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August 17

2019 – A bomb attack on a wedding party in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills at least 63 people and wounds 180. 2004 – New state symbols are adopted by Serbia. 2005 – Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at around 300 locations in 63 out of 64 distri ...

                                               

August 18

2018 - The 2018 Asian Games, co-hosted by the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, begin. 1917 – The city of Thessaloniki in present-day Greece is largely destroyed by fire. 1948 - The Australian cricket team completes a 4-0 Ashes series ...

                                               

August 19

2005 – Strong storms hit southern Ontario, bringing tornadoes and flooding. 2009 – A series of bombings in Baghdad kills 101 people, and injures 565. 2008 – President of Zambia Levy Mwanawasa dies aged 59. Rupiah Banda is later elected to replace ...

                                               

August 20

2004 – Talk show host Regis Philbin breaks the record for Most Hours on Camera, with 15.188. 2002 – A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and ...

                                               

August 21

2019 – Brazils Institute for Space Research reports a record number of fires burning in the Amazon rainforest, with 36.000 in the year up to this date, and smoke reaching as far south as Sao Paulo. 2017 – A total solar eclipse is seen across seve ...

                                               

August 22

1981 – The Voyager 2 space probe photographs Saturns moon Iapetus. 1926 – Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1902 – Theodore Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile 1968 – Pope Paul VI arr ...

                                               

August 23

2011 - 2011 Virginia earthquake: A magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes near Mineral, Virginia, and is felt all the way along the eastern seaboard of the United States. No one is killed, but damage is reported on buildings, including monuments in Was ...

                                               

August 24

2012 - American cyclist Lance Armstrong announces that he is no-longer fighting doping allegations, and is stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won by the World Anti-Doping Agency. 2006 – The definition of the word planet is changed, th ...

                                               

August 25

2001 – Marriage of Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway and Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway. 2012 – The Voyager 1 spacecraft becomes the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. This occurs on the same day as the death of astronaut Neil ...

                                               

August 26

2008 – Russia unilaterally recognises the Republic of Georgias break-away territories Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 2005 – The highest court in Fiji declares the ban on Homosexuality unconstitutional. 2018 – Jacksonville Landing shooting: A partici ...

                                               

August 27

2010 – Kenya promulgates a new constitution under Mwai Kibaki 2005 – The Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden, which is the tallest residential building in Europe, is opened. 2003 – Mars makes closest approach to Earth in nearly 60.000 years, passing a ...

                                               

August 28

2007 - Abdullah Gul becomes President of Turkey. 2014 - Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes President of Turkey. 2005 – Hurricane Katrina begins to make landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi. 2003 – A power blackout in southeastern England affects 500.0 ...

                                               

August 29

2011 – Hurricane Irene dissolves over Eastern Canada, having left a path of destruction over the Caribbean and eastern United States. 2012 – The 2012 Summer Paralympics in London begin. 2017 – North Korea fires a ballistic missile over the southe ...

                                               

August 30

2001 – Former President of Yugoslavia and Serbia Slobodan Milosevic is charged with Genocide. 2016 – Doris McLemore, the last-surviving fluent speaker of the Wichita language, dies aged 89. 2002 – The Tandy Center Subway in Fort Worth, Texas ceas ...

                                               

August 31

August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 122 days remaining until the end of the year. It is the last day of the second third of the year. The end of this day the second third of a leap year. The end of the seco ...

                                               

December 1

2017 - Japanese Emperor Akihitos abdication date is set for April 30, 2019. 2018 - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador becomes President of Mexico. 2016 - Vajiralongkorn officially becomes King of Thailand. 2006 – A typhoon causes landslides on the Mayon ...

                                               

December 2

2010 – Russia and Qatar are announced as hosts of the FIFA World Cup, for 2018 and 2022 respectively. 2008 – Somchai Wongsawat resigns as Prime Minister of Thailand. 2001 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 2019 - Climate change talks begin ...

