Solomon Islands in History

Historical Events

  • 1871-09-20 Bishop John Coleridge Patteson martyred on the island of Nukapu, a Polynesian outlier island now in the Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. He was the first bishop of Melanesia.
  • 1942-05-03 Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
  • 1942-08-24 Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy
  • 1943-02-09 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ending the epic World War II battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific

Historic Event

1943-08-02 Lt John F. Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

  • 1943-08-25 US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
  • 1978-07-07 Solomon Islands declares independence from UK
  • 2013-02-06 9 people are killed as an 8.0 magnitude 8.0 earthquake strikes off the Solomon Islands coast

Famous Birthdays

  • 1901-10-19 Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
  • 1943-05-23 Peter Kenilorea, PM Solomon Islands

Famous Deaths

  • 2012-02-16 Baddeley Devesi, first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands, dies at 70