Japanese History (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 996

  • 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 Coal-dust explosion and the resulting buildup of carbon monoxide kills 458 at Mitsui Miike Coal Mine in Omuta, Japan
  • 1963-11-09 Tsurumi rail accident on Tōkaidō Main Line, two passenger trains collide with derailed freight train, killing 162 people. in Yokohama, Japan
  • 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

Sports History

1964-09-01 SF Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in US MLB; on debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning in a 4-1 loss v New York Mets

  • 1964-10-10 XVIII Summer Olympic Games open in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964-10-23 Dutch 10th dan judoka Anton Geesink wins Open gold medal in the first ever Olympic judo competition in Tokyo; prevents clean sweep of the gold medals by Japan
  • 1964-10-23 Japan beats the Soviet Union 3-0 to claim the inaugural Olympic women's volleyball gold medal in Tokyo; undefeated in 6-team round robin competition
  • 1964-10-23 Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo wins the parallel bars gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics; his 3rd gold medal of the Games (individual all-round and team); 4th career gold (1960, 64)
  • 1964-10-25 Dutchman Anton Geesink is 1st non-Japanese Olympic judo gold medal winner

Election of Interest

1964-11-09 Eisaku Satō becomes Prime Minister of Japan after Hayato Ikeda resigns due to ill health

  • 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
  • 1965-06-12 Morio Shigematsu of Japan runs world record marathon (2:12:00) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London, England
  • 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
  • 1967-12-03 Australian Derek Clayton runs world marathon record 2:09:36.4 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan
  • 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
  • 1968-10-26 Japanese gymnast Akinori Nakayama wins 3 individual gold medals on the one day (horizontal bar, rings & parallel bars) at the Mexico City Olympics; with team victory, 4 gold for the Games
  • 1968-10-26 Japanese gymnasts sweep the medals in the men's floor exercise competition at the Mexico City Olympics; Sawao Kato wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of teammates Akinori Nakayama and Takeshi Katō
  • 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

Sports History

1970-12-15 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

  • 1971-06-11 US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan
  • 1971-07-30 All Nippon Airways Flight 58 collides with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-86F near Shizukuishi, Japan, killing all 162 aboard the Boing 727
  • 1971-08-28 The US dollar is allowed to float against the Japanese yen for the first time.

Historic Event

1971-10-09 Japanese Emperor Hirohito visits the Netherlands

  • 1971-11-02 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Pat Dobson no-hits the Yomiuri Giants, 2 - 0; first no-hitter in history of exhibition play between American and Japanese teams
  • 1971-11-11 Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15
  • 1972-01-24 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • 1972-02-03 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • 1972-02-13 XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • 1972-02-19 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan
  • 1972-02-28 The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan.
  • 1972-03-20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • 1972-05-13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi department store (Osaka Japan)
  • 1972-05-15 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • 1972-05-15 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • 1972-05-30 3 Japanese PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • 1972-08-30 Japanese breaststroker Nobutaka Taguchi beats American pair Tom Bruce & John Hencken to win the 100m gold medal in world record 1:04.94 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • 1972-09-01 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • 1972-09-28 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • 1972-09-29 Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
  • 1973-01-02 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident
  • 1973-04-01 Japan allows its citizens to own gold

Boxing Title Fight

1973-09-01 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1973-11-09 Fire at Taiyo department store, kills 101 & injures 84 (Kumamoto Japan)
  • 1974-03-09 Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in the Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
  • 1974-09-13 -17] 3 Japanese kidnap French ambassador in Hague
  • 1974-09-24 Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • 1975-05-16 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest
  • 1975-10-09 Emperor Hirohito of Japan visits San Francisco
  • 1976-07-27 Japanese ex-premier Tanaka arrested (Lockheed Affair)
  • 1976-07-30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
  • 1976-08-16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • 1976-09-06 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet

Sports History

1976-10-24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Niki Lauda

  • 1976-12-25 Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier

LPGA Championship

1977-06-12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bay Tree Plantation GC: Chako Higuchi of Japan wins her only LPGA major title by 3 from Pat Bradley, Sandra Post & Judy Rankin

  • 1977-09-03 Japanese baseball superstar Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career home run to surpass Hank Aaron as all-time career leader in professional baseball
  • 1977-10-23 Despite not driving in season ending Japanese Grand Prix, Austrian Niki Lauda wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Jody Scheckter of South Africa
  • 1978-08-12 China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • 1978-10-23 China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
  • 1979-01-25 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan
  • 1979-02-21 Japan launches Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
  • 1980-04-23 Soviet sub catches fire off Japan, 9 die

US Golf Open

1980-06-15 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Jack Nicklaus sets new tournament scoring record 272 (-8) to win his 4th Open title, 2 strokes ahead of Isao Aoki of Japan

  • 1980-07-17 Zenko Suzuki becomes Premier of Japan
  • 1981-02-21 Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
  • 1981-04-09 US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
  • 1981-04-20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins men's race in 2:09:26; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes women's title in 2:26:46
  • 1981-04-25 More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan
  • 1982-07-24 Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299
  • 1982-08-18 Japanese election law is amended to allow for proportional representation.
  • 1982-10-01 The Sony CDP-101, world's first commercially released Compact Disc player released in Japan for 168,000 yen ($730)
  • 1982-11-27 Yasuhiro Nakasone elected Prime Minister of Japan succeeding Zenko Suzuki
  • 1983-02-20 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • 1983-02-24 A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
  • 1983-07-14 Mario Bros. is first released by Nintendo in Japan as an arcade game about an Italian-American plumber

