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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30 Apr
2016
The Kenyan government burned the largest ever pile of ivory to combat the illegal ivory trade. It consisted of 105 tons of elephant ivory from about 8,000 elephants and 1.35 tons…The Kenyan government burned the largest ever pile of ivory to combat the illegal ivory trade. It consisted of 105 tons of elephant ivory from about 8,000 elephants and 1.35 tons of horns from 343 rhinoceroses, equal to about 5% of the global stock, and with an estimated black market value of over $172 million
1 year ago
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30 Apr
2015
Ben E. King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, died at age 76. King began his career with The Drifters in the late 1950s, with hits including There Goes My Baby and Save…Ben E. King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, died at age 76. King began his career with The Drifters in the late 1950s, with hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me, but went solo in 1961
2 years ago
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30 Apr
2015
NASA’s MESSENGER space probe deliberately crashed into the surface of Mercury. In its four-year orbit the probe discovered water on Mercury as well as evidence of past volcanic…NASA’s MESSENGER space probe deliberately crashed into the surface of Mercury. In its four-year orbit the probe discovered water on Mercury as well as evidence of past volcanic activity. The probe also constructed the most detailed and accurate maps of Mercury to date
2 years ago
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30 Apr
2015
More than 230 women and children were freed from captivity as the Nigerian military destroyed 13 Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest. It took the total number of hostages…More than 230 women and children were freed from captivity as the Nigerian military destroyed 13 Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest. It took the total number of hostages rescued to almost 700 since troops launched an attack on the region on April 22
2 years ago
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30 Apr
2013
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. He was the first Dutch king since his great-great-grandfather…Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became King of the Netherlands following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. He was the first Dutch king since his great-great-grandfather William III, who ruled from 1849-1890
4 years ago
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30 Apr
2011
Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato died at age 99. He won some of the most prestigious prizes in Hispanic literature and was very influential in the literary world throughout Latin…Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato died at age 99. He won some of the most prestigious prizes in Hispanic literature and was very influential in the literary world throughout Latin America. The newspaper El Pais dubbed him the “last classic writer in Argentine literature”
6 years ago
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30 Apr
2011
Saif al-Arab al-Gaddafi, the sixth son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was killed by a NATO airstrike on his house in Tripoli. Three of the Libyan leader’s grandchildren were…Saif al-Arab al-Gaddafi, the sixth son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was killed by a NATO airstrike on his house in Tripoli. Three of the Libyan leader’s grandchildren were also killed. Nato said it had hit a military target but denied targeting individuals
6 years ago
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30 Apr
2009
A car rammed through police barriers in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, killing six people and injuring 11, in an attempted attack on the Royal Family. The car careered into a…A car rammed through police barriers in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, killing six people and injuring 11, in an attempted attack on the Royal Family. The car careered into a monument metres from an open-topped bus carrying Queen Beatrix and members of her family. The royals, who were unharmed, watched in horror as the car ploughed into bystanders. The 38-year-old driver died in hospital the next day, while a 46-year-old woman died from her injuries a week later, taking the death toll to eight
8 years ago
30 Apr
2009
The UK ended combat operations in the Iraq War following a six-year military missionThe UK ended combat operations in the Iraq War following a six-year military mission
8 years ago
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30 Apr
2009
Chrysler filed for bankruptcy after talks to restructure its debt with lenders broke down. It was the first-ever bankruptcy filing by a major U.S. automaker and sent shock waves…Chrysler filed for bankruptcy after talks to restructure its debt with lenders broke down. It was the first-ever bankruptcy filing by a major U.S. automaker and sent shock waves through the industry
8 years ago
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30 Apr
2008
Moscow accused Georgia of preparing to invade its breakaway region of Abkhazia, and said it would boost troops there and in Georgia’s other breakaway region of South Ossetia.…Moscow accused Georgia of preparing to invade its breakaway region of Abkhazia, and said it would boost troops there and in Georgia’s other breakaway region of South Ossetia. Georgia denied any build-up of its own forces, and said that Russia’s action was provocative
9 years ago
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30 Apr
2006
Top Swiss skier Corinne Rey-Bellet was shot dead by her estranged husband at her parents’ chalet in Les Crosets, Switzerland. The skier’s brother was also killed and her mother…Top Swiss skier Corinne Rey-Bellet was shot dead by her estranged husband at her parents’ chalet in Les Crosets, Switzerland. The skier’s brother was also killed and her mother seriously injured in the attack. The body of Rey-Bellet’s husband, Gerold Stadler, was found in woods three days later
