Historical Events In 2020
Thursday, 26 May 2022
Jul 26 On this day in history 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
Jul 27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced in the year 2020.
Jul 28 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 on this day in history.
Jul 28 On this day in history former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak found guilty of corruption, sentenced to 12 years and fined nearly $50 million
Jul 30 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 on this day in history.
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 on this day in history.
Aug 01 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 in the year 2020.
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 in the year 2020.
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 On this day in history 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.
Aug 05 [COVID-19 pandemic] The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 700,000 in the year 2020.
Aug 07 In the year 2020 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.
Aug 07 In the year 2020 cardi B releases single "WAP", featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
Aug 08 On this day in history music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike
Aug 09 In the year 2020 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 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 in the year 2020.
Aug 10 Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is the most high-profile figure arrested in Hong Kong under its new security laws in the year 2020.
Aug 10 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 20 million worldwide on this day in history.
Aug 11 In the year 2020 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
Aug 11 In the year 2020 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
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 On this day in history [COVID-19 pandemic] Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that Russia has approved the world's first COVID-19 vaccine.
Aug 13 In the year 2020 israel and the UAE agree to normalise relations, marking the third Israel–Arab peace deal.
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 On this day in history 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 on this day in history.
Aug 20 On this day in history former adviser to Donald Trump , Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border
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) on this day in history.
Aug 21 In the year 2020 bTS 's release new single Dynamite, becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube
Aug 22 [COVID-19 pandemic] The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 800,000 in the year 2020.
Aug 23 Bayern Munich wins the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the final on this day in history.