Hot­ter, faster, pricier: 10 records in 2019

The hottest month, the fastest marathon, the wildest auc­tion prices... here is a look back at ten new records in 2019

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RECORD TEM­PER­A­TURES

Tem­per­a­tures in July 2019 were the hottest ever recorded glob­ally at an av­er­age of 16.75°C for the planet, the US Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced.

A heat­wave in Europe the same month re­set sev­eral record highs: 42.6 for Paris; 41.5 for Ger­many; and 38.7 in Bri­tain.

FACE­BOOK FINE

Face­book was in July slapped with the largest ever fine - US$5bn - 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.

UN­DER TWO HOURS

Kenyan Eliud Kip­choge be­came the first man to run the marathon in un­der two hours in Oc­to­ber when he set a time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec at an un­of­fi­cial event in Vi­enna.

ART AUC­TION HIGHS

Amid fu­ri­ous Brexit wran­gling, Banksy's De­volved Par­lia­ment paint­ing de­pict­ing law­mak­ers as chimps was sold at auc­tion in Oc­to­ber for € 11.1mn, a record for the Bri­tish artist.

A new auc­tion record for a work by a liv­ing artist was set in May when Jeff Koons' stain­less steel Rab­bit fetched US$91.1mn.

MON­STER SALE

Chi­nese con­sumers spent a record US$38.3bn on Alibaba plat­forms in the an­nual 24-hour

Sin­gles' Day buy­ing spree in Novem­ber.

It was a jump of 26 per cent from the pre­vi­ous record high a year ear­lier, the e-com­merce gi­ant said.

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 Purja sum­mit­ted 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.

Just 49 peo­ple trav­elled on the Boe­ing 7879 to min­imise the weight on board and give the plane suf­fi­cient fuel range to travel more than 16,000km with­out re-fu­elling.

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.

Af­ter dis­charg­ing her fol­low­ing months of in­ten­sive care, the San Diego hos­pi­tal dis­closed that she had been born pre­ma­turely in De­cem­ber 2018 weigh­ing a mere 245gm.

MIL­LION-DOL­LAR PARK­ING

A park­ing space in Hong Kong's The Cen­ter sky­scraper sold in Oc­to­ber for a whop­ping HK$7.6mn (more than US$970,000), about the price of a one-bed­room apart­ment in Lon­don's plush Chelsea.

Banksy's De­volvedPar­lia­ment

Say­bie

Nir­mal Purja

Eliud Kip­choge

Si­mone Biles

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