Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2020. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.
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2020 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):
Minimum Wage~ Federal: $7.25 –State Highest: $14.00 in Washington D.C. &
Lowest: $5.15 in Wyoming & Georgia (ncsl.org)
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $3.30 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ $1.51 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ $1.45 (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 55 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price (Midsize SUV)~ $33,000 (Kelley Blue Book kbb.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $2.18 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $9.16 (the-numbers.com)
Median sales price of new house (July) ~ $330,600 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $65,074 (Estimated based on 3% increase between 2017-2018, Census.gov.)
2020 World Leaders:
Donald Trump, President of the United States
Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Xi Jinping, President of China
Akihito then Naruhito, Emperor of Japan
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Francis of Vatican City
Emmanuel Macron, President of France
Ram Nath Kovind, President of India
Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2020 Top Televisions:
2020 Top Smart phones:
2020 Top Wearable Technology:
2020 Top Computer Desktops, Laptops, Tablets & Readers:
2020 Top Online Social Communities:
2020 Top Video Platform:
2020 Top Gaming systems:
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S
Playstation 5, Playstation 4 Pro, and Playstation VR
Wii U and Nintendo Switch
Oculus Rift S VR and Oculus Quest 2 VR Gaming Headsets
HTC Vive Pro VR System
Valve Index VR System
2020 Top Video Games:
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
League of Legends
Grand Theft Auto V
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Untitled Goose Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
World of Warcraft
2020 Top Tech Gadgets:
Apple AirPods Pro
RUNMUS Stereo Gaming Headset
Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
APEMAN Dash Cam1080P FHD DVR Car Driving Recorder
TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Selfie Stick Tripod
8″ Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder
Anker Wireless Charger
Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision
2020 Top Automobiles:
2020 Top Celebrities:
(People.com and TMZ.com)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Millie Bobby Brown
Jada Pinkett Smith
2020 Top Influencers:
Cristiano Ronaldo (instagram @cristiano)
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (instagram @therock)
Selena Gomez (instagram @selenagomez)
Kylie Jenner (instagram @kyliejenner)
Leo Messi (instagram @leomessi)
Amanda Cerny (instagram @amandacerny)
Zach King (instagram @zachking)
Liza Koshy (instagram @lizakoshy)
Like Nastya (YouTube)
VanossGaming (YouTube Gaming)
Markiplier (YouTube Gaming)
Ninja (YouTube Gaming)
Jacksepticeye (YouTube Gaming)
Turner “TFue” Tenney (Twitch)
Addison Rae Easterling (TikTok)
Charli D’Amelio (TikTok)
Dixie D’Amelio (TikTok)
Loren Gray (TikTok)
Josh Richards (TikTok)
Michael Le (TikTok)
2020 Top Athletes:
Patrick Mahomes – NFL
Denny Hamlin – NASCAR
LeBron James -NBA
Rory McIlroy – PGA
Corey Seager – MLB
LeBron James – NBA
Dustin Johnson – PGA
2020 Top Sporting Events:
Note: This year’s sporting events have been altered, postponed, or cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic
Super Bowl LIV: Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20
Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin
The Kentucky Derby: Authentic under jockey J.R. Velazquez (September 5th, no in-person audience)
The Masters: Dustin Johnson (November 12-15th, no in-person audience)
Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay Lightening defeated the Dallas Stars in series 4-2
NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Miami Heat in series 4-2
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Cancelled
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Cancelled
FIFA Men’s World Cup: 2022
FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2023
World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in series 4-2
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 (Rescheduled for July 2021)
2020 Top Songs:
(Billboard.com Hot 100 & Spotify.com)
The Box ~ Roddy Ricch –number one in January
The Box ~ Roddy Ricch –number one in February
The Box ~ Roddy Ricch –number one in March
