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Dec. 2, 1915 — Born as the fourth son of Emperor Taisho.

April 1932 — Enrolls in the Military Academy and graduates four years later.

December 1939 — Enters the Military Staff College.

Oct. 22, 1941 — Marries Yuriko Takagi, the second daughter of nobleman and entomologist Masanari Takagi.

December — Graduates from the Military Staff College. The Pacific phase of World War II starts.

January 1943 — Posted to Nanking, China, as an Imperial Japanese Army officer under a pseudonym.

January 1944 — Returns to Japan and serves as a staff officer in the Army Section of the Imperial General Headquarters.

April 26 — First daughter, later Princess Yasuko, born.

Aug. 15, 1945 — World War II ends.

Jan. 5, 1946 — First son, later Prince Tomohito, born.

Feb. 11, 1948 — Second son, later Prince Katsura, born.

Oct. 23, 1951 — Second daughter, later Princess Masako, born.

Dec. 29, 1954 — Third son, later Prince Takamado, born.

Nov. 21, 2002 — Prince Takamado dies at the age of 47.

June 6, 2012 — Prince Tomohito dies at the age of 66.

July 11 — Prince Mikasa undergoes surgery to correct a defective heart valve.

June 8, 2014 — Prince Katsura dies of acute heart failure at the age of 66.

Dec. 2, 2015 — Prince Mikasa turns 100 years old.

Oct. 27, 2016 — Dies of cardiac arrest at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 100.

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