Today in Military History: May 31, 1900; The Boxer Rebellion

The Battle of Tientsin: July 13–14, 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion in Northern China. A multinational military force rescued a besieged population of foreign nationals in the city of Tientsin.

On May 31, 1900,  Sailors and Marines from USS Newark and USS Oregon arrive at Peking, China with other Sailors and Marines from Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan to protect U.S. and foreign diplomatic legations from the Chinese during the Boxer Rebellion.

Anti-Western sentiment had spread throughout China after the Opium War against the British. The Boxer Rebellion exploded as more and more western  countries infiltrated China; either through Christian missionary work or territory disputes. Click here for the Navy’s detailed account.