Chinese Events in History



2014 Event - Prominent Chinese legal activist, Xu Zhiyong, is sentenced to four years in prison; convicted of 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order,' the case is seen as evidence that Communist Party leaders wish to expunge any challenges to the power or leadership

2013 Event - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Bucharest, Romania. The Premier will attend the China-Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) leaders' meeting as a guest of the Prime Minister

2013 Event - Amidst criticism for its lack of help in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, China's 'Peace Ark', a 14,000-ton navy hospital ship, is sent to the Philippines to help its relief efforts'; the country also sent an emergency medical team and a disaster relief team from the Chinese Red Cross

2013 Event - The Chinese province of Fujian faces heavy rains and flooding from Typhoon Fitow

2013 Event - Shuanghui, a Chinese meat processing company, buys Smithfield Foods for $4.72 billion; Smithfield was the world's largest meat processing company

2013 Event - The ambassador from the People's Republic of China is summoned by Japan's government after a flotilla of Chinese ships sail near the disputed Senkaku Islands

2013 Event - Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., publishes a letter to Chinese customers, addressing issues regarding the company's warranty policies in China

2012 Event - Chinese authorities arrest a Tibetan monk and his nephew in Sichuan province, for inciting 8 self-immolation protests against Chinese rule

2012 Event - The film 'Chinese Zodiac' featuring martial arts star Jackie Chan, will be the last film made by the action star

2012 Event - The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Chinese author Mo Yan, famous for the hallucinatory realism writing style

2012 Event - Chinese bookstore suspend the sale of books by or about Japan, and all books by Japanese authors

2012 Event - The Japanese Coast Guard reports six Chinese Marine Surveillance ships are sighted near the disputed Senkaku Islands; China claims the 'two surveillance ship fleets' are in waters around the islands for purposes of 'patrols and law enforcement'

2012 Event - After weeks of protests, the Hong Kong government backs down on its plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes in its schools

2012 Event - Typhoon Bolaven hits South Korea. leaving at least four Chinese fishermen dead and another twelve missing

2012 Event - In Tokyo, direct trading begins between the Japanese yuan and the Chinese yuan

2012 Event - Security chief Zhou Yongkang is asked to be removed by a group of Chinese Communist Party veterans

2012 Event - Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese dissident, requests help from the U.S. Congress in his attempt to flee China with his family

2012 Event - After Chen Guangcheng flees house arrest, U.S. President Barack Obama refuses to comment on the blind Chinese dissident who reportedly went to the U.S. embassy

2012 Event - At the London Book Fair, Ma Jian, Chinese author of the banned novel 'Beijing Coma,' puts red paint over his face and calls Chinese publishers, 'the mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party'

2012 Event - As part of a continued tightening on world sanctions on Iran, a Chinese company that insures ships will stop indemnifying tankers carrying Iranian oil

2011 Event - In Tibet, several acts of self-immolation prompt exiled Tibetans in India to urge the Chinese government to end its repressive policies restricting the Tibetan's religious freedom

2011 Event - China asks Myanmar to protect Chinese corporate interests after Burma's President Thein Sein shut down the Myitsone Dam project

2011 Event - A Chinese scientist conducting research on the Tibetan Plateau is reported missing from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's Muztagh Ata glacier

2011 Event - The U.S. credit rating is downgraded from A+ to A by the Chinese Dagong Global Credit Rating

2011 Event - In a speech outside of Potala Palace, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping declares he will crush attempts for an Independent Tibet

2011 Event - In Vietnam, hundreds demonstrate against Chinese naval operations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea

2011 Event - In Shanghai, Chinese lorry drivers continue their second day of protest against rising inflation

2011 Event - As part of a crackdown on dissent in China, 169 Chinese Christians attempting to hold an outdoor prayer session were detained, then released

2011 Event - A record $79 million auction price is paid for Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang's 1988 'Forever Lasting Love' three-panel oil painting

2011 Event - Chinese prosecutors claim over 600 people were killed in Yunnan over a seven year period from official misconduct

2010 Event - The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology announces it has developed the first ever spherical robot with telescopic arms

2010 Event - The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, says cultural genocide is happening as a result of the Chinese law requiring Mandarin as the language of instruction in Tibetan schools

2010 Event - A Chinese ship with 29 crew is attacked by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea

2010 Event - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao releases pictures of the moon's Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, taken during China's Chang e-2 lunar mission

