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Its safe to say 2020 was pretty wild. Apart from the Pandemic itself, here are some of the biggest things that happened
January– The year started off by Australia being ravaged by bush fires that affected an area nearly the size of England and impacted 3 billion wild animals.
January 3rd: U.S military killed Iran’s top general Qasem Solemani at the Direction of US President Donald Trump in a move that brought both nations at the brink of a major war.
Later that week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shocked us by stepping back from their positions as senior Royals.
January 26th, Kobe and Gigi Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash just outside L.A
February – “Parasite, won four Academy Awards. It was the first time ever that a non-english-language movie won Best Picture.
March – 11 days into the month, WHO declared Corona Virus as a Pandemic and 5 days later, the DOW Jones index plunged in its worst drop since 1987.
April – We lost the Bollywood actor, Irfan Khan at age 53 to his battle with cancer on 29th April. His work in movies like ‘Hindi Medium’, ‘Life of Pie’ will always be a masterpiece. A day later, Rishi Kapoor, the veteran actor also passed away fighting a long, fearless battle with cancer.
May 25th opened the door to months of protests for racial justice across America and other western countries after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until he died. All four officers involved in the scene were fired and charged for Floyd’s death. President Trump’s response to the protest was seemingly aggressive as he came out calling the protesters as THUGS and said ‘When the looting starts, shooting starts. This did not just end here.
June 1 – Trump oversaw the teargassing of peaceful protesters outside the White House.
Later in June, the Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput hanged himself in his Bandra apartment which started a whole investigation into the Bollywood mafias and their love with nepotism.
August saw another very tragic incident as large amounts of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years at the port in Beirut, Lebanon, exploded. The massive blast left hundreds dead, thousands injured and changed the scenery of the entire city to look more like an ancient city out of the ruins.
August 28, actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer at the age of 43 but his performances in films like ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Get on up’ will keep him alive forever among his fans as the first black Marvel hero.
November 3rd, Election day in the United States. Donald Trump and Joe Biden go head to head in the electoral vote count but the day ends without a winner. It wasn’t until November 7th that Joe Biden was named as the projected winner and it wasn’t until the Electoral College finally certified the winner in December that we had an official outcome. This all happened against the backdrop of Trump and allies spending the next couple of weeks challenging Biden and team’s victory in a number of courts across the country and refusing to concede.
December 11, it seemed like hope is finally on the way as the FDA approved the Pfizer/ BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use restricted to the U.S only, just days after it began rolling in the UK. On December 14, the vaccine began being distributed nationwide in the United States.
That was for 2020, and there is no saying what 2021 has in store for us. We just hope its twenty twenty ONE and not twenty twenty WON (if you can pardon the pun).