Osaka in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1615-06-04 Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.

  • 1939-03-01 Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.
  • 1965-12-04 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
  • 1970-03-15 Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
  • 1972-05-13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)
  • 1975-03-10 Sanyo Shinkansen open between Osaka and Fukuoka.
  • 1988-04-09 "Les Miserables" opens at Umeda-Koma Theatre, Osaka
  • 1994-04-10 "Les Miserables" opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka
  • 2007-08-24 11th World Championships in Athletics open at Osaka, Japan
  • 2007-09-02 11th World Championships in Athletics close at Osaka, Japan

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-03-25 Machiko Kyo, actor (Gate of Hell, Rashomon, Ugetsu), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1928-01-19 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962-09-04 Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine), born in Osaka, Japan

Physician Shinya Yamanaka
Physician
Shinya Yamanaka
  • 1968-08-31 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1971-10-25 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • 1975-11-22 Aiko [Yanai], Japanese singer, born in Osaka

Famous Deaths

  • 1993-11-14 Sanzo Nosaka, co-founder of Japanese Communist Party (1922), dies