Finnish History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 1998-02-08 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history
  • 2000-03-01 The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
  • 2000-08-24 Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
  • 2002-10-11 A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.
  • 2004-03-19 A truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.
  • 2005-08-06 10th Athletics World Championships open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 2006-03-01 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • 2006-05-20 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens
  • 2007-11-07 Jokela school shooting in Tuusula, Finland, resulting in the death of nine people.
  • 2009-02-27 Statistics Finland informs that Finland's gross domestic product diminished by 1.3% in the last quarter of 2008 from the previous quarter
  • 2010-06-09 Finland falls back into a state of recession after GDP contracted 0.4% in Q1 2010 and 0.2% in Q4 2009
  • 2012-05-26 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7
  • 2014-06-14 Alexander Stubb becomes Prime Minister of Finland
  • 2016-10-10 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to UK-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland for work on contract theory

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 287

  • 1945-07-07 Matti Salminen, Turku Finland, bass player (King Philipp-Don Carlos)
  • 1945-08-17 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • 1945-12-07 Marion Rung, Finnish pop singer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1945-12-09 Matti Mäntylä, Finnish actor, born in Turku, Finland
  • 1946-01-13 Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1946-02-15 Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
  • 1947-03-12 Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (d. 1987)
  • 1947-06-19 Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer
  • 1948-07-03 Tarmo Koivisto, Finnish comics artist (Mämmilä), born in Orivesi, Finland
  • 1949-03-09 Kalevi Aho, Finnish composer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • 1949-03-09 Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer, born in Hamina, Finland
  • 1949-03-18 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • 1949-07-22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1949-11-20 Juha Mieto, Finland, 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1950-04-12 Kari Palaste, Finnish architect, born in Kajaani, Finland
  • 1950-09-22 Kirka, Finnish singer (d. 2007)
  • 1951-03-28 Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1995)
  • 1952-04-27 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • 1952-07-27 Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1953-04-22 Juhani Komulainen, Finnish composer, mostly of choral music, born in Jämsänkoski, Finland
  • 1953-05-31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
  • 1955-07-25 Ritva Elomaa, Finnish bodybuilder and politician, born in Lokalahti, Finland
  • 1955-09-10 Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Simpele, Finland
  • 1955-09-21 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • 1955-11-04 Matti Vanhanen, 40th Prime Minister of Finland (2003-10), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1956-08-25 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1986)
  • 1957-02-14 Soile Isokoski, Finnish soprano, born in Posio, Finland
  • 1957-04-04 Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish film director (The Other Side of Hope), born in Orimattila, Finland
  • 1957-06-15 Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor
  • 1957-07-01 Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (NHL NJ Devils), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1957-10-20 Susanna Haavisto, Finnish actress and singer
  • 1958-05-09 Esko Rechardt, Finnish yachtsman (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1958-06-27 Magnus Lindberg, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1958-06-30 Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish orchestral conductor (Giro), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1958-09-01 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (d. 2002)
  • 1959-03-15 Renny Harlin, Finnish film director
  • 1959-04-02 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish rally driver (World rally champion 1986, 87, 91, 93; Dakar Rally [cars] 1988; Race of Champions 1988, 91), born in Laukaa, Finland
  • 1959-06-25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper (Winter Olympics medalist), born in Lahti, Finland
  • 1959-10-22 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)

Person of interestJari Kurri

1960-05-18 Jari Kurri, Finnish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Helsinki, Finland

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 1961-02-09 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
  • 1961-04-15 Tiina Lillak, Finnish javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1962-02-24 Outi Mäenpää, Finnish actress
  • 1962-03-02 Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey left wing (World C'Ships gold 1995; NHL: Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks) and coach (Finland; HIFK), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1962-04-10 Jukka Tammi, Finnish hockey goaltender (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1962-06-17 Michael Monroe, Finnish singer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1962-06-23 Kari Takko, Uusikaupunki FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland)
  • 1962-08-03 Tina Lehtola, Finnish women's ski jumper (world's record holder), born in Finland
  • 1963-03-22 Hannu Virta, Turku FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1963-07-17 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 2019)
  • 1963-09-04 Sam Yaffa, Finnish musician (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1963-12-24 Timo Jutila, Finnish hockey defenseman (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1964-01-15 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland
  • 1964-02-20 Christian Ruuttu, Lappeenranta FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • 1964-03-11 Raimo Helminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1965-02-28 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1965-05-29 Jammo Myllys, hockey goaltender (Finland World C'ship gold 1995), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • 1966-03-03 Timo Tolkki, Finnish musician (Stratovarius)
  • 1966-07-16 Jyrki Lumme, Finnish NHL defenseman (Canucks, Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1967-02-22 Marianne Ihalainen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1967-03-13 Satu Huotari, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Oulu, Finland
  • 1967-08-23 Markus Ketterer, Finnish hockey goalie (Team Finland), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1968-02-02 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968-04-09 Janne Ojanen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1968-07-29 Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1968-10-15 Jyrki 69 [Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi], Finnish musician (The 69 Eyes), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1968-11-10 Lissa Maria Sneck, ice hockey goalie (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1969-01-09 Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland
  • 1969-03-15 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1969-03-29 Kai Nurminen, Finnish ice hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1969-06-01 Ari Sulander, Finnish ice hockey goaltender (World C'ship gold 1995; Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1969-09-19 Tapio Wilska, Finnish singer (Sethian), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • 1969-09-23 Tapio Laukkanen, Finnish rally driver

Person of interestLinus Torvalds

1969-12-28 Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American software engineer (developed Linux operating system), born in Helsinki, Finland

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds
Software Engineer
Linus Torvalds
  • 1970-02-28 Mika Stromberg, Helsinki FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1970-03-04 Marja Helena Paluila, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970-03-19 Janne Laukenen, Lahti FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Senators)
  • 1970-06-25 Roope Latvala, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1970-09-19 Antti Törmänen, NHL forward (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Ottawa), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1970-12-01 Jouko Ahola, Finnish strongman and power-lifter (World's Strongest Man 1997, 99), born in Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • 1971-02-24 Aki Rahunen, Finland, tennis star
  • 1971-12-17 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1972-04-17 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1972-04-22 Anna Falchi, Tampera Finland, actress (La Dolce Vita '90)
  • 1972-06-06 Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • 1972-07-11 Jussi 69, Finnish musician (The 69 Eyes)
  • 1972-10-27 Marika Krook, Finnish singer (Edea), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1972-11-25 Petteri Nummelin, Turku FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1973-01-07 Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • 1973-01-19 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1973-02-01 Tiia Reima, Finnish ice hockey center (bronze Olympics 1998; World C'ships 1990, 92, 94, 97, 99; 4 x Euro C'ship gold), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1973-05-24 Ville Peltonen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • 1973-06-12 Hanna Riikka Nieminen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (2 Olympics bronze 1998, 2018), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1973-06-13 Ville Laihiala, Finnish heavy metal singer (Sentenced, Poisonblack), born in Oulu, Finland
  • 1973-06-26 Amen [Jussi Antero Sydänmaa], Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1973-08-07 Kimmo Rinatnen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Rauma, Finland
  • 1973-09-28 Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
  • 1974-01-31 Pavi Sald, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974-02-15 Mr Lordi [Tomi Petteri Putaansuu], Finnish singer (Lordi), born in Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 1974-03-22 Tuomas Gronman, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Pitts)

Famous Deaths