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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22 Jan
2015
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, ruler of the world’s biggest oil-producing country, died, aged around 90. Abdullah succeeded his half-brother, King Fahd, in 2005, and was seen as…King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, ruler of the world’s biggest oil-producing country, died, aged around 90. Abdullah succeeded his half-brother, King Fahd, in 2005, and was seen as something of a reformer, as well as a vocal advocate of peace in the Middle East. He was succeeded by another half-brother, Salman, 79
3 years ago
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22 Jan
2014
UN-brokered negotiations began in Geneva, Switzerland between the Syrian government, members of the opposition, the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. No agreement was…UN-brokered negotiations began in Geneva, Switzerland between the Syrian government, members of the opposition, the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. No agreement was expected but getting the parties to table marked some progress in Syria’s intractable conflict
4 years ago
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22 Jan
2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to form “as broad a government as possible” after his right-wing Likud-Beitenu alliance won a narrow election victory. In a…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to form “as broad a government as possible” after his right-wing Likud-Beitenu alliance won a narrow election victory. In a major surprise, the centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party came second with 19 seats
5 years ago
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22 Jan
2011
The death toll from flooding in South Africa reached 70 following weeks of heavy rains that began in December. More than 8,000 families had been forced to leave their homes, with…The death toll from flooding in South Africa reached 70 following weeks of heavy rains that began in December. More than 8,000 families had been forced to leave their homes, with eight of the country’s nine provinces declared disaster areas, and five other southern African nations, from Namibia to Mozambique, were on alert for further floods. The Zambezi and Okavango rivers were swollen to around twice their normal levels
7 years ago
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22 Jan
2011
Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen resigned as leader of the ruling Fianna Fail party following the resignation of many of his ministers. Cowen had won a vote of confidence just three…Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen resigned as leader of the ruling Fianna Fail party following the resignation of many of his ministers. Cowen had won a vote of confidence just three days earlier
7 years ago
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22 Jan
2010
British-born actress Jean Simmons died from lung cancer at her Santa Monica home, aged 80. She made her name playing Estella in David Lean’s 1946 version of Great Expectations…British-born actress Jean Simmons died from lung cancer at her Santa Monica home, aged 80. She made her name playing Estella in David Lean’s 1946 version of Great Expectations and moved to Hollywood in 1950, where she soon became one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, starring alongside Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas and her first husband, Stewart Granger. She received an Oscar nomination for her role as Ophelia opposite Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948), a Golden Globe for Best Musical/Comedy Actress in Guys and Dolls (1956), with Marlon Brando, and an Emmy for her role as matriarch Fiona Cleary in The Thorn Birds (1983)
8 years ago
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22 Jan
2009
In one of his first moves since his inauguration President Barack Obama ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within one year. All overseas CIA detention centres…In one of his first moves since his inauguration President Barack Obama ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within one year. All overseas CIA detention centres for terror suspects were also to be closed and torture banned
9 years ago
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22 Jan
2008
Australian actor Heath Ledger was found dead at his home in New York after taking an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. He won a posthumous Oscar for his final role in the…Australian actor Heath Ledger was found dead at his home in New York after taking an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. He won a posthumous Oscar for his final role in the Batman movie, The Dark Knight
10 years ago
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22 Jan
2007
An Indian spacecraft successfully completed its test flight, splashing down in the Bay of Bengal after 12 days orbiting the earth. The Indian Space Research Organisation said it…An Indian spacecraft successfully completed its test flight, splashing down in the Bay of Bengal after 12 days orbiting the earth. The Indian Space Research Organisation said it was a key step in India’s plan to send an unmanned mission to the moon in 2008
11 years ago
22 Jan
2006
Evo Morales was inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous head of stateEvo Morales was inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous head of state
12 years ago
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22 Jan
2004
American musical actress Ann Miller died from lung cancer at the age of 81. Miller, famed for her tap dancing skills, starred in more than 40 Hollywood films during her long…American musical actress Ann Miller died from lung cancer at the age of 81. Miller, famed for her tap dancing skills, starred in more than 40 Hollywood films during her long career, notably Kiss Me Kate and Easter Parade, with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland
14 years ago
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22 Jan
2003
American Airlines reported losses of $3.5 billion in 2002, the largest yearly loss in aviation history. A slow world economy, terrorist threats and the possibility of a war with…American Airlines reported losses of $3.5 billion in 2002, the largest yearly loss in aviation history. A slow world economy, terrorist threats and the possibility of a war with Iraq all combined were major contributing factors
15 years ago
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22 Jan
2003
The right-wing Pim Fortuyn List trailed in a distant fifth in the Netherlands’ general election, losing much of the support gained following the assassination of party leader…The right-wing Pim Fortuyn List trailed in a distant fifth in the Netherlands’ general election, losing much of the support gained following the assassination of party leader Fortuyn the previous year. The conservative Christian Democrats, led by prime minster Jan peter Balkenende, topped the poll
15 years ago
22 Jan
2003
Scientists in China announced the discovery of a small dinosaur with four wings and plumed tail; the 76cm-long (30in) creature was named Microraptor guiScientists in China announced the discovery of a small dinosaur with four wings and plumed tail; the 76cm-long (30in) creature was named Microraptor gui
15 years ago
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22 Jan
2002
Four gunmen shot dead five policemen and injured 20 other people in a dawn attack at the American cultural centre in Calcutta, India. India blamed Islamic militants for the…Four gunmen shot dead five policemen and injured 20 other people in a dawn attack at the American cultural centre in Calcutta, India. India blamed Islamic militants for the shootings
16 years ago
22 Jan
2002
America's third largest discount retail chain, KMart, filed for bankruptcyAmerica's third largest discount retail chain, KMart, filed for bankruptcy
16 years ago
22 Jan
1999
Pope John Paul II began a six-day visit to Mexico and the United StatesPope John Paul II began a six-day visit to Mexico and the United States
19 years ago
22 Jan
1998
Theodore Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, was convicted of the deaths of three people in a 17-year mail bombing campaign in the United StatesTheodore Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, was convicted of the deaths of three people in a 17-year mail bombing campaign in the United States
20 years ago
22 Jan
1996
Hillary Clinton was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating legal records connected to the Whitewater affairHillary Clinton was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating legal records connected to the Whitewater affair
22 years ago
22 Jan
1995
A suicide bomber killed 19 people, mostly Israeli soldiers, near a bus station where troops wait for transport into the occupied West BankA suicide bomber killed 19 people, mostly Israeli soldiers, near a bus station where troops wait for transport into the occupied West Bank
23 years ago
22 Jan
1994
Kojak actor Telly Savalas died from prostate cancer, aged 70Kojak actor Telly Savalas died from prostate cancer, aged 70
24 years ago
22 Jan
1992
A British motoring organisation reported that the number of stolen cars offered for sale to UK dealers had risen by a staggering 300 percent over the previous yearA British motoring organisation reported that the number of stolen cars offered for sale to UK dealers had risen by a staggering 300 percent over the previous year
26 years ago
22 Jan
1991
Britain announced it would reimburse the Baltic States for 15.5 tons of gold sold in 1967, totalling $162 millionBritain announced it would reimburse the Baltic States for 15.5 tons of gold sold in 1967, totalling $162 million
27 years ago
22 Jan
1990
Yugoslavia's Communist Party voted to abolish the party's monopoly on powerYugoslavia's Communist Party voted to abolish the party's monopoly on power
28 years ago
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