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Historical Events in 2019 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 1,285

  • Feb 23 Clashes on Venezuelan border kills two as its country's officials try to stop aid getting in

Historic Event

Feb 23 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir declares a national emergency, dismisses the federal government and sacks all state governors

Election of Interest

Feb 23 Nigerian presidential election: President Muhammadu Buhari wins re-election defeating Atiku Abubakar, amid violence and a delay, on turnout of 35.6%

  • Feb 24 At least 133 people have died and 200 treated in hospital after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in Golaghat district, north-eastern India

Summit of Interest

Feb 24 Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia ends with Pope Francis promising more action and calling those guilty "tools of Satan"

Academy Awards

Feb 24 91st Academy Awards: Best Picture "Green Book", Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, Best Actor Rami Malek, Best Actress Olivia Colman

  • Feb 25 Influential film review site Rotten Tomatoes implements changes to its site after internet trolls target "Captain Marvel" film
  • Feb 25 James Harden's scoring streak of games with at least 30 points ends at 32 as he scores 28 in the Rockets' 119-111 win over Atlanta in Houston; 2nd longest mark in NBA history
  • Feb 26 India launches air strikes on alleged terrorist camps within Pakistan
  • Feb 26 Catholic Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse in Melbourne, Australia. As treasurer at the Vatican, the highest-ranking church official to be convicted; overturned in 2020
  • Feb 26 More than 4,500 complaints of child sexual abuse against migrant children received by US Health Department, Department of Justice received 1,300 more
  • Feb 26 UK reaches its highest-ever winter temperature with 21.2°C (70.2F) in Kew Gardens, London
  • Feb 26 City of Venice in Italy introduces a day visitors tax

Film Premiere

Feb 27 "Captain Marvel" film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson premieres

Historic Event

Feb 27 Michael Cohen, former lawyer to Donald Trump testifies before the House Oversight Committee saying Trump is "racist", a "con man" and "a cheat"

  • Feb 27 Train crashes into a buffer at Cairo's main railway station killing 25 and injuring dozens in Egypt

Summit of Interest

Feb 27 Second summit begins between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Feb 27 Smallest baby boy ever born to be later successfully released, goes home, after original birth weight of 268g (9.45oz) from Tokyo hospital
  • Feb 27 First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives, with new federal background checks
  • Feb 27 Doctors announce world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia

Film & TV History

Feb 27 Actor Luke Perry (52) suffers a stroke in Los Angeles

  • Feb 27 Pakistan shoots down an Indian fighter jet and captures the pilot, further escalating tensions in the disputed Kashmir region
  • Feb 28 Lost Caravaggio painting "Judith and Holofernes" (1607) announced rediscovered in a Toulouse attic in 2014 to be auctioned worth $171 million
  • Feb 28 Summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump collapses without agreement

Film & TV History

Feb 28 YouTube announces it will stops all comments on videos featuring children because of paedophiles leaving inappropriate comments

  • Mar 2 FESPACO, Africa's largest film festival in its 50th year awards the Golden Stallion of Yennenga to "The Mercy of the Jungle" by Joel Karekezi, in Burkina Faso

Sports History

Mar 2 37-year-old Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer beats Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Championships

  • Mar 2 Australian wonder horse Winx sets world record for Group 1 wins in the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney; stretches unbeaten run to 31 races, and her 23rd in the highest class of thoroughbred racing
  • Mar 3 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika confirms he will run for president one last time, his 5th term, amid widespread demonstrations

Historic Event

Mar 3 SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docks with the International Space Station during its demonstration run

  • Mar 3 Multiple tornadoes tear through Georgia and Alabama killing at least 23
  • Mar 3 South African music star Mampintsha shown hitting girlfriend Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live and later arrested for assault
  • Mar 4 US Democrats announce a wide-ranging corruption investigation into President Donald Trump
  • Mar 4 Return of a lock of hair of Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II to Ethiopia announced by the National Army Museum in London

Historic Event

Mar 4 Canadian minister Jane Philpott resigns in protest at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's and the government's handling of a scandal involving bribes from engineering firm SNC-Lavalin

  • Mar 5 Second-ever person "cured" of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London, England results published in "Nature"
  • Mar 5 Japanese architect Arata Isozaki wins architecture's Pritzker Prize
  • Mar 5 Bugatti announces the most expensive new car ever made - the La Voiture Noire costing €16.7 million (almost $19 million), only one will be made
  • Mar 5 Major study into the MMR vaccine involving over 650,000 children in Denmark finds it does not increase the risk of autism

