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 capturing and killing monks
  • 1066-09-20 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar

Victory 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

  • 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: Scots defeat the Norwegians on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, returning the Western Isles to Scotland and ending 500 years of Viking invasions
  • 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

Historic Event

1513-01-20 Christian II succeeds Johan I as Danish and Norwegian king

Election of Interest

1534-07-04 Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye

Gregory Conquers Julius Caesar

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 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 (rediscovered 1974)
  • 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 constituent 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

Historic Event

1869-10-18 Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund" (The League of Youth) 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1903-12-09 Norwegian parliament votes unanimiously for female suffrage

Historic Event

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.

  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

1933-05-17 Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling, the national-socialist party of Norway

Olympic Gold

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 allied sailors from vessels 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 Second Norwegian government of Vidkun 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1945-05-09 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 367

  • 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)

Christian II

1481-07-01 Christian II, King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, born in Nyborg Castle, Denmark (d. 1559)

Christian III

1503-08-12 Christian III, King of Denmark (1534-59) and Norway (1537-59), born in Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Denmark (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), born in Nedstrand, Norway (d. 1829)
  • 1802-12-27 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter, born in Østfold, Norway (d. 1842)
  • 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 Aasen, Norwegian linguist and poet, born in Ørsten, Norway (d. 1896)
  • 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)

Henrik Ibsen

1828-03-20 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler), born in Skien, Norway (d. 1906)

  • 1828-08-05 Louisa of the Netherlands, Dutch queen consort of Sweden and Norway and princess of the Netherlands, born in the Hague (d. 1871)
  • 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 Lange Kielland, Norwegian writer (Gist; Fortuna; St. Hans Fest), and politician (mayor; governor), born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1906)
  • 1850-07-04 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer, organist, and military bandleader, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark, Norway (d. 1927)
  • 1850-12-13 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), 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)
  • 1856-11-13 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikshald, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1858-09-13 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian organist, composer, educator, and ethno-musicologist, born in Christiania (now 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)

Fridtjof Nansen

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

  • 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)

Edvard Munch

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

  • 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)

Roald 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)

  • 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)
  • 1876-02-09 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)

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

Henrik Ibsen

1858-06-18 Norwegian modernist playwright "The Doll's House" Henrik Ibsen (30) marries Suzannah Thoresen (21) in Oslo

Sonja Henie

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

Diana Ross

1986-02-01 American pop snger Diana Ross weds 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 (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 209

  • 1000-09-09 Olaf Tryggvason, King Olaf I of Norway (995-1000), dies after leaping overboard during Battle of Svolder
  • 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 II Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad at 34 or 35

Cnut 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

  • 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 at the Battle of Stamford Bridge at 51 - his death often considered the end of the Viking Age
  • 1103-08-24 Magnus III Berbein [Blootbeen], King of Norway (1093-1103), dies
  • 1123-08-29 Eystein I, King of Norway (1103-23) portrayed as the "peace king" who ruled alongside his brothers Sigurd the Crusader and Olaf Magnusson, dies of an illness at around 34 or 35
  • 1130-03-26 King Sigurd I of Norway (b. ca. 1090)
  • 1136-12-14 Harald IV, "Gylle Krist", king of Norway, murdered at 33
  • 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)
  • 1263-12-16 Haakon IV, King of Norway (1217-63), dies at 59
  • 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 IV [Magnus Eriksson], king of Norway and Sweden (outlawed slavery), drowns at 58
  • 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 and Sweden, dies at 55
  • 1533-04-10 Frederik I, King of Denmark and Norway (1523-33), dies at 61

Christian III

1559-01-01 Christian III, King of Denmark (1534-59) and Norway (1537-59), 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)

Charles XII

1718-12-11 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot in battle 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
  • 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, dies at 70
  • 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

Henrik Ibsen

1906-05-23 Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (A Doll's 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, organist, and military bandleader, dies at 77

Roald 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

  • 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)
  • 1938-11-20 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, dies at 68
  • 1941-01-27 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), dies at 90
  • 1941-12-31 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • 1942-05-19 Nicoline Magdalene Roll Anker, Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69