                                               

December 3

1973 – The Pioneer 10 space probe sends back close-up images of Jupiter. 1999 - Six firefighters are killed in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire in Massachusetts. 1976 – An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley. 2007 - Winter st ...

                                               

December 4

2016 - Constitutional reform is rejected by a majority in a national referendum in Italy, leading to Prime Minister Matteo Renzis announcement that he is to resign from office. 2005 – Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protested for democra ...

                                               

December 5

2013 - Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95. See Death and state funeral of Nelson Mandela. 2006 – Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the Government of Fiji in a coup. Jona Senilagakali is installed as Prime Min ...

                                               

December 6

2004 - The US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is bombed, killing 12 people. 2001 – In Canada, the province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador. 2011 - Elio Di Rupo becomes Prime Minister of Belgium. The country had, until then ...

                                               

December 7

2006 - A tornado strikes Kensal Green, Northwest London. 2016 - An earthquake in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, kills around 100 people. 2016 - All 47 people on board die when a Pakistan International Airlines plane crashes near Islamabad. 2007 - The ...

                                               

December 8

1982 – December murders: In Suriname, 13 civilians and 2 military officers, opposed to the military regime of Desi Bouterse, are killed. 1998 - 81 people are killed by armed groups in Algeria. 2004 – Dimebag Darrell is shot dead in Columbus, Ohio ...

                                               

December 9

1998 - In the Swiss Federal Council, Ruth Dreifuss is chosen to be Switzerlands President for the year 1999, making her the first woman to take up the role, on January 1, 1999. 1953 – Red Scare: General Electric announces the discharge of all Com ...

                                               

December 10

2004 – Anil Kumble becomes Indias highest wicket-taker, surpassing Kapil Devs total of 435. 2010 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is unable to attend the ceremony in Oslo due to imprisonment. 2002 – The High Court of Australia hands down its ...

                                               

December 11

2001 - The Peoples Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization. 2019 - The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is revealed to have voted, by a big majority, in favour of independence from Papua New Guinea. 2019 - Test cricket is played in ...

                                               

December 12

2015 - Confenerce on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change makes Paris Agreement on reduction of CO2 after Kyoto Protocol. 2006 – Peugeot produce their last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in C ...

                                               

December 13

2007 - Treaty of Lisbon is adopted. 2006 - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is adopted. 2016 - Syrian civil war: Government forces take control of the city of Aleppo. 2003 – Saddam Hussein is captured by United States-led for ...

                                               

December 14

2004 - The leaders of Cuba and Venezuela create the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. 2008 – Muntadhar al-Zaidi almost strikes US President George W. Bush with two shoes, as a form of protest, at a news conference in Baghdad. This was Bushs l ...

                                               

December 15

2011 – American troops withdraw from Iraq. 2010 – A boat carrying about 90 asylum seekers crashes on rocks off Christmas Island, killing around 30 people. 2013 - The funeral and burial of Nelson Mandela take place in his home village of Qunu, Eas ...

                                               

December 16

2014 - Members of the Pakistani Taliban carry out a massacre at an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least 141 people, most of them children. 2011 – Typhoon Washi hits the Philippines in the night to December 17. 2012 - 2012 Delhi gan ...

                                               

December 17

2011 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il dies. His son, Kim Jong-un, takes over from him. 2017 - Sebastian Pinera is elected President of Chile for a second time. 2003 – The Soham murder trial ends with Ian Huntley being found guilty of the murders ...

                                               

December 18

2006 - The United Arab Emirates holds its first elections. 2019 - The United States House of Representatives votes for the first impeachment of Donald Trump. 2005 - Evo Morales is elected President of Bolivia. 2006 - Flooding begins in Malaysia, ...

                                               

December 19

2001 – The Argentine economic crisis bursts into street riots after the announcement by the economy minister of the measures of holding back the bank deposits. 2007 – Marcus Stephen becomes President of Nauru. 2005 – Prime Minister of Israel Arie ...

