On This Day

Events in History in 2021 (Part 2)

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  • Apr 11 Tropical cyclone Seroja makes landfall in Western Australia near the town of Kalbarri with winds up to 170km/h (105mph)
  • Apr 11 20-year-old Daunte Wright shot and killed at a traffic stop by police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, who says they mistook their gun for a taser
  • Apr 11 Peruvian general election: Free Peru party wins most seats but not a majority, Pedro Castillo wins presidency (not declared till 19 July)
  • Apr 12 Great Britain loosens its COVID-19 restrictions, opening pubs and shops after 175 days, the world's longest period of restrictions
  • Apr 12 Worst frost conditions in half a century will affect 80% of French vineyards according to industry officials [1]
  • Apr 13 US, South Africa and the EU authorities temporarily stop administrating Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after six women developed blood clots (out of 6.8 million)
  • Apr 14 Human cells grown in monkey cells for 20 days reported by US-Chinese team at the Salk Institute in "Cell" [1]

Historic Event

Apr 14 US President Biden says "It's time to end America's longest war" confirming his decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11

  • Apr 14 Coinbase becomes the first major cryptocurrency company to trade shares on the New York stock exchange
  • Apr 14 Former Minnesota police officer who shot Daunte Wright with a gun instead of a taser is arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter,
  • Apr 15 "the failed response in Brazil has caused a humanitarian catastrophe" reports Dr. Christos Christou, president of Doctors Without Borders, as country records a quarter of world's COVID-19 deaths in last week [1]
  • Apr 15 India record over 200,000 (200,739) daily new cases of COVID-19 for the first time with 1,038 deaths amid massive second wave
  • Apr 15 Ivory Coast court in Abidjan sentences former warlord Amadé Ouérémi to a life sentence for massacres by his militia after the 2010 election
  • Apr 15 A shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, leaves eight dead and five injured

Historic Event

Apr 16 Raúl Castro confirms he is resigning as Cuban Communist Party leader, ending his family's six decade leadership of Cuba

  • Apr 17 Global COVID-19 death toll passes three million (Johns Hopkins University figures)
  • Apr 17 Canada registers more new daily COVID-19 cases than the US for the first time as infections surge in Ontario [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 17 Funeral of Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II, held under COVID-19 restrictions at Windsor Palace, England

  • Apr 19 New Zealand and Australia open a travel bubble between the two countries after more than a year of border closures
  • Apr 19 NASA successfully flies its drone helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, first powered aircraft to fly on another world
  • Apr 19 Cuba's Communist party announces Miguel Díaz-Canel will replace Raúl Castro as party leader, after the latter steps down

Murder of Interest

Apr 20 Former police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in a case that prompted huge nationwide racial justice protests [1]

  • Apr 20 President of Chad for three decades, Idriss Déby reported to have been killed on a battlefield fighting rebels near the capital of Ndjamena
  • Apr 20 Record number of new COVID-19 cases reported (5.24 million) in one week around the world according to WHO, with a third in India [1]

Historic Event

Apr 21 Russian President Vladimir Putin warns the West not to cross a "red line" in his state of the union address, amid massing of 100,000 Russian troops on Ukraine border

  • Apr 21 Manhattan district attorney's office announces it will no longer prosecute prostitution, dismissing 914 open cases, part of growing movement to change approach to prostitution
  • Apr 21 Indonesian submarine RI Nanggala sinks off the coast of Bali with the loss of all 53 people on board
  • Apr 22 India sets a world record for daily COVID-19 cases recording 314,835 new cases with 2,104 deaths
  • Apr 22 US President Joe Biden pledges to cut US carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030 at a virtual climate summit
  • Apr 24 At least 82 COVID-19 patients die in a fire at Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, with 100 more injured
  • Apr 24 Joe Biden becomes the first US President to officially recognize killing of Armenians in the Ottoman empire during WWII as 'genocide'

COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 26 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces Turkey will go into full lockdown till May 17 to a curb COVID-19 surge and world's 4th highest caseload [1]

  • Apr 26 The US, the EU and other countries announce they are sending pandemic aid to India as it's COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen
  • Apr 26 US Census results shows its population growth second slowest in recorded history, population at 331,449,281 with only 7.4% increase on 2010 [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 27 Brazil's Senate orders an official inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro' and government official's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Apr 27 Pfizer announces it is working on a new antiviral therapy to treat COVID-19 at its onset and prevent hospitalization [1]
  • Apr 28 NASA's Parker Solar Probe becomes the first spacecraft to cross the Alfvén critical boundary, the outer atmosphere of the Sun [1]
  • Apr 28 US President Joe Biden makes a major speech to a joint session of Congress calling for a new era of government spending [1]
  • Apr 29 Brazil's official COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000, with daily fatalities at 3,000, down from 4,000
  • Apr 29 World's longest pedestrian bridge at 516 metres (1,700 feet) opens inside northern Portugal's Arouca Geopark
  • Apr 30 Australia announces a ban on citizens returning from India, stranding 8,000 people, and making it a criminal offence to return, amid India's COVID-19 crisis - first democratic country to do so
  • Apr 30 45 killed and 150 injured in a crush of people at the Israeli Lag B'Omer festival at Mount Meron
  • May 1 India is the first country to record more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day (401,993) [1]
  • May 3 US Environmental Protection Agency takes first significant step against climate change by announcing new limits on hydrofluorocarbons (-85% over 15 years) [1]
  • May 3 German police announce operation and arrests into 'Boystown' world's largest child abuse image website with 400,000 members worldwide [1]
  • May 3 Former U.S. Senator and astronaut Bill Nelson, becomes Administrator of NASA
  • May 3 DR Congo announces the end of the latest Ebola outbreak after three months with a death toll of six
  • May 3 Subway overpass carrying a train collapses in Mexico City killing at least 24 people
  • May 4 US President Joe Biden announces new goal of 160 million people, nearly of 70% of adults, vaccinated by July 4
  • May 4 Malian woman Halima Cisse gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only third known case worldwide
  • May 4 Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes an historic apology to the Mayan people for abuses against them in the five centuries since the Spanish conquest [1]
  • May 5 Canada is the first country to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds
  • May 5 Evidence of Africa's earliest burial, a three-year-old boy, 78,000 years ago, in a cave in Kenya published [1]

Historic Event

May 5 Donald Trump's ban from Facebook upheld by the company's Oversight Board for a further six months

  • May 5 A week of mass protests and demonstrations against government tax reform and poverty in Colombia leaves 24 dead
  • May 5 US President Joe Biden announces the US will support temporarily lifting patent protection on COVID-19 vaccines with the WHO
  • May 5 The possible eviction of Palestinian families from a Jerusalem neighborhood begins days of unrest in the city, injuring hundreds
  • May 6 Armed police raid on drug traffickers kills 25 in cities deadliest ever, in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Historic Event

May 7 Philadelphia Museum of Art unveils major interior renovation and expansion designed by American architect Frank Gehry

  • May 7 The World Health Organization approves the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm, its first made by a non-western country
  • May 7 Ransomware attack on US Colonial pipeline by the DarkSide criminal group stops supply to half of east coast
  • May 7 Former police officer and suspected serial killer Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chávez arrested in Chalchuapa, El Salvador, after a mass grave of 15-40 bodies found at his house
  • May 8 Bombings outside a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, kill at least 50 people, mostly teenage girls, amid growing fears about US military withdrawal
  • May 8 Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 deaths pass 4,000 a day
  • May 10 Violence escalates between Palestinians and Israelis after Israeli officers enter Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, rockets then fired from Gaza and airstrikes from Israel kill at least 31
  • May 10 US F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds
  • May 10 World Health Organization classifies the Indian COVID-19 variant B.1.617 as a variant of global concern
  • May 10 Chinese safari park in Fuyang forced to apologize for not informing the public that three leopards had escaped April 19 and been roaming nearby neighborhoods