2010 Event - Chinese Buddhist monks and archaeologists reveal part of a skull believed to be Buddhism's founder, Siddartha Gautama

2010 Event - Shen Neng 1, a Chinese coal ship, is reported to be leaking oil after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, Australia

2010 Event - The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced foreign direct investment into China has risen for the sixth consecutive month, up $8.3 billion year-on-year

2009 Event - U.S. Commerce Department imposes high anti-dumping tariffs up to 99% on imports of Chinese tubular goods

2004 Event - After popularizing the PC in the '80s, IBM sells its PC business to a Chinese company

2004 Death - Iris Chang, Chinese Historian

1999 Event - During a bombing run over Belgrade, NATO accidentally bombs the Chinese embassy, killing four which launches massive protests throughout China

1997 Death - Deng Xiaoping, head of the Chinese Communist Party, dies at 92

1996 Death - Ai Qing, modern Chinese poet, dies at 86

1994 Event - Typhoon Fred ravages Chinese county Zhejiang, 700+ killed

1994 Death - Pu Yi, brother of last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi, dies at 87

1993 Event - Chinese MD82 makes crash landing at Urumqi, 12 killed

1993 Event - Chinese B737 crash at Yinchuan, at least 66 killed

1992 Death - Wang Hongwen, vice-President Chinese Communist Party (1973-76), dies

1992 Event - "Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 18 performances

1992 Event - "Chinese Coffee" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 18 performances

1992 Death - Li Xiannian, Chinese President (1983-88), dies

1991 Death - Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung, commits suicide

1990 Event - Chinese plane explodes, about 100 die

1989 Event - Beijing cop shoots and wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping

1989 Event - Chinese troops kill hundred of pro-democracy students in Beijing

1989 Event - 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1989 Event - Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended a 30-year rift when they formally met in Beijing

1989 Event - Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press

1989 Event - Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom

1989 Death - Hu Yaobang, general secretary of Chinese Commnist Party, dies

1989 Event - 1,100,000,000th Chinese born

1989 Event - U.S. bust Chinese ring, capture record 820 lbs heroin ($1 Billion street value)

1988 Event - Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow

1987 Death - Rewi Alley, New Zealand author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing

1987 Event - Chinese/Vietnamese border fights, 1500 killed

1984 Event - Chinese troops invade Vietnam

1981 Event - New York Mayor Ed Koch is given Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant

1980 Birthday - Yao Ming, Chinese Athlete

1979 Event - Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris

1979 Event - Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

1976 Death - Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese Communist Party chairman (1949-76), dies at 82

1976 Death - Mao Zedong, Chinese Leader

1976 Event - 8.2 Tangshan earthquake kills estimated 240,000 Chinese

1976 Death - James Wong Howe, Chinese Director

1976 Event - Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping

1976 Death - Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, 'My Country and My People'

1976 Death - Zhou Enlai, Chinese Statesman

1975 Event - Chinese archeologists discover a 3-acre burial site with 6,000 clay statues of warriors dating as early as 221 BC

1975 Death - Chiang Kai-Shek, Nationalist Chinese leader, dies at 87

1975 Birthday - Coco Lee, Chinese Musician

1972 Event - President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique

1972 Event - President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing

1972 Birthday - Yang Wenyi, Chinese swim star, WR/OR 50m freestyle

1971 Death - Lin Biao, Chinese Politician

1971 Death - Lin Piau, Chinese minister of Defense, dies at 63

1968 Birthday - Iris Chang, Chinese Historian

1967 Event - Indian/Chinese border fights

1967 Event - Chinese army/air force/fleet repress uprising in Wuhan City

1967 Event - 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes

1965 Event - 2nd Chinese atom bomb explodes

1964 Birthday - David Freedman, cricketer, NSW left-arm Chinese bowler since 1990

1963 Birthday - Donnie Yen, Chinese Actor

1963 Birthday - Jet Li, born in Beijing, China, Li Lianjie, Chinese martial artist, actor, international film star, appeared in Lethal Weapon 4, with Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom, Wushu champion, studied Changquan, among other arts

1962 Event - Chinese army lands in India

1962 Event - Indies assault up Chinese positions in North-India attack

1962 Event - Chinese troops exceed Mac-Mahon-line (Tibet-India boundary)

1962 Event - Battles on Chinese and Indies boundary

1962 Birthday - Stephen Chow, Chinese Actor

1962 Death - Hu Shih, Chinese Philosopher

1961 Event - Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"

1960 Event - Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers

1959 Event - Chinese troops move into India, 17 die

1959 Birthday - Maya Lin, born in Athens, Ohio, artist, architect of Chinese descent, known for Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., sculpture, landscape art

