ICYMI 2020: What A Year!

Lauren Kluttz and Kylie Dimapan

On Tuesday, December 31st, millions of people will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new decade. Many hoped 2020 would bring success, love, transformation and opportunity in conventional ways. 2020 instead was full of twists and turns. Here is your 2020 recap…

JANUARY-

1st- Australian Wildfires

A massive brush fire that started in December 2019, and  burned all the way into 2020. A total of 47 million acres were destroyed.

3rd- Airstrike in Iran

The U.S. set an airstrike on a base in Iran that killed Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani.

7th- Iranian Missile strikes U.S. base

As an act of retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, a missile was targeted at a U.S. base overseas. There were no casualties.

8th- Harry & Megan leave the royal family

The former senior royals stepped down from their roles to take some time away from the spotlight.

9th- COVID is recognized by the WHO

China broke the news that a virus, called Covid-19, was rapidly spreading through Wuhan.

21st- The first COVID case in the US

The numbers only went up from here…

From the LA Times (LA Times)

26th- Helicopter crash kills 9

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna passed away as well as a teammate of Gigi’s and her family in a helicopter crash. They were on the way to their basketball game when the event went down.

31st- Brexit is completed

The controversial exit of England from the European union was officially finalized.

 

FEBRUARY-

2nd- Super Bowl LIV

The Kansas City Chiefs made history with their title winning game in Miami. The halftime show was performed by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

5th- Trump is acquitted by the senate

AP News

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives but not the Senate.

9th- Parasite sweeps the Oscars

Parasite, a Korean film, won 4 awards and was the first non-english film to do so.

27th- The stock market suffers the biggest fall in history

The Dow dropped a record 1,100 points due to the pandemic.

 

MARCH-

9th- COVID triggers global recession

The economy suffered due to stay-at-home orders all over the world.

12th- President Trump imposes a European travel ban

The borders were closed to Europeans to limit the case numbers.

New York Times

13th- Breonna Taylor is killed by police

Breonna Taylor, a young black woman, was fatally shot by police in her apartment in Louisville while sleeping during a no knock warrant raid.

20th- Tom Brady leaves the Patriots

Brady now has a contract with Tampa Bay after 20 seasons with New England.

24th- The Olympics are postponed

Japan’s prime minister announced the decision of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

APRIL-

7th- Modern Family comes to an end

The show came to an end after 11 seasons with a two part finale.

15th- Kim Jong Un death rumors emerge

The North Korean leader had supposedly died due to a heart attack.

25th – Joe Biden is named the democratic presidential candidate

Biden was officially presumed as the candidate to go against Trump in November.

 

MAY-

1st- Canada bans assault rifles

After the country experienced its deadliest massacre gun laws were imposed.

2nd- Kim Jong Un returns

Kim Jong Un makes his first public appearance after allegedly dying in April.

6th- Elon Musk and Grimes welcome baby X Æ A-Xii

Musk announced the news via. Twitter.

25th- Death of George Floyd

USA Today

George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was murdered by police. This began racial injustice protests.

26th- Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage

It became the first Central American country to do so.

 

JUNE-

10th- Confederate statues in Richmond are removed

After demands by the public, the government agreed to remove the monuments due to their racist and hateful historical significance.

18th- Supreme Court rules dreamers can stay

With a 5-4 victory, the Supreme Court allowed DACA (a U.S. immigration policy) to continue.

30th- Messi scores 700th goal

Professional football player Lionel Messi, got his 700th career goal in a game for FC Barcelona.

 

JULY-

1st- Putin removes presidential terms

The referendum approval allows Putin to be president for life.

4th- Kanye West announces presidential campaign

The rapper fully started campaigning for president, after milking it for years.

6th- Patrick Mahomes signs record $503,000,000 contract

NFL star signed to Kansas City through 2031, for a record breaking price.

LA Times

8th- Naya Rivera goes missing

The actress disappeared at Lake Piru after a day on the lake with her son, and was later presumed dead.

17th- Death of John Lewis

The civil rights leader and former congressman, died at the age of 80 after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

AUGUST-

1st- TikTok ban postponed

President Trump sought out to ban the app TikTok. This ban was proposed because TikTok was not American owned therefore ruling it to be “an unreasonable security risk” for American users.

4th- Explosion in Beirut Lebanon

This tragedy was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was said to be triggered by a nearby fire. The aftermath of this explosion led to over 300,000 homeless citizens, over 5,000 injured, and at least 220 citizens killed.

11th- Biden announces Harris as Vice President candidate

PBS News Hour

Biden makes Senator Kamala Harris of California his pick for his 2020 election running mate. Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman to be nominated for such an honorable role.

21st- Lori Loughlin is sentenced to two months in prison

After losing her case over the college admission scandal, where she was proven to bribe high class colleges to admit her daughters, Loughlin will be detained at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA. Alongside serving time she was charged with a $150,000 fine.

23rd- Jacob Blake is shot by the police in WI

Blake was attempting to diffuse a physical altercation between two women when the police arrived. Although he was unarmed the police shot him seven times in front of his three sons, hospitalizing and paralyzing Blake.

