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  Haiti and the Dominican Republic comprise the Island of Hispaniola. The capital of DR is Santo Domingo.
 (WUD, 1994, p.673)(SFC, 1/10/96, p.A15)(Hem., Dec. '95, p.106)

1492        Dec 5, Columbus discovered Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).

1492        Dec 24-1492 Dec 25, The Santa Maria under Columbus ran aground on a reef off Espanola on Christmas eve, and sank the next day. With the remains of the Santa Maria, Columbus built a fort and called it La Navidad. About two dozen crew members were left behind.
    (http://tinyurl.com/dfzzk)(SFC, 10/6/14, p.A2)

1493        Jan 4, Columbus departed La Navidad, Hispaniola, and sailed eastward along the coast. He left behind 38 men, all of whom were later killed in disputes with the local Indians.
    (ON, 8/09, p.2)

1493        Jan 6, Columbus encountered the Pinta along the north coast of Hispaniola.
    (ON, 8/09, p.2)

1493        Jan 16, Columbus aboard the Nina departed Hispaniola along with the Pinta to return to Spain.
    (ON, 8/09, p.2)

1493        Nov 3, Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second expedition. He and his crew of 1,500 built the town of La Isabela on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It was abandoned within 5 years due in part to poor relations with the Taino Indians. This area was part of the chiefdom of Higuey.
    (AM, 7/97, p.54,60)(http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v2.htm)

1493        Nov 22, Christopher Columbus arrived at Hispaniola on his 2nd voyage.
    (AM, 7/97, p.54,60)(www.jeanrabel.com/history1.html)

1493        Nov 28, Christopher Columbus arrived La Navidad, Hispaniola. He found the fort burned and his men from the 1st voyage dead. According to the account of Guacanagari, the local chief who had befriended Columbus on the first voyage, the men at Navidad had fallen to arguing among themselves over women and gold.

1493        Dec 8, Christopher Columbus and his crew of 1,500 built the town of La Isabela on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It was abandoned within 5 years due in part to poor relations with the Taino Indians. This area was part of the chiefdom of Higuey.
    (AM, 7/97, p.54,60)(http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v2.htm)

1494        Jan 6, The 1st Roman Catholic Mass in the New World marked the official establishment of La Isabela.
    (AM, 7/97, p.58)

1494        Jan, In the Dominican Republic there was a failed rebellion against Columbus. The revolt was organized by Bernal de Pisa, the royal accountant, who was unhappy with the poor return of gold. Pisa was jailed and several others were hanged.
    (AM, 7/97, p.57,59)

1494        Apr 24, Columbus departed Isabela, Hispaniola, with 3 ships in an effort to reach China, which he believed was nearby.

1494        Apr, Alonso de Hojeda cut off the ear of a Taino Indian for alleged stealing and sent a number of Indians in chains to La Isabela.
    (AM, 7/97, p.59)

1494        Aug 20, Columbus returned to Hispaniola. He had confirmed that Jamaica was an island and failed to find a mainland.

1494        Father Ramon Pane wrote an account of the Taino religion at the request of Christopher Columbus.
    (AM, 7/97, p.61)

1495        The Taino Indians staged an organized attack on the Spaniards, but it was easily crushed.
    (AM, 7/97, p.59)

1496        Mar 10, Christopher Columbus concluded his 2nd visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Isabela, with 2 ships for Spain. He returned to Spain to ask for more support for his colony on Hispaniola.
    (AM, 7/97, p.59)(http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v2.htm)

1496        Apr, About this time Bartolome Columbus moved the colony to a new settlement on the south coast, named Isabela La Nueva. It was established on the east bank of the Ozama River. Columbus established Santo Domingo in what is now the Dominican Republic.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(AM, 7/97, p.59)(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T10)

1497        While Columbus was absent Francisco de Roldan, a former servant, and over 100 followers sacked the custom house at La Isabela and left to live with the Taino in a province called Jaragua.
    (AM, 7/97, p.59)

1498        Aug 19, Christopher Columbus arrived at the southern coast of Hispaniola.

1500        Oct, Governor De Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captured Christopher Columbus and returned him in shackles to Spain. Columbus, during his third sojourn to the new world, engaged in a dispute with the ambassador plenipotentiary to Santo Domingo, Hispaniola (later shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Columbus was later released and forgiven by the Queen.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.143)(SFEC, 3/15/98, Z1 p.8)(http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v2.htm)

1502        Jun 29, Christopher Columbus arrived at Santo Domingo, Hispaniola, on his 4th voyage to the new world. He requested harbor and advised Gov. Nicolas de Ovando of an approaching hurricane. Ovando denied the request and dispatched a treasure fleet to Spain. 20 ships sank in the storm, 9 returned to port and one made it to Spain.

1502        Bartolome de Las Casas, soldier, sailed to Hispaniola. He participated in the conquest of Cuba and received a royal land grant. He later had a change of heart and became a Dominican priest. 2,500 colonists arrived at Hispaniola.
    (NH, 10/96, p.29)(TL-MB, 1988, p.8)

1502        A hurricane nearly destroyed La Nueva Isabela and it was abandoned. The city was rebuilt on the other side of the river as Santo Domingo by the new governor, Nicholas de Ovando.
    (AM, 7/97, p.59)

1503        Apr 16, Christopher Columbus abandoned the garrison at Rio Belen (Panama) and sailed for home (Hispaniola) with 3 ships. On the way he was shipwrecked in Jamaica.

1504        Jun 29, Diego Mendez, one of Columbus's captains, returned to Jamaica with a small caravel and rescued the Columbus expedition. Mendez had managed to take a canoe from Jamaica to Hispaniola where he chartered the rescue ship.

1503        The missionary Bartolome de Las Casa described the brutal destruction of a Taino Indian city, La Aleta (later in the Dominican Republic). Captain-Gen’l. Juan de Esquival led a Spanish force that massacred 600-700 Higuey Tainos for rebelling after one of their chiefs was disemboweled by a Spanish attack dog. In 1997 archeologists found evidence of a city at the site called La Aleta.
    (SFC, 3/29/97, p.A10)(AM, 7/97, p.60)

1510        The Florentine banker Bartolommeo di Marchionni lent the King of Spain money for the crown’s first shipment of Africans to Santo Domingo.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, BR p.4)

1514        Diego Columbus, son of Christopher, built the first seat of government in the Americas in Santo Domingo.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, p.T10)

1515        Bartolome de Las Casas (1474-1566), Dominican priest and the first Spanish priest to be ordained in the New World, returned to Spain from Hispaniola to plead on behalf of the ill-treated native Indians. He became known as the “Apostle to the Indians." Helen Rand Parish (1912-2005) later authored a number of seminal works on Las Casas.
    (NH, 10/96, p.29)(TL-MB, p.11)(SSFC, 5/15/05, p.A19)(http://tinyurl.com/brzzu)

1515        By this year the Taino Indians were practically annihilated in clashes with the Spanish.
    (SFC, 3/29/97, p.A10)

1522        A massive slave rebellion, the first of dozens, was crushed in Hispaniola.
    (TL-MB, p.12)

1526        Jul 26, The Spaniard Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon and his colonists left Santo Domingo in the Caribbean for Florida.
    (HN, 7/26/98)

1585        Francis Drake attacked the Spanish ports of Vigo and Santo Domingo. English shipping in Spanish ports was then confiscated as a virtual declaration of war by Spain.   
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.24)

1586        Jan 1, Francis Drake, who left England on a new voyage to America last September, made a surprise attack on the heavily fortified city of Santo Domingo in Hispaniola, forcing the governor to pay a large ransom.
    (HN, 1/1/99)

1659        The French colony of Saint-Domingue was founded on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and continued to 1804.

1697        Sep 20, The Treaty of Ryswick was signed in Holland. It ended the War of the Grand Alliance (aka War of the League of Augsburg,1688-1697) between France and the Grand Alliance. Under the Treaty France’s King Louis XIV (1638-1715) recognized William III (1650-1702) as King of England. The Dutch received trade concessions, and France and the Grand Alliance members (Holland and the Austrian Hapsburgs) gave up most of the land they had conquered since 1679. The signees included France, England, Spain and Holland. By the Treaty of Ryswick, a portion of Hispaniola was formally ceded to France and became known as Saint-Domingue. The remaining Spanish section was called Santo Domingo.

1791        Aug 14, Haitian slaves, led by voodoo priest Boukman Dutty, gathered to plan a revolution.
    (SFCM, 5/30/04, p.9)( http://tinyurl.com/yun3k3)

1791        In St. Domingue Toussaint L’Ouverture joined the slave rebellion against plantation owners and later led a colonial revolt against France. In 1995 Madison Smart Bell authored "All Souls Rising," a novel set in this period.
    (SFEC, 1/26/97 BR, p.10)(SSFC, 4/8/01, BR p.4)(SFCM, 5/30/04, p.10)

1792        Jan 28, Rebellious slaves in Santo Domingo launched an attack on the city of Cap.
    (HN, 1/28/99)

1793        Apr 14, A royalist rebellion in Santo Domingo was crushed by French republican troops.
    (HN, 4/14/99)

1793        Aug 29, Slavery was abolished in the French colony of Santo Domingo (Haiti).
    (HN, 8/29/98)(MC, 8/29/01)

1793        Sep, The 1st British soldiers came ashore at St. Domingue.
    (SFCM, 5/30/04, p.10)

1794        May, Toussaint Louverture (L’Ouverture), Haitian rebel leader, ended his alliance with the Iberian monarchy and embraced the French Republicans. An order followed that led to the massacre of Spaniards.
    (WSJ, 1/19/07, p.W4)

1795        Jul 22, Spain signed the Peace of Basel, a treaty with France ending the War of the Pyrenees. The treaty ceded Santo Domingo to France.