Historic Event

May 10 Kazungula road and rail bridge 1km long opens over the Zambezi River linking Botswana and Zambia, with a curve so it doesn't encroach on Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe opposed it)

  • May 11 China census figures show country's population 1.41 billion people, growth at its slowest since 1960s, (+0.53 down from +0.57) [1]
  • May 11 Northern Ireland inquest into 1971 Ballymurphy killing of ten people finds people were innocent and killed (nine by soldiers) using unjustified force [1]
  • May 11 First major US offshore windfarm off the coast of Massachusetts approved by Biden administration
  • May 12 US Republicans vote to demote their No.3 Liz Cheney from party leadership after she publicly rebuked Donald Trump for lies about the election
  • May 13 Gaza conflict has killed 103 people in Palestine, including 27 children, through Israeli airstrikes, more than 1000 rockets fired into Israel by Gaza militants killing seven, city of Lod center of street fighting [1]
  • May 13 American CDC says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks
  • May 15 China lands its Zhurong rover on Utopia Planitia, Mars, for the first time as part of the Tianwen-1 mission [1]
  • May 16 Taiwan imposes tough restrictions against COVID-19 as a recent spike in cases threatens their up-to-now pandemic success [1]
  • May 16 Death toll passes 200 from Gaza conflict as 42 people killed in Israeli airstrikes and three building flattened [1]
  • May 17 Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall in the Indian state of Gujarat with wind speeds of up to 160km/h (100mph)
  • May 17 Long working hours killed 745,000 people a year, in 2016, in the first study of its kind by the World Health Organization [1]
  • May 18 India records the highest recorded daily COVID-19 death toll to date in the world with 4,529 deaths
  • May 19 New York City begins re-opening after 423 days (March 2020) with the COVID-19 death toll at 33,000
  • May 19 The EU agrees to open its borders to vaccinated travelers from safe countries
  • May 19 World's largest iceberg 'A-76' at 1,667-square-miles (4,320 square km) calves off the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica [1]
  • May 19 Israel and Hamas agree to a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza after nearly two weeks of fighting, amid international diplomatic efforts
  • May 19 Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announces a 'circuit-breaker lockdown' as the country records over 39,000 daily COVID-19 cases
  • May 20 One of Sri Lanka's worst ecological disasters as cargo ship MS X-Press Pearl, carrying toxic chemicals, catches fire off the country's coast and begins spilling debris
  • May 22 Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sending rivers of lava towards the nearby city of Goma, prompting evacuations
  • May 23 21 runners die in freezing conditions during an ultramarathon in Yellow River Stone Forest Park, Gansu Province, China
  • May 23 Belarus accused of “state-sponsored hijacking" after diverting commercial Ryanair flight to Minsk to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich
  • May 24 India's official COVID-19 death toll passes 300,000 (303,720), the third country to do so, with experts saying it is a vast undercount [1]
  • May 24 Constitutional crisis deepens in Samoa after Speaker of the House shuts out Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from being sworn in as the country's first woman leader in 56 years [1]

Historic Event

May 24 Deposed Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court against charges laid by the military government

  • May 25 New research show impact of 'climate racism' in the US, with black people facing double (+3.12C) the amount of heat stress in urban areas [1]
  • May 25 US CDC says half of all US adults are now fully vaccinated, with 61% having had their first shot
  • May 25 Coup in Mali as military Colonel Assimi Goïta ousts country's civilian President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane arresting and detaining them
  • May 26 President Joe Biden orders US intelligence services to intensify their efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic

May 26 Former advisor Dominic Cummings gives a damming report to MPs into UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis

  • May 26 In landmark case oil giant Royal Dutch Shell ordered by a Hague court to cut its global carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 [1]
  • May 26 A super "blood" moon, the first total lunar eclipse for two years, visible across the Pacific
  • May 26 Nine people shot and killed by their colleague, a public transit employee in San Jose, California
  • May 26 Russia reports it has started vaccinating domestic animals against COVID-19, using the Karnivak-Kov vaccine [1]
  • May 26 Ferry sinks carrying about 150 people in Nigeria between Niger state and Kebbi state, with only 20 people rescued

Historic Event

May 27 French President Emmanuel Macron recognizes France's role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide after a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, Rwanda

  • May 27 US President Joe Biden calls for a ceasefire in the Tigray conflict, north Ethiopia, citing killings and "widespread sexual violence" as a weapon of war
  • May 27 English playwright William Shakespeare reported to have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccine by Argentine news channel Chanal 26 (case of mistaken identity, the Bard died in 1616)
  • May 28 Discovery of a mass grave with the remains of 215 children from Kamloops Indian Residential School announced by First Nation in British Columbia, Canada [1]
  • May 30 Tens of thousands of people march in Brazilian cities against President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • May 31 China's ruling Communist Party announces it will allow married couples to have three children, in effort to boost falling birthrates [1]
  • May 31 Peru says its COVID-19 death toll is three times higher than its official count (180,764 vs 68,000), making it one of the hardest hit countries per capita
  • May 31 Tulsa, Oklahoma, marks 100 year anniversary of the massacre of hundreds of black residents by a white mob in the Greenwood neighborhood
  • Jun 1 Prehistoric carvings, between 4,000 and 5,000 years old depicting deer, found in Scotland for the first time at Kilmartin Glen, Argyll
  • Jun 1 US President Joe Biden's administration suspends oil and gas leases in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing Donald Trump's decision
  • Jun 1 Malaysia begins a full two-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge with record 9,020 news cases recorded May 29
  • Jun 1 US President Joe Biden visits Tulsa, Oklahoma, marking 100 year anniversary of racial massacre in the Greenwood neighborhood
  • Jun 3 NASA launches 128 baby squid and 5,000 microscopic animals, to study effects of spaceflight, to the International Space Station aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket [1]
  • Jun 3 NASA administrator Bill Nelson announces two new missions to study ‘Lost Habitable’ world of Venus in 2028 and 2030 [1]
  • Jun 4 Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli makes a desperate plea for vaccines amid his country's devastating COVID-19 second wave, reporting nearly 9,000 daily cases late May
  • Jun 5 At least 160 killed by suspected Islamist extremists in Solhan, Burkina Faso amid a deepening security crisis in the region [1]
  • Jun 5 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promises to save the country's shores from a build-up of 'sea snot' (marine mucilage) due to pollution and climate change
  • Jun 6 Four members of a London, Ontario, family killed when they are struck by a truck in an anti-Muslim attack

Historic Event

Jun 7 US Vice President Kamala Harris visiting Guatemala on her first foreign trip announces task forces on corruption and human trafficking

  • Jun 7 Multicellular organisms (bdelloid rotifer) frozen for 24,000 years in Siberia to return to life after Russian scientists have them thawed [1]
  • Jun 7 Two passenger trains collide in Pakistan, killing at least 40 people in Sindh province
  • Jun 7 UN International Labor Director says global impact of the pandemic four times worse than 2008 Economic Crisis, pushed 100 million workers into poverty [1]
  • Jun 7 Auckland named world's most livable city (due to success with COVID) and Damascus named the worst by The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Jun 8 National Geographic announces it is officially recognizing the South Ocean as the world's fifth ocean
  • Jun 9 US President Joe Biden begins his first foreign trip, arriving in the UK to attend a G7 summit
  • Jun 9 Record price for a coin sold at auction as 1933 'Double Eagle' gold coin sells for $18.9 million in New York
  • Jun 9 One of the worst ever plagues of mice in New South Wales, Australia, prompts local government to commit $100 million in support to farmers [1] [2]
  • Jun 10 UN says famine is affecting 350,000 people in Tigray, Ethiopia, the worst starvation calamity in the world right now
  • Jun 10 Zahid Quraish confirmed as America's first Muslim federal judge for the District of New Jersey by the US Senate

