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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19 Feb
2017
Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air power, launched an operation to recapture western Mosul from so-called Islamic StateIraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air power, launched an operation to recapture western Mosul from so-called Islamic State
1 year ago
19 Feb
2017
The private company SpaceX, owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, successfully landed a first stage rocket back on Earth for the first timeThe private company SpaceX, owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, successfully landed a first stage rocket back on Earth for the first time
1 year ago
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19 Feb
2016
Harper Lee, best known for her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, died aged 89. The tale of a white lawyer defending a black man accused of rape in the Deep South, the book remains…Harper Lee, best known for her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, died aged 89. The tale of a white lawyer defending a black man accused of rape in the Deep South, the book remains a towering presence in American literature and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. In 2015, 55 years after it was published, Lee released a sequel, Go Set a Watchman
2 years ago
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19 Feb
2016
Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose, died aged 84. Eco’s other novels included Foucault’s Pendulum and Numero Zero,…Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose, died aged 84. Eco’s other novels included Foucault’s Pendulum and Numero Zero, released in 2015
2 years ago
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19 Feb
2013
Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition to head Israel’s peace talks with the Palestinians, and serve as Justice…Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition to head Israel’s peace talks with the Palestinians, and serve as Justice Minister. Netanyahu and Livni said they had put aside past disagreements and rivalries to work together
5 years ago
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19 Feb
2011
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won three awards, including the prestigious Golden Bear, for his film Nader and Simin, A Separation at the conclusion of the 61st Berlin…Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won three awards, including the prestigious Golden Bear, for his film Nader and Simin, A Separation at the conclusion of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival
7 years ago
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19 Feb
2010
Professional golfer Tiger Woods made an emotional public apology for his extramarital affairs. The world No 1 spoke publicly for the first time since the scandal surrounding his…Professional golfer Tiger Woods made an emotional public apology for his extramarital affairs. The world No 1 spoke publicly for the first time since the scandal surrounding his private life erupted in November 2009. His press conference at the PGA Tour headquarters in Florida was tightly controlled, with only a few journalists allowed access
8 years ago
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19 Feb
2010
A centuries-old minaret collapsed at a mosque in Morocco, killing 41 people. The collapse, blamed on recent heavy rains, took place as worshippers performed Friday prayers at the…A centuries-old minaret collapsed at a mosque in Morocco, killing 41 people. The collapse, blamed on recent heavy rains, took place as worshippers performed Friday prayers at the 16th-century Bab al-Baradeen mosque in Meknes, 140km (87 miles) southeast of Rabat. King Mohammed VI ordered that the 400-year-old mosque be rebuilt as soon as possible and requested structural examinations for all other historic mosques
8 years ago
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19 Feb
2009
The World Health Organisation reported that the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe had infected over 80,000 people, and the death toll stood at 3,759. The outbreak began in August 2008,…The World Health Organisation reported that the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe had infected over 80,000 people, and the death toll stood at 3,759. The outbreak began in August 2008, and was Africa’s worst cholera epidemic for 15 years. The WHO stated that approximately half of all the patients that died from the disease did not reach any of the 365 cholera treatment centres located in the country. The epidemic had also spread to nearby states, with significant numbers of cases reported in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique
9 years ago
19 Feb
2009
A Russian court acquitted three men of aiding the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna PolitkovskayaA Russian court acquitted three men of aiding the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya
9 years ago
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19 Feb
2008
After 49 years in office, Cuba’s ailing leader Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Raul Castro, Fidel’s younger brother,…After 49 years in office, Cuba’s ailing leader Fidel Castro resigned as President of Cuba and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Raul Castro, Fidel’s younger brother, was formally confirmed as his successor on February 24
