Danish History (Part 2)

Denmark: Greenland

Historical Events

Nobel Prize

1922-12-10 Nobel prizes awarded to Danish physicist Niels Bohr for his work on the structure of atoms, Francis William Aston for Chemistry and a Peace Prize to Fridtjof Nansen for his work on behalf of displaced victims of World War I at a ceremony in Copenhagen

  • 1924-04-11 Socialists win Danish parliamentary elections
  • 1924-07-10 Denmark takes Greenland as Norway ends claim
  • 1925-04-01 1st transmission of Danish state radio
  • 1926-03-12 Denmark begins unilateral disarmament
  • 1926-07-10 Lake Denmark, New Jersey arsenal explodes, kills 21, $75m damage
  • 1926-12-14 Thomas Madsen-Mygdal head of the Liberal Party forms a government in Denmark

Film Release

1928-04-21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

  • 1929-04-24 Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark
  • 1935-02-28 Ladby Ship is discovered within a Viking grave on the island of Funen in Denmark by amateur archaeologist Poul Helweg Mikkelsen
  • 1938-02-19 Soviet arctic ice research station North Pole 1 evacuated, Denmark
  • 1940-04-09 Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway, and Denmark surrenders after a six-hour battle
  • 1941-09-17 Famous meeting between Danish physicist Niels Bohr and German head of nuclear energy project Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen to discuss nuclear weapons (date approximate)
  • 1942-11-09 German occupiers install Erik Scavenius as Danish premier
  • 1943-08-28 Denmark declares a universal strike against Nazi occupiers
  • 1943-08-29 Danish Navy scuttles its warships so as not to be taken by Germany

Historic Event

1943-09-18 Adolf Hitler orders deportation of Danish Jews (unsuccessful)

  • 1943-10-01 Germans attack Jews in Denmark
  • 1944-05-24 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
  • 1944-06-17 Iceland dissolves its union with Denmark and declares itself a Republic
  • 1944-07-19 Danish resistance fails in assault on Taarbaek Fort near Copenhagen

Historic Event

1945-05-04 German forces in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands surrender unconditionally to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at Luneburg Heath

  • 1945-05-05 Netherlands & Denmark liberated from Nazi control

Historic Event

1945-05-23 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) arrested at Danish boundary

  • 1947-04-10 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
  • 1947-04-20 Frederik IX becomes King of Denmark
  • 1948-04-01 Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark
  • 1948-08-02 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • 1948-10-01 Radio Denmark begins transmitting
  • 1949-02-12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • 1949-10-20 Eugenie Anderson becomes 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)
  • 1951-10-01 1st treaty signed by woman ambassador-Eugenie Anderson (US ambassador to Denmark)
  • 1953-06-05 Denmark adopts a new constitution
  • 1955-02-01 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

1955-07-01 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen of Denmark 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon success

  • 1956-12-05 Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; his 2nd straight Finn gold and 3rd consecutive Olympic gold in sailing
  • 1960-09-07 Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class at the Rome Olympics; his 4th straight Olympic gold medal in the category
  • 1960-09-10 Yugoslavia dominates Denmark 3-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1961-01-04 Longest recorded strike ends as the Danish barbers' assistants end a 33 year strike
  • 1961-07-04 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark
  • 1963-03-23 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London

Music Concert

1964-06-04 Beatles 1st (and only) "World Tour" begins with two ten-song shows at 4,400 seat KB Halle in Copenhagen, Denmark; British drummer Jimmie Nicol replaces Ringo Starr (recovering from tonsillitis) for the first five dates (10 concerts + a Dutch TV appearance)

  • 1964-09-25 Jens Otto Krag forms minority government in Denmark
  • 1964-12-19 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France
  • 1967-05-11 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC
  • 1970-07-15 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship

