The standout Geminid meteor shower of 2019 reaches its peak on Dec 13, and some observers might see more than the characteristic 100 meteors per hour of the celestial show. It’s a jackpot year for Argentines and Chileans, who witnessed the Great South American Eclipse on Jul 2.
The United States Navy christens the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), its second nuclear-powered Ford-class aircraft carrier, at Newport News in Virginia. Va. The expensive lessons learned during the building and fitting-out of the first of the Navy’s so-called supercarriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), should smooth Kennedy’s path to deployment.
The United States, the only Western country with the death penalty still on the books, resumes federal executions after a 20-year hiatus. Outrage can be expected, some of it based on the accusation that the announcement by U.S. Attorney General William Barr was a political ploy.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin of Russia meet in Paris for talks aimed at ending the fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Zelensky won the presidency in April on a pledge to end the fighting.
The Western territory of Wyoming made history 150 years ago by giving women the right to vote 51 years before the United States gave them voting rights. A century-and-a-half later U.S. women have made electoral history for themselves – but still might feel sidelined.
The expiration of the terms of two judges on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body looms as a mortal blow to the court. The United States has blocked the appointment of new judges, which leaves the seven-member body down to just one after the December date.
The Rolex GMT Master wristwatch that was owned and worn by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now goes under the hammer at Phillips’ Game Changers auction in New York. Because of its association with the two-times Academy Award winning actor in the 40th anniversary year of the celebrated Francis Ford Coppola film, the watch is expected to fetch six figures – at least.
King Harald V of Norway awards the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose reputation as a peacemaker faces challenges. In Stockholm King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the Nobel prizes for Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Economic Sciences and Literature. The double Literature presentation wraps up a sex scandal.
The Gulf state has been selected to host the 2019 and 2020 FIFA Club World Cup competitions, an opportunity to test play under similar climatic conditions as the 2022 World Cup. Qatar experiences highs around 25C in December.
Britain holds a snap election for a parliament that can break the country’s political paralysis over leaving the European Union, but it is far from clear that the vote will end the deadlock.