People's Republic of China turns 61 today

October 01, 2010 | Posted by Chris

A 23-minute firework celebration commemorated the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong, above.

Today is the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, which was declared atop the Tian'anmen Rostrum by Mao Zedong today in 1949.

Last year was the country's 60th anniversary, and readers will likely remember the large-scale parades and days of celebration to commemorate the event that were covered extensively in the international press.

This year's celebrations, while on a less grand scale than last year's, commemorated another year of accomplishments for the rapidly developing nation, of which perhaps the most headline-grabbing is having officially become the world's second largest economy.

Also of note, today China launched its second unmanned lunar probe. Called the Chang'e 2, it was launched from southwestern China's Sichuan Province and for 5 days will take pictures of the the Moon's Bay of Rainbows area, which is where analysts expect China's next lunar probe to land.

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