East Timor Timeline

Events

Portuguese invade Timor

1600

Portuguese invade Timor, set up trading post and use island as source of sandalwood.

Timor split following battle between Portuguese and Dutch

1749

Timor split following battle between Portuguese and Dutch. Portuguese take the eastern half.

Xanana Gusmao becomes leader of Falintil

1981

Xanana Gusmao becomes leader of Falintil (Armed Forces of National Liberation of East Timor), the armed wing of Fretilin.

Santa Cruz cemetery massacre

1991

Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in which troops fire on mourners at a funeral in Dili of Fretilin supporter, killing more than 100 people.

Gusmao released

10/01/1999 - 10/02/1999

UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) established.

Election of 88-member Constituent Assembly

08/01/2001 - 08/02/2001

Election of 88-member Constituent Assembly; Fretilin party wins, taking 55 seats.

Portugal announces $63m aid package.

01/01/2004 - 01/02/2004

Portugal announces $63m (50m euros) aid package.

Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta wins presidential election

05/01/2007 - 05/02/2007

Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta wins presidential election

UN peacekeeping mission returns control of a district back to local police

05/01/2009 - 05/02/2009

UN peacekeeping mission returns control of a district back to local police for the first time since the 2006 unrest.

UN ends its peacekeeping mission.

12/01/2012 - 12/02/2012

UN ends its peacekeeping mission.