Norwegian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 158

  • 1066-09-20 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar
  • 1066-09-25 Battle of Stamford Bridge; English army under King Harold Godwinson defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed
  • 1179-06-19 The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. Earl Erling Skakke is killed, and the battle changes the tide of the civil wars
  • 1184-06-15 Magnus V Erlingsson, King of Norway (1156–1184), dies in the Battle of Fimreite
  • 1194-06-29 Sverre is crowned King of Norway.
  • 1263-10-02 The battle of Largs fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1326-06-03 Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.
  • 1397-06-17 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway
  • 1397-06-30 Denmark, Norway & Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha
  • 1472-02-20 Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment
  • 1513-01-20 Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish and Norwegian king
  • 1520-01-18 Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde
  • 1520-11-04 Danish Norwegian king Christian II crowned King of Sweden
  • 1520-11-09 Height of the Stockholm Bloodbath - King Christian II of Denmark, Norway and Sweden executes Swedish nobles
  • 1523-01-20 Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
  • 1534-07-04 Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye.
  • 1536-10-20 King Christian III of Denmark & Norway leads reform in Catholic possessions
  • 1582-12-15 Spanish Netherlands, Denmark and Norway adopt the Gregorian calendar
  • 1700-02-12 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
  • 1715-12-24 Swedish troops occupy Norway
  • 1716-07-08 Great Northern War: Battle of Dynekilen, a Danish-Norwegian force under Peter Tordenskjold trapped and defeated a similar Swedish force
  • 1767-07-03 Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded (first edition published this date).
  • 1768-12-01 The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøy in Norway.
  • 1814-01-14 King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel
  • 1814-02-11 Norway's independence proclaimed
  • 1814-05-17 Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (National Day)
  • 1814-05-17 Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll
  • 1818-02-05 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascends to the thrones of Sweden and Norway
  • 1818-09-07 Carl III of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway, in Trondheim
  • 1844-03-08 King Oscar I ascends to the throne of Sweden-Norway
  • 1844-09-28 Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden
  • 1859-07-08 King Charles XV/Carl IV accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway
  • 1860-05-03 Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden
  • 1860-08-05 Carl IV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim
  • 1869-10-18 Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund" premieres in Christiania (Oslo), Norway
  • 1872-09-18 King Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway
  • 1873-05-12 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden
  • 1893-05-19 Heavy rain washes "quick clay" into a deep valley killing 111 in Norway
  • 1895-01-01 Norway adopts Mid-European time

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1903-06-16 Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • 1903-12-09 Norwegian parliament votes unanimiously for female suffrage

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1904-01-23 Ålesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Ålesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless and one person dead. Kaiser Wilhelm II funds the rebuilding of the town in Jugendstil style.

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1905-06-07 Norway dissolves union with Sweden (in effect since 1814)
  • 1905-10-26 Union of Sweden & Norway ends
  • 1905-11-12 (November 12 & November 13) Norway holds a referendum in favor of monarchy over republic.
  • 1905-11-18 Prince Carl of Denmark becomes King Haakon VII of Norway
  • 1906-06-22 Haakon VII crowned king of Norway
  • 1906-09-16 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen discovers the Magnetic South Pole
  • 1907-06-14 Norway adopts female suffrage for middle class women only in parliamentary elections
  • 1909-01-27 The Young Left is founded in Norway
  • 1911-10-20 Norwegian Roald Amundsen sets out a race to the South Pole

  • 1911-12-14 Norwegian Roald Amundsen's expedition is the 1st to each the South Pole
  • 1912-12-21 Denmark, Norway & Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
  • 1914-06-06 1st air flight out of sight of land (Scotland to Norway)
  • 1915-02-23 Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoe Norwegian ship Regin
  • 1916-04-08 Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
  • 1919-10-05 Norwegian population agrees to prohibition
  • 1920-02-09 International treaty recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard
  • 1924-07-10 Denmark takes Greenland as Norway ends claim
  • 1925-01-01 Norway's capital Christiania changes name to Oslo
  • 1925-08-15 Norway annexes Spitsbergen
  • 1928-01-28 Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway
  • 1929-05-08 Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
  • 1930-02-27 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency
  • 1931-05-01 Norway claims Peter I Island
  • 1931-06-10 Norway occupies East Greenland
  • 1933-03-24 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency
  • 1933-05-17 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling, the national-socialist party of Norway
  • 1936-02-15 Sonja Henie of Norway wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • 1938-01-14 Norway claims Queen Maud Land
  • 1939-01-14 Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
  • 1940-02-16 British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • 1940-02-17 Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
  • 1940-04-09 Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
  • 1940-04-10 Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
  • 1940-04-14 Allied troops land in Norway
  • 1940-04-15 British troops land at Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-04-29 Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain
  • 1940-05-05 Norwegian government-in-exile forms in London
  • 1940-05-28 British-French troops capture Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-06-08 Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
  • 1940-06-09 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
  • 1940-06-10 German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker
  • 1940-06-10 Norway surrenders to Nazis
  • 1940-09-25 German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
  • 1942-02-01 2nd Norwegian government of Quisling forms
  • 1942-12-31 Battle of the Barents Sea between British Navy and German Kriegsmarine off North Cape, Norway
  • 1943-02-01 German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier
  • 1943-11-16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944-08-21 Grieg, Wright and Forrest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC
  • 1944-11-12 RAF sinks German battleship "Tirpitz" at Tromso Fjord, Norway
  • 1945-02-09 The Battle of the Atlantic: HMS Venturer sinks U-Boat 864 off the coast of Norway
  • 1945-05-04 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
  • 1945-05-09 Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
  • 1946-02-01 Trygve Lie, a Norwegian socialist, becomes 1st Secretary General of the United Nations
  • 1952-02-14 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
  • 1952-02-25 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1955-01-22 Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • 1957-09-21 Olav V becomes king of Norway
  • 1959-06-23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 332

