Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday
Yoshida Shoin – Japanese child prodigy and distinguished intellectual.
Yoshida Sh?in (9/20/1830 – 11/21/1859) was one of the most distinguished intellectuals in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan. He devoted to developing many Ishin Shishi who made an outstanding contribution to the Meiji Restoration.
Born in Choshu domain to a samurai family, at age five this child prodigy began to study tactics, at age eight he attended college, at age nine he taught in college, and at age ten he impressed the Mori daimyo family with a military lecture he had delivered.
U. S. Contemporaries: Civil War Cycle – Gilded Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1822-1842)