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 students 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1989-05-16 Soviet president Mikhail S Gorbachev & Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing

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