• Spain claims the islands which are now present-day Palau. 

  • Palau is bought by Germany who exploits their resources of phosphate and coconuts.

  • Japan seizes Palau after defeating Germany in World War I. 

  • Palau becomes a United Nations Trust Territory under US administration after the defeat of Japan in World War II.

  • Palau opts to not become part of the Federal Micronesian state.
  • Palau joins the UN.

  • Palau is granted independence but continues to receive financial aid from the US. The US also retains responsibility for defense.

  • The US gives Palau $250 million in aid.

  • Parliamentary and presidential elections. Tommy Remengesau is elected president for the third time, having previously served two terms from 2001-9.

  • Typhoon Haiyan causes damage to a number of islands in Palau, including Kayangel and Babeldaob.

  • The governor of Palau's Peleliu State pledges to cooperate in efforts to recover the wartime remains of Japanese soldiers ahead of a visit in April by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.


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