Major events in PLA's history 1927-1936
On August 1, 1927, the Communist Party of China (CPC) launched an armed uprising in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province. The Nanchang Uprising led by Zhou Enlai, He Long, Ye Ting, Zhu De and Liu Bocheng gave birth to the armed forces of the CPC and marked the beginning of CPC’s independent leadership over armed struggles. In March 1930, the Central Military Department of the CPC was renamed the Central Military Commission of the CPC. On February 20, 1936, the anti-Japanese forces in different places in northeast China were reorganized into the Northeast Anti-Japanese United Forces.
Major events in PLA's history 1937-1945
In mid-January 1937, the leading organs including the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the CPC transferred from Bao’an County to Yan’an, a city in northern Shannxi Province. In the following 10 years, Yan’an became the seat of the headquarters of the Chinese revolution. In March 1944, the Qiongya Independent Column of the Guangdong People's Anti-Japanese Guerilla was set up in Hainan Island.
Major events in PLA's history 1946-1949
On January 14, 1946, the Northeast People’s Autonomous Army was renamed the Northeast Democratic United Forces. On January 1, 1948, the Northeast Democratic United Forces was renamed Northeast People’s Liberation Army. On January 15, 1949, the Central Military Commission issued an instruction on ranging the designations of troop units of field armies of the PLA in ordinal numbers. In November and December of 1949, the 2nd Field Army of the PLA advanced towards the southwest China, where it launched battles to wipe out the Kuomintang troops in Chengdu, southern Yunnan and Xichang.
Major events in PLA's history 1950-1966
In January 1950, the PLA launched large-sized operations to suppress the bandits and remaining forces of the Kuomintang. On January 4, 1951, the Ordnance Industry Committee of the Central Military Commission was founded. On June 1, 1965, the PLA cancelled the military rank system and all the officers and men began to have new-type military uniforms.
Major events in PLA's history 1967-1976
In May 1967, the Inner Mongolia Military Area Command was downsized to be a provincial-level military command under the organization of the Beijing Military Area Command. In December 1971, China's first guided missile destroyer was put into service in the PLA Navy. On Aug. 1, 1974, the first nuclear-powered submarine designed and manufactured by China independently started its service in the PLA Navy.
Major events in PLA's history 1977-1986
On July 31, 1977, the Central Committee of the CPC, the State Council and the Central Military Commission jointly held a grand meeting in Beijing to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. On Feb. 13, 1981, the General Staff Headquarters and the General Political Department of the PLA issued the notice on oath-taking for newly recruited servicemen. The Servicemen's Pledge of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was issued for enforcement in the PLA on the same day.
Major events in PLA's history 1987-1996
The PLA Hero and Model Representatives Conference was held in Beijing from July 27 to 31, 1987. The conference was another gathering of outstanding servicemen since the National Combat Hero Representatives Meeting of the PLA held in 1950. The PLA's first army aviation contingent under the group army organization came into existence in north China on 8th January, 1988. The Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Military Installations was ratified in the 12th session of the Standing Committee of the 7th National People's Congress on February 23, 1990.
Major events in PLA's history 1997-2007
Deng Xiaoping, the architect of China's modern reform and development, passed away in Beijing on February 19 at the age of 93. (In late 1989, Deng resigned from his last job as the chairman of the Central Military Commission.) In early February 1998, the Military Training Information Network of the PLA covering all the major units of the PLA and some military academies was basically formed.