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2019 in History (Part 5)

Events in History

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  • May 21 Omani author Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" with her translator Marilyn Booth
  • May 21 Protests across American cities defending abortion rights after several US states pass new abortion laws
  • May 21 Oldest and most distant gravitational waves detected from collision of two black holes with first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered, 7 billion light years away

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 22 Protests break out in Jakarta, Indonesia against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, killing six people and injuring 200

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • May 22 UN General Assembly votes for a motion condemning UK occupation of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and for them to reunite with nearby Mauritius
  • May 22 Washington State becomes the 1st US state to legalize composting human bodies

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 23 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins re-election in a landslide over the opposition Congress Party, world's largest-ever democratic election with over 600 million voters

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • May 23 More than 170 tornadoes reported in a week in US states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, killing seven and causing widespread damage
  • May 23 Fifty children rescued from an international paedophile ring on the dark web in Thailand, Australia and the US by Interpol under Operation Blackwrist, main organizer sentenced to 146 years
  • May 23 Six migrant children have now died in US custody in eight months prompting calls for an investigation
  • May 23 Brazilian cosmetics group Natura buys UK's Avon for $2 billion, creating the world's fourth-largest cosmetics company
  • May 23 The last slave ship to smuggle slaves to America from Africa, the Clotilda (sunk 1860), is found in Mobile river, Alabama
  • May 23 Prototype of new high-speed train that will float above the track, capable of travelling 600km an hour (370 mph), unveiled by Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation in Qingdao
  • May 24 Brazil's Supreme Court votes to make homophobia and transphobia crimes
  • May 25 Tornado tears through El Reno, Oklahoma. killing two and injuring dozens
  • May 25 Boat capsizes on Lake Mai-Ndombe, western Democratic Republic of Congo, drowning at least 45 with 200 missing

  • May 25 First ever albino panda footage in the wild released (taken in April) from China's Wolong National Nature Reserve
  • May 26 Nine climbers die in a week on Mt Everest after overcrowding leads to a huge queue to reach the summit
  • May 26 Ken Wyatt becomes Australia's first Aboriginal minister in government as the minister for indigenous Australians
  • May 26 Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: American Ken Tanigawa wins his first career major title by 1 stroke ahead of Scott McCarron
  • May 27 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz removed from office after a no-confidence vote in parliament, Vice Chancellor Hartwig Löger appointed interim chancellor
  • May 27 European Parliament elections result in centralist parties losing their majority with liberals, the Greens and nationalists picking up more votes
  • May 27 World's rivers widely contaminated with antibiotics according to new global study of 711 sites
  • May 28 Johnson & Johnson go on trial in Oklahoma accused of deceptively marketing painkillers and downplaying risks of addiction helping create "opioid epidemic", first of 2,000 cases against US pharmaceutical firms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 US Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Donald Trump with a crime never an option as no legal means to charge a sitting president; and that his report does not exonerate the president

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 29 16 people charged for setting fire to and murdering a teenager who reported sexual harassment at an Islamic school in Feni, Bangladesh
  • May 29 World's smallest surviving baby, a girl, discharged from Sharp March Birch Hospital in San Diego after being born at 23 weeks weighing 8.6 ounces (245 grams)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 British politician Boris Johnson ordered to appear in court over claims he lied to the public during Britain's Brexit campaign

