October 1, 1948 – Mao Zedong proclaims People’s Republic of China

October 1, 1948 – Mao Zedong proclaims People’s Republic of China

Naming himself head of state, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong officially proclaims the existence of the People’s Republic of China.

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June 3, 1989 – Crackdown at Tiananmen begins

June 3, 1989 – Crackdown at Tiananmen begins

With protests for democratic reforms entering their seventh week, the Chinese government authorizes its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing’s Tiananmen Square at all costs.

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May 25, 1977 – Chinese government removes ban on Shakespeare

May 25, 1977 – Chinese government removes ban on Shakespeare

A new sign of political liberalization appears in China, when the communist government lifts its decade-old ban on the writings of William Shakespeare.

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May 18, 1989 – One million protesters take to the streets in Beijing

May 18, 1989 – One million protesters take to the streets in Beijing

A crowd of protesters, estimated to number more than one million, marches through the streets of Beijing calling for a more democratic political system. Just a few weeks later, the Chinese government moved to crush the protests.

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April 18, 1989 – Chinese students protest against government

April 18, 1989 – Chinese students protest against government

Thousands of Chinese students take to the streets in Beijing to protest government policies and issue a call for greater democracy in the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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