History: Pacific Dateline

South Pacific Dateline


Dateline: South Pacific

50,000 B.C.

Papuans enter the Pacific

8000 B.C.

Papuans reach the Solomons

1600 B.C.

Polynesians enter the Pacific

1300 B.C.

Polynesians reach Tonga

1000 B.C.

Polynesians reach Samoa

300 B.C.

Polynesians reach the Marquesas and Tahiti

A.D. 200

Polynesians reach Hawaii

A.D. 300

Polynesians reach Easter Island

A.D. 800

Polynesians reach Cook Islands

A.D. 900

Polynesians reach Mangareva

A.D. 1100

Polynesians reach New Zealand

1521

Europeans enter the Pacific

1768

Captain Cook's first Pacific voyage

1779

Captain Cook killed by the Hawaiians

1788

Australia becomes a British colony

1789

the mutiny on the Bounty

1797

Protestant missionaries reach Tahiti

1815

Christianity accepted in Tahiti

1821

Protestant missionaries in Cook Islands

1830

Rev. John Williams arrives in Samoa

1836

Catholic missionaries reach Tahiti

1840

New Zealand becomes a British colony

1842

Tahiti becomes a French protectorate

1845

George Tupou I becomes king of Tonga

1847

Tongans invade eastern Fiji

1853

French annex New Caledonia

1874

Fiji becomes a British colony

1875

Tupou I signs Tongan constitution

1879

the first East Indians arrive in Fiji

1880

French Polynesia becomes a full French colony

1888

Cook Islands becomes a British protectorate

1888

Chile annexes Easter Island

1893

Solomon Islands becomes a British protectorate

1898

U.S. annexes Hawaii

1899

Germany and the U.S. partition Samoa

1906

Britain and France assume joint control of Vanuatu

1914

New Zealand takes Samoa from Germany

1942

Japanese invade Solomon Islands

1947

South Pacific Commission established

1959

Hawaii becomes the 50th state

1962

Samoa achieves independence

1965

Cook Islands becomes self-governing

1966

France begins nuclear testing at Moruroa

1968

University of the South Pacific founded

1970

Fiji and Tonga achieve independence

1971

South Pacific Forum established

1974

Niue becomes internally self-governing

1975

Papua New Guinea achieves independence

1978

Solomon Islands and Tuvalu achieve independence

1980

Vanuatu achieves independence

1985

French agents sink the em>Rainbow Warrior

1985

South Pacific Nuclear-free Zone Treaty signed

1987

two military coups in Fiji

1988

provincial autonomy granted in New Caledonia

1990

universal suffrage approved in Samoa

1992

France suspends nuclear testing in Polynesia

1994

Law of the Sea comes into force

1995

Chirac restarts French nuclear testing

1996

Chirac halts testing after worldwide protests

1997

constitutional democracy restored in Fiji

1998

Nouméa Accord signed in New Caledonia

2000

civil coups in Fiji and Solomon Islands

2003

Australia intervenes in the Solomon Islands

2006

Honiara and Nuku'alofa burned by rioters

2006

fourth military coup in Fiji

2010

first democratic Tongan parliament elected