Pobeda was the last of the three Peresvet-class pre-dreadnought
battleships built for the Imperial Russian Navy at the end of the
nineteenth century. Launched on 10 May 1900, the ship was assigned to
the Pacific Squadron upon completion, and in 1903 was based at Port
Arthur. During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, she participated
in the battles of Port Arthur and the Yellow Sea. Having escaped serious
damage in these engagements, Pobeda was sunk by gunfire during the Siege
of Port Arthur, and then salvaged by the Japanese and placed into
service under the name Suwo. Rearmed and re-boilered by the Japanese,
Suwo was classified by the Imperial Japanese Navy as a coastal defense
ship in 1908 and served as a training ship for several years. She was
the flagship of the Japanese squadron at the Battle of Tsingtao at the
beginning of World War I and continued in that role until she became a
gunnery training ship in 1917. The ship was disarmed in 1922 to comply
with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty and probably scrapped
around that time.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The first precisely dated observation of a sunspot was made by
Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han.
American Revolutionary War: A small force of American Patriots
led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captured, without
significant injury or incident, the small British garrison at Fort
Ticonderoga in New York.
Ernest Shackleton and five companions completed one of
history's greatest small-boat journeys (launch pictured) when they
arrived at South Georgia after sailing 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) in
World War II: Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess parachuted into
Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom.
A 7.3 Mw earthquake struck Iran's Khorasan Province, killing at
least 1,567, injuring around 2,300, and damaging or destroying more than
15,000 homes, to leave 50,000 homeless.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (often mining, waste management) The breaking or grinding up of a
material to form smaller particles.
2. (traumatology) The fracture of a bone site in multiple pieces
(technically, at least three); crumbling.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I know idealism is not playing on the radio right now, you don't
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the tired joke. I've tried them all out but I'll tell you this, outside
this campus — and even inside it — idealism is under siege — beset
by materialism, narcissism and all the other isms of indifference.
Baggism, Shaggism. Raggism. Notism, graduationism, chismism, I don't
know. Where's John Lennon when you need him?
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