Sports History

1971-04-27 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark

Historic Event

1972-01-14 Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412

  • 1972-03-15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • 1972-10-02 Danish population votes for membership of the European Common Market
  • 1973-01-01 Britain, Ireland and Denmark become 7th, 8th and 9th members of the European Common Market
  • 1973-09-01 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burns, killing 35 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 1977-02-15 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
  • 1982-09-03 Anker Jørgensen government in Denmark resigns
  • 1989-05-26 Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
  • 1991-08-25 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • 1992-06-26 UEFA European Championship Final, Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden: In a huge upset Denmark beats Germany, 2-0
  • 1993-05-18 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty
  • 1994-04-22 World's largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made by BonBon, a candy factory in Home-Olstrup, Denmark; record later broken
  • 1994-09-22 Rasmussen government in Denmark resigns
  • 1996-07-21 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • 1998-01-09 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
  • 2000-05-13 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
  • 2000-07-01 The Oresund Bridge, connecting Sweden and Denmark, opens for traffic

PGA Championship

2005-08-15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: American Phil Mickelson wins by 1 stroke from Australian Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn of Denmark

  • 2005-09-30 The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • 2007-01-07 Danish TV drama "The Killing" created by Søren Sveistrup and starring Sofie Gråbøl premieres on DR1
  • 2007-03-01 "Squatters" are evicted from Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, provoking the March 2007 Denmark Riots
  • 2007-06-03 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engages with pirates after they board Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia
  • 2008-07-01 Denmark is the first European economy to confirm it is in recession since the global credit crunch began; its GDP shrinks 0.6% in the first quarter after a 0.2% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2007
  • 2009-09-05 Denmark celebrates the first national flagday, in memory of the fallen Danes in international operations since 1948.

US Open Women's Tennis

2009-09-12 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters becomes first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3

  • 2010-10-31 Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6–3, 5–7, 6–3 for her 3rd season ending WTA Championship in Doha, Qatar
  • 2013-01-27 Spain defeats Denmark to win the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship
  • 2013-05-18 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo
  • 2014-09-04 Aracheological remains of a Viking fortress from the 900s CE, the Vallø Borgring, is discovered in Denmark

US Open Women's Tennis

2014-09-07 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3

  • 2015-06-19 The right-wing Venstre block wins the 2015 Danish general election
  • 2017-08-06 UEFA Women's Euro Final: Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema scores 2 as the Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in Enschede, the Netherlands

Sports History

2017-10-29 Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki beats American Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore

  • 2018-04-25 Danish inventor Peter Madsen found guilty of killing and desecrating body of journalist Kim Wall aboard submarine, sentenced to life imprisonment
  • 2018-05-31 Danish government bans garments that cover the face, including the niqab and burqa

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 425

  • 1810-12-24 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter & illustrator, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1873)
  • 1811-11-24 Ditler Monrad, Danish politician and bishop (Council President of Denmark 1863-65), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1887)
  • 1812-12-22 Johanne Luise Heiberg, Danish actress (Romeo & Juliet), born in Copenhagen Denmark (d. 1890)
  • 1813-05-05 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1855)
  • 1817-02-22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1890)
  • 1817-09-07 Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Queen of Denmark, born in Kassel, Electorate of Hesse, Imperial Confederate of Germany (d. 1898)
  • 1817-12-08 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (Council President of Denmark 1865-70), born in Frijsenborg, Denmark (d. 1896)
  • 1818-04-08 Christian IX, King of Denmark (1863-1906), born in Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig (d. 1906)
  • 1818-08-23 Rufus Ingalls, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Denmark, Maine (d. 1893)
  • 1820-02-02 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • 1821-03-14 Jens Worsaae, Danish archaeologist, historian and politician, born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1885)
  • 1829-03-19 Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (d. 1901)

Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro (1830-1903)

1830-07-10 Danish Antillean and French Impressionist painter, born in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)

