The Dutch colonize present day Indonesia, naming it the Dutch East Indies.
Japan invades the Dutch East Indies during World War II.
After four years of guerrilla warfare, the Dutch recognize Indonesian independence.
West Papua is formally incorporated into Indonesia.
The Asian economic crisis significantly depreciated the Indonesia's rupiah currency value.
East Timor gains its independence from Indonesia.
More than 220 thousands are killed by a tsunami that was triggered by an undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, damaging the fishing and tourism industries significantly.