Japanese History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 820

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-01-01 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
  • 1946-04-10 1st election for Japanese Parliament
  • 1946-04-29 28 former Japanese leaders indicted in Tokyo as war criminals
  • 1946-06-03 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • 1946-11-03 Emperor Hirohito proclaims a new Japanese constitution
  • 1946-12-21 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
  • 1947-05-03 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947-05-07 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1947-08-04 The Supreme Court of Japan is established

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948-11-12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1950-07-02 Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddihst temple in Kyoto, Japan, burns down
  • 1950-07-12 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • 1950-08-23 West Germany & Japan readmitted to Intl Amateur Athletic Federation
  • 1950-08-29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952
  • 1950-09-04 Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250
  • 1951-03-20 Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded

  • 1951-04-16 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • 1951-07-31 Japan Airlines is established

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1951-09-04 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1951-09-08 Japan signs peace treaty with 48 countries in San Francisco

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951-11-13 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1952-03-20 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate
  • 1952-04-28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • 1952-06-12 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid
  • 1952-10-01 Liberal Party wins Japanese elections
  • 1953-04-20 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
  • 1953-07-29 US bomber shot down by Soviet Air Defence Forces in the Sea of Japan, north of Vladivostok
  • 1953-07-30 Rikidōzan holds a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance
  • 1953-08-23 Braves' Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • 1953-09-27 Typhoon destroys one third of Nagoya, Japan
  • 1953-11-10 Giants end their tour of Japan (players got $331 of $3,000 promised)
  • 1953-11-25 Earthquake and tsnunami strike Honshu, Japan

Film release premierFilm Release

1954-04-26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1954-09-26 Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru during a typhoon, 1,153 people die
  • 1954-11-07 US spy plane shot down North of Japan
  • 1954-12-07 Japanese government of Joshida resigns
  • 1955-03-18 Ichirō Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
  • 1955-04-18 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • 1955-08-07 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • 1955-10-20 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
  • 1956-01-01 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people

  • 1956-05-01 A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956-05-09 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • 1956-12-18 Japan admitted to UN
  • 1957-07-28 Heavy rain and a mudslide in Isahaya, western Kyūshū, Japan, kill 992.
  • 1957-12-09 1st Japanese ambassador to Israel
  • 1958-01-26 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • 1959-05-20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • 1959-06-22 Shunryu Suzuki completes his historical Japan to SF voyage
  • 1959-08-24 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • 1959-09-17 Typhoon kills 2,000 in Japan & Korea
  • 1959-09-26 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
  • 1960-01-18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1960-01-19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1960-03-28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • 1960-06-16 President Eisenhower cancels trip to Japan
  • 1960-06-23 Japan signs security treaty with the US
  • 1960-07-18 Premier Kishi of Japan resigns
  • 1960-10-12 Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi
  • 1961-03-09 Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
  • 1961-08-15 Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
  • 1961-12-03 Dutchman Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion
  • 1962-05-03 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962-06-23 Larry Doby retires from Cleveland Indians to play in Japan
  • 1962-08-30 Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war.
  • 1963-06-15 "Sukiyaki" sung by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto, hits #1
  • 1963-07-26 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development votes to admit Japan.
  • 1963-11-09 450 die in a coal-dust explosion & 160 die in train crash (Japan)
  • 1963-11-12 Train crash in Japan, kills 164
  • 1964-04-28 Japan joins the OECD
  • 1964-06-16 Quake strikes Niigata, Japan
  • 1964-07-21 Last Dutch whaling ship Willem Barents Sea sold to Japan
  • 1964-10-23 Japanese beat Russian for 1st Olympic Gold in woman's volleyball
  • 1964-10-25 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner
  • 1964-11-09 Eisaku Sato becomes premier of Japan
  • 1965-02-17 US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
  • 1965-04-19 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in race record 2:16:33
  • 1965-06-01 Coal mine explosion in Fukuoka Japan kills 236
  • 1965-08-15 Japanese community of San Francisco holds Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick Park to honor 1st Japanese player to play in major leagues
  • 1966-02-04 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • 1966-03-11 A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.
  • 1966-04-18 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)
  • 1966-11-12 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record
  • 1968-01-23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • 1968-03-27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco
  • 1968-05-16 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan

Victory in BattleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1968-06-26 Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US
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United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
  • 1968-12-10 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • 1969-04-15 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea
  • 1969-04-21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan wins in 2:13:49; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman in 3:22:46 (unsanctioned)
  • 1970-02-11 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit
  • 1970-03-15 Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
  • 1970-05-06 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • 1970-11-25 In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1971-01-20 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1971-06-11 US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan
  • 1971-07-30 Japanese Boeing 727 collides with an F-86 fighter killing 162
  • 1971-08-28 The US dollar is allowed to float against the Japanese yen for the first time.
  • 1971-10-09 Japanese Emperor Hirohito visits the Netherlands
  • 1971-11-11 Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,082

