1999 / 10月
Labor insurance is implemented.
The "August 7th Flood" strikes; more than 600 die; hundreds of thousands left homeless.
Taiwan's population exceeds 10 million.
The Buddhist nun Cheng Yen founds the Tzu Chi Foundation.
Family planning is introduced to lower the birth rate.
The Dragons little league baseball team wins the world championship, setting off a national celebration.
The Consumers' Foundation is estab- lished, initiating a wave of social activism.
The Basic Labor Law is implemented.
The city of Lukang protests the establis- ment of a factory for the American manufacturer Dupont, the first instance of environmental protest in Taiwan.
The gambling game "Dajia Le" reaches epidemic proportions, forcing the suspension of the "National Patriotic Sweepstakes," on whose serial numbers "Dajia Le" is based.
The largest farmers' protest in Taiwan's history, the "May 20th protest," erupts.
Taiwan's population exceeds 20 million. The "Snails Without Shells" movement, protesting the rapid rise in housing prices, mobilizes tens of thousands to camp out on the streets of Taipei.
Public protests held in Kungliao Rural Township against Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant .
The population over the age of 65 exceeds 7% of the general population. National Health Insurance is implemented. Counties and cities under DPP rule distribute senior citizen tax rebates; Taiwan enters the age of welfare competition.
Taoyuan County chief Liu Pang-yu and associates found murdered; DPP women's bureau director Peng Wan-ju murdered. Typhoon Herb strikes the island, causing serious landslides in Nantou County.
Pai Hsiao-yen, teenage daughter of actress Pai Ping-ping, is kidnapped and mur dered, sparking protest rally on May 20. Typhoon Winnie strikes; Lincoln Mansion in the Taipei suburb of Hsichih collapses, killing 28.
In January, government offices begin alternating two-day weekends; Taiwan enters the age of leisure.
On Sept. 21, an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, its epicenter at Chichi in Nantou County, causes Taiwan's greatest catastrophe in 100 years, with loss of more than 2,000 lives.