First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands - The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.
Treaty of Alcaçovas - Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World
Columbus' fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands
Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands
Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Islands Canada
Bishop Tomés de Berlanga discovers Galapagos Islands
Discovery of the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.
Dutch gov-gen John Pieterszoon Coen takes Banda-islands, 15,000 die
Dutch & French agree to divide St Maarten, Leeward Islands
French admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao
Manchu/Chinese Qing Dynasty naval forces under commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands.
Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain
Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori
Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)
Chatham Islands sighted by HMS Chatham commanded by William Broughton
Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society arrives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to establish the country's first mission station; Sheep, cattle, horses and poultry are introduced
British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
Ecuador annexes Galapagos Islands
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands
British government demands Falkland islands
Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic
HMS Beagle anchors at Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Galapagos Islands
A ship carrying 500 armed Maori from Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga arrives on the Chatham Islands; those Moriori (indigenous people of the Chatham Islands) that are not killed are enslaved
HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Cocos Islands
HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands
In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established as a result
First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ
Slaves freed in Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)
Yerba Buena & Angel Islands (SF Bay) reserved for military use
The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands (Crimean War)
Capt N C Brooks discovers Midway Islands
Queen of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) arrives in NYC
Great Britain gives the Ionian Islands back to Greece
Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
United States occupy Midway Islands in the Pacific
Midway Islands formally declared a US possession
Mail packets "Rhone" & "Wye" capsize off St Thomas, Virgin Islands
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.
German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed
The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain
The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
The US gains control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands
The final report of the USA's Philippine Commission is released, favouring territorial government for the islands with home rule in local affairs, but with US assumptions of ultimate responsibility for the government.
Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand
The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina; the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.
Islands of Manu'a group (Samoa) ceded to US by their chiefs
Cyclone hit Tahiti & adjacent islands, killing some 10,000 people
Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands
British foreign minister Sir Edward Grey proposes that southern Albania be divided between Greece and Albania with compensation to Greece in the Aegean islands
Eleftherios Venizelos annouces that Greece intends to annex Chios and Mytilene, two large islands off the Turkish coast; Greece and Turkey have been heading towards conflict for months over claims to Aegean islands
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.
Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the US for $25 million
US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands (or 3/21)
US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands
1st flight between Hawaiian Islands
Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to NZ
FDR proclaims Philippine Islands a free commonwealth
Virgin Islands receives a constitution from US (Organic Act)
William H Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)
FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada
8.3 earthquake shakes East of Shumagin Islands, Alaska
German troops begin the invasion of the undefended Channel Islands.
Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.
The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean
Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
Japanese troops lands on Attu, Aleutian Islands
Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, Gilbert islands, kill 350 Japanese
Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy
Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
Battle of Komandorski Islands, Pacific Ocean
Lt John F Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands
Japan leaves Aleutian Islands
US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
US invades Majuro, Marshall Islands
4th US marine division conquerors Roi, Marshall Islands
World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
US troop land on Los Negros, Admirality Islands
Ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-11) exploded at Seeadler Harbour, Manus, Admiralty Islands
World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
Japanese at Rioekioe-islands surrender
The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
US begins administering Trust Territory of Pacific Islands
Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean
The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending the Italian rule.
Faroe Islands receive autonomy from Denmark.
Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
Alain Bombard departs from the Canary Islands on his solitary journey across the Atlantic ocean with almost no provisions and only a sextant for navigation to test his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive
1st thermonuclear bomb detonated at Marshall Islands
"Ivy Mike", the first thermonuclear weapon to utilize the H-bomb design of Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam, is detonated in the Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean
Heavy earthquake strikes the Ionian islands, 435 killed
The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland.
Congress passes revised organic act for Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands adopt constitution (Revised Organic Act)
The People's Liberation Army begin shelling the ROC-controlled islands of Quemoy.
Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army
Australia takes control of Cocos Islands
8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
Channel Television launches to 54,000 households in the Channel Islands.
Cook Islands enters into free association with New Zealand
Kuria Muria Islands ceded by Britain to Oman
Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US
Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
US canal rights in Nicaragua & rights to Corn Islands expire
Britain & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French
Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands, take name "Tuvalu"
Turks & Caicos Islands adopts constitution
2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
British Virgin Islands adopts constitution
Solomon Islands declares independence from UK
Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK
1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands
British fleet sails to Falkland Islands
British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands
British troops land on Falkland Islands
Battle of Mount Longdon Falkland Islands
British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands adopts constitution
Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
Northern Mariana Islands becomes a Commonwealth associated with US
Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab
Military coup in Fiji Islands under lt col Sitivani Rabuka
Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised.
