June 7, 1921: First Northern Ireland Parliament opened by King George V. 1956-62: Outlawed Irish Republican Army (IRA) launches unsuccessful campaign against security forces around the border.

1968: Civil rights marches begin, with violence in Londonderry.

March 24, 1972: British government takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland.

May 28, 1974: Northern Ireland power-sharing government of Protestants and Roman Catholics toppled by Loyalist strike.

1981: IRA hunger strikes end with deaths of 10 IRA prisoners.

Nov. 15, 1985: Anglo-Irish Agreement signed.

March 3, 1986: Loyalist strike or ``day of action'' against agreement.

1990: Round-table talks rumored, but did not materialize.

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