Turkish History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 478 of 478

  • 1986-04-05 US soldier & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing
  • 1987-04-14 Turkey asks to join European market
  • 1988-06-15 Turkish premier Özal meets Greek premier Papandreou in Athens

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1988-07-03 The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, providing the second connection between the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Ottoman Sultan
Mehmed the Conqueror
  • 1989-10-31 Turgat Ozal elected president of Turkey
  • 1990-08-27 52 Americans arrive in Turkey from Iraq
  • 1992-03-03 Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 263 die
  • 1992-03-13 An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan, eastern Turkey.
  • 1993-01-24 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
  • 1993-05-16 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey
  • 1993-05-24 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers and 5 citizens in Turkey
  • 1993-05-29 Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • 1993-06-14 Tansu Ciller appointed 1st female premier of Turkey
  • 1993-07-02 Muslim fundamentalists in Sivas, Turkey, set hotel on fire, kill 36
  • 1993-07-05 Kurd guerrillas murder 32 villager in East Turkey
  • 1994-07-26 Turkish air force bombs Kurds, struggle in Iraq, 70 killed

  • 1994-12-29 B737-400 flies into a mountain at Edremit East Turkey, 54 killed
  • 1997-03-18 Russian AN-24 plane crashes in Turkey, 50 die
  • 1997-07-23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act
  • 1998-10-29 En route Adana to Ankara, Turkish Airlines flight with crew of 6 and 33 passengers hijacked by Kurdish militant, orders pilot fly to Switzerland. Pilot lands in Ankara tricking hijacker he was landing in Sofia to refuel.
  • 1999-01-11 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 4th time
  • 1999-02-16 Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
  • 1999-02-23 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1999-08-17 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
  • 1999-11-12 The Düzce earthquake strikes Turkey with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale.
  • 2000-06-13 Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981
  • 2000-12-19 The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
  • 2003-02-10 France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • 2003-05-24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • 2003-11-20 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
  • 2006-01-12 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II
  • 2007-01-19 Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.

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2007-04-14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • 2007-04-29 2nd Republic protest in support of state secularism held in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2007-05-13 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey
  • 2009-06-30 Turkey records its fastest contraction of 13.8% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, leading the country into recession; this is Turkey's biggest economic slump since 1945

  • 2009-10-10 After closed borders for nearly two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich to open their borders
  • 2011-10-23 A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • 2012-03-16 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2012-05-30 A number of nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre
  • 2012-06-25 33 Syrian army officers defect to Turkey
  • 2012-09-05 25 are killed and 4 wounded after an ammunition store exploded in Afyon, Turkey
  • 2012-09-06 61 illegal immigrants die after a fishing boat capsizes off the coast of Turkey
  • 2012-09-16 8 police officers are killed by a roadside bombing by Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in Turkey
  • 2012-09-16 14 people are killed and 7 wounded by a roadside bomb Jandol, Turkey
  • 2012-09-18 10 Turkish soldiers are killed and 70 injured in missile attack by Kurdish militants in Bingol, Turkey
  • 2012-10-04 Turkey’s parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria
  • 2012-11-10 17 people are killed in a helicopter crash as a result of bad weather in Turkey
  • 2012-12-15 18 Asylum seekers drown in the Aegean Sea on the way to Greece from Turkey
  • 2013-01-27 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey
  • 2013-05-11 43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey
  • 2013-05-20 2 people are killed and 20 are injured after a hot air balloon crashes in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • 2014-05-13 301 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Manisa, Turkey
  • 2014-12-02 The World Food Programme suspends critical food aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt because of a lack of funds
  • 2015-04-24 Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire
  • 2015-04-25 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Peninsula landings in Turkey by ANZAC forces during WWI

  • 2015-07-04 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)
  • 2015-07-20 Suicide bomber kills 30 in Turkish town of Suruc near Syrian border
  • 2015-08-17 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • 2015-10-07 Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to Tomas Lindahl (Sweden), Paul Modrich (US) and Aziz Sancar (Turkey) for work on cells DNA repair
  • 2015-10-10 Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200
  • 2015-11-01 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet's Davutoglus Justice and Development Party regains its parliamentary majority in a surprise result
  • 2015-11-24 Turkey shots down a Russian fighter jet after claiming it had flown into Turkish airspace
  • 2016-02-17 Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead
  • 2016-03-13 Suicide Bombing in Ankara, Turkey kills 37 people
  • 2016-07-15 Attempted military coup in Turkey fails, nearly 300 killed, 6,000 then arrested
  • 2016-08-20 Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • 2016-12-19 Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara by Turkish gunman
  • 2016-12-30 A ceasefire organised by Russia, Iran and Turkey between Syria's government and opposition groups takes effect
  • 2017-04-16 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referendum on 18-article constitutional reform package
  • 2017-05-13 Bus plunges off cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing at least 23, injuring 11
  • 2017-07-09 Hundreds of thousands protest against the Turkish government at a rally in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018-03-18 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize Kurdish held northern Syrian town of Afrin
  • 2018-04-29 Sweden's official Twitter account confirms Swedish meatballs actually originated in Turkey
  • 2018-06-24 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins second term with president's AK Party winning 42% parliamentary votes
  • 2018-07-09 Train derailment kills 24 in the Turkish province of Tekirdag
  • 2018-07-18 Turkey ends its two-year State of Emergency

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2018-08-10 Turkish lira falls dramatically after US President Donald Trump announces tariff increases on Turkish steel and aluminum

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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