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"


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