Historical Events In 2020
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Oct 30 Aegean Sea earthquake: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Turkey and Greece, killing 119 people and injuring over 1,000 on this day in history.
Oct 30 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 45 million worldwide on this day in history.
Oct 31 Typhoon Goni makes landfall in the Philippines, becoming the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone in history, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and killing dozens of people in the region on this day in history.
Nov 01 The 2020 Moldovan presidential election takes place on this day in history.
Nov 02 On this day in history johnny Depp loses libel case against UK newspaper "The Sun", which called him a "wife-beater", said he assaulted wife Amber Heard
Nov 03 On this day in history 2020 United States presidential election: Joe Biden is elected as the 46th President of the United States, after remaining vote counts (November 7) come in from key states delayed by an influx of mail-in ballots caused by the pandemic, defeating the incumbent President Donald Trump.
Nov 03 On this day in history hurricane Eta makes landfall in Nicaragua, killing over 100 people in Central America as a category 4.
Nov 04 The United States formally exits the Paris Agreement on climate change on this day in history.
Nov 07 In the year 2020 former Vice-President Joe Biden declared the winner of the US Presidential race, four days after the US election, defeating sitting President Donald Trump
Nov 08 On this day in history first test of a high-speed levitating pod system to carry people and cargo, by Richard Branson 's Virgin Hyperloop in Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 08 Kamala Harris makes US history as the 1st woman and 1st woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency (date election called) in the year 2020.
Nov 08 Rudy Giuliani holds infamous Trump Campaign press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia to contest the US election results in the year 2020.
Nov 08 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 50 million worldwide.
Nov 09 In the year 2020 nagorno-Karabakh War: Armenia and Azerbaijan sign a Russia-brokered ceasefire agreement.
Nov 09 [COVID-19 pandemic] The first successful phase III trial of a COVID-19 vaccine is announced by drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech, which is 90% effective according to interim results in the year 2020.
Nov 11 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] The Sputnik V vaccine is proven to be 92% effective against COVID-19 according to interim results.
Nov 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers resign en masse, in response to four lawmakers' disqualification made by the government on this day in history.
Nov 13 In the year 2020 british strategist and chief advisor to the PM Dominic Cummings is let go by Boris Johnson
Nov 13 In the year 2020 kylie Minogue becomes the first woman to top the UK album chart over five consecutive decades with "Disco"
Nov 13 Singer Harry Styles becomes the first-ever solo male cover star for US Vogue in the year 2020.
Nov 15 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinches 4th straight and record equalling 7th F1 World Drivers C'ship by winning Turkish GP at Intercity Istanbul Park, Tuzla in the year 2020.
Nov 15 NASA and SpaceX launch the SpaceX Crew-1 mission from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A to the ISS, the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon capsule in the year 2020.
Nov 15 In the year 2020 spaceX Falcon 9 launches first regular flight to International Space Station with four astronauts, three from NASA, one Japanese
Nov 15 The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries to form the world's largest free-trade bloc, covering a third of the world's population on this day in history.
Nov 15 US President Donald Trump tweets [Biden] "won because the election was rigged,” while still refusing to concede the election on this day in history.
Nov 16 Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane just two weeks after Hurricane Eta made landfall, devastating the same areas on this day in history.
Nov 16 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Moderna's mRNA vaccine is proven to be 94.5% effective against COVID-19 based on interim results, including severe illnesses. The vaccine has been cited as being among those that are easier to distribute as no ultra-cold storage is required.
Nov 17 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 55 million worldwide, with around a million cases recorded every two days on average.
Nov 18 [COVID-19 pandemic] Pfizer and BioNTech complete trials on their COVID-19 vaccine, with an overall effectiveness rate of 95% without adverse events in the year 2020.
Nov 19 Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart wins the 2020 Booker Prize in the year 2020.
Nov 19 The Brereton Report into Australian war crimes during the War in Afghanistan is released in the year 2020.
Nov 22 In the year 2020 the United States withdraws from the Treaty on Open Skies.
Nov 23 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] AstraZeneca's AZD1222 vaccine, developed in collaboration with Oxford University, is shown to be 70% effective in protecting against COVID-19. The efficacy can be raised to 90% if an initial half dose is followed by a full dose a month later, based on interim data.
Nov 25 In the year 2020 the New York Times names its "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far)", with Denzel Washington at No. 1