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Celts discover and settle Iceland

800

AD 800 Celts (Irish and Scottish) are believed to have discovered and settled in Iceland

Vikings establish settlements

874

874 The Scandinavian Vikings established settlements in Iceland

Althing held first meeting

930

930 The World's oldest parliament parliament, the Althing, held its first meeting

Eric the Red discovers Greenland

982

The Viking, Eric the Red, discovers Greenland after being banned from Iceland by the Althing due to manslaughter

Icelanders vote to become Christians at the Althing

1000

1000 By a unique act of law, Icelanders voted to become Christians at the Althing

Scandinavian sagas documented in Iceland by nobleman

1120 - 1230

1120-1230 Scandinavian sagas were documented in Iceland by a nobleman called Snorri Sturluson

Icelanders entered into confederacy with Norway

1262

1262 Icelanders entered into confederacy with Norway

The Black Plague comes in and kills 1/3 inhabitants

1350

1350: the Black plague, "Svartedauen" sweeps Scandinavia and Iceland killing one third of the inhabitants

The Kalmar Act of Union Passes

1387

1387 The Kalmar Act of Union when Norway and Iceland become united with Denmark

Bible translated to Icelandic

1584

1584 The Bible is translated into Icelandic

Volcanic eruptions- ruin land- starvation of animals and 25% of Icelandic people

1783 - 1786

1783-86 Volcanic eruptions in occur ruining the land which led to the starvation of animals and approx 25% of the Icelandic people

Althing meetings banned by Danish King

1800

1800 The Althing meetings are banned by the Danish king

Althing re-established as consultative body

1843

The Althing Parliament is re-established as a consultative body

New constitution written by Danish King

1874

A new constitution is given to Iceland by the Danish King Christian IX

Icelandic Home rule is declared under Denmark

1904

Icelandic Home rule is declared under Denmark

World War I

1914 - 1918

1914-18 World War I

Denmark recognizes Iceland as a sovereign state

1918

Denmark recognizes Iceland as a sovereign state

World War II

1939 - 1945

1939 - 1945 WW11

Denmark signs 10-year non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany

1939

Denmark signs 10-year non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany

Germany invades Denmark

1940

April 9th - Germany invades Denmark

Iceland is occupied by British troops to prevent German invasion

1940

Iceland is occupied by British troops to prevent German invasion

American forces take over defence of Iceland from British

1941

American forces take over defence of Iceland from British

Icelanders requested total independence

1941

May 17th - Icelanders requested total independence

The Republic of Iceland was formally established

1944

June 17th The Republic of Iceland was formally established

The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

1945

August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Germany surrenders and occupation ends

1945

Germany surrenders and occupation ends

Fishery limits are extended, starting the "Cod war" with Great Britain

1975

Fishery limits are extended to 200 miles starting the "Cod war" with Great Britain

Great Britain and Iceland sign an agreement to end the 'Cod War'

1976

Great Britain and Iceland sign an agreement to end the 'Cod War'