Longest wheelie (David Robilliard with 5h12m33s (Channel Islands)
An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable
UN admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North & South Korea, Marshall Islands & Micronesia
The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.
Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros in a coup.
Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.
An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami .
Japan nationalizes three of the disputed Senkaku Islands
China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands
50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands
UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands
Japan scrambles fighter jets in response to a Chinese plane in the Senkaku Islands dispute
A Japanese Coast guard ship engages a Taiwanese activist ship in the Senkaku Islands dispute
Shinzō Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, vows to defend the Senkaku Islands "at all costs"
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurs off the Solomon Islands coast causing the death of nine people
5 people are killed by a falling lifeboat from the cruise ship Thomson Majesty in the Canary islands
Falkland Islands' sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands
4 people are killed in a helicopter crash in the Shetland Islands
21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Egypt Gives Saudi Arabia 2 Islands in a Show of Gratitude
Egyptians outraged at plan to transfer Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
Battered Caribbean islands brace for 2nd major hurricane in a week
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James Cook, Yorkshire, England, captain/explorer, discovered Sandwich Islands
Robert Stout, Shetland Islands Scotland, NZ prime minister (1884-87)
I.C. Christensen, Islands Altings besög i Köbenhavn
Hannes Hafstein, Islands Altings besög i Köbenhavn
Prins Gustav, Islands Altings besög i Köbenhavn
Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
Margie Hart, Lure of the Islands
Virginia Hogen, Song of the Islands
Kahala Bray, Lure of the Islands
Penny Gill, Song of the Islands
Edward L Feightner, US rear-admiral (WW II-Santa Cruz Islands)
Kerima, Outcast of the Islands
Walter Friedel, Islands in the Stream
Alfred Kraus, Las Palmas Canary Islands, tenor (La Scala)
June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
Ron de Lugo, (Rep-D-Virgin Islands, 1973-79, 81- )
Robert Cowan, CEO (Highlands & Islands Enterprises)
Terepai Maoate, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (1999-2002), (d. 2012)
Richard Evans, Islands in the Stream
Pauli Ellefsen, Miðvágur, Vágar, Faroe Islands, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, (d. 2013)
John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate
Peter Kenilorea, PM Solomon Islands
Ruben Gevorkyants, Islands
Annabel Morley, Outcast of the Islands
Ieremia Tabai, pres of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)
Jóannes Eidesgaard, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)
Gilat Ankori, Lost Islands
Yigal Adika, Lost Islands
Michael-James Wixted, Islands in the Stream
Lisa Canning, Virgin Islands, hostess (Entertainment Tonight)
Vania Thomas, Miss US Virgin Islands Universe (1997)
Victoria Keil, Miss Universe-Cook Islands (1996)
Melinda Penn, Miss British virgin islands Universe (1997)
Tasha Ebanks, Miss Universe-Cayman Islands (1996)
Keisha Delancy, Miss Turks & Caicos islands Universe (1997)
Adam Edwards, The Islands of Zorraba
Tim Duncan, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
Linette Smith, Miss Universe-British Virgin Islands (1996)
Rashawn Ross, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band)
Luis Alandy, Islands
Rafael Nadal, Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spanish tennis player
Business magnate Richard Branson (39) weds Joan Templeman in British Virgin Islands
Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands
Star of Die Hard film Bruce Willis (52) weds model and actress Emma Heming (29) in Turks and Caicos Islands
Professional golfer Greg Norman (51) weds Australian interior decorator Kirsten Kutner (41) on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands
American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands
Matthijs H Quast, fleet guardian (Gold Islands), dies in battle
Hannes Hafstein, Islands Altings besög i Köbenhavn
I.C. Christensen, Islands Altings besög i Köbenhavn
Prins Gustav, Islands Altings besög i Köbenhavn
Zachary Scott, US actor, (Southerner, Flame of Islands), dies at 51
John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate, dies at 56
Amata Kabua, Pres of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies
Margie Hart, Lure of the Islands
Baddeley Devesi, first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands, dies at 70
Terepai Maoate, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, dies from prostate cancer at 78
Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76
Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, dies from complication from dementia at 75
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