On This Day

Historical Events on July 19 (Part 2)

  • 2015 World Health Organization puts world's Ebola death toll at 11,284
  • 2017 US scientists calculate total amount plastic ever produced - 8.3 billion tonnes, equal to weight of 1 billion elephants

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2017 US Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 2017 "Depacito" by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee becomes the most streamed song ever, played 4.6 billion times
  • 2017 Archaeological dig in Kakadu National Park extends Aboriginal peoples time in Australia to 65,000 to 80,000 years ago
  • 2017 BBC publishes salaries of its top-earning journalists and presenters, two-thirds male, Chris Evans highest at over £2.2 million

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2017 Investigators using DNA identify 16 year-old James Byron Haakenson as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, 41 years after his disappearance

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 2018 Israel's parliament passes controversial "nation state" law giving only Jews self-determination, relegating Arabic to "special status"
  • 2018 First commercial flight, the "bird of peace" between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 20 years lands in Asmara, Eritrea, reuniting families
  • 2018 Largest intact sarcophagus of its kind ever found (2000 years old) opened in Alexandria, contains 3 skeletons, not a curse as feared

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2018 Airbus Beluga XL, painted to look like the whale, makes its first flight, landing in Toulouse-Blagnac, France

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The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
The Airbus Beluga XL, built to transport large aircraft pieces
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  • 2018 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins is discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where it sunk in 1905
  • 2018 Brazilian soccer international goalkeeper Alisson transfers from Roma to Liverpool for a world record shot blocker's fee of £66.8m
  • 2018 A duck boat sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people
  • 2019 Largest wind farm in Africa opens at Lake Turkana, Kenya, generating 310 megawatts
  • 2019 UK oil tanker Stena Impero seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Strait of Hormuz
  • 2019 Heat wave begins across the east of America affecting 100 million people and killing 6, with New York city declaring a state of emergency

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2020 World Formula 1 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton wins a record 8th Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to equal Michael Schumacher's record of wins at a single circuit (French GP)

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2020 First Arab interplanetary mission, the Mars "Hope" orbiter launches on board Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center

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2020 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says 25 million Iranians already infected with COVID-19, 35 million at risk (official figure just 269,440)

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 2020 Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler criticizes federal policing of protesters in his city, calling it unconstitutional