Japanese History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 996

  • 1985-01-08 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
  • 1985-01-13 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
  • 1985-08-07 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts
  • 1985-08-08 Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet
  • 1985-08-12 520 people die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes in Ueno, Japan, the second-deadliest aviation disaster of all time
  • 1985-08-19 Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei
  • 1985-09-04 Russian Igor Paklin sets new high jump world record at 2.41m in Kobe, Japan
  • 1986-03-08 Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km
  • 1986-03-11 Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
  • 1986-07-06 Premier Nakasone's Liberal Democratic Party wins Japan's election

Golf Major

1986-07-27 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Board of Trade CC: Pat Bradley wins in a playoff with Ayako Okamoto of Japan

  • 1986-11-02 Ayako Okamoto wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

Sports History

1986-11-02 German tennis star Boris Becker wins his third tournament in 3 weeks in different continents; beats Sergio Casal of Spain 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Paris Open after victories in Japan and Australia

  • 1987-01-23 Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)

Boston Marathon

1987-04-20 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins 2nd title in 2:11:50; Rosa Mota of Portugal claims women's event in 2:25:21; her first of 3 race victories

  • 1987-04-29 Japan's premier Nakasone visits the US
  • 1987-07-12 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Islesmere GC: Jody Rosenthal wins by 2 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

Historic Event

1987-09-02 Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan

  • 1987-10-09 Japanese bank buys "Lady McGill" stamp for $1,100,000
  • 1987-10-30 In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.

Sports History

1987-11-01 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet finishes 15th in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • 1987-11-01 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • 1988-03-25 "Les Miserables" opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1988-06-06 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • 1988-06-08 Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%
  • 1988-08-04 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II

Golf Tournament

1988-10-30 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

Sports History

1988-10-30 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • 1988-11-05 Japan beats MLB all stars 2-1 in Tokyo (Game 1 of 7)
  • 1988-11-06 Japan & MLB all stars played to a 6-6 draw (Game 2 of 7)
  • 1988-11-07 MLB all stars beats Japan 16-8 (Game 3 of 7)
  • 1988-11-09 MLB All-Star team beat Japan 8-2 in Nishinomya, (Game 4 of 7)
  • 1988-11-10 MLB All-Star team beats Japan 3-1 in Tokyo (Game 5 of 7)
  • 1988-11-12 Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7)

Historic Event

1989-01-07 Akihito becomes the 125th Emperor of Japan after the death of his father Horohito

  • 1989-01-08 Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
  • 1989-03-19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)

LPGA Championship

1989-05-21 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 3 strokes from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

  • 1989-08-25 Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
  • 1989-10-09 27th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Tokyo Japan (3-0)
  • 1989-10-22 Over-competitive McLaren teammates Alain Prost & Ayrton Senna famously collide and skid into an escape road during Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; Prost retires from race and claims 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1989-12-25 Japanese scientist achieve -271.8°C, coldest temperature ever recorded
  • 1990-01-01 Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ
  • 1990-01-15 In a shrewd move, Detroit Tigers sign 1st baseman Cecil Fielder who spent previous season in Japan; hits 51 homers this MLB season and becomes a premier power hitter for most of the 1990s
  • 1990-01-24 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
  • 1990-01-31 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ

Boxing Title Fight

1990-02-11 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

Academy Awards

1990-03-26 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • 1990-04-10 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • 1990-10-21 Ayrton Senna of Brazil crashes his McLaren during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1990-11-02 First regular season game played outside North America by any major professional sports league the NBA's Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz, 119-96 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan
  • 1990-11-11 California Angel Chuck Finley & Seattle Mariner Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in exhibition game between US & Japanese all-star teams
  • 1990-11-12 Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch.
  • 1991-01-10 Japan ends routine fingerprinting of all adult ethnic Koreans
  • 1991-03-21 Largest wrestling crowd in Japan (64,500) at Tokyo Dome
  • 1991-05-14 42 die in a train collision in Japan
  • 1991-06-03 Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history
  • 1991-06-23 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
  • 1991-06-25 Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa
  • 1991-08-23 3rd Athletics World Championships open at Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991-09-01 Japanese runner Hiromi Taniguchi wins the marathon in 2:14:57 at the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1991-10-20 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna clinches his 2nd straight, and 3rd overall F1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
  • 1991-11-05 Kiichi Miyazawa elected premier of Japan

