24 Oct 1860

China
  • The First Convention of Beijing was signed in the Ministry of Rites building in Beijing, China, ceding the Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutter's Island to the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Beijing | CPC]
9 Jun 1898

China
  • The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory, or the Second Convention of Beijing, was signed in Beijing, with which the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong expanded in size, and the entire territory was leased to the United Kingdom without fee for 99 years. ww2dbase [Beijing | CPC]
7 Feb 1906

China
  • Puyi was born in at the Prince Chun Mansion, Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Puyi | Beijing | CPC]
10 Oct 1913

Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1913
President Yuan Shikai with foreign dignitaries, Beijing, China, 10 Oct 1913
10 Nov 1914

China
20 Sep 1920

China
28 Jun 1926

Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1926
Zhang Zuolin (1), Zhang Zongchang (2), Wu Peifu (3), Zhang Xueliang (4), and others, Shuncheng Junwang Mansion, Beijing, China, 28 Jun 1926
15 Dec 1945

Photo(s) dated 15 Dec 1945
Students eager to shake hands with Chiang Kaishek after Chiang had given a speech, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, Beiping, China, 15 Dec 1945; note General Huang Renlin and bodyguard Qian Shushi
1 Oct 1949

China
  • Chinese communists declared victory in the Chinese civil war, renaming Beiping ("Northern Peace") to Beijing ("Northern Capital") to serve as their capital city; the Republic of China government withdrew to the island of Taiwan, where it still remains. ww2dbase [Beijing | CPC]
6 Apr 1955

China
  • Wei Lihuang arrived in Beijing, China; he was personally received by Zhou Enlai and Zhu De. ww2dbase [Wei Lihuang | Beijing | CPC]
25 Apr 1955

China
  • Wei Lihuang met with Mao Zedong in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Wei Lihuang | Beijing | CPC]
1 Oct 1955

Photo(s) dated 1 Oct 1955
Su Yu at an event at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, 1 Oct 1955
17 Jan 1960

China
  • Wei Lihuang passed away from coronary artery disease and pneumonia at 0040 hours in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Wei Lihuang | Beijing | CPC]
1 Oct 1966

China
10 Apr 1969

China
6 Jan 1972

China
  • Chen Yi passed away in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Chen Yi | Beijing | CPC]
13 May 1974

China
  • Lu Han passed away in Beijing, China from lung cancer. ww2dbase [Lu Han | Beijing | CPC]
18 May 1974

China
  • Lu Han's memorial service was held in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Lu Han | Beijing | CPC]
7 May 1981

China
  • Du Yuming passed away from kidney failure in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Beijing | CPC]
18 Jun 1983

China
  • Ulaan Huu was made the Vice President of Communist China. ww2dbase [Ulaan Huu | Beijing | CPC]
5 Feb 1984

China
  • Su Yu passed away in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Su Yu | Beijing | CPC]
15 Mar 1988

China
  • Ulaan Huu stepped down as the Vice President of Communist China. ww2dbase [Ulaan Huu | Beijing | CPC]
8 Apr 1988

China
  • Ulaan Huu was made the Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee. ww2dbase [Ulaan Huu | Beijing | CPC]
8 Dec 1988

China
  • Ulaan Huu passed away from illness at 1445 hours in Beijing, China. ww2dbase [Ulaan Huu | Beijing | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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