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1505        Juan de Bermudez of Spain first reported on the island of Bermuda.
    (SFC, 5/2/98, p.E4)(http://tinyurl.com/y3jr4z)

1609        Jul 25, Admiral William Somers, head of a 7-ship fleet enroute to Virginia, spied land after being blown off course and soon drove his ship, the Sea Venture, onto the reefs of Bermuda. William Strachey (1572-1621), was also aboard the Sea Venture and later sent a letter to England that described the event. The letter is thought by many to have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s "Tempest." Strachey became secretary of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, after his arrival there on May 23, 1610. In 2009 Hobson Woodward authored: A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s “The Tempest."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Venture)(AM, May/Jun 97 p.29)(SFC, 8/18/09, p.E2)

1612        St. George, Bermuda, was first settled.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.G5)

1680        Bermuda became self-governing, though still a British colony.
    (Econ, 11/11/06, p.46)

1918        Mar 6, US naval boat "Cyclops" disappeared in "Bermuda Triangle."
    (MC, 3/6/02)

1930        Jun 11, William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere, dived to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda.
    (HN, 6/11/98)

1934        William Beebe and inventor Otis Barton descended more than a half a mile into the ocean off Bermuda in the 4,500 lb. bathysphere.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, BR p.4)(PacDis, Winter ’97, p.42)

1951        Jan 8, A cahow, thought extinct since 1615, was rediscovered in Bermuda. David Wingate (15) helped 2 scientists discover the cahow, aka Bermuda petrel, a nocturnal seabird thought to have been extinct since the 17th century. Wingate proceeded to make a life time goal of saving the bird from extinction.
    (WSJ, 12/19/00, p.A1)(MC, 1/8/02)

1957        Mar 21, US President Eisenhower and British PM Harold Macmillan began a four-day conference in Bermuda.
    (AP, 3/21/07)

1961        Dec 21, JFK & British PM MacMillan met in Bermuda.
    (MC, 12/21/01)

1986        Apr 11, Dodge Morgan (1932-2010), American businessman, landed at St. George, Bermuda, completing a 27,000 solo nonstop sail around the world in 150 days. This broke a 292-day record set  in 1971 by British sailor Chay Blyth.
    (http://outdoors.mainetoday.com/news/050410dodge.shtml)(SFC, 9/20/10, p.C4)

1986        Oct 3, The Soviet nuclear submarine K-219 suffered an explosion and fire in a missile tube northeast of Bermuda; the vessel sank three days later.
    (AP, 10/4/06)

1990        Nov 13, Secretary of State James A. Baker III told reporters in Hamilton, Bermuda, the Persian Gulf crisis threatened world recession and the loss of American jobs. Members of Congress demanded a larger role in US Gulf policy following President Bush’s decision to send more US troops to the region.
    (AP, 11/13/00)

1995        Aug 18, Premier John Swan of Bermuda promised to resign after voters rejected a vote for independence from Britain with 76% voice.
    (WSJ, 8/18/95, p.A1)

1996        Rebecca Middleton (17) of Ontario, Canada, died after being raped, tortured and stabbed on a beach in Bermuda. A suspect, Kirk Orlando Mundy, was allowed to strike a plea bargain deal with police in which he admitted to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to five years. The case against the other suspect, Justis Raham Smith, collapsed after a judge in Bermuda said there was insufficient evidence.
    (Reuters, 4/1/06)

1997        Jul, Tyco Corp. under CEO Dennis Kozlowski merged with ADT Ltd., a Bermuda corporation, and began relocating employees to headquarters in Boca Raton, Flo.
    (WSJ, 4/5/04, p.A8)

1998        In Bermuda the Progressive Labor Party took power, promising a better deal for blacks.
    (AP, 12/19/07)

2000        Mar 23, A 776-foot Greek cargo ship, Leader L, sank in the Atlantic 400 miles off of Bermuda. 31 Filipino crew members were forced into life boats. 13 men were rescued with Canadian Sea King helicopters. 6 bodies were found and 12 were presumed dead as the ship pulled down one life raft.
    (SFC, 3/24/00, p.D3)(SFC, 3/25/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 27, Some 288 migrant Haitians were rescued from Flamingo Cay in the Bermuda Islands after their boat ran aground. 2-14 of the migrants died of exposure and dehydration while awaiting rescue.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.D4)(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)

