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10 Biggest Events of 2020

22 December 2020

Here’s a Throwback to Some of the Biggest Events This Year

2020 definitely brought a gun to a knife fight in terms of global disasters.

There have been few years in history that have been as eventful and momentous as 2020.

Let’s have a skip down memory lane, because this is one of the longest years in living memory in terms of big events, in fact it was hard to pin it down to just 10.

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With that in place, let’s get on with the list.

1

Australian Bushfires and Westcoast Bushfires

Forget bang! 2020 started off with a blazing ball of fire, and continued to go down swinging.

Record breaking drought and hot dry windy conditions made for the perfect fire storm. The fire drove through 5.7 million hectares of eucalyptus forest in Australia, and 3 million hectares across the US.

It’s not just that the fires were so large that they were hard to contain. It was the intensity. These fires were 10 times past the limit of 10,000 kilowatts per square metre, which is when water bombing starts doesn’t work anymore.

2

Prince Harry and Megan Markle Quit the Royals

8 days into the year the only still relevant royals, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their resignation from the royal family. What does that mean exactly?

Well consider it them signing off with love from all royal duties, as well as foregoing their titles and their royal allowance.

3

Kobe Bryant and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Died

When the notorious RBG took her last mortal breath the world lost a hero. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the most impactful steady Justice in the Supreme court of the US. On September 18, 2020 Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C at the age of 87, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her entire life was dedicated to the betterment of her country.

Also taken far too soon was Kobe Bryant. The much loved American professional basketball player was a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20years.

On 26 January, when the smoke was just clearing from wildfires and we all thought things were looking up, Bryant’s life was snubbed out at just 41 years old.

Kobe Bryant and seven others were flying by helicopter to a youth basketball tournament when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles killing everyone on board instantly. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also on board the tragic flight.

Kobe Bryant’s memorial had the whole internet in tears. Here are 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Funerals.

4

COVID-19 Global Pandemic

By mid-February rumours had started swirling that this “Corona thing that came from eating bats in Whuhan” might be worth investigating. By early March, things were getting completely serious, and by April it was ravaging through most countries in the world.

It had a name and we started to understand that Covid-19 was a better descriptor and masks, social distancing and lock-down just became part of everyday life suddenly. It seemed okay because we had discovered working from home, Tiger King and baking bread. But those little joys soon passed.

By September the dust had started to settle and we were all starting to take our first hesitant steps outdoors when the second wave started. In many places it has been worse than the first and has brought even advanced healthcare to its knees. The hope of a vaccine has ignited new life in us all, and perhaps an end is in sight. We will have to see what 2021 brings.

5

Harvey Weinstein Verdict

On March 11 Harvey Weinstein, arrived at his sentencing hearing in a wheelchair and in handcuffs. Despite being found guilty and sentenced to 23 years in prison, the 67 year old remained defiant and argued that he still considered the relationships consensual. The lengthy case came to a momentous close with the guilty verdict and sentencing.

The event has warranted a lot of praise from groups speaking out against sexual abuse like the #metoo movement.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said it “puts sexual predators and abusive partners in all segments of society on notice.”

6

1st January Indonesia Floods

While most of us woke up to a wave of regret washing over us from the night before, Indonesia had far bigger problems.  The equivalent of 72,000 Olympic-size swimming pools came pouring down on the capital city of Jakarta on New Year’s Eve. This caused landslides and flash floods resulting in heavy damage and displaced 36,000 people in Jakarta and killed 66. These were the worst floods in Indonesia since 2013.

7

Stock Market Crash March 9

Since 20 February the global stock market went into a major and sudden free fall. What is now also referred to as the Coronavirus crash, hit an eventual historic low on March 9 when the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst single-day point drop.

It was also the fastest fall in global stock market history and the most devastating market crash event since the 1929 Wall Street Crash.  It has been the day that marked the beginning of the COVID-19 recession.

It was a short bear market and by April global stock markets began to re-enter a bull market that kept going into late October.

8

Black Lives Matter Protests

In July 2013 the shooter of African American teen Trayvon Martin, was acquitted of the crime. This inspired the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to protest frequent and on-going events of police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people.

7 years later in 2020 nothing has changed, so BLM headed to the streets as a decentralized political and social movement advocating for non-violent civil disobedience. The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people as well as for various other policy changes considered to be related to black liberation.

9

Beirut Explosion

For 6 years Beirut has played host to a ticking time bomb, and on the 4 August 2020 its time was up!

A cargo of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, the equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT that was stored in a warehouse without the correct safety precautions, exploded in Lebanon’s capital. The blast took 204 lives, injured 6,500 more, and did US$15 billion in damage. 300,000 people were left homeless.

The explosion registered by the United States Geological Survey as a magnitude 3.3 seismic event was felt in Turkey, Israel and parts of Europe.

It is one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history which resulted in a two-week state of emergency declared by the Lebanese government.

Critics protested across the country stating the disaster could have been avoided  if the government had taken action to secure the dangerous substance. The political pressure forced Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the Lebanese cabinet to resign on August 10.

10

Biden-Trump Election

The Biden-Trump election will probably go down in history as one of the most colourful and divisive elections in history. Trump finally authorized Administration to begin working with Biden on the transition. It was a riveting battle of will witness… will he won’t he? Similar to who gets custody of the kids in a messy divorce.

Now we can only hope all stays quiet on the western front on presidential inauguration day, January 20, 2021, and hope that it won’t be another year like 2020 was.

Question

What was the biggest event in 2020 for you?