Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2019. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
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Printables for 2019:
2019 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):
Minimum Wage~ Federal: $7.25 –State Highest: $13.25 in Washington D.C. &
Lowest: $5.15 in Wyoming & Georgia (ncsl.org)
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $2.85 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $1.60 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.29 (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 55 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (Midsize SUV)~ $33,000 (Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.48 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $9.01 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house (April)~ $335,100 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $63,602 (Estimated based on 1.8% increase between 2016-2017, Census.gov.)
2019 World Leaders:
Donald Trump, President of the United States
Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito then Naruhito, Emporer of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Theresa May then Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Emmanuel Macron, President of France
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Isreal
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2019 Top Televisions:
2019 Top Smart phones:
2019 Top Wearable Technology:
2019 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:
2019 Top Online Social Communities:
2019 Top Video Platform:
2019 Top Gaming systems:
2019 Top Video Games:
League of Legends
Grand Theft Auto V
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Untitled Goose Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
World of Warcraft
2019 Top Tech Gadgets:
2019 Top Automobiles:
2019 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Millie Bobby Brown
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Sterling K. Brown
2019 Top Athletes:
Tom Brady -NFL
Jared Goff -NFL
Tiger Woods -PGA
Ryan O’Reilly -NHL
Alex Pietrangelo -NHL
Kawhi Leonard -NBA
Kevin Durant -NBA
Stephen Curry -NBA
Alex Morgan -NWSL, USA
Megan Rapinoe -NWSL, USA
Sari van Veenendaal -Women’s Football, Netherlands
Ellen White -Women’s Football, England
Stephen Strasburg – MLB
2019 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl LIII: Patriots defeat the Rams 13-3
Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin
The Kentucky Derby: Country House under jockey Flavien Prat (by disqualification of Maximum Security who crossed the finish line first but veered out of his lane during the last stretch of the race)
The Masters: Tiger Woods
Stanley Cup: St. Louis Blues defeat Boston Bruins in series 4-3
NBA Championship: Toronto Raptors defeat Golden State Warriors in series 4-2
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Novak Djokovic
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Simona Halep
FIFA Men’s World Cup: 2022
FIFA Women’s World Cup: United States defeats Netherlands 2-0 in final
World Series: Washington Nationals defeat Houston Astros in series 4-3
Olympics: Tokyo 2020
2019 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100)
Without Me ~ Halsey –number 1 in January
7 Rings ~ Ariana Grande —number 1 in February
Shallow ~ Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper —number 1 in March
Old Town Road ~ Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus –-number 1 in April
Old Town Road ~ Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus —number 1 in May
Old Town Road ~ Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus —number 1 in June
Old Town Road ~ Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus —number 1 in July
Bad Guy ~ Billie Eilish —number 1 in August
Truth Hurts ~ Lizzo —number 1 in September
Truth Hurts ~ Lizzo —number 1 in October
Circles ~ Post Malone —number 1 in November
All I Want for Christmas Is You ~ Mariah Carey –-number 1 in December
Other Popular Songs in 2019:
Sunflower ~ Post Malone & Swae Lee
Thank U, Next ~ Ariana Grande
Me! ~ Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie
Senorita ~ Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Talk ~ Khalid
Someone You Loved ~ Lewis Capaldi
Memories ~ Maroon 5
Good As Hell ~ Lizzo
Lose You To Love Me ~ Selena Gomez
Heartless ~ The Weeknd
2019 Top Television Shows:
(thrillist.com & rottentomatoes.com)
Game of Thrones (Final Season)
Stranger Things 3
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Big Little Lies
Beverly Hills 90210 Reboot
This Is Us
When They See Us
2019 Top Movies:
Aquaman –number 1 in January
Glass –number 1 in February
Captain Marvel –number 1 in March
Avengers: Endgame —number 1 in April
Aladdin (2019) —number 1 in May
Toy Story 4 —number 1 in June
The Lion King —number 1 in July
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw —number 1 in August
It: Chapter Two —number 1 in September
Joker (2019) —number 1 in October
Frozen 2 —number 1 in November
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker –number 1 in December
Other popular movies…
Jumanji: The Next Level
Ford v Ferrari
Terminator: Dark Fate
Spider-Man: Far From Home
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Secret Life of Pets 2
Men In Black International
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral
Downton Abbey Movie (2019)
Angel Has Fallen
2019 Top Books:
The Magnolia Inn ~ Carolyn Brown
Becoming ~ Michelle Obama
The Killer Collective ~ Barry Eisler
Girls of Glass ~ Brianna Labuskes
The Forgotten Hours ~ Katrin Schumann
