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 Nov
2016
A train derailment near Kanpur, India, killed at least 146 people and injured many more. It was India’s worst train accident in six yearsA train derailment near Kanpur, India, killed at least 146 people and injured many more. It was India’s worst train accident in six years
1 year ago
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20 Nov
2015
Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia closed their borders to so-called economic migrants, i.e. those not coming from war-torn countries, leaving thousands of people stranded at…Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia closed their borders to so-called economic migrants, i.e. those not coming from war-torn countries, leaving thousands of people stranded at Balkan border crossings
2 years ago
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20 Nov
2015
Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako seizing over 100 hostages and killing at least 19 people. The grenade-toting assailants reportedly freed captives who were…Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako seizing over 100 hostages and killing at least 19 people. The grenade-toting assailants reportedly freed captives who were able to recite the Koran
2 years ago
20 Nov
2014
The Duchess of Alba, Spain’s richest woman and one its most eccentric figures, died in Seville at age 88The Duchess of Alba, Spain’s richest woman and one its most eccentric figures, died in Seville at age 88
3 years ago
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20 Nov
2014
U.S. President Barack Obama used overriding executive powers to enact major changes to U.S. immigration policy which could lift the threat of deportation for up to five million…U.S. President Barack Obama used overriding executive powers to enact major changes to U.S. immigration policy which could lift the threat of deportation for up to five million undocumented migrants
3 years ago
20 Nov
2011
The People’s Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, won a majority in Spain’s general electionThe People’s Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, won a majority in Spain’s general election
6 years ago
20 Nov
2010
NATO nations agreed to begin handing over Afghanistan's security to the Afghan military and hand total control to local forces by 2014NATO nations agreed to begin handing over Afghanistan's security to the Afghan military and hand total control to local forces by 2014
7 years ago
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20 Nov
2009
Italian mountaineer Lino Lacedelli died in Cortina d’Ampezzo aged 83. In July 1954, Lacedelli and his colleague Achille Compagnoni became the first men to reach the summit of K2,…Italian mountaineer Lino Lacedelli died in Cortina d’Ampezzo aged 83. In July 1954, Lacedelli and his colleague Achille Compagnoni became the first men to reach the summit of K2, during an expedition led by Ardito Desio
8 years ago
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20 Nov
2009
The Oasis of the Seas, then the world’s biggest cruise ship, was officially unveiled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The $1.4 billion vessel was 40% bigger than any of its rivals,…The Oasis of the Seas, then the world’s biggest cruise ship, was officially unveiled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The $1.4 billion vessel was 40% bigger than any of its rivals, with its own open air park and amphitheatre. It weighed in at 225,000 tonnes, was 362m (1,187ft) long and could carry 6,296 passengers and 2,165 crew
8 years ago
20 Nov
2009
The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom collider, was restarted after a 14-month delay for repairsThe Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom collider, was restarted after a 14-month delay for repairs
8 years ago
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20 Nov
2009
Severe flooding affected parts of Great Britain and Ireland. Worst affected in Ireland were Cork and Galway, where the heaviest rainfall in over 30 years fell in one night. Parts…Severe flooding affected parts of Great Britain and Ireland. Worst affected in Ireland were Cork and Galway, where the heaviest rainfall in over 30 years fell in one night. Parts of Cumbria, in northwest England, recorded 314.4mm (12.3 ins) in 24 hours, a record for a 24-hour period in England, and more than the monthly average for the whole of November. More than 200 people had to rescued in Cockermouth and a policeman was swept to his death when a bridge over the River Derwent collapsed in Workington
8 years ago
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20 Nov
2008
NASA revealed that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had discovered evidence of enormous underground deposits of water ice on Mars; one buried glacier was estimated to be three times…NASA revealed that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had discovered evidence of enormous underground deposits of water ice on Mars; one buried glacier was estimated to be three times the size of Los Angeles. The research team surmised the frozen water deposits were remnants of a Martian ice age millions of years ago
9 years ago
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20 Nov
2007
The British government admitted it had lost two computer discs which contained data, including bank details and National Insurance numbers, about every family with a child under 16…The British government admitted it had lost two computer discs which contained data, including bank details and National Insurance numbers, about every family with a child under 16 in the country. The loss, affecting some 25 million people, was the world’s fifth largest reported data loss incident, the third largest ever by a government body and Europe’s biggest ever loss of confidential personal information
