Vanuatu in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1774-07-17 Captain James Cook arrives in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu)

  • 1980-07-30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • 1981-09-15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 2012-08-22 Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization
  • 2014-12-02 Vanuatu police arrest at least 20 people over the deaths by hanging of two men accused of sorcery
  • 2015-03-13 Cyclone Pam causes widespread damage in Vanuatu and the South Pacific, including 15-16 deaths.