On This Day 23 September

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-09-23
In 1846 Neptune was discovered by Johann Galle; in 1944 Philippines proclaimed war with the United States and United Kingdom; in 2002 the first version of Firefox was released. In 1889 Nintendo was founded to market Hanafuda

任天堂株式会社 - Nintendo Kabushiki Gaisha

Nintendo was founded on the 23rd of September, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi in order to market his handmade playing cards used in a game called hanafuda. That makes Nintendo 131 years old and employs 6,200 people.

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Hanafuda translates as 'flower cards'.

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There are 12 suits, one for each month of the year with each month being designated by a flower (hence the name flower cards) and each month having 4 cards. The cards are shuffled and dealt out as 8 cards. The dealer goes first with the aim being that the cards are reduced down to four each.

Other events on this day

  • 1846: Neptune was discovered by Johann Gottfried Galle
  • 1889: Nintendo Koppai was founded to market the playing card game Hanafuda
  • 1944: Philippines proclaimed a state of war with the United States and United Kingdom
  • 2002: first public version of the browser Firefox was released
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