Noteworthy news you may have missed

Well, we made it. You and I have traveled yet one more year around the sun. True to form, 2019 was full of wonder, mistakes, successes, and a smorgasbord of conundrums and craziness.

As usual, I kept track of a few of the lesser but still extraordinary events and findings during the year.

January 22 — According to a report from nonprofit Oxfam, the world’s 26 wealthiest people are worth the same amount of money as the world’s poorest 3.8 billion.

January 30 — The temperature dropped to -48 degrees with a wind chill of -65 in Norris Camp, Minnesota, making it the coldest place in the lower 48 states

February 1 — The BBC reported that January was the hottest month on record in Australia and that five days were among the top 10 on record for the warmest.

February 13 — NASA announced that it had declared the Mars rover dead after being unable to communicate with it following a massive dust storm on the red planet.

March 25 — A British Airways flight bound for Dusseldorf, Germany, instead accidentally landed in Edinburgh, Scotland, because the company filed the wrong flight papers.

March 27 — Airbnb, the online home-sharing site, surpassed Hilton Hotels in annual sales.

April 22 — The BBC reported that 23 million people use 123456 as their password for private online accounts, with 123456789 as the second most popular password.

May 22 — The last known ship to bring slaves to the U.S., the schooner Clotilda, was discovered in a remote branch of Alabama’s Mobile River.

May 31 — After 20 rounds and running out of hard words, the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., crowned an unprecedented eight co-champions.

June 5 — Tom Rice, 97, of Coronado, California, reenacted his pre-D-Day 1944 jump into Carentan, France, as part of the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy.

June 11 — Kraft announced that it was selling salad frosting, which was French dressing disguised in a colorful bottle to get kids to like it.

July 22 — Officials near Sandpoint, Idaho removed turtle crossing signs because thieves kept stealing them as soon as the unique warning signs were replaced.

August 14 — A 12-year-old boy attending a family reunion found a rare Ice Age wooly mammoth tooth by a creek near the Inn at Honey Run near Millersburg, Ohio.

September 6 — A new international study showed that 90 percent of the time eyewitnesses would assist someone assaulted in public.

September 7 — Miami Marlins pitcher Brian Moran struck out his young brother, Colin, pinch-hitting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

October 7 — After falling at his home in Plains, Georgia the previous day, former President Jimmy Carter, 95, with a bandage above his left eye and a visible welt below, still helped build a Habitat for Humanity home in Nashville, Tennessee.

October 18 — NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir performed the first all-female spacewalk when they ventured outside the International Space Station for five and a half hours to replace a faulty battery charger.

November 8 — The last survivor of the Hindenburg Disaster, Werner Gustav Doehner, died in Laconia, New Hampshire, at age 90.

November 18 — Police in Goddard, Kansas, discovered a camel, cow, and donkey wandering along a rural road.

December 9 — A New York City man removed and ate a banana from a Miami, Florida art exhibit that had sold for $120,000.

December 10 — A 43-year-old Monroe County, Louisiana, man was arrested for fixing the bingo game he was calling so his relatives could win.

Here’s hoping 2020 will give us both a better year and better eyesight in all that is happening around us.

Happy New Year!

Writer, photographer, lover of nature. I write about what I encounter along life's wild and wonderful way. I blog at https://brucestambaugh.com/.

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