October 27: The Billionth Birth

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Written by Matthew Mendez, Journalist

October 27, 1982. The People’s Republic of China officially announces the country’s population reaches one billion. At the time, China composed about a quarter of the Earth’s population and even into the 21st century, it remains home to one-fifth of the world’s population. Historically, China has persisted as a heavily populous region, with vast tracts of farmland supporting such large populations. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, China witnessed even greater levels of population growth, eventually leading to the modern day super nation known today. Although a large population may lead to some benefits, especially militarily and economically, the large population of the Chinese nation proves detrimental as well, as it results in poor living conditions and overconsumption of natural resources. Even into the 21st century, China still continues combating the effects of overpopulation.