1492 Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
1791 Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.
1794 British troops capture Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
1804 French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country on the American Continent after the U.S.
1806 Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule.
1844 The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.
1844 One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti takes place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.
1935 Hurricane floods Haiti, killing over 2,000 people.
1986 Twenty-eight years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.
1988 The St Jean Bosco massacre takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1990 In Haiti, Prosper Avril is ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup.
1991 Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.
1991 Military coup in Haiti (1991 Haitian coup d'état).
1991 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti is forced from office.
2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
2004 Hurricane Jeanne: At least 1,070 in Haiti are reported to have been killed by floods.