1795        Britain reinforced its forces in St. Domingue. It was the largest expedition that had ever left England.
    (SFCM, 5/30/04, p.12)

1798        May 2, The black General Toussaint L'ouverture forced British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo. After 5 years of fighting over 60% of 20,000 British troops were buried on St. Domingue.
    (HN, 5/2/99)(SFCM, 5/30/04, p.12)

1800        Dessalines, a lieutenant of Haitian rebel leader Toussaint L'Ouverture (Louverture),  butchered many mulattoes (the estimates range from 200 to 10,000).
    (http://tinyurl.com/22xwby)(WSJ, 1/19/07, p.W4)

1800s        The Haitians occupied the country twice since the 1800s.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)

1801        Jan, Toussaint Louverture, ignoring the commands of Napoleon Bonaparte, overran Spanish Santo Domingo, where slavery persisted.

1801        Jul 7, A new constitution, drafted by a committee appointed by Toussaint Louverture (L’Ouverture), went into effect and declared the independence of Hispaniola. The constitution made him governor general for life with near absolute powers.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_L'Ouverture)(WSJ, 3/1/04, p.A16)

1802        Feb, Napoleon sent a large army under his brother-in-law, Charles Leclerc, to regain control of St. Domingue. Thousands of soldiers died mainly to yellow fever and French control was abandoned so as to support military ventures in Europe. Toussaint L'Ouverture turned to guerrilla warfare inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution and its motto of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity."
    (CO, Grolier's, 11/10/95)(AP, 4/7/03)

1803        Nov 18, The Battle of Vertieres was fought. Jean-Jacques Dessalines (b.1758), Haitian rebel leader, led his army to decisive victory over the French with his slogan "Cut off their heads and burn down their houses."
    (HFA, ‘96, p.42)(AP, 4/7/03)(www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/43a/168.html)

1804        Jan 1, Jacques Dessalines proclaimed the Republic of Haiti and declared independence from France (National Day).
    (WSJ, 3/1/04, p.A16)(SFCM, 5/30/04, p.19)

1804        Apr 20, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian rebel leader, commanded a massacre of the French at town of Cape Francois. It is generally thought that Dessalines had around 20,000 French slaughtered in early 1804.

1804        Oct 6, Jean-Jacques Dessalines (b.1758) had himself crowned James I, Emperor of Haiti. He was murdered two years later in a conspiracy under Christophe and Pétion.

1806        Oct 17, Jean-Jacques Dessalines (b.1758), Emp. Jacques I of Haiti, was assassinated.

1821-1844    Haiti occupied the Dominican Rep. during this period.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.30)

1844        Feb 27, Dominican Republic rebels, under the leadership of Francisco del Rosario Sanchez and Ramon Mella, launched their uprising and gained independence from Haiti (National Day). [see Nov 6]

1844        Nov 6, The first constitution of the new Dominican Republic was signed in San Cristobal. Pedro Santana, fearing political instability, controlled revisions to the newly written constitution that allowed him to stay in power, and declared himself president of the nation, a post he would hold from 1844-1848, 1853-1856, and 1858-1861. Spain granted independence to the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic won independence from next door Haiti after 2 occupations. [see Feb 27]
    (http://dr1.com/articles/history_1.shtml)(SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-9)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.35)

1849-1878    Buenaventura Baez served five terms as president of the Dominican Republic. He sought to have his country annexed by the United States twice, in 1850 and 1868. In 1878 he was forced out of office and into permanent exile in Puerto Rico. Baez helped lead the revolt that established the republic's independence from Haiti in 1843. Baez is remembered as a thoroughly corrupt tyrant, having no regard for his people or their property.
    (HNQ, 2/1/99)

1863-1865    The conflict of this period was known as the War of the Restoration. From 1844--after independence from Haitian—until 1899, the fledgling republic was dominated by a series of dictatorial “men on horseback." One of these strong men, Pedro Santana, endeavored to stave off the threat of Haiti by returning the country to Spanish control, with him as the Governor General beginning in 1861. The Spanish troops eventually left, but the idea of the protectorate remained, eventually leading to U.S. occupation in 1916.
    (HNQ, 8/10/00)

1891        Oct 24, Rafael L. Trujillo Molina, was born. He became president and dictator of the Dominican Republic (1930-61).
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1902        Apr 28, A revolution broke out in the Dominican Republic.
    (HN, 4/28/98)

1904        Jan 2, U.S. Marines were sent to Santo Domingo to aid the government against rebel forces.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1905        Feb 7, The Dominican Republic signed a treaty turning over customs collection to US.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1916        May 5, US Marines began an invasion of the Dominican Republic after the country's Secretary of War, Desiderio Arias, seized power from Juan Isidro Jimenes Pereyra.

1916        May 15, U.S. Marines landed in Santo Domingo to quell civil disorder. [see May 5, 1916]
    (HN, 5/15/98)

1916        May 29, U.S. forces invaded the Dominican Republic and stayed until 1924. [see May 5&15, 1916]
    (HN, 5/29/98)

1916        Nov 29, US declared martial law in Dominican Republic.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1916-1924    US Marines occupied the Dominican Republic.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)

1924        Jun 26, After eight years of occupation, American troops left the Dominican Republic.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1930        Aug 16, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (b.1891), an American-trained National Guard general, began ruling as dictator of the Dominican Republic and continued to 1961, when he was assassinated.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Trujillo)

1930        Sep 3, In the Dominican Republic a hurricane killed 2,000 and injured 4,000.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

1930s        Late, A handful of Spanish artists, including Eugenio Granell and Jose Vela Zanetti, immigrated to Santo Domingo and introduced the modern art idiom.
    (WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A14)

1936        Trujillo changed the name of Santo Domingo to "Ciudad Trujillo."
    (WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A24)

1937        Mar 6, Jose Pena Gomez (d.1998 at 61), advocate for the poor and later mayor of Santo Domingo, was born in Valverde, Dominican Republic, to Haitian immigrants. According to Jose Pena Gomez, a Dominican massacre of Haitians forced his parents to flee back to Haiti. Jose was adopted by a Dominican family.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)

1937        Thousands of Haitian immigrants were massacred in the Dominican Republic under dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. An estimated 30,000 Haitians and black Dominicans were rounded up at gunpoint and executed, often by machetes (to give the impression that peasants had committed the murders). In 1998 the novel “The Farming of Bones" by Edwidge Danticat was based on this event.
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, BR p.3)(http://tinyurl.com/yhso9ty)

1939        A handful of Spanish artists, including Eugenio Granell and Jose Vela Zanetti, immigrated to Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic and introduced the modern art idiom.
    (WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenio_Granell)

1939        The Dominican Rep. and Haiti in their “Agreement on Migration" said that all Haitian descendants in the Dominican Rep. are Haitians as provided in the Haitian constitution.
    (Econ, 1/4/14, p.11)

1942        Minerva Bernardino led the fight for expanded rights in the new constitution.
    (SFC, 9/5/98, p.A23)

1947        Juan Bosch of the Dominican Republic worked as a personal secretary to Cuba’s Pres. Carlos Prio Socarras and participated in an ill-fated attempt to organize an anti-Trujillo invasion.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, p.D6)

1950        Minerva Bernardino (d.1998 at 91) was appointed a representative of the Dominican Republic at the United Nations. She was one of the only 4 women to sign the 1945 UN Charter in San Francisco. She had insisted that the document include the phrase “to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination against race, sex, condition or creed."
    (SFC, 9/5/98, p.A23)

1955        Rafael Leonidas Trujillo ordered every household to hang a plaque that read: In this house, Trujillo is chief."
    (WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A24)

1956-1959    Some 1,300 Japanese made a 30-day, 8,000 mile voyage across the oceans to settle on free land offered by Dominican Republic dictator Gen. Rafael Trujillo. In 2000 more than 170 immigrants sued the Japanese government, claiming they were deceived into leaving Japan and taking bad land. In 2006 Japan settled the lawsuit, promising to pay up to $17,000 to each plaintiff as well as $10,000 to emigrants who did not take part in the suit.
    (AP, 7/25/06)

1959        The Dominican dictator Trujillo broke relations with Cuba soon after Castro took power.
    (WSJ, 4/9/98, p.A1)

1961        May 30, Rafael Leonides Trujillo Molina (69), Dominican Republic dictator (1930-61), was murdered. In his final years he had installed Joaquin Balaguer as vice president and then as president. Balaguer fled to exile in NYC following the assassination.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(SFC, 7/15/02, p.B6)(MC, 5/30/02)

1962        Dec 20, In its first free election in 38 years, the Dominican Republic chose leftist Juan Bosch Gavino, the leftist leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, as president. Juan Bosch (1909-2001) was toppled in the Dominican Republic by the army shortly after being elected. His plans for land reform would have split up sugar plantations owned by generals.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)(HN, 12/20/98)(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D6)

1963        Sep 25, Juan Bosch (1909-2001) was toppled in the Dominican Republic by the army shortly after being elected. His plans for land reform would have split up sugar plantations owned by generals.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Bosch)

1965        Jose Pena Gomez incited a popular uprising on radio and demanded the restoration of Pres. Bosch. Leftists in the army revolted and Pres. Lyndon Johnson sent in 23,000 US Marines to prevent a Cuban-style revolution.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)

1965        Apr 28, U.S. Army and Marines under US Pres. Lyndon Johnson invaded the Dominican Republic to stop a civil war. Johnson sent 22,800 troops at the urging of Thomas Mann (d.1999 at 87), a high state department official. The troops stayed until stay until Oct 1966.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(HN, 4/28/98)(MC, 4/28/02)

1965        Jul 5, Porfirio Rubirosa (b.1909), Dominican Republic playboy, died in a car crash in Paris. His 5 wives included Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. In 2005 Shawn Levy authored “The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa."
    (http://tinyurl.com/bfdj4)(SSFC, 10/16/05, p.M3)

1966        Joaquin Balaguer, a conservative former president, defeated Bosch in elections with US support and served as president for 22 of the next 30 years.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)

1968        Nov 12, Sammy Sosa, baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), was born in the Dominican Republic.

