Papua New Guinean History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1700-02-27 English explorer William Dampier is the 1st British person to visit the Pacific Island of New Britain, which he names

  • 1828-08-24 Dutch army takes Fort Du Bus in New Guinea
  • 1836-02-22 Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea
  • 1873-02-20 British Naval Officer John Moresby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain
  • 1884-11-06 British protectorate proclaimed over southeast New Guinea
  • 1906-09-01 British New Guinea placed under Australian administration
  • 1910-06-02 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
  • 1914-09-11 Australia invades New Britain, defeating a German contingent there.
  • 1942-01-23 Battle of Rabaul: Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
  • 1943-06-29 US forces landed at Nassau Bay, near Salamaua, New Guinea
  • 1943-09-11 US & Australian troops join in Salamaua, New Guinea
  • 1943-10-12 US bombs Rabaul, New Britain
  • 1943-11-11 US air raid on Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
  • 1944-05-17 Operation Straightline: Allies land in Dutch New Guinea
  • 1944-06-22 US troops occupy Biak during Battle of Biak, New Guinea
  • 1944-06-30 Allies land on Vogelkop, New Guinea
  • 1951-01-15 "Cloud of Death" rolls down Mount Lamington, New Guinea kills 3-5,000
  • 1953-04-01 J van Bale appointed governor of New Guinea
  • 1957-07-15 Dutch Super Constellation crashes near New Guinea, 56 die
  • 1960-08-10 Nicolaas Jouwe forms PANA in New Guinea
  • 1961-04-05 Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council

Historic Event

1961-04-10 Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to JFK about New Guinea

  • 1961-12-01 The independent Republic of West Papua is proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.
  • 1962-01-15 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • 1962-05-19 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
  • 1962-07-15 Netherlands and Indonesia reach agreement over New Guinea
  • 1962-08-15 Netherlands & Indonesia sign accord over New Guinea
  • 1962-10-01 UN gives Netherlands control of New Guinea
  • 1962-11-24 Last of Dutch military leave New Guinea
  • 1962-12-31 Dutch leave New Guinea
  • 1963-05-01 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
  • 1973-12-01 Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
  • 1975-09-16 Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia (National Day)
  • 1986-06-18 Papua New Guinea score 9-455 in 60 overs v Gibraltar, ICC Trophy
  • 2011-10-27 Royal Australian Navy announces discovery of wreck of a World War II submarine (likely Japanese) in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE
  • 2012-02-02 MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside)
  • 2013-04-03 24 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff in Papua New Guinea
  • 2013-04-11 Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Famous Birthdays

  • 1936-04-09 Michael Somare, British foreign affairs minister (Paupa & New Guinea), born in Rabaul, Territory of New Guinea
  • 1969-08-26 Ricky Bottalico, American MLB, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1974-05-11 Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1981-12-10 Ryan Pini, Papua New Guinea swimmer

Famous Deaths

  • 2006-01-03 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)