On this day: The Battle of Port Arthur in 1904

The 9th of February, 1904 marked the conclusion of the two-day Battle of Port Arthur, and the commencement of the Russo-Japanese War. The war was sparked by a Russian desire to expand their territory in the Pacific Ocean and to set up a second port in the east.

The war would last until September 1905, and would result in a victory for Japan.

A Japanese print showing the destruction of Russian ships.

The Battle of Port Arthur (Japanese 旅順口海戦 Hepburn Ryojunkō Kaisen) of 8–9 February 1904 (Monday February 8 - Tuesday February 9) marked the commencement of the Russo-Japanese War.

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