1009 First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg.
1253 Mindaugas is crowned King of Lithuania.
1917 Lithuania declares its independence from Russia.
1923 Lithuania seizes and annexes Memel.
1940 A Communist government is installed in Lithuania.
1940 The United States' Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles issues a declaration on the U.S. non-recognition policy of the Soviet annexation and incorporation of three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
1949 The extensive deportation campaign known as March deportation is conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to force collectivisation by way of terror. The Soviet authorities deport more than 92,000 people from the Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union.
1990 300,000 march in favor of Lithuanian independence.
1990 Lithuania declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.
1991 Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.
2002 Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.