Norwegian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 156 of 156

  • 1971-03-17 Government of Trygve Bratteli takes office in Norway
  • 1972-09-25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • 1972-09-26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • 1975-01-14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m
  • 1975-08-14 Norwegian King Olav V opens Longyearbyen Airport on Spitsbergen
  • 1976-10-20 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • 1980-03-27 Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212
  • 1981-02-03 Gro Harlem Brundtland is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1983-08-07 Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 1985-05-04 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • 1986-04-21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • 1986-05-27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 1986-07-05 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 10K woman's record (30:13.74)
  • 1986-07-11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000 m in world record 30:13.74
  • 1986-08-05 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5km woman's record (14:37.33)
  • 1988-09-15 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1989-04-07 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • 1989-04-17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • 1989-09-08 Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)
  • 1989-10-16 Jan Syse becomes premier of Norway
  • 1990-04-07 Fire kills 110 on a ferry in Norway, in an unrelated event, 30 die in a ferry flip over in Burma
  • 1990-04-08 Norwegian ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • 1990-05-15 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
  • 1990-11-03 Gro Harlem Brundtland is installed as Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1991-01-17 Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V
  • 1991-08-25 Norway & Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
  • 1991-11-30 1st world championship of women's soccer, US defeats Norway 2-1
  • 1992-06-16 Longest salami is 68'9 & 25 circumference, weighed 1,492lbs/5oz in Flekkefjord, Norway
  • 1993-08-20 Oslo Peace Accords signed, after secret negotiations in Norway, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month
  • 1993-09-13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway
  • 1993-10-11 Norwegian Rushdie publisher William Nygaard injured in attack
  • 1994-02-12 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway

Person of interestThe Scream

1994-02-12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo
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  • 1994-02-27 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1994-04-26 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temperature record)
  • 1994-11-28 Norway votes against joining European Union
  • 1995-01-01 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
  • 1995-01-30 Norway's Statoil announces a newly formed consortium that will supply Norwegian natural gas to the European continent
  • 1995-05-13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • 1995-07-28 Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjorn Johnsen says that Norway should not lower its crude oil production in an attempt to boost world oil prices
  • 1997-01-18 Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
  • 1997-05-20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
  • 2000-01-04 19 are killed after two trains collide in Asta, Norway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004-08-22 "The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 2005-09-12 The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
  • 2006-06-19 Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial "laying of the first stone" at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.
  • 2006-08-31 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.
  • 2007-04-24 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime
  • 2009-05-16 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow
  • 2011-07-22 Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first a bomb blast targeting government buildings in central Oslo, second a massacre at a youth camp on island of Utøya
  • 2012-05-02 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-12-10 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov’s 13-year Elo rating record

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 2013-09-09 Erna Solberg is elected Prime Minister of Norway after a centre-right coalition wins a majority in their elections
  • 2013-11-22 Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen defeats Viswanathan Anand to win the 2013 World Chess Championship
  • 2014-02-22 Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals
  • 2015-01-03 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 331

  • 1890-09-11 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, born in Ellingsøya (d. 1968)
  • 1895-03-03 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (1st winner of the Nobel prize in economics-1969), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1895-07-12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner)
  • 1895-12-19 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • 1896-01-18 Hans H Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • 1896-07-16 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo (d. 1968)
  • 1897-04-17 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1992)
  • 1897-05-10 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • 1897-05-17 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1897-08-20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • 1897-11-02 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1899-01-17 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • 1899-12-30 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (d. 2001)
  • 1901-02-28 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen)
  • 1901-06-16 Arthur Pierson, Norwegian-American actor and director (Hat Check Girl), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1975)
  • 1902-04-28 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (d. 1979)
  • 1902-11-01 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet/dramatist/novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1903-07-02 Olav AFEC of Schleswig-Holstein-S-G, King Olav V of Norway (1957-91)
  • 1904-03-07 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian Olympic speed skater (4 gold, 2 silver)
  • 1904-04-27 Ragnar Skrede, Norwegian poet (Lauvfall)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1906-07-19 Klaus Egge, Gransherad, Telemark Norway, composer (Noregsonger)
  • 1907-10-07 Tutta Rolf, Norwegian actress (Whalers), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1907-11-18 Halldis Vesaas-Moren, Norwegian author/poetess
  • 1908-02-03 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1909-05-31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1909-06-01 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (d. 1986)
  • 1910-01-11 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), born in Nøtterøy, Norway (d. 1984)
  • 1911-02-12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1911-05-27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist/writer (Frihet och demokrati)
  • 1911-06-03 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • 1911-08-23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1911-09-15 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1911-12-13 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, born in Skedsmo, Norway (d. 1999)
  • 1912-01-27 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher
  • 1912-02-04 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1912-04-08 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1913-04-03 Per Borten, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (1965-71), born in Flå, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway (d. 2005)

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

1914-10-06 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), born in Larvik (d. 2002)

