Japanese History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 998

  • 1925-01-20 The Soviet and Japan sign a convention resuming relations: Russia agrees to limit revolutionary activity of the Third Communist International, while Japan agrees to leave the Sakhalin
  • 1925-02-25 Diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union established
  • 1925-03-02 Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
  • 1926-08-20 Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai(NHK) is established.

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1926-12-25 Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan assumes the throne upon his father, Emperor Yoshihito's, death

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
  • 1927-03-07 Earthquake measuring 8 on Richter scale strikes Tango, Japan
  • 1927-04-17 Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls, Baron Tanaka becomes premier
  • 1927-05-27 Japanese military intervention in Chinese civil war
  • 1927-12-30 Japan dedicates 1st subway in Orient (route under 2 miles long)
  • 1928-04-19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • 1928-05-03 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • 1928-06-04 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents
  • 1928-11-10 Emperor Hirohito of Japan's possession of the Imperial Regalia is publicly confirmed
  • 1930-04-22 US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
  • 1930-11-18 Sōka Kyōiku Gakkai, a Buddhist association later renamed Soka Gakkai, is founded by Japanese educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda.
  • 1930-11-25 Ito, Japan records 690 earthquake shocks in 1 day
  • 1931-02-17 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • 1931-09-18 To create a pretext for the invasion of Manchuria, China, a railway explosion is faked by the Japanese
  • 1931-09-19 Japanese troops conquer Mukden, South Manchuria
  • 1931-09-28 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking
  • 1931-10-05 1st nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)
  • 1931-10-27 Chuhei Numbu of Japan, sets then long jump record at 26' 2½"
  • 1931-12-09 Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
  • 1931-12-11 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • 1931-12-12 Japanese government of Imukai forms
  • 1932-01-28 Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
  • 1932-02-04 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • 1932-02-18 Japan declares Manchuria independent
  • 1932-02-18 Japan proclaims and names Manchukuo state in north east China
  • 1932-02-20 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
  • 1932-05-05 Japan & China sign a peace treaty
  • 1932-05-15 The 15th May Incident: in an attempted coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed
  • 1932-12-27 Emperor Hirohito of Japan narrowly evades an assassination attempt by a Korean independence activist, Lee Bong-chang
  • 1933-02-24 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
  • 1933-03-02 Sanriku earthquake of 8.4 and tsunami hit Japan, country's most powerful earthquake in 180 years
  • 1933-03-27 Japan leaves League of Nations
  • 1933-11-29 Japan begins persecution of communists
  • 1934-01-20 Japan sends Henry Pu Yi as regent to emperor of Manchuria
  • 1934-03-21 Fire destroys Hakodate Japan, killing about 1,500
  • 1934-03-22 Fire destroys Hakodate, Japan, kills 1,500, injures 1,000
  • 1934-09-21 Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934-10-20 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 18-game series against Big-Six University League

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx

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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
  • 1934-11-20 17 year old pitcher Eiji Sawamura gives up just 1 hit, a Lou Gehrig HR, as US All Stars beat Japan, 1-0
  • 1934-12-19 Japan agrees to naval treaty of 1922 & 1930
  • 1934-12-26 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
  • 1934-12-29 Japan renounces Wash Naval Treaty of 1922 and London Treaty of 1930
  • 1935-06-09 Ho-Umezu Agreement: the Republic of China, under KMT administration, recognizes Japanese occupations in Northeast China.
  • 1935-11-03 Korean runner Sohn Kee-chung sets new men's marathon world record, 2:26:42 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1935-12-08 The Japanese military police launches a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, beginning with a crackdown on the sect's operational bases of Ayabe and Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture and the arrest of its leader Onisaburo Deguchi.
  • 1936-02-26 Military coup in 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.
  • 1936-06-28 Japanese puppet state of Mengjiang is formed in northern China
  • 1936-07-31 IOC awards Tokyo, Japan 1940 Summer Olympic Games (later cancelled, Second Sino-Japanese War)
  • 1936-08-06 Japanese athletes quinella the triple jump at the Berlin Olympics; Naoto Tajima wins gold and Masao Harada silver
  • 1936-08-09 Korean nationals representing Japan earn medals in the marathon at the Berlin Olympics; Sohn Kee-chung won gold and Nam Sung-yong bronze
  • 1936-08-09 Hungarian swimmer Ferenc Csik wins 100m freestyle gold medal in 57.6 at the Berlin Olympics, beating Japanese pair Masanori Yusa & Shigeo Arai
  • 1936-11-15 Nazi-Germany & Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact
  • 1936-11-25 Germany & Japan sign anti-Komintern pact

