Osaka in History

Historical Events


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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

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2018-09-08 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1910-06-06 Toshitsugu Ogiwara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 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
  • 1941-09-13 Tadao Ando, Japanese self-taught architect, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1951-06-11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1961-03-27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1961-12-21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, 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
  • 1969-04-11 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer, born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
  • 1970-09-13 Yuki Matsuoka, Japanese voice actress, born in Hirano-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • 1971-10-25 Midori [Gotō], Japanese-born American violinist, born in Osaka
  • 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
  • 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

Famous Deaths

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