|1919 25 Oct
||Martha Root arrived in Panama, the first Bahá'í to visit the country. She spent one week there.
|1939 18 May
||Mathew Kaszab arrived in Panama and immediately launched a vigorous proclamation campaign through the press, radio and public talks. By October the first permanent pioneers, Louise Caswell and Cora Oliver, arrived along with John Eichenaur (enroute to El Salvador). [Historical Background of the Panama Temple
by Ruth Pringle]
||Mathew Kaszab; Louise Caswell; Cora Oliver; John Eichenauer
|1946 20 - 25 Jan
||The first teaching conference in Latin America was held in Panama City on the instructions of Shoghi Effendi.
Twenty–five delegates from ten South American countries attended. [BW10p707, Historical Background of the Panama Temple by Ruth Pringle]
||Panama; Latin America
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Teaching; Conferences, International; Teaching
||The first local spiritual assembly in Panama was established Panama City.
||The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Central America was elected at a convention in Panama City. [BW12:60]
25 delegates representing 12 countries were present at the convention. [BW12:60]
For a photo of those attending see Bahá'í Historical Facts.
||NSA of Central America
||The Regional Spiritual Assembly of Mexico and the Republics of Central America was formed at Panama City, Panama. [BW13:257]
||Panama; Mexico; Central America
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Panama was formed. [BW13:258]
|1967 5 – 10 Oct
||Six Intercontinental Conferences were held simultaneously in Panama City, Wilmette, Sydney, Kampala, Frankfurt and New Delhi to celebrate the centenary of the proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh to the kings and rulers of the world in September/October of 1867. [BW 14:221]
For the message of the Universal House of Justice to the conferences see BW14:221–2.
For descriptions of each conference see BW14:223–58.
See CG68-69 for a brief description of the Intercontinental Conference in Kampala.
The six Hands of the Cause representing the Universal House of Justice at the conferences travelled to Adrianople to visit the House of Bahá’u’lláh before dispersing to the conferences. [BW14:236, 458; VV2]
||Panama; Wilmette; US; Sydney; Australia; Kampala; Uganda; Frankfurt; Germany; New Delhi; India
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Intercontinental; Tablets to Kings and rulers; Centenaries
|1967 8 Oct
||The foundation stone of the Mother Temple of Latin America was laid by Hand of the Cause Rúhíyyih Khánum in Panama City. [BW14:494]
||Panama; Latin America
||Mashriqul-Adhkar (House of Worship); Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Foundation stones and groundbreaking
|1972 28 Apr - 2 May
||An international teaching conference was held in conjunction with the dedication of the Mother Temple of Latin America in Panama. [BW15:633–42]
For pictures see BW15:632–49.
Some 3,000 Bahá'ís attend. [TG191]
||Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, International; Conferences, Teaching
|1972 29 Apr
||The House of Worship in Panama was dedicated in a series of ceremonies held throughout the day attended by Hands of the Cause Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum, Ugo Giachery and Dhikru’lláh Khádem and four thousand Bahá’ís. [BW15:634; VV14]
For the history of the House of Worship see BW15:643–6.
For statistics on the House of Worship see BW15:647–9.
Location:Panama City, Panama (On the Cerro Sonsonate (Singing Hill), a few miles north of Panama City)
Foundation Stone: 8 October 1967 (Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum)
Construction Period: 1969-1972
Site Dedication: 29 April, 1972 (Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum)
Architect: Peter Tillotson
References: BW14p493, BW15p632-649
||Mashriqul-Adhkar (House of Worship); Mashriqul-Adhkar, Quick facts; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Dedications; Ugo Giachery; Dhikrullah Khadem; Peter Tillotson; Architects; - Basic timeline, Expanded
|1972 30 Apr
||The House of Worship in Panama was publicly dedicated by Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum in two sessions. [BW15:634]
||Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Amatul-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum; Dedications
|1972 1 May
||The international teaching conference in Panama held in conjunction with the dedication of the House of Worship opened. [BW15:635]
For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW15:635–7.
||Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Teaching; Conferences, International
|1977 15 Dec
||The Hemispheric Bahá’í Radio and Television Conference was held in Panama, with 125 participants from 24 countries. [BW17:219; Mess63-86]
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Other; Bahai radio; Television; Media
|1982 10 – 11 Apr
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Panama petitioned its government to issue a stamp in commemoration of the dedication of the Mother Temple of Latin America. [BW18:172–3]
||NSA; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Stamps
|1983 21 Oct
||The Republic of Panama issued a postage stamp bearing the picture of the House of Worship in Panama. [BW19:157]
||Mashriqul-Adhkar, Panama; Stamps
|1986. 31 Jan
||The announcement of the inaugural broadcast of Radio Bahá'´Panama. [Mess63-86p710]
It was situated in the Chiriqui area of western Panama as part of the Guaymi Educational Centre complex at Soloy.
