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by / on August 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1025 – Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan.

Emperor Go-Reizei (後冷泉天皇, August 28, 1023 – May 22, 1068) was the 70th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Go-Reizei’s reign spanned the years 1045–1068. This 11th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Reizei and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Reizei”. The Japanese […]

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by / on August 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1875 – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg Between Japan and Russia is Ratified!

1875 – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands. The Treaty of Saint Petersburg (樺太・千島交換条約) was signed on 7 May 1875 between the Empire of Japan and Empire of Russia. Its terms stipulated that Japan give up all claims to Sakhalin island in exchange for undisputed […]

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by / on August 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1192-Minamoto Yoritomo Becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De Facto Ruler of Japan.

Minamoto no Yoritomo (源 頼朝, May 9, 1147 – February 9, 1199) was the founder and the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate of Japan. He ruled from 1192 until 1199. Early life and exile (1147–1180): Yoritomo was the third son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, heir of the Minamoto (Seiwa Genji) clan, and his official wife, a daughter of Fujiwara […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1863 – The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom!

The Bombardment of Kagoshima, also known as the Anglo-Satsuma War (薩英戦争), took place on 15–17 August 1863 during the Late Tokugawa shogunate. The British Royal Navy was fired on from coastal batteries near the town of Kagoshima and in retaliation bombarded the town. The British were trying to exact a payment from the daimyo of Satsuma following the Namamugi Incident […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1297-Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan.

Emperor Hanazono (花園天皇 Hanazono-tennō) (August 14, 1297 – December 2, 1348) was the 95th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1308 through 1318. Events of Hanazono’s life: Tomihito-shinnō became emperor upon the abdication of his second cousin, the Daikakuji-tō Emperor Go-Nijō. Tokuji 3, in the 8th month (1308): In the […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1183-Taira no Munemori Flees With Emperor Antoku!

Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan. (Traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth Day of the Seventh Month of the Second Year of Juei). Taira no Munemori (平 宗盛, 1147 – June 19, 1185) was heir to Taira no Kiyomori, […]

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by / on August 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1536-Buddhist Monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren Temples!

Buddhist monks from Kyōto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536). The warrior monks living high in the mountains intended to protect Kyoto, from evil. However the government in Kyoto found it almost impossible to control this band of brothers, and turned against them. By the […]

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