BattleDeclaration of War

1936-12-12 Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek declares war on Japan

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1937-02-06 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
  • 1937-06-01 Prince Konoye becomes Japanese premier
  • 1937-07-07 Japanese and Chinese troops clash at the Marco Polo Bridge, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • 1937-07-15 Japanese attack Marco Polo Bridge, invade China
  • 1937-07-29 Japanese troops occupies Peking and Tientsin
  • 1937-07-29 Tongzhou Incident: East Hopei Army mutinies against Japanese troops and civilians
  • 1937-08-13 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces begin the Battle of Shanghai, a conflict that will last 3 months and involve 1 million troops
  • 1937-08-14 China declares war on Japan
  • 1937-08-25 Japanese fleet blockades Chinese coast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937-09-14 President Franklin D. Roosevelt bans US ships from trading arms with China or Japan

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1937-12-01 Japan recognizes Franco government

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1937-12-12 Japanese aircraft shell & sink US gunboat Panay on Yangtze River in China. (Japan apologized & eventually paid US $2.2M in reparations)
  • 1937-12-13 Japanese troops conquer and plunder Nanjing (Nanjing Massacre)

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1938-02-20 Adolf Hitler announces his support for Japan during the Sino-Japanese War

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1938-06-17 Japan declares war on China
  • 1938-07-20 IOC awards Helsinki, Finland 1940 Summer Olympic Games after Tokyo, Japan withdraws (Second Sino-Japanese War)
  • 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
  • 1938-09-27 League of Nations declares Japan the aggressor against China
  • 1938-10-21 Japanese troops occupies Canton
  • 1938-10-25 Japanese troops occupies Hankou & Wuhan
  • 1939-03-01 Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94
  • 1939-03-17 Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out (Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945)
  • 1939-08-20 Russian offensive under General Zjoekov against Japanese invasion in Mongolia

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1939-08-30 Isoroku Yamamoto appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 1939-08-31 Japanese invasion army driven out of Mongolia
  • 1939-12-12 Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
  • 1940-04-22 Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
  • 1940-09-26 Japanese troops attack French Indo-China
  • 1940-09-27 Nazi Germany, Italy & Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
  • 1940-10-07 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1940-10-24 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball

Sinking ShipAttack on Pearl Harbor

1941-01-27 Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber warns American Ambassador of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor

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USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
USS Arizona ablaze and sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor
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  • 1941-01-28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1941-04-13 Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.
  • 1941-06-05 World War II: At least 4,000 people who hid in a tunnel die after a Japanese air attack on the Chinese city of Chongqing
  • 1941-07-24 FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China
  • 1941-07-25 FDR bans selling benzine/gasoline to Japan
  • 1941-07-26 US embargo on oil-export to Japan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,228

  • 1897-03-04 Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, baseball player/organized Japanese baseball
  • 1897-11-28 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), born in Iwakuni (d. 1996)
  • 1898-10-17 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), born in Nagoya, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1898-12-28 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)
  • 1899-01-20 Kenjiro Takayanagi, Japanese engineer, born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (d. 1990)
  • 1899-04-23 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and fouder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, born in Tatsuoka, Nagano (d. 1982)
  • 1899-06-11 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), born in Osaka (d. 1972)
  • 1899-12-03 Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-64), born in Takehara, Hiroshima, Japan (d. 1965)
  • 1900-01-01 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (d. 1986)
  • 1900-01-13 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, born in Yokkaichi, Oita Prefecture (d. 1981)
  • 1900-01-25 Yojiro Ishizaka, Japanese writer, born in Hirosaki, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1900-02-11 Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1900-12-08 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War), born in Jinnu, Lujiang, Chaohu, Anhui, Qing dynasty (d. 1990)
  • 1901-03-17 Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (Nobel 1974)
  • 1901-03-27 Satō Eisaku, Japanese Prime Minister (1964-72), (Nobel 1974), born in Tabuse, Japan (d. 1975)