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 29 Israel's Knesset calls a snap election after Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • May 29 Transgender no longer classified as a mental health illness by the World Health Organization
  • May 29 Tourist boat sinks after colliding with another boat on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, killing 28 people
  • May 30 Austria appoints its first female chancellor Brigitte Bierle to head caretaker government after fall of the coalition government
  • May 30 Narendra Modi sworn in for a second term as Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi with 8,000 guests at largest-ever gathering at the Presidential Palace
  • May 30 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signs new anti-abortion, making it the fifth southern US state to ban abortion when fetal heartbeat detected
  • May 30 Two new studies find eating processed foods leads to an early death and ill health published in "British Medical Journal"
  • May 31 Disgruntled employee shoots and kills 12 people at a US municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • May 31 US President Donald Trump threatens to impose extra 5% tax on Mexican goods if country does not increase its efforts to curb immigration
  • Jun 3 Sudanese military attacks protesters in Khartoum killing 100 people, some dumped in the river Nile, prompting international condemnation
  • Jun 3 US federal government departments and Congress begin anti-trust investigations into large tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon
  • Jun 3 Canadian government inquiry find deaths of over 1,000 indigenous women and girls over decades who have been murdered or are missing a "national genocide"
  • Jun 3 US President Donald Trump begins a three-day visit to the UK by calling London Mayor Sadiq Khan "a stone cold loser" after Khan called Trump's language that of a 20th century fascist
  • Jun 3 Apple announces it is shutting down iTunes and replacing it with three different apps
  • Jun 4 Former US school security guard Scot Peterson arrested and charged with neglect of a child and culpable negligence for not confronting gunman during Parkland school massacre in a landmark case

Tiananmen Square MassacreTiananmen Square Massacre

Jun 4 Over 100,000 people mark the 30th anniversary of Beijing's Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong and around the world

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Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
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  • Jun 4 Movement in Japan to end compulsory wearing of high heels in work places trends with hashtag #KuToo
  • Jun 4 Deforestation of the Amazon forest in Brazil the fastest for a decade as 740 square kilometers cleared in 30 days according to Brazilian space research institute
  • Jun 4 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism by tens of thousands against Prime Minister Andrej Babis' use of EU subsidies
  • Jun 4 Professional gambler James Holzhauer's 32-game winning steak ends on "Jeopardy" just short of Ken Jenning's record $2.52m earnings
  • Jun 5 Ohio doctor William Husel charged with 25 counts of murder for prescribing potentially fatal doses of opioids in Franklin County
  • Jun 5 Denmark general election won by Mette Frederiksen's Social Democrats, defeating sitting Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen's Liberal party
  • Jun 5 Average person ingests 50,000 pieces of microplastic a year and breathes in similar amount according to first-ever such study published in journal "Environmental Science and Technology"
  • Jun 6 German serial killer nurse Niels Hoegel jailed for a second life sentence for the murder of 85 more people (previously convicted for six). Germany's worst post-war serial killer.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 On 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, New York City’s police commissioner James O’Neill apologizes for his department's actions during the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn

Transgender Activist and Drag Queen Marsha P. Johnson
Transgender Activist and Drag Queen
Marsha P. Johnson
  • Jun 6 Amir Ohana becomes the first openly gay minister in Israel as acting justice minister
  • Jun 7 More than four million Venezuelans have left their country since 2015 due to its economic crisis according to the UN
  • Jun 8 Albanian President Ilir Meta cancels nationwide local elections amid constitutional crisis after the opposition refuses to participate until Prime Minister Edi Rama resigns
  • Jun 9 Over 1 million people protest in Hong Kong over proposed new extradition laws to China in one of largest-ever protests in the city
  • Jun 9 1st UEFA Nations League Final, Porto: Guedes scores as Portugal win inaugural tournament final, 1-0 over the Netherlands
  • Jun 9 General strike begins in Khartoum, Sudan, as a protest against ruling military generals by the Sudanese Professionals Association
  • Jun 9 95 people killed in attack on Dogon village Sobame Da in central Mali by suspected Fulani group
  • Jun 10 Three men sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and murder of eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua, India in high-profile case that sparked political resignations and nationwide protests
  • Jun 10 Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari arrested on corruption charges
  • Jun 10 New DNA research on grapes shows one French wine Savagnin Blanc has been grown for 900 years in Jura published in "Nature Plants"
  • Jun 11 Botswana overturns law criminalizing same-sex relationships from colonial-era in landmark African LGBTQ case

