Terrorism in History

Historical Events

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  • 1794-07-28 French Revolution figure Robespierre & 22 other leaders of "the Terror" guillotined to thunderous cheers in Paris
  • 1868-10-26 White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La
  • 1875-07-04 White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
  • 1876-07-08 White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg SC, killing 5
  • 1902-04-02 Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated by a terrorist in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg
  • 1912-12-23 In Delhi, India, terrorist agitation continues as British Viceroy Lord Hardinge is wounded by a bomb explosion
  • 1913-06-11 Grand Vizir Mahmud Shevket Pasha is assassinated, resulting in continuing Young Turk terrorism until WWI
  • 1946-06-29 Black Sabbath-Brits arrest 2,700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorist
  • 1953-01-12 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow

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1964-12-11 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1968-12-26 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
  • 1969-02-25 West Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet
  • 1970-03-05 SDS Weathermen terrorist group bomb 18 West 11th St in NYC
  • 1970-05-22 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
  • 1970-09-12 Palestinian terrorists blow up three hijacked airliners in Jordan, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.
  • 1971-08-09 Operation Demetrius (or Internment) is introduced in Northern Ireland allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial; the security forces arrested 342 people suspected of supporting paramilitaries
  • 1971-08-16 Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • 1971-08-22 Approximately 130 non-Unionist councillors announce their withdrawal from participation on district councils across Northern Ireland in protest against Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • 1972-05-30 3 Japanese PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • 1973-03-02 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • 1973-04-08 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus
  • 1973-04-17 German counter-terrorist unit GSG 9 founded.
  • 1973-08-05 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55
  • 1973-09-28 Palestinian Terrorists hijack Austrian train
  • 1973-12-17 Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
  • 1974-05-15 Ma'alot massacre: Palestinian terrorist take school hostage, 25 mostly children killed and 68 injured
  • 1975-12-14 6 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days
  • 1975-12-29 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC
  • 1976-09-10 5 Croatian terrorists capture TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, NY
  • 1976-10-06 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board
  • 1977-04-28 Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1977-09-22 West German Red Army Faction terrorist kills policeman in Utrecht
  • 1977-11-10 Amsterdam: Red Army Faction terrorists Gert Schneider and Christof Wackernagel arrested
  • 1977-12-20 RAF -terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years
  • 1978-03-11 Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
  • 1980-02-27 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • 1980-04-30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • 1981-03-02 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
  • 1981-06-22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
  • 1981-07-22 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome, Italy court to life
  • 1982-03-10 The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.
  • 1982-08-21 Palestinian terrorists are dispersed from Beirut
  • 1983-07-13 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • 1983-10-23 Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 243 US personnel in Beirut
  • 1984-02-01 Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1985-09-25 Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus
  • 1985-10-07 PLO terrorists seize Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro
  • 1985-10-11 US intercepts Egyptian Boeing with Achille Lauro terrorists

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1985-12-27 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986-01-16 Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam
  • 1986-04-14 US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya

  • 1988-02-17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 1988-02-17 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • 1988-07-18 Abu Nidal terrorists kill 9 on cruise ship City of Poros
  • 1988-12-20 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
  • 1988-12-21 Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
  • 1989-11-30 Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb.
  • 1993-06-24 Arab terrorist group planning bombing of Holland and Lincoln Tunnels caught
  • 1993-07-25 Israeli offensive against terrorist bases in South Lebanon
  • 1994-03-04 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center
  • 1994-08-14 Terrorist "Carlos" arrested in Khartoum, Sudan
  • 1994-08-15 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal, captured in Khartoum Sudan
  • 1995-01-06 A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
  • 1997-07-30 Terrorist double suicide bombing in Jerusalem, kills 14
  • 1998-04-20 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • 1998-05-27 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  • 1998-08-15 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220

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1998-11-20 Court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 1999-02-15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.
  • 2000-07-20 Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.

Battle9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2001-09-11 Two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,752 people

  • 2001-09-11 Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths of 125 people
  • 2001-09-11 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board

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2001-09-17 Despite suffering from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease, Jack Buck stirs emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball's first night back after the September 11th terrorist attacks

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Jack Buck
  • 2001-10-16 The US Coast Guard lifts a ban on liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers entering Boston Harbor to make deliveries to Distrigas' Everett LNG terminal that had been imposed on September 26 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11

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2001-11-13 War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2001-12-13 Indian Parliament Sansad attacked by terrorists. 15 people killed, including all terrorists
  • 2002-07-15 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 2002-10-12 Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali's nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists
  • 2003-05-16 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in terrorist attacks
  • 2003-08-29 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.
  • 2003-11-09 A suicide-terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills 17 people.
  • 2004-02-27 A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116
  • 2004-03-11 Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid's rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
  • 2004-04-02 Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
  • 2004-04-03 Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves
  • 2004-09-01 The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.
  • 2004-10-29 Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election
  • 2005-07-07 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • 2005-07-21 Four terrorist bombers target London's public transportation system, exactly two weeks after the July 7 bombings. All four bombs fail to detonate leading to the capture of all the bombers.
  • 2006-01-19 Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously
  • 2006-03-30 UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.
  • 2006-08-10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.
  • 2006-10-24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • 2007-06-30 A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.
  • 2007-09-05 Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.
  • 2007-10-15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
  • 2008-11-26 Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.
  • 2009-03-03 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.
  • 2009-05-19 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1940-08-15 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)

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1942-05-22 Ted Kaczynski, American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1943-09-11 Raymond Villeneuve, Canadian terrorist
  • 1949-10-12 Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Venezuelan international terrorist, born in Michelena, Venezuela
  • 1951-06-19 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, born in Maadi, Cairo
  • 1955-04-02 Michael Stone, British terrorist
  • 1957-05-13 Andrea Klump, German terrorist
  • 1960-08-30 Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbollah
  • 1961-11-17 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (d. 1985)
  • 1963-06-29 Khalid El-Masri, German-born suspected terrorist
  • 1967-05-20 Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
  • 1968-04-23 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, born in Lockport, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1968-09-01 Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • 1970-10-18 José Padilla, American former gang member and alleged supporter of terrorism
  • 1973-08-12 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber".

Famous Deaths

  • 1864-06-01 Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of African Americans, assassinated in his home by white terrorists in SC
  • 1925-05-13 Boris V Savinkov, Russian writer/terrorist, dies
  • 1934-10-09 King Alexander, of Yugoslavia, killed by Georgief (Croatian terrorist)
  • 1977-11-13 Ingrid Schubert, German terrorist (b. 1944)


1978-05-09 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 1979-03-30 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • 1981-05-05 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA activist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike at 26
  • 1984-02-03 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1985-06-15 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • 1986-04-29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • 1992-07-24 Khaled Mahmoud Saeed, asst to Palestine terrorist Abu Nidal, murdered
  • 1993-06-27 Wolfgang Grams, German RAF-terrorist, shot to death at 40
  • 2001-06-11 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing aged 33
  • 2001-09-11 Marwan Al-Shehhi, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1978)
  • 2001-09-11 Mohamed Atta, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1968)

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2001-09-11 Todd Beamer, American passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, dies at 32 in a plane crash trying to stop the 9/11 terrorists

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • 2001-09-11 Hani Hanjour, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1972)
  • 2001-09-11 Ziad Jarrah, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1975)
  • 2001-09-11 John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism FBI agent (b. 1952)
  • 2009-09-17 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • 2011-09-30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)

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2015-01-07 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • 2015-01-07 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76