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
  • 1901-06-20 Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), born in Hiroshima (d. 1995)
  • 1901-11-04 Yi Bangja, Crown Prince Euimin of Korea (1926-70), born in Tokyo, Japan d. 1989)
  • 1902-06-25 Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, brother of Emperor Showa, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1953)
  • 1903-03-06 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1903-08-07 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1977)
  • 1903-12-15 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1938)
  • 1904-05-27 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1904-11-17 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)
  • 1905-01-14 Takeo Fukuda, 67th Prime Minister of Japan, born in Gunma, Japan (d. 1995)
  • 1905-01-15 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese film actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1985)
  • 1905-03-30 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1906-06-05 Margaret Rawlings, British actress (Roman Holiday), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1906-11-17 Soichiro Honda, Japan, founder/CEO (Honda Motor Co)
  • 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)
  • 1908-01-01 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), born in Okayama, Japan (d. 1931)
  • 1908-04-11 Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (Sony Corp), born in Nikkō City, Japan (d. 1997)
  • 1908-09-19 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist and founder of Isshinryu Karate, born in Gushikawa, Okinawa, Japan (d. 1975)
  • 1909-06-19 Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)
  • 1909-10-20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese Nihonga style painter, and designer, born in Asakusa, (d. 1993)
  • 1909-12-21 Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1910-01-16 David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)

Person of interestMomofuku Ando

1910-03-05 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, born in Wu Baifu, Chiayi County, Taiwan (d. 2007)

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • 1910-03-12 Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1980)

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
  • 1910-04-26 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)
  • 1911-01-11 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1911-02-26 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • 1911-05-07 Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), born in Yamagata, Japan (d. 1993)
  • 1911-09-01 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, born in Hiroshima (d. 2006)
  • 1911-11-04 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1911-11-17 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japanese media CEO (Fujisankei Communications Group), born in Hokkaido, Japan (d. 1990) [1]
  • 1911-12-09 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese army officer and educator, born in Toyama, Japan (d. 2007)

Person of interestKim Il-sung

1912-04-15 Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), born in Mangyongdae, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)

North Korean Founder and Dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean Founder and Dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • 1912-05-25 Princess Deokhye of Korea, last princess of the Korean Empire, born in Changdeok Palace, Keijo, Japanese Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1912-08-01 Masaya Hanai, Japanese businessman (d. 1995)
  • 1913-04-12 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1913-12-18 Saburo Takata, Japanese composer, born in Nagoya (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-26 Toru Kumon, Japanese mathematics educator (Kumon Institute of Education,), born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1995)
  • 1914-05-19 Go Seigen [Wu Qingyuan], Chinese-born Japanese Go master considered the greatest Go player in the 20th century, born in Minhou County, Fujian, Republic of China (d. 2014)
  • 1914-05-20 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • 1914-05-31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1914-09-17 Shin Kanemaru, Japanese politician (Deputy Prime Minister 1986-87), born in Suwa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Empire of Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1914-11-29 Taisen Deshimaru, Saga City Japan, found several Zen centers in France
  • 1915-03-31 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)
  • 1915-06-24 Charles James Dunn, Japanese scholar
  • 1915-08-11 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1915-10-11 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, born in Santiago, Philippines (d. 2016) [1]
  • 1915-11-20 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), born in Ise, Mie, Japan (d. 2008)
  • 1916-02-14 Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)
  • 1916-04-17 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1996)

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 (d. 2020)

  • 1916-07-04 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), born in Los Angeles (d. 2006)
  • 1916-08-25 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, born in Saga District, Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1916-11-26 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1917-01-26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1917-02-01 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), born in Ujiyamada, Mie Prefecture, Japan (d. 1944)
  • 1917-02-12 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (d. 2006)
  • 1917-10-09 Kusuo Kitamura, Japanese 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1996)

