A Year In History: 2019

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

December 11

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg named Time’s Person of the Year

On December 11, 2019, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The Swedish climate activist became the first Person of the Year to be born in the 21st century and the youngest ever to receive the honor. Thunberg took to activism early, convincing her parents to become vegans, reduce their carbon footprint […]

December 31

Wuhan government confirms dozens of cases of virus later ID’d as COVID-19

On New Year’s Eve 2019, China’s Wuhan government reports a cluster of cases of what it calls pneumonia. That virus causes an infectious disease later known as COVID-19, which quickly morphs into a global pandemic that causes nearly 7 million deaths. The announcement came from the Wuhan Municipal Health Organization in China’s Hubei Province. Just […]