Chinese History (Part 2)

China: Hong Kong - Macao

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 834

  • 1890-04-27 French troops under Capt Archinard occupy Oussebougou, West Sudan
  • 1891-02-18 Capt Archinard's army fights with Nyamina of Niger in West-Sudan
  • 1891-02-24 French troops under Captain Archinard occupy Diena West Sudan
  • 1893-08-10 Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act
  • 1893-11-29 Ziqiang Institute, today known as Wuhan University, is founded by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty of China after his memorial to the throne is approved by the Qing Government.
  • 1894-03-17 US & China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US
  • 1894-06-30 Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid
  • 1894-09-15 Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang
  • 1894-11-19 1st mushroom on a stamp (China 1 & 5 Ap)
  • 1895-05-08 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
  • 1896-08-29 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
  • 1898-06-09 China leases Hong Kong's new territories to the United Kingdom for 99 years
  • 1898-06-16 China's emperor De Zong (Guang Xu) receives Kang Youwei
  • 1898-07-03 American troops, en route to the Philippines on the SS China, raise the American flag on Wake Island
  • 1898-09-21 Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days' Reform in China, imprisoning the Guangxu Emperor

Appointment of Interest

1899-04-20 David Beatty is appointed executive officer of the HMS Barfleur, a small battleship and flagship of the China Station

  • 1900-01-02 John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China.
  • 1900-01-27 Foreign diplomats in Peking, China, write formal notes of protest demanding that the Chinese Government stop the Boxes and other groups leading attacks on Westerners and Christians.
  • 1900-02-16 1st Chinese daily newspaper in US publishes, Chung Sai Yat Po in San Francisco
  • 1900-03-20 US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an 'open door' policy in China have essentially accepted his stand
  • 1900-05-17 In China, three villages within 100 miles of Peking are burned by Boxers and 60 Chinese Christians killed
  • 1900-05-28 In China, rioters provoked by Boxers burn the Fengtai Railway Station, where many Belgians work
  • 1900-06-06 Boxers cut off all railroad links between Peking and Tientsin, main port city of Peking
  • 1900-06-09 In China, Boxers destroy the race course in Peking, a few miles from the legations and the center and symbol of diplomatic social life and Western privilege
  • 1900-06-10 In China, a relief column of some 2000 men set out from Tientsin to relieve foreigners trapped in Peking
  • 1900-06-11 David Beatty and 150 men from HMS Barfleur land as part of a force of 2,400 defending Tientsin from 15,000 Chinese troops plus Boxers
  • 1900-06-13 In China, Baron von Kettler, the German minister to China, beats two young Boxers with his walking stick; when word of this circulates, rioting and arson spread throughout Peking during the night
  • 1900-06-16 In China, a fire is set by Boxers, virtually destroying the Western Quarter and spreading to engulf many Chinese landmarks
  • 1900-06-20 Baron Von Ketteler, German Minister, decides to go to the Chinese authorities to demand more guards for European protection from Boxers and is killed by Boxers en route
  • 1900-06-20 In China, most foreigners in the Peking legations now accept that they are under siege by Boxers
  • 1900-06-22 In China, practically the whole foreign community in Peking, including many Chinese Christians, retreat to British compounds
  • 1900-06-25 Dunhuang manuscripts, including the Diamond Sutra, world's oldest surviving dated book, discovered by Daoist monk Wang Yuanlu in the Mogao Caves, China
  • 1900-06-25 Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland
  • 1900-06-26 Japan mobilizes 20,000 troops to help put down the Boxer uprising in China and to advance their long-term interest in gaining land and power in mainland Asia
  • 1900-06-29 The Imperial Chinese Court issues what is essentially a declaration of war against foreigners in China blaming them for hostilities and giving license to the Boxers for even greater ferocity
  • 1900-07-16 A report appears in London that all foreigners in Peking, China, have been massacred. Although soon exposed as false, the report helps mobilize support for relief of foreigners
  • 1900-07-16 Russia launch an offensive against the Chinese in Manchuria
  • 1900-08-04 An allied expeditionary force, made up of Japanese, Russian, British, French and American troops, sets off from Tientsin for Peking, China, to put down Boxer rebellion
  • 1900-08-15 The Boxer Rebellion: In China, the Empress, her family and court retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to quell the rebellion
  • 1900-10-10 Foreign ministers in Peking begin their first serious negotiations over what conditions their nations will impose on the Chinese after putting down the Boxer uprising
  • 1900-10-16 Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, agreeing to maintain territorial integrity of China and support 'open door' policy called for by US Secretary of State
  • 1900-11-09 China has resumed nominal control of Manchuria, but in a secret agreement the Chinese governor of Manchuria grants Russia such rights as keeping troops along the railroad lines and controlling civil administration
  • 1900-12-24 Foreign powers present the Chinese Empress with their list of 'irrevocable conditions' before their nations will withdraw troops from China
  • 1901-09-07 Peace of Peking - Ends Boxer Rebellion in China
  • 1902-01-30 Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan's 'special interest' in Korea
  • 1902-02-01 China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
  • 1902-02-01 US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the 'open door' policy granting all nations equal rights there
  • 1902-03-20 France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea
  • 1902-04-08 Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months
  • 1902-04-29 Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines
  • 1904-06-22 Chinese laborers arrive in South Africa following a severe labor shortage

