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1942. Allies take Libya from Italy. They divide it between the British and the French.
1951. Libya becomes independent under King Idris al-Sanusi
1956. Libya grants two American oil companies a concession of 14 million acres.
1961. King Idris opens a 104-mile pipeline, which links important oil fields in the interior of The Mediterranean Sea and makes it possible to export Libyan oil.
1969. King Idris deposed in the military coup led by Col Muammar Gaddafi, who pursues a pan-Arab agenda by attempting to form mergers with several countries and introduces state socialism by nationalizing most economic activity, including the oil industry.
1973. Col Gaddafi declares a "cultural revolution", which includes the formation of "people's committees" in schools, hospitals, universities, workplaces, and administrative districts.
1977. Col Gaddafi declares a "people's revolution", changing the country's official name from The Libyan Arab Republic to the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and setting up "revolutionary committees".
1981. The US shoots down two Libyan aircraft which challenged its warplanes over the Gulf of Sirte claimed by Libya as its territorial water.
1984. Uk breaks off all relations with Libya.
1996. The U.S. bombs Libya's facilities killing 101 people, including Gaddafi's adopted daughter.
Dec 1989-Lockerbie bombing- an airliner blown up over the Scottish Lockerbie. By Libyan agents.
1989. Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia form the Arab Maghreb Union.
1995. Gaddafi expels some 30,000 Palestinians in protest.
September 2000. Dozens of African laboures are killed by angry libyan mobs.
Jan 31, 2001. Special Scottish court in the Netherlands finds one of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing,
2002 January. Libya and the US say they have held talks to mend relations after years of hostility over what the Americans termed Libya's sponsorship of terrorism.
2003 January. Libya is elected chairman of the UN Human Rights Commission despite opposition from the US and human rights groups
2003 December. Libya says will abandon programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction.
2005 January. Libya's first auction of oil and gas exploration licenses begin the return of US energy companies for the first time in more than 20 years.
2006 February - At least 10 people are killed in clashes with police in Benghazi, a wave of protests by Muslims who are angered by a newspaper's cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 May. The US says it is restoring full diplomatic ties with Libya.
2009 June. Gaddafi pays a first state visit to Italy, Libya's former colonial ruler and now its main trading partner.
2009 August - Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is freed from jail in Scotland on compassionate grounds and returned to Libya. His release and return to a hero's welcome.
2010 October. European Union and Libya sign agreement designed to slow illegal migration.
2011 February. Violent protests break out in Benghazi, spread to other cities, leading to escalating clashes between security forces and anti-Gaddafi rebels.
2011 March - UN Security Council authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and air strikes to protect civilians.
2011 20 October - Col Gaddafi is captured and killed as rebel fighters take his hometown Sirte.
2014 February - Protests erupt in response to the General National Congress refusal to disband.
2017 July - Islamic State group ejected from Benghazi after three years of fighting.
1945 - the US drops two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan surrenders.
1954 - Racial segregation in schools becomes unconstitutional.
1961 - An unsuccessful attempt to invade Cuba by Cuban exiles, organized and financed by Washington.
1963 - President John F Kennedy assassinated; Lyndon Johnson becomes president.
1968 - African american civil rights leader Martin Luther King is assassinated.
1981 January - Iran frees the 52 US embassy hostages.
1995 - Oklahoma bomb kills more than 160 people in worst ever incident of its kind in US.
2001 11 September - Co-ordinated suicide attacks on various high-profile targets, prompting the US to embark on a ''war on terror''.
2005 August - Hundreds of people are killed when Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive storm to hit the US in decades, sweeps through the gulf coast states.
1969. Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon.
1973. Vietnam Ceasefire agreement signed. The campaign had claimed around 58,000 American lives.
1947. The cold war with the Russians began.
1941 - Japanese warplanes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii; US declares war on Japan; Germany declares war on the US.
1964. The US steps up its military intervention in Veitnum.
1974. Nixon announces resignation. Gerald Ford is sworn in as his successor.
1979. US embassy in Tehran, Iran, is seized by students. A 444-day hostage crisis.
1986. US warplanes bomb Libyan cities.
2001. The US leads a massive campaign of air strikes against Afghanistan and helps opposition forces defeat the Taleban regime and Osama Bin Laden.
2002. President Bush signs into law a bill creating a Department of Homeland Security
2006. Millions of immigrants and their supporters take to the streets to protest against plans to criminalize illegal immigrants.
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