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
Admiral
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

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1975-04-25 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao

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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

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1982-01-21 Shaolin Temple" martial arts film released, first Hong Kong feature filmed in China, directed by Chang Hsin Yen, starring Jet Li in his debut role

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1990-04-25 Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is abducted by Triad members

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1990-05-17 The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong designed by I. M. Pei opens as the first supertall skyscraper outside the US

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • 1993-01-01 "Farewell My Concubine" directed by Chen Kaige from novel by Lilian Lee starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li premieres in Hong Kong (Cannes Palme d'Or 1993)
  • 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
  • 2000-09-29 "In the Mood for Love", Hong Kong film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, is released
  • 2003-07-10 Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. Deadliest Hong Kong traffic accident .
  • 2004-08-27 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to No.1 at US box office
  • 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

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2011-05-29 Hong Kong student activist group Scholarism started by Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam

Activist Joshua Wong
Activist
Joshua Wong
  • 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
  • 2016-04-10 Hong Kong pro-democracy political party Demosistō established by Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow
  • 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
  • 2017-08-11 Fipronil contaminated eggs now affecting fifteen EU countries, Hong Kong and Switzerland according to European Commission
  • 2017-08-17 Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly
  • 2018-03-16 Asia's second-richest person, Hong Kong's Li Ka-Shing, announces his retirement at 89
  • 2018-07-04 Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case
  • 2018-09-16 Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall near Jiangmen City, China, winds 120 miles an hour cause tower blocks in nearby Hong Kong to sway
  • 2018-09-30 Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki's work "Juin-Octobre 1985" sells for $65 million in Hong Kong, in one of the most expensive art auctions ever in Asia
  • 2018-10-23 World's longest sea-crossing bridge, the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai bridge at 55km, opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • 2019-04-09 Nine prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters found guilty on public nuisance charges for their part in 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
  • 2019-04-28 Largest demonstrations since 2014 in Hong Kong over plans to change law to send suspects to mainland China for trial

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Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
  • 2019-06-09 Over 1 million people protest in Hong Kong over proposed new extradition laws to China in one of largest-ever protests in the city
  • 2019-06-12 Violent protests in Hong Kong as tens of thousands of protesters block and try to storm government buildings to stop extradition law
  • 2019-06-17 Activist Joshua Wong calls on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to resign after leaving prison amid street protests the day before of over 2 million people.
  • 2019-06-18 Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces the suspension of the pro-China and highly controversial extradition law, after massive protests in the city
  • 2019-08-05 Widespread strike in Hong Kong and demonstrations against Chinese policy towards the territory bring huge disruption, including cancelling 200 flights
  • 2019-08-12 Hong Kong International Airport cancels all departures as thousands of anti-government protesters occupy the terminals
  • 2019-08-18 1.7 million take part in pro-democracy protest peacefully in Hong Kong, a quarter of the population
  • 2019-09-04 Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill to China after three months of massive protests
  • 2019-09-15 Hong Kong police fire water cannons and tear gas at thousands of protesters outside the British embassy, as protests continue in the city
  • 2019-10-06 Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters march in defiance of a new ban on face masks

Famous Birthdays

  • 1881-06-04 Clara Blandick, American actress (Huckleberry Finn, Romance, Tom Sawyer), born on board an American ship in Hong Kong (d. 1962)
  • 1911-11-27 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1912-04-18 Wendy Barrie, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), born in Hong Kong (d. 1978)
  • 1926-10-02 Jan Morris, Welsh historian and travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys), born in Clevedon, Somerset, England
  • 1927-05-31 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
  • 1927-10-08 Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film producer, popularized martial arts worldwide, born in Hong Kong (d. 2018)
  • 1928-07-29 Li Ka-Shing, Hong Kong-Chinese business magnate and entrepreneur (CK Holdings), born in Chao'an, Guangdong, China
  • 1933-10-17 William A Anders, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8), born in Hong Kong
  • 1935-02-14 David Wilson, Scottish administrator and 27th Governor of Hong Kong (1987-92), born in Alloa, Scotland
  • 1938-09-29 Henry Keswick, British businessman (CEO-Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd)
  • 1939-05-19 Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong

Person of interestBruce Lee

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

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and 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 musician, born in Xiguan, China
  • 1949-01-12 Wayne Wang, American film director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance), born in Hong Kong
  • 1949-04-04 Shing-Tung Yau, Hong Kong-born American mathematician, born in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
  • 1950-01-16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • 1950-02-16 Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer (d. 2002)
  • 1952-01-02 Man-Tat Ng, Hong Kong actor (The Final Combat), born in Xiamen, China
  • 1952-01-07 Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor, director and martial artist (Winners and Sinners), born in Hong Kong
  • 1953-04-14 Eric Tsang, Hong Kong actor, director and TV host (Super Trio series), born in Hong Kong

