What Happened on February 12, 2019

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 24 hour general strike in Belgium forces all fights to be cancelled and schools shut
  • Australian government loses historic vote on own bill with amendment to allow offshore sick refugees access to healthcare, first loss in 78 years
  • Hotel fire in New Delhi, India, kills 17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán found guilty of all 10 federal crimes against him in New York after 200 hours of testimony

  • Nasa data shows the world has got greener - 5% more leafier since early 2000s, mostly due to tree planting in China, intensive farming in India
  • Rare Black panthers spotted for the first time in nearly 100 years in Laikipia County, Kenya
  • Republic of Macedonia officially changes it name to the Republic of North Macedonia to end long dispute with Greece
  • Trial of 12 Catalonia independence leaders begins in Madrid
  • US national debt tops 22 trillion for the first time according to US Treasury
  • WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet, which sank in 1942 with loss of 140 sailors re-discovery announced by Vulcan Inc. near the Solomon Islands

Famous Deaths

  • Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), dies of kidney cancer at 81
  • W. E. B. Griffin [William Edmund Butterworth], American best-selling author (Clandestine Operations, The Lieutenants), dies at 89