Tokyo in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 151

  • 1635-08-03 Tokugawa Iemitsu, 3rd Tokugawa shogun, establishes alternate attendance (sankin kotai) feudal daimyōs spend 1 year at Edo Castle (Tokyo) and 1 year at their feudal manor, while their families remain in Tokyo as hostages (Traditional Japanese Date: June 21)
  • 1703-03-20 Akō incident: 46 of the 47 surviving Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death in Edo
  • 1703-12-30 Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die

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1853-07-08 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1867-04-25 Tokyo opens for foreign trade
  • 1905-05-17 Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
  • 1908-07-25 Ajinomoto Co. is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), patents a process for manufacturing it.

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1909-08-18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1912-08-05 Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo
  • 1913-12-06 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
  • 1921-11-04 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo
  • 1923-09-01 A magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan, killing 142,000 people
  • 1932-05-26 Admiral Makoto Saito forms parliament in Tokyo

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1934-11-02 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig starts 18-game tour against Japanese Big-Six University League

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935-11-03 Korean runner Sohn Kee-chung sets new men's marathon world record, 2:26:42 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1936-04-29 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5

  • 1936-05-21 Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals.
  • 1936-07-31 Tokyo, Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)
  • 1938-09-03 1940 Olympic site is changed from Tokyo, Japan to Helsinki, Finland because of the Second Sino-Japanese War; WWII causes eventual cancellation
  • 1941-10-18 Soviet spy Richard Sorge arrested in Tokyo
  • 1942-03-27 Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward

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1942-04-18 James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1944-11-24 US bombers based on Saipan begin 1st attack on Tokyo
  • 1945-02-25 US aircraft carriers attack Tokyo

JapanFirebombing of Tokyo

1945-03-09 334 US B-29 Superfortresses attack Tokyo with 120,000 fire bombs
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The aftermath of the single deadliest air raid of World War II, the firebombing of Tokyo
The aftermath of the single deadliest air raid of World War II, the firebombing of Tokyo
  • 1945-03-10 Tokyo in fire after night time B-29 bombings, more than 100,000 people die, mostly civilians.
  • 1945-04-14 American planes bomb Tokyo & damage the Imperial Palace
  • 1945-05-26 US drop fire bombs on Tokyo
  • 1945-06-25 Imperial General Headquarters in Tokyo announce fall of Okinawa

Meeting of InterestMacArthur Meets Hirohito

1945-09-27 US General and head of the Allied occupation of Japan, Douglas MacArthur, meets Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo for the first time
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General Douglas MacArthur meets Japanese Emperor Hirohito on September 27, 1945
General Douglas MacArthur meets Japanese Emperor Hirohito on September 27, 1945
  • 1946-04-29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • 1946-05-03 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • 1946-05-07 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees
  • 1946-06-03 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • 1947-09-15 Typhoon Kathleen hit Tone River, Saitama and Tokyo area, killing at least 1,930 and injuring 1,750..
  • 1947-09-16 Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, killing at least 1,930
  • 1949-10-06 Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose) sentenced to 10 years & $10,000 fine
  • 1953-06-18 USAF C124 Globemaster crashes near Tokyo killing 129 servicemen
  • 1955-08-07 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • 1956-05-05 World championships of judo are 1st held in Tokyo
  • 1958-09-08 Paul Anka opens Asian tour in Tokyo