Person of interestJackie Chan

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

Person of interestYun Fat Chow

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

  • 1956-09-12 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • 1957-05-13 Carrie Lam, Chinese politician, Chief Executive of Hong Kong (2017-), born in Hong Kong
  • 1957-07-26 Yuen Biao, Hong Kong actor and martial artist, born in Castle Peak Road, Hong Kong
  • 1959-04-15 Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director, born in Guangdong, China
  • 1959-05-07 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong (d. 1985)
  • 1960-02-16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress (An Autumn's Tale), born in Hong Kong
  • 1960-03-25 Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Hong Kong actress
  • 1960-07-17 Robin Shou, Hong Kong Chinese-American martial arts actor (Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1960-12-22 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • 1961-07-10 Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor (Bullet in the Head), born in Hong Kong
  • 1961-09-02 Anthony Wong [Chau-sang], Hong Kong actor (The Untold Story), born in Hong Kong
  • 1961-09-27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1961-09-30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1961-12-21 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor (Internal Affairs), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1962-06-22 Stephen Chow, Hong Kong film director and actor (Kung Fu Hustle, The Mermaid), born in Hong Kong
  • 1962-06-27 Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Chinese actor (In the Mood for Love), born in Hong Kong
  • 1963-04-02 Dermot Reeve, English cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 29 ODIs), born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • 1963-07-27 Donnie Yen, Hong Kong actor, martial artist and director (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1963-10-10 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • 1964-02-16 Ching-Wan [Sean] Lau, Hong Kong actor (Life Without Principle), born in Hong Kong
  • 1964-09-20 Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress (1st Asian actress to win at Cannes for "Clean"), born in Hong Kong
  • 1965-02-27 Maggie Siu [Mei-Kei Siu], Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965-04-16 Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong-American actor and director, born in Troy, New York
  • 1965-07-28 Priscilla Chan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965-08-02 Sandra Ng [Kwan-yue], Hong Kong actress (Golden Chicken), born in Hong Kong
  • 1965-10-26 Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965-12-08 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress and singer (Days of Being Wild), born in Suzhou, China
  • 1966-01-08 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], Chinese actress (Happy Ghost), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1966-07-30 Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • 1966-08-15 Shirley Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1966-12-11 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • 1967-01-27 Byron Mann, Hong Kong actor
  • 1967-01-28 Jan Lamb, Hong Kong disc jockey & stand-up comedian
  • 1967-01-31 Joey Wong, Taiwanese Hong Kong actress (A Chinese Ghost Story), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1967-02-07 Sharla Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress (All For the Winner), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1967-07-08 Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1967-08-12 Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1967-10-04 Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1967-10-20 Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1967-11-10 Vivian Chow, Hong Kong Cantopop singer-songwriter and actress, born in Hong Kong
  • 1967-12-06 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer (House of Cards), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1967-12-19 Frankie Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • 1968-05-16 Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress (Naked Killer), born in Hong Kong
  • 1969-08-08 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress ( Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • 1970-05-10 Sally Phillips, English comedian and actress (Smack the Pony, Miranda), born in Hong Kong
  • 1970-06-02 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • 1970-06-20 Michelle Reis, Hong Kong actress (Fallen Angels), born in Hong Kong
  • 1971-04-16 Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor (Heart of Greed), born in Hong Kong
  • 1971-08-27 Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1971-09-04 Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • 1971-10-01 Gigi Lai, Hong Kong actress and bussiness woman, born in Hong Kong
  • 1971-10-25 Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress (A Chinese Odyssey), born in Hong Kong
  • 1971-11-05 Edmond Leung, Hong Kong singer and songwriter, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1972-04-18 Xu Zheng, Chinese actor and director (Lost on Hong Kong), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1972-08-18 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1972-08-19 Sammi Cheng [Sau Man], Hong Kong singer and actress (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1973-01-13 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • 1973-02-21 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer & TV host, born in Hong Kong
  • 1973-09-13 Kelly Chen, Hong Kong singer and actress, born in Hong Kong
  • 1973-09-17 Ada Choi, Hong Kong actress
  • 1973-12-03 Sammy Leung, Hong Kong disc jockey
  • 1974-04-24 Comedy Dave [David Lloyd Vitty], British radio personality, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974-05-23 Charlie Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Seven Swords), born in Hong Kong
  • 1974-10-13 Hawick Lau, Hong Kong Chinese actor (Sealed with a Kiss) and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1976-03-25 Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Tempting Heart), born in Hong Kong
  • 1979-07-09 Ella Koon [Yun-na], Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and actress of Hakka heritage, born in Tahita, French Polynesia
  • 1979-07-31 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1979-08-30 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1979-08-30 Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1979-09-02 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1980-02-14 Michelle Ye, Chinese actress & producer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • 1980-02-26 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer, born in British Hong Kong

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and Actor
Bruce Lee

Famous Deaths


Person of interestBruce Lee

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

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and 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, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • 2003-12-30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • 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 & educationalist, dies at 79
  • 2018-11-02 Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film producer, popularized martial arts worldwide, dies at 91