Norwegian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 1959-06-23 A fire in a resort hotel in Stalheim, Norway kills 34 people
  • 1962-06-13 Norway named ombudsman
  • 1967-07-24 Norway requests European Common Market membership
  • 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

World Record

1980-07-01 British runner Steve Ovett breaks countryman Sebastian Coe's world record for the mile in 3:48.8 in Oslo, Norway

  • 1981-02-03 Gro Harlem Brundtland is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1982-07-07 English athlete David Moorcroft beats Kenyan Henry Rono's 5000m world record by nearly 5 seconds, 13:00.41 in Oslo, Norway

Sports History

1983-08-07 Grete Waitz of Norway wins inaugural women's marathon at the 1st world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland

  • 1984-08-05 American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games
  • 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 first Australian winner in 2:07:51; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway claims women's title in 2:24:55
  • 1986-05-27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • 1986-07-11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74
  • 1986-08-05 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5,000m world record (14:37.33) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1986-11-02 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins her 8th NYC event in 2:28:06; Gianni Poli of Italy, men's champion in 2:11:06
  • 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 takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title 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 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China: Michelle Akers scores twice as US beats Norway, 2-1
  • 1992-06-16 Longest salami is 68ft-9in long & 25ft in circumference, weighs 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

Agreement of Interest

1993-09-13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway, signed by Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas

  • 1993-10-11 Norwegian Rushdie publisher William Nygaard injured in attack

The Scream

1994-02-12 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

  • 1994-02-12 XVII Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1994-02-27 XVII Winter Olympic Games close 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
  • 1995-06-18 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Hege Riise & Marianne Pettersen score within 3 minutes of each other to give Norway a 2-0 win over Germany
  • 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
  • 2000-10-01 Norwegian canoeist Knut Holmann beats Petar Merkov of Bulgaria for the second consecutive day to win the K-1 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; beat Markov in K-1 1000m the previous day

Historic Event

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.

  • 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
  • 2009-09-06 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Priddis Greens GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 5 strokes from a group of 5 players
  • 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
  • 2013-09-09 Erna Solberg is elected Prime Minister of Norway after a centre-right coalition wins a majority in their elections

Sports History

2013-11-22 Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen defeats Viswanathan Anand to win the 2013 World Chess Championship

  • 2015-01-03 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam
  • 2017-09-11 Norwegian Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, heading a right-wing coalition, claims victory in Norway's general election
  • 2017-11-27 Freight trains kills more than 100 reindeer over three days in Norway
  • 2018-02-25 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country
  • 2018-02-25 XXIII Winter Olympic Games close in Pyeongchang, Korea; Norway wins a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • 2018-02-26 Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, receives its 1 millionth seed on 10 year anniversary
  • 2018-02-26 Global Seed Vault opens in Svalbard, Norway, to help preserve diversity and loss from other genebanks

Ballon d'Or

2018-12-03 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić wins; first time since 2007 that either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win award; Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg is inaugural women's winner


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 367

  • 1879-10-05 Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
  • 1881-03-17 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Less bror Harris)
  • 1881-08-28 Arne Eggen, Norwegian organist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1955)
  • 1882-05-20 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
  • 1882-09-21 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer (Lilja), and painter, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1883-01-21 Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet

Molla MalloryMolla Mallory (1884-1959)

1884-03-06 American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), born in Mosvik, Norway

  • 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)

Vidkun QuislingVidkun Quisling (1887-1945)

1887-07-18 Norwegian Minister of Defense and Prime Minister (1942-45), born in Fyresdal, Norway

  • 1887-08-25 Olav Fartein Valen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1952)
  • 1887-10-04 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1974)
  • 1888-03-04 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), born in Voss, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1888-10-04 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1954)
  • 1889-05-25 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1890-08-02 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, born in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 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
  • 1895-03-04 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1978)
  • 1895-07-12 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), born in Hamar, Norway (d. 1962)
  • 1895-12-19 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • 1896-01-18 Hans H. Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1980)

Trygve LieTrygve Lie (1896-1968)

1896-07-16 Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo, Sweden–Norway

  • 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 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), born in Kristiana, Norway (d. 1981)
  • 1897-08-20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian poet and author (Det Store Spelet), born in Vinje, Telemark, Norway (d. 1970)
  • 1897-11-02 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1899-01-17 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England (d. 1960)
  • 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)
  • 1901-10-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Eidsborg, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1902-04-28 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (Lillelord), born in Kristiana, Norway (d. 1979)
  • 1902-11-01 Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet, dramatist and novelist (The Defeat), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1943)
  • 1903-04-25 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1984)
  • 1903-05-02 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1903-07-02 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), born in Appleton House, Sandringham, Norfolk (d. 1991)
  • 1904-03-07 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), born in Lunner, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1906-01-30 Greta Nissen, Norwegian-born American actress (Ambassador Bill), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1988)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), born in Haugesund, Norway (d. 1958)
  • 1906-07-19 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Noregsonger), born in Gransherad, Telemark, Norway (d. 1979)
  • 1907-10-07 Tutta Rolf, Norwegian actress (Whalers), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1907-11-18 Halldis Moren Vesaas, Norwegian author and poet (Harp and Dagger), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 1995)
  • 1908-02-03 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1909-05-31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), born in Bamble, Norway (d. 1987)
  • 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)
  • 1911-05-18 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1911-05-27 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist and writer (Frihet och demokrati), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1911-06-03 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • 1911-08-23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36; World C'ship gold 1931, 35, 37), 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, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1912-02-04 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)