11 years ago
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30 Apr
2004
Photographs of Iraqi prisoners being tortured and sexually humiliated by gleeful U.S. soldiers were circulated in newspapers and on television around the world, causing outrage.…Photographs of Iraqi prisoners being tortured and sexually humiliated by gleeful U.S. soldiers were circulated in newspapers and on television around the world, causing outrage. President Bush expressed “deep disgust” at the images and promised an investigation into the abuse
13 years ago
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30 Apr
2004
The names and photographs of more than 700 American soldiers killed in Iraq since the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion were shown on U.S. TV in an extended broadcast of ABC's…The names and photographs of more than 700 American soldiers killed in Iraq since the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion were shown on U.S. TV in an extended broadcast of ABC's Nightline. Responding to criticism, anchor Ted Koppel said the programme was intended to honour the war dead and show the cost of war
13 years ago
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30 Apr
2003
Pakistani authorities said they had arrested six suspected al-Qaeda members, including Whalid ba Attash, also known as Tawfiq bin Attash or Khallad, believed to have been a key…Pakistani authorities said they had arrested six suspected al-Qaeda members, including Whalid ba Attash, also known as Tawfiq bin Attash or Khallad, believed to have been a key figure behind the 2000 bombing on the USS Cole and the September 11 terror attacks in the United States
14 years ago
30 Apr
2003
The U.S., Russia, UN and EU formally presented their “road map” for peace to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, setting out detailed steps to be taken by each sideThe U.S., Russia, UN and EU formally presented their “road map” for peace to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, setting out detailed steps to be taken by each side
14 years ago
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30 Apr
2003
Libya accepted responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people and agreed to set up a fund to compensate victims’…Libya accepted responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people and agreed to set up a fund to compensate victims’ families. The admission had been demanded as a prelude towards the lifting of UN sanctions
14 years ago
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30 Apr
2002
General Pervez Musharraf won an overwhelming victory in a referendum to extend his mandate as president of Pakistan for a further five years, amid claims that the poll was marred…General Pervez Musharraf won an overwhelming victory in a referendum to extend his mandate as president of Pakistan for a further five years, amid claims that the poll was marred by gross irregularities
15 years ago
30 Apr
2002
Israel refused to allow a UN fact-finding mission to probe alleged Israeli atrocities at the refugee camp in Jenin unless stringent conditions were metIsrael refused to allow a UN fact-finding mission to probe alleged Israeli atrocities at the refugee camp in Jenin unless stringent conditions were met
15 years ago
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30 Apr
2001
The U.S. State Department reported a 75 percent increase in the number of people killed worldwide by "terrorist" operations the previous year, with Asia the continent…The U.S. State Department reported a 75 percent increase in the number of people killed worldwide by "terrorist" operations the previous year, with Asia the continent with the highest number of victims. Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria were again listed as state sponsors of international terrorism
16 years ago
30 Apr
2001
Two people died as supporters of jailed former Philippine president Joseph Estrada stormed the presidential palace, seeking to oust new president Gloria Macapagal ArroyoTwo people died as supporters of jailed former Philippine president Joseph Estrada stormed the presidential palace, seeking to oust new president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
16 years ago
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30 Apr
2001
Officials in the West African state of Benin confirmed that a ship impounded following allegations of child-trafficking was engaged in the trade. A joint statement from Unicef and…Officials in the West African state of Benin confirmed that a ship impounded following allegations of child-trafficking was engaged in the trade. A joint statement from Unicef and the Benin government said many of the 43 children and young adults removed from the Nigerian-registered Etireno appeared to have been destined to be sold into slavery in the relatively wealthy state of Gabon. Some of the children reported that a financial transaction had taken place before their departure, while others told officials they had travelled with adults they did not know
16 years ago
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30 Apr
1999
The U.S. National Rifle Association pressed ahead with a convention in Denver, Colorado, despite the city's proximity to Littleton, scene of the recent school shootings at…The U.S. National Rifle Association pressed ahead with a convention in Denver, Colorado, despite the city's proximity to Littleton, scene of the recent school shootings at Columbine High School and numerous calls for the conventioned to be cancelled
18 years ago
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30 Apr
1999
Dame Shirley Porter, former leader of Westminster Council in London, was cleared by Britain's court of appeal of misconduct in the "homes for votes" scandal, in which the…Dame Shirley Porter, former leader of Westminster Council in London, was cleared by Britain's court of appeal of misconduct in the "homes for votes" scandal, in which the sale of council homes was manipulated to increase votes in marginal wards, and for which she had been ordered to pay surcharges of £27 million
18 years ago
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