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A Portuguese enclave 40 miles west of Hong Kong on China's southern coast. It is a peninsula with 2 small islands.
 (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A19)(SFC, 2/18/98, p.C2)

1557        The Portuguese settled in Macao, on the coast of southern China, and established trading factories. Trade agreement gave the Portuguese a virtual monopoly for 300 years on maritime commerce China and Europe.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A24)(SFEM, 10/10/99, p.16)

1582        Aug, Mateo Ricci (1552-1610), a Jesuit priest, arrived in Macao. He mastered Chinese and went on to establish an influential Jesuit mission and in 1601 became an advisor to the emperor. He was later accused of "going native," and ignoring his mandate to spread the faith.  His 1602 map of the world in Chinese characters introduced the findings of European exploration to East Asia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Ricci)(WSJ, 9/4/98, p.W12)(Econ, 8/23/14, p.36)

1586        Spanish Captain Francisco Gali died in Manila and Pedro de Unamuno took command of his 2 ships to return to Acapulco. He stopped in Macao where his ships were confiscated by the Portuguese. He obtained a loan from Father Martin Ignacio de Loyola, the nephew of the founder of the Jesuit order, and purchased a small ship to return to Acapulco with 2 priests, a few soldiers, and a crew of Luzon Indians.
    (SFC,10/17/97, p.A25)

1602        In Macau the Mother of God Church, begun in 1582 by the Jesuits, was completed. At the time it was the largest Catholic church in Asia. Next to the Mother of God Church is the University College of St Paul. For some unknown reason, the name "St Paul" came to be attached to the church facade which is actually a "next door neighbor".
    (http://tinyurl.com/ntww8py)

1742        Nov 12, The British warship Centurion, commanded by Commodore George Anson, sailed into Macao with a crew of some 200 sick with scurvy.
    (ON, 4/01, p.7)

1800-1900    Triads were secret societies first formed in China to oppose the harsh rule of the Manchu who created the Ching dynasty and who were viewed by many ethnic Han as outsiders.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.E3)

1835        St. Paul's Church was destroyed by fire and only the stone façade remained.

1846        A mansion was erected that became home to Portuguese rulers until 1999.
    (SFC, 12/20/99, p.A12)

1966(7)    Lisbon offered to give the Macao colony back to China.
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A19)(SFC, 12/20/99, p.A12)

1974        Lisbon removed its troops and again offered to give the colony back to China.
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A19)(SFEC, 12/19/99, p.A28)

1975        Apr 25, The 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service began between Hong Kong and Macao.
    (SS, 4/25/02)(http://pdf.aiaa.org/preview/1979/PV1979_2017.pdf)

1987        Apr 13, Portugal signed an agreement to return Macau to China in 1999.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kq3l5)

1995        A new airport was built and an attempt made to woo Taiwan traffic away from Hong Kong.
    (WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-18)

1997        May 6, Gang related attacks between vying triads have left 14 people dead so far this year. The 14K triad under Broken Tooth Koi was being challenged by the smaller Soi Fong or Water Room triad.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.E3)

1998        Mar, Gunmen killed 4 police officials.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.A9)

1998        May 1, Wan Kuok-koi, mob boss, was arrested. Gangsters set off a bomb in the car of Macao's top police officer.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.A9)(SFC, 11/24/99, p.C4)

1998        Dec 14, A gunman believed to be connected to the local "14K" triad assassinated a Portuguese prison officer and wounded another at a sidewalk café.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.A9)

1999        May 14, Edmund Ho (44) was elected by business and community leaders to lead the 450,000 residents of Macao following the transition to Chinese rule.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A24)

1999        Nov 23, A Portuguese court convicted mob boss Wan Kuok-koi (45), aka "Broken Tooth" Koi, on various criminal charges and sentenced him to 15 years in jail. His 14K gang was suspected of drive-by shootings, car bombings and attempted assassinations. 7 associates received lesser sentences.
    (SFC, 11/24/99, p.C4)

1999        Dec 20, Macao, a enclave of 430,000 under Portugal, reverted to Chinese control. Edmond Ho, local banker, took over to head the new government. Local autonomy was to be had for at least 50 years.
    (WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-18)(SFEC, 12/19/99, p.A28)(SFC, 12/20/99, p.A10)

2001        Sep 23, In Macao pro-Beijing and business candidates won a majority of the 10 directly chosen 27 legislative seats. Pro-democracy candidates won 21% of the total vote, the highest won by any group.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.B2)

2001        In Macao the gambling franchise of tycoon Stanley Ho was scheduled to expire. Half of the government revenue was derived from gambling. American firms soon stepped in to build new facilities.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A24)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.40)

2004        May, In Macao the Las Vegas Sands Casino opened with 360 gambling tables. The casino quickly expanded and by 2007 was the largest under one roof in the world.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.66)

2005        Sep 15, The American Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Fincen) branded Banco Delta Asia of Macau as a willing pawn for the North Korean government to engage in corrupt financial activities. This cause a $38 million run on the bank. The ploy persuaded other lenders to sever ties with North Korea and dealing a significant blow to North Korea’s financial system.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, p.90)(WSJ, 2/13/06, p.A7)

2006        May 1, Locals in Macao rioted in protests against outsiders, who were finding jobs while many middle-aged Macanese remained jobless.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.40)