26th- Bucks boycott game for Blake

The Bucks collectively voted to boycott their playoffs game in honor of Blake’s name. Reportedly after several other NBA teams who were scheduled to play the same day followed in the same steps of the Bucks to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement.

28th- Chadwick Boseman passes away

Laughing Place

Boseman loses his fight with colon cancer after four years of suffering in silence.

 

SEPTEMBER-

5th- Portland mark’s 100 days of Black Lives Matter protests

After beginning protests in honor of George Floyd and anger against police brutality, Portland continues to fight against inequality and for other African Americans lost due to racial profiling.

6th- LA has hottest day ever

Los Angeles beats their previous record of 113 degrees by a whole 8 degrees, making their hottest day ever recorded a 121 degree day.

9th- Bob Woodward exposes Trump in his book “Rage”

Woodward’s book admits that Trump knew the full potential of the coronavirus yet downplayed it to American citizens. He did so to not cause a “panic.”

15th- Taylor family announces a settlement from the city

Breonna Taylor’s family is given a settlement of 12 million dollars by the city of Louisville. The officers in her case were not charged at all for the cause of her death.

The Source

18th- RBG passes away

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg loses her fight against pancreatic cancer. RBG served on the Supreme Court for 27 years and will remain a historic icon, her last wish was that her seat not be filled “until the next president is installed.”

19th- Trump vows to fill SCOTUS seat

Going against RBG’s death wish, Trump announces at his Toledo rally that he will be scouting for a female judge to take over her former seat.

23rd- Trump refuses a peaceful transfer of power

Trump admits if he loses the Presidential Election in November, “there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”

24th- Trump nominates ACB

Trump appoints Amy Coney Barrett to be the next Supreme Court Justice.

25th- RBG is the first woman to lie in state at the Capital

RBG’s ceremony was enclosed to only top tier individuals due to Covid-19, prior to that she was placed outside the Supreme Court building for public viewing.

27th- Trump’s tax returns are released

Trump’s tax returns reported that he only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2017. This enraged many Americans who’ve paid more taxes than him, yet don’t make nearly as much.

29th- First Presidential debate is aired on live television

Though the first presidential debate is when candidates are supposed to propose their policies and discuss their intentions for their presidency, this particular debate was criticized to be childish and absurd.

 

OCTOBER-

2nd- President Trump is diagnosed with COVID-19

Trump is hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19.

11th- Lakers win NBA Finals

NPR

The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-90, naming Kobe Bryant to be their motivation for earning the winning title.

20th- United States sues Google for illegal monopoly

The Justice Department files a lawsuit against Google, accusing them to be using their dominant role against smaller brands that achieve the same purpose.

26th- Walter Wallace is murdered by the police in Philadelphia, PA

Police arrived to settle a violent dispute between Wallace and a neighbor of his, he was shot and killed after not dropping his knife. Wallace’s family does not wish to press charges against the officers involved. as they believe it’s the system’s fault for not training their workers properly.

27th- Senate appoints ACB

Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the United States Senate after a winning vote of 52-48 approving her as the newest Supreme Court Justice.

31st- Sean Connery passes away

Scottish actor, famously known for his role of James Bond, passed away due to heart failure from his Pneumonia.

 

November-

2nd- Johnny Depp loses his lawsuit filed for libel law

Depp loses his case against the Sun newspaper. He had filed a charge against them after being named a “wife beater” in one of their articles.

7th- Biden is announced to be 2021 President and Kamala Harris makes history

TOPSHOT – Former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (L) and Senator from California and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, held virtually amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, on August 20, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)

Former Vice President Joe Biden wins the 2020 Presidential Election making Kamala Harris the first Black and South Asian woman Vice President.

9th- Pfizer announces Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccine in the making is said to be 90% effective against preventing Covid-19 and already has trial participants lined up.

13th- Harry Styles is the first man to be pictured solo on the cover of Vogue Magazine

After the famous singer is pictured on the cover in a ballgown and black tuxedo, controversy of gendered clothing outbreaks.

15th- Trump begins election fraud claims

Trump claims that the Democratic Party stole the election and that it was very much rigged to encourage his loss.

23rd- Charli D’Amelio breaks a TikTok record

16 year-old Charli D’Amelio hits 100 million followers on TikTok.

24th- Scotland rules period products to be free

Scotland is the first country ever to make period products free. They passed a bill enforcing that schools and universities supply them for students and that public retail places make them free of charge.

25th- Maradona passes away

Diego Maradona, a football player for Argentina, passed away due to a heart attack at age 60. He will remain a soccer legend.

 

December-

1st- Spotify releases 2020 wrapped

Spotify releases their new feature that summarizes their users music taste in 2020.

6th- Giuliani is diagnosed with Covid-19

Trump announces in a tweet that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Sun

10th- Brandon Bernard is executed

Bernard is executed for his charges of robbery, murder, and kidnapping that took place in 1999 when he was 18 at the time. Kim Kardashian allegedly tried to work with Trump to get him off death row before his execution.

 

 

Though 2020 wasn’t anticipated to be as tragic as it was. It’s not over quite yet and with a year like this one who’s to say what 2021 has in store for us.