Also see One Country.
||Boca del Monte; Panama
||Bahai radio; Teaching Institute; Bahai-owned radio; Z****
|1987 24 Feb
||The Bahá’í Cultural Centre was opened in the Guaymi area of Panama.
||Bahai Cultural Centres
|1992 9 Jul
||The National Post Office of Panama issued a commemorative envelope to mark the centenary of the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh. [BW92–3:127]
For picture see BW92–3:127.
||Centenaries; Bahaullah, Ascension of; Stamps
|1992 23 – 26 Nov
||The Second World Congress was held in New York City to commemorate the centenary of the passing of Bahá'u'lláh and the completion of the Six Year Plan. It was attended by some 28,000 Bahá'ís from some 180 countries. [BBD240] [VV136-141] [BW92-3p98-101, 136]
Nine auxiliary conferences were held in Buenos Aires, Sydney, New Delhi, Nairobi, Panama City, Bucharest, Moscow, Apia and Singapore. [BINS283:3-4]
For pictures see [BINS283:9-10], [BW92-3p100] and [VV136-141]
"New York will become a blessed spot from which the call to steadfastness in the Covenant and Testament of God will go forth to every part of the world." - 'Abdu'l-Bahá [AWH77-8 90-1 105-6]
On the 25th of November a concert was held in Carnegie Hall as a birthday tribute to Dizzy Gillespie called "Celebrating the Bahá'í Vision of World Peace". [VV141]
On the 26th of November Bahá'ís around the world were linked together by a live satellite broadcast serving the second Bahá'í World Congress, the nine auxiliary conferences and the Bahá'í World Centre and it was received by those with access to satellite dish antennas. [BINS283:1–5, 8; BINS286:10; BINS287:4]
For the message of the Universal House of Justice read on the satellite link see BW92–3:37–4.
For accounts of personal experiences by some of the attendees see In the Eyes of His Beloved Servants: The Second Bahá'í World Congress and Holy Year by J. Michael Kafes.
The film, 'Abdu'l-Bahá: Mission to America, made by Elizabeth Martin, was prepared for the World Congress program and also used in the Theme Pavilion. [HNWE45]
||New York; United States; Buenos Aires; Argentina; Sydney; Australia; New Delhi; India; Nairobi; Kenya; Panama; Bucharest; Romania; Moscow; Russia; Apia; Samoa; Singapore
||World Congresses; Carnegie Hall; Centenaries; Bahaullah, Ascension of; Dizzy Gillespie; - Basic timeline, Expanded; film; 'Abdu'l-Baha: Mission to America; Elizabeth Martin
|1993 (In the year)
||The opening of the Bádi School with an enrollment of 12 students by the Torrez family members in Las Cumbres Villa Zaita, Panamá City, Republic of Panama. They rented a small, dismantled house from the Panama Social Security Agency, remodeled it and closed the garage in order to use it as a classroom.
Over the years, two more buildings were added to expand the facility and enrollment capacity to 3200 square meters and 156 students. Badi's first high school graduation was scheduled for 2004, when Badi Tutorial University was scheduled to open its door. [Bádi School , Wiki Bahá'í Faith in Panama]
||Badi School; Bahai schools
|2016 (End of the Five Year Plan)
||The Preparation for Social Action programme that was implemented at the beginning of the Five Year Plan was expanded to seven additional countries: Cambodia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Panama, the Philippines and Vanuatu.
Over 10,000 had participated in the programme with about 1,800 among these who had studied all of the texts available.
In addition some 1,700 individuals serving institutions and agencies of the Fatih in 25 countries had studied a selection the the materials in a seminar setting. [5YPSumPage94-95]
Preparation for Social Action was implemented as a course of study at the New Era High School and Senior Secondary in Panchgani.
||Cambodia; Central African Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ecuador; Panama; Philippines; Vanuatu
||Five Year Plan (2011-2016); Teaching Plans; Preparation for Social Action; Z****