  • 1834-05-23 Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (d. 1890)
  • 1837-04-21 Fredrik Bajer, Danish politician, feminist and pacifist politician (Nobel 1908), born in Næstved, Denmark (d. 1922)
  • 1839-06-10 Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Danish politician (Council President of Denmark), born in Hochberg (now Remseck am Neckar), Württemberg (d. 1912)
  • 1840-06-10 Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter, born in Copenhagen (d. 1920)
  • 1840-09-03 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • 1841-07-09 Carl Lumbye, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1911)
  • 1841-11-03 Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming, Danish botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), born in Mandø, Denmark (d. 1924)
  • 1842-02-04 Georg Brandes [Morris Cohen], Danish literary historian and critic
  • 1842-03-02 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
  • 1842-05-08 Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, born in Ribe, Denmark (d. 1909)
  • 1843-06-03 Frederik VIII, King of Denmark (1906-12)
  • 1844-12-01 Alexandra, Danish princess, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1925)
  • 1847-04-07 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), born in Thisted, Jutland (d. 1885)
  • 1847-11-26 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, born in Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • 1848-04-28 Ludvig Schytte, Danish pianist, composer, and educator, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1909) [1]
  • 1848-06-01 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1915)
  • 1849-05-03 Jacob Riis, Danish-American social reformer and "muck raking" reporter (NY Tribune, NY Evening Sun), born in Ribe, Denmark (d. 1914)
  • 1849-06-09 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (d. 1927)
  • 1850-06-27 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (Gram–Schmidt process), born in Duchy of Schleswig, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • 1851-10-31 Lovisa of Sweden, Queen of Denmark, born in Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1926)
  • 1852-02-13 Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)
  • 1852-12-05 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in Langå, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • 1853-09-29 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • 1854-06-14 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1914)
  • 1857-02-03 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Copenhagen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist who provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory
  • 1857-04-20 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, born in Asserballe, Denmark (d. 1912)
  • 1857-06-02 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, poet (Poutnici Svetem, Nobel 1917), born in Roholte, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • 1857-07-24 Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer (Promised Country, Nobel 1917), born in Fredericia, Denmark (d. 1943)
  • 1859-05-08 Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • 1859-05-13 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • 1860-05-31 Walter Sickert, Danish-English painter (The Miner), born in Munich (d. 1942)
  • 1860-07-16 Otto Jespersen, Danish linguist, born in Randers, Denmark (d. 1943)
  • 1860-12-15 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish-Farosese physician and phototherapist (Nobel Prize for Medicine 1903 for treatment for Lupus), born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (d. 1904)
  • 1861-04-27 Johan Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes-Digte), born in Øsløs, Thisted, Denmark (d. 1936)
  • 1861-07-03 Peter Jackson, Australian heavyweight boxer (International Boxing Hall of Fame), born in Christiansted, US Virgin Islands (d. 1901)
  • 1861-09-10 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (Trold, der vejrer kristenblod), born in Vejen, Denmark (d. 1941)
  • 1864-03-23 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1936)
  • 1865-06-09 Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist and composer (Det Uudslukkelige), born in Sortelung, Denmark (d. 1931)
  • 1865-07-23 Max Heindel, Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer and mystic, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • 1866-05-05 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist, born in Odense, Denmark (d. 1938)
  • 1866-07-03 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, born in Stege, Møn, Denmark (d. 1906)
  • 1866-09-10 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet and novelist (Bondens Søn), born in Fly, Jutland (d. 1930)
  • 1867-08-01 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1957)
  • 1867-11-06 Marie Bregendahl, Danish author (Holger Hauge og hans Hustru), born in Fly, Denmark (d. 1940)
  • 1868-01-09 S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)
  • 1869-06-26 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1954)
  • 1869-11-23 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1870-01-15 Johan Peter Koch, Danish captain & explorer (Greenland), born in Vestenskov, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • 1870-08-07 Josef Brems, Flemish apostole (vicar of Denmark), born in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1870-09-26 Christian X, King of Denmark (1912-47), born in Charlottenlund, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1870-10-16 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist
  • 1870-12-18 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (The Kiss), born in Viborg, Denmark (d. 1930)
  • 1871-06-14 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish watchmaker and inventor (powered flight), born in Bakkebølle, Denmark (d. 1946)
  • 1872-08-03 Haakon VII, King of Norway (1905-57), born in Charlottenlund Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1957)
  • 1873-01-20 Johannes V. Jensen, Danish novelist and poet (The Fall of the King; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1944), born in Farsø, North Jutland, Denmark (d. 1950)
  • 1873-10-08 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1967)
  • 1873-10-26 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1874-01-04 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)
  • 1874-06-19 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist, born in Sig, Varde, Denmark (d. 1941)
  • 1874-09-18 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Vises Sten), born in Langeland, Denmark (d. 1957)

August KroghAugust Krogh (1874-1949)

1874-11-15 Danish zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel 1920), born in Grenaa, Jutland, Denmark

