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by / on September 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1894 – Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang.

The Battle of Pyongyang (平壌作戦) was the second major land battle of the First Sino-Japanese War. It took place on 15 September 1894 in Pyongyang, Korea between the forces of Meiji Japan and Qing China. It is sometimes referred to archaically in western sources as the “Battle of Ping-yang”. Between 13,000 and 15,000 Chinese troops of the Beiyang Army had […]

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by / on September 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1180 – Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan!

The Battle of Ishibashiyama (石橋山の戦い) was the first in which Minamoto Yoritomo, who was to become shogun less than a decade later, was commander of the Minamoto forces. The battle was fought on September 14, 1180 in the southwest of present-day Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture near Yoritomo’s headquarters at Kamakura. In this, his first attempt to challenge the Taira, Yoritomo was […]

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by / on September 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1846 – Japan invents the rickshaw!

A pulled rickshaw (or ricksha) is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons. Rickshaws are commonly made with bamboo. The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha (人力車, 人 jin = human, 力 riki = power or force, 車 sha = vehicle), which literally means “human-powered vehicle”. […]

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by / on September 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 786 – Emperor Saga!

Emperor Saga (嵯峨天皇, (February 8, 785 – August 24, 842) was the 52nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Saga’s reign spanned the years from 809 through 823. Events of Saga’s life: 806 Saga became the crown prince at age 21. June 17, 809 (Daidō 4, 1st day of the 4th month): In the 4th year […]

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by / on September 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1567-Date Masamune!

Famous Birthdays Today: 1567-Date Masamune, Renowned Samurai and Daimyo in Japan. Date Masamune was a regional strongman of Japan’s Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing […]

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by / on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Kanō Motonobu, Co-Founder of the Kanō School!

Famous Birthdays Today: 1476 – Kanō Motonobu, Kyoto Japan! Kanō Motonobu (狩野 元信) was a Japanese painter. He was a member of the Kanō school of painting. Kanō Motonobu’s father was Kanō Masanobu, the founder of the Kanō school. Motonobu was only nine when he began to serve the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1436–90) and then his successors: Ashikaga Yoshitane (1465–1522), […]

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by / on August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Copper Coins are Minted in Japan for the First Time.

Historical Events Today: 708 – Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time. This mint came about when a large deposit of copper was found in Musashi province. Copper was discovered in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture, and the Japanese were so delighted with the discovery that they named the Wado era (708 A.D. […]

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