Milestones: 1949

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


Milestones: 1949
Chairman Mao Zedong (center) proclaims the founding of the People's Republic of China on Tian'anmen Rostrum at 3 pm on Oct 1, 1949. Hou Bo

On Oct 1, 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong, on Tian'anmen Rostrum, proclaims the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said: "From now on, our nation will belong to the community of the peace-loving and freedom-loving nations of the world, and work courageously and industriously to foster its own civilization and well-being, and at the same time to promote world peace and freedom. Ours will no longer be a nation subject to insult and humiliation."

"We have stood up."

Some 300,000 people gather at Tian'anmen Square for the ceremony marking the birth of the People's Republic of China.

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