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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26 Jul
2016
At least 19 people were killed and 26 people were injured in a stabbing attack at a home for the mentally disabled in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. The assailant, a former…At least 19 people were killed and 26 people were injured in a stabbing attack at a home for the mentally disabled in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. The assailant, a former employee of the care facility, surrendered to police soon after the attack
1 year ago
26 Jul
2016
Solar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth, completing a 16-month voyage when it landed in Abu DhabiSolar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth, completing a 16-month voyage when it landed in Abu Dhabi
1 year ago
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26 Jul
2016
A priest was killed and another person critically wounded after two men armed with knives took five hostages in a church near Rouen in northern France. Police shot dead both…A priest was killed and another person critically wounded after two men armed with knives took five hostages in a church near Rouen in northern France. Police shot dead both assailants as they left the building
1 year ago
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26 Jul
2015
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, died aged 22. She was discovered face down in a bathtub in January and placed in a medically induced coma, but…Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, died aged 22. She was discovered face down in a bathtub in January and placed in a medically induced coma, but never regained consciousness
2 years ago
26 Jul
2013
J.J. Cale, Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician, died at the age of 74, following a heart attackJ.J. Cale, Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician, died at the age of 74, following a heart attack
4 years ago
26 Jul
2013
George P. Mitchell, Texan businessman credited with pioneering the economic extraction of shale gas, died at age 94George P. Mitchell, Texan businessman credited with pioneering the economic extraction of shale gas, died at age 94
4 years ago
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26 Jul
2010
Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, was found guilty at his trial in Phnom Penh and sentenced to 35 years in prison, less 16 years for time…Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, was found guilty at his trial in Phnom Penh and sentenced to 35 years in prison, less 16 years for time already served. He was the first of five surviving senior Khmer Rouge figures to go on trial for the atrocities committed during the regime
7 years ago
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26 Jul
2010
Plastiki, a catamaran made out of recycled plastic bottles, arrived in Sydney, Australia, after travelling across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to raise awareness of…Plastiki, a catamaran made out of recycled plastic bottles, arrived in Sydney, Australia, after travelling across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to raise awareness of environmental issues, specifically pollution in the Pacific
7 years ago
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26 Jul
2009
U.S. choreographer Merce Cunningham, widely recognised for revolutionising modern dance, died at the age of 90. He formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953 and…U.S. choreographer Merce Cunningham, widely recognised for revolutionising modern dance, died at the age of 90. He formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1953 and choreographed nearly 200 works for it,dancing on stage into his 80s. Born just after World War I in a small town near Seattle, Cunningham loved to dance as a child and in 1939 was invited by Martha Graham, regarded at the time as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, to join her company, where he spent six years as a soloist. He presented his first solo concert in New York in 1944, with music by composer John Cage, who became his life partner and frequent collaborator until Cage’s death in 1992. In June 2009, the Cunningham Dance Foundation announced the Legacy Plan, a precedent-setting plan for the continuation of Cunningham’s work and the celebration and preservation of his artistic legacy
8 years ago
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26 Jul
2009
India launched its first nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant. The 6000-tonne submarine was to embark on sea trials for two years before being commissioned into full service. India…India launched its first nuclear submarine, the INS Arihant. The 6000-tonne submarine was to embark on sea trials for two years before being commissioned into full service. India became only the sixth nation, after the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China, with the capabilities to develop nuclear submarines
8 years ago
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26 Jul
2009
Violence erupted in northern Nigeria between the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and Nigerian security forces. Over 50 people died when the militants attacked a police station…Violence erupted in northern Nigeria between the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and Nigerian security forces. Over 50 people died when the militants attacked a police station in Bauchi in retaliation for the arrest of their leaders. The clashes spread to three other cities over the next four days, resulting in 700 deaths
8 years ago
26 Jul
2008
A series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat, killed 30 people and injured over 100A series of bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat, killed 30 people and injured over 100
9 years ago
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26 Jul
2006
Fragments of an early Irish Christian Psalter, a medieval prayer book written around AD800, were uncovered by a bulldozer in a bog in Ireland. The find comprised extensive…Fragments of an early Irish Christian Psalter, a medieval prayer book written around AD800, were uncovered by a bulldozer in a bog in Ireland. The find comprised extensive fragments written on vellum, a fine animal-skin parchment, and was hailed as the “Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls”
11 years ago
26 Jul
2005
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, ending a two-year suspension of the programme following the 2003 Columbia disasterThe space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, ending a two-year suspension of the programme following the 2003 Columbia disaster
12 years ago
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26 Jul
2002
Tommy Suharto, son of Indonesia’s former President Suharto, was convicted of murder and jailed for 15 years for hiring assassins to kill a judge who had sentenced him to a prison…Tommy Suharto, son of Indonesia’s former President Suharto, was convicted of murder and jailed for 15 years for hiring assassins to kill a judge who had sentenced him to a prison term for corruption
15 years ago
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26 Jul
2001
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to model and landmine campaigner Heather Mills. Sir Paul's first wife, Linda, to whom he was married for 29 years, died…Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to model and landmine campaigner Heather Mills. Sir Paul's first wife, Linda, to whom he was married for 29 years, died from cancer in 1998
16 years ago
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26 Jul
2001
A team of scientists in Italy concluded that the famous 5,300-year-old “iceman”, Oetzi, whose mummified corpse was discovered in the Alps on the Italian-Austrian border, died…A team of scientists in Italy concluded that the famous 5,300-year-old “iceman”, Oetzi, whose mummified corpse was discovered in the Alps on the Italian-Austrian border, died after being shot by an arrow
16 years ago
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26 Jul
2001
Hopes that Britain's foot-and-mouth epidemic was slowing down were dealt a blow and a further 4,000 sheep were sentenced to be slaughtered after tests confimed traces of the…Hopes that Britain's foot-and-mouth epidemic was slowing down were dealt a blow and a further 4,000 sheep were sentenced to be slaughtered after tests confimed traces of the disease in hill sheep in the Brecon Beacons region of Wales
16 years ago
26 Jul
2000
Fijian rebel leader George Speight, who held members of the government hostage for two months, was arrested by the military shortly after the peaceful resolution of the crisisFijian rebel leader George Speight, who held members of the government hostage for two months, was arrested by the military shortly after the peaceful resolution of the crisis
17 years ago
26 Jul
1999
Snooker legend Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, battling throat cancer, announced he was taking legal action against two tobacco companiesSnooker legend Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, battling throat cancer, announced he was taking legal action against two tobacco companies
18 years ago
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26 Jul
1995
The four-year ban on British athlete Diane Modahl, imposed after she failed a drug test, was overturned owing to doubts about the methods used by the Lisbon laboratory when the…The four-year ban on British athlete Diane Modahl, imposed after she failed a drug test, was overturned owing to doubts about the methods used by the Lisbon laboratory when the urine sample was taken
22 years ago
26 Jul
1994
Russia and Estonia agreed that Moscow would pull its troops out of the Baltic state by August 31Russia and Estonia agreed that Moscow would pull its troops out of the Baltic state by August 31
23 years ago
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26 Jul
1994
In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge seized a train with over 200 passengers aboard; most were released but three Westerners were held hostage and later murdered. Their bodies were found…In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge seized a train with over 200 passengers aboard; most were released but three Westerners were held hostage and later murdered. Their bodies were found in November; it was believed they were killed in September
23 years ago
26 Jul
1994
Islamic terrorists detonated a car bomb outside the Israeli Embassy in London, injuring 14 peopleIslamic terrorists detonated a car bomb outside the Israeli Embassy in London, injuring 14 people
23 years ago
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