March 1986 - Libya fires missiles at a U.S. aircraft flying inside the "line of death." In retaliation, the U.S. Navy destroys at least two Libyan patrol boats in the Gulf of Sidra.
April 1986 - In response to the Libyan sponsored bombing of a German disco frequented by U.S. soldiers, the U.S. bombs targets in Libya.
December 21, 1988 - Pan Am Flight 103 explodes 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland, 38 minutes after takeoff from London. 259 people on board the New York-bound Boeing 747 are killed, along with 11 people on the ground.
September 19, 1989 - UTA Flight 772, a French airliner, explodes over Niger. 170 passengers and crew members are killed. In 1999, six Libyans are tried in absentia and convicted of the bombing in a French court.
April 15, 1996 - The United Nations imposes sanctions on Libya over the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in Lockerbie and the 1989 Niger bombing.
April 5, 1999 - Libya hands over Lockerbie bombing suspects Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah to be tried under Scottish law in The Hague. The U.N. suspends sanctions against Libya.
January 31, 2001 - Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi is found guilty of the Lockerbie bombings and is sentenced to life in prison. Lamen Khalifa Fhimah is acquitted.
September 2003 - U.N. sanctions against Libya are lifted.
December 2003 - Libya announces that it has agreed to end its program of developing weapons of mass destruction.
September 2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush issues an executive order that ends most economic sanctions against Libya and lifts a ban on travel to Libya which had been in effect since 1981.
June 2006 - The U.S. removes Libya from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
January 2008 - Libya takes a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council.
August 14, 2008 - Libya and the U.S. sign an agreement over claims relating to injuries or deaths in the 1986 bombing of the German disco, the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and the 1989 French airliner bombing.
October 31, 2008 - The U.S. receives $1.5 billion from Libya, settling claims from the 1980s bombings.
January 2009 - The U.S. and Libya exchange ambassadors for the first time since 1973.
August 2009 - Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi is released from a Scottish prison on humanitarian grounds. Al Megrahi, reportedly suffering from terminal cancer, returns to a hero's welcome in Libya.
September 23, 2009 - Gadhafi addresses the U. N. General Assembly. In the 1.5 hour speech, he criticizes the United Nations and the Security Council and suggests that they should be moved out of New York.
May 2010 - Libya is elected to a three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
February 2011 - Demonstrations break out against the rule of Gadhafi in Benghazi and Tripoli. The protestors are reportedly attacked by security forces, warplanes and helicopter gunships, resulting in hundreds of casualties.
February 22, 2011 - Gadhafi appears on television to dispel rumors that he has fled the country, vowing he will never leave Libya, and "will die as a martyr at the end."
February 25, 2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order freezing Moammar Gadhafi's assets.
February 26, 2011 - The U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions against Libya, including an arms embargo and asset freezes. The Security Council also refers Libya to the International Criminal Court for investigation of crimes against humanity.
March 1, 2011 - The General Assembly suspends Libya's seat on the Human Rights Council.
March 10, 2011 - France formally recognizes the opposition government in eastern Libya.
March 17, 2011 - The Security Council votes to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.