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* 1539 - born in Ansu county (a district near Beijing).
* 1547 - Entered the palace as a eunuch in AD 1547 during the 26th year in the reign of Jiajing (嘉靖二十六年) of Emperor Shizong (明世宗), Wanli's grandfather.
* 1550 - 庚戌之变 Incident in the GēngXū year, Altan Khan (俺答汗), leader of the Ordos Mongols, penetrated through the Ming border defences and led an expedition to the vicinity of Imperial Capital at Beijing. The Imperial Court was dominated by the notorious minister Yan Song and opted not to engage the raiders as the areas around the capital were plundered. Nonetheless, the primary aim of Altan Khan was not conquest nor looting, but to force the Ming Court to agree to open up tradings between Ming and the Ordos, which Ming agreed.
During this incident, the eunuch Gāo Zhōng (高忠) donned full armoud and participated in the defences, inspiring the young Chen Ju to follow in the same example as a brave and loyal servant.
* 1598 - Chen Ju was appointed to oversee the Eastern Bureau (东厂), the widely feared primary internal security apparatus of the state. Being an upright official, he did much to check on the abuses of power, providing humane treatment to the convicts, and managed the excesses of the Emperor WanLi.
When Empress's eldest daughter, Princess Rongchang (荣昌公主), quarrelled with her husband Yang Yuanchun (杨元春), Yang left for his native home in a huff. The angered emperor wanted to punish him and other officials involved, but Chen Ju smoothed things over by de-escalating the issue into a marital tiff that should be kept quiet within the family.
* 1603 - An anonymous letter was sent seemingly from the Court to various senior officials, accusing the favoured Concubine Zheng (郑贵妃), Minister of War Wang Shiyang (兵部尚书王世扬) and a number of other officials of conspiring to depose the Crown Prince. Chen Ju reported this to the Emperor who flew into a rage, ordering him and the Brocade Guards (锦衣卫) to conduct a thorough investigation. The scale of arrests were massive, causing great fear in the capital.
Many officials tried to make use of this opportunity to attack their opponents, but Chen Ju refused to cooperate with them and turned them down with a stern rebuke.
When the culprit who produced the fake letter was found, Chen Ju moved decisively to settle the case without allowing others to be implicated without cause, pacifying the emperor and preventing the matter from blowing up further. As a result, many innocent officials were vindicated.
* 1606 - an uprising by commoners in Yunnan (云南) resulted in the death of Yang Rong (杨荣), a corrupt official in charge of taxation on minings. The Emperor ordered his cabinet ministers to bring all the local officials from Yunnan for investigation and trial in the capital. Chen Ju helped the cabinet ministers to persuade the emperor that it would be better to have the matter handled by investigators in Yunnan itself instead of transporting numerous officials and families across the vast distance from Yunnan to the capital.
These are just some of the contributions made by Chen Ju towards the Court and the people.