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1493 Nov 12
Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Redonda during his second expedition. It was about 34 miles WSW of Antigua.
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1735
Antigua built a prison to hold 150 inmates. In 2016 it held some 400 inmates.
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1865
Matthew Dowdy Shiell, a sea-trader, landed on an uninhabited part of Redonda Island, part of Antigua and Barbuda, and declared it his kingdom. Title passed out of the Shiell family in 1947.
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1922 Mar 4
Bert Williams (b.1875), Antigua-born black actor, mime and singer, died in NYC. In 2005 Caryl Phillips authored “Dancing in the Dark,” a novel based on Bert Williams.
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1951
The Antigua Labor Party (ALP) gained power. Vere Bird began dominating local politics and continued to do so, except for one 5-year year, until 1994, when his son took over the family firm.
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1967
1981
The group of territorial islands in the West Indies in association with the United Kingdom. The original members included Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and adjacent islands. All the member islands became independent except Anguilla.
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1981 Nov 1
Antigua and Barbuda gained independence from Britain.
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1994
Lester Bird, head of the Antigua Labor Party, was elected after his father, PM Vere Bird, retired.
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1998 Sep 15
1998 Oct 1
Hurricane Georges caused 602 deaths in the Caribbean and four in the United States. The storm hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and British and U.S. Virgin Islands before striking Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
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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.
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1998 Sep 24
Hurricane Georges charged toward Florida Keys. The death toll from Hurricane Georges reached 443. The Dominican Republic toll was later set at 265; 172 in Haiti; 6 in Cuba; 11 in Puerto Rico; 2 in Antigua; 4 in St. Kitts and Nevis and 1 in the Bahamas.
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1999 Mar 9
The Antigua Labor Party won the elections and Prime Minister Lester Bird extended his rule for another 5 years.
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1999
R. Allen Stanford, a Texas developer and int’l. banker, became a citizen of Antigua. His financial dealings included major loans to the government.
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2004 Mar 24
Antigua PM Lester Bird (66) conceded defeat to labor activist Baldwin Spencer in general elections marked by corruption charges, ending a family dynasty that has dominated Antigua and Barbuda for more than half a century. Spencer soon found the coffers empty.
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2004 Aug 23
Antigua and Barbuda's prime minister and American officials signed an agreement extending the lease of the U.S. Air Force base in the Caribbean country until 2008.
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2004
Venezuela’s government built a $9 million outpost on Isla de Aves, 380 miles from its coast and much closer to Dominica, Antigua and Puerto Rico. The island measured 1,900 feet long and 1,640 feet wide. Fishing waters offshore teem with tuna, grouper and red snapper, while oil and natural gas are thought to lie under the sea floor.
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2004
Antigua owed some $85 million, over 10% of its GDP, to companies of financier R. Allen Stanford.
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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.
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2005 Oct 28
Hazelyn Francis (66), the president of the Antigua and Barbuda senate, was raped during an assault in her home.
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2006
Antigua knighted financier R. Allen Stanford, who served as a free-handed lender to the government. Stanford had arrived in the late 1980s after authorities in Montserrat closed his offshore bank.
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2007 Jan 3
Mike Perham (14), a British teenager, became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean, reaching the Caribbean island of Antigua after a six-week voyage. Perham was trailed by his father in another boat.
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2008 Jul 27
In Antigua newlyweds Benjamin and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were attacked inside their cottage at the Cocos Hotel resort in the island's southwest. Both were shot in the head. Catherine was killed. A comatose Benjamin was flown back to Britain where he was pronounced dead on August 3. On August 18 a 20-year old man and 17-year-old male were taken to a magistrate court in St. John's and were charged with murder, robbery and receiving stolen goods. The trial of Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin began June 1, 2011.
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2009 Feb 18
In Antigua panicky depositors were turned away from Stanford International Bank and some of its Latin American affiliates, unable to withdraw their money after US regulators accused Texas financier R. Allen Stanford of perpetrating an $8 billion fraud against his companies' investors.
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2009 Mar 12
Antiguan voters, worried by the fallout from an alleged $8 billion fraud scheme involving R. Allen Stanford, decided between the ruling party and the one that welcomed the Texas financier to the Caribbean nation nearly two decades ago. Preliminary results indicated that Antigua's ruling party will stay in power, but with a narrower margin in parliament.
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2009 May 15
A court-appointed liquidator reported that the Antigua offshore Stanford International Bank, at the center of an alleged Ponzi scheme by a wealthy Texas businessman, had a $6 billion shortfall between assets and liabilities, confirming fears that investors will likely get little of their money back.
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2009 Jun 25
Antigua's former chief financial regulator surrendered to face US charges that he aided an alleged $7 billion swindle by Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford.
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2009 Aug 4
Antigua's highest mountain, Boggy Peak, officially became "Mount Obama" as the small Caribbean nation celebrated the American president on his birthday and saluted him as a symbol of black achievement.
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2009 Sep 7
Six American tourists in Antigua were charged with assault and malicious damage after refusing to pay a cab fare on Sep 4, which they thought was excessive and later scuffling with police officers. They were released on $5,000 bail each. Their Carnival Cruise Lines ship left without them. On Oct 3 five New York tourists pleaded guilty to fighting with plainclothes police officers after disputing the $100 cab fare. Prosecutors dropped charges against a sixth tourist.
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2009
The population of Antigua & Barbuda was around 85,000.
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2010 Jan 19
Nina Nilssen (29), a graduate student at San Francisco State Univ., was stabed to death during a port call in Antigua. On Jan 29 Suspect Tishara Daniel (24) was arrested and confessed to fatal stabbing of Nina Nilssen.
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2010 Mar 31
In Antigua a judge ruled Wednesday that PM Baldwin Spencer and two other lawmakers were improperly elected last year, a decision potentially threatening the governing party's narrow hold on power in this Caribbean country. Earlier this month, Spencer's government announced that the International Monetary Fund agreed to lend the country $124 million over three years.
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2011 Dec 6
Antigua-based LIAT airline said all of its pilots have called in sick, likely disrupting all flights. The pilots were protesting the firing of a captain for undisclosed reasons.
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2012 Feb 4
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted a meeting of allies, the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance bloc, or ALBA. The leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti and Antigua and Barbuda participated. Suriname's president, Desi Bouterse, arrived the next day to join the talks. ALBA approved an agreement barring any boats flying Falkland Islands flags from docking in their ports.
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2012 Mar 25
Gabor Rakonczay arrived in Antigua after canoeing across the Atlantic Ocean in 76 days. He had left Lagos, Portugal, on December 21, 2011.
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2013 Oct 14
Antigua and Barbuda PM Baldwin Spencer said citizenship will be sold to int’l. investors. Applications were already being accepted.
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2014 Jun 13
Gaston Browne became the new prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda after his Labor Party won 14 of 17 seats in the Parliament.
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2014 Nov 29
Antigua & Barbuda PM Gaston Brown appointed actor Robert De Niro as special economic envoy of the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean. The appointment came after De Niro signed a memorandum of agreement a day earlier for a $250 million hotel investment in Barbuda.
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2014 Dec 23
Antigua PM Gaston Browne said that China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation will modernize St. John's port and harbor.
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2015 Oct 6
US authorities charged John Ashe, a former president of the UN General Assembly, billionaire Macau real estate developer Ng Lap Seng (68) and four others, for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. John Ashe, the UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda, was the UN president in 2013.
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2015 Oct 17
Venezuela announced that its state-owned oil company will buy a 25 percent stake in West Indies Oil Co. and that it will establish a regional bank with the Antigua and Barbuda government to fund a new resort.
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