Xi'an, China, in one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history. Before the Ming Dynasty the city was known as Chang'an. Today, Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi province. Its metro population in 2010 was 6,501,200. Xi'an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army. During its history, Xi'an was the capital of China during several of the most important Dynasties in Chinese history and is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Beginning in the 1990s, Xi'an has re-emerged as an important cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region of China. 
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History of Xi'an, China
- Between between the late 11th century BCE and 770 BCE: The area west of Xi'an becomes a cultural and political centre of China with the founding of the Zhou Dynasty.
- 1133 BCE: King Wen of Zhou (a population that originated in Central Asia) founds the Zhou Dynasty and builds the capital of Hao (near Xi'an).
- 1046 BC: King Wu of Zhou, led an army of 45,000 men and 300 chariots across the Yellow River and defeated the Shang King Di Xi at the Battle of Muye, marking the beginning of the Zhou Dynasty.
- 210 BCE: Qin Shi Huang is buried in a colossal tomb near Xi'an, surrounded by thousands of terracotta soldiers, while Li Ssu chooses a new successor who is incompetent.
- 202 BCE: Liu Pang defeats Hsian Yu, assumes the name Emperor Gaozu of Han and founds the Han dynasty with capital in Xi'an.
- 202 BCE: Emperor Gaozu of Han, (Liu Bang) the founding emperor of the Han dynasty, established Chang'an province as his capital; his first palace Changle Palace was built across the river from the ruin of the Qin capital. This is traditionally regarded as the founding date of Chang'an and Xi'an.
- 194 BCE: Construction of the first city wall of Chang'an began, which did not finished until 190 BCE. The wall measured 15 miles (25.7 km) in length, 39.4 to 52.5 feet (12-16 m )in thickness at the base. The area within the wall was 19.9 Miles 2 (36 km2).
- 312 to 316: Chang'an is the capital during the Jin Dynasty.
- 557: The Northern Zhou establish themselves in Xi'an.
- 581: A general usurps the throne of Northern Zhou and founds the Sui dynasty, and builds a new capital in Changan/Xi'an.
- 617: Li Shih-min conquers the Sui capital of Xi'an and overthrows the Sui dynasty.
- 618: Li Shih-min, Emperor Taizong of Tang, appoints his father Li Yuan as first emperor of the Tang dynasty, with capital still in Xi'an.
- 652: Construction of the Great Wild Goose Pagoda begins. It measured 210 feet (64 m) in height.
- 707: Construction of Small Wild Goose Pagoda began. It measured 147.6 feet (45 m) in height. After the earthquake of 1556, its height was reduced to 142.4 feet (43.4 m).
- 725: Xi'an is probably the largest city in the world.
- 755: Governor An Lu-shan of Sogdian origins, protected by empress Yang Kuei-fei, leads a rebellion and captures Xi'an.
- 763: Tibetans sack the Chinese capital of Xi'an.
- 904: The end of the Tang dynasty brings destruction to Chang'an. Residents were forced to move to Luoyang, the new capital. Only a small area continued to be occupied after the destruction.
- 1130: Peasant uprising by Zhong Xi'an in the lower Yangtze.
- 1135: Song general Yue Fei puts down Zhong Xi'an's rebellion.
- 1620: A 15-year old boy, Zhu Youxiao, ascends to the Ming throne and the eunuch Wei Zhongxian/Wei Chung-hsien is the de facto ruler of China.
- 1936: Xi'an was the site of the Xi'an Incident during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Xi'an Incident brought the Communist Party of China and Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) to a truce so the two forces could concentrate on fighting against Japan.
- 1954: A 6,500 year old Banpo Neolithic village is discovered on the outskirts of the city.
- 1974: Some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, discover Qin Shi Huang tomb and the Terracotta Army.
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- 1902, January 30: Japan signs the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. The alliance was renewed and extended in scope in 1905 and 1911, before its demise in 1921. It was officially terminated in 1923.
- 1914 - 1920 The First World War. [More Information]
- Allied (Entente) Powers
France, British Empire, Russia (1914–17), Italy (1915–18), United States (1917–18), Romania (1916–18), Japan, Serbia, Belgium, Greece (1917–18) and others
- Central Powers
Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria (1915–18)
- 1914, October 17 - November 7: The Siege of Tsingtao.
- 1917, April 6: The US declares war on Germany.
