Famous Deaths

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Famous Deaths Today: 756 -Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan.

Emperor Shōmu was the 45th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (imina) is not clearly known, but he was known as Oshi-hiraki Toyosakura-hiko-no-mikoto. Shōmu was the son of Emperor Mommu and Fujiwara no Miyako, a daughter of Fujiwara no Fuhito. Shōmu had four Empresses and six […]

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by / on April 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1192 -Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan.

Emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇 Go-Shirakawa-tennō) (October 18, 1127 – April 26, 1192) was the 77th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1155 through 1158. This 12th century sovereign was named after the 11th century Emperor Shirakawa and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later […]

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by / on April 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1185 – Antoku Taira, Emperor of Japan (1180-85), Drowns.

Emperor Antoku (安徳天皇 Antoku-tennō) (December 22, 1178 – April 24, 1185) was the 81st emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1180 through 1185. During this time, the imperial family was involved in a bitter struggle between warring clans. Yoritomo, with his cousin Yoshinaka, led a force from the Minamoto clan […]

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by / on March 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Emperor Go-Murakami, Emperor of Japan: Famous Deaths.

Emperor Go-Murakami (1328 – March 29, 1368) was the 97th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession, and a member of the Southern Court during the Nanboku-chō period of rival courts. He reigned from September 18, 1339 until March 29, 1368 (Shōhei 23, 11th day of the 3rd month). His personal name was Noriyoshi. He reigned from […]

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by / on March 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1683 – Yaoya Oshichi, a young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan.

Yaoya Oshichi, literally “greengrocer Oshichi”, was a daughter of the greengrocer Tarobei. She lived in the Hongō neighborhood of Edo at the beginning of the Edo period. She attempted to commit arson after falling in love with a boy. This story became the subject of joruri plays. The year of her birth is sometimes given as 1666. In December 1682, […]

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by / on March 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1239 -Emperor Go-Toba of Japan.

Emperor Go-Toba (August 6, 1180 – March 28, 1239) was the 82nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1183 through 1198. This 12th century sovereign was named after Emperor Toba and go- (後), translates literally as “later”; and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Toba”. The Japanese word […]

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by / on March 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1685 -Emperor Go-Sai of Japan.

Emperor Go-Sai (January 1, 1638 – March 22, 1685), also known as Emperor Go-Saiin was the 111th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Go-Sai’s reign spanned the years from 1654 through 1663. This 17th century sovereign was named after the 9th century Emperor Junna and go-(後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he could have been […]

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