1970        Feb 15, A Dominican DC-9 crashed into sea at Santo Domingo and 102 people were killed.

1973        Juan Bosch resigned from the Dominican Revolutionary Party, founded by exiles in Cuba, and formed the moderate Dominican Liberation Party.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D6)

1975        Mar 17, Journalist Orlando Martinez Howley, editor of the opposition magazine Ahora and columnist for El Nacional, was slain. In 1997 police arrested retired Gen’l. Salvador Lluberes Montes, former chief of the armed forces, in connection with the slayings. In 2000 retired Gen. Joaquin Pou Castro, gunman Rafael Lluberes Ricart, former air force officer Mariano Cabrera Duran and Luis Emilio de la Rosa Beras were sentenced to 30 years in prison each for their role in the murder.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A9)(SFC, 4/2/97, p.A12)(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A11)

1975        Nov 20, An interim report by the US Senate’s Church Committee said that the CIA failed to assassinate Fidel Castro at least 8 times. The report also covered CIA activity in Chile, the Congo, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.
    (WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A9)(http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Church_Committee)

1978        May, The Revolutionary Party (PRD), under the leadership of Jose Pena Gomez, won the Dominican Rep. presidential elections.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A21)(www.qsy.com/dominican/domrep01.html)

1978        Aug 16, Antonio Guzman (1911-1982) assumed office as president of the Dominican Rep. Mindful of the fate of Juan Bosch sixteen years before, Guzman determined to move slowly in the area of social and economic reforms and to deal as directly as possible with the threat of political pressure from the armed forces.

1979-1997    In the Dominican Rep. Metales y Oxido S.A., ran a battery recycling plant in Haina. It left behind fields of lead powder that sickened local people and caused brain damage in children. The Dominican government said in 1999 that the site would be cleaned up, but little was done. In 2007 cleanup efforts began to move forward.
    (AP, 6/20/07)

1980        Feb 27, The M-19 revolutionary group took over the embassy of the Dominican Republic in Bogota, Colombia, for 2 months. After 61 days they were given $1 million and asylum to Cuba in a deal negotiation by Pres. Turbay.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A12)(AP, 9/14/05)

1982        May 16, In the Dominican Republic the Revolutionary Party, under the leadership of Jose Pena Gomez (1937-1998), won the presidential elections. The PRD's presidential candidate, Salvador Jorge Blanco, won, and the PRD gained a majority in both houses of Congress. Jose Pena Gomez served as the mayor of Santo Domingo from 1982-1986.

1982        Jul 4, Antonio Guzman (b.1911), president of the Dominican Rep., committed suicide by a gunshot wound to his head while still in office. Vice president Jacobo Majluta Azar served out the remainder of the term.

1982-1986    In the Dominican Rep. Salvador Jorge Blanco (1926-2010) served as president. In 1991 he was  convicted of corruption under a political antagonist's administration. In 2001 he was declared innocent by an appeals court. Blanco's single term in office was marked by severe economic problems that lingered despite his austerity policies backed by the International Monetary Fund and rescheduling of one-third of the Caribbean country's $3 billion foreign debt.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

1984        Apr, In the Dominican Rep. rioting erupted over austerity measures and dozens were left dead.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

1986        In the Dominican Republic former Pres. Joaquin Balaguer won elections and served for 10 years.
    (SFC, 7/15/02, p.B6)
1986        The site of the 1493 town of La Isabela was named a national park, Solar de las Americas.
    (AM, 7/97, p.54)

1986        Ramon Baez Sr. started Baninter Bank.
    (WSJ, 6/30/03, p.A12)

1990        Inflation surged to 100% and forced the initiation of austerity measures.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)

1991        Julia Alvarez, native of the Dominican Republic, wrote her novel “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents."
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.E1)

1991        Former Dominican Rep. Pres. Jorge Blanco (1982-1986) was sentenced along with three other men to 20 years in prison for misspending government funds meant for military purchases. The conviction was overturned in 2001 by an appeals court that ruled Blanco and the three other men were never provided the right to defend themselves.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

1992        A US Senate report linked the Sun Yee On triad to criminal organizations in Canada, the Dominican Republic, and 7 US cities including SF. The report stated that the syndicate was in outright control of the entertainment industry in Hong Kong.
    (SFC, 2/18/98, p.A7)

1994        May 26, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. (The marriage, however, did not last.)
    (AP, 5/26/99)
1994        Oct, The former Haiti police chief, Lt. Col. Michel Francois fled to the Dominican Republic 2 weeks after US troops arrived in Haiti.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A10)

1994        The Dominican Rep. drew up its 32nd new constitution.
    (Econ, 3/15/14, p.15)
1994        In the Dominican Rep. Pres. Joaquin Balaguer was re-elected after a questionable 1% margin of victory over Jose Francesco Pena Gomez. By this year inflation dropped to 4%.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)
1994        In the Dominican Republic journalist Narciso Gonzalez disappeared outside air force headquarters. He had accused Balaguer of fraud in the elections.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A9)

1996        Feb 6, A Turkish-owned Boeing 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Puerto Plata shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Republic, killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.
    (WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(AP, 2/6/01)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1996        Mar 2, Jacobo Majluta (61), President of Dominican Republic (1982), died.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1996        May 16, Three candidates vied to succeed Pres. Joaquin Balaguer. Front runner Jose Francisco Pena Gomez of the Dominican Liberation Party was accused of having Haitian parentage. Most Dominicans are of mixed European and African heritage. The candidate of the ruling Social Christian Reformist Party was Jacinto Peynado. The centrist candidate was Leonel Fernandez.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-9)

1996        May 18, A second round of voting on June 30 put Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Liberation Party against Jose Francisco Pena Gomez of the Dominican Revolutionary Party.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-8)

1996        Jun 30, Leonel Fernandez won the elections with 51% of the vote.
    (WSJ, 7/2/96, p.A1)

1996         Aug 16, Dominican Rep. Pres. Balaguer left office. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna (b. 1953), a 42-year-old lawyer who grew up in New York City, was the 100th president of the Dominican Republic. He replaced Joaquín Amparo Balaguer Ricardo (1906-2002), President of the Dominican Republic from 1960 to 1962, from 1966 to 1978, and again from 1986-1996.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaquin_Balaguer)

1996        Oct, Pres. Leonel Fernandez forced 24 army generals into retirement.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A9)

1996        Nov 1, Pres. Fernandez fired his commander-in-chief Lt. Gen’l. Juan Bautista Rojas Tobar after he was accused of involvement in the 1994 slaying of Narciso Gonzalez.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A9)

1997        Nov 11, Troops clashed with marchers at the start of a general strike and one demonstrator was left dead. The strike was called to protest low wages, power outages, closed schools and closed businesses.
    (WSJ, 11/12/97, p.A1)

1998        Jan, The 6-month sugar cane harvest began and thousands of Haitians were entering the country illegally to work.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.A9)

1998        Feb 7, Falco (40), Austrian born pop singer, died while on vacation in an auto crash in the Dominican Republic. His hits included “Der Kommissar," “Rock Me Amadeus," and “Vienna Calling."
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)

1998        Apr 8, Cuba restored relations with the Dominican Republic.
    (WSJ, 4/9/98, p.A1)

1998        Aug 20, Fidel Castro (72) visited the Dominican Republic for a regional meeting on trade negotiations with Europe. He was greeted by Pres. Leonel Fernandez (44).
    (SFC, 8/21/98, p.A15)

1998        Sep 22, Hurricane Georges hit the Dominican Republic and at least 12 people were killed. Three people were killed in St. Kitts, 2 in Antigua and 4 in Puerto Rico.
    (SFC, 9/23/98, p.A10)

1998        Sep 23, The death toll from hurricane Georges reached 110. 17 people were killed in Haiti and 17 in the Dominican Republic as the storm hit Cuba.
    (SFC, 9/24/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 9/24/98, p.A1)

1998        The tiny 1.6 cm. Jaragua Gecko was found on Beata Island. It was the smallest of all 23,000 species of reptiles, birds and animals.
    (SFC, 12/15/01, p.A2)

1998        Sep 24, The death toll from Hurricane Georges reached 443. The Dominican Republic toll was later set at 265; 154 in Haiti; 6 in Cuba; 11 in Puerto Rico; 2 in Antigua; 4 in St. Kitts and Nevis and 1 in the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 9/25/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A11)

1999        Jan 6, The Dominican Republic considered sending soldiers into parts of Santo Domingo where fighting between police and drug gangs had left 48 people dead since late Dec.
    (WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 22, The FBI hit a big Mexican drug ring, formerly run by Amado Carillo Fuentes, with 93 arrests in the US and the Dominican Republic.
    (WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 26, Leaders of 71 developing countries demanded that the world's poorest countries be allowed to export goods duty-free to wealthy economies. The ACP group was meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)

1999        Nov, Drug trafficker Jose Figueroa Agosto walked out of that Puerto Rican prison after presenting guards with a forged release order. He had served only four years of a 209-year sentence for killing a man suspected of stealing a cocaine shipment. Within a month, he moved to the Dominican Republic, where he was detained as part of a drug investigation in 2001. He was released after two weeks; he used an alias and authorities didn't know his true identity.
    (AP, 3/17/10)

2000        Jan 17, A boat carrying 40 migrants trying to illegally reach Puerto Rico sank off the Dominican coast after leaving Sabana de la Mar and at least 8 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A12)

2000        Feb 25, It was reported that the number of HIV infected people in the Caribbean region ranged from 500,000-700,000. Cases in Haiti were estimated to be 330,000 and 150,000 in the Dominican Republic
    (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A10)

