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October 16 1934 “The Long March” begins in China’s southwest


On October 16th 1934, the embattled Chinese Communists broke through Nationalist enemy lines and began an epic flight from their encircled headquarters in southwest China. Known as Ch’ang Cheng, the “Long March“, the retreat lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles, nearly twice the distance from New York to San Francisco. Civil war in China … Continue reading

October 1 1949 Mao Zedong proclaims People’s Republic of China


On October 1st 1949, naming himself head of state, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong officially proclaimed the existence of the People’s Republic of China; Zhou Enlai was named premier. The proclamation was the climax of years of battle between Mao’s communist forces and the regime of Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek, who had been supported with … Continue reading

September 21 1949 Mao Zedong outlines the new Chinese government


On September 21st 1949, at the opening of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Peking, Mao Zedong announced that the new Chinese government would be “under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.” The September 1949 conference in Peking was both a celebration of the communist victory in the long civil war against … Continue reading

September 9 1976 Mao Zedong dies


On September 9th 1976, Chinese revolutionary and statesman Mao Zedong, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other health problems, died in Beijing at the age of 82. The Communist leader and founder of the People’s Republic of China is considered one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Mao was born … Continue reading

May 25 1977 Chinese government removes ban on Shakespeare


  On May 25th 1977, a new sign of political liberalisation appeared in China, when the communist government lifted its decade-old ban on the writings of William Shakespeare. The action by the Chinese government was additional evidence that the Cultural Revolution was over. In 1966, Mao Tse-Tung, the leader of the People’s Republic of China, … Continue reading

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