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by / on August 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1079 – Emperor Horikawa of Japan.

Emperor Horikawa (堀河天皇, August 8, 1078 – August 9, 1107) was the 73rd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Horikawa’s reign spanned the years from 1087 through 1107. He became Crown Prince and became emperor on the same day that his father abdicated. His reign was overshadowed by the cloistered rule of former emperor, Emperor Shirakawa. […]

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by / on August 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1180 – Emperor Go-Toba of Japan.

Emperor Go-Toba (後鳥羽天皇) (August 6, 1180 – March 28, 1239) was the 82nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1183 through 1198. This 12th-century sovereign was named after Emperor Toba, and go- (後), translates literally as “later”; and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Toba”. The Japanese word […]

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by / on August 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1377-Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan.

Emperor Go-Komatsu (後小松天皇 Go-Komatsu-tennō) (August 1, 1377 – December 1, 1433) was the 100th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. He is officially considered a pretender from May 24, 1382 to October 21, 1392, when Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicated. He is understood to have been a legitimate emperor (the 100th sovereign) from that date until October 5, […]

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by / on August 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1313-Emperor Kogon of Japan.

Emperor Kōgon (光厳天皇 Kōgon-tennō) (August 1, 1313 – August 5, 1364) was the 1st of Ashikaga Pretenders during the Period of the Northern and Southern Courts in Japan. According to pre-Meiji scholars, his reign spanned the years from 1332 through 1334. Events of Kōgon’s life: In his own lifetime, Kōgon and those around him believed that he occupied the Chrysanthemum […]

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by / on July 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1886 – Junichiro Tanizaki, Japan, writer (Snow Dusting).

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎 Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, 24 July 1886 – 30 July 1965) was a Japanese author, one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki. Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family […]

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1894 – Treaty of Aoki-Kimberley Signed Between Japan and England.

The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation (日英通商航海条約 Nichi-Ei Tsūshō Kōkai Jōyaku?) signed by Britain and Japan, on July 16, 1894, was a breakthrough agreement; it heralded the end of the unequal treaties and the system of extraterritoriality in Japan. The treaty came into force on July 17, 1899. From that date British subjects in Japan were subject to Japanese […]

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1888 – Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years.

The 1888 eruption of Mount Bandai was a major volcanic eruption which occurred during the Meiji period of the Empire of Japan. The eruption occurred on July 15, 1888, and pyroclastic flows buried villages on the northern foot of the mountain, and devastated the eastern part of Bandai region, Fukushima Prefecture north of Tokyo. At least 477 people were killed […]

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