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
  • 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 .
  • 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
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

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1881-06-04 Clara Blandick, American actress (Huckleberry Finn, Romance, Tom Sawyer), born on board an American ship in Hong Kong (d. 1962)
  • 1912-04-18 Wendy Barrie, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), born in Hong Kong
  • 1912-11-27 David Merrick, [Margulois], Broadway producer (Hello Dolly), born in Hong Kong
  • 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)
  • 1928-07-29 Li Ka-Shing, Hong Kong business magnate (CK Holdings), born in Chaozhou, China
  • 1933-10-17 William A Anders, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8), born in Hong Kong
  • 1935-02-14 David Wilson, British governor (Hong Kong)
  • 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)

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
  • 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)
  • 1952-02-13 David Puilum Choi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), 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

  • 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
  • 1959-05-07 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong (d. 1985)
  • 1960-02-16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1960-03-25 Idy Chan Yuk-Lin, Hong Kong actress
  • 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
  • 1961-09-27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1961-09-30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1961-12-21 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1963-04-02 Dermot Reeve, English cricketer and unorthodox all-rounder, born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • 1965-04-16 Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
  • 1965-07-28 Priscilla Chan, Hong Kong singer, 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
  • 1966-08-15 Shirley Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1966-12-11 Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
  • 1967-01-27 Byron Mann, Hong Kong actor
  • 1967-01-28 Jan Lamb, Hong Kong disc jockey & stand-up comedian
  • 1967-01-31 Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
  • 1967-02-07 Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress
  • 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
  • 1967-10-20 Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1967-12-06 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer
  • 1967-12-19 Frankie Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • 1970-05-10 Sally Phillips, English comedian and actress (Smack the Pony, Miranda), born in Hong Kong
  • 1971-04-16 Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
  • 1971-08-27 Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1971-09-04 Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress
  • 1971-10-01 Gigi Lai, Hong Kong actress
  • 1971-10-25 Athena Chu, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1971-11-05 Edmond Leung, Hong Kong singer
  • 1972-08-18 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • 1972-08-19 Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1973-01-13 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • 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
  • 1979-07-09 Ella Koon, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 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, Hong Kong actress
  • 1980-02-26 Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
  • 1980-03-25 Carrie Lam, Hong Kong actress
  • 1980-05-24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1980-06-16 Joey Yung, Hong Kong singer
  • 1980-06-18 Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter
  • 1980-08-29 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • 1980-11-21 Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress and presenter, born in Hong Kong
  • 1980-12-30 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1981-01-21 Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • 1981-04-01 Aimee Chan, Miss Hong Kong 2006
  • 1981-08-11 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1981-09-06 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong singer
  • 1981-12-05 Leila Tong, Hong Kong actress
  • 1982-04-13 Janice Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • 1982-04-13 Jill Vidal, Hong Kong singer
  • 1982-09-02 Mandy Cho, Hong Kong actress
  • 1982-09-22 Mandy Chiang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1982-10-16 Vincy Chan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1982-10-25 Eman Lam, Hong Kong singer
  • 1982-11-22 Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • 1982-12-03 Jaycee Chan, Hong Kong singer and actor
  • 1983-06-20 Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
  • 1983-09-27 Shermon Tang, Hong Kong actress
  • 1983-10-15 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1984-04-09 Linda Chung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 1984-09-22 Theresa Fu, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1984-10-10 Stephanie Cheng, Hong Kong singer
  • 1985-02-14 Miki Yeung, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1986-06-09 Kary Ng, Hong Kong singer and actress

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

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

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)