2006        Sep, Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas casino operator, opened an upscale casino in Macao.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.66)

2006        Visitors to Macao grew from 10 million in 2003 to 22 million this year.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.67)

2007        Feb 11, Stanley Ho’s casino and restaurants within Grand Lisboa opened in Macao. The hotel was expected to be completed in 2008.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.75)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Lisboa)

2007        Feb 26, A US Treasury Department delegation was in Macau discussing with local officials how to resolve sanctions on a bank that allegedly was involved in North Korean money laundering and counterfeiting.
    (AP, 2/26/07)

2007        Mar 14, The US Treasury Department said it would order US banks to sever ties with Banco Delta Asia in Macao for allegedly helping North Korea launder money. This was a move to unfreeze North Korean assets in the Macao bank.
    (AP, 3/15/07)(WSJ, 3/15/07, p.A1)

2007        Mar 15, China expressed "deep regret" over a US decision to punish a Macau bank for allegedly helping North Korea launder money, foreshadowing the difficulties of enforcing an international agreement on the North's nuclear disarmament.
    (AP, 3/15/07)

2007        Mar 16, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the top US nuclear envoy, said a dispute on North Korean funds held in a Macau bank has been resolved, potentially removing a key stumbling block that has bedeviled progress on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 3/16/07)

2007        Mar 19, The Macau Monetary Authority said it would release 25 million dollars in North Korean funds frozen at a bank under US financial sanctions.
    (AP, 3/19/07)

2007        Apr 10, The US Treasury Department said authorities in Macau are ready to release frozen North Korean funds that have impeded disarmament talks.
    (AP, 4/10/07)

2007        May 1, In Macao May Day protesters clashed with riot police as a rally against labor shortages turned violent, sparking rare scenes of civil unrest in the southern Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/1/07)

2007        May 7, The owner of the Macau bank at the heart of a dispute over North Korea's nuclear disarmament said he is challenging a US decision to shut it out of the global banking system.
    (AP, 5/7/07)

2007        Jun 14, More than $20 million in disputed North Korean funds was transferred from a blacklisted Macau bank, signaling a breakthrough in a dispute that has held up the North's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor.
    (AP, 6/14/07)

2007        Aug 28, Las Vegas Sands opened its $2.4 billion Venetian Macao, the world's largest casino-resort, as part of Macau's heady transformation from gambling haven to Asia's top entertainment draw.
    (WSJ, 6/13/07, p.B1)(AFP, 8/28/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.62)

2007        Nov 5, Ao Man-long, a former transportation and public works secretary, went on trial charged with taking $100 million in kickbacks in Macao, the freewheeling Chinese gambling resort that has attracted some of Las Vegas' top casino operators.
    (AP, 11/5/07)

2007        Dec 20, Hundreds of workers marched on Macau’s government in a rare protest demanding full democracy in this booming Chinese casino enclave.
    (AP, 12/20/07)

2008        Jan 30, Ao Man-long, Macau's highest-level official ever convicted of corruption, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for taking contract kickbacks in the construction boom that's turning the Chinese gambling enclave into a Las Vegas-style vacation destination.
    (AP, 1/31/08)

2008        Apr 19,     Typhoon Neoguri swept through Macau, after it struck Hainan island south of mainland China the night before.
    (AFP, 4/19/08)

2008        Jul 2, Stanley Ho, casino entrepreneur in Macao, agreed to sell a 25% stake from some $500 million in his SJM Holdings, which owned 19 or Macao’s 29 casinos.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.75)

2009        Feb 25, Macao passed its own version of China’s Article 23 legislation, which provided sweeping but vague language banning sedition.
    (Econ, 3/21/09, p.43)

2009        Mar 15, Thirty three pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong crossed to Macao to confront the local government over banned visitors. 5 were immediately returned over “security reasons" and the rest were allowed to deliver a letter of protest.
    (Econ, 3/21/09, p.43)

2009        Jul 26, In Macao, China, Fernando Chui (52), the sole candidate for chief executive in the former Portuguese colony, was endorsed by a 300-member panel in the first leadership change since Macao reverted to Chinese rule in 1999.
    (AP, 7/26/09)

2011        May 15, Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment opened is new $1.9 billion Galaxy casino in Macao.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.70)

2012        Aug 6, Macau police said they have arrested 150 people in raids at casinos and hotels across the Chinese territory following a spate of violence that raised fears of a revival of gang warfare in the world's most lucrative gambling market.
    (AP, 8/6/12)

2013        Jun 17, Father Lancelote Miguel Rodrigues (b.1923) died in Macau. The Malacca-born priest had played a crucial role in protecting waves of refugees that rushed to Macau, running away from the military conflicts that rocked the region.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.86)(http://tinyurl.com/luu8v7h)

2013        Nov 24, In Macao Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines defeated American Brandon Rios for the World Boxing welter-weight title fight. The Filipino Court of Tax Appeals soon ordered Pacquiao’s bank deposits frozen saying he owed the government $50 million in back taxes.
    (SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)

2015        Feb 2, In the Philippines Macau-based Melco Crown Entertainment formally opened its $1 billion casino and entertainment resort in Manila, hoping to cash in on a fast growing Philippine economy and increased tourism.
    (AP, 2/2/15)

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