Toosie Slide ~ Drake -number one in April
Say So ~ Doja Cat -number one in May
Rockstar ~ DaBaby feat. Roddy Rich -number one in June
Rockstar ~ DaBaby feat. Roddy Rich -number one in July
Watermelon Sugar ~ Harry Styles -number one in August
Dynamite ~ BTS -number one in September
Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) ~ Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo x BTS -number one in October
Mood ~ 24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior -number one in November
Levitating ~ Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby -number one in December
Other Popular Songs in 2020:
Yummy ~ Justin Beiber
Memories ~ Maroon 5
Life Is Good ~ Future feat. Drake
Stupid Love ~ Lady Gaga
Hard To Forget ~ Sam Hunt
Blinding Lights ~ The Weeknd
Circles ~ Post Malone
Savage ~ Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce
Intentions~ Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
My Future ~ Billie Eilish
Cardigan ~ Taylor Swift
WAP ~ Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
Positions ~ Ariana Grande
Forever After All ~ Luke Combs
Willow ~ Taylor Swift
Monster ~ Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber
Therefore I Am ~ Billie Eilish
2020 Top Television Shows:
The Queen’s Gambit -Netflix
The Undoing -HBO Max
Tiger King -Netflix
The Bachelor -ABC
I May Destroy You -HBO
Feel Good -Netflix
Cobra Kai -Netflix
Better Call Saul -Netflix, AMC, Sling, YouTube TV
Devs -FX, Hulu, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video
The Good Place -NBC, Netflix, Hulu, YoutTube TV, Sling
Work In Progress -Showtime, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling, Amazon Prime Video
Westworld -HBO, Hulu, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video
Party of Five (2020) – Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling
Emergence -ABC, Hulu, YouTube TV
Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens -Comedy Central, YouTube TV, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video
The Mandalorian -Disney Plus
Evil – CBS
Star Trek: Picard -CBS, Amazon Prime Video
Curb Your Enthusiasm -HBO, Hulu, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video
2020 Top Movies:
Bad Boys for Life -number one in January
Sonic the Hedgehog -number one in February
Onward -number one in March
**Note: Movie theaters and many movie productions shut down in March and April due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Other popular movies in 2020:
2020 Top Books:
Where the Crawdads Sing~Delia Owens
Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel ~Celeste Ng
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz ~Erik Larson
Untamed ~Glennon Doyle
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History ~John M. Barry
Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book ~Sasha O’Hara
The Missing Sister ~Elle Marr
Wall of Silence ~Tracy Buchanan
The Last Bathing Beauty ~Amy Sue Nathan
Now Then and Every When ~Rysa Walker
Rain Will Come ~Thomas Holgate
Girl, Stop Apologizing ~Rachel Hollis
2020 Top Children’s Books:
The Bad Seed ~Jory John & Pete Oswald
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny ~Marilyn Sadler
The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! ~Carole P. Roman
My First Learn to Write Workbook: Practice for Kids with Pen Control, Line Tracing, Letters, and More! ~Crystal Radke
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime ~Alice Schertle
How to Draw 101 Animals ~Dan Green
How to Catch a Mermaid ~Adam Wallace
Big Preschool Workbook ~School Zone
Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) ~Mo Willems
If Animals Kissed Good Night ~Ann Whitford Paul
The Very Hungry Catepillar ~Eric Carle
The Wonky Donkey ~Craig Smith
Rosie, Stronger than Steel ~Lindsay Ward
2020 Top Fashion and Trends:
Balloon/puff sleeve shirts
Yoga Pants/Leggings with Pockets
Sherpa coats, pajamas, and blankets
Beachy long hair on women
Shoulder-length bob hair on women
Skinny jeans and pants with heels or booties
Athletic inspired sets
Women’s mule shoes
Boyfriend jeans on women
Boho skirts and dresses
Cropped sweatshirts and tops
Yoga Pants, leggings, and patterned running tights
Mom jeans (High-waisted pants and shorts for women)
Fitted and skinny jeans on men paired with converse
Beards on men
Lumberjack look for men
2020 World Population:
7,732,402,320 and counting…
2020 Top News and Major Events:
January 2 – New South Wales, Australian government, declares a state of emergency while the Victoria, Australia declares a state of disaster amid large bushfires that have killed as many as 500 million animals.