  • 1962-05-03 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964-10-10 XVIII Summer Olympic Games open in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964-10-12 American Don Schollander swims an Olympic record 53.4s to beat Briton Robert McGregor by 0.1s and win the 100m freestyle gold medal in Tokyo; first of Schollander's 4 gold medals at the Games
  • 1964-10-13 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins her third consecutive Olympic 100m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Games; Olympic record 59.05s
  • 1964-10-13 US sweeps medals in the men's 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics; Jed Graef swims world record 2:10.3 to win gold ahead of team mates Gary Dilley and Bob Bennett
  • 1964-10-14 Mary Rand of Great Britain leaps a world record 6.76m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-14 US 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Steve Clark, Mike Austin, Gary Ilman & Don Schollander swim world record 3:33.2 to beat Germany by 4.0s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-14 American swimmer Dick Roth sets world record 4:45.4 to beat team mate Roy Saari and win the men's 400m individual medley gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-14 American swimmer Cathy Ferguson sets world record 1:07.7 to beat Kiki Caron of France by 0.2s and win the women's 100m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-14 Little known American distance runner Billy Mills scores major upset by winning the 10,000m at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia by 0.4s; only American to ever win the event
  • 1964-10-15 American sprinter Bob Hayes equals world record 10.0s to beat Cuba's Enrique Figuerola by 0.2s and win the men's 100m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-15 Soviet rower Vyacheslav Ivanov wins his third consecutive Olympic men's single sculls gold medal at the Tokyo Games; also the reigning World and European champion
  • 1964-10-15 American Don Schollander swims a world record 4:12.2 to win the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; second of Schollander's 4 gold medals at the Games
  • 1964-10-15 Australian swimmer Ian O'Brien sets world record 2:27.8 to beat Soviet Georgy Prokopenko by 0.4s and win men's 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-15 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Sharon Stouder, Donna de Varona, Lillian Watson & Kathy Ellis swims world record 4:03.8 to beat Australia by 3.1s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-15 American Al Oerter wins his third of 4 consecutive Olympic men's discus titles at the Tokyo Olympics; beats Czech Ludvík Daněk by 0.08m
  • 1964-10-16 In an incredibly close women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics American sprinter Wyomia Tyus runs 11.4s to beat team mate Edith McGuire by 0.2s; Ewa Kłobukowska of Poland takes bronze with the same time as McGuire
  • 1964-10-16 US men's 4 × 100m medley relay team of Thompson Mann, Bill Craig, Fred Schmidt & Steve Clark swim world record 3:58.4 to beat Germany by 3.2s and win gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-16 American swimmer Sharon Strouder sets world record 1:04.7 to beat Ada Kok of the Netherlands by 0.9s and win the women's 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-17 In the first ever Olympic women's pentathlon Irina Press of the Soviet Union sets a world record 5,246 points to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Games
  • 1964-10-17 Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert takes her 4th career Olympic gold medal as she wins the women's 400m at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record 52.0
  • 1964-10-17 US swimmers go 1-2-3 in the women's 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics; Donna de Varona wins gold in Olympic record 5:18.7 ahead of team mates Sharon Finneran and Martha Randall
  • 1964-10-18 Australian swimmer Kevin Berry sets world record 2:06.6 to beat American Carl Robie by 0.9s and win the men's 200m backstroke gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-19 In a blanket finish in the 80m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, Germany's Karin Balzer and Teresa Cieply of Poland both record 10.5s with Pam Kilborn of Australia 10.6; Balzer is awarded the gold medal
  • 1964-10-19 American sprinter Edith McGuire runs an Olympic record 23.0 to win the women's 200m gold medal in Tokyo; minor place medallists Irena Szewińska of Poland and Australian Marilyn Black both record 23.1
  • 1964-10-19 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins the women's discus with an Olympic record throw 57.27m in Tokyo; first of 2 gold medals at the Games (shot put)
  • 1964-10-20 Ann Packer of Great Britain runs a world record 2:01.1 to win the women's 800m gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-20 Tamara Press of the Soviet Union wins her second gold medal in 2 days by taking out the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics; Press' second consecutive Olympic shot put title
  • 1964-10-21 Polish 4×100m women's relay team runs a world record 43.6 to beat the US by 0.3s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; Teresa Ciepły, Irena Kirszenstein, Halina Górecka & Ewa Kłobukowska

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1964-10-21 Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia runs a world record 2:12:11.2 to beat Briton Basil Heatley by more than 4 minutes and win the men's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics; first athlete to win Olympic marathon twice

