Hong Kong in History

China: Macao

Historical Events

  • 1839-08-23 British capture Hong Kong from China
  • 1841-01-20 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • 1841-01-26 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • 1843-06-26 Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony
  • 1887-11-15 British SS Wah Yeung catches fire on Canton River off Hong Kong
  • 1892-10-10 Entire Hong Kong national cricket team dies in shipwreck off Taiwan

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1898-04-24 US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
  • 1898-06-09 China leases Hong Kong's new territories to the United Kingdom for 99 years
  • 1906-09-18 A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong.
  • 1918-02-26 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
  • 1925-06-23 British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers
  • 1941-12-18 Japanese troops land on Hong Kong
  • 1941-12-25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • 1945-08-29 British liberate Hong Kong from Japan
  • 1945-08-30 Hong Kong liberated from Japanese
  • 1945-11-08 Riverboat sinks off Hong Kong; kills 1,550
  • 1951-04-29 China seizes the assets of the Asiatic Petroleum Company, a joint venture between the Shell and Royal Dutch oil companies in retaliation for the Hong Kong Government's requisitioning of the tanker Yung Hao
  • 1967-11-19 The establishment of TVB, the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong
  • 1972-01-09 Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour

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1973-05-10 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1975-04-25 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao
  • 1976-11-20 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-Hong Kong Golf Open

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1978-05-01 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

  • 1979-09-29 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong
  • 1984-09-19 Britain & China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997
  • 1984-09-26 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1984-12-19 Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China in 1997

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1984-12-19 UK signs agreement with China to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 1985-05-27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997

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1986-02-08 The crime film "A Better Tomorrow", starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong

  • 1989-11-08 Hong Kong's MTR Lam Tin Station comes into service.
  • 1989-12-29 Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 1994-08-10 Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)
  • 1997-06-09 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • 1997-07-01 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • 1997-12-29 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
  • 1998-07-06 Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational
  • 2003-07-10 A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
  • 2005-03-12 Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
  • 2005-09-12 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
  • 2005-12-04 Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
  • 2005-12-17 Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • 2007-04-26 Queen's Pier is officially closed by the Hong Kong Government, after a bitter struggle by conservationists, in order to facilitate land reclamation in Hong Kong's Central district
  • 2008-11-14 Hong Kong becomes the second Asian economy to tip into recession, its exports hit by weakening global demand
  • 2012-10-01 36 people are killed in a ferry collision in Hong Kong
  • 2013-09-23 25 people are killed after Typhoon Usagi passes Hong Kong and China

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2014-06-19 "Transformers: Age of Extinction" directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg premieres in Hong Kong. Highest grossing film of 2014 ($1.104 billion)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • 2014-12-02 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists clash with police as they try to surround the government's headquarters in some of the worst violence since the protests began
  • 2014-12-12 Over 200 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong
  • 2017-03-26 Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electorial commission
  • 2017-04-04 Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem at an action in Hong Kong
  • 2017-06-15 New record set for price of a parking lot in Hong Kong - $664,000

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2017-06-28 China’s president, Xi Jinping begins 3 day trip to Hong Kong to mark 20 years since the territory handed back to China

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-06-03 Robert Brown Black, British diplomat/gov (Hong Kong)
  • 1912-04-18 Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show)
  • 1912-11-27 David Merrick, [Margulois], Hong Kong, Broadway producer (Hello Dolly)
  • 1926-10-02 Jan Morris, travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys)
  • 1927-05-31 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
  • 1933-10-17 William A Anders, Hong Kong, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8)
  • 1935-02-14 David Wilson, British governor (Hong Kong)
  • 1938-09-29 Henry Keswick, British businessman (CEO-Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd)
  • 1939-03-29 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, Night Creature)
  • 1939-05-19 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong, actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong)

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1940-11-27 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Chinese-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1942-05-20 Simon Keswick, British financier/merchant (Hong Kong)
  • 1944-10-07 Donald Tsang, Former Chief executive of Hong Kong (2005-1012), born in Hong Kong
  • 1945-07-21 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1946-05-01 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • 1947-01-01 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1947-10-12 George Lam, Hong Kong veteran Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1948-09-04 Samuel Hui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1950-01-16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • 1950-02-16 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • 1952-02-13 David Puilum Choi, Hong Kong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

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1954-04-07 Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial arts actor (Rumble in the Bronx), born in Hong Kong

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1955-05-18 Yun Fat Chow, Hong Kong actor (Better Tomorrow), born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1918-12-17 Philippine Senator (and later 2nd President) Manuel L. Quezon (40) weds first cousin Aurora Aragon (30) in Hong Kong

2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon
2nd President of the Philippines
Manuel L. Quezon

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-08-17 Bruce Lee (23), Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor, weds Linda Emery (19), teacher

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee

Famous Deaths

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1973-07-20 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1986-12-05 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • 1994-05-12 Helen Lee Mai, Hong Kong actress, dies at 63
  • 2002-10-18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2003-04-01 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • 2003-12-30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer and actress (b. 1963)
  • 2004-11-24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2008-02-19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • 2009-11-24 Chan Hung Lit, Hong Kong actor (b. 1943)
  • 2010-02-16 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • 2011-01-02 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)