1. At age 13, Mao finished primary education, and his father united him in an arranged marriage to the 17-year-old Luo Yixiu, thereby uniting their land-owning families.
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2. At the age of 73, Chairman Mao plunged into the Yangtze River and swam 15 kilometers in 65 minutes–according to the Chinese Central Government.
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5. In 1953, with the Korean War over, Mao turned his attention back to reforms at home.
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12. From his base in Yan'an, Mao authored several texts for his troops, including Philosophy of Revolution, which offered an introduction to the Marxist theory of knowledge; Protracted Warfare, which dealt with guerilla and mobile military tactics; and New Democracy, which laid forward ideas for China's future.
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13. From this point onward, Mao was the Communist Party's undisputed leader, even though he would not become party chairman until 1943.
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15. In March 1927, Mao appeared at the Third Plenum of the KMT Central Executive Committee in Wuhan, which sought to strip General Chiang of his power by appointing Wang Jingwei leader.
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