Famous Birthdays

by / on September 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1867 – Hiranuma Kiichirō, Prime Minister of Japan.

Baron Hiranuma Kiichirō (平沼 騏一郎, 28 September 1867 – 22 August 1952) was a prominent pre–World War II right-wing Japanese politician and the 35th Prime Minister of Japan from 5 January 1939 to 30 August 1939. The modern Japanese politician, Takeo Hiranuma, is his adopted son. Hiranuma established a reputation during his time at the Ministry of Justice as a […]

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by / on September 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 786 – Emperor Saga!

Emperor Saga (嵯峨天皇, (February 8, 785 – August 24, 842) was the 52nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Saga’s reign spanned the years from 809 through 823. Events of Saga’s life: 806 Saga became the crown prince at age 21. June 17, 809 (Daidō 4, 1st day of the 4th month): In the 4th year […]

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by / on September 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1567-Date Masamune!

Famous Birthdays Today: 1567-Date Masamune, Renowned Samurai and Daimyo in Japan. Date Masamune was a regional strongman of Japan’s Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing […]

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by / on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Kanō Motonobu, Co-Founder of the Kanō School!

Famous Birthdays Today: 1476 – Kanō Motonobu, Kyoto Japan! Kanō Motonobu (狩野 元信) was a Japanese painter. He was a member of the Kanō school of painting. Kanō Motonobu’s father was Kanō Masanobu, the founder of the Kanō school. Motonobu was only nine when he began to serve the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1436–90) and then his successors: Ashikaga Yoshitane (1465–1522), […]

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 4:01 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1025 – Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan.

Emperor Go-Reizei (後冷泉天皇, August 28, 1023 – May 22, 1068) was the 70th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Go-Reizei’s reign spanned the years 1045–1068. This 11th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Reizei and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Reizei”. The Japanese […]

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by / on August 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1297-Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Japan.

Emperor Hanazono (花園天皇 Hanazono-tennō) (August 14, 1297 – December 2, 1348) was the 95th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1308 through 1318. Events of Hanazono’s life: Tomihito-shinnō became emperor upon the abdication of his second cousin, the Daikakuji-tō Emperor Go-Nijō. Tokuji 3, in the 8th month (1308): In the […]

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by / on August 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1079 – Emperor Horikawa of Japan.

Emperor Horikawa (堀河天皇, August 8, 1078 – August 9, 1107) was the 73rd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Horikawa’s reign spanned the years from 1087 through 1107. He became Crown Prince and became emperor on the same day that his father abdicated. His reign was overshadowed by the cloistered rule of former emperor, Emperor Shirakawa. […]

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