Historic Event

1905-08-20 Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen forms the first chapter of T'ung Meng Hui, a union of all secret societies determined to bringing down the Manchus (Qing dynasty)

  • 1906-10-11 San Francisco Board of Education orders segregation in separate schools of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean children sparking diplomatic crisis
  • 1906-11-06 Chinese Government ministries are reorganized as part of the movement towards constitutional government; but in fact the Manchu princes retain control and there is little gain for the Chinese people
  • 1906-11-21 China prohibits the opium trade
  • 1907-06-10 France and Japan sign an agreement to maintain the independence and integrity of China, equality for all nations in trading with China, and the status quo in the Far East
  • 1907-06-14 Government of Transvaal sends home 50,000 Chinese day workers
  • 1907-07-30 Russia and Japan sign an agreement guaranteeing freedom of China while recognizing each other's special interests
  • 1908-11-30 The US Secretary of State and Japan's ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an 'open door' policy and for the status quo in the Pacific
  • 1908-12-02 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of two

Historic Event

1909-10-26 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister is shot and killed by Korean nationalist An Jung-geun in Harbin, China

  • 1912-02-12 The last Qing Emperor of China, Puyi (age 6) abdicates after losing the support of the Chinese people and thus the "mandate of heaven"
  • 1912-04-02 Sun Yet Sen forms Guomindang Party in China
  • 1912-04-04 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
  • 1912-08-25 The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.
  • 1912-12-06 China votes for universal human rights
  • 1913-04-08 Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)

