"The Great Leap Forward is launched."
"The Great Leap Forward ends."
"The Little Red Book is published by Defense Minister Lin Biao. It was distributed to the first the army, then to all Chinese across the nation."
"The Cultural Revolution [is launched by Mao Zedong to reassert his authority in the Chinese Communist Party.] Mao and Jiang Qing organized students called 'Red Guards', using them to spread their ideology and theory on Socialism around the country." High-ranked Party leaders (i.e. Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping), teachers, etc. were beginning to be criticized.
"Chaos reigns...Liu Shoqi [is] purged and killed...Many cases of mass-killings and violence occur." There is a mass transfer of students to the countryside.
The People's Liberation Army restores some order. "The Ninth Party Congress: Mao was elected Chairman [again]." His eagerness to gain back authority was accomplished. "[Still] considering the [Cultural Revolution] a victory, Mao had already been contemplating bringing [it] to an end...Jiang [Qing] and Lin [Biao], who had grasped a lot of power, [opposed its ending.]"
"Lin Biao die[s] in a plane crash in Mongolia on September 13 1971, after supposedly attempting to murder Mao."
"Our president, Richard Nixon, visits China in [February 21, 1972]...Zhou [Enlai] devoted the last years of his life establishing a connection with the United States."
"Gang of Four is formed. They use their high ranking and power to radicalize the arts, by violently overthrowing followers of Deng Xiaoping and Liu Shaoqi, and denouncing playwrights, writers, etc such as Wu Han. They violated human rights."
Zhou Enlai dies in January. Mao dies Sep. 9, in Beijing, and within a month (October), the Gang of Four is arrested. "The Cultural Revolution ends upon [the new appointed] Chairman, Hua Guofeng's orders. However, mass killings did not completely end immediately after the conclusion of the Revolution..."