On This Day

Historical Events on April 19 (Part 2)

  • 2018 US Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois (D)) is the first parent to bring a baby into the Senate chambers, a day after the Senate votes to allow babies on the chamber's floor
  • 2018 King Mswati III of Swaziland changes the name of Swaziland to Eswatini, or “Land of the Swati”

Music Concert

2020 Together At Home concert for COVID-19 aid curated by Lady Gaga and streamed worldwide

  • 2020 US COVID-19 death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 UK COVID-19 death toll reaches 16,060 (hospitals only), as "The Sunday Times" criticizes Boris Johnson's government's response, saying they "sleepwalked into disaster"

COVID-19

2020 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths

  • 2021 New Zealand and Australia open a travel bubble between the two countries after more than a year of border closures
  • 2021 NASA successfully flies its drone helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, first powered aircraft to fly on another world
  • 2021 In Las Vegas, Nevada: San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau breaks Gordie Howe's NHL record for most games played, now at 1,768 and counting

Historic Event

2021 Cuba's Communist party announces Miguel Díaz-Canel will replace Raúl Castro as party leader, after the latter steps down