Today in Falklands War History

Historical Events

  • 1915-03-14 German cruiser Dresden scuttled off Más a Tierra, Chile, having been pursued by the Royal Navy after the Battle of the Falkland Islands, with her engines worn out and virtually no coal.
  • 1971-07-01 Britain & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • 1982-03-19 Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K..
  • 1982-04-03 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
  • 1982-04-05 Aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes with escort vessels left Portsmouth for the Falkland Islands
  • 1982-04-05 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falklands war
  • 1982-04-26 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
  • 1982-05-02 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 1982-05-04 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • 1982-05-21 British troops land on Falkland Islands
  • 1982-05-26 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died
  • 1982-06-08 Falklands War: Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Gahalad attacked in San Carlos Water ("Bomb Alley") by Argentine aircraft: 48 soldiers and crewman were killed.
  • 1982-06-12 Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands
  • 1982-06-14 Argentina surrenders to Britain, ending the 74-day Falklands Islands conflict
  • 1982-06-15 Riots in Argentina after Falklands/Malvinas defeat
  • 1982-06-17 President Galtieri resigns after leading Argentina to defeat in the Falkland Islands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-01-09 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1992-07-26 Britain honours her dead in the Falklands War
  • 2013-03-11 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • 1982-05-28 Lt Col 'H'. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1940)
  • 1982-06-12 Sgt Ian McKay VC, Platoon Sergeant 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (British Army) (Falklands War) (b. 1953)
  • 2006-12-30 Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War