Norwegian History

Historical Events

  • 0793-06-08 Vikings in long ships from modern-day Norway plunder St Cuthbert's monastery on Lindisfarne Island, off the northeast coast of England
  • 1066-09-20 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1066-09-25 Battle of Stamford Bridge: English army under King Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed

King of England Harold II
King of England
Harold II
  • 1179-06-19 The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. Earl Erling Skakke is killed, and the battle changes the tide of the civil war
  • 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 and Norway
  • 1397-06-30 Denmark, Norway and 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

Gregory Conquers Julius CaesarGregory Conquers Julius Caesar

1582-12-15 Spanish Netherlands, Denmark and Norway adopt the Gregorian calendar
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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
  • 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 traps and defeats 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Alistair Mackay claim to have discovered the Magnetic South Pole in Antarctica
  • 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

Heartbreak and Tragedy for Captain ScottHeartbreak and Tragedy for Captain Scott

1911-12-14 Norwegian Roald Amundsen's expedition is the 1st to each the South Pole
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The British party, l-r Scott, Oates, Wilson and Evans reach Amundsen's tent. Photo: Henry Bowers/British Library
The British party, l-r Scott, Oates, Wilson and Evans reach Amundsen's tent. Photo: Henry Bowers/British Library
  • 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 Prime Minister 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 becomes the most successful Olympic figure skater ever by winning her 3rd consecutive gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; beats Cecilia College of Great Britain by 6.4 points
  • 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 Altmark Incident: Crew of the British destroyer "Cossack" board German "Altmark" in Jøssingfjord, Norway, releasing 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass
  • 1940-04-09 Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway, and Denmark surrenders after a six-hour battle
  • 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
  • 1940-06-10 German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker
  • 1940-06-10 Norway surrenders to Nazi Germany after 62 days of fighting
  • 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
  • 1943-03-16 Ships Elin K (Norway) and Zaanland (Netherlands) torpedoed by German U-boats and sink
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1945-05-09 Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
  • 1946-02-01 Norwegian politician Trygve Lie becomes 1st Secretary General of the United Nations
  • 1952-02-25 VI Winter Olympic Games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1955-01-22 Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • 1955-08-03 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956-11-26 Egil Danielsen of Norway sets a new world record throw of 85.71m to win the men's javelin gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1957-09-21 Olav V becomes king of Norway

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 369

  • 1238-05-01 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80), born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1280)
  • 1261-02-28 Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
  • 1394-06-04 Philippa of England, Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, born in Peterborough Castle, Cambridgeshire (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, King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, born in Nyborg Castle, Denmark (d. 1559)
  • 1503-08-12 Christian III, King of Denmark and Norway (1534-59), born in Gottorf Castle, Germany (d. 1559)
  • 1511-07-09 Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Lauenburg Castle, Germany (d. 1571)
  • 1534-07-01 Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1559-88), born in Haderslevhus Castle, Haderslev, Denmark (d. 1588)
  • 1557-09-04 Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1631)
  • 1575-06-26 Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Halle (Saale), Holy Roman Empire (d. 1612)
  • 1577-04-12 Christian IV of Denmark, King of Denmark and Norway (1588-1648), born in Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark (d. 1648)
  • 1609-03-18 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), born in Haderslev, Denmark (d. 1670)
  • 1628-03-24 Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
  • 1629-05-08 Niels Juel, Danish-Norwegian admiral, born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1697)
  • 1634-01-16 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (d. 1716)
  • 1650-04-27 Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, queen of Denmark and Norway (1670-99), born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1714)
  • 1657-06-14 Cornelis Cruys, [Niels Olsen Creutz], Norwegian Dutch admiral, commanded the Russian Baltic fleet, born in Stravanger, Denmark-Norway (d. 1727)
  • 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 Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, born in Bergen, Denmark-Norway (d. 1754)
  • 1686-01-31 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • 1691-10-28 Peter Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero, born in Trondheim, Denmark-Norway (d. 1720)
  • 1693-04-16 Anne Sophie Reventlow, Queen of Denmark and Norway (1721-30), born in Clausholm Castle, Denmark (d. 1743)
  • 1699-11-30 Christian VI, King of Denmark and Norway, born in Copenhagen Castle, Denmark (d. 1746)
  • 1700-11-28 Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (1730-46), born in Castle Schonberg, Bavaria (d. 1770)
  • 1723-03-31 Frederik V, King of Denmark/Norway (1746-66)
  • 1745-06-08 Caspar Wessel, Danish-Norwegian mathematician, born in Vestby, Norway (d. 1818)
  • 1748-10-07 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • 1751-07-11 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, born in Leicester House, London, England (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, queen consort of Denmark and Norway, born in Hanau, Hesse, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1768-01-28 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • 1770-04-25 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, born in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway (d. 1850)
  • 1773-05-02 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian-German philosopher, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1845)
  • 1773-07-27 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, born in Porsgrunn, Norway (d. 1844)
  • 1786-09-18 Christian VIII, King of Denmark (1839-1848) and King of Norway (1814), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1848)
  • 1790-10-08 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1828)
  • 1799-07-04 Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway (1844-59), born in Paris (d. 1859)
  • 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, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1876)
  • 1807-12-22 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1873)
  • 1808-06-17 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1845)
  • 1810-02-05 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1812-01-15 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1885)
  • 1813-08-05 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet
  • 1815-09-17 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1868)
  • 1818-04-06 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • 1820-04-17 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1896)
  • 1823-11-26 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1874)
  • 1825-05-21 George Lafayette Beal, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norway, Maine (d. 1896)
  • 1825-06-10 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier and pioneer of modern skiing, born in Øverbø, Norway (d. 1897)
  • 1826-05-03 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1872)
  • 1828-03-20 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler), born in Skien, Norway (d. 1906)
  • 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 1903, born in Kvikne, Norway (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)
  • 1837-10-08 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1841-03-04 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (And fremmed Fugl)
  • 1842-06-12 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d.1866)
  • 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)
  • 1850-12-13 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1851-01-25 Arne Garborg, Norwegian writer & playwright (Bondestudentar), born in Jæren, Norway (d. 1924)
  • 1854-09-02 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (d. 1910)
  • 1856-01-11 Christian August Sinding, Kongsberg Norway, composer
  • 1856-11-13 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikshald, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1858-09-13 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1942)
  • 1859-08-04 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1920), born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway (d. 1952)
  • 1859-11-15 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (3 weeks), born in Skotselv, Øvre Eiker, Norway (d. 1960)