Historic Event

1992-01-08 George H. W. Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap

  • 1992-01-13 Japan apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II
  • 1992-04-01 Battleship USS Missouri, on which the Japanese surrender took place, decommissioned
  • 1992-06-11 Owners approve sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group
  • 1992-07-27 Japanese swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki wins the 200m breaststroke in Barcelona to become the youngest to win an Olympic gold medal at 14 years-6 days
  • 1992-10-23 Emperor Akihito becomes the first Emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil

Engagement of Interest

1992-12-12 Japanese crown prince Naruhito announces engagement to Masaka Owada

  • 1993-01-15 7.5 earthquake strikes northern Japan, killing 2 people
  • 1993-06-14 Japanese space probe Sakigake passes Earth
  • 1993-07-12 7.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido Japan, 160 killed
  • 1993-07-18 Liberal-Democratic Party loses Japan's parliamentary election
  • 1993-08-06 Japan Hosokawa government begins
  • 1994-03-19 Largest omelette (1,383sq ft) made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1994-03-26 Yuka Sato of Japan wins world figure skating championship in Tokyo
  • 1994-03-27 Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1994-04-08 Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
  • 1994-04-25 Tsutomu Hata elected premier of Japan
  • 1994-04-26 Taiwan Airbus A-300 crashes at Nagoya Japan, 262 killed
  • 1994-06-25 Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns
  • 1994-06-29 Socialist, Tomiichi Murayama, elected premier of Japan
  • 1994-08-03 102.4°F (39.1°C) in Tokyo Japan: record
  • 1994-08-28 1st Japanese gay pride parade
  • 1994-10-13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe
  • 1994-10-28 Japanese space probe Sakigake passes Earth for 3rd time
  • 1995-01-12 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan
  • 1995-01-17 7.2 earthquake destroys Kobe, Japan and kills 5,372
  • 1995-02-05 Japan's Shinshinto Party wins local elections
  • 1995-03-20 Members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo release sarin gas on three lines of the Tokyo subway, killing 13 people and injuring over 1,000
  • 1995-03-28 World's largest bank-Japan's Mitsubishi Bank & Bank of Tokyo merge
  • 1995-05-16 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
  • 1995-06-04 New Zealand creates world record score for a Rugby Union international in thrashing Japan, 145-17 in the World Cup in Bloomfontein, RSA; Marc Ellis 6 tries, Simon Culhane 20 conversions
  • 1995-07-02 LA Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo is first Japanese player to be selected for a MLB All Star game when he is named in the NL squad
  • 1995-09-14 Body Worlds opens in Tokyo, Japan

Sports History

1995-10-01 German Benetton driver Michael Schumacher wins the Pacific Grand Prix at the TI Circuit in Aida, Japan to clinch his 2nd straight Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • 1996-02-27 First ever appearance of Pokémon in role-playing video game "Pocket Monsters Red and Green" for Game Boy in Japan
  • 1996-04-21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin beats Japan’s Isao Aoki by 2 strokes for his first of 4 Senior PGA Championships
  • 1996-06-23 Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 1,225