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
Joan Fontaine
  • 1917-10-28 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), born in Oakland, California (d. 1979)
  • 1917-12-24 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution" (d. 1949)
  • 1918-05-04 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, born in Kariwa, Japan (d. 1993)
  • 1918-05-27 Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)
  • 1918-10-04 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1918-11-09 Choi Hong Hi, South Korean army general and Founder of Taekwon-Do, born in Hwadae, Myongchon County, North Hamgyong Province, Japanese Korea (d. 2002)
  • 1919-06-05 Akeo Watanabe, Japanese conductor (Japan Philharmonic, 1956-68 & 1978-83), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1990)
  • 1919-08-29 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • 1919-09-29 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (7 Olympic medals), born in Hamada, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1919-10-08 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), born in Tokyo (d. 2007)
  • 1920-02-25 Sun Myung Moon, South Korean evangelist (Unification Church), born in Chongju, Japanese Korea (d. 2012)
  • 1920-03-23 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

1920-04-01 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 1920-06-13 Eiji Okada, Japanese actor (Hiroshima mon amour, The Ugly American), born in Chiba, Japan (d. 1995)
  • 1920-06-17 Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), born in Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama (d. 2015)
  • 1920-10-23 Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist (d. 1998)
  • 1920-12-12 Fred Kida, Japanese-American comics artist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1921-01-18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 1921-01-26 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • 1921-03-30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1921-11-13 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1922-03-08 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), born in Sakaiminato, Tittori (d. 2015)
  • 1922-05-15 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 520

  • 1862-08-10 Hon'inbō Shūsaku, Japanese professional Go player, dies at 33
  • 1864-08-12 Sakuma Shōzan, Japanese reformer (b. 1811)
  • 1865-03-20 Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1865-06-03 Okada Izō, Japanese samurai (b. 1838)
  • 1867-01-30 Emperor Kōmei of Japan (b. 1831)
  • 1868-07-19 Soji Okita, Japanese samurai, 1st Captain of the Shinsengumi (b. 1842 or 1844)
  • 1869-06-20 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader, dies at 34
  • 1878-02-25 Townsend Harris, American diplomat (1st Western consul to reside in Japan), dies at 73
  • 1878-05-14 Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)
  • 1881-06-03 Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian
  • 1888-07-19 Yamaoka Tesshū, Japanese swordsman and master of kendo, dies at 52
  • 1892-06-09 Taiso Yoshitoshi, Japanese woodblock artist and painter, dies at 53
  • 1900-08-25 Kuroda Kiyotaka, Japanese diplomat and politician (2nd Prime Minister of Japan, 1888-1889; President of the Privy Council, 1894-90), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 59
  • 1902-09-19 Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku & tanka poet and diarist (Salt Water Ballads), dies at 34
  • 1903-06-29 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, dies at 23
  • 1904-09-26 Lafcadio Hearn, American author (Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan), dies at 54
  • 1909-10-26 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68
  • 1911-01-02 Kanno Sugako, Japanese anarcho-feminist, hanged for her role in the plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji at 29
  • 1912-02-16 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • 1912-04-13 Ishikawa Takuboku, Japanese author, dies at 26
  • 1912-07-30 Emperor Meiji [Mutsuhito], 122nd emperor of Japan (1867-1912), dies at 60
  • 1912-09-13 Maresuke Nogi, Japanese general (b. 1849)
  • 1913-01-22 Tokugawa Yoshinobu, 15th and last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, dies at 75
  • 1913-10-10 Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1848)
  • 1916-12-09 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1918-02-04 Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, dies at 49
  • 1921-11-04 Takasji Hara, premier of Japan, murdered
  • 1922-07-22 Jokichi Takamine, Japanese-American biochemist who isolated adrenalin (epinephrine), which causes the body to respond to emergencies, the first pure hormone isolated from natural sources, dies at 67
  • 1926-09-11 Matsunosuke Onoe [Tsuruzo Nakamura], Japanese actor (Araki Mataemon, Yajîkita: zenpen), Japanese actor, dies at 50
  • 1926-12-25 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • 1927-07-24 Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer (b. 1892)
  • 1929-09-29 Giitji Tanaka, Japanese baron, general and Premier (1927-29), dies at 66
  • 1931-06-13 Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)
  • 1931-08-02 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), dies from pneumonia at 24
  • 1931-11-11 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (b. 1840)
  • 1932-02-09 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • 1932-03-05 Takuma Dan, Japanese baron/financier/industrial, murdered
  • 1932-05-15 Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1932-05-16 Ki Imukai, premier of Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1934-05-30 Tōgō Heihachirō, Imperial Japanese Navy admiral and one of Japan's greatest naval heroes, dies at 86
  • 1937-04-17 Yi Sang, Korean author and poet (Dying Words, Wings, Child’s Bone), dies of tuberculosis in a Japanese prison camp at 26
  • 1938-11-20 Enzo Matsunaga, Japanese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1938-12-04 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), dies following a delayed appendectomy at 34
  • 1939-09-07 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • 1939-11-12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • 1941-12-07 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • 1941-12-07 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • 1941-12-07 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • 1941-12-07 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • 1941-12-07 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • 1942-05-29 Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet (Tangled Hair), dies at 63
  • 1942-08-21 Kiyoano Ichiki, Japanese colonel (WWII), dies

