Japanese History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 832

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-03-06 Sukarno asks for cooperation with Japanese occupiers

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 1943-04-05 Japanese troops conquer Indin
  • 1943-05-14 Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine
  • 1943-05-19 Churchill pledges Britain's full support to US against Japan
  • 1943-05-25 Trident conference in Washington, D.C. (operation plan '43 against Japan)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-07-07 -10] Japanese premier Hideki Tojo visits Java

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1943-08-01 Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw
  • 1943-08-21 Japan leaves Aleutian Islands
  • 1943-08-31 Japanese occupiers intern Jewish Congregation of Sorabajo
  • 1943-10-02 Japanese troops leave Kolombangara, Solomon Island
  • 1943-10-03 Operations begin at PETA Java, defending (Japanese) fatherland
  • 1943-10-05 US air raid on Wake, Japanese execute 98 US prisoners in retaliation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-10-14 Japan declares the Philippines independent under President José P. Laurel

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • 1943-10-17 Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-11-22 FDR, Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1943-11-23 US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese

  • 1944-02-02 Allied troops 1st set foot on Japanese territory
  • 1944-02-14 Anti-Japanese revolt on Java
  • 1944-03-07 Japans begins offensive in Burma
  • 1944-04-01 Japanese troops conquer Jessami, Eastern India
  • 1944-04-26 1st B-29 attacked by Japanese fighters, one fighter shot down
  • 1944-05-27 Japanese advance in Hangkhou China
  • 1944-06-11 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas
  • 1944-06-14 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan
  • 1944-06-16 US bombs Kyushu Japan
  • 1944-06-19 Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-20 US attacks Japanese fleet in Philippines Sea
  • 1944-07-07 Heavy Japanese counter offensive on Saipan
  • 1944-07-08 Japanese kamikaze attacks on US lines at Saipan
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan falls
  • 1944-07-19 Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho and Shokaku sink in Marianas
  • 1944-07-20 Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sunk by US air attack
  • 1944-07-20 US invades Japanese-occupied Guam
  • 1944-07-21 General Koiso becomes Premier of Japan
  • 1944-07-21 US forces land on Guam during its recapture from the Japanese (Operation Forager)
  • 1944-07-23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • 1944-07-25 Japanese banzai-attack on Guam
  • 1944-07-26 Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam
  • 1944-08-10 Battle for Guam ends, US troops recapture Guam from the Japanese

  • 1944-08-19 Last Japanese troops driven out of India
  • 1944-10-24 US air raid on Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks
  • 1944-10-25 Battle at Cape Engano: 4 Japanese ships sink
  • 1944-10-25 Battle in Straits of Surigao: Japanese fleet destroyed
  • 1944-11-20 1st Japanese suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)
  • 1944-12-13 Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138
  • 1944-12-17 US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released
  • 1944-12-22 Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan
  • 1944-12-31 Japanese army evacuates harbor city Akyab

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-01-03 Admiral Chester Nimitz begins planning assaults on Okinawa and Iwo Jima in Japan

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1945-01-04 US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack
  • 1945-01-07 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1945-01-25 Japanese occupiers of Batavia arrest Indo-European youths
  • 1945-01-30 American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied POWs from Japanese at Cabanatuan
  • 1945-02-19 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945-02-19 US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
  • 1945-02-24 Manila freed from Japanese
  • 1945-03-09 Japanese proclaim "independence" of Indo-China
  • 1945-03-10 Japan grants occupied Vietnam independence
  • 1945-03-19 800 killed as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan
  • 1945-03-21 1st Japanese flying bombs (ochas) attack Okinawa
  • 1945-03-23 Largest operation in WWII's Pacific War, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa
  • 1945-03-27 World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
  • 1945-04-05 Kuniaki Koiso resigns as PM of Japan; replaced by Kantaro Suzuki
  • 1945-04-06 Giant Japanese battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa
  • 1945-04-07 US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission, super battleship Yamato & four destroyers were sunk
  • 1945-04-19 US aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid
  • 1945-04-29 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon
  • 1945-05-10 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1945-06-21 US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa
  • 1945-06-23 Last organized Japanese defiance broken (Tarakan)
  • 1945-07-14 Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan
  • 1945-07-26 Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China demand the Japanese surrender during WWII
  • 1945-07-26 Japanese government disregards US ultimatum
  • 1945-07-28 Japanese premier Suzuki disregards US ultimatum to surrender

USASinking of the USS Indianapolis

1945-07-30 After delivering the Atomic Bomb across the Pacific, the cruiser USS Indianapolis is torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-58. 880 of the crew died, many after being attacked by sharks, the inspiration for the movie Jaws.
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  • 1945-08-01 Japanese city Toyama destroyed by B-29's
  • 1945-08-08 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II

JapanNuclear Bombing of Nagasaki

1945-08-09 US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-08-10 Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies, provided Emperor Hirohito's status remains unchanged

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
  • 1945-08-11 Allies refuse Japan's offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status

Victory in BattleVictory over Japan

1945-08-14 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-08-14 Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh movement launch a coordinated uprising against French rule across Vietnam following the Japanese surrender

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1945-08-15 Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII is announced in Japan (due to time zones 14th Aug in the Americas)
  • 1945-08-26 Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WWII
  • 1945-08-27 US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender
  • 1945-08-29 British liberate Hong Kong from Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-08-29 Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Victory in BattleSurrender of Japan

