Famous Birthdays

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Famous Birthdays Today: 1231 -Emperor Shijō of Japan.

Emperor Shijō (March 17, 1231 – February 10, 1242) was the 87th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. This reign spanned the years 1232 through 1242. Emperor Shijō died from an accident in 1242. His Imperial tomb (misasagi) is at Sennyū-ji in the Nochi no Tsukinowa no Higashiyama no misasagi. As the Emperor was very young, […]

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by / on March 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1800 – Emperor Ninko of Japan.

Emperor Ninkō (March 16, 1800 – February 21, 1846) was the 120th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Ninkō’s reign spanned the years from 1817 through 1846. His reign coincided with what is referred to as “the late Tokugawa Shogunate” period and in particular the beginnings of the decline of the shōgun, or bakufu (幕府). Although […]

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by / on March 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1285 -Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan.

Emperor Go-Nijō (後二条天皇 Go-Nijō-tennō) (March 9, 1285 – September 10, 1308) was the 94th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. He reigned from March 3, 1301 until September 10, 1308. This 14th century sovereign was named after the 12th century Emperor Nijō and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the […]

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by / on March 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1903 -Empress Kōjun of Japan.

Empress Kōjun (6 March 1903 – 16 June 2000) was empress consort of Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Born Princess Nagako, she was the mother of the present Emperor (Akihito). Her posthumous name is Kōjun, which means “fragrant purity”. Empress Kōjun was empress consort (kōgō) from 25 December 1926 to 7 January 1989, making her the longest lived empress consort in […]

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by / on February 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1103 – Emperor Toba of Japan.

Emperor Toba (February 24, 1103 – July 20, 1156) was the 74th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Toba’s reign spanned the years from 1107 through 1123. Events of Toba’s life: When his mother died, his grandfather, former-Emperor Shirakawa, took him under his care and raised him. August 9, 1107 (Kajō 2, 19th day of the […]

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by / on February 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1960 – Naruhito, crown prince of Japan.

Crown Prince Naruhito (born 23 February 1960) is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, which makes him the heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan. Titled Prince Hiro, he was invested as the Crown Prince on 23 February 1991, following the death of his grandfather, Emperor Shōwa on 7 January 1989. He received his bachelor’s and […]

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by / on February 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1883 -Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night).

Naoya Shiga was a Japanese novelist and short story writer active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. Shiga was born in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi prefecture. His father, the son of a samurai, was a banker. The family moved to Tokyo when Shiga was three, to live with his grandparents, who were largely responsible for raising him. Shiga’s mother […]

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