The People's Republic of China was formally established on October 1, 1949, 3:01:36 pm CCT, Beijing, China
Tiananmen Square Protests: between April 15, 1989 and June 4, 1989.
SARS: The first case of SARS in the world is known to have occurred in the province of Guangdong, China, in Foshan City on November 16, 2002.
Earthquakes in China: Sep 27, 1290 (100.000 deaths), Jan 24, 1556 (830.000 deaths), Dec 16, 1920 (200.000 deaths), Mar 16, 1925 (5.000 deaths), May 22, 1927 (200.000 deaths), Dec 25, 1932 (70.000 deaths), Jan 4, 1970 (10.000 deaths), Jul 27, 1976 (255.000 deaths), Nov 6, 1988 (1.000 deaths), Feb 3, 1996 (300 deaths), Jan 10, 1998 (50 deaths), Feb 24, 2003 (261 deaths).
Space history: November 19, 1999 - China launches Shenzhou, the first unmanned test of their manned capsule; January 9, 2001 - the first launch of the "true" millenium is Chinese, with the second test flight of the manned Shenshou spaceship, reported to be carrying a monkey, a dog, and a rabbit.
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