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  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Sony Corporation

    Founding

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Sony began in the wake of World War II. In 1946, Masaru Ibuka started an electronics shop in a department store building in Tokyo. The company started with a capital of ¥190,000 and a total of eight employees.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Sony Corporation

    Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    On 7 May 1946, Ibuka was joined by Akio Morita to establish a company called Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation).The company built Japan's first tape recorder, called the Type-G. In 1958, the company changed its name to "Sony".




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    Akio Morita

    Founding Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (SONY)

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 7, 1946

    On May 7, 1946, Ibuka founded Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, the forerunner of Sony Corporation) with about 20 employees and initial capital of ¥190,000. Ibuka was 38 years old. Morita, 25 years old joined Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha shortly after its inception, with Morita's family investing in Sony during the early period and being the largest shareholder.




  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, U.S.
    Tuesday May 21, 1946

    Atomic Bomb

    Physicist Louis Slotin received a lethal dose of radiation

    Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, U.S.
    Tuesday May 21, 1946

    21 May 1946: While conducting further impromptu experiments on the third plutonium core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, physicist Louis Slotin received a lethal dose of radiation. He died on 30 May 1946.




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