Profession: Chinese Emperor
Why Famous: Chongzhen was the 16th and last emperor of the Ming Dynasty in China, reigning from 1627-44.
Chongzhen inherited a failing empire and though he tried to stem corruption and rebellions throughout his reign, he was ultimately unable to put down the Manchu rebellions from the north.
The Manchus took Beijing in 1644 and Chongzhen took his own life rather than be captured.
- 1627-10-02 Last Emperor of the Chinese Ming dynasty, Chongzhen, comes to the throne after death of his brother Emperor Tianqi
- 1630-01-13 Chinese Emperor Chongzhen orders the arrest of military general Yuan Chonghuan
- 1644-04-25 Last Ming Emperor Chongzhen hangs himself from a tree on Jing Mountain, Beijing, rather than be captured by forces of Li Zicheng