||Bruneiís monarch Sultan Muhammad embraced Islam and founded a dynasty which continues today - making Bruneiís monarchy the oldest unbroken reigning dynasty in the world.
||Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei practically controlled the whole of Borneo (including Sabah and Sarawak) and the Sulu Archipelago|
||Spanish navigator Juan Sebastian del Cano arrived in Brunei and laid the groundwork for trade with Europeans.|
||Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin II granted Sarawak to James Brooke (a British army officer) as a reward for aid in quelling a civil war. Brooke thus became Rajah Booke (rajah means king or prince).
||Brunei ceded the island of Labuan (in Brunei Bay) to Britain.
||British destroyed Brunei-supported pirates operating between Singapore and Borneo.
||Brunei became a British protectorate|
||Rajah Brooke started to expand his territory and annexed Limbang ... dividing Brunei in half.
||Brunei administered by a British resident advisor, with the sultan having nominal authority.
||Oil extraction began at Seria; commercial production three years later brought much wealth to Brunei.
||Brunei occupied by the Japanese during World War II.|
||Omar Ali Saifuddin III inaugurated sultan.|
||Brunei achieved self-government; Britain remained responsible for defense and foreign policy.|
||RULE BY DECREE|
||Legislative Council election results annulled after leftist Brunei People's Party won all 10 elected seats in the 21-member council; sultan declared state of emergency and ruled by decree.|
||Brunei invited to join the Malaysian Federation but chose to remain a British dependency.|
||Sultan Omar abdicated in favour of his eldest son, Hassanal Bolkiah.|
||ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) established by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Thailand.|
||Brunei became independent on January 1, and an Islamic sultanate was proclaimed. The legislative council was suspended and the sultan became prime minister.|
||Brunei National Democratic Party (BNDP) and Brunei National Solidarity Party (BNSP) banned.|
||Sultan Bolkiah introduced ideology of Malay Islamic Monarchy which would be administered according to the teachings of Islam.|
||Brunei pumped its 1 billionth barrel of oil.|
||Sultan Bolkiah removed his younger brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah, as chief of Brunei Investment Agency over concerns about his stewardship of agency.|
||Sultan Bolkiah's eldest son, Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah, became heir apparent.|
||Brunei filed civil suit against Prince Jefri Bolkiah for alleged misuse of state funds. Case was settled out of court. Court documents revealed that he spent $2.7 billion on luxury goods over 10 years.|
||In August, Brunei said it would retrain up to 25% of the workforce to diversify the economy away from oil to alternative industries.|
||Auction was held of more than 10,000 items belonging to Prince Jefri.|
||In November, Brunei hosted 7th ASEAN summit.|
||Legislative council met in September for first time in 20 years with 21 members appointed by the Sultan.
||Major cabinet reshuffle in May ushered in younger faces and ministers with private sector experience.|
||Sultan dissolved legislative council on 1 September and appointed a new council with 29 members the next day.|