• Nauru is annexed by Germany as part of the Marshall Islands Protectorate.
  • A British company discovers phosphate on the island.
  • Nauru is seized by Australian troops.
  • The League of Nations grants a joint mandate over Nauru to Australia, Great Britain, and New Zealand.
  • While under Japanese occupation, two-thirds of the population is deported to Micronesia to work as forced laborers.
  • Nauru is made a UN trust territory under Australian administration.
  • Nauru is declared independent.
  • Nauru joins the United Nations.
  • Australia sends officials to take charge of Nauru's state finances after Nauru defaults on its loan payments.


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