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  • Apr 29, 1901
    Emperor Hirohito is born in Tokyo. He oversees Japan during World War II, when he is vilified in the lyrics of Red Foley's "Smoke On The Water"
    Feb 18, 1933
    Yoko Ono is born in Tokyo, Japan. She will become the second wife of The Beatles' John Lennon, whose song "I Feel Fine" becomes a country hit for Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
    Feb 19, 1945
    The 36-day battle for Iwo Jima begins in Japan, with 6,825 Americans dying. Among the survivors is teenager Jerry Clower. One of the soldiers who raises the flag on Mt. Suribachi becomes the topic of a 1964 Johnny Cash hit, "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes"
    Feb 23, 1945
    A flag is raised on Mt. Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. A photograph of the event becomes part of American history, though one of the soldiers has trouble dealing with his fame, inspiring the Johnny Cash hit "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes"
    Apr 1, 1945
    American forces begin the three-month World War II battle for Okinawa. Among the servicemen is teenager Jerry Clower
    Apr 20, 1945
    World War II reporter Ernie Pyle is buried in Okinawa, Japan. Accompanying the ceremony is Roy Acuff's recording "Great Speckled Bird"
    Aug 6, 1945
    The U.S. drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, using uranium manufactured in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The town's name is later bestowed on The Oak Ridge Boys. The World War II event helps inspire The Buchanan Brothers' country hit "Atomic Power"
    Mar 16, 1959
    Wanda Jackson completes her first tour of Japan, spurred by her success with the pop hit "Fujiyama Mama"
    Feb 6, 1967
    Buck Owens records two concerts at Nenkin Hall in Tokyo. They're released as the album "Buck Owens And His Buckaroos In Japan!"
    Jan 16, 1980
    "I Feel Fine" co-writer Paul McCartney is arrested for possession of marijuana at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan. He serves 10 days in jail for the offense

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