Historic Event

1913-04-26 Sun Yet San calls for revolt against President Yuan Shikai in China

  • 1913-09-01 Zhang Xun's Wuwei Corps captures Nanjing on behalf of Emperor Yuan Shikai in the Republic of China's Second Revolution, ending Chinese independence and causing Sun Yat Sen to flee to Japan
  • 1913-10-10 Yuan Shikai installed as the 1st President of China
  • 1914-01-10 Yuan Shih-k'ai, president of the new Chinese republic, dissolves parliament and prepares a constitution of his own design: he will set himself up as dictator, preparatory to an attempt to make himself emperor
  • 1914-02-21 Bai Lang ("White Wolf") troops attack Zhanjiang, China
  • 1914-03-01 The Republic of China joins the Universal Postal Union.
  • 1914-03-18 White Wolf gang beats government army in Jingdezhen, China
  • 1914-05-01 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
  • 1914-11-07 Japanese attack German concession on Chinese peninsula of Shanghai
  • 1915-01-15 Japan claims economic control of China
  • 1915-01-18 Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia
  • 1916-06-06 The death of Yuan Shikai, ruler of much of China since 1912, causes central government to virtually collapse in the face of pressure from warlords, and from political reformers including Sun Yat-sen
  • 1917-08-14 China declares war on Germany & Austria
  • 1917-08-31 In China, Sun Yat-sen and his supporters' 'rump' parliament establishes a military government and elects Sun Yat-sen as commander-in-Chief
  • 1917-11-02 Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
  • 1919-05-04 Demonstrates organised by students erupt in China, after news from the Paris Peace Conference that the Allies intend to give Shangtung to Japan
  • 1919-09-10 China becomes a member of the League of Nations
  • 1920-09-23 Despite Japanese protests, China withdraws recognition of Tsarists representatives in China
  • 1920-10-02 The Chinese sign an agreement with the Russo-Asiatic Bank, largely French and Russian controlled, which will oversee the Chinese Eastern Railway, but give local supervision to China
  • 1920-12-16 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
  • 1921-02-25 The Living Buddha, Hutuktu, is crowned King of Mongolia as the country declares independence from China
  • 1921-03-13 Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China
  • 1921-03-18 Steamer "Hong Koh" runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
  • 1921-04-07 Revolutionary leader, Sun Yat-sen is elected President of China at Canton, though China remains divided into north and south and subject to rivalries of warlords
  • 1921-07-01 The Communist Party of China is founded and Chen Duxiu elected its leader
  • 1921-07-11 Mongolia gains independence from China (National Day)
  • 1921-07-23 Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao (among others) form Chinese Communist Party, with guidance from Soviet backed Communist International (Comintern) forms under guidance of Henk Sneevliet

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 364

  • 1898-05-18 Juan José Domenchina, Spanish poet and interpreter (sombra desterrada), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1959)
  • 1899-02-03 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • 1899-06-10 Raoul Salan, French Army general and leader of OAS; Secret Army Organization (Algeria), born in Roquecourbe, France (d. 1984)
  • 1900-12-08 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War), born in Jinnu, Lujiang, Chaohu, Anhui, Qing dynasty (d. 1990)

Ngô Đình DiệmNgô Đình Diệm (1901-1963)

1901-01-03 President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), born in Quảng Bình, French Indochina

  • 1901-08-26 Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1902-01-16 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)

Walter Houser BrattainWalter Houser Brattain (1902-1987)

1902-02-10 American physicist and Nobel laureate for his work on transistors, born in Amoy, China

  • 1902-09-23 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (d. 2003)
  • 1902-12-28 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), born in Zhen'gan, Hunan Province (d. 1988)
  • 1903-01-06 Boris Blacher, German composer (Orchester-Ornament), born in Yingkou, China (d. 1975)
  • 1903-02-04 Edwin Denby, Tientsin China, US dance critic/poet (Snoring in N)
  • 1904-04-10 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), born in Abrudbánya, Alsó-Fehér County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1904-06-18 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Yangtse Incident), born in Guangzhou, China (d. 1991)

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping (1904-1997)

1904-08-22 Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), born in Guang'an, Sichuan

  • 1904-10-12 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), born in Linli, Hunan, China (d. 1986)
  • 1904-11-25 Ba Jin, Chinese novelist (d. 2005)
  • 1905-01-03 Anna May Wong [Wong Liu-tsong], Chinese-American actress, 1st Asian-American movie star (Shanghai Express; Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), and 1st Asian-American on US currency (American Women series quarter, 2022), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1905-07-19 Edgar Snow, American author and journalist (Red star over China), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1906-01-13 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), born in Changzhou (d. 2017)
  • 1906-02-07 Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
  • 1906-08-05 John Huston, American director and writer (African Queen, Chinatown), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1906-12-18 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in San Francisco (d. 1969)
  • 1907-09-21 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 1997)
  • 1907-12-05 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, born in Huanggang, Hubei, Qing Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1909-03-09 Derk Bodde, American sinologist and historian of China, born in Marshfield, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1909-06-23 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), born in Hong'an, Hubei, China (d. 1992)
  • 1910-03-18 Chiang Ching-huo, son of Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek/President (1978-88)
  • 1910-03-27 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, born in Jinhua, Zhejiang province (d. 1996)
  • 1910-04-26 Ruan Lingyu [Fenggen], Chinese silent film actress (The Goddess), born in Shanghai (d. 1935)
  • 1910-09-24 Cao Yu, Huaju writer (Peking Man), born in Tianjin, China (d. 1996)
  • 1911-06-02 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death), born in Hulan County, Heilongjiang Province (d. 1942)
  • 1911-07-09 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), born in Lushan District, Jiangxi, China (d. 1968)
  • 1911-07-17 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder,’), born in Beijing (d. 2016)
  • 1911-10-14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), born in Nam Định Province, French Indochina (d. 1990)
  • 1912-05-31 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (conducted the Wu experiment), born in Liuhe, China (d. 1997)
  • 1913-09-12 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, born in Foochow, China (d. 1995)

