Tiananmen Square

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  • 1919

    college students staged a series of demonstrations to protest the terms of the Versailles Treaty
  • 1949

    Mao Zedong proclaims the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
  • 1966-76

    The Cultural Revolution
  • 1976

    Tiananmen Incident Where police came and attacked
  • 1978

    Four Modernizations
  • 1979

    United States and the People's Republic of China formally establish diplomatic relations
  • 1981

    Hu Yaobang is appointed as the Party General Secretary
  • 1986

    college students in several cities stage demonstrations to demand political reform
  • 1987

    Hu Yaobang is accused of being soft on the student protests and on "bourgeois liberalism
  • 1988

    slow the pace of economic reforms, a setback for Zhao Ziyang.
  • 1989

    People began to gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Hu and voice their discontents.
  • 1989

    three student representatives carry a petition and kneel on the steps of the Great Hall in front of the 100,000 students who have gathered in the Square the night before
  • 1989

    small handful of plotters
  • 1989

    Ignoring warnings of violent suppression
  • 1989

    foreign bankers
  • 1989

    Several hundred students begin a hunger strike at Tiananmen Square in the afternoon.
  • 1989

    hunger strike,
  • 1989

    Li Peng summons several student leaders for a televised talk at the Great Hall of the People. Nothing is achieved
  • 1989

    The government's plan for martial law is leaked to student leaders, who call off the hunger strike and declare a mass sit-in
  • 1989

    The government formally declares martial law in Beijing
  • 1989

    The troops pull back to the outskirts of Beijing.
  • 1989

    The Defend Tiananmen Square Headquarters is set up. Chai Ling is named Commander-in-Chief.
  • 1989

    The resolution is announced at a press conference in the Squa
  • 1989

    The Defend Tiananmen Square Headquarters rejects the May 27th resolution to end the occupation of Tiananmen Square.
  • 1989

    The ten-meter-high Goddess of Democracy is unveiled
  • 1989

    At 5:00 pm, Liu Xiaobo, Hou Dejian, Zhou Duo and Gao Xin start a hunger strike in Tiananmen Square.
  • 1989

    Troops receive orders to reclaim Tiananmen Square at all cost
  • 1989

    Around 1:00 am, troops surround Tiananmen Square and await further orders.
  • 1989

    Deng Xiaoping, in a nationally broadcast television appearance, speaks to the commanders of the martial-law units