Leiji Matsumoto was born. Matsumoto is one of the most important creative minds in 1970s anime. His breakthrough success was with directing Space Battleship Yamato, which he had heavy creative influence on. The series was not only successful, but highly influential. Its themes and concepts show in space opera anime that followed it, including Mobile Suit Gundam and SDF Macross. Matsumoto would go on to create other space opera manga and anime such as Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Queen Millennia, and many more. And so, he is arguably responsible for the “space craze” of anime and manga in the 70s. He is married to former manga artist Miyako Maki.