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.
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.
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".
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
(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.
1987 Apr 13, Portugal signed an
agreement to return Macau to China in 1999.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
2007 Apr 10, The US Treasury
Department said authorities in Macau are ready to release frozen
North Korean funds that have impeded disarmament talks.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
2007 Dec 20, Hundreds of
workers marched on Macau’s government in a rare protest demanding
full democracy in this booming Chinese casino enclave.
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.
2008 Apr 19,
Typhoon Neoguri swept through Macau, after it struck Hainan
island south of mainland China the night before.
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
2011 May 15, Hong Kong-based
Galaxy Entertainment opened is new $1.9 billion Galaxy casino in
(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
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
(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.