Famous Birthdays

by / on July 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1442 -Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan.

Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado (July 3, 1442 – October 21, 1500) was the 103rd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1464 through 1500. This 15th-century sovereign was named after the 12th-century Emperor Tsuchimikado and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he could be called the “Later Emperor Tsuchimikado”. The Japanese […]

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by / on June 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1909 – Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist.

Osamu Dazai (June 19, 1909 – June 13, 1948) was a Japanese author who is considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan. Dazai was born Shūji Tsushima, the eighth surviving child of a wealthy landowner in Kanagi, a remote corner of Japan at the northern tip of Tōhoku in Aomori Prefecture. His father was a member of […]

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by / on June 16, 2012 at 5:44 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1139 -Emperor Konoe of Japan.

Emperor Konoe (June 16, 1139 – August 22, 1155) was the 76th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Konoe’s reign spanned the years from 1142 through 1155. Some of the events during Konoe’s life: Kyūan 2, in the 12th month (1146), Konoe joined in a celebration honoring Sesshō Fujiwara no Tadamichi (the regent) on his 58th […]

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by / on June 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1899 – Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, novelist (Thousand Cranes).

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese short story writer and novelist whose spare, lyrical, subtly shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read. Born in Osaka, Japan, into a well-established doctor’s family, Yasunari was orphaned when he […]

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by / on June 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 926 – Murakami, Emperor of Japan.

Emperor Murakami was the 62nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Murakami’s reign spanned the years from 946 to his death in 967. 31 May 946 (Tengyō 9, 28th day of the 4th month): Shortly thereafter, Emperor Murakami, who was 21 years old, acceded to the throne. Murakami’s maternal uncle Fujiwara no Tadahira remained as the […]

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by / on May 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1265 -Emperor Fushimi of Japan.

Emperor Fushimi (伏見天皇 Fushimi-tennō) was the 92nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1287 through 1298. In 1289, by making his own son (the future Emperor Go-Fushimi) Crown Prince, he increased the antagonism of the Daikakuji line. In 1290, the family of Asawara Tameyori made an assassination attempt on the […]

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by / on May 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 867 – Uda, Emperor of Japan.

Emperor Uda, May 5, 867 – July 19, 931) was the 59th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Uda’s reign spanned the years from 887 through 897. In ancient Japan, there were four noble clans, the Gempeitōkitsu (源平藤橘). One of these clans, the Minamoto clan (源氏), is also known as Genji. Some of Uda’s grandchildren were granted […]

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