  • 1238-05-01 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80)
  • 1261-02-28 Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
  • 1394-06-04 Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)
  • 1461-12-25 Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
  • 1471-10-07 Frederik I, King of Denmark and Norway (1523-33), born in Gottorp, Denmark (d. 1533)
  • 1481-07-01 Christian II of Denmark, Sweden and Norway (d. 1559)
  • 1503-08-12 Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)
  • 1511-07-09 Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1571)
  • 1534-07-01 Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1559-88)
  • 1557-09-04 Sofie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1631)
  • 1575-06-26 Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
  • 1609-03-18 Frederick III, King of Denmark & Norway (1648-70); absolutist
  • 1628-03-24 Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
  • 1634-01-16 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (d. 1716)
  • 1650-04-27 Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1714)
  • 1657-06-14 Cornelis Cruys, [Niels Olsen Creutz], Norwegian/Dutch admiral
  • 1667-08-28 Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Güstrow, Germany (d. 1721)
  • 1671-10-11 Frederik IV, King of Denmark and Norway (1699-1730), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1730)
  • 1684-12-03 Ludvig Baron Holberg, founder (Danish & Norwegian literature)
  • 1686-01-31 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • 1691-10-28 Peder Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero (d. 1720)
  • 1693-04-16 Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
  • 1699-11-30 Christian VI, king of Denmark/Norway
  • 1700-11-28 Sophia Magdalen of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1770)
  • 1723-03-31 Frederik V, King of Denmark/Norway (1746-66)
  • 1748-10-07 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • 1751-07-11 Caroline Matilda of Wales, queen consort of Denmark and Norway (d. 1775)
  • 1758-08-24 Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Schwerin, Germany (d. 1794)
  • 1759-03-22 Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
  • 1763-01-26 Charles XIV [Jean Bernadotte], King of Sweden & Norway (1818-44), Marshall of France, born in Pau, France (d. 1844)
  • 1767-10-28 Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1852)
  • 1768-01-28 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • 1770-04-25 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian philologist (d. 1850)
  • 1773-05-02 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher (d. 1845)
  • 1773-07-27 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, born in Porsgrunn, Norway (d. 1844)
  • 1799-07-04 F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59)
  • 1802-08-05 Niels H Abel, Norwegian mathematician (Abel's Comparisons)
  • 1802-12-27 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter
  • 1805-08-30 Michael Sars, Norwegian zoologist, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1869)
  • 1807-03-14 Josephine of Leuchtenberg, queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1876)
  • 1807-12-22 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (d. 1873)
  • 1808-06-17 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (d. 1845)
  • 1810-02-05 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1812-01-15 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer
  • 1813-08-05 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet
  • 1818-04-06 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • 1825-06-10 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier (d. 1897)
  • 1826-05-03 Charles XV Louis E, King of Sweden/Norway (1859-72)/poet
  • 1828-03-20 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
  • 1828-08-05 WFAA Louisa/Lovisa, queen of Sweden/Norway/princess of Netherlands
  • 1829-01-21 Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden (1872-1907)/Norway (-1905)/poet
  • 1832-12-08 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1833-11-06 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (The Family at Gilje: A Domestic Story of the Forties), born in Hokksund, Eiker, Norway (d. 1908)
  • 1836-08-11 Cato M. Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician and chemist (law of mass action), born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1902)
  • 1841-03-04 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • 1842-12-17 Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continous groups)
  • 1843-06-15 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Bewitched One), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1907)
  • 1846-08-22 Amalie Skram, Norwegian author (Hellemyrsfolket), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1905)
  • 1849-02-18 Alexander L. Kielland, Norwegian writer and politician (Garman og Worse)
  • 1850-07-04 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • 1851-01-25 Arne Garborg, Norwegian playwright (Bondestudentar)
  • 1854-09-02 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (d. 1910)
  • 1856-01-11 Christian August Sinding, Kongsberg Norway, composer
  • 1859-08-04 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize 1920), born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway (d. 1952)
  • 1859-11-15 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)

