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Events 1 - 100 of 104
1066-09-20 - Battle at Fulford: King of Norway, Harald III Hardrada defeats British militia
1184-06-15 - King Magnus V of Norway is killed at the battle of Fimreite.
1194-06-29 - Sverre is crowned King of Norway.
1326-06-03 - Treaty of Novgorod delineates borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark.
1397-06-17 - Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden & Norway
1397-06-30 - Denmark, Norway & 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.
1520-01-18 - Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde
1523-01-20 - Christian II is forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
1534-07-04 - Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye.
1582-12-15 - Spanish Netherlands/Denmark/Norway adopt Gregorian calendar
1715-12-24 - Swedish troops occupy Norway
1767-07-03 - Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded (first edition published this date).
1768-12-01 - The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøy in Norway.
1814-01-14 - King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel
1814-02-11 - Norway's independence proclaimed
1814-05-17 - Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden (Natl Day)
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.
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 wash "quick clay" into a deep valley, kills 111 (Norway)
1895-01-01 - Norway adopts Mid-European time
1903-06-16 - Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway.
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 - Hakon VII crowned king of Norway
1907-06-14 - Norway restricts woman's voting rights
1907-06-14 - Norway adopts female suffrage.
1909-01-27 - The Young Left is founded in Norway.
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)
1916-04-08 - Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
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 PM of Norway
1929-05-08 - Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway
1931-05-01 - Norway claims Peter I Island
1931-06-10 - Norway occupies East-Greenland
1933-05-17 - Vidkun Quisling and Johan Bernhard Hjort form Nasjonal Samling — the national-socialist party of Norway.
1936-02-15 - Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
1939-01-14 - Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
1940-02-16 - British search plane finds German Altmark off Norway
1940-02-17 - British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
1940-04-09 - Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
1940-04-14 - Allied troops land in Norway
1940-04-15 - British troops land at Narvik, Norway
1940-05-28 - British-French troops capture Narvik Norway
1940-06-08 - Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
1940-06-09 - Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
1940-06-10 - Norway surrenders to nazis
1940-09-25 - German High Commissioner in Norway sets up Vidkun Quisling government
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/Work/Forest's musical "Song of Norway," premieres in NYC
1944-11-12 - RAF sink German battleship "Tirpitz" at Tromso Fjord Norway
1945-02-09 - The Battle of the Atlantic the HMS Venturer sinking U-Boat 864 off the coast of Norway.
1945-05-04 - German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
1952-02-14 - 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
1952-02-25 - 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
1957-09-21 - Olav V, becomes king of Norway
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
1971-03-16 - Government of Trygve Bratteli in Norway.
1972-09-25 - Norway votes to join 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
1981-02-03 - Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
1983-08-07 - Grete Waitz of Norway, wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki Fin)
1986-04-21 - 15th Boston Women's Marathon won by I Kristiansen of Norway 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 5k woman's record (14:37.33)
1988-09-15 - Lillehammer, Norway upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
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
1990-05-15 - Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
1990-11-03 - Gro Harlem Brundtland installed as premier 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 reps
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 - After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed, 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.
1994-02-12 - 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
1994-02-27 - 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
1994-04-26 - 26.9°C in Prestebakke Norway (Norwegian April high temp 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.
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
Birthdays 1 - 100 of 113
1238-05-01 - Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80)
1261-02-28 - Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
1394-06-04 - Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)
1461-12-25 - Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
1471-09-07 - Frederik I, king of Denmark/Norway (1523-33)
1481-07-01 - Christian II of Denmark, Sweden and Norway (d. 1559)
1503-08-12 - Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59)
1511-07-09 - Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1571)
1534-07-01 - Frederick II, King of Denmark and Norway (1559-88)
1557-09-04 - Sofie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin , queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1631)
1575-06-26 - Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
1609-03-18 - Frederick III, King of Denmark & Norway (1648-70); absolutist
1628-03-24 - Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
1650-04-27 - Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1714)
1667-08-28 - Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1721)
1671-10-11 - Frederik IV, king of Denmark/Norway (1699-1730)
1693-04-16 - Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
1699-11-30 - Christian VI, king of Denmark/Norway
1700-11-28 - Sophia Magdalen of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1770)
1723-03-31 - Frederik V, King of Denmark/Norway (1746-66)
1748-10-07 - Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
1751-07-11 - Caroline Matilda of Wales, queen consort of Denmark and Norway (d. 1775)
