This Day in History

July 10, 1985: Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Environment

On July 10, 1985, in Auckland harbor in New Zealand, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior was bombed by two French agents. One person, Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira, was killed. The Rainbow Warrior, the flagship of international conservation group Greenpeace International, had been preparing for a protest voyage to a French nuclear test site in the South Pacific.

Learn more from Democracy Now! interview with Peter Willcox, the captain of the ship and on board when the boat was blown up.