East Timor in History

Historical Events

  • 1975-09-19 Indonesia sends troops to Portuguese East Timor
  • 1975-12-07 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
  • 1976-06-02 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia

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1976-07-17 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • 1991-11-12 Dili Massacre, Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of student protesters in Dili, East Timor.
  • 1999-08-30 East Timorese vote for independence in a referendum.
  • 1999-09-12 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • 2001-07-05 Australia and East Timor sign an agreement to share royalties from oil and natural gas production in the Timor Sea, which separates the two countries
  • 2002-05-20 The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
  • 2002-09-27 Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
  • 2006-12-22 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
  • 2008-02-11 In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1938-05-19 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader (d. 1989)
  • 1946-06-20 Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
  • 1948-02-03 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • 1949-12-26 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate

Famous Deaths

  • 2012-03-06 Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75