Film & TV History

Mar 5 Kylie Jenner is the world's youngest-ever billionaire at 21, according to Forbes

Sports History

Mar 6 LeBron James scores his 32,293rd point in the 2nd quarter of a Lakers' 115-99 loss to Denver in LA to pass Michael Jordan into 4th place on the NBA all-time point scoring list

  • Mar 6 US trade deficit rises to 10-year high of $621 billion

Historic Event

Mar 6 Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg reveals plans to turn the social media platform into a more "privacy-focused platform"

  • Mar 7 Chinese telecommunications company Huawei sues the US government over a federal ban on its products

Historic Event

Mar 7 Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain shares her first Instagram post, a letter between mathematician Charles Babbage and Prince Albert

  • Mar 7 Thailand's Constitutional Court dissolves opposition party Thai Raksa Chart, after it nominated the King's sister as candidate for Prime Minister
  • Mar 7 Power and communications blackout begins in Venezuela
  • Mar 8 US national women's soccer team sue for equal pay by filing a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against United States Soccer Federation
  • Mar 10 Taliban force attacks Afghan army base killing or capturing about 50 soldiers in Badghis Province, Afghanistan
  • Mar 10 Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashes just after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board

Historic Event

Mar 11 Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, refutes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement “Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people – and only it.”

  • Mar 11 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) changes his mind saying he will not seek a fifth term and postpones elections after mass protests

Film & TV History

Mar 12 Dozens charged in US college admission scandal by US federal prosecutors, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman

  • Mar 12 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea

Historic Event

Mar 12 Theresa May's British government suffers a second defeat on a Brexit deal with the EU, 391 votes to 242

  • Mar 12 More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered amid battle for last ISIS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, according to Syrian Democratic Forces officials
  • Mar 13 President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sentenced to a further 43 months in jail, to add to his previous 47 months
  • Mar 13 Home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers established as a national monument in Jackson, Mississippi, by President Donald Trump

Historic Event

Mar 13 California Governor Gavin Newsom announces an indefinite moratorium on the death sentence in the state, saying it discriminates against marginalized communities

  • Mar 13 US grounds all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after bans by others countries following the plane type's second crash in Ethiopia
  • Mar 13 British MPs vote to reject a no-deal Brexit, defeating Theresa May's government 321 votes to 278
  • Mar 13 Shooting at school in Suzano, near São Paulo, Brazil, kills six including five children, before former student gunmen turn guns on themselves
  • Mar 13 Australian Catholic Cardinal George Pell is sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual abuse in Australia; conviction overturned in 2020
  • Mar 13 Australian cricketers beat India by 35 runs in Delhi to win ODI series, 3-2; first Australian team to recover from 0-2 in a 5-match series; Usman Khawaja 100, Adam Zampa 3/46
  • Mar 13 Member of the New York Gambino mob family Frank Cali shot dead outside his home, first killing of a high-ranking mobster since 1985
  • Mar 14 US Senate passes resolution overturning President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration
  • Mar 14 Former US Democratic representative Beto O'Rourke announces he is running for president
  • Mar 14 Google announces its employee Emma Haruka Iwao has broken the world record for calculating pi, to 31.4 trillion digits, on pi day using Google Cloud
  • Mar 14 California officially free of drought for the first time in more than 7 years (Dec 2011)
  • Mar 14 Tropical Cyclone Idai comes ashore in Mozambique, killing at least 417 people, and Malawi killing at least 56, after causing widespread flooding
  • Mar 15 Terrorist attack on two mosques by a right-wing Australian gunman kills 51 and wounds 50 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Historic Event

Mar 15 Climate change strikes held by school children take place around the world inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg

  • Mar 15 The Vessel, a honeycomb viewing structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick opens at Hudson Yards development, New York City
  • Mar 16 Beached dead whale found to have 88 pounds of plastic inside it, including 40 pounds of plastic bags, in Mabini, Philippines
  • Mar 17 Wales beats Ireland, 25-7 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Six-Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; Welsh fly-half Gareth Anscombe kicks 6 penalties and a conversion
  • Mar 17 Zimbabwe declares a state of emergency after Cyclone Idai tears through eastern Zimbabwe killing at least 259
  • Mar 17 Flash flooding and a landslides kills at least 73 and injures about 60 in Sentani and Jayapura, Papua, eastern Indonesia
  • Mar 17 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces her presidential bid
  • Mar 17 Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24 hrs after the attack, although only 1.2 million blocked at upload
  • Mar 17 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins biggest cheque in golf ($2.25m) by 1 stroke from Jim Furyk

