1492 Columbus lands on this island and names it Hispaniola claiming it for Spain.
1500's First Africans taken to Hispaniola for labor.
1625 The French settle on the northwest part of the island.
1697 Spain gives the west part of the island to France; it becomes Haiti, Land of Mountains.
1751 Slaves rebel in the north led by a Voodoo priest. He was captured by the French in 1758 and publicly executed.
1791 August 14, A Voodoo ceremony was held dedicating the nation to Voodoo gods in return for victory against the French.
1801 Former black slave Louverture leads a rebellion, conquering Haiti and freeing slaves all over Hispaniola.
1804 Haiti gains independence from France, becoming the world's first black republic and only successful slave rebellion.
1915 US invades Haiti following internal conflict, occupies until 1934, continues fiscal control until 1947.
1956 Voodoo doctor Duvalier becomes dictator by military coup. When he dies his son Jean-Claude follows as self-declared president for life.
1986 Jean-Claude flees Haiti amid mounting discontent.
1990 Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former Catholic priest is elected President, By 1991, he is ousted by a military coup.
2003 Voodoo is recognized as a national religion, under Aristide's second term government.
2004 Amid celebrations of Haiti's bicentenary, violent political opposition to Aristide forces him into exile.
2010 (my entry) Jan.12 earthquake devastates Port-au-Prince, hurricane sweeps over the Island, cholera strikes.