Okinawa Events in History

2013 Event - Japan set Patriot missiles in central Tokyo and Okinawa Island and sent two warships to patrol the Sea of Japan

2012 Event - Amid tension with China, Keen Sword, the biennial naval training exercise between the United States and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force, takes place off the shore of Okinawa

2012 Event - In crowded Ginowan, Okinawa, tens of thousands of Japanese people protest, demanding closure of the Futenma airbase (MCAS) and halting the deployment of twelve MV-22 Osprey aircraft

2011 Event - Typhoon Muifa approaches Japan's island of Okinawa; the typhoon is expected to be one of the most powerful storms to hit China in recent years

1987 Death - James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies

1984 Death - Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack

1971 Event - U.S. and Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan

1969 Death - Rhys Williams, actor 'Nightmare', 'Okinawa', 'Corn is Green', dies at 71

1966 Birthday - Tamlyn Tomita, Okinawa, actress, Karate Kid 2, Ming Li-Santa Barbara

1963 Birthday - Thomas Ansberry, Okinawa Japan, U.S. 10K runner

1956 Birthday - John McNally, Naha Okinawa, U.S. rapid fire pistol, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 Olympics

1945 Event - Barometric pressure at 856 mb (25.55") off Okinawa (record low)

1945 Event - Imperial General Headquarters in Tokyo announce fall of Okinawa

1945 Death - Lieutenant General Ushijima, Japanese commander, commits suicide at Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II

1945 Event - Orokoe peninsula Okinawa captured, with 6,000 dead

1945 Event - U.S. 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa

1945 Event - 6th Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. 1st Marine division conquerors Shuri-castle Okinawa

1945 Event - 6th Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa

1945 Event - Violent battles around Sugar Loaf/Half Moon Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. offensive on Okinawa, Sugar Loaf conquered

1945 Event - U.S. troops conquer Dakeshi Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. Marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa

1945 Event - He Shima Okinawa conquered in 5 days, 5,000 die

1945 Event - U.S. forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. troops land on He Shima Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. forces conquered Motobu peninsula on Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. Marines attack Yae Take on Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. Marines conquer Minna Shima off Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. troops land on Tsugen Shima Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide superbattleship Yamato and four destroyers were sunk

1945 Event - Japanese giant battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa

1945 Event - Massive kamikaze-attack on U.S. battle fleet near Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. Marines explore Tsugen Shima near Okinawa

1945 Event - 1st U.S. units reach east coast of Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. forces invade Okinawa during WW II

1945 Event - U.S. artillery lands on Keise Shima/begins firing on Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. Northern Tractor Flotilla departs Ulithi to Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. minesweepers reach Kerama Retto, South coast of Okinawa

1945 Event - Largest operation in Pacific war, 1,500 U.S. Navy ships bomb Okinawa

1945 Event - 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa

1945 Event - Heavy U.S. air raid on Okinawa

1945 Event - U.S. aircraft carriers attack Okinawa

1944 Event - Admiral Halsey's Task Force 30 bombs Okinawa, 700 die

1944 Event - U.S. takes Okinawa

1904 Birthday - Herbert D Riley, U.S. Vice-Admiral, WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa

1897 Birthday - Rhys Williams, Wales, actor, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart