Now, 2020 is gone, but will it be forgotten? 2020 was a truly epical and unforgettable year. Many events happened that affected the lives of hundreds of millions. Some felt that 2020 was the longest year they had ever experienced due to the sheer amount of crises that occurred. Here is a summary of these events.
On January 9, the world health organization announced that a deadly coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan, China. In about a month the virus has spread across the globe to more than 20 million people, resulting in at least 751,000 deaths.
On January 26, Kobe Bryant with his daughter Gianna, and seven more were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
On May 25, George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin, when he kneeled on Mr. Floyd’s neck while he was pinned to the ground for nearly 9 minutes. Mr. Floyd already had heart problems because of the strain and pressure put on his neck by Chauvin he ultimately suffocated from his injuries.
On July 24, there was a wildfire in the Western United States, at least 35 people had been killed, hundreds of thousands had been displaced, half a million fled their homes in Oregon, California, and Washington alone; and more than 17,000 firefighters were trying to set the fire out.
August 4, A massive explosion at a Beirut port, by the accidental detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, with at least 204 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and $15 billion in property damage, leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless.
On September 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87. She was the second woman to work in the high court.
On October 10, now former President of the United States, Donald Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus. He only stayed in the hospital for three days and then he was back in the white house.
On November 7, Joe Biden won the turbulent 2020 election for president and was elected the 46th president of the United States.
On November 25, Diego Maradona died at the age of 60. Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and was widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, suffering a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. Alberto Fernandez, the President of Argentina, said of the late star: “You took us to the top of the world.”
On December 14, Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was one of the first Americans to receive the new Covid-19 vaccine.
Now, these events along with many others will be recorded and studied in schools and elsewhere by the next generations. May these sad and disastrous events not be repeated and experienced again. We hope the new year brings some happier news for us to relieve some of the pain that we all experienced had from 2020.