Historic Event

Mar 17 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in the US for face-to-face meetings with Donald Trump

  • Mar 18 Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi makes national radio address to the nation after Cyclone Idai, saying more than 1,000 people feared dead with 100,000 at risk
  • Mar 18 “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service
  • Mar 18 UK Speaker of the House John Bercow rules a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is not possible without new changes
  • Mar 18 Suspected terrorist attack by shooter aboard a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands kills 3 and injures 5
  • Mar 18 Italian charity ship Mare Jonio rescues 50 migrants off the coast of Libya
  • Mar 18 Champion racing pigeon Armando "the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons" sells for a record $1.42 million in Belgium
  • Mar 18 40-year old Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki overtakes Wilt Chamberlain to go 6th with 31,424 points on the NBA scorers' list; Mavs suffer 129-125 OT loss to New Orleans Pelicans
  • Mar 19 Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announces his resignation after nearly 30 years in office, the last soviet-era head of state
  • Mar 19 American Karen Uhlenbeck becomes the 1st woman to win mathematics Abel Prize
  • Mar 19 Singer Sam Smith comes out as non-binary in interview on Jameela Jamil’s Instagram show
  • Mar 19 Image of Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris attacked by internet trolls and controversially removed before being reinstated
  • Mar 19 Houston Rockets guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points against all 29 opponents in a single season with 31 in a 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks
  • Mar 19 "Superbloom" of poppies in Walker Canyon, southern California visible from space, after high rainfall
  • Mar 20 Finland is the world's happiest country, South Sudan is world's least happy, according to annual World Happiness Report
  • Mar 20 Four men arrested in South Korea for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests and selling the footage via a website
  • Mar 20 A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease has helped researchers identify molecules on the skin of people with the disease in Manchester, England

Film & TV History

Mar 20 The Walt Disney Company acquires Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment business for $71 billion

  • Mar 20 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls the state's flooding "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history"

Historic Event

Mar 21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, 6 days after the Christchurch terrorist attack

  • Mar 21 US President Donald Trump says US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Twitter
  • Mar 21 Overloaded boat sinks in the Tigris river near Mosul, Iraq, drowning nearly 100

Historic Event

Mar 21 Levi Strauss & Company is traded publicly for the second time in its history on the New York stock exchange

  • Mar 21 Governor of Missouri Mike Parson declares a state of emergency as flooding from Nebraska and Iowa flows downstream into the state
  • Mar 21 Former Brazilian President Michel Temer is arrested in São Paulo as part of a large corruption investigation
  • Mar 21 A huge blast from a chemical factory in Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in eastern China is so big it registers as an earthquake, kills 78 people and injuries 617
  • Mar 21 Bangladeshi woman with two uteruses safely gives birth to twins 26 days after giving birth to another child

Film & TV History

Mar 21 Emilia Clarke reveals she suffered two brain aneurysms while filming "Games of Thrones" in an article for "The New Yorker"

Sports History

Mar 21 Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finishes his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan

  • Mar 22 "Mind-blowing" discovery announced of 518 million year old fossil site in near Danshui river, Hubei province, China, with thousands of unknown fossils well preserved
  • Mar 22 US Special Council Robert S. Mueller submits his findings on the 2016 election (The Mueller Report) to Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and US Attorney William Barr
  • Mar 23 More than 1 million march to demand a new EU referendum in London, England
  • Mar 23 More than 130 Fulani people killed in Ogossagou, Mali, in attack by Dogon hunters, prompting government ban on the hunters

Historic Event

Mar 23 Italy signs up to China's Belt and Road Initiative with deals signed in Rome between Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • Mar 23 Syrian Democratic Forces announce that the last Islamic State territory has been retaken raising flags in Baghuz, Syria and ending the five-year Islamic State "caliphate"
  • Mar 24 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement as 3-time Super Bowl winner, TE postseason record, most receptions (81), receiving yards (1,163) and receiving TDs (12)
  • Mar 24 US Attorney William Barr summarizes report submitted by Special Council Robert S. Mueller (The Mueller Report) in a letter to Congress stating "investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities" and "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense"
  • Mar 24 2-time American League MVP Mike Trout signs the biggest contract in North American sports history, a $426.5 million, 12-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels
  • Mar 25 First rocket fired from Gaza since 2014 toward Tel Aviv prompts Israeli return air strikes on Gaza
  • Mar 25 Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, news service Apple News+ and an Apple credit card at star-studded event featuring Oprah
  • Mar 25 Teacher of the Year awarded to rural Kenyan math and physics teacher and Franciscan brother Peter Tabichi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Mar 25 Further power blackouts in Caracas, Venezuela, prompt government to tell workers and students to stay at home
  • Mar 25 NASA cancels a planned historic all-female spacewalk because it doesn't have enough spacesuits to fit women
  • Mar 25 British Airways flight from London mistakenly flies to Edinburgh, Scotland instead of Düsseldorf, Germany when wrong flight plan submitted
  • Mar 25 First organ transplant between a live HIV donor and an HIV recipient with a kidney transplant in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 26 European Parliament votes for changes to copyright laws, making internet companies responsible for copyright infringements