January 3 – A U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport kills Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
January 7 – 6 people are reported killed and over 200 injured in a crush at the funeral of general Qasem Soleimani in the city of Kerman, Iran.
January 8 – Iran launches ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases hosting American soldiers, injuring multiple personnel.
January 8 – Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 is shot down by Iran’s armed forces shortly after takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, killing all 176 people on board.
January 28 – U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu announce the Trump peace plan.
January 29 – U.S. President Donald Trump signs the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, the north American trade agreement replacing NAFTA.
January 30 – COVID19 pandemic: The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the outbreak of the disease as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the sixth time that this measure has been invoked since 2009.
January 31 – The United Kingdom and Gibraltar formally withdraw from the European Union at 11PM (GMT), beginning an 11-month transition period.
February 1 – Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, appointed the new Prime Minister of Iraq by President Barham Salih after 4 months of protests.
February 5 – United States Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.
February 8 – Irish General Election: No party wins a majority, Sinn Fein 37 seats and the popular vote, Fianna Fáil 38 seats, Leo Varadkar’s ruling Fine Gael only 35 seats.
February 10 – Widespread Australian bushfires put out by heaviest rainfall for 30 years in New South Wales, Australia, helping end one of the worst bushfire seasons ever, 46 million acres burnt, over 1 billion animals killed, 34 people dead.
February 16 – America evacuates 400 citizens from coronavirus-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan.
February 17 – The Supreme Court in India grants equal rights to women in the armed forces.
February 20 – Roger Stone, former Trump associate, sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation.
February 23 – President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of Coronavirus reported with six deaths.
February 23 – Italy has first corona virus outbreak in Europe with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy.
February 23 – China’s Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country’s coronavirus outbreak as the China’s largest health emergency since 1949.
February 23 – A 25 year-old African American man, Ahmaud Arbery, was fatally shot while jogging in his neighborhood in Glynn County, GA. He was pursued and confronted by two white men, Travis and Gregory McMichael who were in their truck following Arbery as he jogged. The incident was caught on video by a third man in another vehicle, William ‘Roddie’ Bryan. No arrests were made until the video went viral on social media and the public demanded justice. This incident sparked nationwide protests for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
February 29 – US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. US and NATO allies will withdraw their troops after 14 months if deal kept.
March 2 – Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
March 3 – Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through Nashville Tennessee, and surrounding areas, killing at least 25.
March 3 – U.S. Election (Super Tuesday): Biggest voting day for Democrats selecting their presidential candidate revives Joe Biden’s campaign, he wins nine states, while Bernie Sanders wins four including California.
March 3 – US Federal Reserve makes its largest rate cut in a decade, short-term interest rates by 0.5% to protect economy against COVID-19.
March 8 – Coronavirus pandemic: Italy places 16 million people in quarantine, more than a quarter of its population, in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. Two days later, the quarantine is expanded to cover the entire country.
March 10 – Three months into the COVID-19 epidemic Chinese President Xi Jinping finally travels to Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak as the rate of daily new infections declines in China falls to 19 new cases and 17 deaths.
March 10 – Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladamir Putin to hold office of President for life.
March 11 – Coronavirus pandemic: The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic
March 11 – 11-year bull market ends as the Dow Jones industrial average falls more than 20%, becoming a bear market.
March 12 – Global stock markets crash due to continued concerns over COVID-19 and the U.S. travel ban on the Schengen Area. The Dow Jones Industrial Average goes into free fall, closing at over -2,300 points, the worst losses for the index since 1987.
March 12 – US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries though not the UK due to coronavirus COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added day later).
March 13 – US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to fight coronavirus COVID-19.