Bảo ĐạiBảo Đại (1913-1997)

1913-10-22 Vietnamese emperor and chief of state (Annam 1926-1945; State of Vietnam, 1949-1955), born in Hue, French Indochina

Jiang QingJiang Qing (1914-1991)

1914-03-19 Chinese communist and wife of Mao Zedong, born in Zhucheng, Shandong, China

  • 1914-04-04 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • 1915-06-20 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), born in Shanghai, China (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-01 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • 1917-01-06 Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman & diplomat, born in Taichung, Taiwan (d. 2005)

I. M. PeiI. M. Pei (1917-2019)

1917-04-26 Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, born in Kwangchou, Canton, China

  • 1919-02-06 Louis Heren, English foreign correspondent & writer (China's Three Thousand Years), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1919-03-28 Jacob Avshalomov, American composer (Sinfonietta; The Oregon), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 2013)
  • 1919-09-27 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) and wife of Steve Allen, born in Wuchang, Hubei, China (d. 2015)
  • 1919-11-10 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), born in Peking China (d. 1997)
  • 1919-11-18 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)
  • 1920-02-01 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), born in Beijing, China (d. 2013)

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune (1920-1997)

1920-04-01 Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China

  • 1920-09-09 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (d. 1993)
  • 1920-10-04 George Tribe, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests; Northamptonshire; 66 VFL games Footscray), born in Yarraville, Victoria (d. 2009)
  • 1921-02-13 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter and graphic artist

Hua GuofengHua Guofeng (1921-2008)

1921-02-16 Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), born in Jiaocheng County, Shanxi

  • 1922-09-22 Chen Ning Yang, Chinese physicist (disproved parity, Nobel Prize for Physics 1957), born in Hofei, Anwhei, China
  • 1923-06-29 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), born in Yantai, Shandong, China (d. 2019)
  • 1923-12-08 Rudolph Pariser, American chemist, born in Harbin, China
  • 1924-02-06 Jin Yong [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, born in Haining, China (d. 2018)
  • 1924-09-13 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1924-10-15 Henry Sy Sr., Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King', born 1924 Jinjiang, China (d. 2019)
  • 1925-09-23 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (d. 2006)

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin (96 years old)

1926-08-17 General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

  • 1927-06-10 Lin Yang-kang, Taiwanese politician, born in Niitaka District, Taiwan (d. 2013)
  • 1927-07-30 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2001)
  • 1928-01-05 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, born in Tianjin (d. 2017)

Li Ka-shingLi Ka-shing (94 years old)

1928-07-29 Hong Kong-Chinese business magnate and entrepreneur (CK Holdings), born in Chao'an, Guangdong, China

  • 1928-10-01 Zhu Rongji, Chinese politician
  • 1928-10-21 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), born in Nanjing, Republic of China (d. 2017)
  • 1929-02-22 James Hong, American-Chinese actor (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1929-04-06 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist (Ton Fan group), born in Guangxi, China (d. 1994)
  • 1929-12-12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1929-12-25 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, born in Shanghai (d. 2016)
  • 1930-02-11 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1930-04-10 Hugh Morton, Baron Morton of Shuna, Scottish lawyer and judge, born in Mukden, Manchuria, China (d. 1995)

