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Major events in Emperor Hirohito's life

April 29, 1901 -- Hirohito born to Prince Taisho.

1904 -- Russo-Japanese War begins.

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1912 -- Emperor Meiji dies, Taisho becomes emperor.

Aug. 22, 1912 -- Japan enters World War I.

1921 -- Hirohito becomes regent.

Sept. 1, 1923 -- Earthquake kills 150,000 in Tokyo.

Dec. 25, 1926 -- Emperor Taisho dies. Hirohito becomes emperor.

Sept. 18, 1931 -- Japan's occupation of China begins.

July 1937 -- Japan begins total war with China.

Dec. 7, 1941 -- Japan attacks United States at Pearl Harbor.

Aug. 6, 1945 -- United States drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Aug. 9, 1945 -- U.S. atomic bombing on Nagasaki.

Aug. 15, 1945 -- Japan unconditionally surrenders.

September 1945 -- Six-year allied occupation begins.

Jan. 1, 1946 -- Emperor renounces god-like status.

May 3, 1947 -- Emperor stripped of constitutional power.

Sept. 8, 1951 -- U.S.-Japan Security Treaty signed.

Dec. 18, 1956 -- Japan becomes member of United Nations.

April 10, 1959 -- Prince Akihito marries a commoner.

Oct. 10, 1964 -- Summer Olympic Games open in Tokyo.

Sept. 27, 1971 -- Hirohito visits Europe.

May 15, 1972 -- United States returns Okinawa to Japan.

Sept. 29, 1972 -- Japan-China restore diplomatic relations.

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May 7, 1975 -- Queen Elizabeth visits Japan.

Sept. 30, 1975 -- Hirohito visits the United States.

Aug. 12, 1978 -- Japan-China sign peace treaty.

Sept. 22, 1987 -- Hirohito operated on for suspected cancer.

Sept. 19, 1988 -- Hirohito bedridden with internal bleeding.

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