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 Apr
2017
China successfully launched its first cargo spacecraft, the Tianzhou-1. The unmanned vehicle can carry several metric tons of supplies, like food and water, which are essential for…China successfully launched its first cargo spacecraft, the Tianzhou-1. The unmanned vehicle can carry several metric tons of supplies, like food and water, which are essential for conducting long-term missions in space
1 year ago
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20 Apr
2016
Victoria Wood, one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, died from cancer at age 62. A comedian, actor, singer and writer, her humour was full of astute observations of the…Victoria Wood, one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, died from cancer at age 62. A comedian, actor, singer and writer, her humour was full of astute observations of the mundane elements of daily life. Her best known work included her 1980s comedy series Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV and the BBC sitcom Dinnerladies
2 years ago
20 Apr
2013
Deanna Durbin, one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with fans that included Winston Churchill and Anne Frank, died at the age of 91Deanna Durbin, one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with fans that included Winston Churchill and Anne Frank, died at the age of 91
5 years ago
20 Apr
2013
A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 160 people. Around 8,200 people were injuredA powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 160 people. Around 8,200 people were injured
5 years ago
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20 Apr
2012
Bert Weedon, English guitarist who who was a major star in the 1950s and 1960s, died aged 91. He was a major influence for many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton,…Bert Weedon, English guitarist who who was a major star in the 1950s and 1960s, died aged 91. He was a major influence for many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page
6 years ago
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20 Apr
2011
British-American photojournalist Tim Hetherington and American Pulitzer Prize-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros were killed in an RPG attack by government forces in Misrata…British-American photojournalist Tim Hetherington and American Pulitzer Prize-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros were killed in an RPG attack by government forces in Misrata while covering the Libyan civil war
7 years ago
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20 Apr
2010
An explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers. The rig later sank, triggering the largest ever marine oil spill in the history of…An explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers. The rig later sank, triggering the largest ever marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry
8 years ago
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20 Apr
2010
General Reynaldo Bignone, 82-year-old former military ruler of Argentina, was jailed for 25 years for human rights abuses committed when he was second in command of the country’s…General Reynaldo Bignone, 82-year-old former military ruler of Argentina, was jailed for 25 years for human rights abuses committed when he was second in command of the country’s largest torture centre between 1976 and 1978. Bignone, who served as de facto president between 1982-83, was found guilty of involvement in 56 cases of murder, torture and kidnappings
8 years ago
20 Apr
2010
Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, women’s number one for the last three years, announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 28Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, women’s number one for the last three years, announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 28
8 years ago
20 Apr
2008
Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in any top-flight American motor racing series with her victory in IndyCar’s 2008 Indy Japan 300Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in any top-flight American motor racing series with her victory in IndyCar’s 2008 Indy Japan 300
10 years ago
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20 Apr
2007
Indian film superstars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were married in Mumbai. Thousands of fans packed the streets outside trying to catch a glimpse of the star couple and…Indian film superstars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were married in Mumbai. Thousands of fans packed the streets outside trying to catch a glimpse of the star couple and celebrity guests
11 years ago
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20 Apr
2006
President Hu Jintao of China made his first visit to the White House, where he and President George W. Bush agreed to collaborate against nuclear proliferation and to reduce the…President Hu Jintao of China made his first visit to the White House, where he and President George W. Bush agreed to collaborate against nuclear proliferation and to reduce the trade imbalance, but failed to come to any agreement on issues including human rights in China or Iran’s nuclear programme
12 years ago
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20 Apr
2006
CIA officer Mary McCarthy was dismissed after she reportedly failed a lie detector test as part of an investigation into the leaking of classified information to the Washington…CIA officer Mary McCarthy was dismissed after she reportedly failed a lie detector test as part of an investigation into the leaking of classified information to the Washington Post newspaper. McCarthy, formerly the senior director for intelligence programmes at the National Security Council, denied leaking information that formed the basis of an article on the CIA sending terror suspects to foreign detention centres
12 years ago
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20 Apr
2005
President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador fled his palace in Quito after the national congress voted to remove him. Gutierrez, who sought refuge at the Brazilian embassy, had been…President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador fled his palace in Quito after the national congress voted to remove him. Gutierrez, who sought refuge at the Brazilian embassy, had been elected in 2002 as a leftist but had angered his supporters by embracing free market policies. Large crowds had demonstrated to demand his resignation amid accusations of corruption and nepotism. He was replaced by Vice President Alfredo Palacio, who ordered Gutierrez’s arrest the following day
13 years ago
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20 Apr
2003
China’s health minster and the mayor of Beijing were fired after the government admitted that the incidence of SARS was much greater than previously acknowledged. Numbers of…China’s health minster and the mayor of Beijing were fired after the government admitted that the incidence of SARS was much greater than previously acknowledged. Numbers of cases continued to rise rapidly, totalling over 1,200 in Beijing alone by the end of the month
15 years ago
20 Apr
2001
A suvey by a British magazine revealed that one in four British teenagers had tried cocaineA suvey by a British magazine revealed that one in four British teenagers had tried cocaine
17 years ago
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20 Apr
2001
An American missionary and her baby daughter were killed when a Peruvian fighter jet fired on the plane in which they were travelling, believing it was carrying contraband drugs.…An American missionary and her baby daughter were killed when a Peruvian fighter jet fired on the plane in which they were travelling, believing it was carrying contraband drugs. Veronica Bowers’ husband and son were rescued by villagers in dugout canoes after the wounded pilot managed to crash-land the plane in the Amazon River
17 years ago
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20 Apr
2001
The opening session of the Summit of the Americas in Quebec, Canada, was disrupted by over 20,000 demonstrators protesting the proposed free trade area for the entire Western…The opening session of the Summit of the Americas in Quebec, Canada, was disrupted by over 20,000 demonstrators protesting the proposed free trade area for the entire Western Hemisphere
17 years ago
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20 Apr
2000
The UN World Food Programme reported that 16 million people in East Africa were threatened with starvation following two years of drought. Conflicts between Ethiopia and Eritrea,…The UN World Food Programme reported that 16 million people in East Africa were threatened with starvation following two years of drought. Conflicts between Ethiopia and Eritrea, civil war in Sudan and fighting between rival militias in Somalia were worsening the situation and complicating aid efforts
18 years ago
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20 Apr
1999
Armed with guns and homemade bombs, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot dead 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado before…Armed with guns and homemade bombs, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot dead 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado before turning their weapons on themselves
19 years ago
20 Apr
1999
The International Monetary Fund reported that the economic crisis that began in Asia in 1997 before sweeping the world was over its worstThe International Monetary Fund reported that the economic crisis that began in Asia in 1997 before sweeping the world was over its worst
19 years ago
20 Apr
1997
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu faced calls for his resignation after he escaped fraud charges of trying to influence the corruption trial of a coalition allyIsraeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu faced calls for his resignation after he escaped fraud charges of trying to influence the corruption trial of a coalition ally
21 years ago
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20 Apr
1996
World leaders meeting in Moscow agreed to boost nuclear safety through new cooperation and Ukraine reluctantly confirmed, a decade after the Chernobyl disaster, that it would close…World leaders meeting in Moscow agreed to boost nuclear safety through new cooperation and Ukraine reluctantly confirmed, a decade after the Chernobyl disaster, that it would close down the plant by the year 2000
22 years ago
20 Apr
1995
British Tory MPs David Tredinnick and Graham Riddick were suspended without pay from the House of Commons after the cash-for-questions sleaze scandalBritish Tory MPs David Tredinnick and Graham Riddick were suspended without pay from the House of Commons after the cash-for-questions sleaze scandal
23 years ago
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