8000 BC: The beginning of agriculture in Bahrain
3000 BC: The beginning of the Dilmun civilisation: Bahrain was once thought to be the Garden of Eden, with its abundance of fresh water and plenty of lush vegetation.
300 BC: Alexander the Great's men discovered Bahrain and named it Tylos.
Since 1783: The Al Khalifa Dynasty
1932: The first oil well
March 1971: Great Britain withdraws from Bahrain, which joins the alliance of the United Arab Emirates.
14th August, 1971: Independence
Becoming an emir after the death of his father in 1999, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa took the title of king in 2002 and founded a constitutional monarchy.
Note that dates change year on year due to the fact that Bahrain lives according to the lunar Muslim calendar, making all dates approximate.
January: Hegira (Muslim New Year).
March: Prophet Mohammed's Birthday.
September: Beginning of Ramadan.
October: Eid-ul-Fitr (celebration of end of fasting). End of Ramadan.
December: Eid-ul-Kebir (commemoration of Abraham's sacrifice).