Portuguese invade Timor, set up trading post and use island as source of sandalwood.
Timor split following battle between Portuguese and Dutch. Portuguese take the eastern half.
Xanana Gusmao becomes leader of Falintil (Armed Forces of National Liberation of East Timor), the armed wing of Fretilin.
Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in which troops fire on mourners at a funeral in Dili of Fretilin supporter, killing more than 100 people.
UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) established.
Election of 88-member Constituent Assembly; Fretilin party wins, taking 55 seats.
Portugal announces $63m (50m euros) aid package.
Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta wins presidential election
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.