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1917-06-14 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician
  • 1917-06-17 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1917-07-24 Simon Slattvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1918-01-30 Jarl Andre Bjerke, [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet/writer
  • 1918-05-25 Peder Lunde, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1919-03-18 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1920-01-20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)
  • 1920-03-19 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (d. 2002)
  • 1920-04-09 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjorneboe, Norwegian poet/writer (Dikt, Jonas)
  • 1920-10-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (d. 1976)
  • 1921-05-14 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1922-05-18 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • 1922-06-28 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset)
  • 1923-01-16 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1923-01-20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian singer
  • 1923-03-12 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2002)
  • 1926-10-19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1927-06-13 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, born in Buvika (d. 2016)
  • 1927-10-08 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-11 Stein Eriksen, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian 15K/18K cross country (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1930-04-16 John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • 1930-10-24 Johan Galtung, Norwegian polemologist (Meaning of Nonviolence)
  • 1931-06-20 Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
  • 1932-01-22 Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and former sexologist
  • 1932-02-12 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (d. 2003)
  • 1933-11-06 Knut Johannesen, Norwegian 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1936-03-10 Juda Bar-Norwegian, Israeli/Dutch mime/actor (King)
  • 1936-09-14 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian politician
  • 1937-02-04 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathalete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1937-11-29 Johan J Holst, Norwegian minister of Defense/Foreign affairs
  • 1937-12-08 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)
  • 1937-12-21 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • 1938-01-02 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1938-12-16 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1939-04-20 Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister (1981-82, 1986-89, 1990-96) and Director-General of the World Health Organisation, born in Bærum, Norway
  • 1939-08-18 Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2008)
  • 1940-12-17 Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
  • 1941-03-25 Gudmund Hernes, Norwegian politician
  • 1942-02-09 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1943-06-27 Kjersti Døvigen, Norwegian actress
  • 1943-08-04 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • 1943-11-26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 1943-12-05 Eva Joly, Norwegian-born French magistrate
  • 1944-01-07 Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator
  • 1944-04-08 Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
  • 1946-06-21 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author
  • 1947-03-04 Jan Garbarek, Norwegian musician
  • 1947-09-03 Kjell Magne Bondevik, Norwegian politician
  • 1947-09-24 Erik Hivju, Norwegian actor
  • 1948-07-13 Alf Hansen, Norwegian double sculls (Olympic gold 1976)

Person of interestHaruki Murakami

1949-01-12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 1949-03-18 Åse Kleveland, Norwegian singer and politician
  • 1949-09-27 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian singer
  • 1950-02-20 John Voldstad, actor (Darryl-Newhart), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1950-07-19 Per-Kristian Foss, Norwegian Minister of Finance
  • 1950-12-21 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1950-12-28 Øivind Blunck, Norwegian comedian and actor

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 169 of 169

  • 1959-07-15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • 1960-01-12 Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • 1962-12-07 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1968-02-29 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • 1968-10-29 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1968-12-30 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72
  • 1969-06-01 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • 1972-01-10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • 1973-01-31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • 1975-01-28 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1976-05-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 1976-10-05 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1977-02-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • 1979-03-07 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • 1979-10-16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • 1984-11-20 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • 1986-09-25 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1987-01-05 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • 1987-09-19 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • 1990-12-24 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • 1991-01-17 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • 1993-08-10 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian musician (Mayhem) (b. 1968)
  • 1993-12-11 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 1994-01-13 Johan J Holst, Norwegian min of defense/foreign affairs, dies at 56
  • 1994-03-08 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • 1997-09-17 Jan Peder Syse, PM of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • 1998-06-13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • 1999-07-28 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, dies at 87
  • 1999-10-04 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 2000-02-16 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • 2001-02-08 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • 2001-03-29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

2002-04-18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 2002-06-29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2002-08-10 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1926)
  • 2002-12-24 Kjell Aukrust, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 2003-02-13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • 2004-01-13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 2004-01-14 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • 2004-02-15 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2004-12-26 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • 2004-12-26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • 2005-01-20 Per Borten, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (1965-71), dies at 91
  • 2005-06-02 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2005-07-20 Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  • 2005-12-29 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • 2006-03-09 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • 2006-05-28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2006-09-29 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • 2006-12-24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2006-12-26 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)
  • 2007-03-21 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • 2007-04-29 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2007-07-12 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • 2007-09-21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007-11-16 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2007-11-16 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author (b. 1946)
  • 2008-07-14 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • 2009-01-12 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2009-03-04 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2009-05-25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • 2010-03-25 Pål Bang-Hansen, Norwegian film critic and television personality (b. 1937)
  • 2010-04-21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2011-01-08 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 2011-03-28 Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)
  • 2013-03-27 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90
  • 2013-11-04 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor and Olympic champion, dies at 87
  • 2015-12-27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 88
  • 2016-09-10 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, dies at 89