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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Event
Anniversary
24 Jun
1999
The U.S. offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of Serb president Slobodan Milosevic and four government ministers indicted for war crimesThe U.S. offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of Serb president Slobodan Milosevic and four government ministers indicted for war crimes
18 years ago
24 Jun
1998
The remains of two feathered dinosaurs discovered in China gave weight to the theory that dinosaurs were the ancestors of birdsThe remains of two feathered dinosaurs discovered in China gave weight to the theory that dinosaurs were the ancestors of birds
19 years ago
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24 Jun
1995
Innovative Bulgarian-born artist Christo wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in 100,000 square metres (1,076,000 sq ft) of aluminium-coated fabric and 15,600m (51,181ft) of blue…Innovative Bulgarian-born artist Christo wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin in 100,000 square metres (1,076,000 sq ft) of aluminium-coated fabric and 15,600m (51,181ft) of blue polypropylene rope
22 years ago
24 Jun
1995
South Africa defeated New Zealand 15-12 in the final of the Rugby World Cup in JohannesburgSouth Africa defeated New Zealand 15-12 in the final of the Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg
22 years ago
24 Jun
1994
South Africa resumed its seat in the UN General Assembly of the United Nations, after two decades as an international outcastSouth Africa resumed its seat in the UN General Assembly of the United Nations, after two decades as an international outcast
23 years ago
24 Jun
1994
The world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Airbus A300-600T, nicknamed the Beluga, was unveiled in ToulouseThe world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Airbus A300-600T, nicknamed the Beluga, was unveiled in Toulouse
23 years ago
24 Jun
1993
Britain's security minister for Northern Ireland, Michael Mates, was forced to resign as criticism mounted after his defense of the fugitive tycoon Asil NadirBritain's security minister for Northern Ireland, Michael Mates, was forced to resign as criticism mounted after his defense of the fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir
24 years ago
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24 Jun
1993
Eight followers of the blind mullah Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman were arrested in New York, charged with plotting a number of terrorist attacks including a suicide bombing of the UN…Eight followers of the blind mullah Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman were arrested in New York, charged with plotting a number of terrorist attacks including a suicide bombing of the UN headquarters
24 years ago
24 Jun
1992
The Royal Navy intervened in clashes between French and British fishing vesselsThe Royal Navy intervened in clashes between French and British fishing vessels
25 years ago
24 Jun
1992
Lloyd's of London announced a loss of £2.06 billion, the worst in its 300-year historyLloyd's of London announced a loss of £2.06 billion, the worst in its 300-year history
25 years ago
24 Jun
1992
The U.S. Supeme Court ruled that tobacco companies could not claim protection from damages simply because packets carried government health warningsThe U.S. Supeme Court ruled that tobacco companies could not claim protection from damages simply because packets carried government health warnings
25 years ago
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24 Jun
1990
In Ireland, the first women priests were ordained into the Anglican Church. The historic ceremony was conducted in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. The Bishop of Connor said the…In Ireland, the first women priests were ordained into the Anglican Church. The historic ceremony was conducted in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. The Bishop of Connor said the ordinations heralded a new era for the Church
27 years ago
24 Jun
1989
Zhao Ziyang, who had expressed sympathy with pro-democracy students, was replaced by Jiang Zemin as General Secretary of the Communist Party in ChinaZhao Ziyang, who had expressed sympathy with pro-democracy students, was replaced by Jiang Zemin as General Secretary of the Communist Party in China
28 years ago
24 Jun
1987
Kim Dae-Jung and 300 other dissidents were released after two weeks of unrest in South KoreaKim Dae-Jung and 300 other dissidents were released after two weeks of unrest in South Korea
30 years ago
24 Jun
1983
President Hafez al-Assad ordered Yasser Arafat to leave SyriaPresident Hafez al-Assad ordered Yasser Arafat to leave Syria
34 years ago
24 Jun
1978
The President of the Yemen Arab Republic, Lieut-Colonel Ahmed Hussein al-Ghashni, was killed by a parcel bombThe President of the Yemen Arab Republic, Lieut-Colonel Ahmed Hussein al-Ghashni, was killed by a parcel bomb
39 years ago
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24 Jun
1975
A U.S. Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed on its final approach into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, killing 113 out of 124 people aboard. The crash was attributed to wind…A U.S. Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed on its final approach into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, killing 113 out of 124 people aboard. The crash was attributed to wind shear caused by a severe thunderstorm
42 years ago
24 Jun
1973
Eamon de Valera, then the world’s oldest statesman, resigned as president of Ireland at age 90Eamon de Valera, then the world’s oldest statesman, resigned as president of Ireland at age 90
44 years ago
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24 Jun
1973
The Cold War started to wane as Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev ended a week-long visit to the United States which he and U.S. President Nixon both hailed as 'a further milestone' in…The Cold War started to wane as Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev ended a week-long visit to the United States which he and U.S. President Nixon both hailed as 'a further milestone' in improving relations between the two superpowers
44 years ago
24 Jun
1970
Alexander Dubcek, former leader of Czechoslovakia whose reforms led to the Soviet invasion in 1968, was dismissed from his post as ambassador to TurkeyAlexander Dubcek, former leader of Czechoslovakia whose reforms led to the Soviet invasion in 1968, was dismissed from his post as ambassador to Turkey
47 years ago
24 Jun
1967
A new constitution for Zaire was approved in a referendum, in which women voted for the first timeA new constitution for Zaire was approved in a referendum, in which women voted for the first time
50 years ago
24 Jun
1965
Beatle John Lennon published his second book, A Spaniard In The WorksBeatle John Lennon published his second book, A Spaniard In The Works
52 years ago
24 Jun
1963
Zanzibar took a step towards independence by achieving internal self-governmentZanzibar took a step towards independence by achieving internal self-government
54 years ago
24 Jun
1955
In Kenya, nine Mau Mau terrorists were given death sentences for murdering two English school boysIn Kenya, nine Mau Mau terrorists were given death sentences for murdering two English school boys
62 years ago
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