Today in Chinese History (Part 6)

China: Hong Kong - Macao

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 688

  • 1988-12-01 Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow
  • 1988-12-26 Anti African student rebellion in China PR
  • 1989-02-21 US bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1B st value)
  • 1989-04-14 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
  • 1989-04-21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • 1989-04-23 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
  • 1989-04-24 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • 1989-04-27 Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • 1989-05-09 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • 1989-05-13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

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1989-05-16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1989-05-20 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • 1989-05-29 Student protesters in China construct a replica of Statue of Liberty
  • 1989-06-02 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
  • 1989-06-03 Beginning of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing
  • 1989-06-04 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • 1989-06-04 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000.
  • 1990-01-10 China lifts martial law (imposed after Tiananmen Square massacre)
  • 1990-01-14 11th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the events in Beijing, China
  • 1990-04-26 126 die in a (6.9) earthquake in China
  • 1990-05-26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1990-08-16 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1990-08-25 Li Hui Rong of China sets triple jump woman's record (47'8½")
  • 1990-10-02 Chinese plane explodes, about 100 die
  • 1991-01-04 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
  • 1991-12-29 Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crash into mountain at Taipei
  • 1992-04-23 McDonald's opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China
  • 1992-05-13 Li Hongzhi gave the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
  • 1992-05-21 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1992-06-28 "Chinese Coffee" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • 1992-07-29 "Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • 1992-08-24 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
  • 1992-09-25 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1992-10-23 Emperor Akihito becomes the first Emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil.
  • 1992-11-24 Boeing 734 crashes into mountain in China, kills 141
  • 1993-02-14 Fire in Linxi department store in Tangshan China, kills 79
  • 1993-03-27 Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
  • 1993-07-23 China Northwest Airlines BAe146-300 crashes at Yinchuan, 55 killed
  • 1993-08-28 Dam breaks in Qinghai West China, 223 killed
  • 1993-10-05 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1993-10-07 Massive Muslim demonstrate in Xining China PR, 12 killed
  • 1993-11-13 Chinese MD82 makes crash landing at Urumqi, 12 killed
  • 1993-12-13 Fire in textile factory in Fuzjou China, 60 killed
  • 1994-05-01 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • 1994-06-06 Tupolev-154M crashes at Xian China, 160 killed
  • 1994-06-10 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1994-08-02 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed
  • 1994-08-21 -23] Typhoon Fred ravages Chinese county Zhejiang, 700+ killed
  • 1994-10-07 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1994-11-27 Fire in disco in Fuxin, North-China, 233 killed
  • 1994-12-08 Fire in cinema in Karamay China, 310 killed
  • 1994-12-14 Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam, China
  • 1995-02-15 Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion
  • 1995-05-15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1995-08-17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1996-06-08 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1997-01-03 The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $US27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys

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1997-02-24 Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1997-03-14 The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
  • 1997-06-10 Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • 1997-07-01 Britain hands Hong Kong and the New Territories - ceded in 1841 - to the People's Republic of China.
  • 1997-08-21 Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
  • 1997-11-16 After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.
  • 1997-12-29 Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China
  • 1998-05-13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
  • 1998-10-28 An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
  • 1999-01-20 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 1999-02-24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.
  • 1999-05-07 Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • 1999-05-25 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
  • 1999-07-20 Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
  • 1999-11-19 Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
  • 1999-12-20 Portugal returns Macau to China
  • 2001-01-09 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • 2001-01-23 The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
  • 2001-04-11 The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.
  • 2001-06-14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 2001-12-11 The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 2001-12-27 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • 2002-01-01 Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
  • 2002-04-15 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • 2002-05-07 A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • 2002-05-25 China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
  • 2002-11-04 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
  • 2002-11-15 Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
  • 2003-03-15 Hu Jintao takes over presidency for the People's Republic of China.
  • 2003-06-01 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
  • 2003-10-15 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2003-12-23 PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
  • 2004-02-05 Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
  • 2004-08-17 MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
  • 2004-11-26 Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
  • 2005-01-29 The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
  • 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.
  • 2005-03-26 The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
  • 2005-08-19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
  • 2005-10-12 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • 2005-12-06 Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • 2006-07-01 The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
  • 2006-07-06 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.

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