18 Mar 1926

China
  • Wang Zhi witnessed the death of a fellow student during a student protest in Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Wang Zhi | Beiping | CPC]
25 Jun 1926

China
  • Wang Zhi graduated from the Qinghua School in Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Wang Zhi | Beiping | CPC]
6 Mar 1933

China
  • Troops of the Chinese 620th and 621st Regiments ambushed Japanese troops near Beiping, China, slowing the advance but failing to stop it. ww2dbase [First Battle of Hebei | Beiping | CPC]
7 Mar 1933

China
  • Troops of 16th Brigade of Japanese 8th Division attacked Gubeikou Pass of the Great Wall north of Beiping, China, but the attack was repulsed by the Chinese 67th Corps. ww2dbase [First Battle of Hebei | Beiping | CPC]
12 Mar 1933

China
  • Zhang Xueliang resigned his position as the head of the Beiping Military Committee. ww2dbase [Zhang Xueliang | Beiping | CPC]
13 Mar 1933

China
  • He Yingqin was named the head of the Beiping Military Committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Beiping | CPC]
21 Mar 1933

China
8 Apr 1933

China
  • The Chinese 29th Corps was evacuated from Xifengkou Pass of the Great Wall near Beiping, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Hebei | Beiping | CPC]
20 May 1933

China
31 Jan 1934

China
  • Chinese artifacts and treasures (19,557 pieces in total, packed in 6,066 crates, transported in five groups) began to be relocated from the Exhibition Office of Ancient Artifacts, the Yiheyuan, and the Hanlin Yuan Imperial Academy in the Beiping area for Shanghai due to the threat of Japanese aggression. ww2dbase [Beiping | CPC]
7 Jul 1935

China
  • Joseph Stilwell was made a military attaché to China and Siam; he was to be based in Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Beiping | CPC]
6 Jul 1937

China
  • Japanese troops conducted a night-time exercise near the border of China and the Japanese-sponsored puppet nation of Manchukuo in northeastern China. The Japanese authorities failed to give the Chinese notice, thus the Chinese guards regarded the Japanese troops as invaders and fired a number of rifle shots at them. At 2300 hours, the Japanese troops fired back, but would very soon pull back. Japanese Major Kiyonao Ichiki reported one of his men was missing after the brief fire fight, suspecting that he was captured by the Chinese. Before midnight, demands for the return of the missing soldiers were being sent to Chinese military headquarters. ww2dbase [Lugou Bridge Incident and Second Battle of Hebei | Beiping | CPC]
7 Jul 1937

China
8 Jul 1937

China
  • At 0330 hours, four Japanese mountain gun crews and a machine gun company were ordered to prepare for an invasion of China. At 0500 hours (still 7 Jul 1937 for the western world on the other side of the International Date Line), the Japanese opened fire, starting the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japanese Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe held a cabinet meeting in an attempt to find a solution to de-escalate the situation, but the Japanese Army was working in the opposite direction, planning to move the Japanese Chosen Army and Kwantung Army units to the contested region. ww2dbase [Lugou Bridge Incident and Second Battle of Hebei | Beiping | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jul 1937
Chinese ZB vz. 26 machine gun crew at Lugou Bridge, Beiping, China, Jul 1937Chinese ZB vz. 26 machine gun crew at Lugou Bridge, Beiping, China, Jul 1937Chinese sentry at the Lugou Bridge, Beiping, China, Jul 1937
26 Jul 1937

China
28 Jul 1937

China
  • Troops of the Japanese 20th Division and three independent combined brigades, with air support, launched an offensive against Beiping, China. Discouraged, Chinese General Song Zheyuan, head of the Hebei-Chahar Political Council and the commanding officer of the 29th Route Army, announced defeat and withdrew from the city of Tianjin. ww2dbase [Lugou Bridge Incident and Second Battle of Hebei | Beiping | CPC]
  • Zhao Dengyu was killed in battle at Nanyuan near Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Zhao Dengyu | Beiping | CPC]
29 Jul 1937

Photo(s) dated 29 Jul 1937
Japanese troops at Lugou Bridge, near Beiping, China, Jul 1937, photo 1 of 4Japanese troops at Lugou Bridge, near Beiping, China, Jul 1937, photo 3 of 4Japanese troops at Lugou Bridge, near Beiping, China, Jul 1937, photo 2 of 4Japanese troops at Lugou Bridge, near Beiping, China, Jul 1937, photo 4 of 4
4 Aug 1937

China
13 Aug 1937

Photo(s) dated 13 Aug 1937
Japanese troops entering Beiping, China, 13 Aug 1937
18 Aug 1937

China
1 Sep 1937

China
  • In China, under the command of Itagaki Seishiro, Japanese 5th Division and 11th Mixed Brigade marched from Beiping toward Chahar and Shanxi Provinces. ww2dbase [Battle of Shanxi | Beiping | CPC]
28 Feb 1938

China
  • US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. C. James organized a unit of 200 men at Beiping, China; the unit was to be deployed shortly after to relieve the US Army troops based in Tianjin, China. ww2dbase [Beiping | CPC]
23 Mar 1940

China
  • Eiji Nishimura was named the head of Unit 1855, a Japanese Army medical unit for human experimentation, in Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Eiji Nishimura | Beiping | CPC]
19 Nov 1941

China
  • During this month, the excavated fossils of the Peking Man were packed up at the Cenozoic Research Laboratory of the Beiping Union Medical College, and the US Marines stationed in China, who already received orders to be withdrawn, were supposed to bring the bones back to the United States for safekeeping. During the hurried transit between Beiping and the port of Qinghuangdao, the boxes vanished, and had not been found to this day. ww2dbase [Beiping | CPC]
17 Sep 1945

China
  • Nationalist Chinese forces re-entered Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Beiping | AC]
7 Oct 1945

China
  • US Marines secured the two airfields near Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Beiping | CPC]
10 Oct 1945

China Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1945
Hiroshi Nemoto signing the surrender document at the Forbidden City, Beiping, China, 10 Oct 1945, photo 1 of 3General Sun Lianzhong and other officers at the closing of the Japanese surrender ceremony at the Forbidden City, Beiping, China, 10 Oct 1945, photo 1 of 3Japanese officers arriving at the Japanese surrender ceremony at the Forbidden City, Beiping, China, 10 Oct 1945, photo 2 of 5Chinese troops observing the Japanese surrender ceremony at the Forbidden City, Beiping, China, 10 Oct 1945, photo 1 of 2
See all photos dated 10 Oct 1945
18 Feb 1946

China
  • Du Yuming was secretly flown to Beiping, China for treatment of his kidney ailments. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Beiping | CPC]
7 Mar 1946

Photo(s) dated 7 Mar 1946
US Vice Admiral Charles M. Cooke, Jr. and Chinese General Dai Li at Yiheyuan (Summer Palace), Beiping, China, 7 Mar 1946
16 Mar 1946

China
  • Du Yuming underwent a surgery in Beiping, China, removing his left kidney. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Beiping | CPC]
25 Nov 1946

China
  • The city government of Beiping, China renamed a road in honor of Zhao Dengyu. ww2dbase [Zhao Dengyu | Beiping | CPC]
8 Nov 1948

China
20 Aug 2005

Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 2005
Lugou Bridge, near Beijing, China, 20 Aug 2005

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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