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In just over eight centuries, Copenhagen has endured numerous sieges, two devastating fires, flooding, and a round of the bubonic plague.

The lively Tivoli Gardens amusement park, built in 1843, served as an inspiration for Disneyland.

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Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark


Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark


Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

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Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

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In 1416, Copenhagen became the capital of not just Denmark, but of Norway and Sweden as well.
The three countries together formed the Kalmar Union, which lasted for 150 years as an alliance against German expansion until 1523, when Sweden decided to break away.
Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen had its own court system, laws, and even a prison.
1711 - Plague
In 1711, the bubonic plague swept through Copenhagen. The city had been on guard following an outbreak the previous century, requiring all incoming travelers and ships to be certified by the health commission. Still, the illness managed to creep through the city gates, and quickly killed off a third of Copenhagen’s 60,000 citizens.
In 1728 a fire destroyed nearly half of Copenhagen’s medieval structures, including the University of Copenhagen Library, where more than 35,000 books and manuscripts were held.
1795 - June 6 - Fire destroys 1/3 of Copenhagen; 18,000 injured
1801 - April 2 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen - The British destroy the Danish fleet.
1807 - September 2 - The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
1871 - At Copenhagen, Denmark, an industrial palace is building, in which an industrial exhibition of Northern Europe will be held next year, and which afterwards is to be used permanently for industrial purposes.

St Joseph Herald
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June 17, 1871
1913 - August 23 – The statue The Little Mermaid in Kopenhagen, Denmark, is finished.
August 23, 1913
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is situated on the bound, chiefly on the E. coast of Seeland, but partly on the island of Amager, which is separated from Seeland by a narrow arm of the Sound, which forms a harbor at once spacious, deep, and secure. Lat. (observatory) 55° 41' 12" N. ; Lon. 12° 34' 41" E. Copenhagen occupies a flat so low as to require to be protected by embankments against the Baltic. The part of the city which is on the island of Amager, a modern quarter, bears the name of Cristianshavn. It is so surrounded by water as almost to constitute a little island in itself. The extensive suburbs of Copenhagen were formerly separated from the city by the old fortifications. These have been levelled and converted into promenades. A modern system of fortifications on a grand scale, recently constructed far beyond the site of the old ones and embracing canals for flooding the approaches to the city, has converted Copenhagen into a great stronghold. The old citadel of... Read MORE...

1944 - June 30 - Universal strike against nazi terror in Copenhagen
1973 - September 1 - 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burns, killing 35 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2023 - Copenhagen is a fantastic city with a rich blend of history, culture, and modern charm. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the Danish capital:
1. Tivoli Gardens:
A must-visit amusement park, one of the oldest in the world.

Beautiful gardens, thrilling rides, and a lively atmosphere.

2. The Little Mermaid:
Iconic statue based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

Located at Langelinie promenade, it's a symbol of Copenhagen.

3. Nyhavn:
Vibrant harbor with colorful buildings and a lively atmosphere.

Plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy Danish cuisine.

4. The National Museum of Denmark:
Offers a deep dive into Danish history and culture.

Includes exhibits on art, furniture, and artifacts.

5. The Round Tower (Rundetårn):
One of Copenhagen's oldest and most iconic buildings.

Climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.

6. Rosenborg Castle:
A beautifully preserved Renaissance castle.
Home to the Danish crown jewels and a rich collection of artifacts.

7. The National Gallery of Denmark (SMK):
Houses an extensive collection of Danish and international art.

Includes works by...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

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female ancestorLady Margaret Elizabeth SWINDERBY (8 July 1578, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark - 1672, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England)
male ancestorEdward BECK (1811, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark - 9 June 1873, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))
male ancestorJohan Henrik HEGERMANN-LINDENCRONE (21 July 1838, Jaegersborg, Kobenhavn, Denmark - 8 December 1918, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark)
male ancestorVidor Alexander SARRAUN (10 February 1841, - 7 September 1860, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark)
male ancestorFrederick Augustus HANSON (21 November 1858, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark - 27 December 1904, New Sweden, Maine, USA)
female ancestorDorothea Christine TOFT (BILTOFT) (14 August 1863, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark - 20 April 1903, New Sweden, Maine, USA)
male ancestorHenry (Henrik) Valentin HANSEN (15 November 1886, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark - 6 April 1972, Hollywood, Florida, USA)
male ancestorHans JENSEN (5 January 1891, Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark - April 1967, Gwinn, Marquette, Michigan, USA)

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