On This Day in History

This database is a source for anniversaries of world interest, searchable by day or keyword, built up by Graphic News over many year for the On This Day series of graphics.

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24 Sep
2015
Over 2,000 pilgrims were suffocated or crushed during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Mecca, making it the deadliest Hajj disaster in historyOver 2,000 pilgrims were suffocated or crushed during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Mecca, making it the deadliest Hajj disaster in history
2 years ago
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24 Sep
2010
Russian politician Gennady Yanayev, 73, died from lung cancer. His career spanned the rules of Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko, and culminated during the Gorbachev…Russian politician Gennady Yanayev, 73, died from lung cancer. His career spanned the rules of Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko, and culminated during the Gorbachev years, when he was elected Vice President of the Soviet Union. Suspicious of where Gorbachev’s reforms were leading, Yanayev headed the Gang of Eight, the group which deposed Gorbachev during the August coup of 1991, and was made Acting President of the Soviet Union. After three days the coup collapsed and Yanayev was arrested, but he was pardoned by the State Duma in 1994
7 years ago
24 Sep
2010
Brazilian semi-public energy company Petrobras raised $67 billion in the world’s largest share offerBrazilian semi-public energy company Petrobras raised $67 billion in the world’s largest share offer
7 years ago
24 Sep
2010
Gold prices reached a record $1,300/oz in a prolonged rallyGold prices reached a record $1,300/oz in a prolonged rally
7 years ago
24 Sep
2010
The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened off Thanet in Kent, in southeast EnglandThe world’s largest offshore wind farm opened off Thanet in Kent, in southeast England
7 years ago
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24 Sep
2009
Susan Atkins, a member of the notorious “Manson family”, led by Charles Manson, died from cancer in prison in California, aged 61. Manson and his followers committed a series…Susan Atkins, a member of the notorious “Manson family”, led by Charles Manson, died from cancer in prison in California, aged 61. Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders, including that of actress Sharon Tate, over five weeks in the summer of 1969. Atkins was convicted for her participation in eight of these killings, and was sentenced to death, which was subsequently commuted to life in prison. She was incarcerated in California from October 1, 1969, until her death, having been denied parole 18 times. She was the longest-incarcerated female inmate in the California penal system
8 years ago
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24 Sep
2009
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament, in a session chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama. Resolution 1887, which called for…The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for nuclear disarmament, in a session chaired by U.S. President Barack Obama. Resolution 1887, which called for further efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons, to boost disarmament and to reduce the risk of “nuclear terrorism”, came amid growing concerns among Western powers over the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. It was the first time a U.S. president had chaired a Security Council summit
8 years ago
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24 Sep
2009
Britain’s largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure was discovered buried in a field in Staffordshire. The collection of 1,500 gold and silver items, thought to date to the 7th…Britain’s largest ever haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure was discovered buried in a field in Staffordshire. The collection of 1,500 gold and silver items, thought to date to the 7th Century, was estimated to be worth over seven figures and of as much importance as finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells. The hoard was found on farmland by an amateur metal detector
8 years ago
24 Sep
2008
Former Foreign Minister Taro Aso was formally approved as the next Prime Minister of Japan, replacing Yasuo FukudaFormer Foreign Minister Taro Aso was formally approved as the next Prime Minister of Japan, replacing Yasuo Fukuda
9 years ago
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24 Sep
2008
Sudanese authorities located a group of kidnappers and the 19 hostages they had seized in Egypt four days earlier. The hostages, five Italians, five Germans, a Romanian and eight…Sudanese authorities located a group of kidnappers and the 19 hostages they had seized in Egypt four days earlier. The hostages, five Italians, five Germans, a Romanian and eight Egyptians, were found near Jebel Uweinat, a mountain near Sudan’s borders with Egypt and Libya
9 years ago
24 Sep
2007
In the U.S., 73,000 United Auto Workers union workers went on strike against General Motors, the first general strike against the company in 37 yearsIn the U.S., 73,000 United Auto Workers union workers went on strike against General Motors, the first general strike against the company in 37 years
10 years ago
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24 Sep
2007
Ongoing demonstrations against the military junta in Myanmar culminated in a march in Yangon (Rangoon) by an estimated 100,000 protesters, led by some 20,000 Buddhist monks and…Ongoing demonstrations against the military junta in Myanmar culminated in a march in Yangon (Rangoon) by an estimated 100,000 protesters, led by some 20,000 Buddhist monks and nuns, making the event the largest Burmese anti-government protest in 20 years. The junta threatened demonstrators with military force and moved army trucks to the pagoda marking the assembly point for the protests