1758-08-24 - Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1794)
1759-03-22 - Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
1763-01-26 - Charles XIV, French marshall, king of Sweden & Norway (1818-44)
1767-10-28 - Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1852)
1768-01-28 - Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
1799-07-04 - F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59)
1802-12-27 - Thomas Fearnley, Norway, landscape painter
1807-03-14 - Josephine of Leuchtenberg, queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1876)
1826-05-03 - Charles XV Louis E, King of Sweden/Norway (1859-72)/poet
1828-03-20 - Henrik Ibsen, Norway, playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
1828-08-05 - WFAA Louisa/Lovisa, queen of Sweden/Norway/princess of Netherlands
1829-01-21 - Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden (1872-1907)/Norway (-1905)/poet
1843-06-15 - Edvard Hagerup Grieg, Bergen Norway, composer (Bewitched One)
1846-08-22 - B Amalie Skram-Alver, Norway, writer (Hellemyrsfolket)
1856-01-11 - Christian August Sinding, Kongsberg Norway, composer
1859-08-04 - Knut Hamsun, Norway, writer/Nazi (Hunger-Nobel 1920)
1859-11-15 - Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)
Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen (1861-10-10) 1861-10-10 - Fridtjof Nansen, Store Frøen, Christiania, Norway, Arctic explorer/humanitarian (Nobel 1922), (d. 1930)
1863-12-12 - Edvard Munch, Løten, Norway, painter/print maker (The Scream), (d. 1944)
1869-09-17 - Christian Lange, Norway, pacifist/internationalist (Nobel 1921)
1869-11-26 - Maud, Queen of Norway (d. 1938)
1872-07-16 - Roald Amundsen, Norway, explorer, discovered South Pole
1872-08-03 - Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway (1905-57)
1876-02-09 - Martin Stixrud, Norway, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1920)
1882-05-20 - Sigrid Undset, Norway, novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
1883-01-21 - Olav Aukrust, Norway, poet
1887-10-04 - Francis Bull, Norway, writer (Norsk literature historian)
1895-03-03 - Ragnar Frisch, Oslo, Norwegian economist (1st winner of the Nobel prize in economics-1969)
1896-07-16 - Trygve Halvdan Lie, Norway, 1st UN secretary general (1946-52)
1897-04-17 - Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
1897-05-10 - Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
1899-01-17 - Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
Painter/Print Maker Edvard Munch (1863-12-12) 1901-06-16 - Arthur Pierson, Oslo Norway, actor/director (Hat Check Girl)
1903-07-02 - Olav AFEC of Schleswig-Holstein-S-G, King Olav V of Norway (1957-91)
1904-03-07 - Ivar Ballangrud, Norway, Olympic speed skater (4 gold, 2 silver)
1906-04-01 - Sigve Lie, Norway, yachtsmans (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1906-07-19 - Klaus Egge, Gransherad, Telemark Norway, composer (Noregsonger)
1907-10-07 - Tutta Rolf, Norway, actress (Whalers)
1908-02-03 - Oddbjorn Hagen, Norway, cross country jumper (Olympic-gold-1936)
1909-05-31 - Thor Thorvaldsen, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1911-02-12 - Charles Mathiesen, Norway, 1500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1936)
1911-06-03 - Olaf Okern, Norway, Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
1911-08-23 - Birger Ruud, Norway, 90m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1932, 36)
1912-04-08 - Sonja Henie, Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36)
1913-04-03 - Per Borten, Premier of Norway (d. 2005)
1914-10-06 - Thor Heyerdahl, Norway, anthropologist/explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku)
1916-09-13 - Roald Dahl, Llandaff, Cardiff, author (Over to You, Taste, 2 Fables), (d. 1990).
Author Roald Dahl (1916-09-13) 1917-07-24 - Simon Slattvik, Norway, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
1918-05-25 - Peder Lunde, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-silver-1952)
1919-03-18 - Laila Schou Nilsen, Norway, downhill skier (Olympic-gold-1936)
1920-04-09 - Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
1920-10-09 - Jens Bjorneboe, Norway, poet/writer (Dikt, Jonas)
1923-01-16 - Martin Stokken, Norway, nordic relay (Olympic-silver-1952)
1923-03-12 - Hjalmar Andersen, Norway, 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Oly-gold-1952)
1926-08-17 - Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1927-10-08 - Torbjorn Falkanger, Norway, took Olympic oath (1952)
1927-12-11 - Stein Eriksen, Norway, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952)
1929-02-10 - Hallgeir Brenden, Norway, 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
1930-04-16 - John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
1930-10-24 - Johan Galtung, Norway, polemologist (Meaning of Nonviolence)
1931-06-20 - Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)
1932-02-21 - Harald V, King of Norway (1991- )
1933-11-06 - Knut Johannesen, Norway, 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
1937-02-04 - Magnar Solberg, Norway, 20K biathalete (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
1937-12-21 - Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present)
1939-05-20 - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway, PM/feminist/conservatist
1942-02-09 - Peder Lunde Jr, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1960)
1943-11-26 - Jan Stenerud, Norway, NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
1948-07-13 - Alf Hansen, Norway, double sculls (Olympic-gold-1976)
1950-02-20 - John Voldstad, Oslo Norway, actor (Darryl-Newhart)
1951-06-24 - Ivar Formo, Norway, 50K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976)
1951-08-19 - Lillian Muller, Grimstad Norway, playmate of year (Aug, 1975)
1953-10-01 - Greta Andersen Waitz, Oslo Norway, marathoner (NYC - 1984)
1956-03-21 - Ingrid Kristiansen, Norway, marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)
1957-03-09 - Jon Engen, Oslo Norway, US biathelete (Olympics-1994)
1959-03-16 - Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
1959-09-14 - Morten Harket, Konigsberg Norway, rocker (Aha-Take on Me)
1960-10-14 - John Aalberg, Orland Norway, US cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
Weddings 1 - 3 of 3
1857-06-06 - Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway.