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces plan to ban single-use plastics by 2021

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Jun 11 WHO confirms first case of Ebola virus in Uganda, spread from outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jun 11 Russian journalist Ivan Golunov released from prison and drug charges dropped after major public outcry with unprecedented joint campaign by Russian news sources
  • Jun 12 Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2,500-year-old grave in Pamir Mountains, China, published in "Science Advances"
  • Jun 12 World’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s Government Pension Fund, worth $1 trillion, gets authorization to drop fossil fuel investments from Norway's government
  • Jun 12 Same-sex marriage approved by Ecuador's Constitutional Court in landmark ruling
  • Jun 12 Violent protests in Hong Kong as tens of thousands of protesters block and try to storm government buildings to stop extradition law
  • Jun 13 President Donald Trump announces Sarah Sanders will be leaving her position as White House Press Secretary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran is responsible for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Recently deposed Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is charged with corruption in Sudan

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir
  • Jun 13 Kenyan MP Rashid Kassim arrested for slapping female MP Fatuma Gedi, following a walk out of parliament by female MPs after claiming male MPs joked "its slapping day"
  • Jun 13 Archaeologists announce Scottish crannogs (fortified settlements on artificial islands in lochs) far older than first thought, radiocarbon dated to 3640-3360 BC, older than Stonehenge
  • Jun 14 Swiss women hold a national strike over the country's slow pace towards equality
  • Jun 14 Petition to create world's first "time free zone" on Sommaroy island which has complete daylight for 2 months, delivered to the Norwegian parliament
  • Jun 16 Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admits to misuse of state funds in court
  • Jun 16 Massive unprecedented power cut affects all of Argentina and Uruguay and parts of Paraguay
  • Jun 16 India imposes retaliatory tariffs on 28 US goods
  • Jun 16 Three suicide bomb attacks kill 30 people in Konduga, north east Nigeria
  • Jun 17 Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dies after collapsing during a court appearance in Cairo
  • Jun 17 Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Kate Gallego apologies for local police threatening to shoot African American family after their four-year shoplifted a doll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Activist Joshua Wong calls on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to resign after leaving prison amid street protests the day before of over 2 million people.

Activist Joshua Wong
Activist
Joshua Wong
  • Jun 18 Chennai, India's 6th largest city with 4 million people runs out of water as its reservoirs dry up
  • Jun 18 China has been forcefully harvesting organs from marginalized groups in prison camps on a significant scale according to International Tribunal in London
  • Jun 18 US President Donald Trump announces his campaign for reelection
  • Jun 18 Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces the suspension of the pro-China and highly controversial extradition law, after massive protests in the city
  • Jun 18 Sex-changing Australian bush tomato study published in journal "PhytoKeys" detailing how Solanum Plastisexum can change from male to female to hermaphrodite
  • Jun 18 Two 14 year-old boys become the youngest in Irish history to be convicted of murder when found guilty of the murder and sexual assault of a 14 year-old girl in Dublin
  • Jun 19 US Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere found guilty in New York court of racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography
  • Jun 19 Oklahoma writer Joy Harjo is named the first Native American US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress
  • Jun 19 UN says over 70 million people in the world are displaced, asylum seekers or refugees around the world, their highest-ever number in 70 years
  • Jun 19 US Senators receive a classified briefing on possible UFO sightings by the US Navy
  • Jun 20 Oregon Governor Kate Brown authorizes police to round up 11 Republican state senators who have gone into hiding to stop vote on cap-and-trade proposal emissions bill

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 20 Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • Jun 20 Shares for messaging site Slack start trading on the New York Stock Exchange to give it a valuation of $19.5 billion
  • Jun 20 Iran shoots down a US drone over the Straits of Hormuz escalating tension between the two countries
  • Jun 21 UK police called to house of leader contender Boris Johnson over alleged altercation with his girlfriend

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