Historic Event

Mar 26 Stolen Pablo Picasso painting "Buste de Femme" (Dora Maar) (1938) recovered after 20 years by Dutch art detective

  • Mar 26 Charges of staging fake racist and homophobic attack dropped against Justin Smollett by Chicago prosecutors
  • Mar 26 Maker of Oxyconti, Purdue Pharma agrees to pay Oklahoma $270 million settlement ahead of trial accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic
  • Mar 26 State of emergency declared in Rockland County, New York, due to measles epidemic with unvaccinated children banned from public spaces for 30 days after 153 cases

Historic Publication

Mar 26 Michelle Obama's biography "Becoming" sells over 10 million copies according to its publisher Bertelsmann

Historic Event

Mar 27 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the country is now a "space power" after successfully shooting down a satellite from space in a ballistic missile test

  • Mar 27 UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to stand down if parliament accepts her Brexit plan

Historic Event

Mar 27 Former president of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh stole almost 1 billion from his country before his exile in 2017 according to a corruption report

  • Mar 27 Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack
  • Mar 27 US Special Council Robert S. Mueller writes a letter to US Attorney William Barr regarding Barr's summary of the Mueller Report stating Barr's letter "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the findings. "There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations."
  • Mar 28 European parliament bans single-use plastics, including cutlery and straws by 2021
  • Mar 28 Study of a 71 year-old British woman who has never felt pain, for the first time understood as due to a gene mutation, published in British Journal of Anaesthesia

Historic Event

Mar 29 Joe Biden accused of an inappropriate kiss by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores

Album Release

Mar 29 Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish releases her debut studio album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Hall of Fame

Mar 29 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Cure; Def Leppard; Janet Jackson; Stevie Nicks; Radiohead; Roxy Music; and The Zombies

  • Mar 30 Zuzana Caputova elected President of Slovakia, the country's first female head of state
  • Mar 30 Pope Francis arrives in Rabat, Morocco, on his first-ever visit to the Magreb region of Northern Africa

Film & TV History

Mar 30 Swedish gamer and YouTuber PewDiePie overtaken by Indian channel T-Series as YouTube channel with most subscribers (both on 92 million)

Music History

Mar 31 Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death

  • Mar 31 Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles
  • Apr 1 China announces new laws against fentanyl-related substances to come into effect 1 May
  • Apr 1 Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco revealed to be world's most profitable company when its earnings released - $111.1 billion in the last year

Reiwa Era

Apr 1 Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa' for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito

  • Apr 1 Major archaeological site announced discovered on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in Andes, dated 8th and 10th centuries AD from Tiwanaku state
  • Apr 1 Methane, a gas usually made by living things, detected on Mars in 2013 by European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter reported in "Nature Geoscience"
  • Apr 1 US online sales overtake retail sales for the first time, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores
  • Apr 2 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) resigns after 20 years in office after widespread protests over running for another term
  • Apr 2 Canada is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the world, according to a federal report, increasing 2.3% in northern Canada
  • Apr 2 70 villages evacuated in Khuzesta province, Iran, after at least 45 killed in flooding after unprecedented rainfall
  • Apr 2 Lori Lightfoot elected first female African American Mayor of Chicago
  • Apr 2 NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024
  • Apr 2 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to have 20+ points, rebounds and assists in a game; records 20-20-21 in 119-103 win over LA Lakers
  • Apr 3 San Antonio coach Geg Popovich is ejected after an NBA record low 63 seconds in the Spurs 113-85 loss in Denver; receives 2 technical fouls in a verbal confrontation with a referee
  • Apr 3 Brunei brings into force new Sharia laws punishing gay sex and adultery with death by stoning, prompting widespread condemnation

