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Norway and 14th February through history. Valentine’s Day is not a typically Norwegian thing to celebrate. 14th February does have some important historical connections, however. 14th February this year was rather a let-down for sports nation Norway at the Sochi 2014 OWG, but several other successful sporting achievements and as well as important events have happened in the Scandinavina country's history. Here is a brief overview of some of these. Sports - events

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Norway and 14th February through history

Published on Saturday, 15th February, 2014 at 23:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th February 2016 at 21:05.

Valentine’s Day is not a typically Norwegian thing to celebrate. 14th February does have some important historical connections, however.

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14th February this year was rather a let-down for sports nation Norway at the Sochi 2014 OWG, but several other successful sporting achievements and as well as important events have happened in the Scandinavina country's history.

Here is a brief overview of some of these.

Sports - events

The International Ski Federation (FIS) held its first Nordic World Ski Championships in 1925 in former Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) between 4th and 14th February. In those days, it was just open for men. Women started participating in 1954.

Norway came in 2nd place in the overall medals rankings with one Silver. Czechoslovakia was the supreme winner with 10 medals – four Gold, three Silver, and three Bronze.

During the event, Norway’s Henry Ljungmann got Silver in the Men’s Ski Jumping (18,444 points), and Johan Blomseth came 6th in the 18km Combined.

Norway got more medals in the 1928 Winter Olympics held in Switzerland’s St. Moritz from 11th to 19th February. Bernt Evensen and Ivar Ballangrud got Silver and Bronze in the 1500 metres Speed Skating event with a time of 2.21,9 and 2.22,6, respectively. Finland’s Clas Thunberg got Gold with 2.21,1.

The 1981 Bandy World Championship saw host country the then Soviet Union beat Norway 7-0 in Khabarovsk on 14th February.

Things were not much better the following day, when Norway lost to Sweden 1-12. Sweden became the event’s champions for the first time after beating traditional winners the Soviet Union.

The final country rankings were Sweden (1st), followed by the Soviet Union, Finland, and Norway, respectively.

In 1993’s Men’s Allround Speed Skating Championships (13-14 February) in Norway’s Hamar, north of Oslo, Johan Olav Koss got Gold in the Men’s 1500 metres with a time of 1.52,53.

The Netherlands’ Falko Zandstra and Rintje Ritsma got Silver and Bronze with 1.53,06 and 1.53,51, respectively.

Norway’s Koss also won Silver in the 10,000 metres with a time of 13.50,75. Gold went to the Netherlands’ Bart Veldkamp (13.46,34), Bronze to Zandstra (13.51,09).  

The combined rankings put Zandstra first, Koss second, and Ritsma third. Norway’s Steinar Johansen came fourth. Ådne Søndral also participated, but came near the bottom of the rankings.

Politicians

1947 (b): Marit Nybakk, Labour (Ap) MP and First Vice-President of Parliament.

1961 (b): Raymond Johansen, Labour Party Secretary.      

1970 (b): Heidi Sørensen, Socialist Left (SV). Was MP until 2013.

1972 (b): Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Progress (FrP) Minister of Transport and Communications.

1859 (d): Ole Rasmussen Apeness, part of the 1814 Norwegian Constitution process at Eidsvoll. Was a soldier and farmer, amongst other things.

Wartime Norway

Anton Frederik Winter Jakhelln Prytz was born on 14th February, 1878, in Kristiania (now Oslo).

An Officer, he was also a politician for Fascist Party Nasjonal Samling (NS) founded by Vidkun Quisling – Norway’s former Minister of Defence.

Prytz was County Governor of Sør-Trøndelag County and head of the Ministry of Finance between 1942 and 1945, dying before the end of WWII.

Famous female Norwegian WWII Resistance fighter Gudrun Collett born on 14th February 1890, (née von der Lippe).  

The German prison ship ‘Altmark’ entered Norwegian territorial waters on 14th February, 1940 off the coast of Trøndelag near Fossenhalvøya, mid-Norway.

On her way home to Germany with about 300 British Prisoners of War aboard, she was escorted by a Norwegian submarine through Norway’s territorial waters by permission.

A British plane discovered the ‘Altmark’ and started pursuing her. She then sought refuge in Rogaland County’s Jøssingfjorden and was under the protection of the Norwegian submarine.

Two days later, British Royal Navy Tribal Class Destroyer the ‘HMS Cossack’ sailed into the fjord.

She was boarded despite protests from the Norwegian submarine’s crew. Six Germans were killed and several injured in the short battle that ensued, and the British POWs were freed, escaping to sea on the ‘Cossack’.

14th February 1945: Three men from Norwegian Resistance Movement ‘Milorg’ (D13) died in a battle in Oslo. Six others were arrested, then subsequently executed.

Norwegian active WWII Resistance fighter Olav Reiersøl dies on 14th February 2001. He was forced to flee to Sweden in December 1943, staying there until June 1945.

He was appointed Docent in mathematics at the University of Oslo in 1950, becoming a Professor in 1958.  He was Professor of Mathematics and Statistics from 1961 to his retirement in 1975.

(Sources: Norway’s encyclopaedia Store Norske Leksikon (SNL) and Wikipedia).




Published on Saturday, 15th February, 2014 at 23:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th February 2016 at 21:05.

This post has the following tags: norwayhistory, valentinesday, wwii.





  
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