The Falklands War

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 and 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 British Royal Navy aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes, with escort vessels, depart Portsmouth, England for the Falkland Islands in response to the Argentine invasion
  • 1982-04-05 Lord Carrington, British Foreign Secretary resigns for his failure to foresee the invasion of the Falkland Islands
  • 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 and destroyer HMS Coventry hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members die
  • 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 Great Britain, ending the 74-day Falklands Islands conflict
  • 1982-06-15 Riots occur in Argentina after the country is defeated in the Falklands Island War

Historic Event

1982-06-17 President of Argentina Leopoldo Galtieri resigns as commander in chief of the army and as president after leading Argentina to a disastrous defeat against the British in the Falkland Islands War

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Birthdays

  • 1926-06-29 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England (d. 2012)
  • 1932-02-01 John Nott, British policitican(C), Secretary of State for Defence during Falkland War, born in Bideford, Devon
  • 1932-05-01 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), born in Penzance, Cornwall (d. 2013)

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
  • 2012-11-11 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), dies at 86
  • 2013-08-04 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), dies at 81