March 13 – Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was fatally shot in her Louisville, KY home by white plain-clothed police officers who forced entry during a drug related investigation. Breonna’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was also home, thought the officers were intruders and fired a warning shot. The officers fired 32 shots in return killing Breonna with six of the bullets. Breonna’s boyfriend was unharmed and the home was never searched. LMPD officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Miles Cosgrove were never charged with Breonna’s death. This police incident and many others like it led to minuscule police reform, worldwide protests, civil unrest, and massive support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
March 16 – According to Johns Hopkins University, Global infections and deaths from coronavirus CONVID-19 overtake those in China for the 1st time with 86,000 vs 80,860 infections, 3,241 vs 3,208 deaths.
March 16 – The Dow Jones falls by 2,997.10 points, the single largest point drop in history and the second largest percentage drop ever at −12.93%, an even greater crash than Black Monday in 1929. This follows the U.S. Federal Reserve announcing that it will cut its target interest rate to 0 to 1/4 percent.
March 18 – President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree to close the US-Canada border, the world’s longest, to non-essential travel to curb coronavirus COVID-19.
March 19 – Italian death toll from Coronavirus at 3,405 surpasses China’s total (3,245) making it the worst-affected country in the world.
March 22 – Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American coronavirus COVID-19 help, refers to conspiracy theory that it was manufactured by the US.
March 23 – New York confirmed as center of the coronavirus pandemic in the US with 20,875 cases (5,707 in the last day) and 157 deaths.
March 23 – WHO says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days
March 23 – Immediate global ceasefire to fight coronavirus called for by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
March 24 – China’s Hubei province, the original center of the COVID-19 outbreak eases restrictions on travel after a nearly two-month lockdown.
March 25 – United Kingdom’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus.
March 25 – The coronavirus death toll in Spain overtakes China’s at 3,434 to become second worldwide behind Italy with 7,503 deaths with a worldwide toll of 20,836.
March 26 – American cases of COVID-19 exceed all other countries, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths (New York Times).
March 26 – A record number of U.S. citizens file for unemployment – 3.3 million according to US Department of Labor.
March 27 – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted the coronavirus, and that he will continue to lead the country “thanks to the wizardry of modern technology” while in self-isolation.
March 27 – President Trump signs the $2 Trillion coronavirus relief bill which allows the government to deliver direct payments and jobless benefits to individuals, money for states and a huge bailout fund for businesses battered by the crisis.
April 20 – U.S. oil prices drop below $0 for the first time in history due to the Corona Virus pandemic.
May 7 – First advertisement for the United States Space Force is released.
May 25 – A 46-year-old African American man, George Floyd, died while being forcefully arrested in Minneapolis, MN. Floyd kept saying he couldn’t breathe while officer Derek Chauvin used excessive force by kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he was laying handcuffed on the ground. The incident was caught on a bystander’s phone camera and the video went viral. Later, other video from near-by security cameras showed that Floyd was not resisting arrest therefore the force used was unnecessary. This event sparked nationwide protests for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. No arrests were made until the public demanded justice.
June 1 – President Trump threatens to direct the military to control protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd. Trump walks with staff members to St. John’s Church clearing protesters with gas canisters and rubber pellet grenades. Moments after, Trump stands in front of the church with the bible in his hand as a photo op.
June 3 – The four police officers in connection with death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are charged. Three are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and Derek Chauvin, the police officer directly responsible, was charged with second degree murder.
June 8 – World Bank says that in 2020 the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2%.
June 8-28 – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumps from 7 to 10 million worldwide with the death toll exceeding 500,000. The U.S. leads in number of cases at 2.5 million.
July 1 – Russian President Vladimir Putin wins national referendum (reforming constitution) allowing longer presidential terms of office and potentially allowing him to remain president until 2036.
July 7 – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces he’s tested positive for COVID-19.
July 8 – US government issues directive that strips visas away from more than 1 million international students attending U.S. colleges, if their classes are entirely online.
