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A South Pacific nation of 65 islands formerly known as the New Hebrides.
    (SSFC, 3/22/15, p.A6)
The capital is Port-Vila.
    (SSFC, 3/22/15, p.A6)

1300BC    The Lapita people took once again to the open seas about this time, pushing east past the Solomon Islands to the Bismarck archipelago and beyond to Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa. Theses Southeast Asian peoples had headed south from Taiwan to Papua New Guinea and as far as the main Solomon islands, where they stopped some 40,000 years ago.
    (AFP, 11/9/10)

1000BC    A cemetery containing the remains of 25 Lapita people in Teouma, Vanuatu, dated to about this time.
    (Arch, 1/06, p.11)

1774        Jul 17, Captain Cook arrived at New Hebrides (Vanuatu).
    (MC, 7/17/02)(Sm, 2/06, p.73)

1938-1939    John Frum, a ghostly American, promised in the late 1930s to bring planeloads of cargo from the US to Tanna Island in Vanuatu. Natives of Tanna, in a classic example of a cargo cult, later celebrated Feb 15 as John Frum Day.
    (Sm, 2/06, p.75)

1971        Australia joined with New Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
    (Econ, 10/20/07, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Forum)

1980        Jul 30, The Pacific island of Vanuatu gained independence from Britain.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(www.worldstatesmen.org/Vanuatu.html)

1996        Sep 30, Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in prime Minister Maxime Carlot.
    (SFC, 10/1/96, p.A14)

1999        Nov 27, In Vanuatu a tsunami generated by a 7.1 earthquake killed 8 people on Pentecost Island. 2 people were missing and thousands feared injured and homeless. The quake was centered 54 miles north of the capital Port Vila.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A15)(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A12)

2004        Nov 10, The Pacific island of Vanuatu withdrew a Nov 3 communique signed in Taipei to establish ties with Taiwan, handing Beijing a diplomatic victory over its arch rival.
    (AP, 11/11/04)

2005        Dec 8, An erupting volcano on the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu burst into spectacular life shooting steam and toxic gases 9,845 feet into the sky.
    (AP, 12/08/05)

2006        Jul 11, The tiny nation of Vanuatu, one of the "happy isles of Oceania," has topped a new index, the UK-based New Economics Foundation (NEF), that measures quality of life against environmental impact, with industrial countries, perhaps unsurprisingly, faring badly.
    (Reuters, 7/11/06)c

2010        Dec 2, Vanuatu PM Edward Natapei was replaced by deputy premier Sato Kilman following a vote of no confidence in the nations Parliament.
    (SFC, 12/3/10, p.A2)

2012        Apr 27, In Australia Clarence Marae, the private secretary of Vanuatus PM Kilman, was arrested at Sydney airport while traveling with PM Kilman, en route to Israel for a state visit. The arrest was linked to an alleged international tax scam.
    (AFP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 10, Vanuatu expelled the 12-member police contingent from Australia in retaliation for the April 27 arrest of PM Kilmans private secretary while in transit to Israel.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.49)

2013        Nov 7, Chinas Vice Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
    (Reuters, 11/8/13)

2014        Vanuatu opposition leader Moana Carcasses Kalosil offered legislators a total of $355,000 to support a no-confidence motion. He was later jailed as were those who accepted the offer.
    (Econ, 11/7/15, p.37)

2015        Mar 14, Residents in Vanuatu hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night after venturing out to find their homes damaged or blown away by Cyclone Pam. 24 people were later confirmed killed with 3,300 left homeless and nearly half the 300,000 population impacted. The cyclone had already caused damage to other Pacific islands, including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
    (AP, 3/14/15)(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A2)(Reuters, 3/17/15)(CSM, 3/18/15)(AFP, 5/18/19)

2015        Apr 10, The UN appealed for nearly $20 million for victims of Cyclone Pam which tore through the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu last month, killing 17 people and leaving about 65,000 homeless.
    (AP, 4/11/15)

2015        Apr 22, The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said more than 100,000 people in Vanuatu have no clean drinking water, a month after a monster cyclone struck the tiny Pacific nation.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)

2015        Oct 22, In Vanuatu 14 members of parliament were sent to prison on charges of graft. Earlier this month Marcellino Pipite, the speaker of parliament, had pardoned himself and 13 others while acting as head of state as Pres. Baldwin Lonsdale traveled abroad. Londsdale rescinded the pardons on his return.
    (SFC, 12/11/15, p.37)

2015        Nov 24, Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale dissolved parliament and called a snap election after a corruption scandal destabilized the government.
    (AFP, 11/25/15)

2015        The population of Vanuatu was about 281,000 spread over 65 islands.
    (Econ, 11/7/15, p.37)

2016        Jan 22, Vanuatu held a snap election called after more than a quarter of MPs were jailed in a corruption scandal. Unofficial results indicated a number of long-serving politicians, including former justice minister Robert Bohn and former parliamentary speaker Philip Boedoro, were set to lose their seats.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)

2016        Apr 14, An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 133 km (83 miles) northwest of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
    (Reuters, 4/14/16)

2017        Jun 17, Vanuatu's widely revered President Baldwin Lonsdale (67) died after suffering a sudden heart attack in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila. Baldwin had served as President since September 2014.

2017        Sep 27, Vanuatu authorities have declared an emergency on Ambae island, where activity at the Manaro volcano has increased recently, raising fears of a major eruption. More than 7,000 people have fled their homes.
    (AP, 9/27/17)

2017        Sep 30, Australia dispatched a naval vessel to Vanuatu to help the South Pacific nation evacuate all 11,000 inhabitants from the northern island of Ambae as an erupting volcano threatens to shower down burning ash and acid rain.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)

2018        Jun 25, Australia said that it would negotiate a security treaty with Vanuatu, weeks after the Australian prime minister warned China against building a military base in the South Pacific island nation.
    (AP, 6/25/18)

2018        Nov 20, Interpol's general assembly, meeting in Dubai, voted against allowing Kosovo to join the international police agency. The bids of Pacific island nations Kiribati and Vanuatu were approved by delegates, but Kosovo did not secure the required two-thirds majority.
    (AFP, 11/20/18)

2019        Jan 5, In Vanuatu Mungau Dain (24), a star in the Oscar-nominated film "Tanna," died in the capital Port Vila, after contracting a leg infection that wasn't quickly treated.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yclcz2ww)(AP, 1/11/19)

2019        Mar 12, European Union governments adopted a broadened blacklist of tax havens, adding the United Arab Emirates and British and Dutch overseas territories in a revamp that tripled the number of listed jurisdictions. The new list added Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. The EU blacklist originally comprised 17 jurisdictions, including the UAE, but shrank to five after most listed states committed to change their tax rules.
    (Reuters, 3/12/19)

2019        May 18, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was vital "to save the Pacific to save the world" as he wrapped up his brief South Pacific tour in Vanuatu.
    (AP, 5/18/19)

2019        Jun 27, Authorities in Vanuatu arrested six Chinese nationals following Chinese complaints they were operating an internet scam from the Pacific island.
    (AP, 6/29/19)

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