Tokyo in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1979-03-26 MLB San Diego Padres & San Francisco Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it

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1980-01-16 Paul McCartney is arrested at Tokyo International Airport for possession of marijuana; he is sent to jail for nine days before being deported

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1980-01-25 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported
  • 1983-04-15 Tokyo Disneyland opens
  • 1985-03-08 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1985-03-09 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • 1985-03-10 Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev (Soviet Union)
  • 1985-03-10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)
  • 1987-07-17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo

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1987-10-04 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

Director and Screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
Director and Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci
Actor Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
  • 1987-11-01 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • 1988-11-05 Japan beats MLB all stars 2-1 in Tokyo (Game 1 of 7)
  • 1988-11-10 MLB All-Star team beats Japan 3-1 in Tokyo (Game 5 of 7)
  • 1988-11-12 Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7)
  • 1989-10-09 27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)

  • 1989-11-29 8th Largest wrestling crowd UFW U-Cosmos (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1990-02-10 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1990-02-11 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990-11-02 First regular season game played outside North America by any major professional sports league the NBA's Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz, 119-96 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan
  • 1991-03-21 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome
  • 1991-08-23 3rd Athletics World Championships open at Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991-09-01 Japanese runner Hiromi Taniguchi wins the marathon in 2:14:57 at the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1992-01-04 8th= largest wrestling crowd NJPW Starcade (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1993-01-04 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1993-08-27 The Rainbow Bridge connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba is completed.
  • 1994-01-04 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)
  • 1994-03-26 Yuka Sato of Japan wins world figure skating championship in Tokyo
  • 1994-08-03 102.4°F (39.1°C) in Tokyo Japan: record
  • 1995-03-20 Members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo release sarin gas on three lines of the Tokyo subway, killing 13 people and injuring over 1,000
  • 1995-03-28 World's largest bank-Japan's Mitsubishi Bank & Bank of Tokyo merge
  • 1995-05-16 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
  • 1995-09-14 Body Worlds opens in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997-10-03 NHL games played outside North America for the first time; Vancouver Canucks beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2 in Tokyo, Japan

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1997-11-01 "Titanic" directed by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Academy Awards Best Picture 1998)

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
  • 1999-07-23 ANA Flight 61 is hijacked in Tokyo, Japan.

  • 1999-09-30 Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
  • 2004-03-31 With a 12-1 defeat of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo, NY Yankees starter Kevin Brown becomes only the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to have beaten all 30 teams
  • 2004-09-30 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo
  • 2006-12-04 An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo
  • 2007-04-16 "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

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2012-06-13 "The Amazing Spider-Man" directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival

  • 2012-06-29 15,000 Japanese anti-nuclear protesters blockade the Japanese Prime Minister's office in Tokyo
  • 2012-08-31 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015-11-05 Japan's 1st officially recognized same-sex couple union - Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara in Tokyo
  • 2016-07-31 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor
  • 2018-08-02 Tokyo Medical University revealed to have been tampering with female entrance exams to ensure under 30% accepted, by Japanese newspaper "Yomiuri Shimbun"
  • 2018-10-29 Japanese Princess Ayako of Japan marries commoner Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, giving up her royal status
  • 2019-01-06 Record $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) price for giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market bought by sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura
  • 2019-02-27 Smallest baby boy ever born to be later successfully released, goes home, after original birth weight of 268g (9.45oz) from Tokyo hospital

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2019-03-21 Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finishes his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki
  • 2019-04-08 1 in 4 Japanese adults a virgin aged 18-39 according to new research by Tokyo University

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2019-04-30 Japanese Emperor Akihito declares his abdication at a ceremony in Tokyo which officially takes effect the following day

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
  • 2019-09-08 Typhoon Faxai makes landfall near Tokyo, Japan, with winds of up to 210km/h (130mph)
  • 2019-10-12 Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall on the Izu Peninsula near Tokyo, Japan, bringing record rainfall and killing at least 56 people
  • 2019-12-09 World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data

