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
1999
Four people were killed and over 60 were injured as a third bomb in as many weeks exploded in London, this time at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, primarily frequented by the gay…Four people were killed and over 60 were injured as a third bomb in as many weeks exploded in London, this time at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, primarily frequented by the gay community
18 years ago
30 Apr
1998
The IRA gave qualified support to the Northern Ireland peace accord, but refused to give up any weaponsThe IRA gave qualified support to the Northern Ireland peace accord, but refused to give up any weapons
19 years ago
30 Apr
1998
The U.S. Senate voted to approve the applications of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to join NATOThe U.S. Senate voted to approve the applications of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to join NATO
19 years ago
30 Apr
1998
Britain’s wettest April for 180 years finally ended a three-year-long droughtBritain’s wettest April for 180 years finally ended a three-year-long drought
19 years ago
30 Apr
1998
Ireland's Olympic gold medal swimmer Michelle Smith faced being banned from the sport after failing a drug testIreland's Olympic gold medal swimmer Michelle Smith faced being banned from the sport after failing a drug test
19 years ago
30 Apr
1997
British police seized a record haul of heroin, with a street value of £20m, from a north London warehouseBritish police seized a record haul of heroin, with a street value of £20m, from a north London warehouse
20 years ago
30 Apr
1993
Top-ranked tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a deranged fan of rival Steffi Graf during a match at the Hamburg Open tournament in GermanyTop-ranked tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a deranged fan of rival Steffi Graf during a match at the Hamburg Open tournament in Germany
24 years ago
30 Apr
1992
NATO appointed U.S. General John Shalikashvili as the new commander of its forces in EuropeNATO appointed U.S. General John Shalikashvili as the new commander of its forces in Europe
25 years ago
30 Apr
1992
Mutinous soldiers in Sierra Leone staged a coup and overthrew President Joseph MomohMutinous soldiers in Sierra Leone staged a coup and overthrew President Joseph Momoh
25 years ago
30 Apr
1992
Hundreds of fires raged out of control in Los Angeles as rioting escalated following the acquittals of four white police officers charged with beating black motorist Rodney KingHundreds of fires raged out of control in Los Angeles as rioting escalated following the acquittals of four white police officers charged with beating black motorist Rodney King
25 years ago
30 Apr
1991
Major-General Justin Lekhanya, Lesotho's military strongman, was ousted in an army coupMajor-General Justin Lekhanya, Lesotho's military strongman, was ousted in an army coup
26 years ago
30 Apr
1990
American hostage Frank Reed was freed in Lebanon after nearly four years in the hands of pro-Iranian kidnappersAmerican hostage Frank Reed was freed in Lebanon after nearly four years in the hands of pro-Iranian kidnappers
27 years ago
30 Apr
1989
500,000 attended a papal mass in Madagascar where Pope John Paul II beatified Victoire Rasoamanarivo, a 19th century Madagascar woman500,000 attended a papal mass in Madagascar where Pope John Paul II beatified Victoire Rasoamanarivo, a 19th century Madagascar woman
28 years ago
30 Apr
1989
Italian film director Sergio Leone died from a heart attackItalian film director Sergio Leone died from a heart attack
28 years ago
30 Apr
1982
Alvaro Magana was chosen to succeed Jose Napoleon Duarte as president of El SalvadorAlvaro Magana was chosen to succeed Jose Napoleon Duarte as president of El Salvador
35 years ago
30 Apr
1981
In Poland, the Central Committee of the Communist Party endorsed its Chairman Stanislav Kania's program of reformsIn Poland, the Central Committee of the Communist Party endorsed its Chairman Stanislav Kania's program of reforms
36 years ago
30 Apr
1980
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicated in favour of her daughter, Princess BeatrixQueen Juliana of the Netherlands abdicated in favour of her daughter, Princess Beatrix
37 years ago
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30 Apr
1980
Terrorists seized the Iranian embassy in London, demanding the release of political prisoners in Iran; the siege lasted six days before SAS troops stormed the embassy and freed the…Terrorists seized the Iranian embassy in London, demanding the release of political prisoners in Iran; the siege lasted six days before SAS troops stormed the embassy and freed the hostages
37 years ago
30 Apr
1975
South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh announced an unconditional surrender as Saigon fell to communist North Vietnamese forces, ending the longest conflict of the 20th centurySouth Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh announced an unconditional surrender as Saigon fell to communist North Vietnamese forces, ending the longest conflict of the 20th century
42 years ago
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30 Apr
1973
U.S. President Richard Nixon made a statement on television accepting responsibility for the bugging of the Watergate apartment complex in Washington in 1972. On this day in 1974,…U.S. President Richard Nixon made a statement on television accepting responsibility for the bugging of the Watergate apartment complex in Washington in 1972. On this day in 1974, he handed over partial transcripts of tape recordings to the impeachment inquiry
44 years ago
30 Apr
1968
Frankie Lymon, who had a hit at age 14 with Why Do Fools Fall In Love, died of a heroin overdoseFrankie Lymon, who had a hit at age 14 with Why Do Fools Fall In Love, died of a heroin overdose
49 years ago
30 Apr
1948
The first Land Rover was exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor ShowThe first Land Rover was exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor Show
69 years ago
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30 Apr
1946
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was born. He came to the throne in 1973, but had many of his constitutional powers taken away by the Social Democrats, who pledged to eventually end…King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was born. He came to the throne in 1973, but had many of his constitutional powers taken away by the Social Democrats, who pledged to eventually end the monarchy
71 years ago
30 Apr
1945
Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, his wife of one day, committed suicide in his underground bunker in BerlinAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun, his wife of one day, committed suicide in his underground bunker in Berlin
72 years ago
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