- 1918, March 3: Russia and Germany sign an armistice at Brest-Litovsk.
- 1918, November 11: Armistice Day. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Germany signs an armistice with the Allies. The war is officially over. More than 8.5 million have been killed and over twice as many wounded from across the globe. New technology has been created, America has risen to prominence as an economic power and new countries are forming in Europe and the Middle East.
- 1931, September 18; Japan invades Manchuria.
- 1935: The Soviet Union declares that the fascist states of Germany and Japan are the enemies.
- 1935, October 3; The Second Italo-Abyssinian War. Italian armed forces from Eritrea invaded Ethiopia without a declaration of war. In response Ethiopia declares war on Italy. On October 7, the League of Nations declared Italy to be the aggressor, and started the slow process of imposing limited sanctions on Italy.
- 1939 - 1945 World War II. [More Information]
- Axis powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria) versus Allies (U.S., Britain, France, USSR, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Yugoslavia).
- 1939: Germany invades Poland.
- 1941, December 7: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.
- 1945, April 12: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Springs, Georgia.
- 1945, May 8: Victory in Europe, V-E Day.
- 1945, September 2: Victory over Japan, V-J Day Japanese sign surrender terms aboard battleship Missouri (BB-63).
- 1945; The United Nations develops a plan for a trusteeship administration of the Korean Peninsula. The Soviet Union administering the peninsula north of the 38th parallel and the United States administering the south.
- 1945: After the surrender of Japan, the Korean peninsula is divided between Soviet and American occupation forces at the 38th parallel.
- 1945: South Korea created a franchise to raise money and funds to recover.
- 1945, 6 September: Establishment of Peoples Republic of Korea with Yuh Woon-Hyung, but 1946 February, US Army breaks it and Yuh Woon Hyung is murdered.
People's Republic of Korea (PRK) was a short-lived provisional government that was organized with the aim to take over control of Korea shortly after the Surrender of the Empire of Japan at the end of World War II. It operated as the government in late August and early September 1945 until the United States Army Military Government in Korea was established by the United States of America. After that it operated unofficially, and in opposition to the United States Military Government, until it was forcibly dissolved in January 1946.
- 1946: US-USSR Joint-Commission on the formation of a Korean Government reaches an impasse. The Joint-commission is dissolved as the Cold War begins.
- 1948, 10 May: UN sponsored elections are held in South Korea.
- 1948, 15 August: Establishment of the Republic of Korea with Syngman Rhee as President.
- 1948, 25 August: Establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with Kim Il-sung as Premier.
- 1949: The murder of Kim Gu. Kim Gu was a Korean Nationalist who believed in, and fought for, a unified Korea. He strongly objected to the formation of a separate South Korean state. He was shot in his home by a South Korean Army lieutenant.
- 1949, March 23: President Harry S. Truman approves the withdrawal of all US Forces in South Korea except for 500 military advisors.
- 1950 25 June: The Korean War begins.
- 1950, August: UN Forces are driven back to South-east corner of the Korean Peninsula (The Pusan Perimeter).
- 1950, September 15: UN Troops, commanded by General Douglas MacArthur , make an Amphibious Landing at Inchon.
- 1950, October 19: UN Troop capture Pyongyang city, the capital of North Korean.
- 1950, October 25: Two hundred thousand Chinese troops of the People's Volunteer Army enter North Korea. Chairman Mao Zedong appointed Zhou Enlai as the overall commander and coordinator of the war effort, with Peng Dehuai as field commander. 
- 1950, October 25: The Chinese People's Volunteer Army (PVA) 13th Army Group launched the First Phase Offensive, attacking the advancing U.N. forces near the Sino-Korean border. Twelve days later, Stalin allowed the Soviet Air Force to provide air cover, and provides more aid to China.
- 1950, November 27: The Chinese 9th Army launched multiple attacks and ambushes along the road between the Chosin Reservoir and Koto-ri. At Yudam-ni, the 5th, 7th and 11th Marines were surrounded. The UN forces breakout on December 6 and conduct a fighting withdrawal to the port city of Hungnam. Approximately 105,000 soldiers, 98,000 civilians, 17,500 vehicles, and 350,000 tons of supplies are evacuated from Hungnam.
- 1953: The Korean War is halted by the Korean Armistice Agreement that has remained in force until now.