  • 1961-03-27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese Grammy Award-winning guitarist (B'z), born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1961-04-28 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer
  • 1961-04-29 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū
  • 1961-05-08 Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1961-05-25 Hiro Saito, Japanese professional wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary), born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1961-06-15 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
  • 1961-07-19 Hideo Nakata, Japanese film director, born in Okayama, 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
  • 1961-10-04 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • 1961-10-20 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1961-11-06 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator, born in Japan
  • 1961-11-29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese musician
  • 1961-12-21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1962-02-01 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1962-03-02 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • 1962-03-10 Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer
  • 1962-03-18 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • 1962-04-12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • 1962-06-07 Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver, born in Ibaraki, Japan
  • 1962-06-10 Akie Abe, current First Lady of Japan
  • 1962-06-18 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1962-06-21 Takeshi Asami, Japanese racing driver
  • 1962-08-29 Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese video game composer, born in Aichi Prefecture, 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
Shinya Yamanaka
  • 1963-01-08 Hiromi Kobayashi, Japanese golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Iwaki, Fukushima
  • 1963-02-01 Takashi Murakami, Japanese artist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-03-20 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster
  • 1963-03-26 Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Japanese writer
  • 1963-04-03 Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1963-05-11 Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • 1963-05-29 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-06-03 Toshiaki Karasawa, Japanese actor
  • 1963-08-01 Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92), born in Ōmiya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1963-08-22 Tom Ansberry, American long-distance runner
  • 1963-08-24 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director, born in Setagaya, Tokyo
  • 1963-09-08 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japanese comedian
  • 1963-10-04 Koji Ishikawa (children's book author and illustrator)Japanese children's author
  • 1963-10-12 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2010)
  • 1963-11-03 Shigeaki Hattori, Japanese racing driver
  • 1963-11-12 Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor
  • 1963-11-23 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1963-12-08 Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1963-12-09 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
  • 1963-12-12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1963-12-22 Luna H. Mitani, Japanese-American surrealist painter, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1964-01-20 Kazushige Nojima, Japanese video game writer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1964-03-19 Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
  • 1964-04-09 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician, born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1964-04-28 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese composer
  • 1964-06-09 Hiroko Yakushimaru, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1964-07-24 Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese author
  • 1964-08-23 Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1964-09-15 Ryoko Kikuchi, Zama City, Kanagawa, Japanese cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11) and reporter
  • 1964-09-23 Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer (B'z)
  • 1964-10-01 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer
  • 1964-10-18 Etsuko Inoue, Japan, tennis star
  • 1964-12-07 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • 1965-02-02 Naoki Sano, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1965-02-17 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1965-03-18 Yoriko Douguchi, Japanese actress
  • 1965-04-15 Soichi Noguchi, japanese astronaut, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1965-04-17 Yoshiki Kuroda, Japanese urban planner and Sayako Kuroda's husband, born in Tokyo
  • 1965-05-09 Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver
  • 1965-05-13 Hikari Ota, Japanese comedian
  • 1965-05-24 Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese anime director (Samurai Champloo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1965-08-05 Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer
  • 1965-08-06 Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer
  • 1965-08-11 Shinji Mikami, Japanese video game designer (Resident Evil)
  • 1965-08-13 Hayato Matsuo, Japanese composer
  • 1965-08-18 Koji Kikkawa, Japanese singer
  • 1965-09-17 Yuji Naka, Japanese video game programmer
  • 1965-09-27 Ricky Fuji, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1965-10-10 Toshi, Japanese singer (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • 1965-11-04 Tomoaki Ishizuka "Pata", Japanese musician
  • 1965-11-20 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama
  • 1965-11-29 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese musician (d. 1992)
  • 1965-11-30 Prince Akishino of Japan
  • 1966-04-03 Miina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1966-06-13 Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1966-06-19 Joichi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur
  • 1966-07-28 Shikao Suga, Japanese singer/songwriter
  • 1966-09-11 Princess Akishino, Japanese Imperial Family, born in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka, Japan
  • 1966-09-19 Yoshihiro Takayama, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Sumida, Tokyo
  • 1966-10-26 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese composer
  • 1966-12-02 Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1966-12-07 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
  • 1966-12-12 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor, born in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1966-12-18 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • 1967-02-06 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1967-03-07 Ai Yazawa, Japanese mangaka
  • 1967-03-15 Naoko Takeuchi, Japanese artist
  • 1967-03-30 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1967-05-05 Takehito Koyasu, Japanese seiyu (voice actor), born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1967-05-10 Nobuhiro Takeda, Japanese footballer and sportscaster
  • 1967-06-15 Yūji Ueda, Japanese voice actor
  • 1967-07-31 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967-07-31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1967-08-22 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1967-09-16 Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga-ka

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