2000        Mar 8, Near Puerto Rico at least 10 people died when a boat carrying some 70 illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic capsized.
    (SFC, 3/9/00, p.A12)

2000        May 17, In the Dominican Republic Hipolito Mejia, the populist opposition leader, was on the verge of winning the election with enough votes to avoid a runoff. Danilo Medina of the incumbent Liberation party had 24.9% and Joaquin Balaguer had 24.6% for the Social Christian Reformist Party.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.C16)

2000        May 18, Hipolito Mejia was declared the winner in the presidential race after his opponents withdrew.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.D4)

2000        Aug 16, Hipolito Mejia (59) assumed the presidency of the Dominican Republic succeeding Leonel Fernandez. He proceeded to use foreign borrowing to finance public spending.
    (SFC, 8/17/00, p.A16)(Econ, 12/13/03, p.35)

2000        Oct 3, In the Dominican Republic an arms depot exploded and 2 civilians were killed in San Cristobal.
    (WSJ, 10/4/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 4, It was reported that a mutated oral polio vaccine infected at least 3 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. That standard vaccine appeared to work against the mutated strain.
    (SFC, 12/4/00, p.E2)(WSJ, 4/16/02, p.A1)

2000        Mario Vargos Llosa of Peru authored his historical novel “The Feast of the Goat." It explored the cruel regime of General Trujillo in the Dominican Rep.
    (Econ, 10/16/10, p.44)

2001        Mar 15, Two of 60 Dominicans survived a shipwreck following 24 days at sea. Some had resorted to eating the dead after food and water ran out. The migrants were attempting to reach Puerto Rico.
    (SFC, 3/21/01, p.A14)

2001        Aug 31, The US Little League tossed out pitcher Danny Almonte’s perfect game and all his teams victories and 3rd place World Series finish after learning that he was 14 and not 12.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A8)

2001        Oct 7, Hurricane Iris caused a mudslide in the Dominican Republic that killed 3 people.
    (WSJ, 10/8/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 12, American Airlines Flight 587, bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed in Belle Harbor in the Far Rockaway district of Queens just after takeoff from JFK Airport. All 260 crew and passengers were killed as well as 5 people on the ground. The A300-600 plane appeared to have fallen apart. The vertical tail section cracked off when composite fittings failed possibly due to turbulence from a preceding 747. In 2004 a safety board said the pilot’s “unnecessary and excessive“ use of the rudder contributed to the crash.
    (SFC, 11/14/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A19)(SFC, 10/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 11/12/05)

2002        May 16, Legislative and municipal elections were held. The ruling Dominican Revolutionary Party of Pres. Hipolito Mejia claimed victory.
    (SFC, 5/18/02, p.A13)

2002        Jul 13,  Dominican lawmakers voted to reform the country's constitution to allow presidents to serve two consecutive terms in office.
    (AP, 7/14/02)

2002        Jul 14,  Joaquin Balaguer (95), who ruled the Dominican Republic for 22 years and dominated his country's politics for years after leaving office, died.
    (AP, 7/14/02)(SFC, 7/15/02, p.B6)

2002        Aug 10, A UNICEF report said about 2,500 Haitian children are smuggled illegally into the Dominican Republic each year to work as manual laborers or beggars.
    (AP, 8/10/02)

2002        Sep 14, In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, demonstrators threw homemade firebombs at police who retaliated with tear gas during a fourth day of violent protests over electricity blackouts that have left 2 dead.
    (AP, 9/14/02)

2002        Sep 20, A riot in an overcrowded Dominican prison left 30 inmates dead and 48 others injured, 12 critically. Most of the deaths were by smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 9/20/02)(AP, 2/16/12)

2002        Nov 15, Latin American leaders gathered in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, for the 12th annual Ibero-American Summit to discuss ways to ease poverty, fight drug trafficking and heal internal strife.
    (AP, 11/15/02)

2002        Nov 17, Leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal closed their summit with new pledges of support for struggling coffee-growing countries.
    (AP, 11/17/02)

2003          Feb 26, Striking Dominica public workers agreed to end a 6-day strike that slowed air transportation and mail service, after the government agreed to review its proposal to cut the work force.
    (AP, 2/26/03)

2003        May 15, The Dominican government took control of the Caribbean nation's oldest and most respected newspaper and seized 70 radio and four television stations after Ramon Baez, banker and media baron, was charged with bank fraud.
    (AP, 5/15/03)(WSJ, 6/30/03, p.A12)

2003        Jun 3, Miss Dominican Republic, 18-year-old Amelia Vega, was crowned in Panama City, Panama, as Miss Universe 2003.
    (AP, 6/4/03)

2003        Aug 11, The Dominican Republic granted asylum to former Ecuadorian President Gustavo Noboa, who has been under investigation for allegedly mishandling his country's foreign debt negotiations and costing the country $9 billion.
    (AP, 8/12/03)

2003        Aug 20, In the Dominican Republic police clashed with rioters who were protesting rising prices and electrical blackouts, leaving one man dead and a dozen arrested.
    (AP, 8/21/03)

2003        Oct, The IMF suspended a $600 million loan program to the Dominican Republic, agreed upon in August, after the government paid out a similar amount to re-nationalize the 2 main electricity distributors.
    (Econ, 12/13/03, p.35)

2003        Nov 11, Dominican Republic police fired rubber bullets at rock-throwing protesters during a general strike. At least 6 people were reported killed and 60 injured.
    (AP, 11/12/03)

2003        Dec 7, Tropical Storm Odette lashed the Dominican Republic with torrential rains, prompting thousands to flee their homes and killed at least 8 people before it dissipated over the Atlantic.
    (AP, 12/8/03)

2003        About 20% of Dominican Republic’s GDP went into a questionable bailout of the country’s 3rd largest bank. The bailout under Pres. Mejia triggered economic chaos.
    (Econ, 8/21/04, p.31)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.42)
2003        The Dominican Rep. began to reform its prisons.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.46)
2003        The Dominican Republic population was about 8.5 million.
    (Hem., Dec. '95, p.106)

2004        Jan 28, Businesses shut down, schools closed and streets emptied for a 48-hour strike to protest the Dominican Republic's worst economic crisis in decades.
    (AP, 1/28/04)

2004        Jan 29, In the Dominican Republic at least 4 protesters died from gunshot wounds suffered in clashes with security forces.
    (AP, 1/29/04)

2004        Apr 20, Gen. Jose Miguel Soto Jimenez said the Dominican Republic will pull its troops out of Iraq early, in the next few weeks, following the lead of Spain and Honduras.
    (AP, 4/20/04)

2004        May 16, Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia sought a second term in an election. Leonel Fernandez, former Dominican leader (1996-2000), reclaimed the presidency in a vote that reflected frustration with the nation's worst economic crisis in decades. A polling-station shooting left 3 people dead.
    (AP, 5/16/04)(AP, 5/17/04)(WSJ, 5/17/04, p.A1)

2004        May 24, Heavy rains left as many as 2000 people dead across the island of Hispaniola. Health officials feared up to 1,000 people could be dead in the Haitian town of Mopau. Floods wiped out villages across Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The final toll was over 3,300 dead.
     (AP, 5/27/04)(SFC, 5/28/04, p.A3)(AP, 6/5/04)

2004        May 28, US officials and 5 Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) signed a free trade pact (CAFTA), to be later approved by Congress. The Dominican Republic would be included later.
    (SFC, 5/29/04, p.A4)

2004        Jun 17, In the Dominican Republic Craig Roger Hiserote (55), an American executive for a North Carolina-based energy company, was killed by two gunmen on a motorcycle as he drove home from work in the coastal town of San Pedro de Macoris.
    (AP, 6/17/04)

2004        Aug 10, Thirty-three missing Dominican migrants were found alive after nearly two weeks at sea, but two died on the way to the hospital. 55 others aboard died on the journey.
    (AP, 8/10/04)(SFC, 8/12/04, p.A12)

2004        Sep 6, The Supreme Court ordered the Dominican government to relinquish control of the country's oldest daily newspaper, which was taken over more than a year ago amid a major bank scandal.
    (AP, 9/6/04)

2004        Sep 13, In the Dominican Republic 4 youths were swept away and killed by monstrous waves from Hurricane Ivan in Santo Domingo.
    (AP, 9/14/04)

2004        Sep 17, Tropical Storm Jeanne lashed the Dominican Republic with wind and rain that triggered mudslides and collapsed walls before it weakened to a tropical depression and headed toward the Bahamas. Eight were killed across the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/17/04)

2004        Oct 4, Officials in Haiti said they have found hundreds more bodies, raising the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne to nearly 2,000 people. Later estimates put the death toll at 3,000.
    (AP, 10/4/04)(AP, 11/1/07)

2004        Dec 3, A boat carrying at least 91 Dominican migrants apparently trying to reach Puerto Rico illegally capsized, killing eight people.
    (AP, 12/4/04)

2004        The Dominican Republic joined the negotiations for the Central American Free Trade Agreement with the US and the agreement was renamed DR-CAFTA.

2005        Feb, The Dominican Republic secured a $665 million loan from the IMF.
    (Econ, 5/28/05, p.42)

2005        Mar 7, In the Dominican Republic rival gangs fighting for control of a provincial prison set pillows and sheets ablaze, starting a fire that killed 136 inmates after rescuers were thwarted by a jammed entrance.
    (AP, 3/11/05)

2005        Apr 27, The Dominican Republic education secretary said all public elementary and secondary schools will institute mandatory English classes by the next school year.
    (AP, 4/27/05)

2005        Jun 30, In Honduras Central American leaders agreed to create a regional special forces unit to fight drug trafficking, gang violence and terrorism within their borders. The 2-day regional meeting included the presidents of Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.
    (AP, 6/30/05)

2005        Aug 2, President Bush signed a free trade pact with five Central American nations and the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 8/2/06)

2005        Aug 25, Haiti recalled its top diplomat to the Dominican Republic after 3 Haitian migrants were beaten and burned to death in an attack that has added to growing tensions between the uneasy Caribbean neighbors.
    (AP, 8/25/05)

2005        Sep 6, Dominican Republic legislators overwhelmingly approved a free-trade agreement with the US and five Central American countries, rejecting arguments that the pact would devastate the domestic sugar industry. The other five countries are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Costa Rica and Nicaragua had not yet ratified the pact.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 6, Nine countries: Antigua, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, Suriname, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Dominican Republic, signed oil deals with Venezuela in Jamaica. Cuba and Jamaica had previously signed. Chavez urged Caribbean governments to consider Cuba-style socialism as an alternative to capitalism.
    (AP, 9/11/05)

2005        Oct 1, In the Dominican Rep. 1,719 homicides were reported in the first eight months of the year, compared to 1,513 during the same period in 2004. At least 25 children have been killed or injured by stray bullets in the same period. Police estimate guns are used in 75 percent of homicides.
    (AP, 10/1/05)

2005        Oct 22, A record 22nd tropical storm of the season formed about 125 miles off the Dominican Republic; because the annual list of storm names had already been exhausted, forecasters called the new system Tropical Storm Alpha.
    (AP, 10/22/06)

2005        Oct 25, A rain-swollen river flooded Puerto Plata in the northern Dominican Republic, washing away houses and killing six people, including two children.
    (AP, 10/26/05)

2005        Nov 7, A jury in Miami, Florida, found Luis Alavarez Renta, a powerful financier from the Dominican Republic, liable on 3 counts of racketeering and one count of fraudulent money transfer in a civil case stemming from his actions in the 2003 collapse of Banco Intercontinental, or Baninter.
    (WSJ, 11/9/05, p.A14)

2005        Dec 26, Maxima Perez (33), a woman in the Dominican Republic, gave birth to the first sextuplets ever recorded in this Caribbean country.
    (AP, 12/27/05)

2005         In the Dominican Republic Diego (7), an adopted boy from Russia’s Volgograd region, was abandoned by a Russian couple who left him in the Boca Chica tourist zone with a driver who worked for them during their stay in the Caribbean country. After returning to Russia, authorities arrested the couple for cocaine trafficking. The boy lived with the taxi driver and his wife until authorities received allegations they were mistreating him. In 2008, he was taken away and sent to a temporary shelter for children who have been victims of domestic violence.
    (AP, 4/21/10)

2006        Jan 10-2006 Jan 11, The bodies of 24 Haitian migrants, who apparently suffocated crossing the border in a sealed truck, were found in the Dominican Republic. The victims were among 69 Haitians, mostly adult men, who were driven across the border illegally at the northern Dominican town of Dajabon.
    (AP, 1/12/06)

2006        Mar 2, Haiti's newly elected Pres. Rene Preval met with Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez in Santo Domingo amid rising tensions between their countries over immigration and security.
    (AP, 3/3/06)

2006        Mar 15, It was reported that the Dominican Republic is looking to Washington for help recovering at least $80 million in damages from a US utility it accuses of dumping thousands of tons of coal ash on the country's beaches, sickening residents and harming the tourism industry. The government says 82,000 tons of coal ash were shipped from an AES plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico, and left on beaches in Manzanillo and the Samana Bay port town of Arroyo Barril between October 2003 and March 2004 without proper government permits.
    (AP, 3/15/06)

2006        Apr 23, Powerful waves capsized a boat carrying Dominican migrants near a popular surfing beach off the coast of Puerto Rico killing at least five people. Small boats frequently attempt to smuggle migrants from the Dominican Republic to the US Caribbean territory, a roughly 70-mile journey across the often-perilous Mona Passage.
    (AP, 4/24/06)

2006        Jul, The Dominican Republic government imposed a new law to combat crime, all bars, liquor stores and nightclubs must close at midnight on weekdays and at 2 am on weekends.
    (AP, 10/14/06)

2006        Aug 17, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez named four generals and a former law partner to the Cabinet, a day after his party took control of the Caribbean country's Congress for the first time.
    (AP, 8/18/06)

2006        Oct 11, In the Dominican Republic Resort tycoon Howard "Butch" Kerzner was killed along with three others when a helicopter they were traveling in crashed into a building on the north coast.
    (AP, 10/12/06)

2006        Nov 17, Sonia Pierre (43) received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award at a ceremony in Washington, a prize of $30,000 and a promise from the center founded in honor of the late senator to help her cause. Her tireless work securing citizenship and education for Dominican-born ethnic Haitians has made her the target of threats at home, but has earned her recognition from overseas as a fierce defender of human rights.
    (AP, 11/17/06)

2006        Nov 27, In the Dominican Rep. fire struck a strip club after it closed in the early morning, killing 9 employees who lived on the floor above the establishment, including several dancers.
    (AP, 11/27/06)

2006        Dec 8, Former San Francisco Giants shortstop Jose Uribe was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 12/8/06)

2007        Feb 28, A boat carrying Haitian migrants caught fire off the coast of the Dominican Republic, leaving at least eight passengers dead and 44 missing.
    (AP, 3/1/07)

2007        May 12, A cutter of the Dominican Republic picked up 3 men hauling in bales of cocaine dropped from a plane that had originated in Venezuela. A US plane and British helicopters took part in the seizure of a half-ton of cocaine as Colombian drug traffic via Venezuela escalated.
    (SFC, 7/2/07, p.A17)

2007        Jun 6, In the Dominican Rep. a gym teacher opened fire at a school, killing one student and wounding another before using the gun to take his own life.
    (AP, 6/6/07)

2007        Jul 4, Taiwan's vice president kicked off a Latin American tour in the Dominican Republic, an ally rapidly increasing its economic and political ties with the island's diplomatic rival, China.
    (AP, 7/4/07)

2007        Aug 18, Hurricane Dean barreled across the eastern Caribbean and took aim at Hispaniola, Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with forecasters saying it could turn into a monster Category 5 storm within 72 hours. Dean claimed at least six lives as it began sweeping past the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
    (AP, 8/18/07)

2007        Oct 29,     Tropical Storm Noel caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people in the Dominican Republic and left another 20 missing.
    (AP, 10/30/07)

2007        Nov 1, Floodwaters and mudslides spawned by Tropical Storm Noel killed at least 143 people including 84 in the Dominican Republic and 57 in Haiti. By this evening Noel was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and rains continued to pound the area.
    (AP, 11/1/07)(AP, 11/4/07)

2007        Nov 8, Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra swept the Latin Grammy Awards, taking home five musical honors including album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.
    (AP, 11/8/08)

2007        Nov 21, Costa Rica's president signed into law a free trade agreement (CAFTA) with its Central American neighbors, the United States and the Dominican Republic. Costa Ricans voted for the trade deal in a national referendum, moving it forward. But then it became stalled again as congress squabbled over the enabling legislation dealing with 13 different aspects of the deal. In late 2008 lawmakers overcame the final intellectual-property hurdle by allowing schools and universities to copy some materials and by reducing prison time for those guilty of selling pirated goods.
    (AP, 11/22/07)(AP, 11/11/08)

2007        Dec 12, Tropical Storm Olga soaked portions of the Caribbean, triggering floods and landslides that killed at least 38 people in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 12/12/07)(AP, 12/13/07)(WSJ, 12/15/07, p.A1)

2007        The Dominican Rep. government began denying citizenship to people whose parents were illegal immigrants. The policy was incorporated into an amended constitution in 2010.
    (Econ, 12/31/11, p.24)

2008        Jan 3, Puerto Rico halted all bird imports after a rare outbreak of avian flu in nearby Dominican Republic, where authorities killed more than 100 chickens, including fighting roosters that tested positive for the lethal virus. The ban forced the cancellation of more than 100 cockfights, dealing a blow to the lucrative industry.
    (AP, 1/4/08)

2008        Feb 4, Dominican merchants closed a popular border market that caters to Haitians, punishing their impoverished neighbor for banning Dominican poultry and egg imports following an outbreak of avian flu.
    (AP, 2/4/08)

2008        Mar 7, At a summit in the Dominican Republic the presidents of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by a Colombian cross-border raid with testy handshakes and an apology.
    (AP, 3/8/08)

2008        May 14, In the Dominican Republic 3 people, including a former congressman, were shot and killed in Villa Vasquez ahead of May 16 elections.
    (WSJ, 5/16/08, p.A8)

2008        May 16, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez was favored to win a third term, despite concerns over long-serving politicians in this Caribbean nation with a painful history of rule by strongmen.
    (AP, 5/16/08)

2008        May 17, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez declared victory in the national election and pledged to continue pushing forward economic projects that have helped pull the Caribbean nation's economy out of crisis.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

2008        May, In the Dominican Republic the state holding company for electricity generation, known as CDEEE, employed over 2,000 people to do the work of 20 or 30. More than a third of the power was being stolen. Pres. Fernandez stood by the unreforming boss, Radames Segura.
    (Econ, 5/10/08, p.48)

2008        Aug 12, In the Dominican Republic former Pan American Games wrestling medalist Wilson Santiago Rojas (31) was shot to death when he tried to prevent his cousin from being robbed inside a Santo Domingo electronics store.
    (AP, 8/14/08)

2008        Aug 15, About 20 people, including Italian tourists, were killed when two buses collided head-on in the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 8/15/08)

2008        Aug 16, Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez promised to boost agricultural production and warned of dire economic times as he was sworn in for a third term.
    (AP, 8/16/08)
2008        Aug 16, Tropical Storm Fay lashed Haiti and the Dominican Republic with torrential rains and floods that killed at least 18 people including at least 14 people in Haiti, feared to have died aboard a bus that tried to cross a flooded river.
    (AP, 8/17/08)(AP, 8/18/08)

