Chinese Cultural Revolution

  • May 16th Notice from the CCP

    May 16th Notice from the CCP
    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issues the May 16 notice announcing the start of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (Also known just as the Chinese Cultural Revolution)
  • First Big Poster put up

    First Big Poster put up
    A big-character poster (dazibao in Chinese) is put up at Beijing University denouncing school leaders; the idea soon spread to other universities and secondary schools, with Red Guards ditching classes to join the revolution and vowing to "die fighting to protect Chairman Mao"
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    Atheism enforced: Faith condemned

    The Cultural Revolution condemns every form of religion and bans all open expression of faith—churches and temples are shut down and destroyed; believers are imprisoned.
  • Mao Creates a Big Poster

    Mao Creates a Big Poster
    Mao writes a dàzìbào headlined "Bomb the Headquarters"—a clear attack on State President Liu Shaoqi.
  • Guidelines Published

    Guidelines Published
    The party meeting ends with a 16-point document on the revolution setting down so-called guidelines
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    Mao Vistied by Millions of Red Guards

    Mao receives an estimated 11 million Red Guards on eight occasions in Tiananmen Square
  • 14% Decline in Industrial Production

    Virtually all engineers, managers, scientists, technicians, and other professional personnel were criticized, demoted, sent down to the countryside to "participate in labor," or even jailed, all of which resulted in their skills and knowledge being lost to the economy.
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    Clashes in Shanghai

    Red Guards and workers seize power in Shanghai; the revolution reaches the army
  • Power figures denounced

    Power figures denounced
    Liu Shaoqi and his wife Wang Guangmei are publicly denounced; Liu is stripped of his duties weeks later and power is left in the hands of Lin Biao and Mao's wife, Jiang Qing.