Congratulations! You have survived most of the year 2020. From a deadly pandemic to a global movement for racial justice, the year 2020 has already seen its share of events that have changed the world – and there are only a little few days left before the end.
Here is a list – and a calendar – of the major events that have taken place this year so far:
January 1: -The Australian bushfires of 2019, or “Black Summer”.
Australia experienced one of the worst bush fire seasons in its history, which began in December 2019 and continued until 2020, burning a record 47 million hectares, displacing thousands of people and killing at least 34 people. Researchers said the fires also ruined rare habitats and killed more than a billion animals.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are deployed to New South Wales to assist in the mass evacuation efforts.
2 January – Bushfires in Australia
The government of New South Wales, Australia declared a state of emergency while the government of Victoria, Australia declared a state of disaster in response to bushfires.
Jan. 3 – 2019-20 Persian Gulf Crisis:
A U.S. drone strikes Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
January 5 – Second Libyan Civil War:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announces that Turkish troops will be deployed to Libya on behalf of the UN-backed national accord government.
January 7: Pandemic COVID-19
The Chinese agency of the World Health Organization was officially diagnosed with the new coronavirus, then called 2019-nCoV, on January 7, although cases were reported as early as November 2019.
The novel coronavirus, which provokes a respiratory condition now known as COVID-19, is believed to have begun in a wet market in the city of Wuhan, situated in China’s Hubei province.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the disease as a public health emergency of international concern for the sixth time since 2009.
- The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they are stepping down as royal dignitaries at Buckingham Palace.
- Iran launched ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq, damaging American soldiers.
- A Ukrainian flight crashes in Tehran, Iran, leaving 176 passengers dead.
China claims its first death due to a coronavirus.
The removal of President Donald Trump from office begins.
The first case of coronavirus in the United States is recorded in Washington State.
January 26: Kobe and Gigi Bryant die.
The legendary Los Angeles Lakers player was killed with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California.
Trump is cleared by the Senate on both articles of impeachment.
February 11: Pandemic COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) names the disease COVID-19.
March 8: Pandemic COVID-19
Italy becomes the first country to introduce a national lockdown.
Italy puts 16 million people, more than a quarter of its population, under quarantine in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. One day later, the quarantine was extended to the whole country.
March 12: Global stock market crash.
The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global economic downturn as many countries find themselves in quarantine.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) enters a freefall, closing at more than -2,300 points, the worst decline of the index since 1987.
Trump declares a national emergency in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 24: The 2020 Summer Olympics.
which were supposed to take place in Tokyo, are delayed until 2021.
April 2: Global coronavirus cases surpass one million.
Just over three months after the first coronavirus was first reported in China, the pandemic has reached an important stage, infecting more than one million people worldwide on April 2.
At that time, more than 51,000 people had died worldwide and more than 208,000 had been recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The authorities in Wuhan, China, removed the city’s lockdown after 76 days.
Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the race for the 2020 election, naming former Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee in the race against President Donald Trump.
The state of New York is the only state with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
April 10: Ebola epidemic in Kivu.
The Democratic Republic of Congo reported the first case of Ebola since February 2020. The epidemic has killed more than 2,200 people since August 2018.
A team of scientists from the United Kingdom and Kenya announce the discovery of Microsporidia MB, a parasitic microbe from the fungus group Microsporidia that inhibits mosquitoes from transporting malaria, leading the way in the fight against this disease.
After deciding to relax the restrictions, China and South Korea both face new cases. South Korea experienced a new group of cases, which prompted the country to strengthen some of the restrictions that had been lifted. Two Chinese towns recorded 11 new cases, leading China to tighten restrictions for the fear of a second wave.
Flight PK8303, a Pakistan International Airlines airliner, crashed in a residential area close to Karachi, Pakistan, leaving 97 of the 99 people onboard dead and dozens injured on the ground.
May 25: George Floyd dies.
George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who used his knee to ground Floyd’s neck. The crime of killing a black man by a white officer triggered Manifestations (Black Lives Matter) against Racism and police brutality in the United States and across the world. Derek Chauvin, the officer seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he yelled that he couldn’t breathe, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three former officers involved in Floyd’s death—Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng—were charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.
Protests over the murder of George Floyd exploded in hundreds of cities in the United States and across the world, followed by further manifestations and rallies on June 6 against racism and police brutality throughout the world.
First flight with crew of the SpaceX Dragon 2.
May 31: COVID-19 pandemic.
The confirmed number of cases of COVID-19 reaches more than 6 million worldwide.
Pandemic of COVID-19: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceeds 7 million worldwide.
June 22: VIDOC-19 Pandemic.
The number of confirmed cases of VIDOC-19 passes 9 million worldwide.
August 4: Explosion in Beirut
A huge explosion in a Beirut port, caused by the accidental detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, killed at a minimum of 190 people and injured thousands of others.
August 11: Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris is chosen as the Democratic candidate for Vice President.
Biden has announced that he has chosen the California senator as his running mate, making her the first black woman and the first Asian woman on the major party’s presidential list.
August28: Death of Chadwick Boseman.
The actor of the “Black Panthers”, Chadwick Boseman, died at the age of 43 after a four-year struggle with colon cancer. His death shocked fans, as he had made several successful films while keeping his diagnosis secret.
October 2: Positive antibody results for COVID-19
President Trump has announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. He was treated for three days at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before being released to continue his recovery at the White House.
November 7: Joe Biden wins president-elect
Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, defeating President Trump with critical help from his home state of Pennsylvania, which provided the votes needed to propel him to victory and end one of the most flawed elections in living memory.
November 25: Diego Maradona dies after suffering heart failure
Argentina cast a final look at the coffin of its immortal hero and legend, Diego Armando Maradona, before he was buried in a cemetery on the outskirts of the capital, Buenos Aires.
Maradona’s body was shrouded in the Argentine presidential palace, where his citizens were able to say goodbye to him and cast a final look at the star, whom the people of this country consider the first and best in the history of the round witch
December 3 :
The United Nations Drug Commission votes to remove cannabis from the list of dangerous drugs in recognition of its medicinal value, although some controls remain.
The United Kingdom has become the first country to start a mass vaccination campaign with a clinically approved and fully tested vaccine.
December 10: End of Nicolas Sarkozy corruption trial
In the Nicolas Sarkozy corruption case is the ongoing trial in France of allegations that former President Nicolas Sarkozy bribed a judge with a retirement package in exchange for information on an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations. The trial began on November 24, 2020. The plaintiffs demanded that Sarkozy be imprisoned for four years, Judge (Gilbert Azibert) as well as Sarkozy’s lawyer Thierry Herzog, two years of which will be suspended. The defendants denied the charges. The trial ended on December 10 and the verdict is expected on March 1.
December 20 – COVID-19 pandemic: A highly infectious new strain of SARS-CoV-2
beginning in the U.K. spreads to Europe and Australia, provoking international border closures because of this new Variant of Concern 202012/01 (VOC-202012/01) is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The variant was first detected in the United Kingdom in October 2020 from a sample taken the previous month, and it quickly began to spread by mid-December. It is correlated with a significant increase in the rate of COVID-19 infection in England.