First posted on November 20th 2004






Timeline : Guam


c. 1500 B.C.
1521
1565
1668
1672
1885
1898

1901-1922
1941-1944
1945
1950

1954-1975
1956
1962
1968
1970
1972
1973
1975

1979
1990
1996
Chamorro, Guam's first inhabitants of Malay origin, settled the islands
Ferdinand Magellan arrived, named them Islas de los Ladrones
Spain claimed Guam, Marianas together with Philippines
Arrival of Jesuits; islands renamed Marianas
Spain placed Guam under mlitary administration; garrison established at La Hagatna
Pope Leo XIII. confirmed Spanish possession of the Marianas
Following the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Guam to the U.S., sold the other Mariana Islands
to Germany
Guam defined as one of "unincorporated territories" where U.S. constitution did not fully apply
Japanese occupation
U.S. treated Guam as "non-self-gioverning territory"
Guam Organic Act; inhabitants of Guam granted U.S. citizenship; status of island that of an unincorporated
territory
Vietnam War; Guam logistical base.
Nuclear arms stationed on Guam
Naval Clearing Act (U.S.); ports of Guam opened for civilian traffic
Territorial College of Guam (est. 1952) renamed University of Guam
For the first time, the governor of Guam was elected (previously appointed)
Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands were permitted to elct nonvoting delegate to U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.
Following the fall of the South Vietnmese government, more than 100,000 persons were evacuated from
Vietnam, brought via Guam to the U.S.
Referendum rejected Guam constitution
Census counted 133,152 inhabitants
Over 6,000 Kurdish refugees were settled on Guam




EXTERNAL
FILES
U.S. Congress Resoluttion on History of Guam, 1998, posted by ns.gov.gu
History of Guam, from Lonely Planet
Government of Guam Agendes, links