Historical Events In 2020
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Jul 26 Body of civil rights activist John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the last time (beaten there 55 years ago) with a military honor guard as part of a remembrance ceremony on this day in history.
Jul 27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced on this day in history.
Jul 28 In the year 2020 ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak is found guilty of all seven charges in the first of five trials on the 1MDB scandal, being jailed 12 years and fined RM210 million as a result.
Jul 28 In the year 2020 former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak found guilty of corruption, sentenced to 12 years and fined nearly $50 million
Jul 30 In the year 2020 nASA successfully launches its Mars 2020 rover mission to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples for return to Earth. The mission includes technology demonstrations to prepare for future human missions.
Aug 01 Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens, after Musk tweets in support of a conspiracy theory that they did in the year 2020.
Aug 01 On this day in history the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE becomes operational following delays since 2017. It is the first commercial nuclear power station in the Arab world.
Aug 02 [COVID-19 pandemic] In rare talks, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hold a video call to discuss various regional issues, including combating COVID-19 in their respective countries on this day in history.
Aug 04 An explosion caused by unsafely stored ammonium nitrate kills over 220 people, injures thousands, and severely damages the port in Beirut, Lebanon. Damage is estimated at $10–15 billion, and an estimated 300,000 people are left homeless. The following day, the Lebanese government declares a two-week state of emergency in the year 2020.
Aug 05 In the year 2020 indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the cornerstone for a new Hindu temple at Ayodhya Ram to replace a previous Muslim mosque
Aug 05 U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar travels to Taiwan, the highest U.S. official visit to the country in 40 years. The PRC condemns the visit in the year 2020.
Aug 05 [COVID-19 pandemic] The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 700,000 on this day in history.
Aug 07 Air India Express Flight 1344 crashes after overrunning the runway at Calicut International Airport in Kerala, India, killing 19 of the 191 people on board in the year 2020.
Aug 07 Cardi B releases single "WAP", featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 in the year 2020.
Aug 08 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike on this day in history.
Aug 09 On this day in history a presidential election in Belarus which led to incumbent Alexander Lukashenko's reelection sparks protests throughout the country after major opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya rejected the results. Seven days later, the largest political march in Belarusian history takes place, with an estimated 300,000 people in Minsk and 200,000 in other Belarusian cities and towns.
Aug 09 On this day in history disputed Belarusian presidential election sees long time dictator Alexander Lukashenko officially win 80% of the votes but unofficially lose 60-70% of the votes to main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya . Sparks widespread protests in Belarus and international condemnation.
Aug 10 On this day in history hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is the most high-profile figure arrested in Hong Kong under its new security laws
Aug 10 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 20 million worldwide.
Aug 11 Belarus's opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya flees the country amid large-scale protests over the country's disputed election results that returned Dictator Alexander Lukashenko to power on this day in history.
Aug 11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun on this day in history.
Aug 11 In the year 2020 uS Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden announces California Senator Kemala Harris is his running mate, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party
Aug 11 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that Russia has approved the world's first COVID-19 vaccine.
Aug 13 Israel and the UAE agree to normalise relations, marking the third Israel–Arab peace deal on this day in history.
Aug 15 On this day in history the Japanese bulk carrier Wakashio, which stranded on a reef in Mauritius last month, breaks in half. Approximately 1,000 tonnes of oil are spilled into the ocean, becoming the largest environmental disaster in the history of Mauritius.
Aug 16 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson on this day in history.
Aug 18 In the year 2020 a mutiny in a military base by soldiers of the Malian Armed Forces develops into a coup d'état. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, among other senior governmental and military officers, are arrested. The next day, Keïta announces his resignation on state television.
Aug 19 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon convicts in absentia Salim Ayyash, a senior member of Hezbollah, for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in the year 2020.
Aug 20 Former adviser to Donald Trump , Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border in the year 2020.
Aug 20 On this day in history kamala Harris accepts her nomination for vice-president, becoming the 1st US woman of color on a major-party ticket saying "there is no vaccine for racism"
Aug 20 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning) in the year 2020.
Aug 21 BTS 's release new single Dynamite, becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube on this day in history.
Aug 22 In the year 2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 800,000.
Aug 23 Bayern Munich wins the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final in the year 2020.