CIIC:Selected anniversaries/February


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February 1
Great Wall credit card debuted in Beijing in 1987.

1877: Educator Xu Teli was born.

1902: Emperor Guangxu officially permitted marriage between Han and Manchu people.

1913: China participated in the First Far East Games in Manila, the Philippines.

1932: The National Bank of the Soviet Republic of China was established.

1947: Communist Party of China stated that no agreement signed unilaterally by Kuomintang with foreign countries would be acknowledged.

1986: China launched its first broadcast satellite, Dongfanghong-2.

1987Great Wall credit card debuted in Beijing.


February 2
Beijing People's Radio Station

1895: Weihaiwei in Shandong Province was occupied by Japanese army.

1949: Peking Xinhua Radio Station launched.


February 3
Mathematician Xiong Qinglai

1899: Birth of Lao She, playwright and writer.

1969: Well-known mathematician Xiong Qinglai died.

1996: Earthquake struck in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, at a 7 magnitude on the Richter scale.


February 4
Liujiaxia Hydropower Station

1898: The Qing-dynasty government issued Zhaoxin Stocks.

1975: Liujiaxia Hydropower Station was completed.

2015: A TransAsia plane crashed into a Taiwan river, killing at least 35.


February 5
My Fair Lady staged in 1957.

1957: The Central Experimental Opera House performed My Fair Lady. This is the first time in Chinese history that a Western classic opera was staged in China with Chinese performers only.

1964: The first operation of auto-transplant of bone marrow succeeded in China. Bone marrow from a twin sister of the same egg was transplanted into her sick sister suffering from regenerative anemia.

1994: Qian Zhiguang, founder of New China’s modern textile industry, died.


February 6
The emblem and mascot of the Fourth Asian Winter Games

1987: Zhong Huilan, well-known tropical medicine expert, died.

1999: The Fourth Asian Winter Games ended. China ranked the first.

2001: Chinese scientists succeeded in cloning milk tooth gene.


February 7
Zhou Enlai (L) shakes hands with Khrushchev at the signing ceremony.

1923: Beijing-Hankou Railway Workers Strike

1957: China established diplomatic relationship with Sri Lanka.

1959: China and USSR signed the economic cooperation deal.

1974: Chinese meteorologist Zhu Kezhen died.

1980: China established diplomatic relationship with Columbia.


February 8
Liang Qichao

1902: Liang Qichao published Xinmin Biweekly.

1979: China established diplomatic relations with Portugal.

1999: China Children's Academy of Sciences was established.


February 9
Transgenic goats

1981: The first large-scale high flux atomic reactor was established.

1998: Breakthrough was achieved in the research of transgenic goat.


February 10
Human Rights

1937: The Communist Party of China proposed to form a national united front against Japan.

2002: The first Chinese human rights journal came into being.


February 11
Xiao Qian

1999: Xiao Qian, well-known writer and translator, died.


February 12
Manifesto of the Grand Alliance of Chinese Liberty

1930: Grand Alliance of Chinese Liberty established.

1954: The Hungarian soccer team began their 11-day tour in China. It was the first ever overseas soccer team to visit China after the country's liberation in 1949.


February 13
Wang Xuan

1988: Chinese athlete Li Yan became the champion of 1000-meter short track speed skating at the 15th Winter Olympics in Canada.

2004: UNESCO international group of experts in Paris identified eight world geoparks in China.

2006: Wang Xuan, founder of the Chinese laser typesetting, the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, passed away.


February 14
Nie Er

1912: Sun Yat-sen resigned as temporary president of the Republic of China.

1912: Nie Er, a composer in China, was born.

1972: China established diplomatic relation with Mexico.


February 15
Li Hongzhang

1823: Li Hongzhang, a leading statesman of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), was born.

1912: Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), an important Chinese general and politician, became the temporary president of the Republic of China.


February 16
Ye Shengtao

1938: Yang Xiaolou (1878-1938), a famous Peking Opera master, died.

1988: Ye Shengtao, a prominent educator in China, died.


February 17
Mao Zedong talks with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

1616: Nurhaci (1559-1626) established the Later Jin Dynasty.

1973: Mao Zedong met with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

1979: Sino-Vietnamese war broke out.


February 18
Kublai Khan

1294: Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan and the first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), died.

1980: China participated in its first Winter Olympics. The Games were held at Lake Placid in the United States.


February 19
Deng Xiaoping

1972: China established diplomatic relations with Argentina.

1979: The National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO was established.

1997: Deng Xiaoping, the architect of China’s reform and opening up, passed away.

2001: Prominent Chinese scientists Wu Wenjun and Yuan Longping received the country’s highest scientific award from the State Council.


February 20
Great Wall Station

1961: China established diplomatic relations with Zaire.

1985: China set up the Great Wall Station in Antarctica.


February 21
Chinese premier Zhou Enlai welcomes US president Richard Nixon to China in February, 1972.

1895: Sun Yat-sen set up the Revive China Society.

1937: Kuomintang agreed to a united front with the Communist Party of China to fight Japanese aggression. The decision brought to an end a civil war that had lasted 10 years.

1972: US president Richard Nixon arrived in China.


February 22
Hou Xirui

1964: China established diplomatic relations with Congo.

1983: Hou Xirui, a famous Peking Opera performer, passed away.

1983: Chinese economist Sun Yefang passed away.


February 23
Director Zhang Yimou accepts the Golden Bear Award for his film Red Sorghum at the 1988 Berlin International Film Festival.

1873: Liang Qichao, a Chinese scholar and one of the leaders of the Reform Movement of 1898, was born.

1988: Red Sorghum, a film directed by Zhang Yimou, won the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Jiang Wen and Gong Li starred in the film.

1992: The 16th Winter Olympics ended after 16 days of competition in Albertville, France, where China won its first medals in the Winter Olympic Games. Ye Qiaobo won two silver medals and Li Yan one silver medal.

2006: Chinese freestyle skier Han Xiaopeng won a gold medal in the Turin Winter Olympic Games. It was China's first Olympic gold medal in snow sports.


February 24
Hu Shi

1950: The central government issued the Order to Ban Opium and Drugs that banned the planting, transportation, manufacture and sale of opium. Violators would be severely punished, while the government compensated people who still possessed the drug.

1962: Hu Shi, a philosopher and essayist, died.

2003: The first national scholarships were awarded.


February 25
Zhao Yuanren

1980: New York and Beijing became sister cities.

1982: Zhao Yuanren, a linguist who made important contributions to the modern study of Chinese phonology, died.


February 26
Antarctic Zhongshan Station

1989: China's second research station in Antarctica, Antarctic Zhongshan Station, opened.

2008: China Daily published the first bilingual Chinese-English mobile newspaper in China.


February 27
Fan Shoukang

1981: China Population Association established.

1983: Renowned philosopher Fan Shoukang passed away.


February 28
Bing Xin

1918: Hong Kong Happy Valley Racecourse collapsed and caught fire, killing 604.

1999: Renowned Chinese poet and writer Bing Xin passed away.

2003: National Museum of China was established.


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