10 years ago
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24 Sep
2006
A top-secret National Intelligence Estimate leaked to the press concluded that the Iraq war had intensified the terror threat to the United States. They said the estimate, which…A top-secret National Intelligence Estimate leaked to the press concluded that the Iraq war had intensified the terror threat to the United States. They said the estimate, which collated work by 16 government agencies, had found that the war had created a new generation of Islamic radicals who fought in Iraq and then returned to their home countries to plan further acts of terrorism. President Bush refuted the claim that the war had increased the threat of terrorism, saying such conclusions were “naïve”
11 years ago
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24 Sep
2006
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said in a television interview that he had tried hard before he left office to bring about the death or capture of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin…Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said in a television interview that he had tried hard before he left office to bring about the death or capture of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. He claimed that, prior to the 9/11 attacks, President Bush’s White House had not acted on information that made clear that Bin Laden and his terror network posed an imminent threat to the United States
11 years ago
24 Sep
2006
At least 47 people, including several children, were killed in a bus crash near the Ecuadorean capital QuitoAt least 47 people, including several children, were killed in a bus crash near the Ecuadorean capital Quito
11 years ago
24 Sep
2006
The Basque separatist movement ETA vowed not to surrender its weapons while still seeking independence from Spain, despite having called a ceasefire six months earlierThe Basque separatist movement ETA vowed not to surrender its weapons while still seeking independence from Spain, despite having called a ceasefire six months earlier
11 years ago
24 Sep
2006
NASA recorded the largest ozone hole in the atmosphere to that date, some 10.6 million square milesNASA recorded the largest ozone hole in the atmosphere to that date, some 10.6 million square miles
11 years ago
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24 Sep
2005
Hurricane Rita struck the Louisiana-Texas state line, less than a month after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc along the Gulf Coast. New Orleans, already devastated by Katrina,…Hurricane Rita struck the Louisiana-Texas state line, less than a month after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc along the Gulf Coast. New Orleans, already devastated by Katrina, suffered further flooding when recently repaired levees were breached again. Rita claimed 119 lives, although only six deaths were directly attributed to the hurricane
12 years ago
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24 Sep
2004
Best-selling French novelist Francoise Sagan died in Honfleur, Normandy, aged 69. She was best-known for her first work, Bonjour Tristesse, an anthem to disillusioned youth…Best-selling French novelist Francoise Sagan died in Honfleur, Normandy, aged 69. She was best-known for her first work, Bonjour Tristesse, an anthem to disillusioned youth published in 1954 when she was just 18
13 years ago
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24 Sep
2002
Suspected Islamic militants attacked a Hindu temple in Gandhinagar, India, killing 29 and wounding 74 people. Infantry commandos killed two attackers at the temple in western…Suspected Islamic militants attacked a Hindu temple in Gandhinagar, India, killing 29 and wounding 74 people. Infantry commandos killed two attackers at the temple in western Gujarat
15 years ago
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24 Sep
2002
British prime minister Tony Blair published his long-awaited dossier of evidence against Iraq. The dossier warned that Saddam Hussein could build a nuclear weapon within a year or…British prime minister Tony Blair published his long-awaited dossier of evidence against Iraq. The dossier warned that Saddam Hussein could build a nuclear weapon within a year or two, and that he was already able to deploy a weapon of mass destruction with just 45 minutes notice, a claim that was subsequently found to be unsubstantiated
15 years ago
24 Sep
2001
Opposition Northern Alliance forces in Afghanistan stepped up their offensive against Taliban forces ahead of possible U.S.-led military strikesOpposition Northern Alliance forces in Afghanistan stepped up their offensive against Taliban forces ahead of possible U.S.-led military strikes
16 years ago
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24 Sep
2001
President George W. Bush ordered all U.S. assets of terrorist groups to be frozen as part of the hunt to trace the financial network of Osama bin Laden. He also warned foreign…President George W. Bush ordered all U.S. assets of terrorist groups to be frozen as part of the hunt to trace the financial network of Osama bin Laden. He also warned foreign banks that unless they cooperated with the investigation they would be prevented from doing business in the United States
16 years ago
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24 Sep
2000
The 13-year rule of Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic looked destined to end as leading opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica won a large majority in the country's…The 13-year rule of Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic looked destined to end as leading opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica won a large majority in the country's presidential election
17 years ago
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