1881 - Born Zhou Shuren in Shaoxing, in Zhejiang province, into an impoverished but educated gentry family.
1893 - He went to live with his mother's family after his grandfather, who had directed his schooling, was imprisoned.
1902 - He went to Japan where he studied Japanese language and then medicine at Sendai Provincial Medical School.
1906 - He dropped out of the school to devote himself entirely to writing.
1909 - After studying privately, Lu Xun returned to China.
1912 - He taught in Hangzhou and Shaoxing.
1918 - Lu Xun published his famous story "K'uangjen jih-chi , which took its title deliberately from Nikolay Gogol.
1920 - Lu Xun participated actively in the literary debates.
1926 - He received negative attention from the government because of his support for the Beijing students' patriotic movement and was forced to leave the city to Fujian to teach at Xiamen University.
1927 - He went to teach at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou but resigned from his post.
1928 - He was editor of the magazines Benliu. During these years Lu Xun was the titular head of the League of Left-Wing Writers.
1933 - He contracted pulmonary tuberculosis.
1936 - Died from tuberculosis on the 19th of October.
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