2008        Aug 28, Tropical Storm Gustav bore down on Jamaica after leaving 67 people dead on Hispaniola, including 59 in Haiti and 8 in the Dominican Republic.
    (SFC, 8/29/08, p.A2)

2008        Sep 30, In the Dominican Republic a Hummer truck registered to New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos struck pedestrians Josefina Minaya Martinez (38) and Angely Fana (29). They died later at a hospital. An arrest warrant for Burgos was issued on Oct 3.
    (AP, 10/4/08)

2008        Nov 1, Five migrants were rescued after 15 days lost at sea. One died the next day. A total of 33 Dominican migrants were trying to reach Puerto Rico by boat when they were reported missing by relatives in mid-October. Survivors said they lost their way after the captain abandoned the ship. The survivors ate their dead comrades to stay alive. Four Dominicans were later charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly helping to organize the illegal boat trip to Puerto Rico that ended in the deaths of 29 migrants.
    (AP, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/11/08)

2008        Nov 19, The US Coast Guard suspended its search for roughly 90 migrants feared dead after their makeshift boat apparently sank in an often-stormy stretch of water between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The boat left the southeastern Dominican Republic on the night of Nov 12 and a woman whose boyfriend was on the boat alerted authorities that it was missing on Nov 16.
    (AP, 11/19/08)

2008        Dec 5, A boat from the Dominican Republic was found adrift. 2 survivors were found by fisherman and 49 others were presumed dead. Migrants had set off on Nov 13 in search of jobs in Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 12/6/08)

2008        Dec 15, A plane from the Dominican Rep. went missing near the Turks and Caicos Islands that reportedly had 12 people on board.
    (AP, 12/16/08)(AP, 12/17/08)

2009        May 2, In the Dominican Rep. the decapitated body of a migrant from neighboring Haiti was found in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Santo Domingo. Residents alleged the victim killed a local merchant. About 1 million people of Haitian descent lived in the Dominican Rep., often suffering discrimination and violence.
    (AP, 5/5/09)

2009        May 17, Chile confirmed its first two cases of swine flu in two women who arrived from the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 5/17/09)

2009        Jun 16, In the Dominican Rep. Mauricio Encarnacion Castillo and Ramon Antonio del Rosario set cocaine evidence on fire after exchanging gunfire with police conducting a raid. The house in San Pedro de Macoris then caught fire and the men died of smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 6/17/09)

2009        Sep 19, In the Dominican Republic Angel Villanova (19), baseball player for the SF Giants, allegedly shot and killed Mario Velete (25). Villanova had first signed with the Giants in 2006 and had recently signed a contract for $2.1 million.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A1)

2009        Sep 28, Luis Alberto Santacruz Echeverri, an alleged Colombian cocaine trafficker arrested in the Dominican Republic, was extradited to the US to face drug trafficking charges.
    (AP, 9/29/09)

2009        Sep, In the Dominican Rep. Juan Almonte Herreras (51), a father of three who served as secretary-general of the Dominican Commission of Human Rights, was kidnapped and killed. The commission concluded that police had kidnapped Almonte, tortured him and later set his body on fire. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights accused the Dominican government of conducting a lax investigation.
    (AP, 10/25/11)

2009        Oct 8, Leaders of the Dominican Republic and Haiti agreed to cooperate in a campaign aimed at eradicating the last vestiges of malaria from the islands of the Caribbean by 2020.
    (AP, 10/8/09)

2009        Oct 9, In the Dominican Rep. dozens of citizens wearing flip-flops and swim suits and carrying coolers and surfboards soaked in the sun outside Congress to protest a proposal they say will limit public access to beaches and rivers. President Leonel Fernandez and opposition leader Miguel Vargas Maldonado supported the amendment that guaranteed the right to private property along beaches and rivers, without giving any reasons.
    (AP, 10/10/09)

2009        In the Dominican Rep. Canada’s Barrick Gold and Goldcorp began developing the Pueblo Viejo gold mine. The state-owned Rosario mine had been abandoned in 1999. Mining began in January 2013 with some $4 billion invested in the operation.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.38)

2010        Jan 7, In the Dominican Republic 4 people, including two US citizens, went missing on a fishing trip off the southern coast. Robert Wayne and Laura Ricart left Boca Chica with Spaniard Javier Jorge and Dominican Plinio Jacobo, aboard a 24-foot (7m) boat.
    (AP, 1/9/10)

2010        Jan 20, The Dominican government announced a deal with Honduras' president-elect to give ousted leader Manuel Zelaya safe passage to this Caribbean nation.
    (AP, 1/20/10)

2010        Feb 16, Jorge Puello, who surged into the spotlight by providing food, medicine and legal assistance to the 10 Americans jailed in Haiti, acknowledged in a phone interview from the Dominican Rep., that he is named in a 2003 federal indictment out of Vermont that accuses him of smuggling illegal immigrants from Canada into the United States. He was already being pursued by authorities in the Dominican Republic on an Interpol warrant out of El Salvador, where police said he led a ring that lured young women and girls into prostitution.
    (AP, 2/17/10)

2010        Mar 18, In the Dominican Rep. Jorge Puello (32), a fugitive who once acted as the lawyer for a group of US Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children, was arrested on human-trafficking charges at the request of the United States.
    (AP, 3/19/10)

2010        May 16, Dominicans were expected to expand the ruling party's strong congressional majority elections that could strengthen President Leonel Fernandez's grip over the legislature.
    (AP, 5/16/10)

2010        Jul 23, In the Dominican Rep. 8 people who allegedly spent $170 million on apartments, cars and other goods using money from Jose Figueroa, the Caribbean's top drug trafficker, were formally charged with money laundering and other crimes.
    (AP, 7/23/10)

2010        Sep 23, In the Dominican Rep. 5 teenagers (ages 15 to 17), including two girls, were convicted and sentenced to 3-5 years in prison for killing 7 taxi drivers and seriously injuring two others by forcing most of them to drink drain cleaner. The teens used guns to assault the drivers in April and steal money from them.
    (AP, 9/24/10)

2010        Sep 26, In the Dominican Republic a Dominican foreman fatally shot a Haitian worker during an argument over pay, touching off racial clashes at a construction site that killed a Dominican worker and injured another.
    (AP, 9/26/10)

2010        Oct 21, In the Dominican Rep. 126 students were sickened after eating free school breakfasts despite the government's efforts to resolve past problems with tainted school food.
    (AP, 10/21/10)

2010        Dec 2, Dominican Rep. authorities detained 18 military officials and two US pilots, Kevin Kuranz (31) and Christopher Smith (28), after stopping a cocaine-laden airplane from taking off. The plane was owned by Wisconsin-based Air Cargo Carriers LLC. The pilots were freed on bail on Dec 20 pending further investigation.
    (AP, 12/3/10)(AP, 12/21/10)

2010        Dec 26, In the Dominican Rep. former President Salvador Jorge Blanco (84) died. He was convicted of corruption in 1991 under a political antagonist's administration but declared innocent in 2001 by an appeals court, died. Blanco was president from 1982-1986.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

2010        The Dominican Rep. government amended the country's constitution to deny citizenship to children born in the Dominican Republic to foreign parents.
    (AP, 10/12/11)

2011        Jan 3, The Dominican Republic launched its first major crackdown on illegal Haitian immigrants since last year's devastating earthquake, rounding up and deporting hundreds of people in recent days. Human rights groups criticized the deportations, accusing authorities of stopping and questioning people based on their physical appearance.
    (AP, 1/6/11)

2011        Jan 13, Dominican Republic authorities resumed mass deportations of Haitian migrants after a brief lull, and government officers began demanding passports at bus stations as the country deals with a cholera scare.
    (AP, 1/13/11)

2011        Jan 23, In the Dominican Rep. a 3-year-old boy of Haitian descent was killed when a group of Dominican men burned down four family homes in revenge for an alleged assault.
    (AP, 1/25/11)

2011        Apr 16, Leavy Nin Batista (33), the ex-wife of a reputed Caribbean drug kingpin, was returned to the Dominican Republic to face accusations she laundered money for her former husband's alleged trafficking network. Jose Figueroa Agosto, the so-called "Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean," was captured last year in Puerto Rico. On May 9 Batista acknowledged her guilt in a plea deal with prosecutors.
    (AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 5/10/11)

2011        Apr 25, Dominican Rep. first lady Margarita Cedeno (45) said she will not run for the presidency just weeks after the ruling party cleared the way for her candidacy.
    (AP, 4/25/11)

2011        May 23, Dominican Rep. Deputy Health Minister Jose Rodriguez said there have been 1,143 cases of cholera and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in November. The number of new cases reported today is up about 50 percent since the middle of May.
    (AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 25, Dominican Republic health authorities began taking down some food stands and installing public bathrooms in an effort to control a cholera outbreak that has worsened in recent weeks.
    (AP, 5/26/11)

2011        May 29, In the Dominican Republic a new $2.7 million museum, honoring the more than 50,000 people who died under former dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, opened a day before the 50th anniversary of his death.
    (AP, 5/29/11)

2011        Jul 20, Five Dominican Republic students set a world record after reading aloud for 300 straight hours to raise awareness about books. And they kept going. Guinness World Records recognized the university students for breaking the previous record of 240 hours set in 2009 by a group of women from Miami Dade College.
    (AP, 7/20/11)

2011        Aug 2, In the Dominican Rep. journalist Jose Silvestre was killed. On Aug 9 a prosecutor said hotel owner Matias Avelino Castro wanted to prevent journalist Jose Silvestre from publishing a planned story that linked Avelino to a murder and drug trafficking. An arrest warrant was issued for Avelino but his whereabouts were unknown.
    (AP, 8/9/11)

2011        Aug 4, Dominican Republic authorities said they have seized more than 400 kg of cocaine hidden in crates of tobacco about to be exported to Spain.
    (AP, 8/4/11)
2011        Aug 4, Tropical Storm Emily brushed the southern coast of Hispaniola leaving one person dead in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 8/5/11)

