Historical Events In 2020
Monday, 17 May 2021
Dec 14 Turkey–United States relations: The United States places sanctions on Turkey in retaliation for their purchase of a S-400 missile system from Russia, making the first time they have sanctioned a NATO ally in the year 2020.
Dec 14 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The United States and Canada begin mass vaccination with Tozinameran.
Dec 15 The International Criminal Court accuses the Philippines of crimes against humanity in its war on drugs on this day in history.
Dec 15 UK newspaper "The Sun" publishes recording of Tom Cruise berating his film crew for breaking COVID-19 protocols on this day in history.
Dec 16 In the year 2020 the United States formally designates Switzerland and Vietnam as being currency manipulators.
Dec 18 In the year 2020 uS Vice President Mike Pence receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV
Dec 18 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 75 million worldwide.
Dec 20 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] A highly infectious new strain of SARS-CoV-2 spreading in Europe and Australia provokes international border closures.
Dec 21 A great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurs, with the two planets separated in the sky by 0.1 degrees. This is the closest conjunction between the two planets since 1623 on this day in history.
Dec 21 [COVID-19 pandemic] 36 cases are reported on the Base General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme in the Chilean Antarctic Territory, marking the first infections in Antarctica, the last continent to report infections in the year 2020.
Dec 24 The United Kingdom and the European Union agree to a comprehensive free trade agreement prior to the end of the transition period in the year 2020.
Dec 27 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 80 million worldwide.
Dec 29 In the year 2020 the 2020 Petrinja earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 strikes Croatia, killing seven and injuring more than 20.
Dec 30 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] The United Kingdom approves AstraZeneca-Oxford's vaccine, the second one available. The vaccine is easier to store as it only requires normal fridge temperatures, making distribution easier.
Dec 31 In the year 2020 the transition period following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union on 31 January 2020 expires.