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Athlete
Abebe Bikila
  • 1964-10-21 US 4 x 100m men's relay team of Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins & Bob Hayes run world record 39.0s to beat Poland by 0.3s and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-21 New Zealand athlete Peter Snell wins the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics; his second gold medal of the Games (800m); 3rd career gold
  • 1964-10-21 American men's 4×400m relay team beats Great Britain by 0.9s to set world record 3:00.7 and win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; Ollan Cassell, Mike Larrabee, Ulis Williams & Henry Carr
  • 1964-10-23 Japan beats the Soviet Union 3-0 to claim the inaugural Olympic women's volleyball gold medal in Tokyo; undefeated in 6-team round robin competition
  • 1964-10-23 Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia finish 8-1 in inaugural Olympic men's volleyball competition in Tokyo; Soviets win 10 team round robin on count back of sets won-lost
  • 1964-10-23 Dutch 10th dan judoka Anton Geesink wins Open gold medal in the first ever Olympic judo competition in Tokyo; prevents clean sweep of the gold medals by Japan
  • 1964-10-23 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics; her 3rd gold medal of the Games with individual all-round and vault victories
  • 1964-10-23 Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the floor exercise gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; her 2nd gold of the Games (team) and career 9th (1956, 60, 64), a gymnastics record
  • 1964-10-23 Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo wins the parallel bars gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics; his 3rd gold medal of the Games (individual all-round and team); 4th career gold (1960, 64)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1964-10-23 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dominates German Hans Huber for an easy points win and the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Tokyo

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1964-10-23 Hungary beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1965-03-01 Australian swimming authorities suspend triple Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Dawn Fraser for 10 years for misconduct at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Film release premierFilm Premier

1965-12-29 "Thunderball", 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo

  • 1966-03-04 Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die
  • 1966-06-30 Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour
  • 1968-10-18 American swimmer Don Schollander anchors US 4 × 200m freestyle relay team to world record 7:52.1 and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo; Schollander's 4th gold of the Games
  • 1968-12-10 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • 1970-01-06 Australian boxer Johnny Famechon retains his WBC featherweight title with a 14th-round knockout of Fighting Harada in Tokyo; re-match of questionable 15-round decision in 1969 in his first title defence

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1970-12-15 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1973-01-02 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1973-09-01 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1974-12-09 Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1976-04-26 Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo
  • 1976-08-16 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • 1977-01-19 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • 1977-03-03 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • 1977-03-03 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • 1977-03-03 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • 1979-01-30 Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 150

  • 1835-05-31 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader, born in Hino, Tokyo, Japan (d. 1869)
  • 1861-02-13 Uchimura Kanzo, religious writer (How I Became a Christian), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1871-07-18 Sada Yacco [Kawakami Sadayakko], Japanese geisha and stage actress, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1946)
  • 1877-04-17 Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1949)
  • 1877-05-26 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1966)
  • 1879-08-24 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • 1879-08-31 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), born in Akasaka Palace, Tokyo City, Japan (d. 1926)
  • 1883-01-01 Ichirō Hatoyama, Japanese politician, Prime Minister (1954-56), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1959)

Person of interestHideki Tojo

1884-12-30 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), born in Tokyo (d. 1948)

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1886-07-24 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Snow Dusting), born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo (d. 1965)
  • 1892-09-09 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (The Dragon Painter), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1961)
  • 1894-12-19 Yoshida Isoya, architect (modern sukiya style), born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestHirohito

1901-04-29 Hirohito, 124th Emperor of Japan (1926-89), born in Aoyama Palace, Tokyo (d. 1989)

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 1902-06-25 Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, brother of Emperor Showa, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1953)
  • 1905-01-01 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1985)
  • 1907-01-23 Hediki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • 1907-05-05 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2001)
  • 1907-12-22 Yoshio Hasegawa, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)

Person of interestAkira Kurosawa

1910-03-23 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director and screenwriter who was posthumously named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category (Rashomon, Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, Ran), born in Tokyo Japan (d. 1998)

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1910-10-11 Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, born in Tokyo (d. 1996)
  • 1913-04-12 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1915-08-11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)

Person of interestOlivia de Havilland

1916-07-01 Olivia de Havilland, American actress (All the King's Men, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1916-07-04 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), born in Los Angeles (d. 2006)

