1859. The French first take possession of the coastal settlement of Obock.
1917. The Franco-Ethiopian railway from Djibouti to Addis Ababa is completed.
1977. Djibouti becomes independent. Hassan Ghouled becomes the first president.
1977-1988. The Ogaden War between Somalia and Ethiopia adversely affects Djibouti's economy.
1981. Ghouled is returned as president in an uncontested election.
1987. Ghouled is returned as president in an uncontested election.
1991. Civil war with the Afars commences in the North. The rebel group FRUD is formed.
1992. Multiparty elections under a new constitution return Ghouled and his RPP party.
1994. A peace accord is signed, ending the 3-year uprising by Afar rebels.
1996. Proposed budget cuts cause a general strike and civil unrest.
1997. Multiparty elections return the FRUD-RPP alliance with Ghouled as president.
1998. A border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea leads to an increase in trade through Djibouti.
1999. The successor to Ghouled, Ismael Guelleh, wins the presidential election.