Japanese History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 982

  • 1945-07-28 Japanese premier Suzuki disregards US ultimatum to surrender

Sinking ShipSinking 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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A scene from the 2016 movie
A scene from the 2016 movie "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage"
  • 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 second atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan, destroying part of the city
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Mushroom cloud over Nagasaki
Mushroom cloud over Nagasaki

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
  • 1945-08-12 Emperor Hirohito of Japan informs the imperial family that he has decided to surrender

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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Kissing the War Goodbye on VJ Day
Kissing the War Goodbye on VJ Day

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
  • 1945-08-14 Japanese government notifies the Allies that it had accepted the Potsdam Declaration
  • 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 World War II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)
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Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Instrument of Surrender to formally end World War II
Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signs the Instrument of Surrender to formally end World War II
  • 1945-09-02 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo

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

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
  • 1946-01-01 Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god
  • 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
  • 1947-05-07 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

  • 1947-08-04 The Supreme Court of Japan is established
  • 1948-11-12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal
  • 1949-09-19 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Release

1950-08-25 "Rashomon", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1952)

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • 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
  • 1952-02-04 Tetsuwan Atom by Osamu Tezuka first published in Weekly Shonen Magazine in Japan
  • 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
  • 1953-03-26 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released
  • 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
  • 1953-11-03 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released
  • 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
  • 1960-09-01 US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of George Harrison, Dick Blick, Mike Troy & Jeff Farrell swim world record 8:10.2 to beat Japan by 3.3 seconds and win gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • 1960-09-07 Japan wins the men's gymnastics teams combined exercises gold for the first of 5 consecutive Olympics at the Rome Games; beats Soviet Union by just 2.5 points
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,202

  • 1953-02-04 Kitarō, Japanese New Age composer (Thinking of You), born in Toyohashi, Japan
  • 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), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1953-06-04 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser), born in Shikama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • 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
  • 1953-12-23 Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler (WWF/NWA), born in Kunisaki, Ōita Prefecture, Japan
  • 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, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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)
  • 1954-11-08 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author (An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 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, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 comedian and TV personality, born in Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan
  • 1955-08-13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • 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 [Ken'ichi Azuma], Japanese celebrity chef, "The Szechuan Sage" (Iron Chef Chinese), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1956-01-30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Tomi, Japan
  • 1956-02-15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1956-02-26 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer, born in Chigasaki, Japan

Person of interestAkio Toyoda

1956-05-03 Akio Toyoda, Japanese president of Toyota Motor Corporation, born in Nagoya, Japan

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda
President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Akio Toyoda
  • 1956-05-18 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • 1956-05-25 Tatsutoshi Goto, Japanese professional wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
  • 1956-05-31 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • 1956-07-15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1956-07-19 Yoshiaki Yatsu, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW/WCCW/WWF) and mixed martial artist, born in Oura, Gunma, Japan
  • 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 film score composer, born in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957-05-01 Kow Otani, Japanese composer for anime, film and video games (Gamera), born in Toyko, Japan
  • 1957-06-10 Hidetsugu Aneha, Japanese architect
  • 1957-08-11 Masayoshi Son, Korean-Japanese chief executive of SoftBank Mobile and chairman of Sprint Corporation, born in Tosu, Saga
  • 1957-10-10 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1957-12-15 Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • 1957-12-17 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), born in Roppongi, Tokyo d. 1985)
  • 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
  • 1958-07-24 Mick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], English musician (Japan), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2011)
  • 1958-09-04 Shiro Koshinaka, Japanese wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958-09-08 Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor (Ougai Mori-Bungo Stray Dogs), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 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 & actress, born in Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 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

Person of interestNaruhito

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

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
  • 1960-03-12 Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
  • 1960-03-12 Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
  • 1960-05-22 Hideaki Anno, Japanese film director and animator (Neon Genesis Evangelion), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 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 and music director for Nintendo, born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1960-08-24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker (Dead or Alive), born in Yao, Osaka, Japan
  • 1960-10-07 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1960-12-18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • 1961-01-08 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1961-02-22 Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 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
  • 1961-05-05 Hiroshi Hase, Japanese wrestler (NJPW) and politician (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), born in Oyabe, Toyama, Japan
  • 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
  • 1961-11-02 Kōki Idoki, Japanese golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2013), born in Ibaraki, Osaka
  • 1961-11-06 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator, born in Japan
  • 1961-11-29 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese musician

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths