September 27, 1940 – Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact

September 27, 1940 – Germany, Italy, and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact

On this day in 1940, the Axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy, and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin.

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May 03, 1946 – Japanese war crimes trial begins

May 03, 1946 – Japanese war crimes trial begins

In Tokyo, Japan, the International Military Tribunals for the Far East begins hearing the case against 28 Japanese military and government officials accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during World War II.

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March 27, 1912 – Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac

March 27, 1912 – Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac

In Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial.

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March 20, 1995 – Nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway

March 20, 1995 – Nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway

At the height of morning rush hour, terrorists from the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult converge at the Kasumigaseki subway station in Tokyo and release lethal sarin gas into the air.

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