A Brief Chronology of Events at Tiananmen Square (1989)

15 April Hu Yaobang, former General Secretary of the Communist Party and well known reformer, dies. Posters begin to appear mourning his death.
19 April Students march to Zhongnanhai, where the government leaders live, to have a sit-in demonstration. Students and police clash.
22 April Funeral for Hu Yaobang.
26 April Demonstrations continue, but the official newspaper, People's Daily, says the protests are just an "organized conspiracy to sow chaos." More than 150,000 angry students break through police lines and return to Tiananmen Square.
4 May 100,000 students protest.
13 May Frustrated by the lack of official response to their demands, more than 1,000 students launch a hunger strike.
17-18 May Close to 1 million people march to the Square to support the hunger strike.
19 May Students and citizens prevent troops from entering Tiananmen Square.
30 May The "Goddess of Democracy" is erected in the Square.
2 June PLA (People's Liberation Army) troops with tanks and armored personnel carriers enter Beijing to clear the Square.
3 June Scattered shooting in the streets of Beijing; hundreds killed.
4 June During the early morning hours, troops clear Tiananmen Square.