Person of interestFridtjof Nansen

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 Bjerknes, Norwegian-American physicist and meteorologist, born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1951)

Person of interestEdvard Munch

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), born in Ringsaker, Norway (d. 1920)
  • 1867-12-13 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and scientist (nominated 7 times for Nobel Prize), born in Oslo, Norway (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, born in Mandal, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1869-09-17 Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian pacifist and internationalist (Nobel Peace Prize 1921), born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1938)
  • 1869-11-26 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, born in Marlborough House, London (d. 1938)
  • 1870-11-11 Nils Kjær, Norwegian playwright (Det evige Savn), born in Holmestrand, Norway (d. 1924)
  • 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)

Person of interestRoald Amundsen

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, King of Norway (1905-57), born in Charlottenlund Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1957)
  • 1873-03-05 Olav Bjaaland, Norwegian explorer and cross-country skier (d. 1961)
  • 1873-05-03 Nicoline Magdalene Roll Anker, Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den), born in Møre og Romsdal, Norway (d. 1942)
  • 1873-05-26 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1958)

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

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-02-01 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1996-08-24 Actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2001-08-25 Crown Prince Haakon of Norway (28), eldest son of King Harald V weds commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby (28) at Oslo Cathedral in Norway
  • 2002-05-24 Princess Martha Louise of Norway (30) weds author Ari Behn (29) in Trondheim

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 214

  • 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 at around 54 (born cira 960)
  • 1030-07-29 Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad

Person of interestCnut the Great

1035-11-12 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden (1016-1035), dies around the age of 45

King of England, Denmark and Norway Cnut the Great
King of England, Denmark and Norway
Cnut the Great
  • 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 at 33
  • 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, dies in alleged poisoning
  • 1204-08-11 King Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)
  • 1217-04-23 King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
  • 1263-12-15 King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
  • 1263-12-16 Hakon IV, Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies
  • 1280-05-09 Magnus VI Lagabuter, 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)
  • 1448-01-05 Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark (1440-48), Norway (1441-48) and Sweden (1442-48), dies suddenly at 31
  • 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 and Norway (1534-59), dies at 55
  • 1571-10-07 Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway, dies at 60
  • 1588-04-04 Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
  • 1631-10-14 Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Queen of Denmark and Norway, dies at 74
  • 1648-02-28 Christian IV of Denmark, King of Denmark and Norway (1588-1648), dies at 70
  • 1670-02-09 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1697-04-08 Niels Juel, Danish-Norwegian admiral, dies at 68
  • 1714-03-27 Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, queen of Denmark and Norway (1670-99), dies at 63
  • 1716-02-19 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • 1718-12-11 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten at 36
  • 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
  • 1743-01-07 Anne Sophie Reventlow, Queen of Denmark and Norway (1721-30), dies at 49
  • 1746-08-06 Christian VI, King of Denmark and Norway, dies at 46
  • 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)
  • 1775-05-10 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 23
  • 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
  • 1818-03-25 Caspar Wessel, Danish-Norwegian mathematician, dies at 72
  • 1828-12-30 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, dies at 38
  • 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, dies at 71
  • 1845-07-12 Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet (Creation, Humanity, and Messiah) and author, dies at 37
  • 1848-01-20 Christian VIII, King of Denmark (1839-1848) and King of Norway (1814), dies of blood poisoning at 61
  • 1850-12-08 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, dies at 80
  • 1859-07-08 Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • 1860-12-17 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (1818-44), dies at 83
  • 1866-03-20 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, dies at 23
  • 1868-08-11 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), dies at 52
  • 1869-10-22 Michael Sars, Norwegian zoologist, dies at 64
  • 1871-03-30 Louise, Dutch-born Queen of Sweden and Norway, dies at 42
  • 1872-09-18 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), dies at 46
  • 1873-10-21 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • 1874-10-06 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 50
  • 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)
  • 1896-09-20 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, dies at 76
  • 1896-09-23 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet, dies at 83
  • 1897-03-09 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier and pioneer of modern skiing, dies at 71
  • 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 Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Doll House, Peer Gynt), 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 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, dies at 77
  • 1913-01-13 Thomas P. Krag, Norwegian author and novelist (Jon Graeff, Ulf Ran), dies at 44
  • 1914-01-21 Theodor Kittelsen, Norwegian artist (b. 1857)
  • 1917-06-15 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and physicist (nominated 7 times for Nobel Prize), dies at 49
  • 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 Kjær, 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

Person of interestRoald Amundsen

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)
  • 1931-05-03 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, dies at 93
  • 1934-07-12 Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American industrialist and inventor (outboard marine engine), dies at 57
  • 1934-12-12 Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)