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A South Pacific territory of France. A group of 5 archipelagos, included are the Society Islands, the Marquesas, the Tuamotu Archipelago (which is also called the Low Archipelago or the Paumotu Archipelago) and other scattered groups. Formerly French Oceania. Also Bora Bora, Tahiti and Maupiti.
    (WUD, 1994, p.567,1522)(SFC,11/27/97, p.B5)(SFEC, 1/18/98, p.T1)

1767        The English found their way to Tahiti.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, p.T12)

1769        Jun 3, British navigator, Captain James Cook, British astronomer Charles Green and Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander observed and recorded a transit of Venus across the sun on the island of Tahiti during Cook's first voyage around the world.
    (http://transitofvenus.nl/wp/past-transits/1769-june-3/)

1777        Dec 8, Captain Cook left the Society Islands (French Polynesia).
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1777        Captain James Cook, while exploring the Pacific, reported on long-board surfers in Tahiti and Oahu and observed that the sport appeared recreational rather than competitive.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R34)
1777        John Webber (1751-1793), English artist, painted his protrait of Poedua. She had been hostage together with her father, brother, and husband during the third voyage of James Cook in exchange of two sailors that deserted onto the island of Raiatea, the second largest of the Society Islands (later part of French Polynesia).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poedua)

1789        Sep, Fletcher Henderson left Tahiti with the Bounty with a light crew. 16 men were left abandoned.
    (ON, 3/04, p.9)

1791        May 8, Capt. Edward Edwards set sail from Tahiti in the Pandora with the Bounty mutineers abandoned by Fletcher Henderson.
    (ON, 3/04, p.9)

1880        Jun 29, France annexed Tahiti.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1835        Nov 15, HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reached Tahiti.
    (MC, 11/15/01)

1880        The French colonized Polynesia.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, p.T12)

1891        Apr 1, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French painter, abandoned his wife and 5 children and left Marseille for Tahiti.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, p.T12)(MC, 4/1/02)(SSFC, 5/11/03, p.C7)

1891        Jun 9, Painter Paul Gauguin arrived in Papeete, Tahiti.
    (MC, 6/9/02)

1891        Painter Paul Gauguin painted his landscape “Haere Mai,” which means “Come here!” in Tahitian.
    (SSFC, 10/23/11, p.M5)(http://tinyurl.com/3qex6r3)

1892         French artist Paul Gauguin painted a picture of two Tahitian gilrs titled “Nafea Faa Ipoipo {When Will You Marry?). In 2015 it sold at auction to a Qatari buyer for close to $300 million.
    (SFC, 2/6/15, p.A2)

1896        Paul Gauguin made his sculpture “Tahitian Girl.”
    (SFEM, 11/24/96, p.62)

1901        Paul Gauguin left Tahiti for the Marquesas and arrived at Hiva Oa.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, p.T1,6)

1903        May 8, Paul Gauguin (b.1848), French born painter, died at his home on the Marquesas Islands. He was buried at Atuona on Hiva Oa Island. Gauguin had infected three child brides and a string of adolescents with syphilis.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, p.T6)(SSFC, 6/2/02, p.C9)(Econ, 4/11/20, p.30)

1905        Feb 8, A cyclone hit Tahiti and adjacent islands killing some 10,000 people.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1970        Feb 20, Cheyenne Brando (d.1995), daughter of Marlon, was born in Papeete, Tahiti.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_Brando)

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)

1972        David McTaggart (d.2001), one of the founders of Greenpeace Int’l., sailed his small boat into the French nuclear-testing site at Mururoa atoll in the South Pacific.
    (SFC, 3/24/01, p.A22)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A31)

1976        May 1, Kawika Kapahulehua (d.2007 at 76), leading a 15-man crew on a double-hulled canoe with sails, departed Hawaii to Tahiti. Organizer and anthropologist Ben Finney wanted to prove the trip was possible. They reached Tahiti after 34 days despite issues of ethnicity raised by part of the crew. Mau Piailug (1932-2010), Micronesian master navigator, steered the Hokule’a (Star of Gladness) by the stars, the feel of the wind and the look of the sea. 
    (SFC, 5/28/07, p.D3)(Econ, 7/24/10, p.84)

1977        Francis Sanford (1912-1996) helped write a statute in the French National Assembly that provided autonomy in daily affairs to the territory.
    (SFC, 12/23/96, p.A16)

1977        Roman Polanski, film director, was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old model at the home of Jack Nicholson. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and left the country on bail to film "Hurricane" in Tahiti, and then fled to Paris.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.E3)

1978        Oct 9, Jacques Brel, Belgian cabaret singer, died at 49. He was buried at Atuona on the Marquesas Island of Hiva Oa.
    (MC, 10/9/01)(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.C9)

1984        The French granted Polynesia internal autonomy.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, p.T12)

1990        Jul 4, France performed nuclear test at Muruora Island.
    (www.seismo.ethz.ch/bsv/nuclear_explosions/undergr/france.html)

2002        Sep 12, Tahitian authorities found a 55-foot catamaran, the Hakuna Matata, that belonged to former NBA star Bison Dele (b.1969 as Brian Carson Williams). His brother, Kevin Williams (Miles Dabord) was seen docking the catamaran on July 16 in Taravao, Tahiti. Williams met his girlfriend on July 8 in Papeete and described a scuffle that left 3 people dead. He was last seen Sept. 5 in Phoenix, when he tried to pick up an order for $500,000 in American Double Eagle coins using his brother’s passport. A comatose Williams was arrested Sep 19 at a San Diego hospital and died Sep 27.
    (SFC, 9/14/02, p.A15)(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A7)(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A5)

2004        May, In Tahiti the Union for Democracy coalition of Oscar Temaru won elections with a 1-seat majority, dislodging Gaston Flosse from a long incumbency.
    (Econ, 11/13/04, p.48)

2004        Oct 9, In Tahiti a defection led to new elections that ousted the government of Oscar Temaru in favor of Gaston Flosse by 1 seat. Temaru refused to leave the presidential premises.
    (Econ, 11/13/04, p.48)

2007        Aug 8, Researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reported that coral coverage in the Indo-Pacific, an area stretching from Indonesia's Sumatra island to French Polynesia, had dropped 20 percent in the past two decades. They said the decline was driven by climate change, disease and coastal development.
    (AP, 8/8/07)

2007        Aug 9, A small airplane plunged into the sea moments after taking off from the French Polynesian resort island of Moorea, apparently killing all 20 people aboard in the territory's worst-ever plane crash.
    (AP, 8/10/07)

2011        Oct 9, In French Polynesia German tourist Stefan Ramin (40) was murdered while visiting Nuku Hiva island. Haiti, a 31-year-old local guide, said Ramin was injured and then attempted to sexually assault Ramin’s girlfriend Heike Dorsch (37). Human remains were found in a charred pit on the island on Oct 12.
    (AFP, 10/18/11)

2012        Dec 6, French Polynesia created a 1.5 million square mile shark sanctuary.
    (SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)

2018        Nov 15, In Italy a nurse (48) reportedly killed her two young children, a boy of 7 and a girl of 9, by lethal injection, then took her own life in the northwestern mountain town of Aymavilles. The woman left notes saying she couldn't bear the "weight of life's adversities".
    (AP, 11/16/18)

2019        Nov 12, Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte (6), co-founder of global circus company Cirque du Soleil, turned himself in and was arrested in Papeete, Tahiti, for growing cannabis on his private island in French Polynesia.
    (Good Morning America, 11/14/19)

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