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 department 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 Athletics World Championships open at Osaka, Japan
  • 2007-09-01 Tyson Gay helps US win the men's 4 x 100m relay at the world track & field championships in Osaka, Japan to join Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win 3 gold medals at one world meet

Famous Birthdays

  • 1878-12-07 Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet (Tangled Hair), born in Sakai, Ōsaka, Japan (d. 1942)
  • 1887-12-29 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • 1899-06-11 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), born in Osaka (d. 1972)
  • 1906-06-05 Margaret Rawlings, British actress (Roman Holiday), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1910-04-26 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), born in Ōsaka, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1910-06-06 Toshitsugu Ogiwara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1911-11-04 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1924-03-25 Machiko Kyō, Japanese actress (Gate of Hell, Rashomon, Ugetsu), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1928-01-19 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1931-02-10 Makoto Shinohara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1938-09-08 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer and solo yachtsman, born in Osaka
  • 1938-10-10 Daidō Moriyama, Japanese photographer, born in Ikeda, Osaka
  • 1941-09-13 Tadao Ando, Japanese self-taught architect, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1944-03-31 Tomohiro Nishikado, Japanese video gamer developer (Space Invaders), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1947-11-07 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1951-06-11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1958-09-08 Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor (Ougai Mori-Bungo Stray Dogs), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1960-08-24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker (Dead or Alive), born in Yao, Osaka, Japan
  • 1961-02-22 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1961-03-27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1961-11-02 Kōki Idoki, Japanese golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2013), born in Ibaraki, Osaka
  • 1961-12-21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Person of interestShinya Yamanaka

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

Physician Shinya Yamanaka
Physician
Shinya Yamanaka
  • 1963-04-03 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968-08-31 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968-10-29 Tsunku [Mitsuo Terada], Japanese music producer and former singer (SHARAM Q), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968-11-12 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress/singer, born in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1969-04-11 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer, born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
  • 1969-06-29 Tōru Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Mayor of Osaka), born in Tokyo
  • 1970-09-13 Yuki Matsuoka, Japanese voice actress, born in Hirano-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • 1970-12-29 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1971-10-25 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • 1972-01-17 Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Higashi-osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975-01-30 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi), born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975-02-10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-04-03 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher, born in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
  • 1975-11-22 Aiko [Yanai], Japanese singer, born in Osaka
  • 1975-12-11 Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress, born in Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1978-07-28 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1979-12-07 Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and writer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1981-09-14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • 1982-09-09 Ai Otsuka, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1986-01-05 Teppei Koike, Japanese actor & singer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1990-01-03 Yoichiro Kakitani, Japanese soccer midfielder (18 caps; Cerezo Osaka), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1991-01-08 Asuka Hinoi, Japanese singer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1996-12-29 Minatozaki Sana, Japanese singer (Twice), born in Osaka, Japan

Famous Deaths

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