August 28, 1991
After a long struggle, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are being recognized as states independent of the Soviet Union. AD 1000 (approximately): Peoples of what now are Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are settled on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Organized into a number of small local units. 1193: Crusaders, mostly knights from the German kingdoms, invade Baltic region to impose Christianity. 13th to early 16th centuries: Period of German domination in most of the region.