2011        Sep 18, In the Dominican Rep. army Col. Cesar Ubri, an aide to the country's top anti-drug official, was shot to death, reportedly as a warning from drug traffickers. On Sep 21 a police officer and another man were arrested as suspects in the slaying of Ubri. They confessed to the killing and said they trying to steal his car.
    (AP, 9/19/11)(AP, 9/22/11)

2011        Sep 20, In the Dominican Rep. neighbors saw Romelio Frias (28) douse his house with gasoline before dawn and lock himself inside. Victims of the fire included his 36-year-old wife, their 3-year-old daughter and 9-year-old twin boys that she had from a previous marriage.
    (AP, 9/20/11)

2011        Sep 26, In the Dominican Rep. Roman Buchenauer (31), a German man, killed his Venezuelan wife, Rosmery Rivas (29), a young daughter (9) and three family pets and then hanged himself in an upscale residence in the tourist city of Sosua.
    (AP, 9/29/11)

2011        Oct 8, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas arrived in El Salvador from the Dominican Republic on the latest stop of a Latin American tour to round up support for UN recognition of a Palestinian state. He was to meet with the local Palestinian community later in the day ahead of a meeting the next day with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes.
    (AFP, 10/9/11)

2011        Oct 12, In the Dominican Rep. hundreds of teachers, farmers and union members gathered outside the Congress to demand the government spend more on public education.
    (AP, 10/12/11)

2011        Oct 25, Amnesty International said police in the Dominican Republic have been responsible for an alarming number of killings and torture over a five-year period.
    (AP, 10/26/11)

2011        Nov 29, In the Dominican Rep. 2 men driving in Santo Domingo were slain in a gun attack. Their stolen government car then crashed into a small truck, killing an adult and a child.
    (AP, 11/29/11)

2011        Dec 4, In the Dominican Rep. Sonia Pierre (48), a human rights activist who bravely fought discrimination against poor Dominicans of Haitian descent, died.
    (AP, 12/4/11)

2011        Dec 8, In the Dominican Rep. hundreds of people protested in front of the Supreme Court against what they say is a government practice of confiscating or annulling birth certificates for residents of Haitian descent.
    (AP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 9, Puerto Rico’s most wanted criminal, Miguel Diaz Rivera (39), was arrested in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo. He is accused of running a drug trafficking network in at least five Puerto Rican cities.
    (AP, 12/10/11)

2011        Dec 15, Dominican Republic authorities said they have arrested two Europeans and 15 local police officers for alleged involvement in a cocaine shipment seized at an airport. The arrests were tied to a one-ton cargo of cocaine set on a flight to Antwerp, Belgium.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dominican Rep. police killed 289 people this year.
    (Econ, 5/26/12, p.39)

2012        Jan 6, City of London police said that Michael Brown, a fugitive multimillionaire fraudster, has been detained in the Dominican Republic and that British authorities would be seeking his return to the U.K. to serve his sentence. Four former clients, including an ex-chairman of Manchester United football club, had accused Brown of duping them out of about 40 million pounds ($62 million). Brown was sentenced in his absence to seven years in jail in 2008 after he was convicted of fraud. On April 21 Brown was deported to Spain.
    (AP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 4/22/12)

2012        Jan 11, Some 50 people were being arrested at various locations including Puerto Rico and the Dominican Rep., with most of them in the mainland US in a document fraud case.
    (AP, 1/11/12)

2012        Jan 30, In the Dominican Republic a tourist bus crashed down a hill, killing the driver and injuring 10 people, including seven from the United States.
    (AP, 1/31/12)

2012        Feb 4, An overloaded boat carrying 70 migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico overturned in the pre-dawn darkness off the coast of the Caribbean country. 13 people survived. 51 bodies were recovered by Feb 9 and the rest remained missing.
    (AP, 2/4/12)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 23, Fifteen Cuban migrants were rescued and one died after the group tried to swim to two tiny islands just west of Puerto Rico. The migrants had jumped into the water as federal agents and Dominican Navy officers approached a makeshift boat that had departed from the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

2012        May 20, The Dominican Republic held presidential elections. Several polls showed Danilo Medina (60) ahead of Hipolito Mejia (71), a former president (2000-2004). Danilo Medina of the current president's Dominican Liberation Party received just over 51% of the vote. Observers from the Organization of American States later certified the election result, but confirmed reports of vote-buying.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.39)

2012        May 24, The police chief of the Dominican Rep. said 3 high-ranking police officials have been accused of providing security to drug traffickers. They were arrested along with 4 men allegedly waiting for a drug shipment bound for Puerto Rico.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)

2012        Jun 1, In the Dominican Rep. new work requirements took effect, but the government said the rules won't be enforced until month's end. A large number of Haitian workers were particularly impacted.
    (AP, 6/11/12)

2012        Aug 25, Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula killing 8 people and another two in neighboring Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)

2012        Dec 22, Dominican Rep. authorities announced the arrest of 7 suspects and the seizure of more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine and heroin. A records 9 tons of cocaine was reported seized this year.
    (SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A10)

2013        Jan, Authorities in the Dominican Republic seized 3 tons of cocaine this month off the country's southern coast. Last year 9 tons were seized for a third consecutive record.
    (AP, 2/10/13)

2013        Feb 25, A judge in the Dominican Republic ruled that Martha Heredia (22), the winner of a TV talent show, can be held in jail for up to a year while authorities investigate her alleged involvement in drug smuggling. She was arrested at a Dominican airport on Feb 20 as she was about to board a flight to New York. Police allege she had 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) of heroin stuffed in the heels of three pairs of platform shoes.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

2013        Mar 15, A Canadian joint venture operating one of the world's largest gold mines and the government of the Dominican Republic reached an agreement to inspect the company's exports, ending a standoff that halted a shipment valued at nearly $12 million.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

2013        Mar, Dominican Republic authorities in Punta Cana arrested 4 French men as they were preparing to leave on a privately hired mid-size Dassault Falcon 50 jet with 26 suitcases containing 680 kg (1,500 pounds) of cocaine. All four men denied they knew that the drugs were on board the plane. In 2015 pilot Pascal Fauret and co-pilot Bruno Odos escaped to France.
    (AFP, 11/2/15)

2013        Jun 28, Dominican Republic religious groups said they are outraged by the nomination of US ambassador James Brewster, an openly gay man, to the conservative country.
    (AP, 6/28/13)

2013        Aug 27, A Dominican Rep. judge ruled there is enough evidence to try sect leader Peter Brunck (62) and his son, Daniel Roland, on weapons violations and a charge of "rebellion." They faced up to 10 years in prison, and prosecutors said further counts are possible. The Academy for Future Health's German-language website says the planet is "cleansing itself of the debris that lives on its surface," and goes on to mention aspects of the global financial crisis, extraterrestrials and the looming fall of the "inhuman" US government.
    (AP, 9/2/13)

2013        Sep 1, Dominican Rep. officials uncovered an underground lab for processing cocaine near Saban Toro. 2 Colombians faced drug charges.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 26, The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court stripped citizenship from thousands of people born to migrants who came illegally, a category that overwhelmingly includes Haitians brought in to work on farms. The court retroactively stripped the citizenship of people born after 1929  to parents without Dominican ancestry.
    (AP, 9/26/13)(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A22)

2013        Oct 2, Polish police said they have located Rev. Wojciech Gil, a priest sought by Interpol on suspicion he sexually abused children in the Dominican Republic, where he led a parish in the mountain town of Juncalito for eight years.
    (AP, 10/2/13)

2013        Nov 24, Dominican Rep. soldiers expelled 244 Haitians following the deaths of 3 people killed near the border.
    (SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)

2013        Nov 30, The Dominican Republic in a presidential decree announced details of a special naturalization process for undocumented "foreigners" and their children born in the Dominican Republic.
    (Reuters, 11/30/13)

2014        Feb 9, Bahamas’ military said it has taken 40 Dominican fishermen into custody on suspicion of poaching in Bahamian waters.
    (AP, 2/9/14)

2014        Feb 13, US federal authorities said they have detained 57 migrants from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Brazil in separate incidents near Puerto Rico's west coast. Authorities planned to prosecute 19 of those migrants, five of them on human smuggling charges.
    (AP, 2/13/14)

2014        Mar 7, The US Centers for Disease Control issued an alert after health authorities in the United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous 12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks and breast implants.
    (AP, 3/31/14)

2014        Apr 27, Dominican Rep. police arrested Nicola Pignatelli (43), an alleged high-ranking member of the Italian mafia. He had fled Italy in 2011 to avoid a prison sentence.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.A2)

2014        May 9, Dominican Republic authorities said that they have arrested a citizen of Pakistan and six others accused of running a sophisticated migrant smuggling operation.
    (AP, 5/9/14)

2014        May 16, Dominican Rep. legislators unanimously approved a bill they say would allow thousands of people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic the opportunity to obtain naturalized citizenship. Pres. Danilo Medina singed the legislation on May 23. Some 200,000 remained undocumented.
    (AP, 5/16/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.31)

2014        Sep 19, The Dominican Rep. said chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus,  has sickened nearly 500,000 people, including 109 newborn babies.
    (AP, 9/19/14)

2014        Oct 16, In the Dominican Rep. a bus carrying hotel workers crashed into a truck, killing at least 8 people and injuring more than a dozen near the popular tourist zone of Punta Cana.
    (AP, 10/17/14)

2014        Oct 24, In the Dominican Rep. at least 4 prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at the Najayo jail in San Cristobal.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)

2014        Dec 3, Pope Francis assured Dominican authorities that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. The Holy See recalled Jozef Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced in Santo Domingo that he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.
    (AP, 12/3/14)

