solomon life timeline
|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.
|Wednesday, September 20th, 1871
|World War II: Japanese naval troops invade Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands during the first part of Operation Mo that results in the Battle of the Coral Sea between Japanese forces and forces from the United States and Australia.
|Sunday, May 3rd, 1942
|World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
|Monday, May 4th, 1942
|World War II: Battle of Guadalcanal beginsU.S. Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
|Friday, August 7th, 1942
|World War II: The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo is sunk and US carrier Enterprise heavily damaged.
|Monday, August 24th, 1942
|World War II: Second day of the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. A Japanese naval transport convoy headed towards Guadalcanal is turned-back by Allied air attack, losing one destroyer and one transport sunk, and one light cruiser heavily damaged.
|Tuesday, August 25th, 1942
|World War II: U.S. captures Solomon Islands.
|Monday, October 4th, 1943
|World War II: Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, United States Marines, the 3rd Marine Division, land on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
|Monday, November 1st, 1943
|Solomon Bandaranaike, prime minister of Sri Lanka is mortally wounded by a Buddhist monk, Talduwe Somarama, and dies the next day.
|Friday, September 25th, 1959
|The Solomon Islands become independent from the United Kingdom.
|Friday, July 7th, 1978
|Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
|Friday, May 24th, 1991