Posts tagged with ‘Japan’

  • This Day in History December 10, 1968

    By Ruth on December 10, 2013
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    I don’t recall ever hearing about today’s feature.  On this date in 1968, Japan’s greatest bank robbery occurred.  Here’s the story.  On that particular morning, there were four employees of Nihon Shintaku Ginko bank who were transporting around 300 million yen to a factory.  They were in an unmarked car, and they were traveling to the factory to drop off […]
  • This Day in History July 26, 1941

    By Ruth on July 26, 2013
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        This one is of special interest to me today since I am reading a book about Japanese Americans in WWII.  On this date in 1941, the U.S. froze all Japanese assets in retaliation for Japan’s occupation of French Indo-China.  President Roosevelt signed an executive order which did this and stopped trade with Japan.  I personally think he did the right […]
  • This Day in History January 30, 1920

    By Ruth on January 30, 2013
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    I have to admit that I have fond memories of Mazda as I was growing up.  It was the first car we got after my parents were reunited in marriage.  I remember the Mazda GLC, and it was an awesome little car.  That little car took us all over, including several road trips.  It was on this date in 1920, […]
  • This Day in History August 27, 1993

    By Ruth on August 27, 2012
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    By Gussisaurio (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons I guess I somehow missed this milestone in Japanese history.  It was on this date in 1993, the Shuto Expressway No. 11 was completed.  Yes, this is a part of the famous Rainbow Bridge that began to be constructed in 1987.  It is a half-mile suspension bridge that […]
  • This Day in History February 15, 1942

    By Ruth on February 14, 2012
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    On this date in 1942, it was a dismal day for Singapore.  Singapore had been under British rule, but it fell to Japan.  This has become the date that is known as the Total Defense Day when citizens of Singapore are encouraged to be self-reliant when defending their country. It was a horrendous 2-month battle, and the British fought valiantly […]
  • This Day in History January 5, 1945

    By Ruth on January 4, 2012
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    I wish I had something cheerier for today’s feature, but it was on this date in 1945 that the Japanese pilots received the first order to become kamikaze or “divine wind” pilots (suicide pilots).  Most of the good pilots were gone, and Japan was losing.  This was an assured way to kill the enemy–the Americans. These ill-trained suicide bombers flew […]