February 8 1828 – Jules Verne is Born in Nantes

February 8 1828 – Jules Verne is Born in NantesRate this post Throughout the course of human history, only a few authors will be graced with the recognition of their contribution to man’s vast literary tradition as a groundbreaking shift in storytelling. One of them, Jules Verne, was born on February 8, 1828 in the French coastal city of Nantes. His most famous stories, published in the latter half of the 19th century, took readers on a journey into the future long before much of the technology he wrote about existed. Verne’s family benefited greatly from his father’s success as an attorney in Nantes. Summers in the country allowed the […]

February 8 1904 -Japanese torpedo attack at Port Arthur, begins the Russo-Japanese War

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February 8 1904 -Japanese torpedo attack at Port Arthur, begins the Russo-Japanese WarRate this post On February 8, 1904, Japan launched a surprise attack on Russia in Port Arthur (in Manchuria, China). The attack announced the commencement of the Russo-Japanese War, one of the first major conflicts of the 20th century. By the end of the 19th century it became evident that the once mighty Chinese Empire was now crumbling. Russian imperial ambitions ran high and with the launch of the trans-Siberian railway, Russia decided to annex both Korea and Manchuria. China had already leased Russia, Port Arthur one of the few ice-free ports on the China Sea, as a […]