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by / on February 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1960 – Naruhito, crown prince of Japan.

Crown Prince Naruhito (born 23 February 1960) is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, which makes him the heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan. Titled Prince Hiro, he was invested as the Crown Prince on 23 February 1991, following the death of his grandfather, Emperor Shōwa on 7 January 1989. He received his bachelor’s and […]

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by / on February 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1846 – Emperor Ninko of Japan.

Emperor Ninkō (March 16, 1800 – February 21, 1846) was the 120th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Following the abdication of his father, Emperor Ninkō ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 31 October 1817. His reign coincided with what is referred to as “the late Tokugawa Shogunate” period and in particular the beginnings of the […]

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by / on February 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1883 -Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night).

Naoya Shiga was a Japanese novelist and short story writer active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. Shiga was born in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi prefecture. His father, the son of a samurai, was a banker. The family moved to Tokyo when Shiga was three, to live with his grandparents, who were largely responsible for raising him. Shiga’s mother […]

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by / on February 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1932 – Japan declares Manchuria Independent.

The Mukden Incident, also known as the Manchurian Incident, was a staged event engineered by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for invading the northern part of China known as Manchuria in 1931. On September 18, 1931 a small quantity of dynamite was detonated by Lt. Kawamoto Suemori close to a railroad owned by Japan’s South Manchuria Railway near Mukden […]

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by / on February 11, 2012 at 10:14 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events today: 1889 – Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890.

The Constitution of the Empire of Japan, known informally as the Meiji Constitution, was the organic law of the Japanese empire, in force from November 29, 1890 until May 2, 1947. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, it provided for a form of constitutional monarchy based on the Prussian model, in which the Emperor of Japan was an active ruler […]

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by / on February 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events today: 660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu!

National Foundation Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11. On this day, Japanese celebrate the founding of the nation and the imperial line by its legendary first emperor, Jimmu, who according to legend established his capital in Yamato in 660 BC. The origin of National Foundation Day is New Year’s Day in the traditional lunisolar […]

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by / on February 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1242 -Emperor Shijō of Japan.

Emperor Shijō (March 17, 1231 – February 10, 1242) was the 87th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. This reign spanned the years 1232 through 1242. Emperor Shijō’s died of an accident in 1242. His Imperial tomb (misasagi) is at Sennyū-ji in the Nochi no Tsukinowa no Higashiyama no misasagi. The Emperor being very young, and […]

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