/ 19 February 2021

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7.30pm (AEDT) – Australian Open Tennis Semi-Final – Daniil Medvedev v Stefanos Tsitsipas

7.55am (AEDT) – NASA’s Mars 2020 mission (containing the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter drone) to attempt to land

9.00am (AEDT) – Former PM Kevin Rudd kicks off the first public hearing for the Senate Inquiry into media diversity in Australia – Canberra

Adelaide Fringe festival starts (on until 21 March)

ABS Data Release – Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey; Schools, 2020; Retail Trade, January

7.45pm (AEDT) – First game of the Super Rugby season kicks off – Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs – Brisbane

Birthdays for Jeff Daniels (1955), Prince Andrew (1960), Seal (1963) and Millie Bobby Brown (2004)

Anniversary of:
• the founding of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now known as Kellogg’s (1906)
• the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces (1942)

7.30pm (AEDT) – Australian Open Tennis Women’s Singles Final

World Day of Social Justice

World Pangolin Day

Birthdays for Ivana Trump (1949), Cindy Crawford (1966) and Rihanna (1988)

Anniversary of:
• British naval officer John Moresby discovering the site of what would become Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and claiming it for Britain (1873)
• the birthday of Kurt Cobain (1967)
• the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful storm on record (296km/hour), Cyclone Winston, hitting Fiji (2016)
• Venezuela becoming the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis (2018)

7.30pm (AEDT) – Australian Open Tennis Men’s Singles Final

Tennis – the Adelaide International begins – Adelaide (funny that…)

International Mother Language Day

Birthdays for director Jordan Peele (1979), and actors Elliot Page (1987) and Sophie Turner (1996)

Anniversary of:
• the publication of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ The Communist Manifesto (1848)
• the first issue of New Yorker magazine (1925)
• the birthdays of singer Nina Simone (1933) and actor Alan Rickman (1946)
• the assassination of civil rights activist Malcolm X (1965)
• Richard Nixon becoming the first US President to visit China, normalising relations between the countries in a meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing (1972)

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