09-08 Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)
  • 1989-10-16 Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
  • 1990-04-07 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma
  • 1990-04-08 Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • 1990-05-15 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
  • 1990-11-03 Gro Harlem Brundtland is installed as Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1991-01-17 Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V
  • 1991-08-25 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • 1991-11-30 1st world championship of women's soccer, US defeats Norway 2-1
  • 1992-06-16 Longest salami is 68'9 & 25 circumference, weighed 1,492lbs/5oz in Flekkefjord, Norway
  • 1993-08-20 Oslo Peace Accords signed, after secret negotiations in Norway, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month
  • 1993-09-13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway
  • 1993-10-11 Norwegian Rushdie publisher William Nygaard injured in attack
  • 1994-02-12 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-02-12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1994-02-27 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1994-04-26 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • 1994-11-28 Norway votes against joining European Union
  • 1995-01-01 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • 1995-01-30 Norway's Statoil announces a newly formed consortium that will supply Norwegian natural gas to the European continent
  • 1995-05-13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • 1995-07-28 Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjorn Johnsen says that Norway should not lower its crude oil production in an attempt to boost world oil prices
  • 1997-01-18 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 1997-05-20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
  • 2000-01-04 19 are killed after two trains collide in Asta, Norway
  • 2004-08-22 "The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
  • 2005-09-12 The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
  • 2006-06-19 Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial "laying of the first stone" at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.
  • 2006-08-31 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.
  • 2007-04-24 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
  • 2009-05-16 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow

  • 2011-07-22 Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first a bomb blast targeting government buildings in central Oslo, second a massacre at a youth camp on island of Utøya
  • 2012-05-02 'The Scream', by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (a pastel version) sells at auction for $119,922,500
  • 2012-12-10 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov’s 13-year Elo rating record
  • 2013-09-09 Erna Solberg is elected Prime Minister of Norway after a centre-right coalition wins a majority in their elections
  • 2013-11-22 Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen defeats  Viswanathan Anand to win the 2013 World Chess Championship
  • 2014-02-22 Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals
  • 2015-01-03 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 333

  • 1890-09-11 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, born in Ellingsøya (d. 1968)
  • 1895-03-03 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (1st winner of the Nobel prize in economics-1969), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1895-07-12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner)
  • 1895-12-19 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • 1896-01-18 Hans H Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • 1896-07-16 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo (d. 1968)
  • 1897-04-17 Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • 1897-05-10 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • 1897-05-17 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1897-08-20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • 1897-11-02 Jacob A B "Jack" Bjerknes, Norwegian/US meteorologist (USAF in London)
  • 1899-01-17 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • 1899-12-30 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (d. 2001)
  • 1901-02-28 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen)
  • 1901-06-16 Arthur Pierson, actor/director (Hat Check Girl), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1902-04-28 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (d. 1979)
  • 1902-11-01 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1903-07-02 Olav AFEC of Schleswig-Holstein-S-G, King Olav V of Norway (1957-91)
  • 1904-03-07 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian Olympic speed skater (4 gold, 2 silver)
  • 1904-04-27 Ragnar Skrede, Norwegian poet (Lauvfall)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1906-07-19 Klaus Egge, Gransherad, Telemark Norway, composer (Noregsonger)
  • 1907-10-07 Tutta Rolf, Norwegian actress (Whalers), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1907-11-18 Halldis Vesaas-Moren, Norwegian author/poetess
  • 1908-02-03 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1909-05-31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1909-06-01 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (d. 1986)
  • 1910-01-11 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), born in Nøtterøy, Norway (d. 1984)
  • 1911-02-12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1911-05-27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist/writer (Frihet och demokrati)
  • 1911-06-03 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • 1911-08-23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1911-09-15 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1911-12-13 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, born in Skedsmo, Norway (d. 1999)
  • 1912-01-27 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher
  • 1912-02-04 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1912-04-08 Sonja Henie, ice skater/actress (Olympic gold 1928,32,36), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1913-04-03 Per Borten, Premier of Norway (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914-10-06 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), born in Larvik (d. 2002)