July 22 – More than 15 million COVID-19 cases are confirmed worldwide, while the global death toll surpasses 600,000.
August 2 – The state of Victoria in Australia announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases.
August 4 – At a port in Beirut, Lebanon, massive explosions kill more than 200 and leave more than 6,000 thousand people injured.
August 4 – The United Nations estimates the COVID-19 pandemic has caused biggest educational disruption in history affecting about 1.6 million students in 190 countries and 94% worldwide.
August 10 – A Reuters publication states that global COVID-19 cases exceeded 20 million and is accelerating. The first 10 million cases took almost 6 months and the second 10 million took just 43 days.
August 11 – Russian President Vladimir Putin states that Russia has approved the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine.
August 11 – Joe Biden, U.S. Democratic candidate for President, announces his running mate is California Senator Kamala Harris, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party.
August 19 – After major postal delays and nationwide criticism, U.S. Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, says he will suspend controversial plan to cut costs until after the election.
August 20 – Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, is arrested and charged with fraud over a GoFundMe.com fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border.
September 18 – Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dies at age 87 leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court. RBG was a beloved American icon known for her persisting work for American Civil Liberties and Women’s Rights.
September 27 – Many innocent civilians die in Nagorno-Karabakh as clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces heighten. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Artsakh introduce martial law and mobilize forces.
October 1 – The European Union launches legal action against the UK, accusing it of breaking international law by overriding sections of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
October 1 – Late in the evening, U.S. President Donald Trump announces on Twitter that he and First Lady, Melania, have tested positive for COVID-19. Many others in the Republican party are also turning up positive for the virus.
October 2 – As a precautionary measure, President Trump is taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further testing and treatment.
October 17 – Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, wins a landslide second term in office after the 2020 general election.
October 27 – In a controversial move by the republican party, Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. She replaces Ruth Bader Ginsberg just days before the presidential election.
October 28 – Coronavirus pandemic: Total confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide since onset: 44 million. Total COVID-19 deaths worldwide since onset: 1.17 million. Total recovered from COVID-19 since onset: 29.8 million.
November 3-7 – U.S. Election: Four days after election day, Joe Biden is announced as the projected winner for the next Presidential term. Biden’s running mate for Vice President, Kamala Harris, becomes the first woman and person of color ever to be nominated for this high of government position. Normally a projected winner is announced on election day, but because of the corona virus pandemic a record number of people mailed in their ballots instead of standing in long lines to vote in person. The large number of mail in ballots delayed counting therefore delaying the announcement of a projected winner. The current President, Donald Trump, refuses to concede and files several lawsuits in battleground states claiming fraud.
November 16 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: Based on interim results, Moderna’s mRNA vaccine is proven to be 94.5% effective against the coronavirus, including severe illnesses. The vaccine has been cited as being among those that are easier to distribute as no ultra-cold storage is required.
November 18 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer and BioNTech complete trials on their coronavirus vaccine, with an overall effectiveness rate of 95% without adverse reactions.
November 30 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: Moderna files an application for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States after its vaccine achieved an efficacy of 94.1% from full trials without safety concerns. It also plans to do the same in EU soon.
December 1 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer and BioNTech announced an Emergency Use Authorization application to the European Medicines Agency.
December 2 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: The United Kingdom approves Pfizer’s BNT162b2 vaccine, being the first country in the world to do so.
December 4 – Coronavirus pandemic: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since onset: 65 million worldwide. Global death toll since onset: 1.5 million. Statistics show that in the last week, over 10,000 people worldwide have died on average every day, with one death every nine seconds.
December 5 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: Russia begins mass vaccination against COVID-19 with the Sputnik V candidate.
December 8 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: The UK is the first nation to begin a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign using a clinically authorized, fully tested vaccine.
December 10 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: The United States and Saudi Arabia approve Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, Tozinameran, for emergency use. Argentina approves Russia’s Sputnik V.
