Milestones: 1976

(China Daily)
Updated: 2009-09-30 05:12

Milestones: 1976

People swarm to Tian'anmen Square in Beijing on April 5, 1976, the tomb-sweeping festival, to commemorate Premier Zhou Enlai, who died on Jan 8. Wang Wenlan

Milestones: 1976

Villagers cry as they learn the news of Chairman Mao's death in Juejiao township, Rudong county, Jiangsu province, on Sept 9, 1976. Hong Zuren

-- Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Zhu De, the three most important founders of the People's Republic, die.

-- On July 28, a severe earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale kills 242,000 residents in Tangshan of Hebei province.

Milestones: 1976

Lu Guilan is rescued 13 days after a strong earthquake that killed more than 240,000 people in Tangshan, Hebei province, on July 28, 1976. Wang Wenlan

-- The "cultural revolution" is effectively ended with the arrest of the "Gang of Four" in October.

-- In April, Hua Guofeng becomes Chairman of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission as well as Premier.

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