                                               

December 20

2004 - A gang of thieves steal 26.5 million pounds from the Donegall Square West headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 2015 - Spain holds its parliamentary election, with no party winning overall control. 2002 – US Senator T ...

                                               

December 21

2014 - Klaus Iohannis becomes President of Romania. 2012 – The Long Count of the Maya calendar resets itself according to the most popular correlation. A minority argues that it does so on December 23, 2012. This has been central to various predi ...

                                               

December 22

2008 – President of Guinea Lansana Conte dies. Following his death, Moussa Dadis Camara takes power in a coup. 2017 - The United Nations Security Council votes 15-0 in favour of additional sanctions punishments against North Korea. 2005 - Astrono ...

                                               

December 23

2017 - A fire at a shopping center in Davao City, Southern Philippines, kills at least 37 people. 2005 – Lech Kaczynski becomes President of Poland. His time in office ends with his death in a plane crash on April 10, 2010. 2007 - An agreement is ...

                                               

December 24

2003 – Spanish police stop an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kilogrammes of explosives at Madrids Chamartin Station. 2017 - Alberto Fujimori, former President of Peru, is pardoned for reasons relating to his ill health. 2013 - Queen Elizabeth II i ...

                                               

December 25

December 25 is the 359th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are six days remaining until the end of the year. Christmas is celebrated on this day in many Christian and Western countries.

                                               

December 26

2006 – At least 260 people are killed when an oil pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria, explodes. 2016 - Shinzo Abe becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan to visit the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. 2002 – French Raelian scientist ...

                                               

December 27

2008 – A three-week war begins in the Gaza Strip, as Israel launches Operation Cast Lead on suspected Hamas militants in Gaza, lasting three weeks. 2007 – Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is killed in a terrorist attack in Rawal ...

                                               

December 28

2011 - Turkish war planes bomb 34 Kurds of Turkish nationality in the district of Uludere. 2017 - A fire at an apartment block in The Bronx, New York City, kills 12 people. 2017 - 41 people are killed in a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. 2015 ...

                                               

December 29

2009 – Akmal Shaikh becomes the first citizen of a present-day European Union country to be executed in the Peoples Republic of China for over 50 years. 2011 – This date is followed by December 31 in Samoa and Tokelau, as the International Date L ...

                                               

December 30

2006 – Madrids Barajas Airport is bombed. 2008 – Herman Van Rompuy becomes Prime Minister of Belgium. 2013 - A suicide bomb attack on a bus in Volgograd, southern Russia, kills 14 people, just a day after a train station in the same city was also ...

                                               

December 31

2006 - The total of US troops killed in the Iraq War reaches 3.000. 2015 - Fire breaks out at a hotel near the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 2016 - Bomb attacks in Baghdad kill at least 28 people. 2014 - US and UK forces withdraw from Afghanistan. 2014 ...

                                               

February 4

2018 - American football: The Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl for the first time, defeating the New England Patriots. 2002 - The charity Cancer Research UK is founded. 2006 - A stampede at the ULTRA Stadium in Manila kills 71 people. 2003 ...

                                               

February 5

2017 - Cameroon defeats Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Libreville, Gabon. 2004 – Morecambe Bay, England: 23 Chinese cockle pickers drown after being caught by the incoming tide. 2008 – A tornado outbreak in ...

                                               

February 6

2018 - A major earthquake strikes the northeast of Taiwan, including the city of Hualien. 2018 - SpaceX successfully launches its Falcon Heavy rocket. 2005 – Super Bowl XXXIX: The New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24–21. During th ...

                                               

February 7

2016 - The Denver Broncos win the 50th Super Bowl, defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10. 2009 – Bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria kill 173 people. 2015 - More than 30 people are killed in separate bomb attacks in Baghdad. 2005 - Elle ...