1959 Event - Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet

1957 Death - Ch'i Pai-shih, traditional Chinese painter, dies at 93

1955 Birthday - Yo-Yo, Massachusetts, Paris, France, world famous Chinese cellist

1954 Event - 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution

1952 Event - Chinese offensive in Korea

1951 Birthday - Zhang Yimou, Chinese Director

1951 Birthday - David Yip, born in Liverpool, England, of Chinese descent, English actor, played Johnny Ho in The Chinese Detective, played CIA liason agent Chuck Lee in 'A View to a Kill', a 1985 James Bond film

1951 Event - Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

1951 Event - Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River

1951 Event - During Korean conflict, Chinese forces capture Seoul

1951 Event - Massive Chinese/North Korean assault on UN-lines

1950 Event - Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea

1950 Event - Tibet's Dalai Lama flees Chinese invasion

1950 Event - Chinese offensive halts at Chongchon River, North Korea

1950 Event - South Korean troops reach Chosan at Chinese boundary

1950 Event - Chinese forces occupy Tibet

1949 Event - Chinese Nationalist government moves from Chinese mainland to Formosa

1949 Event - Chinese Communists captured Chungking

1949 Event - Chinese Red army occupies Canton

1949 Event - Chinese Communist leaders proclaims People's Republic of China

1949 Event - British warship HMS Amethyst escape down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff

1949 Event - Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai

1949 Event - Chinese Red army conquerors Nanjing

1949 Event - Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China

1948 Event - Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea, killing 1,100

1946 Birthday - John Woo, Chinese Director

1945 Event - Chinese civil war begins, Chiang Kai-Shek vs Mao Tse-Tung

1945 Event - Chinese counter attack at Tsjangte, supports by 14th air fleet

1945 Event - Chinese 38th division occupies Lashio

1945 Event - Chinese 30th division occupies Hsenwi

1944 Event - Chinese counter offensive at Hunan front

1944 Event - Chinese/U.S. armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma

1944 Event - Chinese offensive in West-Yunnan

1944 Event - 1st Chinese naturalized U.S. citizen since repeal of exclusion acts

1943 Event - Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front

1942 Birthday - Hu Jintao, Chinese Statesman

1941 Birthday - Goh Chok Tong, Chinese Statesman

1940 Birthday - Gao Xingjian, Chinese Novelist

1939 Event - "Wizard of Oz" premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood

1937 Event - Japanese fleet blockades Chinese coast

1937 Event - Japanese and Chinese troops clash, (Marco Polo Bridge), becomes WW II

1936 Event - Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

1936 Birthday - Yuan T. Lee, Chinese Scientist

1936 Death - Lu Xun, Chinese Author

1936 Birthday - Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident

1934 Event - Chinese Red leader under Mao Tse Tung begins Long March

1932 Event - Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria

1931 Event - Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol

1931 Event - Chinese People's Republic proclaimed by Mao Tse Tung

1928 Birthday - Zhu Rongji, Chinese Statesman

1928 Event - U.S. acknowledge Chinese government of Chiang Kai-shek

1928 Event - U.S. recognizes Nationalist Chinese government

1928 Birthday - Li Ka Shing, Chinese Businessman

1928 Death - Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered

1927 Event - Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war

1927 Event - Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood California

1925 Death - Sun Yat-Sen, Chinese revolutionary president, dies at 58

1921 Event - Chinese Communist Party forms under Henk Sneevliet

1921 Birthday - Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter/graphic artist

1920 Death - Ma, the Benovelent, Chinese muslim rebel (holy war), dies

1919 Birthday - Zhao Ziyang, Chinese Statesman

1917 Birthday - Jiang Zemin, Chinese Leader

1914 Event - Japan attack German concession on Chinese peninsula of Shanghai

1914 Death - Bai Long, White Wolf, Chinese Robin Hood/crowd leader, dies

1913 Event - Yuan Shikai captures Nanjing "2nd Chinese revolution"

1913 Death - Song Jiao-ren, leader Chinese Guomindang-Party, dies

1912 Event - Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet

1912 Event - Sun Yat-sen forms Chinese Republic

1910 Birthday - Cao Yu, born in China, born Wan Jiabao, playwright, dramatist, celebrated for Thunderstorm, Sunrise, and Peking Man, responsible for spoken theater in 20th century Chinese literature

