Historical Events

by / on April 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1868 -The Shogunate is Abolished in Japan.

The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa bakufu and the Edo bakufu, was a feudal regime of Japan established by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family. This period is known as the Edo period and gets its name from the capital city, Edo, which is now called Tokyo, after the name was changed in […]

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by / on April 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1609-Daimyo of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.

Shimazu Tadatsune was a tozama daimyo of Satsuma, the first to hold it as a formal fief (han) under the Tokugawa shogunate, and the first Japanese to rule over the Ryūkyū Kingdom. As lord of Satsuma, he was among the most powerful lords in Japan at the time, and formally submitted to Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1602, to prove his loyalty, […]

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by / on March 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1854 – Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US.

On March 31, 1854, the Convention of Kanagawa (“Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Friendship”) or Kanagawa Treaty was concluded between Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the U.S. Navy and the Tokugawa shogunate. The treaty opened the Japanese ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to United States trade and guaranteed the safety of shipwrecked U.S. sailors; however, the treaty did not create […]

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by / on March 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1188 -Accession to the throne of Japan by Emperor Antoku.

Emperor Antoku (安徳天皇 Antoku-tennō) (December 22, 1178 – April 25, 1185) was the 81st emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1180 through 1185. During this time, the Imperial family was involved in a bitter struggle between warring clans. Yoritomo, with his cousin Yoshinaka, led a force from the Minamoto clan […]

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by / on March 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1933 – Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan.

Historical Events Today: 1933 – Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan. The 1933 Sanriku earthquake was a major earthquake whose associated tsunami caused widespread damage to towns on the Sanriku coast of the Tōhoku region of Honshū, Japan on March 2, 1933. The epicenter of the 1933 Sanriku earthquake was located offshore, 290 kilometres (180 mi) east of […]

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by / on February 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1917 – AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I.

Here’s a little more about the reason behind this proposed pact from Wiki answers: There were several reasons, two of which were the most prominent at the time. Sinking of the Lusitania (unrestricted submarine warfare) The Zimmerman Telegram Economic Ties to European powers The Russian Revolution The most common answer, and possibly the right one, is the sinking of the […]

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by / on February 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1936 – Military coup in Japan!

The February 26 incident (二・二六事件 Ni-niroku jiken, or “2-2-6 incident”) was an attempted coup d’état in Japan, from February 26 to 29, 1936 carried out by 1,483 troops of the Imperial Japanese Army. Several leading politicians were killed and the center of Tokyo was briefly occupied by the rebelling troops. At that time, the incident was called the deplorable incident […]

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