CIIC:Selected anniversaries/October 16

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Beijing Electron-Positron Collider

690: Empress Wu Zetian throned.

1913: Birth of physicist Qian Sanqiang

1949: The People's Republic of China established diplomatic relations with Mongolia.

1964: China successfully exploded its first atomic bomb, becoming the fifth country to acquire nuclear weapons, after the USA, USSR, UK and France.

1988:The Beijing Electron-Positron Collider (BEPC) carried out its first successful collision.

1999: The 14th World Gymnastics Championships attracted thousands of gymnasts from 73 countries to Tianjin in northern China. The Chinese team won the men's team trophy, the men's rings, the women's beam, and the men's vault. China took third place in the women's team trophy.

2000: Publication of White Paper China's National Defense in 2000