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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20 Oct
2016
Junko Tabei, Japanese mountaineer who became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, died aged 77Junko Tabei, Japanese mountaineer who became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, died aged 77
1 year ago
20 Oct
2014
Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer, died at the age of 82. He became famous in the 1960s as one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s favoured couturiersOscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer, died at the age of 82. He became famous in the 1960s as one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s favoured couturiers
3 years ago
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20 Oct
2011
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for almost 42 years, was killed when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his home town of Sirte, where he had taken…Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for almost 42 years, was killed when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his home town of Sirte, where he had taken refuge after the overthrow of his regime by a NATO-backed rebel force in a civil war inspired by Arab Spring revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt
6 years ago
20 Oct
2010
American publisher Bob Guccione, founder of the adult magazine Penthouse, died aged 79American publisher Bob Guccione, founder of the adult magazine Penthouse, died aged 79
7 years ago
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20 Oct
2010
The UK government announced sharp spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit. 500,000 public-sector jobs were to go and departmental spending was to be reduced by 19% over four…The UK government announced sharp spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit. 500,000 public-sector jobs were to go and departmental spending was to be reduced by 19% over four years, saving £83 billion ($130bn). Defence spending and welfare benefits were cut, while VAT (sales tax) was increased and planned increases in the retirement age were speeded up
7 years ago
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20 Oct
2009
China pledged to rescue the 25-strong crew aboard a Chinese bulk carrier after it was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The pirates threatened to kill the crew if…China pledged to rescue the 25-strong crew aboard a Chinese bulk carrier after it was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The pirates threatened to kill the crew if there was any attempt to rescue them
8 years ago
20 Oct
2007
Republican Bobby Jindal was elected as Governor of Louisiana, becoming the first Indian American governor in U.S. historyRepublican Bobby Jindal was elected as Governor of Louisiana, becoming the first Indian American governor in U.S. history
10 years ago
20 Oct
2006
The Indian conglomerate Tata Group agreed a deal to buy Anglo-Dutch steel firm Corus in the largest ever Indian takeover of a foreign companyThe Indian conglomerate Tata Group agreed a deal to buy Anglo-Dutch steel firm Corus in the largest ever Indian takeover of a foreign company
11 years ago
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20 Oct
2004
Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was inaugurated as Indonesia's sixth head of state following his victory over Megawati Sukarnoputri in the country’s first direct…Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was inaugurated as Indonesia's sixth head of state following his victory over Megawati Sukarnoputri in the country’s first direct presidential election
13 years ago
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20 Oct
2004
Typhoon Tokage, a record 10th major storm of the season, struck Japan, killing at least 83 people and taking the year’s tally of typhoon deaths to more than 185. Japan’s storm…Typhoon Tokage, a record 10th major storm of the season, struck Japan, killing at least 83 people and taking the year’s tally of typhoon deaths to more than 185. Japan’s storm records date back to 1551
13 years ago
20 Oct
2003
British prime minister Tony Blair was ordered by doctors to rest for 24 hours following hospital treatment for an irregular heartbeatBritish prime minister Tony Blair was ordered by doctors to rest for 24 hours following hospital treatment for an irregular heartbeat
14 years ago
20 Oct
2002
Voters in the Republic of Ireland endorsed a key treaty paving the way for the expansion of the European Union. Voters had rejected the Treaty of Nice the previous yearVoters in the Republic of Ireland endorsed a key treaty paving the way for the expansion of the European Union. Voters had rejected the Treaty of Nice the previous year
15 years ago
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20 Oct
2002
Blue Stream, the deepest underwater pipeline in the world, was opened. The 376km-long section of pipeline, running under the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey, reached depths of…Blue Stream, the deepest underwater pipeline in the world, was opened. The 376km-long section of pipeline, running under the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey, reached depths of 2,150 metres
15 years ago
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20 Oct
2001
As airstrikes on Afghanistan continued, reports emerged from Washington that U.S. Special Forces had begun operating inside the country and had attacked key sites including a…As airstrikes on Afghanistan continued, reports emerged from Washington that U.S. Special Forces had begun operating inside the country and had attacked key sites including a command centre near the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar
16 years ago
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20 Oct
2000
Former U.S. soldier Ali A. Mohamed pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in a New York court. He implicated international…Former U.S. soldier Ali A. Mohamed pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in a New York court. He implicated international terrorist Osama bin Laden in the attacks, which killed over 220 people in August 1998
17 years ago
20 Oct
2000
A radical Israeli plan to cut off Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with fences, minefields and tank cordons was condemned by Palestinians as racistA radical Israeli plan to cut off Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with fences, minefields and tank cordons was condemned by Palestinians as racist
17 years ago
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20 Oct
1999
Violence erupted on the streets of Jakarta after Indonesia's national assembly voted for Muslim leader Abdurrahman Wahid as president rather than the country's most popular…Violence erupted on the streets of Jakarta after Indonesia's national assembly voted for Muslim leader Abdurrahman Wahid as president rather than the country's most popular politician, Megawati Sukarnoputri
18 years ago
20 Oct
1999
More than 40 people died when five missiles struck the Chechen capital, Grozny, but Russian commanders denied carrying out the attackMore than 40 people died when five missiles struck the Chechen capital, Grozny, but Russian commanders denied carrying out the attack
18 years ago
20 Oct
1998
Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott appeared in a French court to dispute charges that he beat up his former girlfriend while on holiday in France in 1996Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott appeared in a French court to dispute charges that he beat up his former girlfriend while on holiday in France in 1996
19 years ago
20 Oct
1998
BBC war correspondent Frank Gillard, who reported the D-Day landings in 1944, diedBBC war correspondent Frank Gillard, who reported the D-Day landings in 1944, died
19 years ago
20 Oct
1998
King Hussein of Jordan, being treated in America for cancer, flew to Washington to assist talks to revive the Middle East peace processKing Hussein of Jordan, being treated in America for cancer, flew to Washington to assist talks to revive the Middle East peace process
19 years ago
20 Oct
1995
Willy Claes resigned as NATO Secretary-General, brought down by a Belgian corruption scandal after a year in the jobWilly Claes resigned as NATO Secretary-General, brought down by a Belgian corruption scandal after a year in the job
22 years ago
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20 Oct
1994
A landmine explosion killed Tajikistan’s deputy prime minister, casting a shadow over the first day of a ceasefire between the ex-communist government and the Afghanistan-based…A landmine explosion killed Tajikistan’s deputy prime minister, casting a shadow over the first day of a ceasefire between the ex-communist government and the Afghanistan-based opposition
23 years ago
20 Oct
1994
Veteran Hollywood star Burt Lancaster, regarded as one of the best motion picture actors of his generation, died from a heart attack at age 80Veteran Hollywood star Burt Lancaster, regarded as one of the best motion picture actors of his generation, died from a heart attack at age 80
23 years ago
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