Robert EvansRobert Evans (1930-2019)

1930-06-29 American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), born in NYC, New York

  • 1930-08-13 Don Ho, Hawaiian-American pop and Hawaiian music singer ("Tiny Bubbles"; "Ain't No Big Thing!"), born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2007)
  • 1930-11-15 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), born in 1930 Shanghai International Settlement, Republic of China (d. 2009)
  • 1931-07-22 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1931-07-28 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • 1932-10-26 Chinadorai Deshmutu, Indian field hockey player (1952 Olympics)
  • 1932-12-20 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), born in Denison, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1933-06-02 Bob Rozario, American pianist (Louis Prima), and orchestra leader (Bobby Darin; Tony Orlando; Donny & Marie), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2013)

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski (89 years old)

1933-08-18 Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France

  • 1934-07-17 Lucio Tan, Chinese Filipino businessman (Philippine Airlines), in Amoy China
  • 1934-08-14 Robin McLaren, British ambassador (China)
  • 1934-09-29 Lindsay Kline, Australian cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1934-11-23 Robert Towne, American producer and screenwriter (Chinatown), born in Los Angeles, California

Tenzin GyatsoTenzin Gyatso (87 years old)

1935-07-06 Tibetan spiritual leader of Tibet's Lamaistic Buddhists, born in Taktser, Qinghai, China

  • 1935-11-27 Al Jackson, Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1936-02-12 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident (Tiananmen Square, 1989), born in Beijing, China (d. 2012)
  • 1936-09-20 Dany Carrel, French actress (Passionate Summer), born in Tourane, Annam, French Indochina
  • 1936-10-09 Brian Blessed, English actor (King Arthur, High Road to China), born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, England
  • 1936-12-11 Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician (Minister of Construction), born in Dalian, Kwantung Leased Territory, China
  • 1937-02-05 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (d. 2006)
  • 1937-11-30 Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Writer
  • 1938-06-28 Moy Yat, Chinese martial artist (student of Yip Man) (d. 2001)
  • 1938-11-22 Henry C. Lee, Chinese-born American criminologist
  • 1940-01-04 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate, years), born in Ganzhou, China

Bruce LeeBruce Lee (1940-1973)

1940-11-27 Hong Kong-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), born in San Francisco, California


Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 194 of 194

  • 1967-06-10 Frank Butler, American actor and screenwriter (Road to Bali, China), dies at 76
  • 1967-10-17 Henry Pu Yi, last emperor of China, dies at 61
  • 1968-01-15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • 1969-11-08 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), dies at 62
  • 1970-01-03 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • 1971-05-19 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), dies at 76
  • 1971-09-13 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • 1972-01-06 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • 1972-12-02 Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, dies at 79
  • 1973-04-07 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69

Chiang Kai-shekChiang Kai-shek (1887-1975)

1975-04-06 Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China (1928-1975), dies at 87

Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai (1898-1976)

1976-01-08 Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

  • 1976-03-26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, dies at 80
  • 1976-07-06 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), dies at 89
  • 1978-06-12 Guo Moruo, Chinese scholar and writer, dies at 85
  • 1979-07-04 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)
  • 1981-03-27 Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), dies at 84
  • 1982-02-13 Zeng Jinlian, Chinese tallest woman ever recorded (2.46 m, 8'1''), dies at 17
  • 1982-06-23 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • 1983-11-20 Richard Loo, American actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest at 80
  • 1985-04-16 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 60
  • 1986-03-04 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River), dies at 81
  • 1986-08-30 Ellis Achong, West Indian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests, 8 wickets; Trinidad; 1st of Chinese descent to play a Test match), dies at 82
  • 1986-10-22 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), dies at 89
  • 1987-12-27 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China, dies at 90
  • 1988-05-10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

Hu YaobangHu Yaobang (1915-1989)

1989-04-15 Chinese communist official and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (1982-87), dies of a heart attack at 73

  • 1990-11-19 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War), dies at 89
  • 1990-11-26 Fung Yu-lan, Chinese philosopher, dies at 94
  • 1991-01-12 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86

