The Matlab r2020b release introduces the new horizontal ('_') and vertical (' | ') line marker symbols that are centered around the coordinate similarly to the plus marker ('+').
See the attached Live Script to reproduce all plots in this post.
Use case example 1:
Days in August 2020 that COVID-19 cases (vertical ticks) and number of tests (horizontal ticks) increased from the previous day in countries with populations greater than 100M (4 countries eliminated for incomplete data).
Use case example 2:
(An alternative to stacked bar plots) Number of power outages in 2005 across regions of the USA, broken down by calendar quarters.