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1861-10-10 Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and advocate for refugees (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), born in Store Frøen, Christiania (d. 1930)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1862-02-22 Karen Hulda Garborg[-Bergersen], Norwegian playwright (Mot Solen/Eli)
  • 1862-03-14 Vilhelm FK Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology

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1863-12-12 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and print maker (The Scream), born in Ådalsbruk, Løten, Norway (d. 1944)

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1865-10-11 Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian philological and writer (Mot Karnaval), born in Øksfjord, Norway (d. 1926)
  • 1866-03-15 Johan Vaaler, Norwegian inventor (d. 1910)
  • 1866-09-27 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Fra Cancelliraadens Dage)
  • 1867-12-13 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and scientist (d. 1917)
  • 1868-07-28 Thomas P. Krag, Norwegian author and novelist (Jon Graeff, Ulf Ran), born in Kragerø, Norway (d. 1913)
  • 1869-04-01 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (De Droom)
  • 1869-04-11 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (d. 1943)
  • 1869-09-17 Christian Lange, Norwegian pacifist/internationalist (Nobel 1921)
  • 1869-11-26 Maud, Queen of Norway (d. 1938)
  • 1870-11-11 Nils Kjaer, Norwegian playwright (Det evige Savn)
  • 1871-05-23 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, born in Drammen (d. 1904)
  • 1871-10-11 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 1943)

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1872-07-16 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1928)

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • 1872-08-03 Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway (1905-57)
  • 1873-03-05 Olav Bjaaland, Norwegian explorer and cross-country skier (d. 1961)
  • 1873-05-03 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll, Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den)
  • 1873-05-26 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist (d. 1958)
  • 1876-02-09 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • 1881-03-17 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Less bror Harris)
  • 1881-08-28 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1955)
  • 1882-05-20 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • 1883-01-21 Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet

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1884-03-06 Molla Mallory, Norwegian tennis player (eight-time U.S. Open champion), born in Mosvik, Norway (d. 1959)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • 1886-03-03 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (d. 1968)
  • 1887-01-17 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • 1887-05-23 Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)
  • 1887-07-18 Vidkun Al Quisling, Norwegian minister of Defense/premier (1942-45)
  • 1887-10-04 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian)
  • 1888-03-04 Knute Rockne, Norwegian/US football player/coach (Notre Dame)
  • 1888-10-04 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1954)
  • 1889-05-25 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway

Famous Weddings

  • 1850-06-19 Swedish/Norwegian crown prince Charles weds Dutch princess Wilhelmina
  • 1857-06-06 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway
  • 1858-06-18 Norwegian modernist playwright "The Doll's House" Henrik Ibsen (30) marries Suzannah Thoresen (21) in Oslo
  • 1956-06-06 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)
  • 1968-08-29 Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral
  • 1986-02-01 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
  • 1996-08-24 Actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2001-08-25 Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, eldest son of King Harald V & heir married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem H
  • 2002-05-24 Princess Martha Louise of Norway (30) weds author Ari Behn (29) in Trondheim