  • 1878-01-01 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist and engineer (d. 1929)
  • 1878-01-06 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1970)
  • 1878-08-02 Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, wife of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, born in Charlottenlund Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1878-08-14 Harald Kidde, Danish writer (Aage og Else), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1918)
  • 1879-03-11 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph tests)
  • 1879-06-07 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule), born in Jakobshavn, North Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • 1879-09-28 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), born in Viborg Denmark (d. 1959)
  • 1879-11-29 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1963)
  • 1881-09-11 Asta Nielsen, Danish actress (Joyless Street), born in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • 1881-11-25 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)

Lili ElbeLili Elbe (1882-1931)

1882-12-28 Danish transgender woman, former painter, and 1st identifiable recipient of sex reassignment surgery (autobiography: Man into Woman), born in Vejle, Denmark

  • 1883-02-11 Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer & conductor (Sulamith), born in Copenhagen (d. 1946)
  • 1883-04-27 Hubert Harrison, West Indian-American writer and freedom fighter, born in St. Croix, Danish West Indies (d. 1927)
  • 1884-12-01 Torben Myer, Danish actor (Girl Who Came Back, Judgment at Nuremberg, Sullivan's Travels), born in Århus, Denmark (d. 1975)
  • 1885-04-17 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), born in Rungsted, Zealand, Denmark (d. 1962)
  • 1885-08-03 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1962)
  • 1885-10-02 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1954)

Niels BohrNiels Bohr (1885-1962)

1885-10-07 Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 1886-07-12 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1956)
  • 1886-10-12 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (Son of the Sheik), born in Copenhagen (d. 1934)
  • 1888-06-08 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1949)
  • 1889-02-03 Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'arc)
  • 1890-03-20 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1973)
  • 1891-04-07 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish carpenter, inventor, and toy maker (Lego Group), born in Filskov, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1893-01-20 Kaj Birket-Smith, Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)
  • 1893-02-14 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1965)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 268

  • 1865-05-21 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish Archaeologist, created Stone, Bronze, Iron age system, dies at 76
  • 1865-09-16 Christian Julius De Meza, Danish general (b. 1792)
  • 1865-12-14 Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist, dies at 71
  • 1872-03-04 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • 1872-09-02 N. F. S. Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1873-03-25 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter (b. 1810)
  • 1874-03-20 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish waltz composer, and musical director (Tivoli Gardens, 1843-72), dies at 63
  • 1874-03-28 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish-German astronomer (Hansen hypothesis), dies at 78

Hans Christian AndersenHans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

1875-08-04 Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), dies at 70

  • 1884-01-24 Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish composer, dies at 75
  • 1885-04-30 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1887-03-28 Ditler Monrad, Danish politician and bishop (Council President of Denmark 1863-64), dies at 75
  • 1890-02-22 Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (b. 1834)
  • 1890-11-22 Johanne Luise Heiberg, Danish actress, dies at 77
  • 1890-12-21 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 73
  • 1896-10-12 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (Council President of Denmark 1865-70), dies at 78
  • 1901-10-19 Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (b. 1829)

Camille PissarroCamille Pissarro (1830-1903)

