Papua New Guinea: History
Portuguese sailor Jorge de Menses comes across one of the islands and names it Papua.
Spanish explorer Inigo Ortiz de Retes names the other main island New Guinea.
Britain establishes a protectorate over southeast New Guinea, while Germany annexes the northern part.
Control of British New Guinea is transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia and renamed the Territory of Papua.
After World War I, the League of Nations grants Australia control of German ruled New Guinea, which will be governed separately from Territory of Papua.
Australia establishes a joint administration over the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.
The United Nations transfers control of West New Guinea to Indonesia, known today as Papua.
The country is officially named Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea gains full independence from Australia.
The Bougainville Revolutionary Army, concerned with environmental destruction and unsatisfied with the profits leaving the island, force the closure of an Australian owned copper mine.
Parliament passes a law to allow casinos and online gambling in hopes of boosting the economy.
China signs a deal to import liquefied natural gas from Papua New Guinea.