1945-09-01 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)
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  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)
  • 1945-09-03 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies
  • 1945-09-04 US regains possession of Wake Island from Japan
  • 1945-09-07 Japanese at Rioekioe-islands surrender
  • 1945-09-08 US invades Japanese-held Korea
  • 1945-09-09 Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies
  • 1945-09-11 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of World War II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal but fails - later he is hanged

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-10-25 Japanese surrender Taiwan to General Chiang Kai-shek

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,107

  • 1950-05-12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • 1950-09-14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1950-09-27 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Japan, actor (Lt A J Shimamura-Nash Bridges)
  • 1950-10-12 Kaga Takeshi [Shigekatsu Katsuta], Japanese actor, born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1950-11-27 Gran Hamada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1950-12-06 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
  • 1951-03-04 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
  • 1951-04-02 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1951-04-02 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1951-06-06 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1951-06-11 Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1951-07-05 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer
  • 1951-08-08 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • 1951-08-28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese songwriter and record producer (Moonriders), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1951-12-03 Riki Chosyu, [Mitsuo Yoshida], wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan)
  • 1951-12-28 Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.
  • 1952-02-02 Genichiro Tenryu, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1952-05-02 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1952-05-06 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • 1952-06-21 Kôichi Mashimo, Japanese anime director
  • 1952-07-20 Keiko Matsuzaka, Japanese actress
  • 1952-07-28 Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist
  • 1952-11-16 Shigeru Miyamoto, Japanese video game designer
  • 1953-02-04 Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • 1953-02-23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1953-05-17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • 1953-05-25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • 1953-06-04 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser)
  • 1953-06-21 Robyn Douglass, American actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy), born in Sendai, Japan
  • 1953-12-17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1954-01-06 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer, born in Sumoto, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1954-01-27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • 1954-02-11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • 1954-03-26 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1954-04-01 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician, born in Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo
  • 1954-05-22 Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan
  • 1954-09-18 Takao Doi, Japanese astronaut (STS 87), born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestShinzō Abe

1954-09-21 Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-), born in Nagato, Japan

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 1954-11-03 Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)
  • 1954-12-22 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1954-12-29 Prince Takamado of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1955-01-20 Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • 1955-01-27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-03-02 Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • 1955-03-10 Toshio Suzuki, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-03-16 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • 1955-04-05 Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955-05-26 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1955-07-03 Sanma Akashiya, Japanese television performer
  • 1955-08-13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955-11-24 Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • 1955-12-21 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • 1956-01-01 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • 1956-01-05 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956-01-30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956-02-15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1956-02-26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
  • 1956-05-18 Joe [Naomichi] Ozaki, Tekushima Japan, golfer (1995 Phoenix Open-8th)
  • 1956-05-31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • 1956-07-15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1956-08-31 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
  • 1956-09-22 Masayuki Suzuki, Japanese singer (Rats & Star)
  • 1957-04-04 Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician (Rats & Star), born in Ōta, Tokyo
  • 1957-04-23 Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
  • 1957-05-01 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1957-06-10 Hidetsugu Aneha, Japanese architect
  • 1957-10-10 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1957-12-15 Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • 1958-02-23 David Sylvian, vocalist, guitarist (Japan), born in Beckenham, England
  • 1958-03-01 Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
  • 1958-03-07 Alan Hale, American astronomer (Comet Hale–Bopp), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-04-21 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • 1958-05-10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • 1958-06-06 Elaine Crosby, LPGA golfer (1989 Mazda Japan Classic), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1958-07-24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1958-08-27 Yoshinori Mizumaki, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-09-08 Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor
  • 1958-10-01 Masato Nakamura, Japanese musician
  • 1958-12-24 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • 1959-01-04 Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese pop artist
  • 1959-01-17 Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1959-02-03 Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1959-03-21 Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer
  • 1959-08-01 Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician (Ground Zero), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1959-08-03 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist (Nobel 2002), born in Toyama, Japan
  • 1959-08-11 Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • 1959-10-21 Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
  • 1959-12-26 Koji Morimoto, Japanese anime director, born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1959-12-29 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1960-01-02 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • 1960-02-23 Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1960-03-12 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960-03-12 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1960-05-22 Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
  • 1960-06-23 Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese arcade game musician and programmer, born in Japan
  • 1960-07-28 Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese mangaka of Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart Wild Striker
  • 1960-08-13 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer
  • 1960-08-24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
  • 1960-10-07 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
  • 1960-12-18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 433 of 433

  • 2008-06-17 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 2008-06-18 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • 2008-08-02 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, dies of pneumonia at 72
  • 2008-09-07 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 2008-10-10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • 2008-11-30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • 2009-01-03 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2009-03-25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • 2009-06-13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2009-06-19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian, dies of old age at 113
  • 2009-11-24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 88
  • 2009-11-28 Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (b. 1923)
  • 2010-01-04 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • 2010-01-17 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • 2010-02-26 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • 2010-03-04 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010-08-24 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, dies at 46
  • 2010-09-01 Wakanohana Kanji I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 45th Yokozuna (b. 1928)
  • 2010-09-05 Shoya Tomizawa Japanese MotoGP Racer (b. 1990)
  • 2011-08-04 Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (b. 1977)
  • 2011-09-21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011-12-08 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • 2012-02-21 Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2013-01-15 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • 2013-01-26 Hiroshi Nakajima, Japanese doctor, dies at 84
  • 2013-02-09 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • 2015-07-05 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • 2015-07-11 Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • 2015-09-05 Setsuko Hara, Japanese Actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), dies of pneumonia at 95
  • 2015-11-30 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93
  • 2016-10-20 Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain-climber, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest, dies at 77
  • 2017-02-13 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93