2001-08-25 - Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, eldest son of King Harald V & heir married commoner Mette-Marit Tjessem H
2002-05-24 - Princess Martha Louise of Norway (30) weds author Ari Behn (29) in Trondheim
Deaths 1 - 52 of 52
1000-09-09 - Olaf I of Norway
1030-07-29 - Olaf Haraldsson, King of Norway, dies in battle of Stiklestad
1035-11-12 - Cnut (Canute) "The Great", King of Denmark. England, Norway and parts of Sweden. Reigned 1016-1035.
1047-10-25 - Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway/Denmark (1035-47), dies
1066-09-25 - Harald III Hardrada, King of Norway (1047-66), dies in battle at 51
1103-08-24 - Magnus III Berbein, [Blootbeen], King of Norway (1093-1103), dies
1123-08-29 - King Eystein I of Norway (b. ca. 1088)
1130-03-26 - King Sigurd I of Norway (b. ca. 1090)
1136-12-14 - Harald IV, "Gylle Krist", king of Norway, murdered
1164-07-29 - Olaf, King of Norway, dies
1202-03-08 - Sverre of Norway
1202-03-09 - King Sverre of Norway
1204-01-01 - King Haakon III of Norway (c. 1170)
1204-08-11 - King Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)
1217-04-23 - King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
1263-12-12 - Hakon IV, Gamli, King of Norway (1217-63), dies
1263-12-15 - King Haakon IV of Norway (b. 1204)
1280-05-09 - Magnus VI Lagaboeter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
1319-05-08 - Haakon V, King of Norway (1299-1319), dies
1374-12-01 - Magnus Eriksson, king of Norway/Sweden, dies
1387-08-03 - Olaf V Haakonsson, King of Denmark (1376-87)/Norway (1380-87), dies
1387-08-23 - King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
1412-10-28 - Margaret I of Denmark, wife of Haakon VI of Norway (b. 1353)
1448-01-06 - Christopher III, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
1481-05-21 - Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
1533-04-10 - Frederik I, King of Denmark/Norway (1523-33), dies at 61
1559-01-01 - Christian III, king of Denmark/Norway (1534-59), dies
1588-04-04 - Frederik II, King of Denmark/Norway (1559-88), dies at 53
1648-02-21 - Christian IV, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
1670-02-09 - Frederik III, King of Denmark/Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
1718-11-30 - Charles XII, king of Sweden (1697-1718), dies during a siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway at 36
1718-12-11 - Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten
1730-10-12 - Frederik IV, king of Denmark/Norway (1699-1730), dies
1746-08-06 - Christian VI, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
1766-01-14 - Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
1818-02-15 - Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18), dies at 69
1839-12-03 - Frederik VI, king of Denmark (1808-39)/Norway (1803-14), dies at 71
1844-05-08 - Charles XIV Johan, [Jean B Bernadotte], King of Sweden/Norway, dies
1859-07-08 - F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
1860-12-17 - Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (b. 1777)
1871-03-30 - W F A A Louisa/Lovisa, queen of Sweden/Norway, dies at 42
1872-09-18 - Charles XV Louis E, king of Sweden/Norway (1859-72), dies
1907-12-08 - Oscar II Frederick, King of Sweden (-1907)/Norway (-1905), dies
1957-09-21 - Haakon VII (CF Charles WA), Danish king of Norway (1905-57), dies
1960-01-12 - Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60
1987-09-19 - Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
1991-01-17 - Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
1993-12-11 - Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
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
2005-01-20 - Per Borten, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)
2007-03-21 - Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)