Historic Event

Apr 3 Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak goes on trial for the 1MDB corruption scandal in Kuala Lumpur, pleads not guilty

  • Apr 4 Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologises for the kidnapping of thousands of mixed-race children during colonial period in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda
  • Apr 4 US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents
  • Apr 4 Kathie Lee Gifford leaves NBC's "Today" show after 11 years
  • Apr 5 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season during the Thunder's 123-110 win at home over Detroit Pistons
  • Apr 6 Tampa Bay Lightning beats Boston Bruins, 6-3 in the season finale for their 62nd regular season win, tying the NHL record held by Detroit Red Wings (1995-96); 128 points, 4th in NHL history
  • Apr 6 First ever "Marsquake" seismic event on planet Mars detected by NASA's InSight lander
  • Apr 7 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ko Jin-young wins her first major title by 3 strokes over fellow South Korean Lee Mi-hyang
  • Apr 7 Rwanda marks 25 years and the beginning of 100 days of mourning since the genocide that killed 800,000 people
  • Apr 7 Rebel force the Libyan National Army under General Khalifa Haftar begins advancing on Tripoli with 21 killed and 27 injured over next few days as they try to take the capital
  • Apr 7 US President Donald Trump announces Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security is leaving her position
  • Apr 7 38th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame, 82-81; Lady Bears' point guard Chloe Jackson, 26 points
  • Apr 7 WrestleMania XXXV, Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Becky Lynch beats Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey and SmackDown champion Charlotte Flair to win both titles

NBA Record

Apr 7 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix

  • Apr 8 1 in 4 Japanese adults a virgin aged 18-39 according to new research by Tokyo University
  • Apr 8 81st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Virginia beats Texas Tech, 85-77 OT; Cavaliers first ever National title; forward De'Andre Hunter, 27 points
  • Apr 8 600 million birds die each year in the US after striking tall buildings with Chicago the worst city, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Apr 8 14 tons of black market Pangolin scales from 36,000 animals discovered in Singapore, one of largest ever found worldwide
  • Apr 8 Record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Apr 8 Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges for her involvement in sex cult NXIVM

Anti Omar al-Bashir Protest

Apr 8 Protests in Sudan against the government of Omar al-Bashir continue with seven killed and 2,500 arrested in Khartoum

  • Apr 9 Wolves have returned to the Netherlands after 140 years claim ecologists
  • Apr 9 Nine prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters found guilty on public nuisance charges for their part in 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
  • Apr 10 China announces move to cull more than 1 million pigs in effort to eliminate African swine fever

1st Photo of a Black Hole

Apr 10 First-ever photo of a black hole announced, taken by The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration in 2017 in galaxy M87, 6.5 billion times the mass of earth, 55 million light-years away

  • Apr 10 New species of human announced named Homo luzonensis, 3ft tall, remains dated 50-60,000 years old found in cave on island of Luzon, Philippines
  • Apr 10 Four tiny sweat bees removed alive from a woman's eye in world's first operation of its kind at Fooyin University Hospital, Taiwan
  • Apr 10 First home delivery service by drone begins in Canberra, Australia by Wing, part of Google's Alphabet company
  • Apr 10 New York declares a public health emergency and compulsory vaccinations after a measles outbreak in Brooklyn with 285 cases
  • Apr 11 First day of voting in Indian general elections, the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters in the world's largest-ever election (till 23rd May)

Historic Event

Apr 11 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police and arrested on failure to appear in court on US extradition charges

  • Apr 11 Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, crashes on the moon
  • Apr 11 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir overthrown and arrested by the army in Khartoum after 29 years in power
  • Apr 11 EU leaders agree to a six-month extension to Brexit after UK parliament fails to reach any consensus

Historic Event

Apr 11 Ex-Pope Benedict XVI claims Catholic sexual abuse caused in part by 1960s sexual revolution

  • Apr 12 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418
  • Apr 13 Body of 38-year-old Filipino woman discovered in abandoned mine starts the hunt for Cyprus's first serial killer, at least 5 other bodies later discovered
  • Apr 13 Australian super-horse Winx ends extraordinary career with a 3rd Queen Elizabeth Stakes win in Sydney; 33 consecutive race wins, a world record 25 Group One victories and $26.4 million prize money

Music History

Apr 13 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

  • Apr 13 World's largest plane by wingspan at 117m (385 ft), the Stratolaunch, built as a flying launch pad for satellites, takes its first flight from Mojave, California