Around 2,000 BC: Settlement of Proto-Baltic (Lithuanian ancestors) of indo-european origins. They live on farming and the sale of amber.
From the 12th century: The population is christianised by germanic orders allied to the Dutch.
1252: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania is founded by the indigenous chief Mindaugas.
14th century: the Grand Duchy extends from the Baltic to the Black Sea and Vilnius becomes the capital.
1410: Lithuanians and their Polish allies defeated Teuton armies in the battle of Tannenberg.
1569! The Lublin Union founded a Lithuanian-Polish state that lasted until 1795. Lithuania and the other Baltic states were attached to Russia.
1919 to 1939: Lithuania is recognised as an independent state. It then becomes a member of the Soviet Union.
1990: The singing revolution takes place. Lithuania's independence is proclaimed.
1992: The Baltic Council is founded and includes Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
May 2003: Lithuanians vote for the integration of their country into the European Union.
1st May 2004: Lithuania becomes part of the 25.
Independence Day (Lithuanian National Day).
Saint-Christopher summer festival in Vilnius.
Celebrating the crowning of Mindaugas, Lithuanian king.
Vilnius Days. International festival of theatre, music and dance. Banchetto Musicale. International festival of old music.
All Saints Day.
Grand musicians parade.