  • 1966-10-31 Koji Kanemoto, Japanese wrestler (NJPW/AAA/UWA, Tiger Mask, King Lee), born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1966-12-02 Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese pro wrestler (Michinoku Pro Wrestling; WWF, "Hakushi"), born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1966-12-07 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Kakuda, Miyagi, Japan
  • 1966-12-12 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor, born in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1966-12-18 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • 1967-01-22 Manabu Nakanishi, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1967-02-06 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1967-02-08 Yuki Ishikawa, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1967-03-07 Ai Yazawa, Japanese mangaka (manga author - Neighbourhood Story), born in Amagasaki, Japan
  • 1967-03-15 Naoko Takeuchi, Japanese manga artist (Sailor Moon), born in Kōfu, Yamanashi, Japan
  • 1967-03-30 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress, singer (Give A Reason), and lyricist, born in Kita Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1967-07-31 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967-08-13 Amélie Nothomb, Belgian writer (Fear and Trembling), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1967-08-22 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1967-09-16 Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga artist (creator of Gantz), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1967-10-19 Yoko Shimomura, Japanese pianist and video game composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • 1967-11-06 Shuzo Matsuoka, Japanese tennis star (1995 USTA/Binghampton), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1967-11-21 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold - 71kgs 1992; silver 1996), born in Kitashigeyasu, Saga, Japan (d. 2021)
  • 1967-11-25 Kazuya Nakai, Japanese voice actor
  • 1967-12-08 Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1967-12-12 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1967-12-12 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • 1967-12-26 Ken Tanigawa, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2019), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1968-01-01 Miki Higashino, Japanese video game composer (Suikoden series), born in Japan
  • 1968-01-12 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1968-01-13 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1968-01-22 Heath [Hiroshi Morie], Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan), born in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1968-02-06 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1968-02-29 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
  • 1968-03-15 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • 1968-03-18 Shinichiro Miki, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1968-03-31 Naoya Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1968-05-02 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor, born in Otawara, Tochigi, Japan
  • 1968-07-05 Ken Akamatsu, Japanese Manga artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1968-07-05 Kenji Ito, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1968-07-08 Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • 1968-07-14 Kazushi Sakuraba, Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, Shōwa, Akita, Japan
  • 1968-08-05 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1968-08-20 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968-08-24 Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Toyko
  • 1968-08-25 Takeshi Ueda, Japanese rock bassist (The Mad Capsule Markets), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1968-08-31 Hideo Nomo, Japanese MLB pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968-10-29 Tsunku [Mitsuo Terada], Japanese music producer and former singer (SHARAM Q), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968-11-12 Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1969-01-21 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • 1969-01-27 Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-01-29 Hyde [Hideto Takarai], Japanese singer, born in Wakayama
  • 1969-02-20 Gedo, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969-02-26 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-03-15 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • 1969-04-11 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer, born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
  • 1969-04-18 Sayako Kuroda, Japanese Imperial Shinto priestess and Supreme Priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine who gave up her imperial title for marriage, born in Chiyoda, Tokyo
  • 1969-05-15 Hideki Irabu, Japanese-American NPB and MLB baseball pitcher, 1988-2004 (New York Yankees, 1997-2002), born in Okinawa, Japan (d. 2011)
  • 1969-05-21 Masayo Kurata, Japanese voice actress
  • 1969-06-03 Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese pop musician (Access), born in Saitama, Japan
  • 1969-06-29 Tōru Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Mayor of Osaka), born in Tokyo
  • 1969-07-08 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • 1969-07-18 Masanori Murakawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969-08-08 Dick Togo [Shigeki Sato], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Odate, Akita, Japan
  • 1969-08-13 Midori Ito, Japanese ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-08-19 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player, born in Settsu, Japan
  • 1969-09-12 Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; Presidents Cup 1998, 2000), born in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
  • 1969-09-20 Megumi Kudo, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1969-10-02 Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969-10-03 Tetsuya, Japanese rock bassist (L'Arc-en-Ciel), born in Hikone, Shiga, Japan
  • 1969-10-16 Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969-10-30 Masanori Hikichi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Saitama, Japan
  • 1969-10-30 Mayumi Hirase, Japanese golfer (18 LPGA of Japan Tour titles), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • 1969-11-17 Ryotaro Okiayu, Japanese voice actor
  • 1969-11-17 Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1970-01-19 Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian, born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
  • 1970-02-01 Yasuyuki Kazama, Japanese auto racer (D1 GP 2005), born in Nagano, Japan
  • 1970-02-10 Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • 1970-04-05 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • 1970-04-14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-04-23 Sadao Abe, Japanese actor (Team Medical Dragon), born in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1970-04-27 Mikiko Hagiwara, Japanese basketball player, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • 1970-05-25 Satsuki Yukino, Japanese voice actor, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1970-05-26 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese manga artist (Rurouni Kenshin), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-07-09 Masami Tsuda, Japanese manga author
  • 1970-08-03 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer, born in Musashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-09-13 Yuki Matsuoka, Japanese voice actress, born in Hirano-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • 1970-09-14 Satoshi Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (NJPW), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970-09-19 Takanori Nishikawa, Japanese pop-rock singer (T.M.Revolution), born in Yasu, Japan
  • 1970-09-27 Yoshiharu Habu, Japanese professional shogi player
  • 1970-09-28 Kimiko Date, Japanese professional tennis player (Japan Open, 1996), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1970-09-29 Yoshihiro Tajiri, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Tamana, Japan
  • 1970-10-08 Tetsuya Nomura, Japanese video-game designer (Final Fantasy), born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1970-10-16 Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1970-11-16 Kōshi Rikudō, Japanese manga cartoon artist (Excel Saga), born in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1970-12-29 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1971-01-04 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist & sculptor, born in Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture
  • 1971-01-05 Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971-01-09 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director, born in Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971-01-17 Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress, born in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971-01-30 Takeshi Yamanaka, Japanese ice hockey coach and player (Team Japan 1998), born in Hokkaido, Japan

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