Famous Birthdays

  • 1963-12-12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1964-12-07 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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
  • 1966-06-13 Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1966-09-19 Yoshihiro Takayama, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Sumida, Tokyo
  • 1966-10-26 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese video game composer, born in 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
  • 1967-12-08 Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), 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
  • 1968-07-05 Kenji Ito, Japanese video game composer, 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
  • 1969-06-29 Tōru Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Mayor of Osaka), born in Tokyo
  • 1969-08-13 Midori Ito, Japanese ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-04-14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-08-03 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer, born in Musashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-09-14 Satoshi Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971-01-05 Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971-01-17 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971-04-02 ZEEBRA [Hideyuki Yokoi], Japanese hip hop artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971-04-25 Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2011)
  • 1971-06-04 Shoji Meguro, Japanese guitarist and video game music composer (Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-01-22 Romi Paku, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-02-05 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-03-29 Junichi Suwabe, Japanese voice actor, born in Tokyo
  • 1972-07-27 Takako Fuji, Japanese actress (The Grudge / Ju-on), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-09-08 Tomokazu Seki, Japanese voice actor, born in Kōtō, Tokyo
  • 1972-10-11 Kyoko Ina, Japanese-American figure skater (1993 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-11-13 Takuya Kimura, Japanese singer and actor (SMAP), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973-07-04 Keiko Ihara, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973-09-18 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974-10-26 Lisa [Elizabeth Sakura Narita], Japanese musician (M-Flo), born in Tokyo
  • 1974-12-04 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball second baseman and manager (first Japanese position player to win World Series 2005, Chicago White Sox; Chiba Lotte Marines), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974-12-31 Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-07-05 Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles winner), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975-09-13 Akihiro Asai, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-01-12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976-04-18 Fayray, Japanese singer (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo
  • 1976-09-20 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1978-11-25 Ringo Shiina [Yumiko Shiina], Japanese singer, songwriter and musician (Tokyo Jihen), born in Urawa, Saitama
  • 1978-12-13 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • 1980-01-14 Sosuke Sumitani, Japanese announcer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-04-25 Kazuhito Tadano, Japanese basaball player, born in Tokyo
  • 1980-05-06 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-10-31 Samaire Armstrong, American actress (It's A Boy Girl Thing), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-11-26 Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer and actor, born in Mitaka, Tokyo
  • 1980-12-05 Shizuka Itō, Japanese voice actress (seiyū), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980-12-25 Reika Hashimoto, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982-01-25 Sho Sakurai, Japanese J-pop and hip-hop singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982-03-13 Jeremy Curl, British explorer, first non-African to cross the Tanezrouft area of the Sahara without motorized transport, born in Tokyo
  • 1982-04-03 Kasumi Nakane, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982-09-14 Hiroki Narimiya, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • 1982-09-22 Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 100/200m breaststroke 2004, 08), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982-10-10 Hideki Mutoh, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1982-10-27 Takashi Tsukamoto, Japanese actor (Battle Royale), born in Tokyo
  • 1982-11-02 Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress, model and singer, born in Kita, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982-11-06 Sowelu, Japanese pop singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982-12-26 Oguri Shun, Japanese actor & model, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1983-06-17 Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor (Arashi, Letters from Iwo Jima), born in Tokyo
  • 1983-09-04 Yuichi Nakamaru, Japanese idol and singer-songwriter (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1983-11-11 Sola Aoi, Japanese porn actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984-04-13 Hiro Mizushima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • 1984-07-04 Akanishi Jin, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984-07-16 Hayanari Shimoda, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1984-10-09 Marie Kondo, Japanese organizational guru (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984-10-24 Kaela Kimura, Japanese model and singer (Rirura Riruha), born in Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1985-01-11 Rie fu [Rie Funakoshi], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985-02-14 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985-05-05 Shoko Nakagawa, Japanese actress and media personality, born in Tokyo
  • 1985-09-14 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo
  • 1985-10-08 Eiji Wentz, Japanese American entertainer (WaT), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1985-12-26 Yuu Shirota, Japanese-Spanish actor & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986-02-10 Yui Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986-02-23 Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese pop star (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986-04-14 Anne Watanabe, Japanese model, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1986-07-04 Takahisa Masuda, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1988-11-26 Yumi Kobayashi, Japanese fashion model, born in Tokyo
  • 1988-12-23 Eri Kamei, Japanese J-pop singer (Morning Musume), born in Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993-01-29 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu [Kiriko Takemura], Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994-12-29 Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2006-09-06 Prince Hisahito of Akishino, Japan Imperial Family member, born in Aiiku Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

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