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Christmas Island
The Territory of Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It is located northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth, south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and ENE of the Cocos Islands....
Timeline of Events
1643
12.25.1643
Christmas Island found and named by Captain William Mynors of the East India Ship Company vessel, the ''Royal Mary''.
1942
3.31.1942
World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
2001
10.19.2001
SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks in international waters with the loss of 353 people.