Dave Besseling

The topless photo Hong Kong’s Eastweek magazine published in 2002 had been taken 12 years earlier. Eastweek’s former editor received a suspended jail term over its publication.

Two representatives of the Christian denomination were jailed for seven and five years respectively in 1960 for espionage and counter-revolutionary activities.

In October 1959, the Vienna Philharmonic gave a concert in Hong Kong as part of a world tour. The next day the Post’s critic wrote: ‘I don’t know when, if ever, we shall again have these privileges made available to us.’

When people started dying from drinking adulterated Chinese wine in Hong Kong in 1975, the authorities cracked down on wine shops, and arrested two men who were convicted of three deaths and sent to prison.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa received a letter soon after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 containing a threat that he would be poisoned. A former prison officer and auxiliary policeman was charged with mailing it.

A McDonald’s Snoopy promotion in Hong Kong in 1998 gave away a different toy for 28 days with a value meal. Police were called to various outlets to prevent violence over queue jumping.

When a transport plane crashed into Victoria Harbour after take-off from Hong Kong’s then Kai Tak Airport in 1994, rescuers fought in vain to save the lives of six of the Indonesian crew – the only people on board.

Hong Kong was shocked in 1953 when two Catholic priests were beaten to death in their quarters. Police charged night-soil collector Lo Shui-chung with murder, but he was found not guilty.

Two 31-storey buildings were demolished after their foundations were deemed unsafe because of insufficient piling, resulting in prison sentences for two directors and an engineer involved in the scam.

The explosion in 1992 at China Light and Power’s Castle Peak power station caused extensive damage and injured 21 workers, two of whom died of their injuries. Their widows fought for improved compensation.

A brutal knife attack by two unknown men left outspoken radio host Albert Cheng with deep wounds on his back, arms and right leg and needing six hours of surgery.

Left without clean water and with little food after being trapped by rockfalls and floods in China’s far west in 1999, 11 Hong Kong tourists were offered a rescue airlift by the People’s Liberation Army.

Macau’s first bullfight in 1966 was a thrilling and terrifying affair, with a very close escape for one bullfighter, and photographers fleeing a bull that jumped into the ‘safety zone’.

In 1979, a lone gunman seriously wounded the head of the company developing Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay and took several women hostage. The man had ‘lost every penny’ in ‘a failed business venture’.

Waxworks of Jackie Chan, Elvis Presley, Bruce Lee, Bill Clinton and Jiang Zemin graced Madame Tussauds when it opened in Hong Kong. But head of the city’s government Tung Chee-hwa declined to model for one.

Convicted murderer and rapist Lo Kong escaped from prison in Macau in 1967, and was only recaptured in Hong Kong almost 20 years later when he went to collect a new ID card.

More than 60 years ago, an American businessman and his wife and son went missing from Macau. It soon transpired that the man had rented a sampan and gone to a nearby island in China.

Hong Kong’s first privately built multistorey car park opened in Causeway Bay, with firecrackers, a cocktail party and a fashion show, in July 1967.

Hong Kong seamen, survivors from two ships that were attacked by Argentinian aircraft, returned from the Falklands conflict in 1982 to cheering crowds at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport

A gang of youths attacked a family at home 50 years ago and set fire to their flat, killing two and injuring two others. Three were sentenced to death for murder and others to manslaughter, one of whom threatened the jury that found him guilty.

Stephen Hawking arrived to a rock-star welcome and crazy scenes at Hong Kong International Airport on his first visit to the city to give a lecture in 2006.

A villager in Tai Po in the New Territories held more than 150 police at bay for six hours, and killed three, before being shot dead. An inquest jury suggested greater care be exercised in the issuing of firearms licences.

The Standard Chartered Bank’s new building was built on the site of its old headquarters, and when it was finished it was taller than Hong Kong Bank’s new headquarters.

In 1988, Pope John Paul II elevated Catholic Bishop John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung to Cardinal. The Hongkonger would ‘play an important role in the initiative to improve Sino-Vatican relations’.

Five people were murdered in their sleep and one wounded when Li Man-pun attacked them with a heavy butcher’s knife in May 1930. He tried to commit suicide, but was overpowered by a cook.

Hong Kong’s internal network, the MTR, was linked with its main line to China, the KCR when the Kowloon Tong interchange station was finished in 1982.

After a bomb exploded in a Hong Kong department store, threats of more bombs, and a ransom demand, were made to police. A hoaxer who admitted making them ‘just for fun’ was arrested and jailed.