Famous Birthdays

by / on April 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1901 Hirohito, Emperor of Japan.

Hirohito, posthumously in Japan officially called Emperor Shōwa or the Shōwa Emperor, (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death in 1989. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan he is now referred to exclusively by […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1969 – Princess Sayako of Japan!

Sayako Kuroda, born 18 April 1969), formerly Princess Sayako of Japan, is the third child and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. She held the childhood appellation “Nori no miya” (Princess Nori). She married Yoshiki Kuroda on 15 November 2005. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as […]

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by / on April 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1794 -Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry’s naval career spanned nearly 50 years. A member of one of the most illustrious American naval families, young Matthew went to sea in 1809 at age 15, under the command of his older brother, Oliver Hazard Perry. His first command was the schooner Shark that sailed to Africa as part of the Navy’s efforts to stop […]

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by / on April 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today:1288-Emperor Go-Fushimi of Japan.

Emperor Go-Fushimi (April 5, 1288 – May 17, 1336) was the 93rd Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1298 to 1301. This 13th century sovereign was named after his father, Emperor Fushimi and go-(後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Fushimi”. The Japanese […]

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by / on March 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today, Uncategorized

Famous Birthdays Today: 1222 -Nichiren, Japan, Buddhist priest and saint.

Nichiren Shonin (日蓮) (February 16, 1222 – October 13, 1282) was a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching. Nichiren Buddhism includes various schools with diverging interpretations of […]

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by / on March 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays today: 1910 – Akira Kurosawa, Tokyo Japan, director (Seven Samurai, Living).

Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years […]

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by / on March 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1212 -Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan.

Emperor Go-Horikawa (後堀河天皇 Go-Horikawa-tennō) (March 22, 1212 – August 31, 1234) was the 86th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. This reign spanned the years from 1221 through 1232.[1] This 13th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Horikawa and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later […]

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