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  • Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1893

    Birth

    Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China
    Tuesday Dec 26, 1893

    Mao Zedong was born on December 26, 1893, in Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China.




  • Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China
    1907

    1st Marriage

    Shaoshan village, Hunan Province, China
    1907

    At age 13, Mao finished primary education, and his father united him in an arranged marriage to the 17-year-old Luo Yixiu, thereby uniting their land-owning families. Mao refused to recognise her as his wife, becoming a fierce critic of arranged marriage and temporarily moving away. Luo was locally disgraced and died in 1910.




  • Changsha, Hunan, China
    1912

    Resigning From The Army

    Changsha, Hunan, China
    1912

    Supporting the revolution, Mao joined the rebel army as a private soldier, but was not involved in fighting. The northern provinces remained loyal to the emperor, and hoping to avoid a civil war, Sun—proclaimed "provisional president" by his supporters—compromised with the monarchist general Yuan Shikai. The monarchy was abolished, creating the Republic of China, but the monarchist Yuan became president. The revolution over, Mao resigned from the army in 1912, after six months as a soldier.




  • Changsha, Hunan, China
    Apr, 1917

    Mao Published His First article

    Changsha, Hunan, China
    Apr, 1917

    Mao published his first article in New Youth in April 1917, instructing readers to increase their physical strength to serve the revolution. He joined the Society for the Study of Wang Fuzhi (Chuan-shan Hsüeh-she), a revolutionary group founded by Changsha literati who wished to emulate the philosopher Wang Fuzhi.




  • Changsha, Hunan, China
    Jun, 1919

    Graduation

    Changsha, Hunan, China
    Jun, 1919

    Mao graduated from the Fourth Normal School of Changshain in June 1919, ranked third in the year.




  • Hunan, China
    Dec, 1919

    Mao helped organize a general strike

    Hunan, China
    Dec, 1919

    In December 1919, Mao helped organize a general strike in Hunan, securing some concessions, but Mao and other student leaders felt threatened by Zhang.




  • Hunan, China
    Dec, 1920

    2nd Marriage

    Hunan, China
    Dec, 1920

    In the consequent reorganization of the provincial administration, Mao was appointed headmaster of the junior section of the First Normal School. Now receiving a large income, he married Yang Kaihui in the winter of 1920.


  • Shanghai, China
    Saturday Jul 23, 1921

    The First Session of The National Congress of The Communist Party of China

    Shanghai, China
    Saturday Jul 23, 1921

    it was decided to hold a central meeting, which began in Shanghai on July 23, 1921. The first session of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China was attended by 13 delegates, Mao included.After the authorities sent a police spy to the congress, the delegates moved to a boat on South Lake near Jiaxing, in Zhejiang, to escape detection.


  • Changsha, Hunan, China
    Saturday Jul 23, 1921

    Mao set up a Changsha branch of The Communist Party of China

    Changsha, Hunan, China
    Saturday Jul 23, 1921

    The Communist Party of China was founded by Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao in the French concession of Shanghai in 1921 as a study society and informal network. Mao set up a Changsha branch, also establishing a branch of the Socialist Youth Corps.


  • Shanghai, China
    Sunday Jul 16, 1922

    The Second Congress of The Communist Party

    Shanghai, China
    Sunday Jul 16, 1922

    Mao claimed that he missed the July 1922 Second Congress of the Communist Party in Shanghai because he lost the address. Adopting Lenin's advice, the delegates agreed to an alliance with the "bourgeois democrats" of the KMT for the good of the "national revolution". Communist Party members joined the KMT, hoping to push its politics leftward. Mao enthusiastically agreed with this decision, arguing for an alliance across China's socio-economic classes.


  • Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
    Tuesday Jun 12, 1923

    The Third Congress of the Communist Party

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
    Tuesday Jun 12, 1923

    At the Third Congress of the Communist Party in Shanghai in June 1923, the delegates reaffirmed their commitment to working with the KMT. Supporting this position, Mao was elected to the Party Committee, taking up residence in Shanghai.


  • Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
    Sunday Jan 20, 1924

    The First KMT Congress

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
    Sunday Jan 20, 1924

    At the First KMT Congress, held in Guangzhou in early 1924, Mao was elected an alternate member of the KMT Central Executive Committee, and put forward four resolutions to decentralise power to urban and rural bureaus.


  • China
    Apr, 1927

    The KMT's five-member Central Land Committee

    China
    Apr, 1927

    In April 1927, Mao was appointed to the KMT's five-member Central Land Committee, urging peasants to refuse to pay rent. Mao led another group to put together a "Draft Resolution on the Land Question", which called for the confiscation of land belonging to "local bullies and bad gentry, corrupt officials, militarists and all counter-revolutionary elements in the villages". Proceeding to carry out a "Land Survey", he stated that anyone owning over 30 mou (four and a half acres), constituting 13% of the population, were uniformly counter-revolutionary. He accepted that there was great variation in revolutionary enthusiasm across the country, and that a flexible policy of land redistribution was necessary.


  • Wuhan, China
    Wednesday Apr 27, 1927

    The CPC's Fifth Congress

    Wuhan, China
    Wednesday Apr 27, 1927

    The CPC continued supporting the Wuhan KMT government, a position Mao initially supported, but by the time of the CPC's Fifth Congress he had changed his mind, deciding to stake all hope on the peasant militia.


  • Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
    Monday Aug 01, 1927

    The Nanchang Uprising

    Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
    Monday Aug 01, 1927

    The CPC founded the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army of China, better known as the "Red Army", to battle Chiang. A battalion led by General Zhu De was ordered to take the city of Nanchang on August 1, 1927, in what became known as the Nanchang Uprising.


  • Changsha, Hunan, China
    Thursday Sep 15, 1927

    Mao's defeat at Changsha

    Changsha, Hunan, China
    Thursday Sep 15, 1927

    Mao was appointed commander-in-chief of the Red Army and led four regiments against Changsha in the Autumn Harvest Uprising, in the hope of sparking peasant uprisings across Hunan. On the eve of the attack, Mao composed a poem—the earliest of his to survive—titled "Changsha". His plan was to attack the KMT-held city from three directions on September 9, but the Fourth Regiment deserted to the KMT cause, attacking the Third Regiment. Mao's army made it to Changsha, but could not take it; by September 15, he accepted defeat and with 1000 survivors marched east to the Jinggang Mountains of Jiangxi.


  • China
    May, 1928

    3rd Marriage

    China
    May, 1928

    Mao married He Zizhen, an 18-year-old revolutionary who bore him five children over the following nine years.


  • Jiangxi, China
    Jan, 1929

    Mao and Zhu evacuated The Base

    Jiangxi, China
    Jan, 1929

    In January 1929, Mao and Zhu evacuated the base with 2,000 men and a further 800 provided by Peng, and took their armies south, to the area around Tonggu and Xinfeng in Jiangxi.


  • Southwest Jiangxi, China
    Feb, 1930

    The Southwest Jiangxi Provincial Soviet Government

    Southwest Jiangxi, China
    Feb, 1930

    In February 1930, Mao created the Southwest Jiangxi Provincial Soviet Government in the region under his control.


  • China
    Nov, 1930

    Mao suffered emotional Trauma

    China
    Nov, 1930

    In November 1930, he suffered emotional trauma after his wife and sister were captured and beheaded by KMT general He Jian.


  • Jiangxi, China
    Tuesday Oct 16, 1934

    The Long March

    Jiangxi, China
    Tuesday Oct 16, 1934

    On October 14, 1934, the Red Army broke through the KMT line on the Jiangxi Soviet's south-west corner at Xinfeng with 85,000 soldiers and 15,000 party cadres and on 16 October, embarked on the "Long March". In order to make the escape, many of the wounded and the ill, as well as women and children, were left behind, defended by a group of guerrilla fighters whom the KMT massacred.


