Hotter, faster, pricier: 10 records in 2019
Record temperatures: Temperatures in July 2019 were the hottest ever recorded globally at an average of 16.75 degrees Celsius (more than 62 Fahrenheit) for the planet, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced.
Facebook fine: Facebook was in July slapped with the largest ever fine — $5 billion — imposed on any company for violating consumers’ privacy. Announcing the penalty, the Federal Trade Commission said it was also one of the largest ever issued by the US government for any violation.
Monster sale: Chinese consumers spent a record $38.3 billion on Alibaba platforms in the annual 24-hour “Singles’ Day” buying spree in November.
Art auction highs: Amid furious Brexit wrangling, Banksy’s “Devolved Parliament” painting depicting lawmakers as chimps was sold at auction in October for 11.1 million euros, a record for the British artist.
Under two hours: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a marathon distance in under two hours in October when he set a time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec at an unofficial event in Vienna.
Most medals: US gymnastics star Simone Biles scooped five gold medals in October to take her World Championship medal haul to a record 25, topping the 23 won by men’s star Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus in the 1990s.
Summit speedster: Nepali mountaineer Nirmal Purj summited all of the world’s 14 highest peaks in just six months and six days over April to October, smashing the previous record for the feat of almost eight years.
Longest flight: Qantas completed the longest non-stop passenger flight in October, taking 19 hours and 16 minutes to test a direct route from New York to Sydney.
Smallest survivor: Around the weight of a large apple when she was born, Saybie was announced in May by a California hospital to be the world’s smallest baby ever to survive.
Million-dollar parking: A parking space in Hong Kong’s The Center skyscraper sold in October for a whopping HK$7.6 million (more than $970,000, 882,000 euros), about the price of a one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea.