1571-1914: Cyprus is a part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
1914: Britain annexes Cyprus as a colony.
1960: Cyprus becomes an independent republic.
1963: Conflict arises between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
March 1964: United Nations sends peacekeepers to Cyprus.
July 15, 1974: Greek Cypriot ultranationalists stage a coup in favor of unity with Greece.
July 20, 1974: Turkey invades northern Cyprus.
1983: Turkish Cypriots declare ``Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.''