  • Zunyi, Guizhou, China
    Jan, 1935

    Mao was elected to a position of leadership at Zunyi Conference

    Zunyi, Guizhou, China
    Jan, 1935

    The 100,000 who escaped headed to southern Hunan, first crossing the Xiang River after heavy fighting, and then the Wu River, in Guizhou where they took Zunyi in January 1935. Temporarily resting in the city, they held a conference; here, Mao was elected to a position of leadership, becoming Chairman of the Politburo, and de facto leader of both Party and Red Army.


  • Luding, Garze, Sichuan, China
    May, 1935

    Crossing the Tatu River

    Luding, Garze, Sichuan, China
    May, 1935

    From Zunyi, Mao led his troops to Loushan Pass, where they faced armed opposition but successfully crossed the river. Chiang flew into the area to lead his armies against Mao, but the Communists outmanoeuvred him and crossed the Jinsha River. Faced with the more difficult task of crossing the Tatu River, they managed it by fighting a battle over the Luding Bridge in May, taking Luding.


  • Shaanxi, China
    Nov, 1935

    The Chairman of The Military Commission

    Shaanxi, China
    Nov, 1935

    In November 1935, he was named chairman of the Military Commission. From this point onward, Mao was the Communist Party's undisputed leader, even though he would not become party chairman until 1943.


  • Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 05, 1937

    Telegramming The Military Council of The Nanking National Government

    Nanking, Jiangsu, China
    Wednesday May 05, 1937

    Although despising Chiang Kai-shek as a "traitor to the nation", on May 5, he telegrammed the Military Council of the Nanking National Government proposing a military alliance, a course of action advocated by Stalin.


  • China
    Saturday Dec 25, 1937

    The Formation of a United Front

    China
    Saturday Dec 25, 1937

    Although Chiang intended to ignore Mao's message and continue the civil war, he was arrested by one of his own generals, Zhang Xueliang, in Xi'an, leading to the Xi'an Incident; Zhang forced Chiang to discuss the issue with the Communists, resulting in the formation of a United Front with concessions on both sides on December 25, 1937.


  • China
    Sunday Nov 20, 1938

    4th Marriage

    China
    Sunday Nov 20, 1938

    On the Long March, Mao's wife He Zizen had been injured by a shrapnel wound to the head. She traveled to Moscow for medical treatment; Mao proceeded to divorce her and marry an actress, Jiang Qing on 20 November 1938.


  • North China
    Tuesday Aug 20, 1940

    The Hundred Regiments Campaign

    North China
    Tuesday Aug 20, 1940

    In August 1940, the Red Army initiated the Hundred Regiments Campaign, in which 400,000 troops attacked the Japanese simultaneously in five provinces. It was a military success that resulted in the death of 20,000 Japanese, the disruption of railways and the loss of a coal mine.


  • China
    Saturday Mar 20, 1943

    The Chairman of the Communist Party of China

    China
    Saturday Mar 20, 1943

    On 20 March 1943, Mao Zedong became the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, and to enhance the Red Army's military operations, Mao as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, named his close associate General Zhu De to be its Commander-in-Chief.


  • China
    Saturday Jul 22, 1944

    The Dixie Mission

    China
    Saturday Jul 22, 1944

    In 1944, the Americans sent a special diplomatic envoy, called the Dixie Mission, to the Communist Party of China.


  • Changchun, Jilin, China
    Sunday May 23, 1948

    Siege of Changchun

    Changchun, Jilin, China
    Sunday May 23, 1948

    In 1948, under direct orders from Mao, the People's Liberation Army starved out the Kuomintang forces occupying the city of Changchun. At least 160,000 civilians are believed to have perished during the siege, which lasted until October. PLA lieutenant colonel Zhang Zhenglu, who documented the siege in his book White Snow, Red Blood, compared it to Hiroshima: "The casualties were about the same. Hiroshima took nine seconds; Changchun took five months."


  • China
    Saturday Oct 01, 1949

    The People's Republic of China

    China
    Saturday Oct 01, 1949

    The People's Republic of China was established on October 1, 1949. It was the culmination of over two decades of civil and international wars. Mao's famous phrase "The Chinese people have stood up" associated with the establishment of the People's Republic of China was not used in the speech he delivered from the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'anmen) on October 1.