1903-11-13 Danish Antillean and French Impressionist painter, dies at 73

  • 1906-01-29 Christian IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies at 87
  • 1906-02-13 Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, dies at 39
  • 1909-08-29 Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, dies at 67
  • 1909-11-10 Ludvig Schytte, Danish pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 61 [1]
  • 1911-08-10 Carl Lumbye, Danish composer, dies at 70
  • 1912-01-29 Hermann Bang, Danish writer, dies at 54
  • 1912-05-14 Frederik VIII C W K, King of Denmark (1906-12), dies at 68
  • 1914-01-11 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery was named (b. 1842)
  • 1914-01-22 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, dies at 60
  • 1914-05-26 Jacob Riis, Danish-American social reformer and "muck raking" reporter (NY Tribune, NY Evening Sun), dies at 65
  • 1915-10-05 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), dies at 67
  • 1916-04-29 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (Gram-Schmidt process), dies at 65
  • 1918-11-29 Harald Kidde, Danish writer (Helten), dies at 40
  • 1919-01-06 Max Heindel, Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer and mystic, dies at 54
  • 1919-06-08 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 1919-10-13 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1920-03-03 Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter, dies at 79
  • 1924-04-02 Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming, Danish botanist (plant ecology, environment-organism interactions), dies at 82
  • 1925-11-20 Alexandra, Danish princess and Queen of Great Britain, consort to Edward VII, dies at 80
  • 1926-09-14 Johan LE Dreyer, Danish astronomer (Catalog of Nebulae), dies at 74
  • 1927-02-04 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1927-02-19 Georg Brandes [Cohen], Danish literary-historian and critic, dies at 85
  • 1927-09-19 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (b. 1849)
  • 1927-11-11 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist who provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory, dies at 70
  • 1928-01-13 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57
  • 1928-01-30 Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1928-10-13 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, dies at 80
  • 1929-02-03 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist (b. 1878)
  • 1930-04-22 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet & novelist (Bondens Søn), dies at 63
  • 1930-07-02 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves, The Kiss), dies at 59

Lili ElbeLili Elbe (1882-1931)

1931-09-13 Danish transgender woman, former painter, and 1st identifiable recipient of sex reassignment surgery (autobiography: Man into Woman), dies from complications involving a uterus transplant at 48

  • 1933-02-26 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (b. 1853)
  • 1933-12-21 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish Pole explorer (Thule), dies at 54
  • 1934-04-14 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (The Big Parade), dies at 47
  • 1936-01-22 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1936-02-22 Johan Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes Digte), dies at 74
  • 1937-03-23 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist, dies at 66
  • 1938-05-09 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist, dies at 72
  • 1941-08-30 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist, dies at 67
  • 1941-11-26 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (Trold, der vejrer kristenblod), dies at 80
  • 1942-05-03 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), dies at 68
  • 1942-07-23 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, dies at 72
  • 1943-04-30 Otto Jespersen, Danish linguist, dies at 82
  • 1943-08-21 Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer (Peter Gelukkige, Nobel 1917), dies at 86
  • 1944-07-19 Carl Bock, Danish Gestapo agent, liquidated
  • 1944-08-30 Morten Nielsen, Danish resistance fighter, dies
  • 1945-03-27 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish writer (romance), dies at 42
  • 1945-11-02 Princess Thyra, daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark (b. 1880)
  • 1945-12-23 Mogens Klitgaard, Danish author (Brunkul), dies at 39
  • 1946-03-04 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • 1946-05-20 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish watchmaker and inventor (powered flight), dies at 74
  • 1946-08-31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer, and conductor, dies at 63
  • 1947-04-20 Christian X, King of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • 1949-02-09 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60

August KroghAugust Krogh (1874-1949)

1949-09-13 Danish zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel 1920), dies at 75

  • 1950-11-25 Johannes V. Jensen, Danish novelist and poet (The Fall of the King; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1944), dies at 77
  • 1951-07-09 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54
  • 1951-08-11 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish opera composer (Stepan; Marie Grubbe), drowns in a sailing accident at 52
  • 1952-01-25 Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st President of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70
  • 1954-06-01 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), dies at 84
  • 1954-07-26 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), dies at 68
  • 1954-10-08 Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
  • 1955-01-29 Hans Hedtoft, 14th Prime Minister of Denmark (1947-50, 53-55), dies at 51
  • 1955-12-11 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51
  • 1956-02-04 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • 1956-06-02 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), dies form cancer at 69
  • 1957-02-12 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • 1957-04-23 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), dies at 89
  • 1958-03-11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish carpenter, inventor, and toy maker (Lego Group), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1958-04-05 Josef Brems, Flemish apostole (vicar of Denmark), dies at 87
  • 1958-09-26 Carl Brisson, Danish actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho, Murder at the Vanities), dies of jaundice at 64
  • 1958-09-30 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • 1959-04-02 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), dies at 79
  • 1961-03-06 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • 1961-07-18 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1962-09-07 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • 1962-10-29 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, dies at 77

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1962-11-18 Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), dies at 77

  • 1963-02-20 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), dies at 83
  • 1965-06-21 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen), dies at 72
  • 1966-04-05 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • 1967-10-21 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 94