0-100 A.D. Kiribati begins to be settled by Austrone-sian-speaking peoples.
1300. Fijians and Tongans arrive during the 14th century and subsequently merge with the already established groups to form the traditional I-Kiribati Micronesian society and culture.
1837. First British settlers arrive.
1892. British protectorate is established.
1915-16. Gilbert and Ellice Islands become a Crown Colony of Great Britain.
1919. Kiritimati (Christmas) Atoll becomes a part of the Crown Colony.
1937. Phoenix Islands becomes a part of the Crown Colony.
1941-45. Tarawa and other islands of the Gilbert group occupied by Japan during World War II. Tarawa is the site of one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. Marine Corps history when Marines land in November 1943 to dislodge Japanese defenders.
1975. The Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands separate and the Ellice Islands are granted internal self-government (as Tuvalu) by Britain.
1979. Kiribati becomes independent on 12 July.
1995. Kiribati unilaterally moves the international date line to the east, so that all of Kiribati's islands are in the same date zone.
1999. Kiribati gains United Nations membership.