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 Sep
2016
Syrian and Russian forces launched a major offensive to retake all remaining rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo. Within hours the UN suspended humanitarian aid convoys…Syrian and Russian forces launched a major offensive to retake all remaining rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo. Within hours the UN suspended humanitarian aid convoys following a deadly airstrike on aid trucks
1 year ago
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20 Sep
2015
Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party won snap elections in Greece, the unexpectedly large victory falling just six seats short of an absolute majority. Turnout of 56.6% was the lowest…Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party won snap elections in Greece, the unexpectedly large victory falling just six seats short of an absolute majority. Turnout of 56.6% was the lowest since the restoration of democracy in 1974
2 years ago
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20 Sep
2012
Arctic sea ice melted to its lowest ever recorded level of 1.32 million square miles, 18 percent smaller than the previous record set in 2007. Satellite tracking records date back…Arctic sea ice melted to its lowest ever recorded level of 1.32 million square miles, 18 percent smaller than the previous record set in 2007. Satellite tracking records date back to 1979
5 years ago
20 Sep
2011
Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, was assassinated at his home in Kabul by a suicide bomberBurhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, was assassinated at his home in Kabul by a suicide bomber
6 years ago
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20 Sep
2010
Admiral Thad Allen of the U.S. Coast Guard, the man responsible for leading the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, declares that BP’s Macondo well had been sealed with…Admiral Thad Allen of the U.S. Coast Guard, the man responsible for leading the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, declares that BP’s Macondo well had been sealed with cement
7 years ago
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20 Sep
2010
Sweden’s centre-right Alliance government, led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, won the largest share of votes in the general election, with the Sweden Democrats holding the…Sweden’s centre-right Alliance government, led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, won the largest share of votes in the general election, with the Sweden Democrats holding the balance of power
7 years ago
20 Sep
2009
Army troops killed more than 140 Shiite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen after they attempted to take over the government palace in the mountain city of SaadaArmy troops killed more than 140 Shiite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen after they attempted to take over the government palace in the mountain city of Saada
8 years ago
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20 Sep
2008
A massive suicide truck bomb detonated outside the prestigious Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing at least 54 people, injuring 266 others and leaving a vast crater…A massive suicide truck bomb detonated outside the prestigious Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing at least 54 people, injuring 266 others and leaving a vast crater outside the hotel. The attack occurred just hours after President Asif Ali Zardari made his first speech to parliament
9 years ago
20 Sep
2008
South African President Thabo Mbeki agreed to resign after the ruling African National Congress requested him to step downSouth African President Thabo Mbeki agreed to resign after the ruling African National Congress requested him to step down
9 years ago
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20 Sep
2007
American cyclist Floyd Landis was officially stripped of his win in the 2006 Tour de France and banned from competition for two years after an arbitration panel found him guilty of…American cyclist Floyd Landis was officially stripped of his win in the 2006 Tour de France and banned from competition for two years after an arbitration panel found him guilty of doping during the race
10 years ago
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20 Sep
2006
The corruption trial of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma was thrown out by the judge at Pietermaritzburg High Court, who ruled that the State's case had failed to…The corruption trial of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma was thrown out by the judge at Pietermaritzburg High Court, who ruled that the State's case had failed to follow proper procedure
11 years ago
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20 Sep
2005
Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal died at his home in Vienna, Austria, aged 96. A survivor of the Holocaust, he dedicated his life after World War II to finding and bringing to justice…Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal died at his home in Vienna, Austria, aged 96. A survivor of the Holocaust, he dedicated his life after World War II to finding and bringing to justice over 1,100 Nazi war criminals responsible for the genocide of the Jews. High-profile successes included Adolf Eichmann, an architect of the Holocaust, Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibor death camps in Poland, and Karl Silberbauer, the Gestapo officer responsible for the arrest of Anne Frank
12 years ago
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20 Sep
2004
Legendary British soccer manager Brian Clough died from stomach cancer at the age of 69. Clough won successive European Cups with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980, and also won…Legendary British soccer manager Brian Clough died from stomach cancer at the age of 69. Clough won successive European Cups with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980, and also won Football League titles with both Forest and Derby County, after taking both teams from relative obscurity to the pinnacle of the English game
13 years ago
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20 Sep
2004
Indonesia’s former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a commanding victory over incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in the final round of the country’s first…Indonesia’s former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a commanding victory over incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in the final round of the country’s first direct presidential election, a massive exercise in logistics with 500,000 polling stations spread across three time zones
13 years ago
20 Sep
2004
The U.S. lifted all economic sanctions against Libya, followed two days later by the European UnionThe U.S. lifted all economic sanctions against Libya, followed two days later by the European Union
13 years ago
20 Sep
2003
A memorial commemorating the 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in 1995 was opened, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton among attending dignitariesA memorial commemorating the 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in 1995 was opened, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton among attending dignitaries
14 years ago
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20 Sep
2002
Israeli soldiers destroyed all but one building in the Ramallah compound of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat following another suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Under U.S. pressure,…Israeli soldiers destroyed all but one building in the Ramallah compound of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat following another suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Under U.S. pressure, Israeli forces withdrew on September 29
15 years ago
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20 Sep
2002
A vast chunk of ice broke away from a glacier in the Caucasus mountains, burying a village in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. The resulting avalanche and mudflow killed over…A vast chunk of ice broke away from a glacier in the Caucasus mountains, burying a village in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. The resulting avalanche and mudflow killed over 120 people, including a 27-strong film crew and popular action-movie star Sergey Bodrov Jr, who were filming in the area at the time
15 years ago
20 Sep
2001
With U.S. forces massing in the Gulf, President Bush warned Afghanistan's Taliban regime that unless they handed over wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden they would share his fateWith U.S. forces massing in the Gulf, President Bush warned Afghanistan's Taliban regime that unless they handed over wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden they would share his fate
16 years ago
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20 Sep
2000
In the U.S., the $52m federal investigation into the Whitewater Development Corporation concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish any criminal wrongdoing by…In the U.S., the $52m federal investigation into the Whitewater Development Corporation concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish any criminal wrongdoing by either President Bill Clinton or First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
17 years ago
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20 Sep
2000
Two French journalists held hostage by Abu Sayyaf rebels on Jolo Island in the Philippines escaped from their captors as a massive military offensive by Philippine troops against…Two French journalists held hostage by Abu Sayyaf rebels on Jolo Island in the Philippines escaped from their captors as a massive military offensive by Philippine troops against the rebels continued into a fifth day
17 years ago
20 Sep
2000
A missile attack on the London headquarters of Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service brought fears of a new wave of dissident Irish republican attacks on the UK mainlandA missile attack on the London headquarters of Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service brought fears of a new wave of dissident Irish republican attacks on the UK mainland
17 years ago
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20 Sep
1999
A force of 21,500 international peacekeepers arrived in East Timor to restore order after three weeks of violence during which the capital, Dili was reduced to a burnt-out shell;…A force of 21,500 international peacekeepers arrived in East Timor to restore order after three weeks of violence during which the capital, Dili was reduced to a burnt-out shell; relief officials estimated that 400,000 people had fled into the surrounding hills or to neighbouring West Timor
18 years ago
20 Sep
1999
Raisa Gorbachev, wife of former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, died at the age of 67 following treatment for cancer in GermanyRaisa Gorbachev, wife of former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, died at the age of 67 following treatment for cancer in Germany
18 years ago
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