2014        Dec 19, The Dominican Republic approved a law that for the first time decriminalizes abortions if the mother's life is at risk.
    (AP, 12/19/14)

2014        Dec 20, Dominican Republic authorities said they have seized nearly 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) of cocaine from Colombia and arrested 12 people, including a police officer.
    (AP, 12/20/14)

2015        Jan 1, The Dominican Rep. said it will not recognize a same-sex marriage performed for the first time there two days earlier.
    (SFC, 1/2/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 19, In the Dominican Rep. a man killed 4 people, injured three others and committed suicide in Santo Domingo. Police said Aneury Heredia (26) apparently was trying to avenge a friend's death.
    (AP, 1/20/15)

2015        Jan 20, The Dominican Republic issued $2.5 billion in bonds, the largest amount in the country's history. Some $1 billion in bonds were issued at 5.5 percent interest while $1.5 billion in bonds were issued at 6.85 percent interest.
    (AP, 1/21/15)

2015        Mar 17, Puerto Rico Police Chief Jose Caldero said that officers found 2,535 pounds (1,150 kg) of cocaine, worth an estimated $32 million, aboard a boat and detained 14 people from the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 3/17/15)

2015        Jun 19, Authorities in the Dominican Republic said they have arrested 10 people and seized 320 kg (705 pounds) of cocaine.
    (AP, 6/20/15)

2015        Jun 26, Dominican Republic officials said more than 17,000 undocumented Haitians have voluntarily left the Dominican Republic since the end of a controversial registration process that left thousands of people facing deportation. More than 180,000 people were still unregistered by the June 17 deadline.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)

2015        Aug 14, The Dominican Republic said it has resumed the detention of people deemed to be illegal migrants after the expiration of a deadline for undocumented foreigners to apply for temporary residence. Haitian officials recently estimated the population at four camps in the south of Haiti as at least 2,000 and growing.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)

2015        Sep, Haiti imposed a ban on 23 imports from the Dominican Rep. in response to that country’s expulsion of Haitian immigrants.
    (Econ, 1/30/16, p.29)

2015        Oct 24, French pilots Pascal Fauret (55) and Bruno Odos (56) arrived in France after escaping from the Dominican Republic, where they were convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to traffic. They denied the charges. Two other Frenchmen who were also convicted in connection with the same case remained in the Dominican Republic. Fauret and Bruno Odos were arrested in France on Nov 2.
    (Reuters, 10/27/15)(Reuters, 10/28/15)(AP, 11/2/15)

2016        Feb 11, Police in the Dominican Republic killed one of two men suspected in the slaying of an elderly German tourist during a robbery in Puerto Plata.
    (AP, 2/12/16)

2016        Feb 22, In the Dominican Rep. the body of freelance writer Sarah Kershaw (49), a US citizen who worked for more than a decade as a reporter for The New York Times, was found at her apartment in Sosua.
    (AP, 2/23/16)

2016        Mar 3, Egypt extradited Frenchman Christophe Naudin to the Dominican Republic for his alleged involvement in the escape of two pilots jailed in a drugs case dubbed "Air Cocaine".
    (AFP, 3/3/16)

2016        May 15, The Dominican Republic held elections. Dominicans faced a dizzying array of choices in one of the most complex ballots in recent history, with eight candidates for president, all 222 members of Congress up for re-election and thousands of people vying for local offices around the country. Incumbent leader Danilo Medina was tipped to win despite grinding poverty and widespread crime.
    (AP, 5/15/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)

2016        Jul 31, In the Dominican Republic a storm knocked down power lines near the town of Nagua and started a fire that killed 6 passengers on a bus.
    (SFC, 8/2/16, p.A2)

2016        Nov 15, Thousands of people along the Dominican Republic's north coast were evacuated amid heavy rains that have caused widespread flooding and destroyed dozens of homes.
    (AP, 11/15/16)

2017        Feb 14, In the Dominican Republic two journalists were shot dead during a live 103.5 FM radio broadcast in San Pedro de Macoris.
    (AFP, 2/15/17)

2017        May 29, Dominican Republic authorities detained the minister of industry and commerce and seven other top-level officials in an international bribery scandal involving the Brazilian company Odebrecht after Odebrecht told US prosecutors that it paid $92 million in bribes to Dominican officials since 2001 to secure 17 key government contracts.
    (AP, 5/29/17)

2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma flooded parts of the Dominican Republic as it roared by just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti. The hurricane was headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Irma has cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 11 dead and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 9/7/17)(Reuters, 9/7/17)

2017        Sep 21, Category three Hurricane Maria lashed the northeastern Dominican Republic and was expected to pass near the Turks and Caicos later in the day.
    (AP, 9/21/17)

2017        Dec 26, Dominican Republic authorities said at least a dozen people have died and 21 more hospitalized after drinking homemade liquor containing methanol.
    (SFC, 12/27/17, p.A2)

2018        Jan 27, Dominican Republic officials announced that they were suspending Pawa Dominicana's operations at the Santo Domingo airport for at least 90 days because the company owes $3 million in taxes and airport fees to the government and $5 million to private contractors. Passengers arriving on other airlines for connections with Pawa soon found themselves without a way to reach their final destinations.   
    (AP, 2/2/18)

2018        May 1, Taiwan said China offered the Dominican Republic a $3.1 billion package of investments and loans to get them to sever ties with Taiwan, after the Caribbean nation switched allegiance to China in a diplomatic blow to the self-ruled island.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)

2018        Jun 8, The United Nations General Assembly voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)

2018        Sep 8, It was reported that the United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China.
    (AP, 9/8/18)

2018        Sep 21, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi inaugurated his country's embassy in the Dominican Republic almost five months after the two nations established diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 9/21/18)

2018        Nov 2, In China Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina met with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a formal welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.
    (AP, 11/2/18)

2018        Nov 3, The Dominican Republic opened its embassy in Beijing, months after cutting ties with Taiwan amid a Chinese diplomatic offensive that aims to politically isolate the island it claims as its own territory.
    (AP, 11/3/18)

2018        Dec 6, Dominican authorities called on the Coast Guard for assistance when seven of 28 migrants went missing after a boat capsized southeast of the Dominican Republic. They were believed to be Dominicans who were headed east to Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 12/7/18)

2019        Mar 12, European Union governments adopted a broadened blacklist of tax havens, adding the United Arab Emirates and British and Dutch overseas territories in a revamp that tripled the number of listed jurisdictions. The new list added Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. The EU blacklist originally comprised 17 jurisdictions, including the UAE, but shrank to five after most listed states committed to change their tax rules.
    (Reuters, 3/12/19)

2019        Mar 22, US President Donald Trump met with five Caribbean leaders who have sided with the United States and most Western countries in backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of state. Trump met with leaders from the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.
    (Reuters, 3/22/19)

2019        Jun 9, Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz (43) was shot in the Dominican Republic. Dominican doctors removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestine and he was flown to Boston the next day to recover. Two people were soon arrested in relation to the shooting.
    (AP, 6/12/19)

2019        Jun 19, Dominican officials said former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back on June 9 by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe. Officials said the attempted murder was ordered from the US by Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of Mexico's Gulf Cartel.
    (AP, 6/19/19)

2019        Jun 21, A judge in the Dominican Republic ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
    (AP, 6/21/19)

2019        Nov 12, In the Dominican Republic American teacher Patricia Anton (63) was killed. Authorities soon arrested six people in connection with her death.
    (Good Morning America, 11/17/19)

2019        Nov 14, A US State Department spokesperson confirmed the death of an American in the Dominican Republic, but said they could offer no further information. Dominican Republic police said they found Patricia Anton (63) deceased in her apartment in Puerto Plata, on the country's northern coast, with her hands and feet bound.
    (AP, 11/14/19)

2019        Dec 10, British author Lindsay de Feliz went missing in the Dominican Republic. Days later her body was found buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area near her home. Her Dominican husband, step-son and another man were arrested by police.
    (The Independent, 12/13/19)

2020        Feb 16, The Dominican Republic was forced to suspend municipal elections across the country   following problems with electronic voting systems.
    (SFC, 2/18/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 22, Hundreds of Dominicans took to the streets in fresh protests after the abrupt suspension of municipal elections that unleashed a political crisis months before the Caribbean island votes for a new president. Dominicans will vote for a new president on May 17.
    (Reuters, 2/22/20)

2020        Mar 2, Andorra, Armenia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Iceland and Indonesia confirmed their first cases of coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/2/20)

2020        Mar 14, The Dominican Republic said it will suspend all flights from Europe and the arrival of all cruise ships for a month in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. So far 11 cases of coronavirus have been detected.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)

2020        Apr 4, The Dominican Republic has reported 1,284 cases of the coronavirus.
    (Economist, 4/4/20, p.26)

2020        Apr 30, The International Monetary Fund approved $650 million in emergency financial assistance to help the Dominican Republic respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (Reuters, 4/30/20)

2020        Jul 5, The Dominican Republic held persidential elections. Businessman Luis Rodolfo Abinader won 54% of the vote topping Gonzalo Castillo of Dominican Liberation party, which has governed since 2004.
    (SFC, 7/7/20, p.A2)

2020        Aug 16, Luis Rodolfo Abinader (53) was sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic.
    (AP, 8/16/20)

2020        Aug 23, Hurricane Laura made landfall in the southeastern Dominican Republic and then traversed Haiti, where at least 31 people died. Four deaths were reported in the Dominican Republic.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Laura)(Econ., 8/29/20, p.24)

2021        Feb 27, President Luis Abinader said the Dominican Republic will begin constructing a fence along its 376-km (234 mi) border with Haiti later this year to curb unauthorized migration and illicit trade.
    (Reuters, 2/27/21)

2021        Oct 20, The presidents of Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic asked for US assistance in stemming the flow of thousands of migrants crossing the dangerous jungles that divide Panama and Colombia as they make their way to the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/20/21)

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