10 years ago
20 Nov
2007
The United Nations reduced its estimate of how many people were infected with HIV in 2007 from nearly 40 million to 33 millionThe United Nations reduced its estimate of how many people were infected with HIV in 2007 from nearly 40 million to 33 million
10 years ago
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20 Nov
2004
NASA launched its Swift spacecraft on a mission to gather information about gamma-ray bursts, brief, intense flashes of gamma radiation that could reveal clues about the creation…NASA launched its Swift spacecraft on a mission to gather information about gamma-ray bursts, brief, intense flashes of gamma radiation that could reveal clues about the creation of the universe
13 years ago
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20 Nov
2003
Suicide bomb attacks on the British consulate and the London-based HSBC bank headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, killed 28 people and injured around 450. British Consul-General Roger…Suicide bomb attacks on the British consulate and the London-based HSBC bank headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, killed 28 people and injured around 450. British Consul-General Roger Short was among those killed in the consulate blast. The explosions occurred just five days after 25 people died in similar attacks at two synagogues in the city
14 years ago
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20 Nov
2003
Over 100,000 people marched through central London to protest against the war on Iraq during a state visit to Britain by U.S. President George W. Bush. The climax of the…Over 100,000 people marched through central London to protest against the war on Iraq during a state visit to Britain by U.S. President George W. Bush. The climax of the demonstration was the toppling of an effigy of Mr Bush, echoing scenes from the fall of Baghdad in April during which U.S. troops helped Iraqis to topple a statue of Saddam Hussein
14 years ago
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20 Nov
2002
German professor Gunther von Hagens carried out the first public post-mortem in Britain since the 1830s, despite a government warning it was illegal and he could face jail. Von…German professor Gunther von Hagens carried out the first public post-mortem in Britain since the 1830s, despite a government warning it was illegal and he could face jail. Von Hagens pioneered the technique of plastination, whereby natural body fluids are replaced with a solid plastic which preserves the tissues and gives rigidity. Bodyworlds, his anatomical exhibition of preserved human corpses and body parts, opened in Japan in 1995 and has since attracted 10 million visitors worldwide
15 years ago
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20 Nov
2001
A new round of talks began between Britain and Spain on the future of Gibraltar, amid much speculation that a deal on joint sovereignty was in the pipeline. Spain insisted that it…A new round of talks began between Britain and Spain on the future of Gibraltar, amid much speculation that a deal on joint sovereignty was in the pipeline. Spain insisted that it would never renounce its claim of sovereignty over the Rock of Gibraltar, which has been in British hands since it was seized in 1704
16 years ago
20 Nov
2001
The U.S. State Department upped the reward for information leading to the capture of Osama Bin Laden from $5m to $25mThe U.S. State Department upped the reward for information leading to the capture of Osama Bin Laden from $5m to $25m
16 years ago
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20 Nov
2000
European Union foreign and defence ministers rubber-stamped plans to set up an EU rapid reaction force of some 66,000 troops for peace-keeping and crisis management. The…European Union foreign and defence ministers rubber-stamped plans to set up an EU rapid reaction force of some 66,000 troops for peace-keeping and crisis management. The Anglo-French initiative followed the 1999 Kosovo conflict which highlighted EU dependence on the U.S.
17 years ago
20 Nov
2000
Two people were killed and 12 were injured in a bomb attack on a school bus in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza StripTwo people were killed and 12 were injured in a bomb attack on a school bus in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip
17 years ago
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20 Nov
1998
The future of manned space flight took a step forward as the first section of the International Space Station, a joint project involving the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan and nine…The future of manned space flight took a step forward as the first section of the International Space Station, a joint project involving the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan and nine European countries, blasted into orbit aboard a proton rocket launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
19 years ago
20 Nov
1997
President Boris Yeltsin sacked Russia's top economic reformer, Anatoly Chubais, from his job as finance minister but kept him on as first deputy prime ministerPresident Boris Yeltsin sacked Russia's top economic reformer, Anatoly Chubais, from his job as finance minister but kept him on as first deputy prime minister
20 years ago
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