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Iceland - Notable Historical Events

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Iceland - Historical Events
Date Event
1783-06-08

Laki Volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption

1783-07-29

Skaptar Volcano on Iceland erupts killing about 9,000

1899-02-16

Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded.

1918-12-01

Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence under Danish crown

1929-05-08

Jan Mayen island, 500 km NNE of Iceland, incorporated into Norway

1935-01-28

Iceland becomes 1st western country to legalize abortion

1941-07-07

US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion

1941-10-17

1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland

1942-03-20

Convoy PQ13 departs Reykjavik Iceland to Russia

1942-06-27

PQ-17 convoy leaves Iceland for Archangelsk

1944-06-16

Iceland adopts constitution

1944-06-17

Iceland declares independence from Denmark

1944-06-17

Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland

1949-03-30

Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.

1959-05-06

Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships

1971-04-21

Original Codex Reguis (with Edda-liederen) returns to Iceland

1973-01-23

Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs

1975-10-15

Iceland moves intl boundary from 50 to 200 miles

1976-06-01

Great Britain & Iceland end the "cod war"

1985-11-14

Holmfriour Karlsdottir of Iceland, 22, crowned 35th Miss World

1986-10-11

Reagan & Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland

1987-12-26

"Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik

1988-06-25

Iceland's President Vigdis Finnbogadóttir elected (90+%)

1988-11-17

Linda Petursdottir of Iceland, 18, crowned 38th Miss World

1991-02-12

Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence

2002-05-23

The "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.

2007-04-24

Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

2008-10-24

Iceland receives a £1.3 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the first European country to require an emergency loan with the aim of stabilising the collapsed currency and strengthening the tax system as well as the nationalised banks

2009-02-01

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of State in the modern world.

2010-04-15

Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.

2010-12-07

Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter

2016-04-06

Iceland's PM resigns over Panama Papers revelations

2016-06-28

Iceland Celebrates Improbable Win Over England at Euro 2016

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Iceland - Birthdays
Date Event
1858-09-27

Porsteinn Erlingsson, Iceland, poet (Pyrnar)

1881-02-27

Sveinn Bjornsson, 1st president of Iceland (1944-52)/poet (Figur ild)

1894-05-13

Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2nd President of Iceland (d. 1972)

1915-05-29

Igor Buketoff, Hartford Conn, conductor (Iceland Symph 1964-65)

1930-04-15

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland

1942-10-04

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland Volcano Eruption

1943-05-14

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

1945-09-21

Bjarni V Tryggvason, Reykjavik Iceland, astronaut (STS 85)

1946-02-11

M C Walker, CEO (Iceland Frozen Foods)

1947-03-29

Peter Hinchcliffe, co-founder (Iceland Frozen Foods)

1950-01-12

Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland

1964-01-22

Maria Ellingsen, Reykjavik Iceland, actress (Katrina-Santa Barbara)

1965-11-21

Bjork, Iceland, singer (Like Someone in Love)

1970-01-16

Margret Raven, Hidden Iceland

1974-08-08

Mikael Torfason, Made in Iceland

1976-02-07

Hrafnhildur Hafsteinsdottir, Miss Universe-Iceland (1996)

1976-12-30

Solveig Lilja Gudmundsdottir, Miss Iceland Universe (1997)

Iceland - Weddings
Date Event
2013-10-05

Skateboarder and actor Bam Margera (34) weds Nicole Boyd in Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland - Deaths
Date Event
1550-11-07

Jon Arason, the last Roman Catholic bishop of Iceland prior to the reformation, beheaded in Skalholt with his two sons Are and Bjorn. (b. 1484)

1949-03-17

Felix Bressart, actor (Escape, Ninotchka, Iceland), dies at 54

1952-01-25

Sveinn Bjornsson, Danish 1st pres of Iceland (1944-52), dies at 70

1964-12-31

Ólafur Thors, Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1892)

1981-07-22

Fernand Rigot, Iceland Fishermen

1998-02-09

Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95


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