Smash the Old World!

Chronology for Smashing the Old World
[Note: Additional events to be added, with links to documents, images, readings, as appropriate.]

1966

Beijing 2nd Middle School Red Guard declaration of war on the old world (the first one) August 17, 1966, later published on August 26's People's Daily

Beijing 14th Middle School Red Guard declaration of war on the old world. August 26, 1966

First day Red Guards' "smashing the four olds" took action: August 19, 1966.

August 23: People's Daily editorial, 'Good Indeed! (It's Fine!)' praising and encouraging Red Guards to demolish the Four Olds.

August 24: Largest action against the Four Olds. Red Guards in Beijing change the street's name where the Soviet Embassy is located, from 'Yang Wei Road' to 'Fan Xiu Road.' First anti-Liu Shaoqi poster appears in Qinghua University (Zhou Quanying, the author of the poster, dates it as August 22).


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