Christmas Island in History

Historical Events

  • 1643-12-25 Christmas Island founded and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company vessel, the Royal Mary.

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1777-12-24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook

UKUK Tests a Hydrogen Bomb

1957-05-15 Operation Grapple: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb near Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

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The first British hydrogen bomb test, Operation Grapple
The first British hydrogen bomb test, Operation Grapple
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  • 1957-05-31 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • 1957-11-08 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-04-28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-08-22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-09-02 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-09-11 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-09-23 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-10-01 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia
  • 1962-04-25 US resumes above ground nuclear testing, at Christmas Island
  • 1962-04-27 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-02 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-04 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-07 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-09 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-14 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-05-19 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • 1962-05-25 US performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • 1962-07-10 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962-07-11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 2001-10-19 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks killing 353

Famous Deaths

  • 1914-03-16 John Murray, piloted HMS Challenger to Christmas Island, dies