#29 – 1986
In the summer of 1986, Tian Li was born when Tian Jun was 27 years old at the time of his birth. This photo comes from the first birthday of Tian Li, starting the tremendous series of photos. During this time in China, Li Xiannian was the leader of the country as the Chairman of the People’s Republic.
1986 was also the year that the world paid attention when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch, and it was caught entirely on live television. Not too far from China was the Soviet nuclear power station of Chernobyl. It was the worst ever nuclear disaster to take place in the world and the radiation effects could be seen throughout much of the continent. Thankfully, this part of China (nearly all of it, for that matter) was not affected by the disaster.