2020 was a year of many events. Here’s a summary of what events happened worldwide.
10 Things to Remember in 2020
here are 10 significant events that took place in 2020.
- COVID-19 Pandemic: The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, led to a global pandemic, affecting millions of people worldwide. Governments implemented various measures to curb the spread, including lockdowns and travel restrictions.
- Black Lives Matter Protests: The death of George Floyd in the United States sparked global protests against racial injustice and police brutality, with the Black Lives Matter movement gaining widespread attention.
- Australian Bushfires: The early months of 2020 saw devastating bushfires in Australia, affecting large areas, destroying wildlife, and leading to loss of life and property.
- Beirut Explosion: A massive explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, causing widespread damage, casualties, and displacements. The explosion was linked to the improper storage of ammonium nitrate.
- US Presidential Election: The United States held a presidential election in which Joe Biden defeated the incumbent president, Donald Trump, becoming the 46th president of the United States.
- Brexit Transition Period Ends: The United Kingdom officially left the European Union on January 31, 2020. The transition period, during which the UK and EU negotiated their future relationship, ended on December 31, 2020.
- WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic: The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, acknowledging its widespread impact on health systems and societies.
- Global Economic Impact: The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant economic disruptions worldwide, with lockdowns affecting businesses, employment, and financial markets.
- SpaceX Crewed Mission: SpaceX, in collaboration with NASA, successfully launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying astronauts to the International Space Station. It marked the first crewed orbital launch by a private company.
- Wildfires in the United States: Several states in the western United States experienced intense wildfires, leading to destruction, evacuations, and poor air quality. The wildfires were exacerbated by dry conditions and high temperatures.
These events shaped the narrative of 2020, a year marked by unprecedented challenges and global cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.