Sonja HenieSonja Henie (1912-1969)

1912-04-08 Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway

  • 1912-11-26 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • 1913-02-10 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1995)
  • 1913-04-03 Per Borten, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (1965-71), born in Flå, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway (d. 2005)

Thor HeyerdahlThor Heyerdahl (1914-2002)

1914-10-06 Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), born in Larvik, Norway

  • 1915-09-03 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2014)
  • 1916-06-27 Hallvard Olav Johnsen, Norwegian composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1917-06-14 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), born in Langesund, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1917-07-24 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Valnesfjord, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1918-01-30 Jarl Andre Bjerke [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet & writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1985)
  • 1918-05-25 Peder Lunde Sr., Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952), born in Nordstrand, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1919-03-18 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1920-01-20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author & ski jumper, born in Aker, Norway (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 Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet and writer (Dikt, Jonas), born in Kristiansand, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1921-05-14 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1921-12-07 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1922-05-18 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • 1922-06-28 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), born in Magerøya, Finnmark, Norway (d. 2010)
  • 1923-01-16 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1923-01-20 Nora Brockstedt, Norwegian pop and jazz singer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1923-03-12 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1924-08-23 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet (Out To Sea); Anne Pedersdotter), born in Kristiansund, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1926-08-17 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2002)
  • 1926-10-19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1974), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1926-12-10 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian musicologist, educator, and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 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)
  • 1927-11-30 Odvar Nordli, 21st Prime Minister of Norway (Labour: 1976-81), born in Tangen, Norway (d. 2018)
  • 1927-12-11 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1929-02-10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-09 Ragnhild Alexandra [Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen], Norwegian princess, born in the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway (d. 2012)
  • 1930-10-24 Johan Galtung, Norwegian polemologist (Meaning of Nonviolence), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 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 artist and actor (King)
  • 1936-09-14 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian educator and politician, born in Rødøy, Norway (d. 2011)
  • 1937-02-04 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 209

  • 1942-07-08 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian organist, composer, educator, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1943-03-12 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, dies at 73
  • 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 and novelist (The Defeat), dies at 41

Edvard MunchEdvard Munch (1863-1944)

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

Vidkun QuislingVidkun Quisling (1887-1945)

1945-10-24 Norwegian Minister of Defense and Prime Minister (1942-45), executed for collaborating with the Nazis at 58

  • 1947-11-06 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • 1949-06-10 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian-Danish writer (1928 Nobel Prize for Literature), dies at 67
  • 1951-04-06 Halfdan Cleve, Norwegian composer, dies at 71
  • 1951-04-09 Vilhelm F K Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology, dies at 89
  • 1952-02-19 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1920), dies at 92
  • 1953-01-11 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • 1954-04-10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), dies at 65
  • 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, King of Norway (1905-57), dies at 85
  • 1959-05-01 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1959-07-15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • 1960-01-12 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, 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

Trygve LieTrygve Lie (1896-1968)

1968-12-30 Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72

  • 1969-01-24 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • 1969-06-01 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • 1969-08-14 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58

Sonja HenieSonja Henie (1912-1969)

1969-10-12 Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57

  • 1972-01-10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • 1972-08-15 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer (Lilja), and painter, dies at 89
  • 1973-01-31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • 1974-07-04 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), dies at 86
  • 1975-01-28 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • 1975-07-07 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), dies at 77
  • 1976-04-30 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet (Out To Sea); Anne Pedersdotter), dies at 51
  • 1976-05-09 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • 1976-10-05 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1977-02-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • 1978-05-22 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, dies at 83
  • 1979-03-07 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • 1979-10-16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (Lillelord), dies at 77
  • 1982-10-21 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • 1983-10-16 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • 1984-11-08 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 81
  • 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 V, King of Norway (1957-91), dies at 87
  • 1993-08-10 Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian black-metal guitarist (Mayhem), stabbed to death by a musical rival at 25
  • 1993-12-11 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 1994-01-13 Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (worked on the Oslo Peace Accords), dies at 56
  • 1994-03-08 Knut Haukelid, Norway/US resistance fighter (Rjukan 1943), dies at 82
  • 1995-05-16 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, dies at 82
  • 1997-09-17 Jan Peder Syse, Prime Minister of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • 1998-06-13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36; World C'ship gold 1931, 35, 37), 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 Grim [Erik Brødreskift], Norwegian black metal drummer commits suicide at 29
  • 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)
  • 2001-05-07 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83

Thor HeyerdahlThor Heyerdahl (1914-2002)

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

  • 2002-06-29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2002-08-10 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, dies at 75
  • 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 and businessman, dies at 66
  • 2004-01-14 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal musician (Windir), dies in a snowstorm at 25
  • 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)
  • 2006-03-13 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, dies at 84
  • 2006-05-14 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, dies from drowning at 62
  • 2006-05-28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2006-09-29 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer, dies of heart failure at 30
  • 2006-12-24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet, comedian, and composer, dies of complications from epilepsy at 66
  • 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 rock guitarist (Madrugada; My Midnight Creeps), dies at 31
  • 2007-09-21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 78
  • 2007-11-16 Grethe Kausland, Norwegian actress and singer (b. 1947)
  • 2007-11-16 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, dies at 61
  • 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)

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2011-04-19 Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), dies of cancer at 57

  • 2011-05-12 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian educator and politician, dies at 74
  • 2012-09-16 Ragnhild Alexandra [Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen], Norwegian princess, dies of cancer at 82