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 169

  • 1000-09-09 Olaf Tryggvason, King Olaf I of Norway (995-1000)
  • 1014-02-03 Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking king of Denmark, Norway and England (1013-14), dies
  • 1030-07-29 Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad
  • 1035-11-12 Cnut (Canute) "The Great", King of Denmark. England, Norway and parts of Sweden. Reigned 1016-1035.
  • 1047-10-25 Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway/Denmark (1035-47), dies
  • 1066-09-25 Harald III Hardrada, King of Norway (1047-66), dies in battle at 51
  • 1103-08-24 Magnus III Berbein, [Blootbeen], King of Norway (1093-1103), dies
  • 1123-08-29 King Eystein I of Norway (b. ca. 1088)
  • 1130-03-26 King Sigurd I of Norway (b. ca. 1090)
  • 1136-12-14 Harald IV, "Gylle Krist", king of Norway, murdered
  • 1164-07-29 Olaf, King of Norway, dies
  • 1202-03-09 King Sverre of Norway (1184-1202), dies
  • 1204-01-01 King Haakon III of Norway (c. 1170)
  • 1204-08-11 King Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)
  • 1217-04-23 King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
  • 1263-12-12 Hakon IV, Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies
  • 1263-12-15 King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
  • 1280-05-09 Magnus VI Lagaboeter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
  • 1319-05-08 Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
  • 1374-12-01 Magnus Eriksson, king of Norway/Sweden, dies
  • 1387-08-03 Olaf V Haakonsson, King of Denmark (1376-87)/Norway (1380-87), dies
  • 1387-08-23 King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
  • 1412-10-28 Margaret I of Denmark, wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)
  • 1470-05-14 Charles VIII of Sweden, King of Sweden (1448–57, 1464–65 and 1467-70) and Norway (1449–50), dies at 60
  • 1481-05-21 Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
  • 1533-04-10 Frederik I, King of Denmark and Norway (1523-33), dies at 61
  • 1559-01-01 Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59), dies
  • 1588-04-04 Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
  • 1648-02-21 Christian IV, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
  • 1670-02-09 Frederik III, King of Denmark/Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1716-02-19 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1718-11-30 Charles XII, king of Sweden (1697-1718), dies during a siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway at 36
  • 1718-12-11 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten
  • 1727-06-14 Cornelis Cruys, Norwegian/Dutch admiral, dies at 70
  • 1730-10-12 Frederik IV, King of Denmark and Norway (1699-1730), dies at 59
  • 1746-08-06 Christian VI, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
  • 1758-11-05 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (b. 1686)
  • 1766-01-14 Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
  • 1773-09-23 Johann Ernst Gunnerus, Norwegian bishop and botanist (b. 1718)
  • 1785-12-29 Johan Herman Wessel, Norwegian poet (b. 1742)
  • 1818-02-15 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18), dies at 69
  • 1829-04-06 Niels H Able, Norwegian mathematician (infinite series), dies at 26
  • 1839-12-03 Frederik VI, king of Denmark (1808-39)/Norway (1803-14), dies at 71
  • 1842-01-16 Thomas Freanby, Norwegian landscape painter, dies
  • 1844-03-08 Charles XIV [Jean Bernadotte], French-born King of Sweden & Norway (1818-44), Marshall of France, dies at 81
  • 1844-08-04 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, dies at 71
  • 1845-02-13 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher (b. 1773)
  • 1845-07-12 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (b. 1808)
  • 1859-07-08 F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • 1860-12-17 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777)
  • 1869-10-22 Michael Sars, Norwegian zoologist, dies at 64
  • 1871-03-30 W F A A Louisa/Lovisa, queen of Sweden/Norway, dies at 42
  • 1872-09-18 Charles XV Louis E, king of Sweden/Norway (1859-72), dies
  • 1873-10-21 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • 1880-08-17 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1881-04-11 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (Torn Trondal), dies at 40
  • 1885-01-06 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, dies at 72
  • 1895-03-06 Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
  • 1896-09-23 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet, dies at 83
  • 1897-03-09 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier (b. 1825)
  • 1899-02-18 M Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician, dies at 56
  • 1899-08-09 Edward Frankland, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence, dies on holiday in Norway at 74
  • 1902-01-14 Cato M. Guldberg, Norwegian mathematician and chemist (law of mass action), dies at 65
  • 1904-09-30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1905-03-15 Amalie Skram, Norwegian author (Paa St Jorgen), dies at 58
  • 1906-04-06 Alexander L Kielland, Norwegian writer (Working People), dies at 57
  • 1906-05-23 Henrik Johan Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House), dies at 78
  • 1907-09-04 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Peer Gynt Suite), dies at 64
  • 1907-12-08 Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
  • 1908-07-05 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (The Family at Gilje: A Domestic Story of the Forties), dies at 74
  • 1910-02-08 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
  • 1910-04-26 Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norwegian writer (Mary, Nobel 1903), dies at 77
  • 1914-01-21 Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian artist (b. 1857)
  • 1917-06-15 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1920-04-10 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53
  • 1924-01-14 Arne Garborg, Norwegian playwright (Mannfolk), dies at 72
  • 1924-02-09 Nils Kj'r, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53
  • 1926-10-13 Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian philological and writer (Driftekaren), dies at 61
  • 1927-11-09 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 77

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1928-06-18 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, dies in a plane crash while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic at 55

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • 1929-04-23 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen), dies at 28
  • 1929-11-03 Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet (b. 1883)
  • 1934-07-12 Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor and industrialist (b. 1877)
  • 1934-12-12 Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)
  • 1942-05-19 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll, Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69
  • 1943-03-12 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor (b. 1869)
  • 1943-05-01 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71
  • 1943-12-02 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41

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1944-01-23 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80, bequeathing all of his work to the city of Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1945-10-24 Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Min of Defense/PM (1942-45), executed at 58
  • 1947-11-06 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • 1949-06-10 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1951-04-09 Vilhelm F K Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology, dies at 89
  • 1952-02-16 Knut [Pedersen] Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Wanders, Nobel 1920), dies
  • 1953-01-09 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • 1954-04-10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • 1955-10-26 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • 1957-08-21 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • 1957-09-21 Haakon VII (CF Charles WA), Danish king of Norway (1905-57), dies
  • 1959-05-01 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies