1842 - France imposes protectorate over coastal zone and later colonizes Ivory Coast
1944 - Felix Houphouet-Boigny, later to become Ivory Coast's first president, founds a union of African farmers, which develops into the inter-territorial African Democratic Rally and its Ivorian sect
1960 - France grants independence under President Felix Houphouet-Boigny. He holds power until he dies in 1993.
2000 - Laurent Gbagbo becomes president after a controversial election.
2010 - Long-delayed presidential elections. Election commission declares Alassane Ouattara the winner of the run-off. Mr Gbagbo refuses to quit. Post-election violence leaves 3,000 people dead and 500
2016 March - Islamist militants attack the beach resort of Grand Bassam, near Abidjan, killing 18 people. The attack follows similar Islamist assaults on hotels in the capitals of Mali and Burkina Fas