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303        St. Devota (b.~2893), a Corsican martyr, died. Sainte-Devote was killed during the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian. Monaco celebrates her feast day on Jan 27. In 1820 she was named a principal patron saint of Corsica.
    (SSFC, 1/27/13, p.N3)

1726        Apr 26, Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, was born.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1746        Mar 27, Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney, father of emperor Napoleon, was born.
    (MC, 3/27/02)

1755        Corsica accomplished centered around the leadership of Pascal Paoli, general of a Corsica which would be Independent for 14 years. During a brief period of independence the capital was Corte.
    (SFC, 12/3/96, p.A15)(www.corsica.net/corsica/uk/discov/hist/)

1765        Corsica’s National university was founded in Corte.

1768        May 15, By the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa.
    (SFC, 12/3/96, p.A1)(HN, 5/15/99)

1769        Aug 15, Napoleon Bonaparte (d.1821), Emperor of France (1804-1813, 1814-1815) and continental Europe, was born on the island of Corsica.
    (WUD, 1994, p.950)(AP, 8/15/97)(HN, 8/15/02)(MC, 8/15/02)

1779        Sep 2, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (d.1844), French king of the Netherlands (1806-10), was born in Corsica. He was one of 3 younger brothers of Napoleon I.

1780        Oct 20, M. Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma and Guastalla, was born.
    (MC, 10/20/01)

1785        Feb 24, Carlo Bonaparte (39), Corsican attorney, died.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1794        Aug 21, France surrendered the island of Corsica to the British.
    (HN, 8/21/98)

1803        May 24, Charles LJL Bonaparte, Corsican, French prince of Canino, Musignano, was born.
    (MC, 5/24/02)

1807        Feb 5, Pasquale Paoli (80), Corsican freedom fighter, died.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1820        Aug 6, M.A. Elisa Bonaparte (43), Corsican monarch of Lucca, died.
    (MC, 8/6/02)

1943        Oct 4, Some 6,600 Moroccans accounted for the bulk of the fighting force that freed Corsica. In 2013 France honored the Moroccan veterans and fallen soldiers who freed Corsica.
    (AP, 10/4/13)

1948        Maurice Papon was the top French official and authorized American planes loaded with weapons bound for Israel to land on the island.
    (SFC,10/22/97, p.A10)

1975        The separatist militant movement started. It initially kept its attacks limited to government buildings. The Corsican National Liberation Front (FNLC) was formed.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A10)(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A14)

1981        Dec 1, 180 people were killed when a chartered Yugoslav DC-9 jetliner slammed into a mountain while approaching Ajaccio Airport in Corsica.
    (AP, 12/1/01)

1981        Corsica’s National university, founded in 1765, re-opened in Corte.

1996         A Corsican separatist was shot to death and three bombs were exploded in the French-ruled island's capital, Ajaccio. Despite limited autonomy more-militant groups continue to battle for independence.
    (WSJ, 1/2/96, p. A-1)

1996         Jan, Bombs were set off at more than a dozen businesses and government offices by separatists.
    (WSJ, 1/10/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 29, Separatists called for self-rule. Opposition Socialists said more autonomy should be granted and French Prime Minister Juppe rejected both demands.
    (WSJ, 5/29/96, p.A1)

1996        Dec 2, Four main separatist groups vied for power, the strongest of which was the FLNC (Corsican National Liberation Front), whose Cuncolta political arm was led by Francois Santoni. In the capital of Ajaccio, the French prefect was Claude Erignac.
    (SFC, 12/3/96, p.A15)

1996        Dec 6, The French National Assembly approved tax breaks for Corsica.
    (SFC, 12/7/96, p.A10)

1997        Jan 8, A car bomb destroyed a restaurant in the town of Ghisonaccia.
    (SFC, 1/9/96, p.A12)

1997        Jun 17, The Corsican National Liberation Front announced a truce in their 22-year bombing campaign. Negotiations with France were to follow.
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.A10)

1997        Jun 18, A bomb exploded at a bank in Sartene.
    (SFC, 6/19/97, p.A12)

1997        The Sampieru militant group attacked a police station. A stolen Beretta pistol was used in 1998 to kill Claude Erignac.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A10)

1998        Jan 6, In Corsica Claude Erignac, the French governor, was shot a killed by 2 gunmen. He was replaced by Bernard Bonnet. Bonnet lost credibility when he ordered an illegal bar, slated for demolition, torched.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A11)(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A14)

2000        Aug 7, Jean Michel Rossi, co-author of an expose on the Corsican separatist movement, was shot and killed along with bodyguard Jean-Claude Fratacci at a bar in Ile-Rousse.
    (SFC, 8/11/00, p.A14)

2000        Aug 29, In France Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement resigned over a proposed peace plan for Corsica. The plan offered limited rights to pass laws beginning in 2004 for the 250,000 inhabitants.
    (SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)

2005        Oct 1, Riot police forcibly expelled striking union workers who had blockaded ports in Corsica and southeastern France for days to protest against the planned privatization of a state-run ferry operator.
    (AP, 10/1/05)

2009        Aug 12, A French teenager (16) shot and killed his parents and twin brothers, apparently while they were asleep in their home on the island of Corsica.
    (AFP, 8/13/09)

2010        Jan 22, Some 124 refugees, who said they are Kurds and Tunisians, landed on the southern shore of Corsica after a lengthy journey at sea.
    (AP, 1/22/10)

2012        Feb 11, In Europe snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes as the death toll from the big freeze rose past 550. On the French Mediterranean island of Corsica snow was up to one meter thick in the higher villages and all flights were cancelled from Bastia airport.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)

2012        Jul 2, Corsican separatist gunmen (FNLC) attacked the luxury holiday villa of a French banker, evacuated the occupants and detonated 4 explosives inside.
    (SFC, 7/3/12, p.A2)

2012        Nov 14, On France’s island of Corsica Jacques Nacer, a shopkeeper and chief of Corsica's chamber of commerce, was killed. He was the second high-profile killing on the island in a month.
    (AP, 11/15/12)

2012        Dec 7, On the French island of Corsica a man was shot dead and at least 17 houses were bombed. The vacation destination is also home to criminal gangs and a simmering homegrown nationalist movement.
    (AP, 12/8/12)

2015        Jul 31, A Picasso painting was seized from a yacht by Corsican customs agents. Spain accused the painting's owner, Jaime Botin (79), a well-known Spanish banker whose family founded the Santander banking group, of trying to illegally export it to Switzerland. Painted in 1906, "Head of a Young Woman" is considered by Spain to be a national treasure.
    (AFP, 8/11/15)(AP, 8/11/15)

2015        Dec 25, In Corsica a crowd vandalized a Muslim prayer room a day after an ambush injured two firefighters responding to an emergency in a housing project.
    (AP, 12/26/15)

2015        Dec 27, France banned demonstrations in part of the Corsican capital Ajaccio following two days of anti-Arab protests and sectarian tensions.
    (AFP, 12/27/15)

2016        May 3, In Corsica the so-called October 22 splinter group of the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC) said it would end "military operations", two years after the main militant movement on the French island laid down its arms.
    (AFP, 5/3/16)

2017        Aug 12, Scorching temperatures and high winds fuelled huge wildfires on the French island of Corsica, forcing holidaymakers to flee, and in Portugal where firefighters have brought two major blazes under control.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)

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