- 2020 has been a unique year by any standards
2020 news recap shows from a global viral pandemic to an international movement for an end to racial discrimination, this year has certainly put us all through the wringer. So, here is a list of some of the more newsworthy events that took place in 2020.
Australia faced one of its most devastating wildfire seasons ever as the blazes, which originally started in December 2019, continued to burn to a record of 47 million acres, displaced thousands of people and killed approximately 34 people.
Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Approved
The House of Commons finally gave its third and final backing to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, voting 330 to 231 in favour. On January 24, The UK’s EU withdrawal agreement was signed by both parties; firstly by European Council president Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen for the EU, in London by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the UK.
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Quit Royal Family
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shook everyone on January 8 when they announced they were stepping down as senior royals.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced January 9 that a deadly coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan, China. In a matter of months, the virus has spread across the world to more than 20 million people, resulting in at least 751,000 deaths.
Kobe Bryant’s Death
The legendary Los Angeles Lakers player was killed along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others when their helicopter crashed in California, on January 26.
Impeachment of President Donald Trump
The US president faced an impeachment trial in January on charges that he asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. He was ultimately acquitted on February 5.
Harvey Weinstein Verdict
The disgraced Hollywood producer was convicted of raping an aspiring actress and sexually abusing an assistant. The verdict was celebrated by his dozens of accusers and their supporters which ushered in the era of the #MeToo movement.
Stock Market Crash 2020
The coronavirus pandemic triggered a global recession as numerous countries went into lockdown. The Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst single-day point drop ever on March 9.
Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Boris Johnson announced via video broadcast that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalised a few days later. Johnson made a full recovery and heralded the excellent work of the NHS staff.
Black Lives Matter Protests
The police-involved killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor this year sparked a wave of protests and demonstrations, and even riots, across the world to demand an end to police brutality and racial injustice.
Kim Jong Un Death Rumours
The North Korean supreme leader fuelled speculation that he was either gravely ill or dead after he missed events commemorating his grandfather Kim Il-sung on April 15. He re-emerged 20 days later in photos released by state media at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Dominic Cummings Breaks Lockdown Restrictions
Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s senior adviser, faces calls to resign after a joint investigation by the Daily Mirror and The Guardian alleges that he travelled 260 miles from London to his parents’ home in Durham, and whilst he was displaying coronavirus symptoms, during lockdown.
A group allegedly spearheaded by a Florida teen took over the Twitter accounts of prominent business and political figures — including Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Kanye West — in a bitcoin scam.
Ghislaine Maxwell Arrest
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam was detained on July 2 on sex-trafficking charges while holed up in a luxury home on a 156-acre estate in New Hampshire.
“Murder Hornets” Arrive
The invasive insect, known as the Asian giant hornet, which measure up to two inches arrive. The hornets can wipe out entire bee colonies within hours.
Stonehaven Train Derailment
A train derailment kills three people near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, caused by heavy rain triggering a landslide
A massive explosion at a Beirut port, sparked by the accidental detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, killed at least 190 people and injured thousands of others.
A-level Results are Published in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
This year’s exams were cancelled due to the COVID-19 epidemic, so results were instead calculated using predictions submitted by teachers, called centre assessed grades (CAGs). The predictions were then moderated by the regulator, Ofqual, using an algorithm designed to eliminate grade inflation. This gave an overall pass rate 0.7% higher than in 2019, with more students being accepted for their first-choice university course than in that year. Following concerns that 39% of results predicted by teachers in England were downgraded by the moderation process, Ofqual accuses some teachers of submitting “implausibly high” predictions.
Chadwick Boseman’s Death
“Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman died at age 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. His death shocked fans, since he had completed several blockbuster films while keeping his diagnosis private.
West Coast Wildfires
Deadly wildfires erupted from California to Washington state in the US, burning millions of acres and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death
The Supreme Court Justice and unrelenting trailblazer for gender equality died at the age of 87. She was the second-ever woman appointed to the high court.
Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19
President Trump announced that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus. He was hospitalised for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before he was discharged to continue his recovery at the White House.
Joe Biden Becomes US President-Elect
Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, defeating President Trump with a critical assist from his birth state, Pennsylvania, which delivered the votes to propel him to victory.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
The first global citizens were vaccinated against the coronavirus after a number of countries approved the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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