10 years ago
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19 Feb
2007
At least 66 people were killed in bomb blasts on a train travelling from India to Pakistan. The coaches of the Samjhauta Express from New Delhi to Lahore erupted in flames near…At least 66 people were killed in bomb blasts on a train travelling from India to Pakistan. The coaches of the Samjhauta Express from New Delhi to Lahore erupted in flames near Panipat town, about 80km north of Delhi. Many windows were barred with iron rods, leaving people trapped inside
11 years ago
19 Feb
2006
A methane explosion in the Pasta de Conchos coal mine in the Mexican state of Coahuila killed 65 minersA methane explosion in the Pasta de Conchos coal mine in the Mexican state of Coahuila killed 65 miners
12 years ago
19 Feb
2005
Suicide bombers targeted celebrations of the Shiite holy day of Ashura across Iraq, killing around 30 peopleSuicide bombers targeted celebrations of the Shiite holy day of Ashura across Iraq, killing around 30 people
13 years ago
19 Feb
2004
California’s supreme court issued an interim stay blocking gay marriage licenses after dozens of gay couples rushed to marry in San FranciscoCalifornia’s supreme court issued an interim stay blocking gay marriage licenses after dozens of gay couples rushed to marry in San Francisco
14 years ago
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19 Feb
2004
Jeffrey Skilling, former president and CEO of the Enron corporation, was indicted on federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. The indictment stated that Skilling…Jeffrey Skilling, former president and CEO of the Enron corporation, was indicted on federal charges of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. The indictment stated that Skilling had disguised Enron’s true financial performance while profiting from the sale of stock inflated by false earnings reports. He pleaded not guilty
14 years ago
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19 Feb
2003
A 28-year-old Moroccan, Mounir al-Motassadek, was the first man to be convicted in connection with the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. A German court jailed him for 15…A 28-year-old Moroccan, Mounir al-Motassadek, was the first man to be convicted in connection with the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. A German court jailed him for 15 years, although Germany’s Supreme Court later quashed the verdict and ordered a retrial
15 years ago
19 Feb
2003
A Russian-built Iranian military transport plane carrying Islamic Revolutionary Guards crashed in mountainous terrain in southeastern Iran, killing all 289 people aboardA Russian-built Iranian military transport plane carrying Islamic Revolutionary Guards crashed in mountainous terrain in southeastern Iran, killing all 289 people aboard
15 years ago
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19 Feb
2002
Three limited edition Segway scooters went on sale via an internet auction for charity several months ahead of their official launch. Each scooter attracted bids in excess of…Three limited edition Segway scooters went on sale via an internet auction for charity several months ahead of their official launch. Each scooter attracted bids in excess of $10,000 within two hours of the start of the auction
16 years ago
19 Feb
2002
A bloody 24-hour period claimed 22 lives on both sides as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict approached outright warfareA bloody 24-hour period claimed 22 lives on both sides as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict approached outright warfare
16 years ago
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19 Feb
2001
At least eight prisoners were killed and up to 5,000 people, including 1,000 children, were taken hostage at the notorious Carandiru prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A total of 16…At least eight prisoners were killed and up to 5,000 people, including 1,000 children, were taken hostage at the notorious Carandiru prison in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A total of 16 inmates died after the apparently coordinated wave of riots spread to nearly 30 jails across Sao Paulo state in the following days
17 years ago
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19 Feb
2001
A farming nightmare began in the UK with a routine inspection at an abattoir in Essex, that found “highly suspicious” signs of foot-and-mouth disease in 27 pigs. Authorities…A farming nightmare began in the UK with a routine inspection at an abattoir in Essex, that found “highly suspicious” signs of foot-and-mouth disease in 27 pigs. Authorities confirmed the outbreak the following day
17 years ago
19 Feb
2000
The battle for the America's Cup got underway with Team New Zealand and Italy's Prada Challenge battling for sailing's top prizeThe battle for the America's Cup got underway with Team New Zealand and Italy's Prada Challenge battling for sailing's top prize
18 years ago
19 Feb
1997
China’s paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, died in Beijing at the age of 92China’s paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, died in Beijing at the age of 92
21 years ago
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