Historic Event

Jun 10 Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of drug lord El Chapo, pleads guilty to helping run his criminal operations and aiding his 2015 prison escape

  • Jun 10 European Space Agency announces new Venus mission, the probe EnVision to study Venus' tesserae (its continent-like terrains) [1]
  • Jun 11 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to Katori Hall for drama, The New York Times for pandemic coverage and special citation for Darnella Frazier for recording the murder of George Floyd
  • Jun 11 US lobsterman survives being swallowed by a humpback whale off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts

Historic Event

Jun 13 Israel's Knesset votes in a new coalition government with Naftali Bennett as Prime Minister, ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after a record 12 years

  • Jun 13 G7 summits ends in Cornwall, England, with leaders promising one billion vaccine doses for poorer nations
  • Jun 14 Heatwave event begins across western US and Canadian states with Denver at 101 degrees and Helena 105 degrees
  • Jun 15 US death toll from COVID-19 tops 600,000 (Johns Hopkins), with 65% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 15 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a "return to life as we know it" lifting all COVID-19 restrictions after the state passes 70% vaccinated with one dose

  • Jun 15 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of possible food shortages and COVID-19 restrictions while addressing national conference
  • Jun 16 Summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, over issues including cyberattacks and human rights
  • Jun 17 US President Joe Biden signs into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making June 19th a federal holiday commemorating emancipation
  • Jun 17 China launches its Shenzhou-12 spacecraft with three astronauts arriving at its new space station Tiangong six and a half hours later
  • Jun 18 Jurist and conservative Ebrahim Raisi elected President of Iran on a low turn out
  • Jun 18 Record 82 million people now forcibly displaced, or over 1% of world's population, according to UN refugee agency [1]
  • Jun 20 Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000, the second highest in the world
  • Jun 20 China announces it has administered 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Jun 21 Swedish government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven toppled after a no confidence vote for the first time in Swedish history
  • Jun 21 Colombia's COVID-19 recorded death toll passes 100,000, the tenth country in the world to do so
  • Jun 22 Unesco says Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be put on list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger"

Historic Event

Jun 22 Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pardons nine Catalan politicians and activists for the 2017 illegal secession referendum

  • Jun 23 Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" seen in its entirety for first time in 300 years after AI used to fill in pieces trimmed at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court rules in favor of teen kicked off cheerleading team after profane social media post, saying school violated her free speech [1]
  • Jun 24 Second discovery of the remains of 761 people, mainly indigenous children announced at former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan
  • Jun 24 Residential tower Champlain Towers South collapses at 1.30am in Surfside, Miami Beach, with 156 people missing (98 bodies eventually recovered)
  • Jun 25 New type of ancient human announced "Nesher Ramla Homo" lived 140,000-120,000 years ago, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals, uncovered in Ramla, Israel [1]
  • Jun 25 New species of ancient human announced after finding of massive fossilized skull - Homo longi "Dragon Man" from North East China [1]
  • Jun 25 Former US police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years and six months for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun 25 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 Delta variant is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly [1]

