The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, also known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, June 4th Incident, or the Political Turmoil between Spring and Summer of 1989 by the Chinese government, were a series of demonstrations led by students, intellectuals and labour activists in the People's Republic of China between April 15, 1989 and June 4, 1989, leaving (according to Chinese authorities) between 400 and 800 civilians dead, and between 7,000 and 10,000 injured. An initial report from local hospitals put the number at around 2,000 dead.
Lest we forget...
Edit, 11:10 China Standard Time Tue 13 Jun 2006 - Here's a significant back-dating: I'm posting this from Beijing. Thanks to taiji_jian for helping me set up an SSH/HTTPD proxy through his Ubuntu box back in Illinois.
Also, belated happy birthday, finabair, despite the somber occasion.