Historical Events In 2020
Monday, 17 May 2021
Aug 23 On this day in history uS black man Jacob Blake shot and injured by police in front of his children in Kenosha, Wisconsin, prompting violent protests
Aug 25 In the year 2020 africa is declared free of wild polio, the second virus to be eradicated from the continent since smallpox 40 years previously.
Aug 25 WHO announces that Africa has eradicated polio (defined as four years since last case) Learn More in the year 2020.
Aug 26 On this day in history amazon CEO Jeff Bezos becomes the first person in history to have a net worth exceeding US$200 billion, according to Forbes.
Aug 27 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Lake Charles, Louisiana with winds of 150 mph, making it the strongest hurricane to ever strike the state in terms of windspeed, tied with the 1856 Last Island Hurricane on this day in history.
Aug 27 Mike Pence accepts nomination for vice president at the Republican convention, calling for "law and order" after the shooting of Jacob Blake on this day in history.
Aug 28 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Japan, announces his resignation from office, citing ill health in the year 2020.
Aug 30 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 25 million worldwide. India continues to record the highest daily increase of cases.
Sep 01 BTS become the 1st all-Korean pop act to top the Billboard 100 singles chart with "Dynamite" on this day in history.
Sep 01 On this day in history president Trump visits the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where Jacob Blake was shot, to offer support to law enforcement
Sep 03 On this day in history actor Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19, shutting down production of the Batman film he is shooting
Sep 03 Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Abdelaziz al-Hilu, the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM–N), sign an agreement to transition the country into a secular state. The agreement comes three days after the signing of a peace deal between Sudan's transitional government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, to which the SPLM–N opted out of. Weeks later on October 3, the transitional government signed a peace deal with the main rebel groups, including the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, which had refused to engage in previous talks on this day in history.
Sep 03 In the year 2020 the skeletons of 200 mammoths and 30 other animals are unearthed at a construction site for the Mexico City Santa Lucía Airport. It is the largest find of mammoth bones to date, surpassing The Mammoth Site in the U.S. which had 61 skeletons.
Sep 04 Bahrain and Israel agree to normalise relations, marking the fourth Israel–Arab peace deal in the year 2020.
Sep 04 In the year 2020 kosovo and Serbia announce that they will normalize economic relations. The two countries will also move their Israeli embassies to Jerusalem, becoming the third and fourth countries to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Sep 04 Pope Benedict XVI becomes the longest-lived pope at 93 years, four months, and 16 days, surpassing Pope Leo XIII, who died in 1903 in the year 2020.
Sep 04 In the year 2020 the La Línea highway tunnel, the longest road tunnel in South America at a length of 8.65 kilometres (5.37 mi), is opened in Colombia after 14 years of construction and several delays.
Sep 06 On this day in history 100,000 people demonstrate in Minsk against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko , amid month-long protests against his re-election
Sep 06 In the year 2020 typhoon Haishen makes landfall on Japan and then South Korea as a strong category 2-equivalent typhoon.
Sep 06 World #1 tennis player Novak Đoković is sensationally disqualified in 4th round of US Open after hitting a ball in frustration, striking a line judge; trailed Pablo Carreño Busta 5-6 in 1st set in the year 2020.
Sep 12 On this day in history chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" starring Frances McDormand wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
Sep 12 In the year 2020 uS Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her second US title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Sep 14 On this day in history the first discovery of the perfectly preserved remains of a cave bear, believed to be 22,000 to 39,500 years old (Late Pleistocene), is made in Lyakhovsky Islands, Siberia in the thawing permafrost.
Sep 14 On this day in history the Royal Astronomical Society announces the detection of phosphine in Venus' atmosphere, which is known to be a strong predictor for the presence of microbial life.
Sep 15 In the year 2020 family of Breonna Taylor announce $12 million wrongful death settlement with city of Louisville, Kentucky, after her death in botched police raid March 13
Sep 15 Scientific American issues its 1st ever presidential endorsement in 175 years by backing Joe Biden in the year 2020.
Sep 16 On this day in history a United Nations Human Rights Council fact-finding mission formally accuses the Venezuelan government of crimes against humanity, including cases of killings, torture, violence against political opposition and disappearances since 2014. President Nicolás Maduro and other senior Venezuelan officials are among those implicated in the charges.
Sep 16 In the year 2020 yoshihide Suga becomes the new Prime Minister of Japan, replacing Shinzo Abe.
Sep 16 Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Prime Minister by the Japanese government after Shinzo Abe stood down due to ill health in the year 2020.
Sep 17 Barbados announces its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic in the year 2020.
Sep 17 In the year 2020 france, Germany, and the United Kingdom issue a joint note verbale to the United Nations rejecting China's claims to the South China Sea, and supporting the ruling in Philippines v. China that said the historic rights per the nine-dash line ran counter to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. However the statement says that on "territorial sovereignty" they "take no position".
Sep 17 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 30 million worldwide in the year 2020.
Sep 19 In the year 2020 a 1634 edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen, the last play by English playwright William Shakespeare, is discovered at the Royal Scots College's library in Salamanca, Spain. It is believed to be the oldest copy of any of his works in the country.
Sep 20 On this day in history buzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) release the FinCEN Files, a collection of 2,657 documents relating to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network describing over 200,000 suspicious transactions valued at over US$2 trillion that occurred from 1999 to 2017 across multiple global financial institutions.