A Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today.
Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian

Quick Links


Selected threads


Archive Navigator

January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

Editor's Postbag     |     Feed


Site Meter


September 14

In 1180, on this day the incomparable samarai Ōba Kagechika was killed and his Taira clan forces crushed at a fierce battle fought in the Hakone Mountains.

Early Decision in the Jishō-Juei WarThe victors were the warriors of the rival Minamoto clan led by the would-be rebel leader Yoritomo. He had been was exiled by Taira no Kiyomori following the Heiji Rebellion of 1160. When Kiyomori heard that Yoritomo had left Izu Province for the Hakone Pass, he appointed Ōba Kagechika to stop him. But they bungled a surprise attack in the night and Yoritomo emerged victorious.

Of course the real beneficiary of the Jishō-Juei War would be the new Shōgun, the Takakura Prince, Minamoto Mochimitsu. He would occupy the Imperial Throne for many years, and the influence of Yoritomo would sharply diminish.






© Today in Alternate History, 2013-. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.