• Britain declares a joint protectorate over the Ellice Islands and the Gilbert Islands, which include present day Tuvalu.

  • The Ellice Islands become a separate British dependency and is renamed Tuvalu.

  • Tuvalu achieves independence.

  • Britain, New Zealand, and Australia set up the Tuvalu Trust Fund to provide development aid to the country.

  • The government leases it "900" telephone lines to a foreign company which generates a substantial income.

  • Tuvalu sold internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period.

  • Tuvalu is admitted to the United Nations.

  • Under pressure from the US, Tuvalu agrees to de-register Iranian ships it had previously allowed to sail under its national flag. Iran had applied to register oil tankers in Tuvalu in a bid to circumvent an international embargo on Iranian oil shipments.

  • Tuvalu issues a plea to world leaders to join the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty as the low-lying country faces rising sea levels.


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