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  • United Kingdom
    Thursday Apr 1, 1982

    Falklands War

    Leach sent orders to a Royal Navy force carrying out exercises

    United Kingdom
    Thursday Apr 1, 1982

    During a crisis meeting headed by the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Henry Leach, advised them that "Britain could and should send a task force if the islands are invaded". On 1 April, Leach sent orders to a Royal Navy force carrying out exercises in the Mediterranean to prepare to sail south.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 1, 1982

    Computer

    The Grid Compass

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 1, 1982

    The first mobile computers were heavy and ran from mains power. The first laptops, such as the Grid Compass, removed this requirement by incorporating batteries – and with the continued miniaturization of computing resources and advancements in portable battery life.




  • United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 2, 1982

    Falklands War

    Approval was given to form a task force to retake the islands

    United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 2, 1982

    Following the invasion on 2 April, after an emergency meeting of the cabinet, approval was given to form a task force to retake the islands. This was backed in an emergency session of the House of Commons the next day.




  • Falklands
    Friday Apr 2, 1982

    Falklands War

    The Conflict began

    Falklands
    Friday Apr 2, 1982

    The conflict began on 2 April, when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, followed by the invasion of South Georgia the next day, in an attempt to establish the sovereignty it had claimed over them.




  • New York, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 3, 1982

    Falklands War

    The United Kingdom's United Nations ambassador Sir Anthony Parsons put a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council

    New York, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 3, 1982

    On the evening of 3 April, the United Kingdom's United Nations ambassador Sir Anthony Parsons put a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council.




  • Arica, Chile
    Sunday Apr 4, 1982

    Falklands War

    RFA Tidepool

    Arica, Chile
    Sunday Apr 4, 1982

    The Chilean government also allowed the United Kingdom to requisition the refueling vessel RFA Tidepool, which Chile had recently purchased and which had arrived at Arica in Chile on 4 April. The ship left port soon afterwards, bound for Ascention Island through the Panama Canal and stopping at Curacao en route.




  • France
    Sunday Apr 4, 1982

    Falklands War

    Conqueror

    France
    Sunday Apr 4, 1982

    The nuclear-powered submarine Conqueror set sail from France on 4 April, whilst the two aircraft carriers Invincible and Hermes, in the company of escort vessels, left Portsmouth only a day later.


  • Falklands
    Monday Apr 5, 1982

    Falklands War

    The British government dispatched a naval task force

    Falklands
    Monday Apr 5, 1982

    On 5 April, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making an amphibious assault on the islands.


  • United Kingdom
    Tuesday Apr 6, 1982

    Falklands War

    War Cabinet

    United Kingdom
    Tuesday Apr 6, 1982

    On 6 April, the British Government set up a War Cabinet to provide day-to-day political oversight of the campaign.


  • Falklands
    Wednesday Apr 21, 1982

    Falklands War

    The First landings of SAS troops took place

    Falklands
    Wednesday Apr 21, 1982

    The first landings of SAS troops took place on 21 April, but—with the southern hemisphere autumn setting in—the weather was so bad that their landings and others made the next day were all withdrawn after two helicopters crashed in fog on Fortuna Glacier.


  • Paris, France
    Thursday Apr 22, 1982

    Carlos the Jackal

    The car-bombing of the newspaper Al-Watan al-Arabi

    Paris, France
    Thursday Apr 22, 1982

    The car-bombing of the newspaper Al-Watan al-Arabi in Paris on April 22, 1982 (1 dead, 63 injured).


  • Gama, Federal District, Brazil
    Thursday Apr 22, 1982

    Kaká

    Birth

    Gama, Federal District, Brazil
    Thursday Apr 22, 1982

    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite was born in Gama, Federal District, to Simone dos Santos, an elementary school teacher, and Bosco Izecson Pereira Leite, a civil engineer.


  • Falklands
    Friday Apr 23, 1982

    Falklands War

    A Submarine alert was sounded and operations were halted

    Falklands
    Friday Apr 23, 1982

    On 23 April, a submarine alert was sounded and operations were halted, with Tidespring being withdrawn to deeper water to avoid interception.


  • Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Friday Apr 23, 1982

    Iran–Iraq War

    Operation Beit ol-Moqaddas

    Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Friday Apr 23, 1982

    In preparation for Operation Beit ol-Moqaddas, the Iranians had launched numerous air raids against Iraq air bases, destroying 47 jets (including Iraq's brand new Mirage F-1 fighter jets from France); this gave the Iranians air superiority over the battlefield while allowing them to monitor Iraqi troop movements.


  • Falklands
    Saturday Apr 24, 1982

    Falklands War

    The British forces regrouped and headed in to attack

    Falklands
    Saturday Apr 24, 1982

    On 24 April, the British forces regrouped and headed in to attack.


  • South Georgia Island
    Sunday Apr 25, 1982

    Falklands War

    The Submarine ARA Santa Fe was spotted on the surface

    South Georgia Island
    Sunday Apr 25, 1982

    On 25 April, after resupplying the Argentine garrison in South Georgia, the submarine ARA Santa Fe was spotted on the surface by a Westland Wessex HAS Mk 3 helicopter from HMS Antrim, which attacked the Argentine submarine with depth charges.


  • South Georgia Island
    Sunday Apr 25, 1982

    Falklands War

    Operation Paraquet

    South Georgia Island
    Sunday Apr 25, 1982

    The South Georgia force, Operation Paraquet, under the command of Major Guy Sheridan RM, consisted of Marines from 42 Commando, a troop of the Special Air Service (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) troops who were intended to land as reconnaissance forces for an invasion by the Royal Marines.


  • Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Wednesday Apr 28, 1982

    Iran–Iraq War

    Iran launched The offensive

    Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Wednesday Apr 28, 1982

    On 29 April, Iran launched the offensive. 70,000 Revolutionary Guard and Basij members struck on several axes – Bostan, Susangerd, the west bank of the Karun River, and Ahvaz. The Basij launched human wave attacks, which were followed up by the regular army and Revolutionary Guard support along with tanks and helicopters.


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