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Events 1 - 59 of 59
1661-04-29 - Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan
1683-10-03 - The Qing Dynasty naval commander Shi Lang reaches Taiwan (under the Kingdom of Tungning) to receive the formal surrender of Zheng Keshuang and Liu Guoxuan after the Battle of Penghu.
1892-10-10 - Entire Hong Kong national cricket team, die in shipwreck off Taiwan
1895-05-08 - China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1911-10-10 - Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrow Manchus (Taiwan Natl Day)
1911-12-29 - Sun Yat-sen becomes the first President of the Republic of China.
1911-12-30 - Sun Yat-sen elected 1st pres of Republic of China
1912-01-01 - The Republic of China is established.
1914-03-01 - The Republic of China joins the Universal Postal Union.
1915-01-18 - Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
1928-06-04 - President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
1928-09-27 - The Republic of China is recognised by the United States.
1935-06-09 - Ho-Umezu Agreement: the Republic of China, under KMT administration, recognizes Japanese occupations in Northeast China.
1945-09-09 - Japanese in S Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies
1945-10-25 - Japanese surrender Taiwan to Gen Chiang Kai-shek
1946-12-25 - Constitution accepted in Taiwan
1947-02-28 - Anti Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan
1947-02-28 - 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
1947-12-25 - Taiwan passes Human Rights laws (Day of Earth Law)
1947-12-25 - The Constitution of the Republic of China goes into effect.
1948-05-18 - The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking.
1949-10-01 - Republic of China (Taiwan) forms on island of Formosa
1949-11-29 - Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
1949-12-07 - Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1950-07-27 - Pres Harry Truman promises aid to Taiwan
1954-11-02 - Taiwan & US sign military pact
1957-05-24 - Anti American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
1958-08-23 - Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy.
1963-09-11 - Typhoon Gloria strikes Taiwan killing 330, with $17.5 million damage
1964-02-11 - Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
1971-10-25 - UN votes to expel Chinese Nationalist-ruled Taiwan & admit Red China
1971-10-26 - UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
1974-02-28 - Taiwan police shoots into crowd
1978-12-31 - Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
1981-02-28 - China PR throws out Neth ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan
1987-07-14 - Taiwan ends 37 years of martial law
1987-07-15 - State of siege ends in Taiwan
1991-08-24 - Taiwan captures its 15th Little League World Series, 11-0
1992-09-14 - 1st subway car completed to be exported from US (to Taiwan)
1994-04-26 - Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
1996-03-23 - Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
1998-06-02 - The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
1998-10-28 - An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
1999-09-21 - Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
2000-10-31 - A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members
2002-01-01 - Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
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.
2003-03-02 - The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
2004-01-26 - A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing Sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
2004-02-28 - Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
2004-03-19 - 3-19 Shooting Incident: Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.
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.
2006-12-26 - The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
2007-02-13 - Taiwan opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou resigns as the chairman of the Kuomintang party after being indicted by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office on charges of embezzlement during his tenure as the mayor of Taipei; Ma also announces his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election.
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.
2012-01-14 - Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote
2012-09-25 - 50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands
2012-10-23 - 12 people are killed and 40 are injured in a hospital fire in Tainan, Taiwan
2012-12-09 - 13 people are killed and 10 are injured after a bus rolls of a cliff and falls 100 meters in Taiwan
Birthdays 1 - 69 of 69
1914-01-10 - Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (d. 2000)
1917-01-18 - Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman
1923-01-15 - Lee Teng-hui, president of ROC (Taiwan), head of KMT (1988- )
1933-07-10 - Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwan, decathlete (Olympic-silver-1960)
1936-11-19 - Yuan T. Lee, Taiwanese-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1937-07-11 - Pai Hsien-yung, Taiwanese writer
1941-03-17 - Wang Jin-pyng, Taiwanese politician
1942-03-16 - James Soong, Taiwanese politician
1944-03-15 - Chi Cheng, Taiwan, sprinter/80m hurdler (Oly-Bronze-68)
1946-05-18 - Frank Hsieh, former Premier of Taiwan
1948-04-25 - Yu Shyi-kun, former Premier of Taiwan
1950-07-13 - Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, former mayor of Taipei, former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT)
1952-11-03 - David Ho, Taiwanese-American AIDS researcher
1953-01-29 - Teresa Teng, Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)
1953-07-22 - Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
1954-10-23 - Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born director
1955-04-08 - David Wu, Taiwanese-born American politician
1955-08-20 - Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1958-03-25 - Sisy Chen, Taiwanese politician and television commentator
1960-01-29 - Cho-Liang Lin, Taiwan, violinist (Queen Sophia 1st prize)
1966-06-23 - Richie Ren, Taiwanese musician
1967-01-31 - Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
1967-08-11 - Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
1969-07-11 - David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
1970-10-31 - Nicky Wu, Taiwanese actor and martial arts expert
1972-08-09 - A-Mei, Taiwanese singer
1973-02-21 - Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer and TV host
1973-03-21 - Chiou Hai Ta, Miss Taiwan ROC Universe (1997)
1973-09-03 - Chen Hsiao-Fen, Miss Universe-Taiwan ROC (1996)
1973-10-19 - Shi Ting Wang, Tainan Taiwan, tennis star (1994 Taipei)
1974-11-29 - Lin Chi-ling, Taiwanese model
1975-03-19 - Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
1975-06-06 - Cheer Chen, Taiwanese singer and musician
1976-01-23 - Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress and singer
1976-01-27 - Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
1976-04-16 - Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress
1976-05-17 - Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
1976-10-06 - Barbie Hsu, Taiwanese actress and singer
1978-04-04 - Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer
1978-08-07 - Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
1978-11-20 - Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer
1979-01-15 - Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ
1979-01-18 - Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer and producer
1979-08-24 - Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
1979-10-10 - Wu Chun, Brunei born Taiwanese actor
1979-12-05 - Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
1980-03-31 - Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
1980-08-06 - Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer
1980-09-15 - Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese pop singer
1980-11-10 - Calvin Chen, One of the four members of the Taiwanese boy band, Fei Lun Hai/Fahrenhiet
1981-06-02 - Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
1981-06-09 - Vic Zhou, JVKV band member, Taiwanese actor, singer and model.
1981-06-18 - Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
1981-08-24 - Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer, actor
1981-10-02 - Toro, Taiwanese singer
1981-10-31 - Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
1982-01-19 - Angela Chang, Taiwanese singer and actress
1982-06-19 - Joe Cheng, Taiwanese actor
1982-10-29 - Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
1983-03-30 - Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
1983-08-27 - Wilson Chen, Taiwanese actor
1983-12-28 - Mike He, Taiwanese actor
1984-06-04 - Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
1985-05-27 - Chien-Ming Chiang, Taiwanese baseball player
1986-11-12 - Evan Yo, Taiwanese pop singer
1986-11-20 - Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor
1987-03-15 - Taiwan Brown, video jockey
1988-05-02 - Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
1989-02-09 - Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player
Deaths 1 - 9 of 9
1985-09-21 - Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
1987-10-21 - Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
1988-01-13 - Chiang Ching-huo, president of Taiwan (1978-88), dies at 69
1993-12-24 - Yen Chia-kan, PM/Pres of Taiwan (1963-72, 75-78), dies
2000-10-04 - Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
2003-10-23 - Soong May-ling, wife of the President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek (b. 1897)
2007-01-27 - Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
2007-01-28 - Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
2007-06-29 - Edward Yang, Taiwanese film director (b. 1947)