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  • Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
    Wednesday Jan 26, 1921

    Born

    Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
    Wednesday Jan 26, 1921

    Akio Morita was born on January 26, 1921, in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.




  • Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
    1944

    Graduation

    Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
    1944

    In 1944 he graduated from Osaka Imperial University with a degree in physics. He was later commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and served in World War II. During his service, Morita met his future business partner Masaru Ibuka in the Navy's Wartime Research Committee.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 07, 1946

    Founding Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (SONY)

    Tokyo, Japan
    Tuesday May 07, 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.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    1949

    The Magnetic Recording Tape

    Tokyo, Japan
    1949

    In 1949, the company developed magnetic recording tape.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    1950

    Selling The First Tape Recorder

    Tokyo, Japan
    1950

    in 1950, sold the first tape recorder in Japan.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    1957

    Producing a pocket-Sized Radio

    Tokyo, Japan
    1957

    In 1957, it produced a pocket-sized radio (the first to be fully transistorized).




  • Tokyo, Japan
    1958

    Renaming The Company

    Tokyo, Japan
    1958

    In 1958, Morita and Ibuka decided to rename their company Sony (derived from "sonus"—–Latin for "sound"—–and Sonny-boys the most common American expression).


  • Tokyo, Japan
    1960

    Producing The First Transistor Television In The World

    Tokyo, Japan
    1960

    In 1960, it produced the first transistor television in the world. In 1973, Sony received an Emmy Award for its Trinitron television-set technology.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday Feb 15, 1960

    Establishing The Sony Corporation of America

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday Feb 15, 1960

    In 1960, the Sony Corporation of America (SONAM, currently abbreviated as SCA) was established in the United States.


  • New York, U.S.
    1961

    The First Japanese Company To be Listed on The New York Stock Exchange

    New York, U.S.
    1961

    In 1961, Sony Corporation was the first Japanese company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, in the form of American depositary receipts (ADRs), which are traded over-the-counter.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday May 10, 1975

    Releasing The First Betamax Home Video Recorder

    Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday May 10, 1975

    In 1975, it released the first Betamax home video recorder, a year before VHS format came out.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Sunday Jul 01, 1979

    Releasing The Walkman

    Tokyo, Japan
    Sunday Jul 01, 1979

    In 1979, the Walkman was introduced, making it one of the world's first portable music players.


  • London, England
    1982

    The First Japanese To Receive The Albert Medal

    London, England
    1982

    Morita was awarded the Albert Medal by the United Kingdom's Royal Society of Arts in 1982, the first Japanese to receive the honor.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Nov, 1984

    Releasing The Discman Series

    Tokyo, Japan
    Nov, 1984

    In 1984, Sony launched the Discman series which extended their Walkman brand to portable CD products.


  • U.S.
    1988

    Sony bought CBS Records Group

    U.S.
    1988

    Sony bought CBS Records Group which consisted of Columbia Records, Epic Records and other CBS labels in 1988 and Columbia Pictures Entertainment (Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures and others) in 1989.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Friday Nov 25, 1994

    Morita Stepped down as Sony Chairman

    Tokyo, Japan
    Friday Nov 25, 1994

    On November 25, 1994, Morita stepped down as Sony chairman after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while playing tennis. He was succeeded by Norio Ohga, who had joined the company in the 1950s after sending Morita a letter denouncing the poor quality of the company's tape recorders.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Sunday Oct 03, 1999

    Death

    Tokyo, Japan
    Sunday Oct 03, 1999

    On October 3, 1999, Morita died of pneumonia at the age of 78.


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