6th March 2019
2029 – Finland bans coal for energy use
A ban on the use of coal to produce energy begins in Finland from 1st May 2029.
2nd March 2019
2025-2030 – Many cities are banning fossil fuel-powered vehicles
During this period, many cities and regions around the world enforce outright bans on the use of traditional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.
22nd February 2019
2025 – The European Extremely Large Telescope is operational
[Moved from 2022 to 2025]
19th February 2019
2023 – Launch of the SPHEREx mission
SPHEREx is a NASA observatory launched in 2023 that performs an all-sky survey of 300 million galaxies.
23rd January 2019
2023 – Xi Jinping extends his presidency
One of the most important leaders in modern Chinese history, Xi amended the state constitution to abolish term limits, allowing him to continue serving as President beyond 2023.
17th January 2019
2023 – Luna 27 lands on the far side of the Moon
Luna 27 is the second probe, after China's Chang'e 4, to visit the Moon's South Pole–Aitken basin.
16th January 2019
2022 – Completion of the Northeast Corridor high-speed train upgrade
Avelia Liberty is a new high-speed train service running between Washington, D.C. and Boston. The first trains are introduced in 2021 and the final upgrade is completed in 2022.
9th January 2019
2021 – Exascale computers are deployed
An exaFLOP is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (a million trillion) floating point operations per second. By 2021, the world's top supercomputers are reaching this speed.
4th January 2019
2019-2020 – The 5G standard is released
From 2019 to 2020, the next major cellular wireless standard is rolled out, providing vastly improved data transfer speeds.
3rd January 2019
2019 – The first soft landing on the far side of the Moon
On 3rd January 2019, China achieved the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon.
2019 – The New Horizons probe arrives at Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69
After visiting Pluto in 2015, New Horizons continued onwards to the Kuiper Belt. On 1st January 2019 it encountered the distant object known as 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule.
2nd January 2019
2019 – The CHEOPS telescope is deployed to study exoplanets
Originally planned for launch in 2017, CHEOPS was delayed until 2018, then delayed yet again until late 2019.
2019 – The Emperor of Japan abdicates
On 30th April 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicates his position, the first Japanese monarch to do so since 1817.
2019 – Jair Bolsonaro becomes President of Brazil
A polarising and controversial politician, Jair Bolsonaro was elected as President of Brazil in October 2018. His four-year term began on 1st January 2019.
19th November 2018
2220 – Moore's Law is reaching its physical limit
One of the major technological milestones of the early 23rd century is the creation of a substrate that is the densest and most efficient allowed by the known laws of physics.
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