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 Jun
2015
A severe heatwave in Pakistan had claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people, mostly in Karachi. The worst affected areas were Sindh, Southern Punjab, and Balochistan.…A severe heatwave in Pakistan had claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people, mostly in Karachi. The worst affected areas were Sindh, Southern Punjab, and Balochistan. Temperatures soared into the high 40s, the highest recorded temperatures in Karachi since 1979. Pakistan’s heatwave followed a similar event in India which killed 2,500 people in May
2 years ago
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24 Jun
2015
Scientists announced the discovery of an early turtle ancestor that lived 240 million years ago. Unearthed in a quarry in southern Germany, the 8-inch (20-cm) reptile combined…Scientists announced the discovery of an early turtle ancestor that lived 240 million years ago. Unearthed in a quarry in southern Germany, the 8-inch (20-cm) reptile combined traits of lizard-like ancestors with a set of emerging turtle-like features. It was named Pappochelys, or “grandfather of all turtles”
2 years ago
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24 Jun
2014
Eli Wallach, American character actor whose films included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died aged 98. Arguably best known for playing villains, Wallach…Eli Wallach, American character actor whose films included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died aged 98. Arguably best known for playing villains, Wallach was admired for his wide range in a career spanning six decades and received an honorary Oscar in 2011
3 years ago
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24 Jun
2012
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election. Morsi, who polled 51.7 percent of the vote, became the…Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election. Morsi, who polled 51.7 percent of the vote, became the country’s fifth president and the first from outside the military. He was also the first Islamist to be elected leader of an Arab state
5 years ago
24 Jun
2011
New York legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marryNew York legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry
6 years ago
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24 Jun
2010
A high-speed train passing through a railway station near Barcelona slammed into a group of young people crossing the tracks, killing 12 and injuring 14 others. The group, which…A high-speed train passing through a railway station near Barcelona slammed into a group of young people crossing the tracks, killing 12 and injuring 14 others. The group, which was heading to Castelldefels beach for a summer festival, was crossing the tracks rather than using a pedestrian underpass
7 years ago
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24 Jun
2010
Julia Gillard was sworn in as Australia’s first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd was ousted in a snap leadership vote. The Labor government’s slump in support had sparked…Julia Gillard was sworn in as Australia’s first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd was ousted in a snap leadership vote. The Labor government’s slump in support had sparked fears of election defeat later in the year
7 years ago
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24 Jun
2010
American John Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (3), 70-68, in the longest match in tennis history, in the first round at Wimbledon. The match took…American John Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (3), 70-68, in the longest match in tennis history, in the first round at Wimbledon. The match took over 11 hours, spanning three days. Both men served more than 100 aces, another of many records set during the match
7 years ago
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24 Jun
2010
Following a 3-2 defeat by Slovakia, defending champions Italy followed France out of the World Cup; it was the first time in the tournament’s history that both previous finalists…Following a 3-2 defeat by Slovakia, defending champions Italy followed France out of the World Cup; it was the first time in the tournament’s history that both previous finalists were eliminated in the first round of play
7 years ago
24 Jun
2009
A flute carved over 35,000 years ago, and thought to be the world’s oldest musical instrument, was unearthed in GermanyA flute carved over 35,000 years ago, and thought to be the world’s oldest musical instrument, was unearthed in Germany
8 years ago
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24 Jun
2009
Further violent clashes broke out in Tehran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Iran’s recent presidential election result would stand despite widespread…Further violent clashes broke out in Tehran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Iran’s recent presidential election result would stand despite widespread suspicions that the June 12 poll had been rigged
8 years ago
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24 Jun
2008
Italian architect David Fisher unveiled plans for the world’s first swirling skyscraper in Dubai, with each floor rotating up to once an hour to form an ever-changing profile on…Italian architect David Fisher unveiled plans for the world’s first swirling skyscraper in Dubai, with each floor rotating up to once an hour to form an ever-changing profile on the skyline
9 years ago
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24 Jun
2007
Gordon Brown was elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party, ensuring he would become prime minister three days later when Tony Blair stepped down after a decade in power. Prime…Gordon Brown was elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party, ensuring he would become prime minister three days later when Tony Blair stepped down after a decade in power. Prime minister-in-waiting Brown promised to change the way the country was run by giving more power to parliament and ordinary people, and less to the state
10 years ago
24 Jun
2007
A car bomb attack in southern Lebanon killed six UN peacekeepers, the first such attack on UN forces since the end of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in 2006A car bomb attack in southern Lebanon killed six UN peacekeepers, the first such attack on UN forces since the end of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in 2006
10 years ago
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24 Jun
2007
Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali”, was sentenced to death by Iraq’s High Tribunal for his role in the genocide of some 180,000 Kurds under the regime of Saddam…Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali”, was sentenced to death by Iraq’s High Tribunal for his role in the genocide of some 180,000 Kurds under the regime of Saddam Hussein
10 years ago
24 Jun
2006
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines signed a law that repealed the death penaltyPresident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines signed a law that repealed the death penalty
11 years ago
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24 Jun
2005
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hardline conservative mayor of Tehran, won Iran’s runoff presidential election, defeating former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani by a landslide.…Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hardline conservative mayor of Tehran, won Iran’s runoff presidential election, defeating former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani by a landslide. Ahmadinejad said that he wanted to create a strong Islamic country, and that Iran would move forward with its nuclear plans while continuing negotiations with European counterparts
12 years ago
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24 Jun
2005
A London magazine published a 12-line poem written by the 6th century BC poet Sappho which had been discovered the previous year by German researchers on a papyrus wrapped around a…A London magazine published a 12-line poem written by the 6th century BC poet Sappho which had been discovered the previous year by German researchers on a papyrus wrapped around a mummy
12 years ago
24 Jun
2004
Iraqi security forces and U.S. troops were targeted in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in five Iraqi cities that killed more than 100 people and wounded hundreds moreIraqi security forces and U.S. troops were targeted in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in five Iraqi cities that killed more than 100 people and wounded hundreds more
13 years ago
24 Jun
2003
Six British soldiers were killed after being ambushed north of the southern Iraqi city of BasraSix British soldiers were killed after being ambushed north of the southern Iraqi city of Basra
14 years ago
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24 Jun
2002
U.S. President George W. Bush declared that the U.S. would not support the creation of a Palestinian state while Yasser Arafat remained as leader. Arafat responded that only the…U.S. President George W. Bush declared that the U.S. would not support the creation of a Palestinian state while Yasser Arafat remained as leader. Arafat responded that only the Palestinian people would decide who their leaders would be
15 years ago
24 Jun
2002
Despite difficulties among the various factions, Afghanistan's new cabinet was sworn in as the loya jirga concluded in KabulDespite difficulties among the various factions, Afghanistan's new cabinet was sworn in as the loya jirga concluded in Kabul
15 years ago
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24 Jun
2002
A train crash near the Tanzanian capital, Dodoma, killed 281 people in the country's worst-ever train disaster. The train, which was carrying more than 1,000 passengers, is…A train crash near the Tanzanian capital, Dodoma, killed 281 people in the country's worst-ever train disaster. The train, which was carrying more than 1,000 passengers, is believed to have lost power before rolling backwards down a slope and colliding with a goods train before being derailed
15 years ago
24 Jun
2001
During a visit to the Ukraine, Pope John Paul II visited the site at Babi Yar where Soviet secret police executed over 100,000 people between 1929 and 1941During a visit to the Ukraine, Pope John Paul II visited the site at Babi Yar where Soviet secret police executed over 100,000 people between 1929 and 1941
16 years ago
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