The journalist and author Eduardo Coelho founds the Diário de Notícias newspaper.
Birth of Maria Adelaide Coelho, his daughter.
The poet and essayist Alfredo da Cunha, Maria Adelaide’s husband, takes over running the newspaper after his father in law’s death.
Revolution that overthrew the monarchy and instituted the first Portuguese Republic.
From 1914 to 1918 World War I takes place.
Influenza pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu.
November 13th 1918, Maria Adelaide Coelho da Cunha runs away from home, at the São Vicente Palace, in the Graça neighborhood of Lisbon, two days after the armistice.
November 24th 1918, The family finds Maria Adelaide living in Santa Comba Dão, with her former driver, Manuel Claro, 20 years younger than her. The following day she is moved to the asylum Conde Ferreira Hospital, in Oporto.
December 14th 1918, President Sidónio Pais is murdered.
February 3rd 1919, Maria Adelaide manages to escape, with Manuel Claro’s help. They hide in a village near Viseu.
February 25th 1919, the couple is found by the police and arrested. Manuel Claro stays in jail in Oporto (at the Cadeia da Relação), having been accused of kidnapping and rape. Maria Adelaide is declared clinically insane by the authorities of national psychiatry (Júlio de Matos, Sobral Cid and Egas Moniz), which is followed by a new internment at the asylum Conde Ferreira Hospital, and interdiction.
Alfredo da Cunha sells Diário de Notícias, against his wife’s wishes.
August 9th 1919, Maria Adelaide leaves the hospice, thanks to Bernardo Lucas, the lawyer hired by Manuel Claro.
May 1920, Maria Adelaide publishes the novel “Not insane!: a psychological and legal documentation” (Doida não!: documentação psicológica e jurídica), in which she exposes her journey. She continues her defense in the pages of A Capital (competing newspaper to the Diário de Notícias), where, starting in August, she publishes her letters for nearly a year.
Manuel Claro is freed from prison and goes to live with Maria Adelaide, in Oporto.
May 28th 1926, a coup leads to the fall of the First Republic and instates a military dictatorship.
March 25th 1928, the President, General Carmona, picks António Oliveira Salazar as the minister of finance.
July 5th 1932, Salazar becomes Prime Minister.
The beginning of a new dictatorial regime, called “New State” (Estado Novo).
Alfredo da Cunha dies. Maria Adelaide and her son, José Coelho da Cunha, reconnect. The mental institution Júlio de Matos opens on April 2nd..
The interdiction on Maria Adelaide (now aged 74) is finally lifted, and her mental aptitude is recognized.
The Nobel Prize for medicine is awarded to Egas Moniz.
Maria Adelaide lives with Manuel Claro until her death, in 1954, at 84 years old. He will die about 10 years later.