Retvizan was a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Russian
Navy, launched on 23 October 1900. Named after a Swedish ship of the
line that was captured during the battle of Vyborg Bay in 1790, Retvizan
was transferred to the Far East in 1902. In the Russo-Japanese War, the
ship was torpedoed during the Japanese attack on Port Arthur on the
night of 8/9 February 1904 and grounded in the harbour entrance when she
attempted to take refuge inside. She was refloated and repaired in time
to join the rest of the 1st Pacific Squadron when they attempted to
reach Vladivostok through the Japanese blockade on 10 August. The
Japanese battle fleet engaged them again in the Battle of the Yellow
Sea, forcing most of the Russian ships to return to Port Arthur.
Retvizan was sunk there by Japanese howitzers in December, then raised
and commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as Hizen in 1908. After
World War I she supported the Japanese intervention in the Russian
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_battleship_Retvizan>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The first National Women's Rights Convention, presided over by
Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis, began in Worcester, Massachusetts.
World War II: Japanese forces began their ill-fated attempt to
recapture Henderson Field in Solomon Islands from the Americans.
The Hungarian Revolution began as a peaceful student
demonstration that attracted thousands as it marched through central
Budapest to the parliament building.
An attempt to arrest members of a cult in Miracle Valley,
Arizona, led to a shootout in which two church members were killed and
seven police officers were injured.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Capable of being managed or controlled.
2. Capable of being done or fulfilled; achievable.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Science is a kind of glorified tailoring enterprise, a method for
taking measurements that describe something — reality — that may not
be understood at all.
Show replies by date