  • Jun 26 British Health Minister Matt Hancock resigns after photos of him kissing an aide (and not social distancing) emerge
  • Jun 26 Sydney goes into a two-week lockdown amid a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak and low levels of vaccination
  • Jun 26 South Africa announces 14-day lockdown to counter a third COVID-19 wave of infections fueled by the Delta variant, with only 2.5 million vaccines administrated [1]
  • Jun 27 Hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada at 46.6 C (116 F) in Lytton, British Columbia (breaks record 2 days later with 49.6 C)
  • Jun 27 Heat dome envelops the Pacific Northwest with Portland posting highest temperature since records began of 112 F (broken the next day)
  • Jun 27 Boat sinks off Tunisia, drowning 43 migrants with 84 rescued by Tunisian navy [1]
  • Jun 28 Tigray Defense Forces retake Tigray's regional capital of Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray War. The Ethiopian government declares a unilateral ceasefire to save face but neither side sticks to it. [1]
  • Jun 28 US Supreme Court declines to hear school's appeal in transgender bathroom case made by Gavin Grimm in Virginia, upholding an earlier decision it was discriminatory
  • Jun 28 AirCar, prototype flying car capable of flying 1,000km (600 miles), at height of 8,200ft (2,500m), completes 35 min test flight between Nitra and Bratislava airports in Slovakia
  • Jun 28 Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalizes marijuana use by adults

Historic Event

Jun 29 Former South African President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison on contempt of court charges

  • Jun 29 World's first known plague victim identified in the remains of a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer in Latvia [1]
  • Jun 29 Lytton, British Columbia, records Canada's highest-ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F), before being destroyed by a wildfire the next day
  • Jun 30 World's oldest man is 112-year-old Emilio "Don Millo" Flores Márquez (born 8 August 1908) from Puerto Rico according to Guinness World Records [1]
  • Jun 30 Extreme heat wave caused at least 100 deaths in British Columbia according to state Coroners' Office [1]
  • Jun 30 Bangladesh begins a one-week lockdown enforced by the army as COVID-19 cases soar due to the Delta variant
  • Jul 1 State of New York charges The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg with tax fraud and grand larceny [1]

Historic Event

Jul 1 President Xi Jinping makes a defiant address at celebrations in Tiananmen Square, Beijing to mark the 100 year centenary of the Chinese Communist Party [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 1 Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces a two-week lockdown for the islands of Java and Bali amid the worst COVID-19 outbreak in South East Asia

Historic Event

Jul 1 Britain's Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace

  • Jul 2 India's known COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died [1]
  • Jul 3 Worst wildfires in Cyprus' history begin in Limassol district, spreading in next few days and killing four people
  • Jul 3 Mudslides crash through town of Atami, Japan, after torrential rain, killing 19, with over 100 people initially missing
  • Jul 4 Military plane crashes near Jolo, Philippines, killing at lease 45 with dozens saved from the burning wreckage

Historic Event

Jul 4 Pope Francis undergoes surgery to remove part of his colon in Rome

  • Jul 4 Columbus Blue Jackets' 24 year old Latvian goaltender Matīss Kivlenieks is killed when accidently struck by fireworks at the home of team goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Michigan

Historic Event

Jul 4 Researchers reveal there are 14 living descendants of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci [1]

  • Jul 5 One of world's oldest pieces of art, 51,000-year-old deer bone carved by Neanderthals, announced discovered in Harz Mountains, Germany [1]
  • Jul 5 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England from 19 July, to become most unrestricted country in Europe

Historic Event

Jul 6 Mary Simon is named Canada's first indigenous Governor General by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

  • Jul 7 World's biggest sandcastle 21.16 high (69.4 feet), using nearly 5,000 tons of sand completed in Blokhus, Denmark [1]
  • Jul 7 Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home in Pétionville, Haiti, state of emergency declared across the country
  • Jul 8 A tiny Leonardo da Vinci sketch "Head of a Bear", the size of a post-it sells for £8.9 million ($12.2 m) at auction in London [1]
  • Jul 8 US President Joe Biden says US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31, despite increased Taliban gains across the country
  • Jul 8 Global known death toll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982) [1]
  • Jul 8 Japan says the Olympics will be held without spectators as Tokyo announces state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19
  • Jul 8 Zaila Avant-garde, American student, age 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee title
  • Jul 9 Death Valley, California, hits temperature of 130 degrees F (54.4 C), one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on earth [1]