Turkish History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 474 of 474

  • 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.

Election of Interest

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 "Agos" newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast

Historic Event

2007-04-14 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister 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 14 people are killed and 7 wounded by a roadside bomb Jandol, Turkey
  • 2012-09-16 8 police officers are killed by a roadside bombing by Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in 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

Historic Event

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

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