The Snow Gypsy ~ Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Willpower Doesn’t Work ~ Benjamin Hardy
The Kiss Thief ~ LJ Shen
A Killer’s Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery Book 1) ~ Mike Omer
Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie Book 1) ~ Victoria Selman
2019 Top Children’s Books:
The Wonky Donky ~ Craig Smith
The Wonderful Things You Will Be ~ Emily Winfield Martin
Big Board First 100 Words ~ Roger Priddy
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and
Friends) ~ Bill Martin Jr. (author) Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes ~ Eric Litwin
Giraffes Can’t Dance ~ Giles Andreae
2019 Top Fashion and Trends:
Sherpa coats, pajamas, and blankets
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Pastel-colored hair and highlights
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Athletic inspired pieces
Women’s mule shoes
Boyfriend jeans on women
Boho skirts and dresses
Cropped sweatshirts and tops
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
Mom jeans (High-waisted pants and shorts for women)
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse
Beards on men
Lumberjack look for men
2019 World Population:
7,621,000,000 and counting…
2019 Top News and Major Events:
January 1 – Jair Bolsonaro begins his four-year term as President of Brazil.
January 1 – Same sex marriage becomes legal is Austria.
January 10 – Venezuela enters a constitutional crisis as Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly declare incumbent President Nicolás Maduro “illegitimate” and start the process of attempting to remove him.
January 19 – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Tongoy, Coquimbo Region in Chile, causing two deaths and as many as 200,000 people left without power. Despite its moderate magnitude, since it was an intraplate earthquake, it caused some serious damage in La Serena and nearby cities.
January 23 – 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis: thousands of people protest in favor of disputed interim President Juan Guaidó. Several people are killed, and President Maduro severs diplomatic ties with the United States.
January 25 – President Trump signs bill to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations about border security continue.
January 28 – The Justice Department charges Chinese tech firm Huawei with multiple counts of fraud, raising U.S.–China tensions.
February 1 – President Trump confirms that the U.S. will leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987. The next day, Russia follows suit with suspension of its obligations to the treaty.
February 3 – Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, becoming the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula.
February 23 – 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis: President Maduro severs diplomatic ties with Colombia as humanitarian aid attempts to enter the country across the border.
February 27–28 – The 2019 North Korea–United States summit is held in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is the second summit between United States President Donald Trump and the North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un.
March 10 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi, crashes shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa killing all 157 people on board. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models were subsequently grounded worldwide.
March 13 – March 2019 North American blizzard: A winter storm completes its explosive intensification over the Southern Rocky Mountains region, which began the day before, becoming a powerful “bomb cyclone” and triggering severe blizzard conditions across much of the Southwestern and Central United States.
March 15 – 51 people are killed and 50 are injured in terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre were both the target of Australia-born Brenton Harrison Tarrant. It is the deadliest mass shooting and terrorist attack in New Zealand history and described by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. Subsequently Facebook announced they had disabled 1.5 million videos of the gunman’s rampage.
March 20 – Europe’s antitrust regulators fine Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for freezing out rivals in the online advertising business. The ruling brings to nearly $10 billion the fines imposed against Google by the European Union.
March 23 – Over 1,000,000 people march in central London in protest against Brexit.
March 24 – A four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign is published by the U.S. Attorney General William Barr. It concludes that there was no collusion with Russia – the basis of the investigation – but on the issue of obstruction of justice states: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”.
March 26 – The European Parliament votes by 348 to 278 in favor of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which expands legal liability for websites and includes the controversial Article 13.
April 2 – After nearly two decades in office, Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns as President of Algeria because of widespread protests.
April 18 – The full, but redacted, 448-page Mueller Report is released on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.
April 25 – North Korea’s Kim Jong-un visits Russia to hold a series of summits with Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin.
April 30 – Venezuelan opposition leader and disputed interim President Juan Guaidó leads an attempted uprising against President Nicolás Maduro.
