Historical Events In 2020
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
May 06 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 Learn More on this day in history.
May 06 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] New evidence indicates that an Algerian-born French fishmonger, who had not traveled to China and did not have contact with any Chinese nationals, was treated for pneumonia from an unknown source on December 27, 2019, now identified as COVID-19.
May 07 Eleven people die and over 5,000 fall ill from a styrene gas leak from an LG Polymers chemical plant in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2020.
May 09 Several Chinese and Indian soldiers are injured in a cross-border clash at the Nathu La crossing. About 150 troops participated in the face-off, which involved fistfights and stone-throwing on this day in history.
May 10 In the year 2020 the Iranian Navy frigate Jamaran accidentally strikes the Iranian support vessel Konarak with a missile, killing nineteen sailors. This is the first friendly fire incident since February 2019, when an Indian Mil Mi-17 helicopter was mistakenly shot down by Indian air defense forces.
May 10 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 4 million worldwide.
May 10 [COVID-19 pandemic] Wuhan reports its first coronavirus cases in more than a month. An 89-year-old man is confirmed positive, but his wife and several members of the community are recorded as asymptomatic cases in the year 2020.
May 11 On this day in history the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology publishes the result of radiocarbon and DNA analysis from the fossils that has been found in the Bacho Kiro cave, Bulgaria. The result, showing that the fossils belong to Homo sapiens instead of Neanderthal, indicates that modern humans may have arrived in Europe thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
May 12 Gunmen storm a maternity hospital and kill 24 people, including two newborn babies, in Dashte Barchi, a majority-Shia neighborhood of Kabul, Afghanistan. In a separate incident in Kuz Kunar, 32 people are killed at a funeral by a suicide bomber in the year 2020.
May 12 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a $260 million economic rescue package, worth 10% of GDP in the year 2020.
May 12 In the year 2020 russia's confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 reach 232,000, 2nd highest in the world, a day after President Vladimir Putin eased the country's lockdown
May 14 On this day in history nATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance is "ready to support" the UN-recognized Government of National Accord while Greece, a member state of NATO, strongly criticizes Stoltenberg's remarks, saying his recognition of the "Muslim Brotherhood government" does not reflect the positions of the military alliance.
May 14 [COVID-19 pandemic] The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 300,000 on this day in history.
May 14 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] The UN warns of a global mental health crisis caused by isolation, fear, uncertainty and economic turmoil.
May 15 On this day in history researchers announce a 2.5 cm millipede fossil belonging to the Kampecaris genus, discovered on the island of Kerrera in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, is the world's oldest-known land animal, which lived 425 million years ago in the Silurian period.
May 16 In the year 2020 118-year old American department store JC Penney files for bankruptcy
May 16 On this day in history félicien Kabuga, a Rwandan businessman responsible for supporting the Rwandan genocide, is arrested in Asnières-sur-Seine, France, after 26 years as a fugitive.
May 16 [COVID-19 pandemic] Bundesliga becomes the first major sports league to resume its season since March 11 in the year 2020.
May 17 In the year 2020 barack Obama criticizes the US government's handling of the pandemic during an online address to graduates, saying officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge"
May 17 In the year 2020 israel swears in a new government led by both Benny Gantz, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 510 days
May 17 Michael Jordan 's autographed Air Nike 1s trainers from 1985 sell for a record $560,000 in an online auction in the year 2020.
May 18 In a historic move, the World Health Organization holds its annual World Health Assembly using video conferencing instead of in-person meetings in the year 2020.
May 18 The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announces that nearly 1 million people are affected and at least 24 people have died in flash floods that have hit Beledweyne and Jowhar, Somalia on this day in history.
May 18 US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 in the year 2020.
May 19 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces the termination of all agreements, including security ones, with Israel and the United States in response to Israel's plans to annex the Jordan Valley in the year 2020.
May 21 Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in eastern India and Bangladesh, killing over 100 people and forcing the evacuation of more than 4 million others. It causes over US$13 billion in damage, making it the costliest cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean, shattering the record previously held by Nargis on this day in history.
May 21 The U.S. announces it will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty within six months, alleging continuous violations by Russia in the year 2020.
May 21 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 5 million worldwide, with 106,000 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day figure so far.
May 22 On this day in history flight PK8303, a Pakistan International Airlines passenger aircraft, crashes in a residential area near Karachi, in Pakistan, killing 97 of the 99 total people on board and injuring dozens on the ground.
May 22 [COVID-19 pandemic] Brazil overtakes Russia to become the country with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases, with over 330,000 reported. President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat of the virus in the year 2020.
May 23 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] China reports no new cases for the first time since the pandemic began, according to the National Health Commission.
May 24 On this day in history a "once in a decade" storm batters 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) of the coast of Western Australia.
May 24 British PM Boris Johnson refuses to sack his senior aide Dominic Cummings, after it is revealed he broke the country's lockdown rules to drive across the country in the year 2020.
May 24 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pardons 3,157 prisoners to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and, two days later, President of Zambia Edgar Lungu pardons nearly 3,000 inmates to commemorate Africa Freedom Day on this day in history.