Before entering the next millennium, let us look back at some big events of the past century in Hong Kong and China. January 1900: Revolutionary newspaper Zhongguo Ribao (China Daily ), founded at the request of Sun Yat-sen, publishes its first Hong Kong issue. November 11, 1903: The South China Morning Post is launched. October 1, 1949: Mao Zedong proclaims the creation of the People's Republic of China. May 1951: The Royal Hong Kong Police's first female police officers turn up for duty. October 10, 1956: An estimated 5,000 people riot in Kowloon after a resettlement officer orders Nationalist flags to be removed from outside a resettlement area in the 'double tenth disturbances'. April 6, 1958: Rediffusion (HK) starts television broadcasts. In 1982, it is renamed Asia Television. January 1962: Drilling for the Lion Rock Tunnel starts. February 1962: The border with China opens and in 25 days more than 70,000 people flood into Hong Kong and the horrors of the famine on the mainland come to light. May 1963: Drought sees thousands queue for water. The drought lasts until June and Hong Kong is saved by 800 million gallons of water pumped in from China each month. October 1963: The Chinese University of Hong Kong is established. May-December 1967: Riots and bombs kill 51 people. February 1968: The idea of an underground railway is proposed in the Legislative Council. The MTR opens in October 1979. October 30, 1971: The Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen catches fire, killing 34 and injuring 41. June 18, 1972: More than 100 people die in two landslides. August 1972: The Cross-Harbour Tunnel opens. July 20, 1973: Bruce Lee dies. January 10, 1977: Ocean Park is opened by Governor Sir Murray Maclehose. September 24, 1982: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visits Beijing to discuss Hong Kong. September 9, 1983: Typhoon Ellen leaves six dead, three missing, 333 injured and 1,200 homeless. October 15, 1983: The Financial Secretary pegs Hong Kong's currency to the US dollar at the rate of HK$7.8:US$1. December 19, 1984: Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China with the signing of the Joint Declaration. June 4, 1989: About one million Hong Kong people take to the streets to pro test against the Tiananmen Square massacre. December 30, 1993: The world's largest outdoor bronze seated Buddha is opened at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. July 29, 1996: Windsurfer Lee Lai-shan wins Hong Kong's first Olympic gold medal. June 30, 1997: Hong Kong returns to China at midnight. September 16, 1999: Signal 10 goes up as Typhoon York batters Hong Kong, leaving two dead and dozens injured.