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1917-06-14 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician
  • 1917-06-17 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1917-07-24 Simon Slattvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1918-01-30 Jarl Andre Bjerke, [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet/writer
  • 1918-05-25 Peder Lunde, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1919-03-18 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1920-01-20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)
  • 1920-03-19 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (d. 2002)
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjorneboe, Norwegian poet/writer (Dikt, Jonas)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (d. 1976)
  • 1921-05-14 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor (d. 2007)
  • 1922-05-18 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • 1922-06-28 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset)
  • 1923-01-16 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1923-01-20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • 1923-03-12 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Oly-gold-1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1926-10-19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1927-06-13 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • 1927-10-08 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-11 Stein Eriksen, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1930-04-16 John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • 1930-10-24 Johan Galtung, Norwegian polemologist (Meaning of Nonviolence)
  • 1931-06-20 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1932-01-22 Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and former sexologist
  • 1932-02-12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • 1932-02-21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991- )
  • 1933-11-06 Knut Johannesen, Norwegian 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1936-03-10 Juda Bar-Norwegian, Israeli/Dutch mime/actor (King)
  • 1936-09-14 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian politician
  • 1937-02-04 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathalete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1937-11-29 Johan J Holst, Norwegian minister of Defense/Foreign affairs
  • 1937-12-08 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)
  • 1937-12-21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present)
  • 1938-01-02 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1938-12-16 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1939-04-20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • 1939-08-18 Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2008)
  • 1940-12-17 Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
  • 1941-03-25 Gudmund Hernes, Norwegian politician
  • 1942-02-09 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1943-06-27 Kjersti Døvigen, Norwegian actress
  • 1943-08-04 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • 1943-11-26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 1943-12-05 Eva Joly, Norwegian-born French magistrate
  • 1944-01-07 Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator
  • 1944-04-08 Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
  • 1946-06-21 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author
  • 1947-03-04 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • 1947-09-03 Kjell Magne Bondevik, Norwegian politician
  • 1947-09-24 Erik Hivju, Norwegian actor
  • 1948-07-13 Alf Hansen, Norwegian double sculls (Olympic gold 1976)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-01-12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1949-03-18 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1949-09-27 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian singer
  • 1950-02-20 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1950-07-19 Per-Kristian Foss, Norwegian Minister of Finance
  • 1950-12-21 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 170 of 170

  • 1959-05-01 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1959-07-15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • 1960-01-12 Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • 1962-12-07 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1968-02-29 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • 1968-10-29 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1968-12-30 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72
  • 1969-06-01 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • 1972-01-10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • 1973-01-31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • 1975-01-28 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1976-05-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 1976-10-05 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1977-02-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • 1979-03-07 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • 1979-10-16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • 1984-11-20 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • 1986-09-25 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1987-01-05 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • 1987-09-19 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • 1990-12-24 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • 1991-01-17 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • 1993-08-10 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian musician (Mayhem) (b. 1968)
  • 1993-12-11 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 1994-01-13 Johan J Holst, Norwegian min of defense/foreign affairs, dies at 56
  • 1994-03-08 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • 1997-09-17 Jan Peder Syse, PM of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • 1998-06-13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • 1999-07-28 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, dies at 87
  • 1999-10-04 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 2000-02-16 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • 2001-02-08 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • 2001-03-29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002-04-18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 2002-06-29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2002-08-10 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • 2002-12-24 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 2003-02-13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • 2004-01-13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 2004-01-14 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • 2004-02-15 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2004-12-26 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • 2004-12-26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • 2005-01-20 Per Borten, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)
  • 2005-06-02 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2005-07-20 Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  • 2005-12-29 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • 2006-03-09 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • 2006-05-28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2006-09-29 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • 2006-12-24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2006-12-26 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)
  • 2007-03-21 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • 2007-04-29 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor, known as the leader of Olsenbanden
  • 2007-07-12 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • 2007-09-21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007-11-16 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2007-11-16 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author (b. 1946)
  • 2008-07-14 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • 2009-01-12 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2009-03-04 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-05-25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010-03-25 Pål Bang-Hansen, Norwegian film critic and television personality (b. 1937)
  • 2010-04-21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2011-01-08 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 2011-03-28 Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)
  • 2013-03-27 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90
  • 2013-11-04 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor and Olympic champion, dies at 87
  • 2015-12-27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 88
  • 2016-09-10 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, dies at 89