Datebook: April 2 - The Falklands War Begins 30 Years Ago

Apr 2, 2012

The Falklands War was a conflict resulting from the long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands, which lie southeast of Argentina. Argentina has asserted the islands have been in their territory since the 19th century (and still holds this claim), which was added to their constitution in 1994. The British, however, saw the attack an invasion of a British dependent territory, and most of the islanders consider themselves British in culture and tradition. On Friday, April 2, 1982, Argentine forced invaded the British-occupied islands. The British then dispatched a naval task force to retake the islands. The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender in June. 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three islanders died in the conflict. Relations between the countries improved in 1989, under the "umbrella formula," which states that the islands' sovereignty dispute would remain diplomatically separate.

It’s Monday, April 2

Wildlife photographer Christian Sperka will give a presentation tonight at the Marshall County Library in Benton.  Sperka has traveled the world photographing animals in the wild game reserves of South Africa, the jungles of Costa Rica, and zoos in Switzerland and the United States.  The program begins at 6:30.  Admission is $5.

Western Baptist Hospital offers a free grandparenting class tomorrow evening at 5.  The one-hour class is designed to provide grandparents and older caregivers with updated information, safety tips, and a refresher on how to care for grandchildren.  To register, call 575-2229.

The Spring/Easter 1907 exhibit will be on display at Adsmore House and Gardens through Saturday.  The exhibit features a dining table set for Easter dinner and a large collection of items from the turn of the 20th century.  Adsmore is located at 304 North Jefferson Street in Princeton.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4.

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