History of Rhodes
5000 BC: Neolithic settlements on island.
1700 BC: Settlement of Minoans.
1500 BC: Mycenaean domination of island.
7th cent BC: Rhodes joins the Doric Hexapolis.
6th cent. BC: The three cities of Rhodes mint their own coins.
491 BC: Siege of Lindos by Datis, the general of the Persian King Darius.
480 BC: The Rhodians take part in the naval battle of Salamina, on the side of the Persians.
478 BC: Rhodes joins the Athenian League.
408 BC: Foundation of the city of Rhodes.
305 BC: Siege of city of Rhodes by Demetrius Poliorketes (Besieger).
226 BC: The Colossus of Rhodes is demolished by an earthquake.
42 BC: The island is plundered by the Roman general Cassius.
58 AD: Saint Paul brings Christianity to the island
297 AD: The island of Rhodes becomes part of the Island Province of the Roman Empire.
395 AD: Byzantine Empire period begins for Rhodes.
654 AD: Occupation of the city of Rhodes by the Arab Moawiyah.
11th cent.: Byzantium concedes commercial privileges to the Venetians.
1204-40:The island is ruled by the Gavalas family from Byzantium.
1261: The Byzantines concede the island as a fiefdom to various Genovese nobles.
1306: The Genovese concede Rhodes, Kos and Leros to the Order of the Knights of St. John.
1309: Rhodes is ruled by the Order of Knights.
1480: First siege of city of Rhodes by Ottomans.
1481: Catastrophic earthquake.
1498: An epidemic of deadly plague strikes the city of Rhodes.
1522: Siege and capture of Rhodes by Suleiman I the Magnificent.
1522-1912: Rhodes is part of the Ottoman Empire.
1912-1945: Period of Italian rule.
1945-1947: Rhodes under British administration.
1947: Union with Greece.
1981: Greece becomes the tenth member of the European Union.
2001: Greece joins the Monetary Union.
2007: Rhodes Hosts of the Islands games.
2008: Rhodes City Celebrates it's 2400th anniversary.