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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29 Jun
2015
Greece missed a critical debt payment of 1.5 billion euros to the IMF. As international creditors refused to extend the bailout programme, Greece shut down its banking system,…Greece missed a critical debt payment of 1.5 billion euros to the IMF. As international creditors refused to extend the bailout programme, Greece shut down its banking system, ordering all banks to close
2 years ago
29 Jun
2015
Hisham Barakat, Prosecutor General of Egypt, was assassinated in a car bombingHisham Barakat, Prosecutor General of Egypt, was assassinated in a car bombing
2 years ago
29 Jun
2009
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for perpetrating the biggest investment fraud in Wall Street historyDisgraced financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for perpetrating the biggest investment fraud in Wall Street history
8 years ago
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29 Jun
2009
Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner announced he would resign as the head of the country’s ruling Peronist party following a heavy loss for the party in mid-term elections…Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner announced he would resign as the head of the country’s ruling Peronist party following a heavy loss for the party in mid-term elections when he was defeated by a millionaire from a rival faction within the party. His wife, President Cristina Fernandez, lost her majority in Congress due to her unpopular economic policies
8 years ago
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29 Jun
2009
Iran’s Guardian Council certified the results of the controversial presidential election after recounting 10% of the votes. The announcement sparked a wave of fresh protests in…Iran’s Guardian Council certified the results of the controversial presidential election after recounting 10% of the votes. The announcement sparked a wave of fresh protests in spite of the government ban on street marches. Iran’s intelligence chief alleged that western and Zionist forces were responsible for inciting the protests
8 years ago
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29 Jun
2008
Robert Mugabe was sworn in for his sixth term as President of Zimbabwe after a controversial run-off presidential election in which opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew his…Robert Mugabe was sworn in for his sixth term as President of Zimbabwe after a controversial run-off presidential election in which opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew his candidacy due to election-related violence
9 years ago
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29 Jun
2008
Spain won the UEFA Euro 2008 championship defeating Germany 1-0 in the final through a goal by Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. It was Spain’s first major football title for 44…Spain won the UEFA Euro 2008 championship defeating Germany 1-0 in the final through a goal by Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. It was Spain’s first major football title for 44 years
9 years ago
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29 Jun
2007
British police defused two car bombs in London’s theatre district, the first of them just hours after new Prime Minister Gordon Brown had named his cabinet. One of the vehicles,…British police defused two car bombs in London’s theatre district, the first of them just hours after new Prime Minister Gordon Brown had named his cabinet. One of the vehicles, parked outside a packed nightclub, was found to contain 200 litres of fuel. The following day police arrested two men whose four-wheel-drive vehicle exploded at Glasgow airport after being driven into the main terminal. Britain raised its national alert level to “critical”, indicating that futher attacks were expected imminently
10 years ago
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29 Jun
2006
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he would begin direct talks with the armed Basque group ETA to end almost four decades of violence. Despite Popular Party…Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he would begin direct talks with the armed Basque group ETA to end almost four decades of violence. Despite Popular Party opposition, parliament had approved the decision following ETA’s declaration in March of a permanent ceasefire. The group had killed about 850 people in its campaign for an independent state
11 years ago
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29 Jun
2006
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Bush had exceeded his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. It said…The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Bush had exceeded his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. It said that the trials of 10 foreign terror suspects violated U.S. law and the Geneva conventions. The ruling left unclear the legal status of 450 men still being held at the facility, which has attracted widespread criticism for detaining prisoners without trial
11 years ago
29 Jun
2005
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines announced that her husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, who was accused of having accepted bribes, would go into exilePresident Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines announced that her husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, who was accused of having accepted bribes, would go into exile
12 years ago
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29 Jun
2003
Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn died at her Connecticut home at the age of 96. During a glittering six-decade-long career she starred with other Hollywood greats including James…Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn died at her Connecticut home at the age of 96. During a glittering six-decade-long career she starred with other Hollywood greats including James Stewart, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, and long-time love Spencer Tracy. She won a record four Best Actress Oscars for her roles in Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981)
14 years ago
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29 Jun
2003
Palestinian militant groups announced a conditional truce and Israeli forces pulled out of much of the Gaza Strip, boosting hopes for the “road map” to peace. Hamas and Islamic…Palestinian militant groups announced a conditional truce and Israeli forces pulled out of much of the Gaza Strip, boosting hopes for the “road map” to peace. Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they would suspend attacks for three months, while the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade declared a six-month moratorium
14 years ago
29 Jun
2001
Kofi Annan was unanimously reelected as secretary-general of the United NationsKofi Annan was unanimously reelected as secretary-general of the United Nations
16 years ago
29 Jun
2001
Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic was flown to The Hague to face an indictment on war crimesFormer Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic was flown to The Hague to face an indictment on war crimes
16 years ago
29 Jun
1999
Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a Turkish courtKurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a Turkish court
18 years ago
29 Jun
1999
Irish police found the bodies of IRA victims John McClory and Brian McKinney, missing for 21 years, after a four-week search in boglandIrish police found the bodies of IRA victims John McClory and Brian McKinney, missing for 21 years, after a four-week search in bogland
18 years ago
29 Jun
1998
Bill Clinton, on an official visit to China, appealed for human rights in a speech broadcast live on Chinese TV and radioBill Clinton, on an official visit to China, appealed for human rights in a speech broadcast live on Chinese TV and radio
19 years ago
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29 Jun
1997
Disaster struck the centenary race of the British Racing Pigeon Society when over 80,000 birds were feared dead after severe storms disrupted the five-hour race from France to…Disaster struck the centenary race of the British Racing Pigeon Society when over 80,000 birds were feared dead after severe storms disrupted the five-hour race from France to Britain
20 years ago
29 Jun
1996
The Bosnian Serb ruling Democratic Party re-elected Radovan Karadzic as leaderThe Bosnian Serb ruling Democratic Party re-elected Radovan Karadzic as leader
21 years ago
29 Jun
1995
A department store in Seoul collapsed, killing 502 people in South Korea’s worst peacetime disasterA department store in Seoul collapsed, killing 502 people in South Korea’s worst peacetime disaster
22 years ago
29 Jun
1995
Lana Turner, the blonde bombshell discovered at a Hollywood soda fountain who became one of America’s most glamorous movie stars, died at the age of 75Lana Turner, the blonde bombshell discovered at a Hollywood soda fountain who became one of America’s most glamorous movie stars, died at the age of 75
22 years ago
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29 Jun
1995
Lisa Clayton arrived in Dartmouth after 286 days and 49,600km 31,000 miles at sea having become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe from the northern hemisphere non-stop…Lisa Clayton arrived in Dartmouth after 286 days and 49,600km 31,000 miles at sea having become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe from the northern hemisphere non-stop and unassisted
22 years ago
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29 Jun
1995
The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis docked with Russia’s Mir space station in the first superpower link-up in space for 20 years. The combined spacecraft formed the largest man-made…The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis docked with Russia’s Mir space station in the first superpower link-up in space for 20 years. The combined spacecraft formed the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth, totalling almost a half a million pounds (over 226,000kg)
22 years ago
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