Historic Event

1983-11-11 President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature

  • 1984-03-21 Soviet sub crashes into USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off Japan
  • 1984-07-29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George's CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • 1984-08-07 Japan beats US, 6-3 in the final of the Los Angeles Olympic baseball demonstration event
  • 1985-01-07 Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 1,226

  • 1960-10-07 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese rock singer-songwriter, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1960-12-18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist, born in Edogawa, Tokyo
  • 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, Japan
  • 1961-04-28 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer, born in Kitakyūshū, Japan
  • 1961-04-29 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū (voice actor), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 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 j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1961-07-19 Hideo Nakata, Japanese film director, born in Okayama, Japan
  • 1961-07-26 Keiko Matsui (née Doi), Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 (Sailor Moon), born in Maruko, Japan
  • 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 heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 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 [Noriko Kamachi], Japanese pop singer, born in Furume, Japan
  • 1962-03-18 Etsushi Toyokawa, Japanese actor
  • 1962-04-12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • 1962-06-06 Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese filmmaker (Shoplifters), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962-06-07 Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver, born in Ibaraki, Japan
  • 1962-06-10 Akie Abe (née Matsuzaki), First Lady of Japan, 2006-07 and 2012-20, born in Tokyo
  • 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

Shinya Yamanaka

1962-09-04 Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine), born in Osaka, Japan

  • 1962-11-14 Satomi Kōrogi, Japanese voice actress, born in Tokyo
  • 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 (Mōryō no Hako), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 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, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-08-01 Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut (STS 72, sk: 92), born in Ōmiya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1963-08-08 Kyoko Chan Cox, American daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-08-24 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director (Death Stranding), born in Setagaya, Tokyo
  • 1963-09-08 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japanese comedian (Downtown), born in Amagasaki, Japan
  • 1963-10-04 Koji Ishikawa, Japanese children's book author and illustrator, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1963-10-12 Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2010)
  • 1963-11-03 Shigeaki Hattori, Japanese auto racer and team owner (Hattori Racing Enterprises: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2018), born in Okayama, Okayama
  • 1963-11-12 Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963-11-23 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1963-12-08 Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1963-12-09 Empress Masako, Empress of Japan as wife and consort of Naruhito, born in Tokyo, 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
  • 1963-12-23 Keiji Muto, Japanese wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW), born in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1963-12-31 Konishiki, Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964-01-20 Kazushige Nojima, Japanese video game writer, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1964-03-19 Yoko Kanno, Japanese keyboard and accordion player, arranger, jazz, pop music (Seatbelts), and soundtrack composer (Cowboy Bebop), born in Sendai, Japan
  • 1964-04-09 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician, born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1964-04-28 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese video game music composer, born in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan
  • 1964-06-09 Hiroko Yakushimaru, Japanese actress (Sailor Suit and Machine Gun), and singer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964-07-24 Banana Yoshimoto, Japanese author
  • 1964-09-15 Ryoko Kikuchi, Japanese cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11) and reporter, born in Zama City, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1964-09-23 Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer (B'z)
  • 1964-10-01 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer and broadcaster, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1964-10-18 Etsuko Inoue, Japan, tennis star
  • 1964-11-10 Jushin Liger [Keiichi Yamada], Japanese professional wrestler (WCW/NJPW), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1964-12-07 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1965-01-04 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 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 auto racer (D1 Grand Prix 2006, 08 runner-up), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1965-05-13 Hikari Ota, Japanese comedian (Bakushō Mondai), born in Kamifukuoka, Japan
  • 1965-05-24 Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese anime director (Samurai Champloo), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1965-07-03 Shinya Hashimoto, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Toki City, Gifu, Japan
  • 1965-08-02 Takayuki Iizuka, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Muroran, Japan
  • 1965-08-05 Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese keyboardist, and progressive rock and video game music composer, born in Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1965-08-06 Yuki Kajiura, Japanese film, anime, and video game music composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1965-08-11 Shinji Mikami, Japanese video game designer (Resident Evil)
  • 1965-08-13 Hayato Matsuo, Japanese video game and anime composer, born in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
  • 1965-08-18 Kōji Kikkawa, Japanese rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1965-09-17 Yuji Naka, Japanese video game programmer (Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Hirakata, Japan
  • 1965-09-27 Ricky Fuji, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1965-10-10 Toshi, Japanese singer (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • 1965-11-04 Pata [Tomoaki Ishizuka], Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1965-11-20 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • 1965-11-29 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician, born in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1965-11-30 Prince Akishino of Japan
  • 1966-03-13 Akira Nogami, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1966-04-03 Miina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Nishi-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1966-04-19 El Samurai [Osamu Matsuda], Japanese professional wrestler (WAR/NJPW), born in Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan
  • 1966-04-26 Yoshihiro Togashi, Japanese Manga artist who created YuYu Hakusho, born in Shinjō, Yamagata, 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, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 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

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