Greenland in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1888-10-03 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen and his team complete first known crossing of Greenland interior, arriving in Godthaab

  • 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
  • 2017-06-18 Rare magnitude-four earthquake causes a tsunami to hit Nuugaatsiaq in northwestern Greenland
  • 2018-07-14 Huge iceberg looming over Innaarsuit village, western Greenland prompts evacations in case it calves
  • 2018-11-14 Large impact crater, 31 km wide, from iron meteorite identified under Hiawatha Glacier in Greenland

Historic Event

2019-08-18 US President Donald Trump confirms he is interested in buying Greenland for the US

  • 2019-08-21 US President Donald Trump says Danish PM Mette Frederiksen was "nasty" to him over his interest in buying Greenland and cancels his trip to Denmark

Famous Birthdays

  • 1820-02-03 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)
  • 1870-01-15 Johan Peter Koch, Danish captain & explorer (Greenland), born in Vestenskov, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • 1879-06-07 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule), born in Jakobshavn, North Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • 1923-04-23 James Kirkup, English travel writer, poet and novelist (African in Greenland), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1968-11-22 Rasmus Lerdorf, Greenlandic computer programmer

Famous Deaths

Alfred WegenerAlfred Wegener (1880-1930)

1930-11-03 German polar researcher and meteorologist (continental drift), dies while on an expedition to Greenland at 50 (date is approximate)

  • 2010-10-28 Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)