Person of interestJoan Fontaine

1917-10-22 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Actress
Joan Fontaine
  • 1919-06-05 Akeo Watanabe, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1956-68), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1919-10-08 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), born in Tokyo (d. 2007)
  • 1921-01-18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 1921-03-30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1922-05-24 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1923-03-27 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1923-05-24 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, born in Tokyo (d. 2017)
  • 1923-08-01 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo (d. 2000)
  • 1924-03-07 Kobo Abe, playwright (Woman, the Dunes), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1925-01-14 Yukio Mishima, Japanese novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1970)
  • 1925-07-12 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1989)
  • 1928-06-26 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1929-09-10 Akio Yashiro, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1976)
  • 1930-04-11 Kazuo Fukushima, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1930-07-05 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1930-10-08 Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (Ki No Kyoko), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1931-03-27 Yoriaki Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1931-04-11 Koichi Sugiyama, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo
  • 1931-10-22 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1931-11-29 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • 1931-12-29 Prince Gu of Korea, Korean royalty, born in Tokyo Prefecture, Japan (d. 2005)
  • 1932-09-30 Shintaro Ishihara, Japanese author and politician (Governor of Tokyo)
  • 1933-01-10 Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)

Person of interestYoko Ono

1933-02-18 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs John Lennon], Japanese singer and artist, born in Tokyo, Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1933-04-10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)

Person of interestAkihito

1933-12-23 Akihito, Emperor of Japan (1989-2019), born in Tokyo, Japan

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • 1936-05-28 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1938-07-12 Eiko Ishioka, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2012)
  • 1938-12-16 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1941-01-05 Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese filmmaker (Spirited Away), born in Tokyo
  • 1941-06-02 Oda Mayumi, resident artist (Green Gulch Zen Center), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1943-04-05 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1945-11-13 Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver, born in Ome, Tokyo
  • 1947-01-18 Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947-07-09 Haruomi Hosono, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949-01-12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1949-10-21 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1973)
  • 1949-11-13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1950-02-04 Pamela Franklin, actress (Satan's School for Girls), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1951-04-02 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1951-08-28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese songwriter and record producer (Moonriders), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952-01-17 Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and film composer (Academy Award 1988 for score to The Last Emperor), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1952-05-02 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1953-12-17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1954-04-01 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1954-09-18 Takao Doi, Japanese astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1954-12-29 Prince Takamado of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1955-01-20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956-01-05 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956-01-05 Chen Kenichi [Ken'ichi Azuma], Japanese celebrity chef, "The Szechuan Sage" (Iron Chef Chinese), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957-04-04 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • 1957-04-23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957-12-17 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), born in Roppongi, Tokyo d. 1985)
  • 1958-03-07 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestNaruhito

1960-02-23 Naruhito, Emperor of Japan (2019-), born in Tokyo, Japan

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
  • 1961-01-08 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1961-07-26 Keiko Matsui, Japanese musician and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1961-09-13 KK Null [Kazuyuki Kishino], Japanese musician, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962-06-06 Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese filmmaker (Shoplifters), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-02-01 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-05-29 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-08-08 Kyoko Chan Cox, American daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-08-24 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director, born in Setagaya, Tokyo
  • 1963-12-12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1965-02-01 Brandon Lee, American actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1965-04-17 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner and Sayako Kuroda's husband, born in Tokyo
  • 1966-09-19 Yoshihiro Takayama, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Sumida, Tokyo
  • 1967-07-31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1967-11-06 Shuzo Matsuoka, Japanese tennis star (1995 USTA/Binghampton), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1967-12-12 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • 1968-07-05 Ken Akamatsu, Japanese Manga artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1969-01-27 Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-02-26 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-04-18 Sayako Kuroda, Japanese Imperial Shinto priestess and Supreme Priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine who gave up her imperial title for marriage, born in Chiyoda, Tokyo
  • 1969-08-13 Midori Ito, ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Weddings

  • 2005-11-15 Emperor Akihito's only daughter Princess Sayako (36) gives up her imperial title to wed Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005-12-03 "The Last Samurai" actor Ken Watanabe (46) weds actress Kaho Minami (41) in Tokyo

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-11-07 Richard Sorge, German spy for USSR in Tokyp (WWII), hanged in Tokyo at 49
  • 1966-07-12 D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96
  • 1970-12-06 Thomas S Power, American USAF-gen (Raid on Tokyo-March 1945), dies at 65
  • 1973-11-23 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
  • 1991-11-23 Ken Uehara, actor (Honolulu-Tokyo), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2006-09-26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • 2013-02-18 Elspet Gray, Lady Rix, Scottish actress (4 Weddings & a Funeral, Solo, Tokyo), dies at 83