Jiang QingJiang Qing (1914-1991)

1991-05-14 Chinese communist and wife of Mao Zedong, commits suicide at 77

  • 1992-03-16 Renzhong Weangn, China politician (1934-45), dies
  • 1992-06-21 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), dies at 82
  • 1992-07-16 Johnny Martin, cricketer (NSW & Australian chinaman bowler), dies
  • 1992-08-03 Wang Hongwen, vice-President Chinese Comm Party (1973-76), dies
  • 1992-12-30 Ling-Ling, 1st panda China gave US, dies at 23
  • 1993-03-12 Wang Zhen, marxist/vice-premier of China (1988), dies
  • 1993-07-11 Deng Yingchao, high ranking communist China official, dies at 88
  • 1993-08-17 Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician (b. 1920)
  • 1993-11-24 Wu Yi Shen, mayor of Shen Yang China, dies in helicopter
  • 1994-02-28 Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of Last Emperor of China, dies at 86
  • 1994-02-28 Pu Yi, brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87
  • 1994-08-23 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Machina Mondiale), dies at 70
  • 1994-12-11 Yao Yilin, Vice Prime Minister of China (1979-88), dies at 77
  • 1995-04-10 Chen Yun, Chinese political leader during and after the Chinese Civil War, considered one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China, dies at 89
  • 1996-05-05 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • 1996-12-13 Cao Yu, Chinese dramatist (Peking Man), dies at 86
  • 1997-01-11 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), dies at 89
  • 1997-02-16 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (conduced the Wu experiment), dies at 84
  • 1997-04-26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94
  • 2001-09-12 Victor Wong [Yee Keung Victor Wong], American actor (Big Trouble in Little China), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2001-10-15 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria, dies at 100
  • 2003-03-17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)

Soong Mei-lingSoong Mei-ling (1897-2003)

2003-10-23 Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

  • 2004-12-03 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • 2005-01-03 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  • 2005-01-17 Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
  • 2005-04-24 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2005-08-18 Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
  • 2005-10-17 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • 2005-10-24 Immanuel C.Y. Hsu, scholar of modern Chinese intellectual and diplomatic history (b. 1923)
  • 2005-11-27 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), dies at 86
  • 2006-02-24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 2006-10-13 Wang Guangmei, Chinese first lady (b. 1921)
  • 2006-12-20 Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
  • 2007-01-05 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet. dies of kidney and lung cancer at 83 [1]
  • 2007-01-15 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • 2007-04-20 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • 2007-04-29 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • 2007-06-02 Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier
  • 2007-07-10 Zheng Xiaoyu, director of the State Food and Drug Administration of the People's Republic of China (b. 1944)
  • 2007-08-08 Ma Lik, Chinese politician (b. 1952)

Hua GuofengHua Guofeng (1921-2008)

2008-08-20 Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

  • 2009-07-11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • 2009-10-31 Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project and who pioneered engineering cybernetics, dies at 97
  • 2009-12-29 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • 2010-05-17 Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (b. 1929)
  • 2010-10-28 Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (b. 1932)
  • 2010-11-24 Huang Hua, Chinese statesman (b. 1913)
  • 2012-04-01 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), dies from heart attack at 65
  • 2012-04-06 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76
  • 2013-04-09 Zao Wou-Ki, Chinese French painter (Juin-Octobre 1985), dies at 93
  • 2015-07-15 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, dies at 98
  • 2016-05-25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • 2016-12-18 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, dies at 86
  • 2017-01-14 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), dies at 111
  • 2017-05-09 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat & vice premier, dies at 89

Liu XiaoboLiu Xiaobo (1955-2017)

2017-07-13 Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61

  • 2017-09-14 Basi, world's oldest giant panda in captivity, dies in Fuzhou, China, at 37
  • 2017-11-09 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), dies at 84
  • 2018-05-01 Sun Yueh, Chinese-born Taiwanese actor (Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing), dies of sepsis at 87
  • 2018-05-02 Wang Danfeng, Chinese actress, dies at 93