Falkland Islands in History

Historical Events

  • 1771-01-22 Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain
  • 1833-01-01 British government demands Falkland islands
  • 1833-01-03 Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic

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1834-03-16 Charles Darwin, aboard HMS Beagle, anchors in the recently British-acquired Falklands Islands for the first time

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 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 and Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • 1982-04-02 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • 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
  • 1982-05-04 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
  • 1982-06-12 Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands
  • 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

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

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1985-10-03 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution
  • 2013-03-11 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

  • 1926-06-29 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England (d. 2012)
  • 1939-11-18 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate

Famous Deaths

  • 1996-09-03 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate, dies at 56
  • 2012-11-11 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), dies at 86