December 11 – The United States Supreme Court shuts down a Texas lawsuit trying to overturn election results and keep Trump in office.
December 14 – Path to a COVID-19 vaccine: The United States and Canada begin mass vaccination with Tozinameran.
2020 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia.com, People.com, Onthisday.com)
January 8 – Singer Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks.
January 8 – Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as “senior” royals, will work towards becoming financially independent.
January 13 – A public statement is made by Queen Elizabeth II saying she reluctantly supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wish to live a more independent life.
January 13 – College Football National Championship, Superdome, New Orleans: #1 LSU beats #3 Clemson, 42-15.
January 13 – Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow are fired by team owner Jim Crane for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal after MLB suspends both for one year.
January 14 – Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is fired amid Major League Baseball’s investigation into sign-stealing by the Houston Astros; Cora was previously the Astros’ bench coach before moving to Boston.
January 16 – Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate.
January 20 – Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth divorce after a year of marriage.
January 26 – NBA Legend, Kobe Bryant, dies in a helicopter crash in California along with his 13 year-old daughter, Gigi, and seven others. The basketball community and fans around the world are shook with grief.
January 26 – 62nd Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish wins 5 Grammys, including album, record and song of the year.
February 1 – Australian Open Women’s Tennis: 21 year old American Sofia Kenin wins her first Grand Slam title with a 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 victory over Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain.
February 2 – Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111).
February 2 – 73rd British Film awards (BAFTAS): “1917” Best Film, Sam Mendes Best Director, Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix best actors.
February 5 – American actor, Kirk Douglas dies at the age of 103. He was best known for his roles as Spartacus and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
February 9 – 92nd Academy Awards: “Parasite” 1st non English film to win Best Picture, Best Director Bong Joon-ho, Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actress Renée Zellweger.
February 17 – Amazon boss Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to help fight climate change.
February 17 – 62nd Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins second straight title by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney on the second restart in overtime; his third Daytona victory.
February 18 – Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, suspending those claims.
February 23 – Fashion designer heavyweights Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons announce they will work alongside each other at Prada.
February 24 – Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in landmark case that ignited #MeToo movement.
February 24 – Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Bryant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
March 2 – American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally.
March 11 – Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York.
March 11 – NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for the coronavirus.
March 12 – NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic; Commissioner Gary Bettman hopeful the postponement would not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
March 12 – 2020 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spreading coronavirus; first time ‘March Madness’ not held since it began in 1939; women’s tournament also cancelled.
March 13 – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates steps down from the company’s board to focus on philanthropic activities.
March 13 – 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 16 – Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to coronavirus pandemic; return dependant on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control.
March 20 – Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), dies of natural causes at 81.
March 20 – After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal.
March 24 – The International Olympic Committee and Japan suspend the Summer Olympics until 2021, without a rescheduled date.
May 4 – Telsa CEO, Elon Musk and singer Grimes welcome a baby boy and name him X Æ A-12 Musk.
June 2 – A US$5 billion class action lawsuit is filed against Alphabet Inc. and Google, alleging the company violates users’ right to privacy by tracking them in Chrome’s incognito mode.
July 6 – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signs a 12-year deal that could end up being worth US$503 million, making it the largest contract for an athlete in sports history.
July 8 – American actress and Glee singer, Naya Rivera, dies by drowning at age 33.
July 15 – Many Twitter accounts of popular political figures, CEOs, and celebrities are hacked to promote a bitcoin scam.
July 17 – John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), dies due to pancreatic cancer at age 80.
July 22 – On Instagram Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West’s behavior because of his struggle with bipolar disorder.
July 24 – American talk and game show host, Regis Philbin, dies at age 88.
August 8 – Simon Cowell, British music mogul, breaks his back riding an electric bike.
September 30 – American singer John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen lose their baby through miscarriage and share their heartbreak on social media breaking long-standing culture of being silent about such losses.
