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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2005 Sep 24, Aruba election
board officials reported that the ruling party kept its majority in
parliament in legislative elections for all 21 seats.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
(AFP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/28/14)