Today in China History (Part 6)
Events 501 - 579 of 579
1997-01-03 - The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $27.7 billion USD to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.
1997-02-24 - Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)
1997-03-14 - The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality.
1997-06-10 - Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
1997-07-01 - UK returns Hong Kong to China
1997-08-21 - Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
1997-11-16 - After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.
1997-12-29 - Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China
1998-05-13 - Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
1998-10-28 - An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
1999-01-20 - The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping 1999-02-24 - A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.
1999-05-07 - Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
1999-05-25 - The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
1999-07-20 - Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
1999-11-19 - Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
1999-12-20 - Portugal returns Macau to China
2001-01-09 - Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
2001-01-23 - The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
2001-04-11 - The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.
2001-06-14 - China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
2001-12-11 - The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
2001-12-27 - The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
2002-01-01 - Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
2002-04-15 - An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
2002-05-07 - A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
2002-05-25 - China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people.
2002-11-04 - Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
2002-11-15 - Hu Jintao becomes general secretary of the Communist Party of China.
2003-03-15 - Hu Jintao takes over presidency for the People's Republic of China.
2003-06-01 - The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
2003-10-15 - China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
2003-12-23 - PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
2004-02-05 - Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
2004-08-17 - MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
2004-11-26 - Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
2005-01-29 - The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
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.
2005-03-26 - The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
2005-08-19 - The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
2005-10-12 - The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
2005-12-06 - Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
2006-07-01 - The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
2006-07-06 - The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.
2006-12-13 - The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
2007-02-27 - The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
2007-11-05 - China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
2008-05-12 - 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people
2008-09-25 - China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
2008-09-27 - CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
2009-01-01 - The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
2009-07-05 - Ethnic rioting broke out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
2009-09-26 - Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
2010-08-23 - Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.
2012-01-14 - Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote
2012-02-26 - Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
2012-03-12 - China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade
2012-04-05 - International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
2012-04-15 - China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
2012-05-01 - China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
2012-05-11 - Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
2012-05-13 - Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people
2012-07-13 - China's economic growth drops to 7.6%, its lowest level for three years
2012-07-22 - At least 77 people are killed by torrential rain in Beijing, China
2012-07-28 - Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley in 4:28.43
2012-08-08 - China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
2012-08-24 - Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
2012-08-26 - 36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an,China
2012-08-30 - A blast in the in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing
2012-09-07 - 64 people are killed and 715 injured after a series of earthquakes in south-west China
2012-09-13 - 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
2012-09-16 - Anti-Japanese protesters set fire to Panasonic plant in Qingdao, China
2012-09-17 - Panasonic suspends operations at its three factories in China
2012-09-17 - China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands
2012-09-24 - Books by Japanese authors or about Japan are suspended by Chinese bookstores
2012-09-26 - Japanese automakers suspend operations in China
2012-09-27 - UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands
2012-10-04 - 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China
2012-10-26 - China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao
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