Fukuoka in History

Historical Events

  • 1965-06-01 Coal mine explosion in Fukuoka Japan kills 236
  • 1967-12-03 Australian Derek Clayton runs world marathon record 2:09:36.4 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan
  • 1975-03-10 Sanyo Shinkansen open between Osaka and Fukuoka.
  • 2005-03-20 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
  • 2013-10-11 10 people are killed and a hospital fire in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
  • 2014-10-30 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win the 2014 Japan Series

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-12-21 Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1931-02-16 Ken Takakura [Goichi Oda], Japanese actor and singer (Black Rain, Story of Antarctic), born in Nakama, Fukuoka (d. 2014)
  • 1939-01-23 Sonny Chiba, Japanese actor & martial artist, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1944-10-25 Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, born in Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1948-02-29 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1950-01-03 Victoria Principal, American actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1967-09-16 Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga artist (creator of Gantz), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1967-12-12 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971-02-14 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1977-09-06 Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1979-06-26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan