Historical Events In 2020
Thursday, 22 April 2021
May 24 In the year 2020 mining corporation Rio Tinto admits to blowing up the 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge caves in the Pilbara area of Western Australia. The firm later issues an apology to the two Aboriginal peoples who are the traditional owners of the site.
May 25 Video of African American George Floyd 's arrest and murder while restrained in Minneapolis police custody shows he was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin's knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, ignites widespread condemnation and nationwide protests on this day in history.
May 26 In the year 2020 costa Rica becomes the first Central American country to legalise same-sex marriage.
May 26 J. K. Rowling begins publishing children's story "The Ickabog" online in installments in the year 2020.
May 26 LATAM Airlines, the largest air carrier in Latin America, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the year 2020.
May 26 In the year 2020 protests caused by the killing of George Floyd break out across hundreds of cities in the U.S.
May 27 The Chinese National People's Congress votes in favour of national security legislation that criminalizes "secession", "subversion", "terrorism" and foreign interference in Hong Kong; on this day in history.
May 27 [COVID-19 pandemic] The U.S. death toll passes 100,000 - more Americans than were killed in the Vietnam War and Korean War combined, and approaching that of the First World War, where 116,000 Americans died in combat on this day in history.
May 28 A court in Rwanda sentences former Mayor of Nyakizu Ladislas Ntaganzwa to life imprisonment for his role in orchestrating the massacre of hundreds of thousands of people in the Rwandan genocide in the year 2020.
May 28 In the year 2020 iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls for new protections for women after the 'honor killing' of a 14-year old by her father
May 30 In the year 2020 the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Dragon 2 (initially scheduled for May 27 but delayed due to weather) is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first manned spacecraft to take off from U.S. soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
May 31 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 6 million worldwide in the year 2020.
Jun 01 Kivu Ebola epidemic: The World Health Organization reports six new cases of Ebola, and UNICEF reports five deaths, in a renewed outbreak of the disease in Mbandaka, Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo on this day in history.
Jun 01 In the year 2020 uS President Trump threatens to employ the military to quell protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd then walks with staff to St. John’s Church
Jun 02 In the year 2020 a US$5 billion class action lawsuit is filed against Alphabet Inc. and Google, alleging the company violates users' right to privacy by tracking them in Chrome's incognito mode.
Jun 02 UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing "endemic inequalities" around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities in the year 2020.
Jun 03 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK will change immigration laws to offer a pathway to UK citizenship for all Hong Kong citizens who are eligible for BN(O) status if the government of China imposes new security laws on the territory on this day in history.
Jun 03 Russian President Vladimir Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tons of oil leaked into the Ambarnaya River near the Siberian city of Norilsk within the Arctic Circle on May 26, 2020. The World Wildlife Fund said the accident is believed to be the second-largest in modern Russian history on this day in history.
Jun 03 In the year 2020 spaceX successfully launches and deploys 60 Starlink satellites into a low Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to 482.
Jun 03 On this day in history three former police officers charged in connection with death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin's charge upgraded to second degree murder
Jun 04 In the year 2020 hong Kong legislative council passed the controversial National Anthem Ordinance.
Jun 04 Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) says they are in full control of the capital, Tripoli, after forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) retreat from the territory following months of intense fighting in the city in the year 2020.
Jun 07 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 400,000.
Jun 08 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 7 million worldwide.
Jun 09 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] A Harvard University study suggests that COVID-19 may have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, based on hospital car park usage and web search trends.
Jun 10 Statues of Confederate figures and explorers become focus of #BlackLivesMatter protests, with many removed including of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and of Christopher Columbus in Richmond in the year 2020.
Jun 15 At least 20 Indian soldiers and over 40 Chinese forces are killed or injured in skirmishes in the disputed Galwan Valley, the largest escalation along the Sino-Indian border in five decades in the year 2020.
Jun 15 In the year 2020 philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year' Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated
Jun 15 On this day in history turkish and Iranian forces commence air and artillery strikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party forces in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey launches a land operation in the region on June 17.
Jun 16 On this day in history north Korea demolishes the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Kaesong, established in 2018 to improve relations.
Jun 16 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 8 million worldwide in the year 2020.
Jun 18 On this day in history uS Supreme Court rules the Obama -era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay
Jun 19 On this day in history australian government and companies suffer a months-long state-based cyber attack according to PM Scott Morrison
Jun 21 In the year 2020 an annular solar eclipse occurs.