2002        Oct 29, In Bermuda some 6,000 children stayed home from school as teachers continued to strike to demand salaries on par with government officials.
    (AP, 10/29/02)

2003        Jul 27, In Bermuda Premier Jennifer Smith stepped down after retaining her seat by just eight votes and watching her governing party narrowly win elections in the British territory.  Members of the center-left Progressive Labor Party endorsed Alex Scott (63) to replace her.
    (AP, 7/28/03)

2003        Sep 5, Hurricane Fabian slammed into Bermuda killing 4 people. [see Sep 6]
    (AP, 9/5/08)

2003        Sep 6, Fabian, the most powerful hurricane to hit Bermuda in 50 years pushed away from the British territory after deadly winds split trees and swept trucks off roads. Four people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 9/6/03)

2003        Sep 29, Dennis Kozlowski, CEO of Tyco Int'l., and financial chief Mark Swartz went on trial on charges that they stole over $600 million from their Bermuda-based conglomerate.
    (WSJ, 2/4/04, p.C2)

2003        Dec 18, Charles Berlitz (90), linguist and author, died in Florida. His books included "The Bermuda Triangle" (1974), and "Native Tongues," a compendium of language history.
    (SFC, 1/5/04, p.B5)

2004        Jun 1, The US Dept. of Homeland Security awarded a contract, valued as much as a $10 billion, to a group of companies led by a unit of Accenture Ltd., a Bermuda-based business consultancy.
    (WSJ, 6/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Jun 20, Bermuda-based Bacardi Limited agreed to purchase Grey Goose vodka, distilled and bottled in France, from Sidney Frank Importing Co. for roughly $2 billion.
    (AP, 6/21/04)

2006        Sep 10, Florence intensified into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season as it headed for Bermuda, where residents installed storm shutters and hauled their yachts onto beaches.
    (AP, 9/10/06)

2006        Sep 12, Hurricane Florence headed toward north Atlantic shipping lanes after blowing out windows, peeling away roofs and knocking out power to thousands in Bermuda.
    (AP, 9/12/06)

2006        Sep 28, It was reported that Merck saved some $1.5 billion in US taxes by transferring patents and income to an offshore holding in Bermuda called Project Ryland from 1993-2003. In 2006 the IRS challenged the transactions.
    (WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)

2006        Nov 11, At this time about 35% of Bermuda’s population was white.
    (Econ, 11/11/06, p.46)

2007        Feb 24, Bermuda was cited as the world’s richest country with a GDP per person estimated at $70,000.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)

2007        Dec 18, Bermuda's ruling party won a third term in general elections shadowed by racial resentment and allegations of corruption. Premier Ewart Brown's Progressive Labor Party won 22 seats compared with 14 seats for the United Bermuda Party.
    (AP, 12/19/07)

2007        Blacks comprised about 60% of Bermuda's 62,000 people.
    (AP, 12/19/07)

2008        Jul 15, Tropical Storm Bertha headed back out over open ocean and away from the US mainland after it battered Bermuda, knocking out electricity to thousands on the Atlantic tourist island. Bertha entered its 13th day becoming the longest-lived July tropical storm in history.
    (AP, 7/15/08)

2009        Jun 11, Four Guantanamo detainees, Uighurs from predominantly Muslim western China, were transferred to Bermuda, marking an unexpected new chapter in their odyssey.
    (AP, 6/11/09)

2009        Aug 20, Drug developer Warner Chilcott, which focuses on women's healthcare and dermatology, completed its move to Ireland from Bermuda.
    (AP, /21/09)

2010        Sep 20, Hurricane Igor swept past Bermuda, lashing at the Atlantic island with high winds and furious waves as power failed in many areas, plunging people hunkered down at home into darkness and leaving officials waiting for sunrise to assess damage.
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2013        May 2, Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne said tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands will work more closely with Britain and other European countries to fight tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 5/2/13)

2013        Jun 15, Britain clinched a deal with its major offshore tax havens on Saturday that will see 10 British overseas territories and crown dependencies sign up to international protocols on information sharing. Those included were Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
    (Reuters, 6/15/13)

2014        Oct 17, Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda's main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths.
    (AP, 10/18/14)

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