May 1 – Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a controversial law, the “sovereign internet” bill that allows Russian authorities to better monitor internet routing and to steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers. Proponents of the bill say it ensures Russian internet security and decreases dependence on foreign servers. Critics argue it gives new censorship powers to the government and is a part of a global trend of cyber-balkanization.
May 10 – China/U.S. Trade War: The United States’ 25 percent tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports takes effect, escalating tensions between the two nations.
June 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”.
June 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.
June 3–5 – U.S. President Donald Trump visits the U.K., meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. It’s the first official state visit to the U.K. by a sitting U.S. president since 2011.
June 7 – Theresa May resigns as British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
June 9 – Over one million people in Hong Kong protest against proposed legislation regarding extradition to China. It is the largest protest in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover.
June 30 – During a trilateral gathering at the Panmunjom Truce Village between South Korean President Moon Jae-in, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump, Trump becomes the first sitting U.S. president to cross the Korean Demilitarized Zone and enter North Korea. Trump and Kim also agree to restart stalled denuclearization negotiations
July 1 – Japan resumes commercial whaling after a 30-year moratorium, following its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission.
July 1 – The International Atomic Energy Agency confirms that Iran has breached the limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium.
July 3 – The United States produces the most waste per head globally and recycles the least at 35% according to new research by Verisk Maplecroft, Germany recycles the most at 68%.
July 4 – Largest earthquake in California in 20 years 6.4 magnitude near Ridgecrest.
August 3 – A mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, United States, leaves 22 people dead and 24 others injured.
August 4 – 2019 Dayton shooting: Ten people, including the perpetrator, are killed and 27 others injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, United States, just 13 hours after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
August 13 – The main yield curve for U.S. Treasury bonds inverts, as the yield rate for 2-year bonds rises higher than the yield rate for 10-year bonds.
August 14 – The Dow Jones plunges more than 500 points, due to concerns over the yield curve inversion.
August 21 – 2019 Brazil wildfires: Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reports fires burning in the Amazon rainforest at a record rate, with more than 36,000 in the year to date, while smoke reaches São Paulo more than 1,700 miles (2,700 km) away.
August 23 – French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel describe the widespread Amazon fires as an international emergency, urging the matter to be discussed at the weekend’s G7 summit.
September 1 – The Bahamas are hit by Hurricane Dorian, with sustained wind speeds of 185 mph. Widespread damage and 43 deaths are reported.
September 4 – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announces the official withdrawal of the controversial Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, and setting up of an independent study to probe social and economic inequality within the territory.
September 20 – An international strike and protest led by young people and adults is held three days before the latest UN Climate Summit, to demand action be taken to address the climate crisis. The event is one of the largest climate mobilizations in history.
September 24 – U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announces the start of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
September 28 – The Afghan election takes place.
October 1 – The People’s Republic of China 70th anniversary: in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, the largest-ever military parade and mass pageant in the history of China takes place in Beijing.
October 19 – An estimated one million people march through London in a protest organized by People’s Vote, to demand a second referendum on Brexit.
October 21 – The 2019 Canadian federal election takes place, for all 338 seats in the House of Commons of Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party win a narrow victory to form a minority government.
October 27 – U.S. President Donald Trump announces that the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in a U.S. special forces operation. It was reported that al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest after being chased into a tunnel.
November 27 – The U.S. Government passes the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
December 18 – President Donald Trump is officially impeached by the House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of congress. He is the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. The impeachment proceedings will occur in 2020.
2019 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com, People.com, Onthisday.com)
January 6 – Bohemian Rhapsody wins Best Motion Picture in Drama category.
January 9 – World’s richest man and owner of amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, announces he and his wife of 25 years are getting divorced.
January 15 – American actress, singer, and dancer, Carol Channing died at age 97.
February 3 – Rapper 21 Savage was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying visa.
February 3 – Super Bowl LIII ranked one of the lowest watched in history. Maroon 5 halftime show was ‘mediocre’ according to audience.
February 19- Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, known for his hand in luxury fashion brands Fendi and Chanel, dies at the age of 85.
March 4 – Luke Perry, beloved American actor known for his role as Dylan McKay on popular 90’s tv series Beverly Hills 90210, dies at age 52.