October 6 – American rock legend, Eddie Van Halen, dies at age 65 after a long battle with throat cancer.
October 26 – Deondra Dixon, actor Jamie Foxx’s sister and down syndrome ambassador dies at the age of 36.
October 27 – After five years of dating, American singers Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton get engaged.
October 30 – A federal judge in Pennsylvania blocks another part of President Trump’s executive order to ban the social media platform TikTok, set to go into effect November 12th. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone ruled that President Trump exceeded his authority by invoking his emergency economic powers to impose sanctions against TikTok, citing a threat to U.S. security. The ban remains a threat to TikTok.
October 31 – Beloved Scottish actor, Sir Thomas Sean Connery, dies at the age of 90. He was best known for his role as James Bond.
November 8 – Jeopardy game show host for 36 years, Alex Trebek, dies at the age of 80 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
November 9 – After Biden is announced the projected winner in the U.S. Presidential election, conservatives and republicans flock to the social media platform Parler, similar to Twitter, but promises a non-biased place for ‘free speech’. The Parler social media saw about 880,000 downloads on this day alone.
December 3 – The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs votes to remove cannabis from a list of dangerous drugs because of its medical value. Some controls will remain in effect.
(Wikipedia.com, livescience.com, iflscience.com, onthisday.com)
January 11 – Diego the giant 100 year old tortoise retires to the Galapagos islands after his high libido is credited with saving his species.
January 13 – Oldest material existing on earth at 7.5 billion years old revealed by scientists studying the Murchison meteorite that fell to earth in Australia in 1960s.
January 23 – Voice of a 3,000 year old Egyptian priest recreated by scientists 3D printing his vocal tract published in “Scientific Reports”.
February 1 – Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years.
February 6 – US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan.
February 6 – Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station.
February 13 – NASA publishes a detailed study of Arrokoth, the most distant body ever explored by a spacecraft, which New Horizons passed by on its journey through the Kuiper belt.
February 13 – January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
February 24 – Scientists identify the first animal that doesn’t need oxygen to breathe – a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS.
February 27 – Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in Ophiuchus galaxy 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Milky Ways), published in “Astrophysical Journal”.
March 4 – New study confirms human-caused climate change did make the 2020 Australian bushfire season worse, published by World Weather Attribution.
March 11 – Smallest dinosaur ever discovered – skull preserved in piece of amber smaller than a fingertip from a mine in Myanmar, reported in “Nature”.
March 26 – A third mass coral bleaching event in five years is recorded at the Great Barrier Reef.
May 30 – From Cape Canaveral, FL, NASA and SpaceX collaborate to launch the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Dragon 2 (initially scheduled for May 27 but delayed due to weather). It is the first manned spacecraft to take off from U.S. soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
June 3 – From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX successfully launches and deploys 60 Starlink satellites into a low Earth orbit. This bring the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to 482.
June 9 – According to a Harvard University study, research based on car park usage and web search trends suggest that COVID-19 may have been spreading in China as early as August 2019.
July 20 – The Nature Geoscience publication says scientists have found evidence of volcanoes on Venus, showing the planet is not as dormant as previously thought.
August 2 – NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken return to Earth in the SpaceX Dragon capsule as it splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico.
October 20 – As the first agency to probe and retrieve samples from an asteroid, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft briefly touches down on asteroid Bennu to complete its mission. It will return to Earth in the year 2023.
November 15 – SpaceX and NASA launch Dragon’s first operational crew headed to the International Space Station. After Dragon’s second demonstration mission, NASA has certified SpaceX for future operational crew missions to and from the ISS, laying the groundwork for missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond.
December 14 – A total solar eclipse is visible from parts of the South Pacific Ocean, southern South America, and the South Atlantic Ocean.
December 21 – Christmas Star: A great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The alignment of the two planets in the sky is separated by only 0.1 degrees. The year 1623 was the last time the two planets aligned in our night sky.