4th December, 1674 Marquette founded the first European settlement
19th November, 1875 was born Hiram Bingham
18th November, 1832 was born Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld
14th November, 1963 the island Surtsey was founded
11th November, 1729 was born Louis Antoine comte de Bougainville
7th February, 1568 the Solomon Islands are discovered
On the 7th of February,1568 thanks to Spaniard Alvaro de NeiraMendanya on world map appeared Solomon Islands.
Navigator on two ships left the port of Callao, Peru, and headed to the west. Three months later, Mendanya Alvaro de Neira saw a group of islandsto the east of New Guinea. These were amazing mountainous islands with rich tropical forests. Originally discoverer mistook them for land of Ophir,from where according to Bible King Solomon brought jewels and ornaments for the Temple in Jerusalem. Hence the name - Solomon.
In 1978 Solomon Islands gained independence. The modern map shows that this state is located in the south-western Pacific Ocean and consists of 992 islands with a total area of 28 450 sq. km.This Day in History 07-02-2013