March 12 – The 2019 college admissions bribery scandal is a conspiracy to influence student college admissions decisions at several prominent American research universities disclosed on March 12, 2019, by United States federal prosecutors, with at least 50 people alleged to have been part of it, including American actresses, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. A number of parents of college applicants are accused of paying more than $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to William Rick Singer, a college admissions counselor and organizer of the scheme, who used part of the money to fraudulently inflate student test scores and to bribe college officials.
April 11 – Co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is arrested after 7 years in Ecuador’s embassy in London.
April 15 – The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is engulfed in flames during Holy Week, resulting in the roof and main spire collapsing.
May 1 – In a surprise ceremony, King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand marries Suthida Tidjai, a commoner and his personal bodyguard, making her queen consort of Thailand.
May 4–6 – Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand.
May 6 – It’s a boy! At 5:26am the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, welcome their first baby who is named Archie HarrisonMountbatten-Windsor.
May 17 – Taiwan is the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
May 19 – Google pulls Android update support for Huawei phones, as well as the Google Play Store and Gmail apps, after the Chinese technology company was blacklisted by the United States amid trade war.
June 3 – US federal government departments and Congress begin anti-trust investigations into large tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.
June 3 – Apple announces it is shutting down iTunes and replacing it with three different apps.
June 7 – July 7 – The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is held in France and won by the United States.
June 11 – Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality.
July 2 – Virginie Viard presents her first haute couture collection as designer at Chanel after the death of Karl Lagerfeld at the Grand Palais.
August 2 – Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time overtaking U2 after 893 days on the road.
September 23 – One of the largest and oldest travel firms, Thomas Cook, goes bankrupt as last-minute rescue negotiations fail, stranding 600,000 tourists worldwide.
September 27 – 500,000 people march in a climate change protest led by activist Greta Thunberg and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal, Canada. 4,000,000 go on strike around the world.
October 2 – Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sue British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claiming it published her private letter.
October 13 – Fortnite went dark. Popular video game self destructs and collapses into a persistent black hole for days leaving gamers in an confused state. Later that week Fortnite releases Chapter 2, Season 1 that includes a major update, new map, and all new goodies. Gamers around the world rejoice!
October 30 – Social media website Twitter bans all political advertising worldwide.
November 4 – LeBarón family massacre: Nine Americans are killed when Mexican gang members open fire on their vehicles while driving to a wedding about 70 miles (110 km) south of the Mexico–United States border.
November 19 – Google enters the video game market with the launch of Stadia.
November 21 – Elon Musk unveils the new Tesla Cybertruck.
December 9 – The World Anti-Doping Agency votes unanimously to ban Russia from international sport for four years for doping offences, meaning it will be excluded from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
(Wikipedia.com, livescience.com, iflscience.com, onthisday.com)
January 1 – Unmanned space probe New Horizons makes a close approach of the Kuiper belt object (KBO) 2014 MU69 at 05:33 UTC.
January 3 – Chinese probe Chang’e 4 becomes the first human-made object to land on the far side of the Moon.
February 21 – SpaceIL launches the Beresheet probe, the world’s first privately financed mission to the Moon.
March 3 – An unmanned demonstration flight of the new crew capable version of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, intended to carry American astronauts into space, achieves successful autonomous docking with the International Space Station.
March 5 – A second case of sustained remission from HIV is reported, ten years after the Berlin Patient.
April 10 – Scientists announce that the Event Horizon Telescope captured the first ever image of a black hole, located in the centre of the M87 galaxy.
May 8 – A British seventeen-year-old, Isabelle Holdaway, is reported to be the first patient ever to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection.
July – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported, on August 15, that July 2019 was the hottest month on record globally, at 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the 20th century average.
July 4 – Biggest seaweed bloom in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico after algae explosion due to deforestation and fertilizer.
August 18 – In Iceland, activists, officials, and other concerned citizens hold a funeral for the Okjökull glacier, which has completely melted after once covering six square miles.
September 11 – Astronomers announce the detection of water in the atmosphere of exoplanet K2-18b, the first such discovery for an exoplanet in the habitable zone around a star.
September 28 – Hurricane Lorenzo is the most northeast category 5 hurricane on record.
September 30 – The Republic of Ireland commits to planting 440 million trees in the next twenty years to combat climate change.
October 18 – NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conduct the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station.
October 23 – Google announces that its 53-qubit “Sycamore” processor has achieved quantum supremacy. IBM disputes the claim.
November 4 – The United States formally begins process to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.