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1940

09/19BIRTHDAY: Michiaki Yoshimura [Gifu]

1941

06/30BIRTHDAY: Rusher Kimura [Hokkaido]

1942

02/27BIRTHDAY: Seiji Sakaguchi [Kurume, Fukuoka]
07/15BIRTHDAY: Mil Mascaras [San Luis Potosi, Mexico]
08/07BIRTHDAY: Masa Saito [Tokyo]

1943

02/20BIRTHDAY: Kanji (Antonio) Inoki [Yokohama]

1944

01/15BIRTHDAY: Strong Kobayashi [Tokyo]

1945

03/06BIRTHDAY: Don Arakawa [Izumi, Kagoshima]

1946

05/19BIRTHDAY: Andre the Giant [France]

1947

03/06BIRTHDAY: Masahi Ozawa / Killer Khan [Niigata]

1948

02Comedian brothers Pan Ikari & Chopin Ikari start the "garter ripping" attraction at the striptease theaters with their younger sister Sadako Ikari, Katsumi Tayama, and five or six other girls. This first women's pro-wrestling group is named "All Japan Women's Wrestling Club".
07/18The National Wrestling Alliance is founded in Waterloo, Iowa by six promoters : Sam Muchnick (St. Louis), Pinky George (Des Moines), Al Haft (Columbus, OH), Harry Light (Detroit), Tony Stecher (Minneapolis), and Orville Brown (Kansas City). Pinky George is named the first NWA president.
08/15Japan surrenders to the Allied Forces, and the Second World War ends.
09/08BIRTHDAY: Akihisa Mera / Akihisa Takachiho / The Great Kabuki [Nobeoka, Miyagi]

1949

04/27BIRTHDAY: Yoshiaki Fujiwara [Iwate]
10/12BIRTHDAY: Stan Hansen [Knox City, Texas]


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