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1942        Feb 16, German submarines attacked an Aruba oil refinery and sank the tanker Pedernales.
    (MC, 2/16/02)(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.C11)

1996        Jul 7-28, Hurricane Cesar caused 51 deaths in Caribbean and Central America. The storm hit Costa Rica, Curacao, Aruba, San Andres and Nicaragua.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

2005        May 30, Natalee Holloway disappeared on the last night of a trip to Aruba to celebrate her graduation from Alabama high school. On Jan 12, 2012, an Alabama judge declared Natalee dead.
    (AP, 6/3/05)(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A4)

2005        Jun 11, Police investigating the disappearance of an Alabama honors student in Aruba arrested a man at dawn, hours after one of three young men already in custody admitted "something bad happened" to the woman after they took her to the beach.
    (AP, 6/11/05)

2005        Jun 23, Aruba police arrested the father of a young Dutch teen already in custody in connection with the disappearance of a young Alabama woman, and said that he was considered a suspect in the 3-week-old case.
    (AP, 6/24/05)

2005        Aug 23, In Aruba a court ruled that lesbian couple has the right to register their marriage rejecting a government appeal in a case that has exposed a cultural rift between Holland and its former colony.
    (AP, 8/23/05)

2005        Sep 23, Arubans voted for a prime minister and all 21 seats in the parliament in a race that has focused on immigration and frustration over stagnant salaries lagging behind inflation.
    (AP, 9/23/05)

2005        Sep 24, Aruba election board officials reported that the ruling party kept its majority in parliament in legislative elections for all 21 seats.
    (AP, 9/24/05)

2006        Apr 15, Police in Aruba arrested a suspect, identified by the initials G.V.C. (19), in the case of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared May 30, 2005.
    (SFC, 4/17/06, p.A3)

2007        Nov 21, Aruba authorities announced they had re-arrested Dutch student Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, on suspicion of involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that resulted in the 2005 death of Natalee Holloway.
    (AP, 11/22/07)

2007        Nov 30, In Aruba a judge ordered the release of two brothers suspected in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, ruling that the evidence wasn't strong enough to continue holding them.
    (AP, 12/1/07)

2007        Dec 7, The Aruba prosecutors' office said a judge has ordered the release of a Dutch suspect who was re-arrested last month in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
    (AP, 12/7/07)

2007        Dec 18, Prosecutors in Aruba dismissed the case against the three main suspects in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying they still believe they were involved in her death but can't prove it after 932 days of searching failed to turn up a body.
    (AP, 12/19/07)

2008        Feb 4, The chief Aruban prosecutor said a hidden-camera interview with a Dutch student saying missing teenager Natalee Holloway was dead and that he had a friend dump her body at sea is admissible in court. The tape, which was first broadcast the previous evening on Dutch television, appeared to spur the investigation.
    (AP, 2/5/08)

2010        Jun 16, Prosecutors in Aruba said they want to take Joran van der Sloot up on his offer to discuss the unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway.
    (AP, 6/17/10)

2010        Jun 30, In Alabama a grand jury indicted Joran van der Sloot on charges that he tried to extort $250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, a teenager who disappeared during a 2005 trip to Aruba.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A4)

2011        Aug 2, Robyn Gardner (35), of Frederick, Maryland, vanished after snorkeling with her companion off the western tip of Aruba. On Aug 6 police detained her traveling companion Gary V. Giordano (50), as he sought to fly back to the US. Giordano had an accidental-death insurance policy on Gardner for $1.5 million and sought to claim the money two days after reporting her missing.
    (AP, 8/9/11)(AP, 8/18/11)

2011        Nov 29, In Aruba US businessman Gary Giordano was released on the order of a judge, who ruled authorities had failed to justify continuing to hold him nearly four months since his companion, Robyn Gardner, vanished during their five-day excursion to the Dutch Caribbean island. Once back in the US, he would be free to file a claim to redeem the American Express travel insurance policy he took out on Gardner.
    (AP, 11/29/11)

2011        Nov 30, An Aruba appeals court rejected a prosecution appeal to put US businessman Gary Giordano back in pretrial detention. Giordano had already left Aruba when the three-judge panel ruled that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to continue holding him as a suspect in the disappearance and presumed death of his traveling companion, Robyn Gardner.
    (AP, 11/30/11)

2012        Sep 3, Valero Energy Corp. announced that it will convert its shuttered oil refinery on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba into a fuel storage facility, leaving hundreds of employees jockeying for positions at the downsizing operation.
    (AP, 9/3/12)

2014        Jul 11, Aruba's PM Mike Eman and several legislators launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs. This came after the Dutch government asked Aruba's governor to hold off on signing the 2014 budget into law pending an evaluation of it.
    (AP, 7/13/14)

2014        Jul 23, In Aruba retired major general Hugo Carvajal, a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief, was arrested at US request to face drug trafficking charges. Carvajal flew home July 27 after the Netherlands government ruled he had diplomatic immunity on the Dutch-owned island.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/28/14)

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