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What Happened in 2020?

What didn’t happen in 2020?

2020 is a year that, for most of us, probably lives on in infamy. Due to a global pandemic, we were all shut away for months, plans were canceled, big events were rescheduled, and many of us were separated and feared for our loved ones. But, just as every year does, 2020 also had some positives, including people coming together for justice.

2020 was a major shakeup in lots of ways – it saw the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the murder of George Floyd, and, of course, the US Election in November would give rise to home-grown terrorism just a few months later.

For all its drama and devastation, 2020 was a very important year – so, to refresh your memory, here are some of the biggest events from 2020.

In this year

COVID 19 facts


The first cases of a new illness, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were initially reported in Wuhan, China. This led to concerns about a potential global pandemic, which would eventually occur and take the world by storm for several years. Vaccines to fight the illness would roll out in record time within a matter of months.

Facts about racism


The death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man, occurred in Brunswick, Georgia, sparking nationwide protests. These protests and other such killings sparked a major moment for the Black Lives Matter movement to raise protest.


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a global pandemic, prompting widespread public health measures. Countries around the world implemented lockdowns, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures to help restrict the spread of the virus. China, in fact, would stay locked down longer than most countries.

Captain Tom


British war veteran Captain Tom Moore raised millions of pounds for the National Health Service (NHS) by walking laps in his garden. He was 99 years old at the time. The veteran would pass away less than a year later, in February 2021.

Police officer that killed George Floyd


The death of George Floyd, a black citizen, killed while unarmed in police custody in Minneapolis, sparked widespread global protests against racial injustice and police brutality. The police officer who shot him would eventually be arrested and found guilty of his crime, and at the time of writing, is still serving a murder sentence in prison.

a voter


June was a major election month in 2020 across the globe, with Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Kiribati, Malawi, Mongolia, and Iceland all sending citizens to the polls. The Republic of Ireland, too, welcomed a new Taoiseach in Micheal Martin.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft


SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully returned NASA astronauts from the International Space Station. In doing so, it completed its historic first crewed mission. The company has since moved on to creating reusable rockets and improving space exploration at incredible speed.

UAE and Israel flags tied together


The United States brokered a historic agreement to help normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Israel would later sign said agreements at an official White House meeting in September.

interesting facts about Venus


Space fans got a little more excited than usual in September 2020, as it emerged that there was evidence of phosphine on Venus – specifically, in its atmosphere. This suggested it might be possible for microbial life to thrive there. Did we just find aliens?

President Joe Biden posing


The United States witnessed presidential and vice-presidential debates between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden. Candidate Joe Biden would eventually go on to become President, replacing Donald Trump and sparking backlash among those who claimed the Democrat Party had faked the results.


Hurricane Iota struck Central America, causing widespread flooding and destruction in areas already affected by Hurricane Eta just weeks earlier.

facts about brexit


Amid continued lockdown chaos, the United Kingdom and the European Union finally reached a post-Brexit trade deal outlining their future economic relationship – over four years since the Brexit referendum took place.

2020 was the year of the…

Chinese Year of the Rat


Like 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008, 2020 celebrated Rats everywhere, according to the Chinese Zodiac. People born in Rat years are optimistic, likable, energetic, sensitive, resourceful, and versatile. However, they can also be very stubborn! The next Rat year won't be until 2032.

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