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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1986-07-05 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 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 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 XVII 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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"The Scream", pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
  • 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

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
  • 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

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
  • 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 XXIII Winter Olympic Games close in Pyeongchang, Korea; Norway wins a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • 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
  • 2018-02-26 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

Sport awardFootball Awards

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

Footballer Luka Modrić
Footballer
Luka Modrić
Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 369

  • 1876-02-09 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • 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 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, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1883-01-21 Olav Aukrust, Norwegian poet

Person of interestMolla Mallory

1884-03-06 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), born in Mosvik, Norway (d. 1959)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • 1886-03-03 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (d. 1968)
  • 1887-01-17 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • 1887-05-23 Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)
  • 1887-07-18 Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Minister of Defense and Prime Minister (1942-45), born in Fyresdal, Norway (d. 1945)
  • 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)
  • 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 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], 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)
  • 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 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)
  • 1911-05-18 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 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, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1912-02-04 Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1912-04-08 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1912-11-26 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian composer, 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)

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
  • 1915-09-03 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer, 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. 1917)
  • 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 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), born in Kristiansund, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1926-08-17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2002)
  • 1926-10-19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1926-12-10 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian 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/actor (King)
  • 1936-09-14 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian educator and politician, born in Rødøy, Norway (d. 2011)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 214

  • 1938-11-20 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, dies at 68
  • 1941-01-27 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, 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
  • 1942-07-08 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian composer, 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

Person of interestEdvard Munch

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

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1945-10-24 Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Minister of Defense and Prime Minister (1942-45), executed at 58
  • 1947-11-06 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • 1949-06-10 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1951-04-06 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 in 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], 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
  • 1969-01-24 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
  • 1969-10-12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), 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, 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), 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
  • 1992-03-27 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), dies at 94
  • 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
  • 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 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)
  • 2001-05-07 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

2002-04-18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist & 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, 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 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)
  • 2006-03-13 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 (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 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)