1921 - Born on the 26th of January in Nagoya, Japan.
1944 - He graduated from Osaka Imperial University.
1946 - On the 7th of May, Morita and Ibuka founded Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K. K with approximately 20 employees and initial capital of ¥190,000. Ibuka was 38 years old at the time and Morita was 25.
1949 - The company developed magnetic recording tape.
1950 - Sold the first tape recorder in Japan.
1957 - It produced a pocket-sized radio and a year later renamed itself Sony.
1960 - Produced the first transistor television in the world.
1961 - Sony Corporation of America was the first Japanese company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
1966 - Morita wrote a book called Never Mind School Records, in which he stresses that school records are not important in one's success or ability to do business.
1989 - Sony bought Columbia Pictures.
1986 - Morita wrote an autobiography titled Made in Japan.
1991 - He was famous for co-authoring the essay The Japan that Can Say No with politician Shintaro Ishihara, which criticized United States business practices and encouraged Japanese to take a more independent role in business and foreign affairs.
1999 - Died on the 3rd of October in Tokyo of pneumonia at the age of 78.
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