Person of interestIsoroku Yamamoto

1943-04-18 Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese WWII Marshall Admiral & Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese fleet who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, killed in action at 59 by a US ambush after the "Magic" code-breaking team intercepted and decoded his flight plan

WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto
WWII Admiral who Led the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Isoroku Yamamoto
  • 1944-03-31 Mineichi Koga, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • 1944-11-20 Sekio Nishina, Japanese inventor (kaiten-suicide submarine), dies at 21
  • 1944-12-02 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), dies in battle when his ship torpedoed, at 27
  • 1945-05-05 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1945-06-07 Nishida Kitaro, Japanese philosopher (Kyoto School), dies at 74
  • 1945-06-22 Isamu Tsjo, Japanese chief-staff 32nd Army, commits harakiri
  • 1945-06-22 Mitsuri Ushijima, Japanese lt-gen/commandant 32nd Army, commits harakiri
  • 1945-06-23 Lt Gen Ushijima, Japanese commander, commits suicide at Okinawa
  • 1945-08-15 Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 1945-08-16 Takijiro Ohnishi, led Japanese kamikaze pilots (harakiri), dies
  • 1945-12-16 Fumimaro Konu, Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri
  • 1946-02-23 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," executed for war crimes by hanging at 60
  • 1946-06-12 Count Hisaichi Terauchi, Japanese fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1946-06-26 Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)
  • 1946-12-07 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)
  • 1947-06-18 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral, hanged for war crimes at 48
  • 1948-08-10 Kan'ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian, writer, and peace activist, dies at 74
  • 1948-12-21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

BattleHideki Tojo

1948-12-23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1949-01-25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • 1949-11-14 Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat, dies at 72
  • 1951-01-10 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (known as the founding father of modern physics research in Japan), dies at 60
  • 1951-03-10 Kijūrō Shidehara, Prime minister of Japan (b. 1872)
  • 1952-08-22 Hiranuma Kiichirō, 24th Prime Minister of Japan, dies at 84
  • 1953-05-14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japanese-American painter, etcher and lithographer, dies at 59
  • 1953-05-28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • 1954-09-21 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • 1956-08-24 Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1957-01-25 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • 1957-01-25 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • 1957-04-26 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88
  • 1957-09-22 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, dies at 72
  • 1958-04-02 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • 1959-03-07 Ichirō Hatoyama, Japanese politician, Prime Minister (1954-56), dies at 76
  • 1959-06-20 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • 1959-12-21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • 1960-04-23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian social reformer & writer, dies at 71
  • 1960-10-12 Inejiro Asanuma, Leader of the Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • 1960-12-26 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • 1961-10-18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter) dies at 69
  • 1962-09-06 Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (b. 1892)
  • 1962-09-07 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • 1963-12-12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • 1964-10-28 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • 1965-07-28 Edogawa Ranpo, Japanese author (boy detectives club books), dies at 70
  • 1965-07-30 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Key), dies at 79
  • 1965-08-01 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77