  • Taiwan
    Saturday Dec 10, 1949

    Chiang Kai-shek Fled From The mainland To Formosa (Taiwan)

    Taiwan
    Saturday Dec 10, 1949

    In the early morning of December 10, 1949, PLA troops laid siege to Chongqing and Chengdu on mainland China, and Chiang Kai-shek fled from the mainland to Formosa (Taiwan).


  • Korea
    Thursday Oct 19, 1950

    People's Volunteer Army

    Korea
    Thursday Oct 19, 1950

    In 19 October 1950, Mao made the decision to send the People's Volunteer Army (PVA), a special unit of the People's Liberation Army, into the Korean war and fight as well as to reinforce the armed forces of North Korea, the Korean People's Army, which had been in full retreat. Historical records showed that Mao directed the PVA campaigns to the minutest details.


  • China
    Wednesday Sep 08, 1954

    The Chairman of the Central Military Commission

    China
    Wednesday Sep 08, 1954

    On September 8, 1954, Mao became the Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China.


  • China
    Monday Sep 27, 1954

    The Chairman of the People's Republic of China

    China
    Monday Sep 27, 1954

    On September 27, 1954, Mao became The Chairman of the People's Republic of China.


  • China
    Jan, 1958

    The Great Leap Forward

    China
    Jan, 1958

    In January 1958, Mao launched the second Five-Year Plan, known as the Great Leap Forward, a plan intended as an alternative model for economic growth to the Soviet model focusing on heavy industry that was advocated by others in the party. Under this economic program, the relatively small agricultural collectives that had been formed to date were rapidly merged into far larger people's communes, and many of the peasants were ordered to work on massive infrastructure projects and on the production of iron and steel. Some private food production was banned, and livestock and farm implements were brought under collective ownership.


  • Shanghai, China
    Wednesday Mar 25, 1959

    The Secret meeting

    Shanghai, China
    Wednesday Mar 25, 1959

    At a secret meeting in the Jinjiang Hotel in Shanghai dated March 25, 1959, Mao specifically ordered the party to procure up to one third of all the grain, much more than had ever been the case. At the meeting he announced that "To distribute resources evenly will only ruin the Great Leap Forward. When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill."


  • Lushan, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China
    Thursday Jul 02, 1959

    The Lushan Conference

    Lushan, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China
    Thursday Jul 02, 1959

    At the Lushan Conference in July/August 1959, several ministers expressed concern that the Great Leap Forward had not proved as successful as planned. The most direct of these was Minister of Defence and Korean War veteran General Peng Dehuai. Following Peng's criticism of the Great Leap Forward, Mao orchestrated a purge of Peng and his supporters, stifling criticism of the Great Leap policies. Senior officials who reported the truth of the famine to Mao were branded as "right opportunists."


  • Beijing, China
    Jan, 1962

    The Conference of the Seven Thousand

    Beijing, China
    Jan, 1962

    At a large Communist Party conference in Beijing in January 1962, called the "Conference of the Seven Thousand", State Chairman Liu Shaoqi condemned the Great Leap Forward as responsible for widespread famine. The overwhelming majority of delegates expressed agreement, but Defense Minister Lin Biao staunchly defended Mao.


  • China
    1966

    The Split From Soviet Union

    China
    1966

    On the international front, the period was dominated by the further isolation of China. The Sino-Soviet split resulted in Nikita Khrushchev's withdrawal of all Soviet technical experts and aid from the country. The split concerned the leadership of world communism. The USSR had a network of Communist parties it supported; China now created its own rival network to battle it out for local control of the left in numerous countries.


  • Beijing, China
    Thursday Sep 09, 1976

    Death

    Beijing, China
    Thursday Sep 09, 1976

    Mao suffered two major heart attacks in 1976, one in March and another in July, before a third struck on September 5, rendering him an invalid. Mao Zedong died nearly four days later just after midnight, at 00:10, on September 9, 1976, at age 82. The Communist Party of China delayed the announcement of his death until 16:00 later that day, when a radio message broadcast across the nation announced the news of Mao's passing while appealing for party unity.


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