1910 Birthday - Ai Qing, born in Eastern China, modern Chinese poet, original name Jiang Zheng Han, influenced by Kant and Hegel, modern poet Mayakovsky and Belgian poet Verhaeren

1910 Birthday - Chiang Ching-huo, son of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek/President, 1978-88

1910 Event - Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies

1908 Birthday - Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler

1907 Birthday - Lin Piau, Chinese politician

1907 Birthday - Lin Biao, Chinese Politician

1907 Event - Government of Transvaal sends home 50,000 Chinese day workers

1904 Birthday - Deng Xiaoping, Chinese party leader, 1976-1983

1901 Death - Li Hung-Tshang, Chinese rebel leader and viceroy of Tsheli, dies

1900 Event - 1st Chinese daily newspaper in U.S. publishes (Chung Sai Yat Po-SF)

1899 Birthday - James Wong Howe, Chinese Director

1898 Birthday - Zhou Enlai, Chinese Statesman

1896 Event - Chop suey invented in New York City by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador

1894 Birthday - Bernard Wagenaar, Arnhem Holland, composer, 3 Songs for Chinese

1894 Event - U.S. and China sign treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering U.S.

1893 Birthday - Mao Zedong, Chinese Leader

1893 Event - Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act

1891 Birthday - Hu Shih, Chinese Philosopher

1889 Birthday - Arthur Waley, sinologist, translator from Chinese and Japanese

1888 Birthday - Li Ta-chao, co-founder with Mao Tse-tung, Chinese Communist Party

1885 Event - Tacoma vigilantes drive out Chinese, burn their homes and businesses

1884 Event - U.S. Congress accept 2nd Chinese Exclusion Act

1882 Event - French/Vietnamese/Chinese battle at Hanoi, 100s die

1882 Event - Chinese Exclusion Act: U.S. Congress ceases Chinese immigration

1881 Birthday - Lu Xun, Chinese Author

1874 Death - Chang and Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, dies at 62

1871 Event - Mob in LA hangs 18 Chinese

1868 Event - Chinese Embassy arrives aboard steamship China

1863 Birthday - Ch'i Pai-shih, China, traditional Chinese painter

1859 Birthday - Yuan She-k'ai, Chinese general/president/dictator

1857 Event - Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo

1856 Event - Chinese police board British vessel Arrow, arrest 12 Chinese crewmen on suspicion of piracy and lower British flag, begins 2nd Anglo-Chinese War

1854 Event - Dutch army stops Chinese uprising in Borneo

1852 Event - 1st Chinese theater in U.S., Celestial John, opens in San Francisco

1852 Event - 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii

1848 Event - 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in San Francisco

1843 Event - 1st Chinese immigrant arrives in Suriname

1839 Event - 1st opium war - 2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks

1823 Birthday - Li Hung-Tshang, Chinese rebel leader/viceroy of Tsheli Canton

1811 Birthday - Chang and Eng Bunker, Chinese Siamese twins

1789 Event - Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long

1788 Event - Chinese troops occupy capital Thang Long Vietnam

1755 Event - Philippines close all non-catholic Chinese restaurants

1740 Event - Netherlands Governor-General Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia

1740 Event - Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia

1727 Event - Russian and Chinese accord to correct boundaries

1695 Birthday - Adriaen Valckenier, Governor-General Netherlands-Indies, 1737-41, killed 8,000 Chinese

1662 Event - Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders for Chinese pirates

1661 Event - Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan

1636 Birthday - Yen Jo-chu, Chinese scholar of Ch'ing dynasty

1605 Event - Chinese uprising on Philippines, Tondo/Quiapo massacre

1605 Birthday - Li Tzu-ch'eng, Chinese revolutionary, dethroned last Ming emperor

1603 Event - Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed

1294 Death - Kublai Khan, Chinese Statesman

1215 Birthday - Kublai Khan, Chinese Statesman

1181 Event - Supernova observed by Chinese and Japanese astronomers

1141 Death - Yue Fei, Chinese general, executed

1101 Death - Su Tung-p'o, Chinese poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher, dies at 64

1006 Event - Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus

772 Birthday - Po Tjiu-i, Chinese poet/governor of Hang-tsjow

580 Event - Chinese invents toilet paper













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