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Lu Hao-tung

Lu Hao-tung (陸皓東 pinyin: L Hodōng) (1868-1895), born Lu Chung-gui (中桂 Zhōnggu), courtesy name Hsien-hsiang (獻香 Xinxing), was the first to die for the Republic of China. In the same year he died, he designed the "Blue Sky with a White Sun" emblem that came to be used later as an integral part of the flag of the Republic of China.

Born in Cuiheng Village (翠亨村), Xiangshan County (香山縣), Guangdong, Lu Hao-tung had been a playmate and close friend of Sun Yat-sen since they studied together at the Lu-shi Ancestral Temple (陸氏祖祠). They damaged the statue of a god in the Polaris Temple (北極殿), and were scorned by the villagers. Lu left the village after this incident, and arrived at Shanghai later to study at the Shanghai Telegram School (學堂). During that time, he worked for the Wuhu Telegram Office (蕪湖電報局).

He returned to the village in 1890, and met other revolutionaries. And five years later, he was executed by the Qing Empire when plans of the revolution was leaked out.



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