The Economy Committee of the Government Administrative Council was established on October 21, 1949.
1874: The patriotic overseas Chinese Tan Kah Kee's birthday
1944: In consideration of the vacancies for Special Forces and lower graded cadres in the army garrison in India and the expeditionary force in Burma, and also because the Allies needed a large number of translators in China, Chiang Kai-shek launched a campaign that appealed to 100,000 educated youth to volunteer for service.
1949: The Government Administrative Council, the cabinet of the People's Republic of China, established.
1994: Seventeen people were killed and more than 30 others injured when a train collided with a shuttle bus of Beinei Group at an unattended crossing in Chaoyang district, Beijing.
1997: Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting, the inaugural volume of The Cultural and Civilization of China series of books co-published by the U.S. and China was issued in Beijing.
2001: The 9th APEC Informal Leadership Meeting was held in Shanghai.